Sensory Sensitive Quiet Time

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Date: Various
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Yulefest Kilkenny supported by Creative Ireland, is offering Sensory Sensitive Quiet Time as a unique and special festive feature to Yulefest Kilkenny this year.

For some families & children bright lights and loud music can cause stress and anxiety. At Yulefest Kilkenny, we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to experience and enjoy our beautiful city at Christmas time.

This year, thanks to the support of Creative Ireland, Butler House Garden, Kilkenny Castle, Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny on Ice, Nore Valley Park Christmas Experience and the Vintage Carousel, we will turn the lights & music down low, allowing children & their families to experience the atmosphere of Christmas in Kilkenny at a pace and in an environment that is comfortable for them to enjoy.

Please see details below of venues & times

Vintage Carousel

The Vintage Carousel is delighted to offer Sensory Sensitivity Quiet Time from 10.30am to 11.30am daily – Just ask the Carousel operator to slow the ride and turn down/turn off the music to your child’s preferred experience. (€3 all ages)

Medieval Mile Museum

Saturday 15th November the Medieval Mile Museum will be a sanctuary of calm for families with children who would enjoy Sensory Sensitive Quiet Time. The museum is opening early to facilitate quiet visits where the space can be gently explored and enjoyed. The museum tells stories 800 years in the making with the assistance of authentic artefacts and LEGO Minifigures, all within the peaceful space of the 13th century church. The Storm Troopers will be visiting the Museum from 11am to 12pm, there may be a lot of activity around this time. Admission will be reduced to €5 per adult and €3 per child for the entire day.

For more information please ring 056 7817022

Butler House Garden

The garden is open and free to wander around and enjoy, Monday to Friday from 11am-3pm. Children will love the toy soldiers, reindeer and the frosty winter pond at the heart of the garden complete with a skating snowman! The house will be serving food from 12 noon to 4pm daily, with a festive menu on offer. The gardens are open at the weekends also but are particularly busy on these days.

For more information please ring 056 7722828

Kilkenny on Ice

Kilkenny on ice is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with onsite wheelchair accessible bathrooms and parking at The Hub, Cillín Hill.

For more information please ring 086 2236660

Kilkenny Castle

Sunday 16th from 11am to 1pm, Kilkenny Castle will provide a quiet room for children to have an opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with the Storm Troopers.

Nore Valley Park Christmas Experience at MacDonagh Junction

Tuesday 18 December from 2pm to 5pm:
Write your letter to Santa at the North Pole Post Office, bake and decorate gingerbread men with Mrs Claus in her magical kitchen, mischievous elves will guide you to meet Santa in his enchanting grotto, Santa has also brought some of his furry friends along with him; in addition to live deer, his stables are home to the animals of the Nativity which the whole family are invited to pet, stroke and cuddle.The lights can be dimmed, quiet music or none at all, the experience can be tailored as much as possible to ensure families are content that the event meets their needs. Booking is essential so please call us on 056 772 7229 or email providing a contact phone number.  Prices for the full experience are €15 per child and €10 for adults and Under 2’s, to visit Santa and the animals costs €10 per child.