Welcome to the Sensory Festival Supermarket!

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 lois@hirstwood.com


Introducing our Sensory Festival Supermarket Speakers!
Special Offers – Our Keynotes!

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

Jane Friswell: ‘We need to talk about Colin…’ 27 November 11.15 am
Pete Wells: ‘Inclusive stories for everyone!’ 27 November 3 pm

Les Staves: ‘Engage yourself in play to teach’ 4 December


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
Lynne Castle: Sensory Art Activities

Dr Eve Griffiths: ‘Stimming: a natural and important sensory integration tool’

Sheila Thelen: Vestibular Balance

Clive Smith: Movement to kick start the senses!

Lisa Brown: Hands, Feet and Let the Senses meet!


Our speakers also include: Dr Julie Calveley, Erica Harwood, Alex Lopiccolo & Dr Claire Caughey.


Agenda – 27 November 2021!

11 am Welcome to the Sensory Festival Supermarket – Richard Hirstwood & Carol Allen.

11.15 am Keynote – Jane Friswell: ‘We need to talk about Colin…’

2.15 pm Live workshop – Carol Allen: Twelve Days of Christmas – an inclusive sensory romp!

3 pm Keynote – Pete Wells: ‘Inclusive stories for everyone!’

3.45 pm Thank you and close of Day 1!


Agenda – 28 November 2021!

10.30am Welcome to the Sensory Festival Supermarket: Day 2 – Richard Hirstwood & Carol Allen.

10.45 am Panel Discussion: Literacy & Reading with Dr. Sarah Moseley, Pete Wells, Carol Allen & Richard Hirstwood.

12 pm Live workshop – Richard Hirstwood: Magical Multisensory Spaces

12.45 pm Thank you and close of Day 2!


Agenda – 4 December 2021!

11 am Welcome to the Sensory Festival Supermarket: Day 3 – Richard Hirstwood & Carol Allen.

11.05 am Ali Golding: Priming the senses – a ‘live’ Festival warm up session!

11.30 am KEYNOTE  Les Staves: Engage yourself in play to teach

11.50 am Panel Discussion: Curriculum with Les Staves, Nick Sheffield, Ali Golding, Jen Steptoe and Richard Hirstwood

2.30 pm Panel Discussion: Behaviour  with Clive Smith,  Chris Barson & Richard Hirstwood

3.30 pm Thank you, goodbyes and close of The Sensory Festival!


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: Christmas

Richard Hirstwood – Sensory Spaces: rooms/portable resources

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



The Sensory Festival Supermarket – booking open now!

Take a look at our Festival Videos and flipbook for more information about The Sensory Festival Supermarket!

What is the Sensory Festival?

Who’s appearing – one

Security – stealing is allowed!

Who’s appearing – two

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