Inclusion, diversity and accessibility

Each year, we make an effort to ensure that PyCon UK is as welcoming, accessible, and inclusive as possible, and try to find new ways to make it even more so.

If there is something you need, that’s not described below, please let us know so that we can do something about it.

Child care 👶

PyCon UK will be a friendly environment for parents and babies.

Two babies sitting on the floor, holding hands. One of them is looking and smiling at the camera; the other is looking away.
Two users of the crèche at PyCon UK 2017. Photo by Mark Hawkins, CC BY.

Free crèche

We will provide a free crèche, staffed by registered and qualified childminders, during conference hours.

You can register for the crèche when buying your tickets. We need you to register in advance, so that we can book the appropriate number of staff for the crèche.

Children will be welcome at all appropriate conference events, during breaks for refreshments and in the audience at talks.

Feeding your child

If you are breastfeeding your baby, we can provide a quiet room if that's what you prefer. Otherwise, please breastfeed your baby whenever and wherever you like, including during talks and at mealtimes.

If your child is old enough to have meals and refreshments with us, they are welcome to join us. If they are not, you will need to provide their food.

Under 18s

For those under the age of 18 who would like to attend the conference itself, you are more than welcome but you will need an adult chaperone.

Our tickets are for over 18s only but each one entitles the holder to accompany up to two under 18s. They will need to be in the building and contactable whenever you are.

Facilities and support for special needs

We have provision for people with hearing, vision and mobility requirements.

A large screen with a black background and yellow text.
Live captions are displayed on screens on either side of the main stage. Photo by Vince Knight.

Hearing support

Talks in the main hall will feature simultaneous speech-to-text transcription.

All talks will be held in auditoriums with induction loops for hearing aid users.

On request, we will provide a British Sign Language interpreter (at no charge) for the duration of the conference to any Deaf attendees, to help them participate more fully in discussions and social events.

Vision support

Preferred seating will be provided and reserved for the visually-impaired. Please contact us about any lighting requirements you may have, and we will do our best to meet them.

Similarly, if you would benefit from having a close-up display of presenters' slides and screens, or from the provision of any assistive technology, just let us know.

Guide dogs are welcome at the conference and social events.


The PyCon UK venue is split across multiple levels. There is step-free access to most of the building:

  • There is a wheelchair lift from street level to the ground floor
  • There is a lift from the ground floor to the first floor
  • There are steps to access the Council Chamber, which we use as our Quiet Room

There are accessible bathrooms on the ground floor.

Please contact us about any mobility assistance needs you may have during your stay in Cardiff. We can provide parking at the venue for attendees with access needs.

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Dietary requirements

We aim to meet a wide range of dietary requirements and our lunch time dishes are clearly labelled.

We endeavour to publish a full menu for each day, closer to the event.

Looking towards the centre of a circular room with raked seating.
The quiet room is a place to relax and unwind away from the conference. Photo by Mark Hawkins, CC BY.

Quiet room

We will provide a clearly-marked designated quiet room at the venue.

This room is intended to be a calm and quiet place for anyone who needs to have a break from the bustle of the conference, and will not be used for socialising.

Note: there are steps to access the quiet room.

Dress code

At PyCon UK we want everyone to feel comfortable, and that includes wearing clothing that makes you feel comfortable.

For that reason, we do not have a formal dress code. As long as your outfit does not violate the Code of Conduct, you are welcome to wear whatever suits you best.

Financial assistance

Some attendees will require a financial grant in order to meet the costs of travel, subsistence or even taking days off work. This can include discounted or free conference tickets.

We run a financial assistance programme, and we will announce details soon.