Accessible Activities and Support Provision for Foyle Maritime Festival

For this year’s Foyle Maritime Festival, we have tried to make the event as accessible and inclusive as possible.

We have programmed some sensory friendly activities from 11am – 2pm on Friday 22nd July to ensure guests who experience sensory overload or sensitivity feel comfortable to enjoy the festival. We will also have the following facilities available.

  • Quiet Space
  • Accessoloo
  • Accessible Toilets            
  • Relaxed Performances
  • Disability Parking & Accessible Viewing Area (Spaces allocated on a first come first served basis)

Sensory Friendly Activities Friday 22nd July


Boardwalk Empire on Queens Quay – adjacent to Strand Road Car Park

11:00am – 2:00pm

Funfair Rides and Big Wheel – Quiet Sessions

11:15am – 11:45am

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Mermaid Storytelling

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Pirate Hat Workshop – ( Art Tent)


The Waterfront (walkway at Sainsbury’s)


Ocean Sea Lego – Sensory Friendly Workshop ( Science of Water Tent)

11:00am – 1:00pm

Brocklebank Tug Boat – Quiet  Session

Foyle Sailability – Sailing Sessions

Wed 20th July & Sunday 24th July 10am – 3pm

Foyle Sailability is a cross border voluntary organisation which aims to deliver opportunities for sailing and other water-based activities to people with disabilities from across the North West region of Ireland.

During the Foyle Maritime Festival, Foyle Sailability will hold half hour sailing sessions on Wednesday 20th July and Sunday 24th July to provide the disabled and disadvantaged the opportunity to get on the water for fun, safe and entertaining sessions.

Access and Inclusion - Support Provision

Type of Provision

Inside Festival Site

Outside Festival Site.

Accessible Parking / Drop off Points

Accessible Parking – Strand Road Carpark

*Please note: spaces cannot be booked in advance.

Accessible Drop OffFoyleview Apartments Carpark (access via Lesley Retail Park, Strand Road – behind Smyth’s Toy Store)

Festival Car Park Fort George.

Existing City Centre Car Parks – accessible parking available


Free car parking will be available at Magee University on weekend of Festival – accessible parking available

Accessible Viewing Point For Fireworks ( Friday 22nd July)

Accessible Viewing on Friday 22nd July –  Front of Foyleview Apartments, beside the Accessible Drop off point. 

* No booking available, allocation on a first come basis.

Quiet Space / Sensory Space Provision


Quiet SpaceFestival Family Hub located at the side of the Council Offices during the Festival.

Throughout the Festival a sensory room / quiet space will be available in the Guildhall.

The space will be accessible during Guildhall opening hours.

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 6:00p

Accessible Toilets

Accessible Toilets available at all toilet locations throughout the festival site.

Fort George | Pier 10 | Family Festival Hub | Dopey’s Den | Strand Road Car Park


Baby changing facilities available at the Family Festival Hub

To get full list of Council owned and the community toilets that are available for public use click here


Changing Place

Toilet Standard Provisions

Accessoloo Changing Places FacilityFestival Family Hub located at the side of the Council offices (open during festival hours).

Changing Place Facility – located just off Ebrington Square, near the guard house. (open 24 hours 7 days a week)


Safety Bands  & JAM cards (Just A Minute)

Available at Information Points. Safety Wrist Bands enable parents, guardians & carers to put contact number on the wristband should the child/ vulnerable person be lost or found.


JAM (Just a Minute) Cards – for individuals who require extra time to complete task and/or communicate effectively.

Cards are available at Information Points.

Shop Mobility Foyle

Foyleside Shopping Centre, Orchard St, BT48 6X | T: 02871368623

Shop Mobility Foyle loans out mobility scooters, wheelchairs and rollators.

Advance booking is essential.

This service is free but donations are welcome. Contact Mary on 02871368623 



  • No Booking is necessary in advance for Access and Inclusion Provisions within Festival Site.
  • Expect noise levels to be high and large crowds within festival site.
  • Contact member of Pulse stewards/security or Council event staff if require information or directions – they will be wearing high visibility vests.

For further information, please contact Derry City and Strabane District Councils Access and Inclusion Officer:

Caitriona Doherty        

T: 077 390 924 09