Accessibility

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is Scotland’s world-famous New Year festival and presents three days of spectacular events with audiences congregating from every corner of the globe. 

Unique Events Ltd is fully committed to delivering inclusive events for of our all attendees, enabling them to participate and enjoy the different activities offered at any given time. We are devoted to understanding the diversity of our audiences and their requirements before, during and after our events and will always endeavor to provide an equal experience. 

We continue to work closely with principal funders the City of Edinburgh Council, Attitude is Everything and Visit Scotland to deliver accessible events for all.

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Box Office

In the first instance please contact our dedicated access team via email: accessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com

If you would like to speak to someone you can call us on: 0844 573 8455* or visit us in person at the Fringe Office 180 High St. Our box office has designated staff in place who deal specifically with access enquiries and ticket bookings for those with additional needs. This service is available to assist anyone with a particular access requirement.

This service is available to anyone who:

  • requires specific accessibility information on each venue
  • requests extra assistance when at the venue
  • would like to discuss seating requirements 
  • is a wheelchair user
  • requires a complimentary companion ticket to attend a performance.

*please note calls cost between 2p to 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Mobile network charges may be more expensive.

Medications

We welcome attendees at all of our events who need to bring medications or medical equipment in order to manage a medical condition. Please ensure prescription medications are contained in the correct packaging showing the prescription label. And please do get in touch should you have any concerns.

To ensure disabled patrons have the support and assistance they require in order to attend our events; you may be entitled to a free personal assistant ticket.  

Please contact our dedicated access team via email: accessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com

Torchlight Procession

Event Route

The Procession will begin in Edinburgh’s Old Town and end at the finale locations of Calton Hill and Regent Road. Whilst the use of city centre roads means that the route is fully accessible, it is worth remembering that these roads cover a number of hills and inclines. 

The final approach to Calton Hill is particularly steep and includes areas of uneven tarmac but the Son et Lumiere finale can be easily viewed from the streets below, and across the city.

We anticipate that your participation in the event will last approx. 2 hours with the procession travelling 1.2miles at walking speed.

Toilets

An accessible toilet is available at the finale site location, within a secure compound. Any member of our staff or Event Steward will be happy to assist you in locating this. 

Medical and welfare services 

There are first aiders available across the event who are there to assist you; our event stewards are on hand to locate one if there is not one in your immediate area.

There is no use of strobe lighting at this event. 

Assistance dogs are welcome at the Torchlight Procession. However, please keep in mind there will be an extensive firework display and loud music, and a very busy procession with live fires. 

Night Afore Concert

The Night Afore Concert takes place in West Princes Street Gardens, more specifically in the areas in front of and surrounding the Ross Bandstand. The arena is a mixture of hard standing surfaces and grass. There is an incline, which might become very slippery when wet and so sensible sturdy shoes are advised. 

Entrance 

The accessible entrance for Night Afore Concert is via King’s Stables Road. This entrance gives you level access down a slight incline to the accessible viewing area.

Viewing Areas

There is an accessible viewing area within the Night Afore Concert arena. Spaces are limited so we recommend you contact the box office as soon as possible to book tickets and secure a space.  E-mail: accessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com

Parking

There is no designated parking areas for the event. However, the closest parking area to the accessible entrance is on King’s Stables Road. 

Toilets

There is an accessible toilet on the pathway leading to the accessible viewing area as well as accessible toilets in the main toilet block close to the concessions.

Medical and welfare services 

The first aid post is located to the right of the stage, past the bar and concessions in a large white marquee. There will be mobile patrol staff – if you have any need for first aiders make yourself known to any event staff or stewards who are in contact with the first aiders.  

The stage at the Night Afore Concert may use strobe lighting throughout the night. 

Assistance dogs are welcome to the event. However, please keep in mind there will be a firework display from Calton Hill and loud music.

Silent Seminar Headphones

Silent Seminars will be providing 20 sets of headphones for each of the two concerts enabling participants to enjoy a shared social experience with their partners, friends and family.  The headphones enable people who use hearing aids to pick up a direct audio feed by switching their aids to the appropriate setting. Alternatively individual headphones can provide a tailored audiology solution. The system is designed to run through a digital controller in order to provide the best quality sound, and is a great way of ensuring all gig goers are able to get the most out of these headline concerts.

Fans of Paolo Nutini who have a hearing impairment and think that the Silent Seminars System might work for them should contact the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office by emailingaccessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com to provide their requirements and request headphones. Hire of each set of headphones costs £55 and includes two tickets to either The Night Afore Concert on Friday 30 December or Concert in the Gardens on Saturday 31 December.

Sprogmanay

Sprogmanay takes place in the National Museum of Scotland, on Chambers Street. This is an indoor venue.

Entrance

There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. On arrival, ask at the Information Desk. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. Lifts are available to all floors and there is a variety of seating throughout the museum.

Parking

Four designated public parking spaces are available for disabled visitors in Chambers Street. There is no charge for these spaces. However, please note that they cannot be booked in advance.

Toilets

Accessible toilets are also available on most floors.

Medical and welfare services 

Trained first aiders are always on duty. Please see a member of staff if necessary.

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are welcome.

Candlelit Concert

Entrance 

For those who require level access, please enter the event through St. Giles Cathedral West entrance, where you will find two ramps leading into the building. Once inside, there is a ramp to the right of the steps. Staff will be on hand to help. 

Viewing platforms 

There are no designated viewing platforms at this event, however you can be easily accommodated within the general seating area at the end of each row with chairs being removed. Please give notice by emailing: accessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com

Parking 

There is no designated parking areas for the event, however the closest public blue badge parking is located on Cockburn Street, which is 0.1 miles from the entrance to the Cathedral. 

Toilets 

Due to the historic nature of the building, there are no in house purpose built accessible toilets, however there are toilets on the ground floor. The closest accessible toilet is just outside St Giles Cathedral, within the the Old Town Ceilidh arena close to the entrance of the Cathedral. A member of event staff will be able to direct you to this.

Assistance Dogs are welcome at this event.

There will be no use of strobe lights during this performance. 

Tim Burgess in conversation

Tim Burgess in conversation takes place in Rainy Hall, located in the Assembly Hall on Mound Place. This is an indoor venue.

Entrance

The entrance to Assembly Hall has steep steps and there are no lifts available.

Parking

There is one disabled parking space directly outside the theatre, as well as ground floor parking in the Crescent Road car park.

Street Party

The event takes place in the heart of the City Centre, where most areas are concrete pathways, but some streets are cobbled. There are tram lines that run along Princes Street. The Street Party is an all-standing event with no dedicated seating areas available. There are a total of four stages throughout the arena: Mound Stage, Waverley Street Stage, Castle Street Stage and Frederick Street Stage with level Access throughout, though there is an incline to access The Mound Stage. Due to the density and volume of the crowd, we unfortunately cannot permit chairs into the event arena for safety reasons.

Viewing platforms 

There are no viewing platform or areas at the Street Party, however stages and screens are raised. 

Parking

As the event involves several road closures of our city streets, there is no designated event parking areas. However, there are several public blue badge parking spaces located within the city centre. For information on road closures, please visit the website in December, when maps will be made available detailing all closures. 

Toilets 

There are several unisex accessible toilet units located throughout the Street Party arena: South St Andrew Street, South St David Street, Frederick Street, Castle Street and the bottom of the Mound. 

Medical and welfare services

A first aid post is located at South St Andrews Street however there are smaller units spread across the event as well as mobile first aid vehicles.  Please ask a steward for assistance if required.

All stages at the Street Party arena may use strobe lighting throughout the night. 

Assistance dogs are welcome at the event.  However, please note there will be a large volume of attendees, an extensive hourly firework display and loud music throughout the night. 

Concert in the Gardens

The Concert in the Gardens takes place in West Princes Street Gardens, more specifically in the areas in front of and surrounding the Ross Bandstand. The arena is a mixture of hard standing surfaces and grass. There is an incline, which might become very slippery when wet and so sensible sturdy shoes are advised. 

Entrance 

The accessible entrance for Concert in the Gardens is via King’s Stables Road. This entrance gives you level access down a slight incline to the accessible viewing area.

Viewing Areas

There is an accessible viewing area within the Concert in the Gardens arena. Spaces are limited so we recommend you contact the box office as soon as possible to book tickets and secure a space. 
email: accessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com

Parking

There is no designated parking areas for the event. However, the closest parking area to the accessible entrance is on King’s Stables Road. 

Toilets

There is an accessible toilet on the pathway leading to the accessible viewing area as well as accessible toilets in the main toilet block close to the concessions.

Medical and welfare services 

The first aid post is located to the right of the stage, past the bar and concessions in a large white marquee. There will be mobile patrol staff – if you have any need for first aiders make yourself known to any event staff or stewards who are in contact with the first aiders.  

The stage at the Concert in the Gardens may use strobe lighting throughout the night. 

Assistance dogs are welcome to the event. However, please keep in mind there will be an extensive hourly firework display and loud music.

Silent Seminar Headphones

Silent Seminars will be providing 20 sets of headphones for each of the two concerts enabling participants to enjoy a shared social experience with their partners, friends and family.  The headphones enable people who use hearing aids to pick up a direct audio feed by switching their aids to the appropriate setting. Alternatively individual headphones can provide a tailored audiology solution. The system is designed to run through a digital controller in order to provide the best quality sound, and is a great way of ensuring all gig goers are able to get the most out of these headline concerts.

Fans of Paolo Nutini who have a hearing impairment and think that the Silent Seminars System might work for them should contact the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office by emailingaccessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com to provide their requirements and request headphones. Hire of each set of headphones costs £55 and includes two tickets to either The Night Afore Concert on Friday 30 December or Concert in the Gardens on Saturday 31 December.


Old Town Ceilidh

The Old Town Ceilidh takes place in the heart of the city around St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile. The arena is all in one level with a mixture of cobbled and flat floor surfaces. 

Entrance 

There are two entrances to the Old Town Ceilidh, both of which have level access. 

Viewing areas 

A viewing area is available. This is a raised, ramped space in front of the church giving a good view of parliament square and the stage. If you would like to make use of this area please give notice by emailing: accessbookings@edinburghshogmanay.com

Parking

There is no designated parking areas for the event. However, the closest parking is located on 73 Victoria Street. 

Toilets 

Accessible toilets are located within the event arena.

Medical and welfare services 

There is a First Aid Post located within the event arena. Please contact stewards if you require any assistance. 

At present, there are no plans to use strobe lighting at either stage in the Old Town Ceilidh.

Assistance dogs are welcome at the event.  However, please note there will be an extensive hourly firework display and loud music.

Stoats Loony Dook

Entrance

Stoats Loony Dook is parade on the South Queensferry pier. The pathway leading to the pier is a narrow cobbled street. The parade is very busy and moves along at a fast pace. There is a flight of stairs leading to the stony beach, where participants go into the waters of the Firth of Forth. There is an alternative entrance to the beach, with level access on Gote Lane. This street leads to a cement pier, used normally as a parking space. 

Please note, the beach is very stony and becomes very busy during this event. The parade can also be viewed along its route with spaces at the sides. 

The Check-in point is located at the RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station. The entrance to the check-in point has level access via a ramp in the boat shed level. 

Toilets 

There are no event toilets provided; however there are public toilets nearby.

Medical and welfare services

First aid staff will be at the event. If you require assistance please speak with event staff or stewards.

This event does not use strobe lightning. 

Assistance dogs are welcome at the event. However, please keep in mind there will be loud music leading the parade.

Scot:Lands

Due to the secret nature of the event’s venues, we cannot make public any accessibility descriptions at this time. Further information will be available when the event programme is released in November. However we can say that at present the majority of participating venues are confirmed to have level access and accessible toilets. 

Due to the discovery element of this event, travel is required between the various venues located throughout the City Centre.

Assistance dogs are welcome at this event. 

The Final Fling

The Final Fling takes place in the National Museum of Scotland, on Chambers Street. This is an indoor venue.

Entrance

There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. On arrival, ask at the Information Desk. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. Lifts are available to all floors and there is a variety of seating throughout the museum.

Parking

Four designated public parking spaces are available for disabled visitors in Chambers Street. There is no charge for these spaces. However, please note that they cannot be booked in advance.

Toilets

Accessible toilets are also available on most floors.

Medical and welfare services 

Trained first aiders are always on duty. Please see a member of staff if necessary.

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are welcome.

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