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The last thing you need amidst a jubilant atmosphere at your event, is an overlooked group. We need to make sure your brilliant event is not marred by the oversight of inclusivity.

In event management, everyone needs to ensure accessibility isn’t just a checkbox on a to-do list, it needs to be a moral imperative. At Purvis Marquee Hire, we’ve dedicated years to perfecting the art of creating inclusive outdoor events. From massive festivals sprawling over multiple locations to grand corporate gatherings, our mission is to be the problem-solving infrastructure specialists that every outdoor event organiser needs.

When planning an outdoor event, accessibility must be woven into the fabric of the experience. It’s not enough to simply provide a ramp here or a disabled toilet there. True inclusivity demands a holistic approach, and this starts with the marquee—the cornerstone of any outdoor event.

Setting the Stage for Success

Your event marquee needs to be equipped with wide, smooth pathways that accommodate the infirm and those with wheelchairs. The ground surface has to have clear pathways and levelled to the best of our ability to prevent tripping hazards. 

Our team at Purvis collaborates closely with event organisers to map out every detail. We take into account the layout, ensuring that all entrances and exits are accessible, and that there are no bottlenecks. After all, an inclusive event is one where everyone can enjoy without hindrance.

Thoughtful Design: More Than Just Ramps

Accessibility is more than physical infrastructure—it’s about creating a welcoming environment for all. This includes clear signage in large print and ideall both braille for the visually impaired with hearing loops for those with hearing aids. Our marquees can be fitted with all these features, transforming them into havens of inclusivity.

But let’s talk toilets. It’s a topic that often gets sidelined but is crucial to inclusivity. Accessible toilets should be spacious, well-marked, and strategically placed. At Purvis, we can introduce you to suppliers who ensure that these facilities are not only available but seamlessly integrated into the overall event plan.

Lighting the Way

Lighting plays a critical role in making an event accessible. Adequate lighting ensures that those with visual impairments can navigate the space safely. Bright, yet comfortable lighting solutions that eliminate shadows and highlight important areas are necessary. Emergency lighting and clearly marked escape routes are also essential to cater to the needs of everyone present.

Training and Awareness

While infrastructure is critical, training the staff is equally important. Ideally your team is well-versed in accessibility needs. We work with event organisers who ensure that their staff are trained to assist attendees with disabilities, offering help without patronising. This sensitivity training makes a significant difference, turning a good event into a great one. If you’re struggling with this issue, let us know and we can point you in the right direction.

The Path Forward

Creating an inclusive outdoor event isn’t just a nice-to-have; it’s a necessity. At Purvis, we believe in going beyond the basics, striving to create events where everyone feels welcome. By considering accessibility from the outset, we help event organisers create unforgettable experiences for all attendees.

So, the next time you’re planning an event, ask yourself: is it truly accessible? And if you need a hand, we’re here to help, bringing years of expertise to ensure your event shines in every way.

Inclusivity isn’t just an option; it’s the key to unlocking unforgettable experiences for everyone. Because the only thing worse than a limp marquee is a marquee that’s not accessible to all. Cheers to creating events that everyone can enjoy—rain or shine