Father Christmas visits autism and SEN friendly grotto at Holwood Farm Shop

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2017
10.30am - 4pm at Holwood Farm Shop

Arranging to visit the autism-friendly grotto

The grotto will be open on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December and ALL VISITS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH CASPA.

Ticket Price: £14 per Child & £3 per adult or child under 2

TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS 

Email: events@caspabromley.org.uk

Website: www.caspabromley.org.uk
 

Join us for our special Christmas experience.

Get creative - make some reindeer food, make a Christmas biscuit, and then meet Santa for a story, hot chocolate, a photograph and a special gift. Our experienced, caring & DBS checked CASPA elves will be on hand to help families guide their children through the experience.    With our small groups and genuine approach, ALL children can access a Magical Christmas stress-free!

Visits cost £14 per child including an individualised gift and £3 per adult child under 2 

Parking is free, it is wheelchair-friendly and there is a disabled toilet.

Our very special grotto created especially for children with autism will return to Holwood Farm this Christmas, making it possible for many families to experience a visit to Santa for the first time. Organised by Bromley-based charity Children on the Autistic Spectrum Parents’ Association (CASPA), the grotto will be located in our barn, right opposite the farm shop. 

We're delighted to be supporting CASPA again in 2017 - here's their director Helen Dyer explaining why the grotto is so important:

“For most families, a visit to Santa’s grotto is one of the high spots of Christmas, yet children on the autistic spectrum often miss out as they can struggle to cope with the sensory overload brought on by bright lights, crowds, noise and queues. It can just be a nightmare and it’s no wonder parents avoid putting their children into that situation, especially at what is supposed to be a joyful time. It doesn’t just affect the child with autism, but their siblings, too.

“The grotto at Holwood Farm Shop is created in a way that makes a visit to Santa possible for these families. The whole experience is designed to be calming and includes making reindeer food, decorating a cookie and story time with Mr and Mrs Christmas. Santa and his helpers are autism-trained and the families receive a lot of support. Quite often we get grandparents coming along too - sometimes the children are 15 or 16 and it’s an occasion they haven’t ever been able to share before.”

We're really looking forward to welcoming CASPA and the families!

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