Autism friendly sessions to launch at Lincoln Castle
From 8 April, Lincoln Castle will be launching its Early Morning Explorers sessions for families with young children with Autism.
The castle will be opening its doors an hour earlier so that families and children can experience the castle and its attractions in a stress free and suitable environment for visitors with Autism.
From 9am, visitors will be able to explore the castle, including its famous Victorian Prison and Magna Carta Vault. Education spaces in the castle will be equipped with sensory toys for those who need some time away or a safe space. Langtons Café will open early too, serving food and drink from 9am.
Note that these changes to the Castle and its attractions will take place between 9.00am and 10.00am. From 10am the Castle’s audio and visual interpretation will restart. Visitors are more than welcome to stay beyond 10am
- 8 April as the Launch.
- 3 June – Arts and crafts.
- 2 August – Meet the Knights experience.
- 30 September – Meet a Castle Character.
- 16 December – Christmas themed event
Cllr Nick Worth, said:
“We’re really pleased to announce the start of our Early Morning Explorers sessions here at Lincoln Castle. As an award winning heritage site, we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience it in an environment where they feel comfortable.
“Our staff has undergone specialist Autism Awareness training, working alongside Lincoln’s parent support group, Parents and Autistic Children Together (PAACT), so will be on hand to provide support and assistance around the castle if needed.
“This will be the first event of the initiative with more exciting sessions coming up throughout 2017 for families to enjoy.”
Gordon Forsyth, chair of PAACT, said:
“We’re are delighted with the new initiative that Lincoln Castle is introducing for families with Children/ young people on the Autism Spectrum.
“This will allow a greater experience for all the family and possibly encourage the young person to enhance their confidence to mix with all visitors to the castle over time.”
To read the castle’s accessibility statement, visit www.lincolncastle.com/content/accessibility. Visitors can get their own temporary ear defenders whilst attending the castle, which can be reserved by calling the castle on 01522 554559
Admission - Adults £13.50, Concession £11.00, Child £7.20, Family £34.20 (2 adults & up to 3 children). 10% discount for advance on-line bookings. Admission also includes a free return visit (Return visit must be made within 6 months from date of issue and can include daytime events.)
Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance at www.lincolncastle.com.