Date: 
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 15:30

The Eden Project is offering relaxed sessions for children who may benefit from a more informal experience of its summer programme, Dinosaur Uprising: Land, Sea and Air.

The experience is designed for families with any children who may have autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication needs or learning disabilities.

There will be special access to the main Eden dinosaur exhibition to be enjoyed at the visitors’ own pace in a calmer and gentler environment, followed by an opportunity to meet and have a hands-on sensory experience with the roaming dinosaurs.

The Eden team will have some basic Makaton training and disability awareness training from The Sensory Trust. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate.

The signage and adventure journals for the exhibits will include Widgits - pictorial symbols - ensuring that everyone gets fair and equal access to the information.

Kate Francis, Eden Live Programme Producer, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer relaxed sessions of our summer programme and The Sensory Trust have done an amazing job to help us make this possible. We want to be able to make it as accessible as possible for our visitors and we hope that it is an enjoyable experience for them.”

The Sensory Trust is a leading authority on inclusive and sensory design. They make places accessible, attractive and meaningful for everyone, regardless of age, disability or background.

They are a UK-registered charity based in Cornwall. They work closely with the Eden Project helping to ensure that visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy the venue.

Dinosaur Uprising includes a new awe-inspiring underwater section, giving visitors the opportunity to dive into oceanic depths to “swim” with ancient aquatic creatures, including the majestic Plesiosaur.

Plesiosaurs are a family of giant underwater reptiles including creatures that could grow as long as 17 metres, making them some of the largest marine predators ever.

Also new this year, the Mediterranean Biome is the home of the flying Pterosaurs. From the strange-looking Dimorphodon with its oversized head to the mighty Pteranodon, visitors will be able to learn little-known facts about these ancient flying reptiles.

They also have the opportunity to get close to some life-sized dinosaur jaws, to learn about eating and hunting habits as well as marvel at the giant teeth.

Among the friendlier beasts, a long-necked Titanosaur offers an insight into the lives of the mighty vegetarian sauropods, the largest animals ever to live on land.
The ever-popular dig pit – where children are given a trowel and a brush and like real palaeontologists they can chip away at rocks to reveal a massive dinosaur fossil – has returned.

The relaxed sessions will take place between 8am and 9.30am on every Friday and Saturday until September 2. From 9.30am onwards, visitors are welcome to stay and enjoy the rest of the Eden site, including the other dinosaur activities.

Booking is required as there are limited spaces available. The relaxed sessions are free, but an Eden admission will also need to be purchased. Upon booking, a pre-visit information pack will be emailed enabling visitors to prepare for their visit.

To book a relaxed session or for more information about Dinosaur Uprising: Land, Sea and Air, see www.edenproject.com.

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