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Boston May Fair to offer sensory-friendly experience for families

Posted 3rd April 2024

In a ground-breaking move, the Boston May Fair, a long-standing tradition in the town, will be offering a sensory-friendly experience for families with children with additional needs.

Hosted by Boston Borough Council and the Showman's Guild, this initiative aims to provide an inclusive environment where all families can enjoy the festivities without the challenges of sensory overload.

Scheduled for Sunday, May 5th, from 11am to 1pm, the May Fair on Bargate Green Car Park and Wide Bargate will welcome visitors to an environment without sound. This thoughtful adjustment seeks to accommodate individuals who may find traditional fair environments overwhelming due to sensory sensitivities.

Families with children who have autism, sensory processing disorders, or other conditions that make them sensitive to noise will now have the opportunity to participate fully in the excitement of the May Fair. By eliminating sound during the specified hours, organisers hope to create a more accessible and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

The decision to introduce a sensory-friendly session at the May Fair reflects a growing awareness and commitment to inclusivity within the community. Recognising the diverse needs of its residents, Boston Borough Council and the Showman's Guild have taken proactive steps to ensure that everyone can participate in this beloved event.

Cllr Dale Broughton, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Town Centre inc Events, said: "We are delighted to collaborate with the Showman's Guild to make the May Fair more inclusive. By offering a sensory-friendly experience, we hope to create lasting memories for families who may have previously found it challenging to attend such events."

The Showman's Guild, a key partner in this endeavour, has shown unwavering support for the initiative, recognising the importance of making community events accessible to all. Their co-operation underscores a commitment to diversity and inclusion within the fairground industry.

As preparations for the sensory-friendly May Fair continue, organisers are optimistic about the impact this initiative will have on the community. By fostering an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued, the Boston May Fair sets an example for other events to follow suit in prioritising accessibility and inclusion.