Sensory tent to feature at lights switch-on

Emma Spagnola, Liberal Democrat candidate for Suffield Park in the 2019 North Norfolk District Counc

Emma Spagnola, who is organising a sensory tent to Cromer Parish Church during the Christmas lights switch-on, which has been funded by the town council. - Credit: Supplied by Emma Spagnola

Lights, noise and crowds are an inescapable part of major events, but they can be overwhelming for people with autism or sensory issues.

But now a new 'sensory tent' is being set up inside Cromer Parish Church to give people a refuge during the town's Christmas festival and lights switch-on, and hopefully its summer carnival and other annual drawcards. 

Emma Spagnola, from Cromer, who is organising the tent for the December 4 festival, said: "It is being funded by Cromer Town Council, and it will have bean bags, weighted blankets, ear defenders and fidget toys.

Cromer Christmas Lights switch on by the town church. Pictured is Olly Day and the cast who are perf

Olly Day and the cast of a previous Cromer Pier Christmas Show at a lights-switch on in the town. Mr Day and the cast of this year's show will be part of the switch-on event on December 4. - Credit: Mark Bullimore

"Basically, if anyone comes into town with a family member or someone they look after with sensory issues, this will give them a place to hide away for a few minutes before they go out  to rejoin the festivities."

The festival starts at 10am, featuring a Christmas tree display in the church, reindeer, street entertainers, a torchlit parade, carol singing and a presentation of prizes to carol singers. 

The lights will be switched on just after 5.45pm.