The Octagon Centre


All areas of the Octagon Centre are fully accessible.

Access to the Octagon is via a sweeping ramp up to the front entrance and automatic doors. There are accessible toilets at this level in the lower foyer. There will be a designated gender neutral toilet.

Access to the bar and main hall is via a lift up to the next floor. There is a wheelchair lift to the stage and wheelchair positions are available for all seated configurations.

The Main Auditorium

Most workshops will be held in the Octagon but a few may be held in the University Drama Studio which is a four minute walk away.

Access to the Drama Studio front entrance is from street level up a flight of eleven stone steps to the forecourt followed by an additional four steps to the front doors. There are handrails to both sets of steps.

Wheelchair access is via the accessible entrance off Shearwood Road to the left of the theatre. This access leads directly into the auditorium. There is an accessible toilet to the right of the auditorium.

Festival Stewards

Our volunteer stewards will be around the Octagon Centre and the city centre throughout the festival. You’ll be able to recognise them by their BRIGHT YELLOW FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS.

Lost and Found

Lost property can be handed in or reclaimed from the porter’s lodge which is situated to the right of the main entrance. They will keep things for 28 days.

Refreshments and catering

The Octagon bar will be available for hot and cold drinks throughout the festival.

Getting Around

On Foot – as in many other places, Sheffield is a city ‘under construction’ and is changing on a weekly basis as new areas of the city centre open up after significant refurbishment!  Please take care when negotiating pavement and road works when walking around the centre and pay attention to signs for designated pedestrian ways.