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This Saturday is the beginning of The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour campaign week, with over 14,000 businesses across the UK taking their first autism-friendly steps.

With more and more businesses taking part each year, the number of amazing days out is growing for autistic people and their families to enjoy. Here, we’re sharing five cool places to visit during the week.

1. Eden Project

The Eden Project in Cornwall is a wonderful day out for all of the family, enjoying natural delights in their biomes. Their Autism Hour, taking place 8 30-10am on Saturday 5 October provides quieter routes, tea tasting and a special shop opening so you can take full advantage.

2. Margate Caves

The Margate Caves are truly a hidden wonder, originally dug in the 18th Century. Filled with beautiful paintings, their Autism Hour allows limited access to prevent sensory overload, as well as sensory packs so that everyone can enjoy the caves.

This Autism Hour takes place on Saturday 5 October from 5-7 30pm.

3. Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a great attraction that’s fun for all. They’re also taking autism-friendly steps for the whole of Autism Hour week, by running a sensory room, and, where possible, turning down loud noises like hand-driers.

If that’s not magical, we don’t know what is!

4. Harrods

Treat yourself this Autism Hour by nipping into Harrods. Get yourself some designer goods or maybe some early Christmas shopping, but they will be dimming the lights, reducing their background noise and educating staff and customers about autism.

Pop down for their opening hour every day during the week!

5. The Entertainer

The Entertainer regularly run Autism Hours in all of their stores, and hold our Autism Friendly Award, but they’ll be doing even more during our Autism Hour campaign week.

Every day in their opening hour (apart from Sundays as they are closed), they will be running special demonstrations that aren’t noisy and have sensory play areas for customers to enjoy. Why not take the whole family for some playful fun?


As you can see, there’s such a wide range of attractions and family activities to enjoy. To find out what else is going on in your area, have a look at our interactive map here.

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