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Bringing the magic of inclusivity to Antrim Castle Gardens

The Goodfellow Family - Derek Goodfellow (Dad), Victoria Goodfellow (Mum), Katie-Louise Goodfellow (Daughter), and Dawson Goodfellow (Son).

The Goodfellow Family - Derek Goodfellow (Dad), Victoria Goodfellow (Mum), Katie-Louise Goodfellow (Daughter), and Dawson Goodfellow (Son).


Antrim Castle Gardens will come to life from Saturday 25 November to Tuesday 19 December as Enchanted Winter Garden returns, providing a magical, Christmas experience for all the family.

 

This traditional Christmas family event will be adapted on Wednesday 6 December and Wednesday 13 December for adults and children with additional needs.

 

To ensure everyone’s comfort and enjoyment, the key features of the Inclusive evenings are:


  • Reduced capacity meaning a more relaxed/calm environment

  • Lighting will be kept static, with no strobe or strong effects

  • Reduced sound and music levels

  • Sensory and Quiet rooms, ideal for children and adults with additional needs

  • Attractions and rides will be slowed down

  • Mobility Assistance (Mobility Scooters/ Wheelchairs can be hired by appointment only)

  • Santa will have a BSL interpreter alongside him

  • Changing Places Facility onsite as well as a Mobile Changing Places Facility (AccessoLoo)

 

Katie-Louise Goodfellow, and Dawson Goodfellow.

Katie-Louise Goodfellow, and Dawson Goodfellow.


Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper commented:


“Enchanted Winter Garden has become a festive-family tradition for people across Northern Ireland and further afield over the past 10 years.

 

“Our Borough strives to be accessible for all and we will continue to ensure that all our events are as inclusive as possible for everyone’s enjoyment.”


Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper, Chris Flynn, Centre Director The Junction Antrim (Sponsor of the Inclusive Enchanted Winter Garden), and Ellen Boyd, Accessibility and Inclusion Officer.

Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper, Chris Flynn, Centre Director The Junction Antrim (Sponsor of the Inclusive Enchanted Winter Garden), and Ellen Boyd, Accessibility and Inclusion Officer.


The Enchanted Winter Garden Inclusive Evenings are sponsored by The Junction Retail and Leisure Park. For more details on the Inclusive Evenings or to book tickets, please visit enchantedwintergarden.com


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