At Watershed we want to be as welcoming, inclusive and accessible as we can for all our customers, audiences, staff and visitors.

Visiting Watershed

Below are details you may require for visiting Watershed – for a more detailed look at the facilities we provide and parking using pictures and in-depth descriptions, please visit DisabledGo.

  • There are two Blue Badge parking spaces to the rear of Watershed on Canons Road
  • Our main entrance and Box Office are both on the ground floor which is accessible via a ramped, electronically assisted entrance door
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome

The first floor of Watershed is accessible via lift from the main entrance and includes:

  • Level access to all areas, including to the front of Cinemas 1 and 2, plus a lift to the back of Cinema 3
  • Induction loops in all three cinemas 
  • Level access to all events spaces – two of which have an induction loop
  • Level access to the Pervasive Media Studio, our research and development space
  • An accessible toilet (with baby changing facilities). Follow the signs for the Cinemas and the accessible toilet is just on your left through the double doors before Cinema 1.
  • A large and spacious Café & Bar

British Sign Language

Many of our staff, including our Box Office and Café & Bar teams, have received basic training in British Sign Language (BSL), and there is a BSL video welcome on the information screen at Box Office.

Family Friendly 

If you are visiting Watershed as a family you might like to look at our What's On For Families and Visits For Families information.

Accessible Programme

We offer Audio Description (AD) and Descriptive Subtitling (DS) on select films. When these are available they will be clearly marked with the appropriate tag on our Whats On Calendar.

If you are interested in AD and DS screenings it’s a good idea to sign up to our Accessible Mailing List below.

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description is a service for partially sighted or blind people. While the film's main soundtrack plays through the cinema speakers in the usual manner, users listen to a specially recorded narrator detailing what's happening on the screen at selected breaks during the film's dialogue, through a set of headphones. The headphones are personal and the user is still able to hear the film's sound through the cinema surround sound speakers. The service is similar to listening to a football or cricket match on the radio in which the action is described to the listener.

The AD headphones are available to collect from Box Office when you pick up your tickets prior to the film screening.

Upcoming Audio Description screenings

What is Descriptive Subtitling?

Descriptive Subtitling is a service for our Deaf/deaf and hearing-impaired customers that displays additional auditory information on the screen.

As well as showing the dialogue, Descriptive Subtitles provide information on other significant sounds. For example: when something is being sung; when a phone rings; when a door slams. This extra information allows customers using the subtitles to access the film more fully.

Upcoming Descriptive Subtitling screenings

Accessible programme mailing list

Receive updates on specific screenings with Audio Description and Descriptive Subtitling.

If you have any questions about access or your visit please call us on (0117) 927 6444 or email us.