Getting to the National Festival

A picture of the venue surrounded by a lake and geese

Midlands Arts Centre – MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Sales & Information Desk: 0121 446 3232

MAC is open 9am–9pm throughout the week, and is located in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham – opposite Edgbaston County Cricket Ground on Edgbaston Road (off A441 Pershore Road and A38 Bristol Road).


By car

Birmingham is accessible by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 motorways. Please follow the signs for MAC throughout the city – it is located opposite Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

From Birmingham City Centre, take the A441 to Redditch. Approximately 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham, turn left into Edgbaston Road. You will see the entrance for MAC on the right approximately 150 metres ahead after the traffic lights.

Car parking

Birmingham City Council manages the Queen’s Ride car park next to MAC, Pershore Road car park next to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (BWCP), and the smaller Russell Road car park.

Please see the Council’s website for information on car park pricing here.

The Queen’s Ride car park, accessed via Edgbaston Road or Pershore Road, provides a large number of parking spaces close to the entrance to mac, including spaces for Blue-Badge holders. It can get very busy at times so MAC cannot guarantee spaces. Please note: Charges do not apply to Blue Badge holders.

Car park closing times: Edgbaston Rd (next to MAC) and Russell Road entrance closes at 11.30pm daily. Pershore Road entrance next to BWCP closes at 6pm daily.

Please direct any enquiries regarding car parking to: parking@birmingham.gov.uk

Accessible Facilities & Services

MAC is committed to offering a welcoming and accessible environment in which everyone can feel comfortable.

Getting around MAC

Easy access

There is level, gently sloping or permanent ramped access into the building from the car park and from Cannon Hill Park, as well as throughout our building. Automatic doors into the building are available at both entrances. Portable ramps can also be made available if required.

Access For wheelchairs and people with limited mobility

The café and bar, both on the ground floor, are fully accessible with plenty of room to manoeuvre. MAC have low counters at the café, bar and sales and information and have designated wheelchair spaces inside the cinema and theatres. If you require space for a wheelchair, please call or speak to the sales and information team on 0121 446 3232 to book.

Lifts

There are two lifts in the building. All floors are serviced by the main lift, located close to the bar and cinema, which has tactile buttons and can accommodate a wheelchair, mobility scooter or buggy 80 cm wide. Another lift servicing the Bryant meeting rooms and Hexagon Theatre is located by Kiln café.

Coloured carpet

Different coloured flooring in contrasting tones are used in various places throughout the building to indicate where the gradient of the floor changes, to emphasise the boundaries.

Familiarising yourself

With prior arrangement, the team at MAC are happy to show anyone around who would like to see the spaces during a quieter time, to familiarise themselves with areas, ask questions and to resolve any potential concerns they may have in advance of their visit.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in the public and performance spaces, and MAC is happy to provide bowls of water, which are usually outside in the terraced seating area leading to Cannon Hill Park.

Emergency Call buttons

These are located throughout the building at safe refuge points, and can be used to request assistance from a member of staff in an emergency. All front-facing staff have been trained to operate ‘Evacusafe’ chairs.

Sound enhancement

The induction loop system at MAC has been installed to provide clear, amplified sound to members of the public who may have a hearing impairment, to ensure that they have the best possible experience with us. We have two types of induction loop systems; a fixed loop and an infra-red loop

  • Fixed Induction Loop
    These are available in the bar, café, sales and information desk, and Pinsent Mason 1 and Deloitte meeting rooms. Anyone who wishes to use the system at the bar, café and sales and information desk should stand between the two blue stickers displayed on the wall and switch their hearing aid to the “T” function setting. The meeting room induction loops are available anywhere in the room.
  • Infra-red Induction Loops
    These are available in all indoor performance venues and studios, the Bryant, Saintbury, Cole and Roughley meeting rooms. Within these rooms an infra- red hearing loop receiver must be worn in conjunction with the users hearing aid which has to be switched to the function setting “T”. These can be picked up from the sales and information desk.