Relaxed Screenings

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Relaxed Screenings

Here at Watershed we want to be as welcoming, inclusive and accessible as we can for everyone: for all of our customers, audiences, staff and visitors.

Our relaxed screenings are designed to benefit our customers with additional needs (such as people living with dementia, autism, or other neurodivergent people and their personal assistants, friends and family) or anyone who wants to enjoy a film in a more relaxed, spacious environment. Everyone is welcome.

Here's what you can expect at a Relaxed Screening:

  • Reduced Capacity - The capacity for the cinema will be set at 60% of our usual capacity to ensure there's enough room between audience members
  • The cinema doors will open 20 minutes before the screening start time
  • We won't show any trailers or adverts and the film will start promptly at its advertised start time
  • The lights will be up a little
  • The sound will be down a little
  • You are welcome to move around the cinema, to talk and make noise, and to exit and enter the cinema as you please
  • There will be lots of space in the cinema so you can spread out or lie down if you choose.
  • It is very informal and yoga mats and beanbags will be available
  • We will screen films with Descriptive Subtitles whenever they are available
  • We will provide a separate quiet space where you can chill out if you need to
  • Our staff will be around to help with whatever you need.

Upcoming Relaxed Screenings

Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget
Thu 14 Dec 15:10 (AD), Sat 16 Dec 17:50 (AD)

From our local animation studio comes the sequel to the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time.

The Boy and the Heron

classified 12A S
The Boy and the Heron
Wed 27 Dec 17:50Tue 2 Jan 2024 15:20 (AD, DS)

A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.

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£8.50 full / £5.00 concessions and under 24s, and personal assistants go free.


Our building is fully accessible – visit our Access Page for all the details. We also have a Visual Story you can view to help you to become familiar with the new surroundings.

Sign up to our Accessible Mailing list for regular updates about forthcoming accessible screenings and events.

We really want to hear your feedback on relaxed screenings

Email us at, call 0117 927 5100 or speak to us in person to let us know what you think and if there's anything we can improve.