Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto at Bletchley Park - autism friendly openings for 2019


December is now less than a month away, so it's never too early to be thinking about meeting The Man in Red himself.

Step back in time at Bletchley Park and experience a 1940s style Christmas Grotto. Father Christmas will be at home in the Library in the Mansion throughout December. Every child will receive a present and have the opportunity to enjoy festive crafts while you wait.

Christmas is an exciting time of the year, but the sights, sounds and festive sensations can be challenging for children with autism or other sensory conditions. On selected dates Bletchley Park are offering tailored autism friendly Christmas Grotto sessions. These sessions, aimed at those with sensory conditions, will take place on Sunday 1st December and Thursday 19th December.

They aim to:

- adjust the lighting level to suit your child

- turn music off if preferred

- provide a specific time slot to minimise waiting time

- keep the festive craft area as quiet as possible

- provide resources in advance including a sensory map and social story

- offer you the chance to discuss any particular triggers for your child with us in advance

Dates: Sunday 1st and Thursday 19th December 2019

Location: Bletchley Park, The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

Time: Slots between 10.00am - 3.30pm

Cost: £7.50 child under age 12 // £19.50 child aged 12-17

For more information, click here.

The Father Christmas Grotto Experience is located within Bletchley Park’s beautiful Mansion House. To access the museum including the Mansion house, accompanying adults will need to purchase standard admission tickets. All admission tickets are annual season tickets. Admission tickets can be purchased in advance online to minimise queuing. Anyone with a valid season ticket does not need to re-purchase them. Please note the rest of the Park will be open as normal. To find out more about our admission prices and discounts please visit here.

If you wish to discuss your child’s needs in more detail, please email learning@bletchleypark.org.uk, and if you would like to make a booking, please call the bookings team on 01908 272673.

N.B. For your information, this is not organised or run by Leighton Buzzard Mencap.

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