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Relaxed Opening Afternoon

26 Oct 2021 - 26 Oct 2021

Relaxed Opening Afternoon

Join us for a relaxed afternoon at the Historic Dockyard. This session has been designed for visitors with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their siblings, families and carers.

The afternoon will have fewer visitors across the Dockyard and a quieter atmosphere.

You will have access to the whole museum between 3pm and 5pm and have the opportunity to take part in the Pirate Stew Discovery Trail as well as joining storytelling of Pirate Stew onboard HMS Gannet.

The storytelling will allow for noise and movement, re-entry when needed and a chill-out space for visitors who may need time away from the performance. Perfect for anyone who benefits from being able to make a noise, leave and return to their seat or access the toilets during the performance.

This afternoon is perfect for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Book tickets

As part of a pilot scheme for access tours at the Historic Dockyard and thanks to generous support from Arts Council England we are able to offer this afternoon on a complimentary basis.

In return for your free afternoon, we will be seeking feedback to help us shape a regular programme of access tours / relaxed openings for 2022.

What you can expect

  • We will limit the number of tickets we sell so you can enjoy the museum at its quietest.
  • We will turn off loud sounds and video.
  • In the toilets we will turn off our hand-dryers and replace these with handtowels.
  • We run regular disability awareness sessions with our staff.
  • A quiet space will also be available if you need to take time out from the museum environment, this space will provide a chilled out, break-away area, should you need a change of scenery. You can use this space at any point during your visit.
  • Each Gallery will contain sensory items to help to assist you should you be overwhelmed by a new environment.
  • Please visit the our accessibility pages to view our visual story, which can help you further prepare for your visit.

We have a very special team of volunteers who are experienced and super friendly, they will be on hand to help thoroughout our relaxed afternoon. We’ll also have extra staff on hand to offer you any help or support during your visit.

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