Sensory Shopping Day returns to St Austell

Sat 15th July 2017

White River Place Shopping Centre in St Austell will be holding another Sensory Shopping Day on Saturday July 15th from 9am until 2pm, following the success of the first initiative held last month.


The event is part of a wider Ellandi project to help make shopping centres more accessible for everyone, including those with autism, spectrum conditions or learning difficulties, by providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.


Stores in the centre based in the heart of St Austell will be contributing by dimming their lights and quietening in-store music during Sensory Shopping Day, and there will be a dedicated quiet area in the centre to provide a space for respite. White River Cinema will also be showing one of its regular, autism-friendly film screenings, with Cars 3 showing at 10.15am.


Bill Holland, Operations Manager at White River Place, said: “After the success of our previous Sensory Shopping Day last month, we are delighted to be hosting another one in St Austell. It was lovely to see people coming into the town who may have avoided busy shop environments in the past, and being able to enjoy shopping with their family and friends as a number of stores created an environment where people suffering with autism or learning difficulties could feel comfortable.”


Sensory Shopping Days were also designed to help support and raise awareness of autism and spectrum conditions, to better increase understanding about how people with these conditions, or other learning difficulties, can sometimes find it challenging to cope with being in a busy environment with lots of loud noises and bright lights.


For more information and to keep up to date on St Austell events, follow the White River Place social media channels, either on Facebook at or on Twitter @Whiteriverplace.


Book now at White River Place Cinema for the autism friendly screening of Cars 3 at White River Cinema.

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