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Autism Friendly - Vintage Christmas Grotto

Sun, 1 Dec 2019 — Thu, 19 Dec 2019
From 10:00 to 15:30
A tailored session aimed at those with sensory conditions

Step back in time at Bletchley Park and experience a festive 1940s Vintage Grotto, where Father Christmas will be at home in our beautifully decorated Mansion throughout December.

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 we are offering tailored autism friendly Christmas Grotto sessions.

Every child that visits Father Christmas will receive an age appropriate present and while you wait there will be a reduced-noise festive craft area for your children to enjoy.


Please select from two tailored sessions:

  • Sunday 1 December
  • Thursday 19 December


During the sessions, we 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


Please note:

Our Father Christmas Grotto Experience is located within Bletchley Park’s beautiful Mansion To access the museum including the Mansion, 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:  https://bletchleypark.org.uk/visit-us/admission-prices

If you wish to discuss your child’s needs with us in more detail, please email: [email protected] and if you would like to make a booking please contact the bookings team on: 01908 272673.