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Exciting inclusive events coming up this season in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council is proud to announce an exciting range of inclusive activities over the next few months.

During Halloween and Christmas, events have been carefully tailored to suit children and adults with specific needs to ensure they can fully enjoy all the activities being offered.

This evening, Sunday 31 October, Spooked Out at V36 will run from 6pm-8pm with fireworks taking place at 8pm. Accessible car parking will be available and there will be a viewing point at the stage for those who have a physical, sensory disability and those from the Deaf Community. There will be sign Language provision on stage to sign the show, a quiet room along with an AccessoLoo (Mobile changing places facility) will be in situ.

On Wednesday 1 and 8 December an Evening of Inclusive Enchantment returns to Antrim Castle Gardens from 4pm – 9:30pm.

This is a relaxed event for children and adults with specific needs including those who are sensitive to noise, lights and crowds. Attractions and rides will be slowed down, music levels lowered and strobe lighting not in use.

There will also be accessible car parking, reduced capacity, sensory and quiet rooms, AccessoLoo (mobile changing places facility) in situ, and an event layout map.

Theatre of The Mill is excited to be back! Join the magical fun filled adventure with Mr Hullaballo’s Snow White. The show will host a relaxed performance on Sat 11 December which will be sensitive to audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment including those with autism or sensory and learning disabilities.

Saturday 18 December will host a signed performance which is adapted for those who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Caroline Curran returns this year writing and staring in the hilarious ‘Jingle All the Hairspray, a Christmas Hairytale’.

This show is for adults only, and will host a relaxed performance Thursday 23 December and signed performance Wednesday 22 December.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said:

It is great to see so many upcoming events over the next few months that children and adults with specific needs can enjoy. Ensuring that all events hosted by the Council are inclusive is important, and something that we will continually try to progress so that everyone can attend.”

For more information on our inclusive events contact:

Ellen Boyd, Accessibility and Customer Services Officer

Email: or by telephone on 02894463113.

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