History of Sign Circle

Sign Circle has been successfully running since 2007. This festival has provided entertainment for thousands of campers and volunteers.

After Sign Circle 2011, it was decided that the festival will run every two years to give the team a rest and to build up excitement! During our gap year we realised what an enormous event Sign Circle had become and the social impact it had on the sign language community. Since the festival was only getting bigger and was only run at that time by a group of volunteers, we realised that we needed something more stable & reliable to make sure that the Sign Circle festival will carry on for years to come.

In 2012, Sign Circle approached East Lancashire Deaf Society (ELDS) and they agreed the event needed stability and the protection that comes with being part of the charity, so Sign Circle is now part of ELDS but will continue to retain its unique identity.

So in 2013 Sign Circle became part of ELDS and with tonnes of hard work from ELDS staff, Trustees and as always loads of super volunteers our 7th festival was the biggest and best ever. With over 900 people attending the festival weekend and over 28 different activities to entertain every age group, it was the highlight of many peoples summer holiday period.

It was such a successful event that ELDS has decided to make it an annual event from now on and in July 2014 we will hold the 7th Sign Circle festival making it even bigger than this year’s. So keep a look out for next year’s dates and book early to ensure you can be part of the UK’s biggest BSL camping festival.

  • May 2007, 142 people at Fanwood in Yorkshire
  • May 2008, 250 people at Fanwood in Yorkshire
  • May 2009, 386 people at Longridge in Lancashire
  • May 2010, 417 people at Longridge in Lancashire
  • July 2011, 543 people at Longridge in Lancashire
  • Managed By ELDS, July 2013, 900 people at Longridge in Lancashire
  • Managed By ELDS, July 2014, 900 people at Longridge in Lancashire