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Chester Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 0LG
Stir to Action’s Playground for the New Economy Festival 2023 is being held at Stretford Public Hall.
If you’re travelling from outside Manchester, visit the Trainline website for information about rail travel. Trains connect with the tram at Manchester Piccadilly station.
The Hall is a 5 minute walk from the Stretford tram stop.
Manchester is a great cycling city, connected by several NCN routes and paths thanks to its historic canals and railway network.
There is a bus stop just outside the Hall on Chester Rd which is serviced by several local bus routes.
We’d prefer you take public transportation, but if that’s not possible... you'll want to map the best routes depending on where you're coming from. The hall has limited parking during the day, free to use on a first come first served basis. Taxis can pull up alongside the Hall on Dorset St or use the car park.
There is very limited parking for the festival for those with accessibility needs. These spaces will be used by prior arrangement only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full ticket holders:
Check-in from 08:30 on Friday 19 May 2023
Check-out by 17:30 on Saturday 20 May 2023
Reception is open from 08:30 each day.
At Stretford Public Hall, there is an access ramp to the Hall’s main entrance on Chester Road and step-free access to the building using the side entrance on Dorset Street. A lift services all publicly accessible floors in the building. There are accessible toilets on both the ground floor and the first floor.
Festival sessions will be held in several of the Hall's rooms. The main stage of the festival will be in the Ballroom, which is on the Hall’s first floor and can be accessed by lift. Unfortunately, there is no Hearing Loop at the Hall at present.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the Hall, but please inform us in advance if you intend to bring an assistance dog to an event. We will require evidence that your dog is registered with an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs UK.
We recognise that some visitors might require the support of a personal assistant. In these instances, we are happy to offer an extra ticket, free of charge, to deaf and disabled visitors. Please contact us for more information about event access for carers.
If you have any questions about access to the Hall, or you want to discuss your requirements with a member of staff, please contact the Hall’s manager Kate McGeevor: email@example.com 07926 686224.
Where can I stay?
Stretford Public Hall is just outside Manchester city centre, and is easy to reach by tram from most places. Here is a list and map of accommodation in the area.
How do I get there?
Manchester is a well-connected city which can be accessed through several different modes of transportation. Check out the location tab on the festival website for more information.
Is the venue fully accessible?
The Hall is fitted with accessible facilities including step free entry, accessible toilets and a lift which services all floors. Check out the Accessibility tab for full information.
What are the arrival and departure times?
The Hall is open for guests to arrive from 9am on Friday and Saturday, with the event expected to wrap up by 6pm on Friday, and by 6:30pm on Saturday.
Can I buy a ticket on the door?
Yes, subject to availability. We expect tickets to sell out before the event, so it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance online.
Are bursaries available to get a free ticket?
We are working with a range of sponsors to offer bursaries for tickets. We will publish links to opportunities as they become available, so check back soon.
What are the food & drinks options?
We've arranged for some delicious bites from local caterers, all included in the cost of your ticket. Festival attendees can enjoy a selection of pastries on arrival and light lunches with vegan and gluten free options, too.
I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund for my ticket?
Click on the Ts&Cs tab for full details on cancellations and refunds.
Is there a Covid policy?
At the moment Stir to Action and Stretford Public Hall are not enforcing any Covid measures for the festival. Of course if you’re feeling unwell, we ask that you please stay home to keep others safe.
Can I bring my kids?
The festival is aimed at ages 16 and over. Free on-site childcare will be available for guests on Saturday only, offered by local creche providers BizzieKids. Booking for the creche is essential - full information here. There will be no childcare provision on Friday, and no other activities for children during the festival.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
Should you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programme information published on this website is subject to change. We will try to notify you as soon as possible of any changes. If, as a result of a schedule change, you would like to switch your day ticket, contact email@example.com (subject to availability). No refund will be made for schedule changes, unless a written request is received no less than four weeks before the festival starts
Refunds will only be made if a written refund request is received no less than four weeks before the festival starts. Send your written request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cancel your booking less than four weeks before the event, no refund will be made other than in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the festival organisers. No refund will be made for non-attendance.
In the event we have to cancel the festival, we will endeavour to inform all ticket holders at least two weeks before the festival is due to take place, although please be aware that this is not always possible. In such an event, all ticket fees paid to date will be reimbursed in full. We are unable to reimburse any other costs that may be incurred (i.e. travel, accommodation). In the event that festival dates have to be changed, ticket holders may request a full refund if the new dates are not convenient. Should you have any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please contact the festival team via email@example.com.