The Cheshire Ice Cream Farm hosts monthly Autism Sessions – a few hours long. In winter these are early morning, and in summer they’re in the evening.
During the Autism Sessions, activities (paid for individually) come at a slight discount and everywhere is significantly quieter and calmer.
Staff are absolutely brilliant. Everyone makes an effort to be calm and welcoming without being in-your-face.
The little things make the difference – in our household it’s me (the mum) that’s autistic, but when we paid for an attraction they checked before putting a stamp on my daughter’s hand to make sure that she’d be comfortable with it.
This is a fantastic venue for autistic people, with a sensory-friendly play area (spinning activities, small in-ground trampolines), other attractions like inflatable bouncing pillows and go-karts and a farm area. The water play area (indoors) is absolutely brilliant.
The on-site shop has pocket money treats as well as larger and more expensive items. The ice creams are brilliant. There are accessible toilet facilities. You can also take your own food.
This is a popular attraction so the crowds do pick up quite quickly when the morning sessions end, but it doesn’t feel like you’re rushed for time if you arrive at the start and leave before the venue opens to the general public.
As a final note, proof of diagnosis is not required on the door. You’ll be given a coloured paper wristband for any member of the family to wear, and this should be shown to access activities at the lower price.
A really well done autism-friendly experience.