To help visitors understand the accessibility of the venue and event and plan their visit, we have put together the information below. If you have any questions beyond what we covered here, please do not hesitate to get in touch here.
The Corn Exchange is a listed building, but has facilities that make it accessible for wheelchair users. All main facilities like the marketplace, the main social area with loads of seats, the photo booth, the food and drink outlets, Ysolda's store and toilets are all on one level or connected with ramps. Layout plan will be available from our website around February 2018 and free paper copies will be available at the venue on entry.
There are no lifts or escalators in the building.
The Podcast Lounge and New Market Room are connected to the Concourse area by a set of stairs and wheelchair users will need to exit the building and re-enter from a side entrance of the venue. Event stewards will be on the look-out at these steps for any visitors requiring help to get to that area and provide assistance. Our event stewards have a reputation for being exceptionally helpful and will always assist where required.
A total of around 800 seats will be available throughout the venue to visitors to rest, socialise, eat & drink.
The venue offers multiple bars with espresso-based coffee, tea, soft drinks as well as a fully stocked licensed bar. The catering company we work with will offer a varied food menu (soups, salads, sandwiches, cakes) with vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options. A 24hour Asda next door and a Marks&Spencer Food Hall across the road are close by to cover other needs.
The venue has a number of accessible toilets in different parts of the building. Due to the distribution of toilets throughout the venue we have not experienced any lengthy queues for these facilities.
We don't offer concessions for tickets, however, a carer accompanying a wheelchair user or a visitor with mobility issues will be given free access when they arrive together (one carer to one visitor). No prior arrangements need to be made, but recommend that the visitor needing assistance purchases an advance ticket (available from mid-January 2018).
EYF is a busy event and if being in a noisy and crowded venue presents a challenge, then we recommend visiting the event in the afternoons when it tends to be quieter in our experience.
New in 2018: We are extending the social space of the venue with around 500 extra seats by setting up a custom built, state-of-the-art marquee (carpeted, heated and beautifully lit) which will be directly connected to the main venue. This will bring up our total number of seats to over 800 across the venue. A number of tables in the marquee and the Baron cafe area will be marked as priority seating area for visitors with mobility issues. The marquee will be accessible via the doors to the rear of the building and will form the main social space for the event. A small ramp will enable wheelchair access.
EYF 2018 will have an expanded cloak room facility (more than double in 2018 over 2017 in terms of space and staff), run by the Teapot Trust charity, with 100% of proceeds being donated to their excellent cause.
Coats, backpacks, cabin bags and larger suite cases can be deposited for a (cash only) charge on the day. Prices tbc nearer the time.
We highly recommend travelling to EYF via bus or taxi. Lothian Buses provide a number of services that stop very nearby. General information about public transport can be found here.
Please note that Slateford Train Station does not have step free access and is not suitable for wheelchair users. More information here.
Our event stewards will keep an eye out for any visitors with mobility issues in queues and all persons requiring assistance will get priority access to avoid prolonged periods of waiting in queues. We highly recommend to buy an advance ticket for quick access to the venue.
For 2018 we have applied for a temporary traffic regulation order (TTRO) to change the parking priority in New Market Road (the stretch of road directly outside the front entrance of the venue) to "Blue Badge Only". This, alongside reserved spaces on the grounds of the Corn Exchange, will provide an estimated 30-40 spaces exclusively for blue badge holders (blue badge must be displayed). Blue-badge parking cannot be reserved but will be available on a first-come basis.
Note on general parking:
General parking at the venue will not be possible in 2018 due to the marquee venue extension. and we strongly recommend to non-blue-badge holders to use public transport or come with a friend/helper who can help with a drop off.
A phone with a direct line to a local taxi service will be available (free of charge) close to the Information Desk, enabling you to call a cab at your convenience.