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.
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.
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.
Descriptive Subtitling is a service for our Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing 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.
Films with Partial Subtitles include subtitles for parts (but not all) of the film’s dialogue that are crucial to understand the story.
For example, a documentary that is mostly in the English language may include small sections where they interview people who speak in Chinese, and these sections would be subtitled so audiences can understand the content. Or alternatively, we may have a foreign language film that features some spoken English which would not be subtitled.
This is a new label that we have introduced to try to make our films more accessible. We may not always have the information we need in advance to label every single film, but we endeavour to get a member of the Watershed team to feedback as early as possible so we can share this information. We welcome feedback on this new feature - email us if you have any thoughts.
If you have any questions about access or your visit please call us on (0117) 927 6444 or email us.