800 Deaf campers enjoy this year’s Sign Circle festival!

Posted on July 28, 2014

800 Deaf campers are today making their way home after enjoying this year’s Sign Circle camping festival, which was held in Longridge, Lancashire.


Among this year’s attractions were a new ‘pub bus’ (above) improvised comedy (below), signed poetry, drama and media workshops, an outdoor cinema from the BSL Zone, dog show, mud wrestling, zorbing, and much, much more.


Many high-profile stars of the Deaf performing arts world were in attendance, including comedian John Smith (who was MC for the improvised comedy), actress Rebecca Withey, and actors Adam Bassett, Nadia Nadarajah, Brian Duffy and David Sands.

Some evidence of Deaf humour (or hearing people’s desire for a quiet night’s sleep) could be seen on the toilets to the portaloos…


After two scorching hot days at the festival, rain on Saturday night (as in 2013) led to a few soaked tents on Sunday morning. On Sunday it was sunny but cloudly, though the occasional light showers didn’t dampen anyone’s mood.

Well done once again to the organisers and volunteers – and to everyone travelling today – have a safe journey home!

With thanks for photos to Jen Dodds

By Charlie Swinbourne, Editor


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