Oh, Barbican Arts Centre: you audacious modernist complex, you concrete slabs and jutting angles, you that supplies not one, but six different flavours of ice cream (of which I bought four of today, yum).
Oh, Barbican Arts Centre: I think I’m a little bit in love with you.
Here’s a brief list of the reasons why:
- Free parking for Blue Badge holders
- Free carer ticket to events*
- Lifts, wide corridors, automatic doors – everywhere
- Easy access to wheelchair seats – and they are good seats
- Home to the London Symphony Orchestra – lovelovelove
May has been to many exhibits/concerts at the Barbican. It is not a solemn and pretentious arts venue. It is a noisy place where her screams of glee or complaints are masked behind the screams of glee or complaints of hundreds of other children.
It is the perfect place for children, disabled or not. Did you know, for example, that the audacious modernism I mentioned earlier is actually a playground for children? I didn’t either until I saw hundreds of the little buggers sliding down the Barbican’s banisters and chasing each other up and down the stairs, and outside weaving in and out of the pillars in the gardens.
It is a space that is meant for fun, and fun for everyone.
Incidentally, though we have been to other things there, I mentioned the LSO particularly because May has seen them perform four times now. Their family concerts, during the school holidays, are ridiculously inexpensive (£10 adult/£5 child – and don’t forget that free carer ticket). And they include free music, craft and story workshops beforehand. And a free creche for under-7s (that I’ve used four times for my son and is marvellous). Ice cream is extra. But worth it.
* Free carer tickets available once you sign up for an access pass online
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