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SENDfest will bring together children, young people and their families across two days.

Choose your vibe from either a more chilled day with quieter activities or a full-scale festival-style experience – have it your way! Both days will feature workshops, exploration activities and a picnic in the park with a retro feel.

SENDfest is an event for young people under the age of 25 and will feature multisport activities, musical workshops, vocational opportunities PFAL workshops and keynote speakers for families, children and young people with SEND.

A trade area, live demonstrations and even a fully functioning railway will mean the day will be one not to forget!

  • Dates:
    • Saturday 1st June 2024 ‘Chilled Vibes’
    • Sunday 2nd June 2024 ‘Festival Vibes’

* Families can book one day only that best suits their individual needs

  • Venue: Easton College Bawburgh Rd, Easton, Norwich NR9 5DU [view on map]

⤓ Download Easy Read event flyer (.pdf)

Listen to the audio event description:


SENDfest walkthrough video:

Take a look at our walkthrough video from SENDfest 2023.

SENDfest 2023 highlights video:

About the event:

Picnic in the Park

  • Saturday 1st June: Chilled Vibes featuring puppetry, circus and magic performances
  • Sunday 2nd June: Festival Vibes featuring a musical feast including a Big Sing and Special Guest

Food will be available to purchase from stalls on-site or feel free to bring your own picnic. Sing along with the stars during this inclusive performance celebration!

With designated quiet spaces available this really is a day not to be missed.

Workshops (anticipated group sizes 8-10) will be available throughout the day, delivered by specialised partners including: Vision28, Football Fun FactoryLab Media Education, Norfolk Emergency Services, Fun With Trains, Garlic TheatreOak Circus CentreDeaf Rave and Bonnie the Bubble Lady, along with tutors at Easton College.

A link will be sent to you to sign up to the workshops of your choice prior to the event so you can plan your day.

Timetable for both days:

  • 9:15am: Car Park and ticketing area open
  • 9:45am: Event open and arrival
  • 10:00am: Workshop Choice 1
  • 11:00am: Workshop Choice 2
  • 12:00pm: Workshop Choice 3
  • 1:00pm: Picnic in the Park
  • 3:00pm: Event Ends

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How accessible is SENDfest going to be? We have undertaken an accessibility audit for the event at Easton College and will be putting all accessibility recommendations in place to ensure that all young people are able to attend
  • Can I sign up for both days? Saturday will be a Chilled Day for those young people and families who require a calmer experience and Sunday will have a full music festival feel for those young people and families who like things a little more intense. Your family will only be able to book on one day so please decide which vibe suits you best before booking as you will not be able to change this at a later stage.
  • What age range is SENDfest suitable for? SENDfest is for all young people and their families under the age of 25 with complex needs
  • When will we be able to book our workshops? Emails will be sent out from on the 19th April 2024 so that you can specify which workshops you would like to attend
  • Do we have to sign up to attend workshops? You do not have to sign-up to attend workshops as there will be other activities available on the day. However, if you don’t sign up to attend workshops in advance there will be no ‘on the day’ availability
  • My vehicle has a tail-lift, is there special parking I can access? Yes, please let us know on sign-up if you require a tail-lift parking pass
  • Will there be accessible toilets and changing facilities available? Through our accessibility audit we have identified appropriate toilets/changing facilities with hoist availability and will also be bringing in additional mobiloo facilities to increase capacity
  • Are dogs allowed? The only dogs permitted on-site will be assistance dogs but please contact us on in advance so that we are able to issue a assistance dog pass
  • Will the picnic in the park be signed? The performances will be signed both in British Sign Language and Makaton
  • Will there be a walk-through video of the venue made available in advance? The walkthrough video from May 2023 can be found above which outlines the different areas within Easton College where activity is taking place. A further video will be uploaded in May 2024 once workshops have been allocated to zones for 2024
  • Will there be a map of activities available? There will be a map available on the day to ensure families are able to find their way around the event. This will also be sent out in packs to families in advance
  • Will there be any designated quiet spaces allocated on the day? There will be 4 spaces allocated as ‘chill-out’ zones/quiet spaces which will be identified on the walk-through video and map
  • Will food be provided at the picnic in the park? Families are free to bring their own picnics but there will also be food available to purchase on the day itself. There will also be a designated food allergy zone should you require it
  • Will there be medical storage facilities available? At the control centre we will have room temperature and refrigerated storage available for medication should this be required
  • What if I have a query that is specific to my family? Please feel free to email us on at any time.This inbox will be monitored Monday – Friday

Event registration

Registration closed.

Please note the closing date to register was Thursday 18th April 2024.

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