Sense-sational Festival

After consultation with the Special Children’s Day community we have now renamed our celebratory weekend to Sense-sational Festival! 

Sense-sational Festival is a unique celebration event at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcoming children with learning difficulties and their families. With increased specialist facilities and number of staff, as well as sensory interactive events and discounted entry, Sense-sational Festival is an exciting and exceptional event not to be missed.

Sense-sational Festival will take place at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on 24 and 25 September 2022. 


Activities, events & facilities includes:

  • Early entry into the Zoo (from 9am) – Sense-sational festival ticket holders only
  • Zoo mascots welcoming you into the Zoo
  • Chill out Zone with crafts and sensory storytelling in our hub area – next to the Butterfly House
  • A High Dependency Unit – located at the car park side of the Butterfly House
  • Makaton signing and singing with ‘Singing Hands’ at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 4.00pm – performance outside in our Elephant amphi-theatre so please dress appropriately.
  • Relaxed Hullabazoo indoor play sessions at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm - bookable at Hullabazoo indoor play reception. 
  • Additional staff and volunteers on site to support visitors to enjoy their day.

PDF icon Sense-sational Festival Visual story (573.61 KB)


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Sense-sational festival tickets include zoo entrance

Non-ticket holders and members are very welcome to take part in our activities that will be running throughout the day.



At ZSL our goal is to create an experience that is accessible for people of all needs and abilities. For details of how we can support you to make the most of your day head to our accessibility and inclusivity page.

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