We want to make sure you can participate in the events you enjoy, get around the venue without obstacle and interact with the other members and our wonderful guests.
Accessibility at the venue
Chesford Grange Hotel is split between two floors, with bedrooms, ops and major event spaces all accessible on a single floor. A lift is available to take members down to the lower floor when required.
The Convention event space will include an outdoor marquee and we are working with our supplier to ensure that our marquee space will be fully accessible to all members.
The majority of bedrooms are on the ground floor. There are a limited number of rooms adapted for people with additional accessibility requirements, which will be allocated on the basis of need. If you have requests regarding accessibility of your hotel room, please contact the hotel team when you have booked your room.
At the Convention we run an accessibility scheme called the Blue Dot system.
What's different if I get a Blue Dot?
For the larger events and activities, members with blue dots may be allowed to enter first to find a space suitable for their needs and in their own time if they need longer. You also get priority access to lifts when they're needed.
Who is eligible for a Blue Dot?
If you believe you will need a little more time getting around, or you have any problems hearing or seeing, or if you just think you might need to be close to an exit during an event, please do register for a Blue Dot. The blue dot itself is just that, a blue sticker you can wear on your badge. The dots can be picked up at Registration (or when Registration is closed, at the Ops desk).
The list of reasons above why someone might want to ask for a dot is by no means exhaustive, and if you feel you may need one for other reasons please don't hesitate to ask for one. It doesn’t require any form of government documentation and we would encourage any members to talk to the Registration staff when they arrive if they have any questions.
How about caretakers?
Anyone with a blue dot can be accompanied by one other person whenever they get priority access (for seating, lifts, etc.). This person does not need a blue dot of their own. This way, you don't have to depend on a specific person and are free to mingle as you want.
Should members treat Blue Dot wearers any differently?
We expect all our members to be kind and courteous to each other, but please be aware that someone wearing a blue dot may need a little extra space, or time to move around. You may not be able to see the reason for this immediately. If someone looks like they are struggling, feel free to offer them assistance but please do not help without asking, or be offended if they do not take you up on your offer.