Doors open 27 November 2021 for live sessions!

Access to video presentations until doors close 11 December 2021!


What is it?

The online format of the Festival is based upon a series of video presentations; ‘live & online’ presentations; live question & answer/panel sessions; a Festival chat room and a virtual meeting space!

The Sensory Festival will be FUN and inspire you to create amazing sensory resources, hear new ideas and discover practical strategies you can use straight away.

Binge-watch the video presentations over the weekend or catch up with them all during the two weeks of the Festival!

Why should you be there?

Tired of buying the same old things as you plan your sensory activities?  Need to jazz up your weekly sensory ‘shop’ and offerings in your class?

Why not ‘shop’ at the Sensory Festival Supermarket where you are guaranteed to find new lines, ideas, recipes, and ingredients to make fantastic sensory creations and activities in your classroom?

Come and meet our amazing presenters who will inspire you!


How much will it cost?

The cost is £20 + VAT (£24) per ticket via the booking buttons above or below.

For group bookings – email


Introducing our Sensory Festival Supermarket Speakers!

Special Offers – Our Keynotes!

We’re delighted to announce our three amazing keynote speakers for the Sensory Festival!

Les Staves: ‘Engage yourself in play to teach’
Jane Friswell: ‘We need to talk about Colin…’
Pete Wells: ‘Inclusive stories for everyone!’


Confirmed speakers and video presentations!

Peter Imray: Sensory Play – what it might be and who it’s for
Jo Grace: Sensory Supermarket Shadows
Chris Barson: I.C.A.N! Getting autistic youngsters calm, alert and nourished
Nick Sheffield: The Swan Effect; Leading in classrooms in stressful times
Victoria Navin: Jack and the Beanstalk – A Multisensory Adventure!
Bex Watton: Playful Thinking!
Jo Fitzsimmons: Why is smell important for learning for pupils with PMLD
Sensory Soup: Seasonal Sensory Magic
Dr Sarah Moseley: Top tips for an inclusive reading classroom – 5 ideas to steal right now!
Lynne Castle: What’s in your trolley?
Suzanne Little: Calm environments for healthy learning

Carrie Lennard & Mandy Mayhew: Music and Laughter – Jam Along with Carrie and Mowkee!
Gary Quarless: Living Stories
Fintan O’Regan: ADHD: The M Factor
Mary Atkinson: Nourishing Stories with Nurturing Touch
Adam Millichip: TWS Sports Podcast (Autism & Sport)

Simply Sensory: Exploring in the dark…

Lynne Castle: Sensory Shelves
Caroline Hill: Sensory Art: two items you need today!
Lynne Castle: Sensory Bags
Fiona Bell: Sensory P.E. Activities
Jen Steptoe: Music to Engage – The Jensory Approach to Music and Sound
Lynne Castle: Sensory Art Activities


Our speakers also include: Dr Julie Calveley, Erica Harwood, Alex Lopiccolo, Adam Gordon, Sheila Theren, Clive Smith, Dr Claire Caughey, Dr Eve Griffiths & Claire Graham, Inclusion Un.LTD.

With further announcements to follow!

Live Sessions

Ali Golding: Priming the senses – a ‘live’ Festival warm up!
Richard Hirstwood : Magical Multisensory Spaces
Carol Allen: Twelve Days of Christmas – an inclusive sensory romp!


Introducing The Sensory Festival Supermarket Departments.


Security – our strict ‘stealing is allowed’ policy!

Throughout the Sensory Supermarket, we have regular security patrols and our guards are trained to help you to choose and STEAL the best ideas for your classroom, pupils, and setting.

Customer Satisfaction Department

We hope to see reviews online on your favourite social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will all be active during opening hours.

Employee of the day

Nominate the most helpful individual today!  Which presenter has inspired you the most today?

Supermarket Cafe & Chat Room

Join other supermarket shoppers for a cuppa and a catch up in our virtual meeting space!  Our popular Chat Room will also be open on 27 & 28 November.

The Essentials Range: the department of sensory teaching essentials

Here you’ll find the foundations of everything sensory.  We’ll have core curriculum subjects covered such as maths, literacy, science, art… the list goes on!

We’ll also cover sensory impairments and the impact that these have on learning in the classroom.

Need to create a more responsive sensory classroom?  That’s here too!  We have easy, simple-to-do ideas that will create a big impact.

Meal Deal

A supermarket meal deal usually involves a choice of three elements. In our Sensory Supermarket ‘Meal Deal’ we are looking at…

Making choices!

Creating Sensory recipes – what’s your favourite? 

As a ‘meal deal’ is a budget option, we’ll only have recipes with ingredients costing less than £20.  Have a bigger budget than this? Head over to the Deli department!

3 things to do with…

A beginning, a middle, and an end 


The Deli Counter 

Do you have a bigger budget for your weekly shop? Do you need a recipe for a more luxury ingredient?  At the Deli Counter there is lots of imagination and no limits on ideas or budgets.

Healthy Options

Our Sensory Supermarket supports you to choose healthier options!  In this department, we showcase ideas and strategies for developing mindfulness and relaxation in our classrooms. We’ll cover self-regulation; design of a learning environment; active learning and the importance of sensory & movement breaks for sucessful learning.

The Customer Service Department

Do you need to speak to a customer service colleague?  For a more individual service about a specific purchase, ingredient, or ‘cooking’ method our customer service department will be manned ‘live and online’ at specific times by the following colleagues:

Chris Barson – Autism

Clive Smith – Managing Difficult Behaviour

Sarah Moseley – Reading and phonics

Carol Allen – Teaching Timesavers

Richard Hirstwood – Sensory Spaces: rooms/portable resources

Please bring any questions you may have for our very helpful colleagues to answer!



Join a multitude of speakers in a day packed full of ideas and insight for supporting people with profound & multiple learning disabilities

Sat, 22 Jan 2022, 10:00 –

Mon, 28 Feb 2022, 19:00 GMT

About this event

Hosted online in a private Facebook group this day will feature a wide range of presenters including people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

All the presenters have one thing in common: they want to see the world change for the better for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Delegates will have access to presentations on demand until the end of February.


This event will make a donation to the Changing Places Campaign.


Speaking at the event will be:


Caroline Hill from Making SENse Creative Services - What's art got to do with it?

Carrie-Ann Sutton Learning Support Assistant - Connecting after COVID

Emmie Ward Musical Practitioner - Tips and tricks for creative music sessions.

Gina and James Walker Epilepsy experts by experience - Seize every moment

Gerard Wainwright Learning disability nurse and service manager - The safe swallow project.

Julia Barnes Doctoral researcher and special school teacher - Why is nurturing touch important?

Lorna Fillingham Parent carer disability rights campaigner - Let's get change!

Mary Atkinson Co-Founder of Story Massage - Engaging with stories through nurturing touch.

Mark Bullock inclusive sports coach - S T E P into inclusive sport.

Nicky Fawcitt Adult care support work and Tai Chi Instructor, Founder of Tai Chi Simplicity - What is sensory Tai Chi?

Paola Dyboski-Bryant Founder of Dr Zigs - Changing the world one bubble at a time!

Rachel Wright - from Born at the Right Time & Sarah Clayton - CEO of Simple Stuff Works - Whatever you are passionate about it, it needs to include postural care too!

Rhea Basista Psychologist and Advanced SEND practitioner - Connectedness

Richard Hirstwood Director of Hirstwood Training - Who, When, What, Sensory!

Rosie Rushton Researcher and Musical Facilitator - How can we facilitate moments of musical playfulness?

Dr Sarah Bell Lecturer in Health and Geography at Exeter University - Come sensory kayaking!

Stephanie Clements Special Education Teacher - Sharing the seven steps to mindfulness.


More presenters will be announced shortly!



The speakers presentations will be uploaded as videos to the conference page in four waves during the day on Jan 22nd, with live welcome, links and thanks at 10am, 12noon and 2pm. Presentations will remain available to view until February 28th.


Important access information:

Purchasing a ticket will entitle you to join the private Facebook group dedicated to this event. This group is the virtual room in which the conference will be held. Those inside the room will be able to view the presentations, those outside will not.

Once you have purchased a ticket please request access to The PMLD Conference II Facebook group immediately. You will need to provide your ticket number in your request.

Note: If you wait to request access you may experience difficulties getting into the event on time as Facebook only allows 50 people in per day.

If we are not already connected on Facebook you are welcome to make that connection here .

If you experience any difficulties contact and we will help you out.



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Mon, 28 Feb 2022, 19:00 GMT

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