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Disability Rocks comes to Tatton ParkBand at Disability Rocks

On Saturday, 25th April Tatton Park plays host to Disability Rocks, the UK’s leading live music and arts festivals created for people of all ages living with a range of disabilities.

The all-day festival runs from 11:30am until 7:30pm with a packed schedule which spans music, comedy and workshops.

The musical line-up features Miles Hunt and Ericka Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff and Martin Stephenson, formerly of The Daintees.Other highlights include:

  • Singing Hands, featured on CBeebies Something Special programme, will be leading a singing and signing session.
  • Shabang Theatre will be presenting a multi-sensory theatre experience bringing their 20 years’ experience of creating music, song, drama and theatre for special needs settings. 
  • Lifelong music enthusiast, record collector and working DJ, Nick Carling will be running DJ workshops inspired by his belief that music speaks directly to people regardless of ability.

Disability Rocks founders Richard and Caroline Sutton comment, “2015 is the year of the Disability Rocks Big Tour when we’ll be visiting four regions of the UK.  We’re delighted to be coming to Tatton Park, the first of this year’s festivals. 

“The events have been carefully curated with inclusivity and accessibility in mind. We’re incredibly proud of the line-up which offers something for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

“All our 2015 events will feature a Mobile Changing Places unit which includes a fully automatic tracking hoist, height adjustable changing bench, peninsular toilet and plenty of space.”

Knowing that there would be decent changing facilities was an important factor in the decision of Stockport resident, Jan Barkworth to come and support the event. Jan has 6 children, 4 of whom have complex needs, with 2 sharing a similar chromosomal abnormality to Richard and Caroline’s son. 

“I have followed Disability Rocks closely since it started and have always thought it was a great idea to help people with disabilities share their abilities and talents.

“When I heard Disability Rocks was coming to Tatton Park I got very excited! It’s a chance for me to take my children to a festival that caters to their various sensory needs and disabilities and gives them the chance to enjoy music and be in an environment where no-one will judge them.”

Tickets can be bought ahead of the event on the Disability Rocks website with under 5s attending free, £10 for under 12s, £15 for adults and the first carer goes free. Please note that there is a £5 charge for car entry at Tatton Park, £2.50 for blue badge holders.

Richard concludes, “With a large number of activities under shelter, we hope that everyone who visits will have an amazing time, come rain or shine. We can’t wait to welcome individuals, families, carers and support organisations throughout the region to Tatton Park on 25th April.