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Paralympic Heritage Flame Events 2018

Image of the 2018 Paralympic Torch

In March 2018, the Paralympic Heritage Flame will once again be lit in Buckinghamshire in readiness for the PyeongChang Games.

To mark this, two public events are being held:

  1. The formal Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Friday 2 March; and
  2. A Community Flame Celebration in Aylesbury on Saturday 3 March, including the Passing of the Flame, allowing guests to hold and pass the actual Heritage Flame in its distinctive Torch.

BuDS and the Bucks UTC are happy to be hosting the  Community Flame Celebration and Passing of the Flame. The event will be free of charge and will be a happy, informal, celebratory event bringing together the people of Bucks with the Flame, especially disabled people.

The event will be fully accessible to disabled people, including those with higher levels of impairment. However, as numbers are limited, this event will be ticket-only and not open to the general public. Details of how to attend will be posted shortly.

The Flame Lighting Ceremony itself is arranged by AVDC and they are responsible for sending out invitations and saying how tickets can be obtained. A link to their website will be posted soon.

The following tables give more information about both events, especially disabled accessibility and inclusion.

Event What’s Happening Spectator Information Accessibility Information Organisers
Paralympic Heritage Community Flame Celebration

Bucks UTC, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, HP21 8PB

Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00


The event will start with an informal reception with refreshments in the UTC atrium. There will be stalls and stands to visit. At about 7 pm, the Heritage Flame will enter the building and the Torch will be lit. The Passing of the Flame will take place in an adjacent hall. Afterwards, the Flame will move to the Hall and the ‘This is the Flame’ film, narrated by Sir Ian McKellan, will be shown and there will be some speeches. The reception will then resume and there will be the chance for people to be photographed with the Torch until the event ends at about 9 pm. The event will be designed to allow everyone to participate regardless of disability.

Everyone will have the chance to Pass the Flame.

Refreshments will be served and special diets will be catered for as far as possible.

Plenty of free parking including lots of Blue Badge parking beside the entrance.

The building is fully accessible.

Hoist-equipped WC/Changing Room on site, along with transfer-equipped accessible WCs.

There may be some crowding and noise.

Quiet low-sensory ‘chill-out’ room available on site.

BSL interpreters and/or palantypist support for speeches.

Helpful stewards on hand.



BuDS and Bucks UTC
Event What’s Happening Spectator Information Accessibility Information Organisers
Heritage Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony

7 pm on Friday 2 March, for about 1 hour

A short televised formal event with speeches, ending with lighting of Heritage Flame using pyrotechnics/fireworks. Smaller scale Ceremony than previous years. Ceremony is held on raised dais on the running track at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Spectators will be outdoors with no tiered seating, no overhead cover and no heating.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Seats will be available by ballot only.

Sightlines may be difficult.

Airport-style security bag and person searches may be done when you arrive.

Blue Badge holder parking is available on site.  Group tickets will permit groups parking for 1 minibus or 2 cars (or they are welcome to be dropped off/picked up). General admission ticket holders brought by car must be dropped off and collected or take the shuttle available at Aylesbury main rail station.

Indoor space for waiting will be available from 6pm until ceremony starts.

Transfer-accessible WCs but no hoist-equipped ‘Changing Room’ WC.

Quieter ‘chill-out’ space available near the ceremony.

BSL signing, audio description and speech to text support onscreen provided.

Aylesbury Vale District Council with Wheelpower and LEAP.