"The Family Friendly Festival"
Ufford is a lovely village but. as with many in Suffolk villages, access can sometimes be difficult. Many of the roads do not have pavements and paths can be slippery and uneven. There are some hills. These notes are designed to help make your visit enjoyable.
St Mary's Church
As a medieval building, St Mary’s Church has many of the accessibility issues associated with buildings of the type. There are steps to enter the porch and again down into the body of the church, and the floor is uneven in places. For timed events a ramp is available, and volunteers will be on hand to assist. Access to the church from Church Lane is over a gravelled path. Reserved accessible parking spaces are available adjacent to St Mary’s Parish Hall further down Church Lane, where accessible toilets are available. A hearing loop is available in the church.
St Mary's Church Hall
The entrance to the building from Church Lane involves a step up and down. Please take care. There is ramped access to the left-hand rear of the building. Access from the rear lobby to the main hall involves low steps down and then up. Accessible toilets are available. Reserved accessible parking places are available to the left-hand side of the hall. The hall has a hearing loop.
Barista coffee &
Rural Coffee Caravan
(latter Saturday only)
These are on the meadow adjacent to the Parish (Church) Hall. Access is relatively level but uneven in places, and is over gravel and grass which can get slippery in the wet. Access to the sound hide is level.
The Community Hall
The Community Hall is currently being repaired following an accident - at this stage we are uncertain as to whether it will be available for use during the festival. Accessible parking spaces are available and the car park is spacious and level. Accessible toilet available. Access to the building is by a gentle slope with handrail.
Windows in the Woods
Poetry and Prose
The art installation and the woodland walk are situated along one of the main paths in the woods. They are best accessed either from the footpath along The Avenue (a road without a footpath) or from the concrete footpath in Parklands. There is a gentle hill at each access entrance and whilst the path is concrete it can become covered with leaves and debris, as with any woodland path. In wet weather, this could be slippery.
In addition, there is a step up into the "green room" for the art installation and the floor is covered in ivy.
Please take care, and wear suitable footwear.
The Wonderwall art installation is located opposite Church Lane and is visible from the pavement or roadway. Street parking is available in Ufford Place and there are accessible parking reserved spaces available at the Church Hall, down past the church.
The World's Smallest
Community Art Gallery
The village's much loved telephone box on Barrack Lane is converted during the period of the festival into a community art gallery. Many of the exhibits can be viewed from the pavement outside of the phone box but, sadly, access into the space involves a step up into confined space would not be accessible to a wheelchair or less mobile user.
The Ufford Crown
Access to the craft exhibition in a marquee to the rear left of the building is via level paved ground. The Ufford Crown has accessible parking spaces clearly marked on the wall of the car park and there is access to the pub via a gate on the left-hand side of the building. This takes you along a level route to the front of the building, either into the pub via a low ramp or around the side of the building to the marquee at the rear. Ramped access is available to toilets.
The White Lion
We will be using the space outside the building for events such as the Morris Dancing and the Festival Close/prize giving. The White Lion has accessible parking spaces marked at the front of the pub. Access is via a level but gravelled path. Some of the area is grass which can be slippery in the wet.
Literature In the
This involves a walk along School Lane visiting gardens. School Lane has a gentle slope but does not have pavements. Please beware of traffic. The gardens are fairly level but as with all gardens may involve ups and downs and uneven ground. One has a pond which will be marked. Please keep children close.
Artists In Residence /
Bus Stop Galleries
The three bus stop galleries are located on a pathed footpath along the High Street and are open-fronted. Parking is available close to each of the galleries with the exception of one which would require crossing a road. This road can be busy so please take care.
This traditional activity will take you all over the village, using a variety of routes and paths some of them unpaved and uneven. The course covers approximately one mile, with some slopes and grassy ground to negotiate. Please wear suitable footwear.
Guided Nature Trail & Heritage Trail
These are country walks through a variety of paths, mostly unpaved, which can be muddy and slippery. Suffolk is not a hilly county but there are some relatively steep slopes. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear