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SEND programme

Facilitated SEND visits

Find out about facilitated SEND visits, led by one of our Learning Session Leaders.
Explore Your Way

Our SEND programme is designed to provide a friendly and inclusive environment for groups to explore the Museum, Roald’s stories and his life at their own pace. These relaxed visits, when the Museum will be open exclusively to SEND groups, aim to encourage collaborative working through storytelling, object handling and trails around the galleries.

During a visit you will:
  • Explore the galleries using explorer kits and/or an animal-themed sensory backpack and trails
  • Take part in an interactive Sensory Storytelling or Object Exploration session
  • Have a Learning Session Leader in the Museum spaces to help you facilitate your visit
30 minute Sensory Storytelling sessions

Be part of the adventure as we bring Roald’s stories to life in our Sensory Storytelling sessions. We offer a choice of two storytelling sessions, each 30 minutes long. Both sessions are led by our wonderful Learning Session Leaders and use visual prompts, objects, sound, movement and smells. The Learning Session Leader will encourage your group to take part in the storytelling by using the sensory elements as the action unfolds.

During a session your group will:

  • explore different textural materials that have links to the story
  • use props such as bowls, scarfs, bottles and saucepans to imagine characters or events
  • make sounds using their voices and /or simple instruments such as shakers to highlight key moments
  • explore different smells using scented mini bean bags
  • use their bodies to make movements to help describe the action
  • have fun!

You can choose from either The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me or George’s Marvellous Medicine.


30 minute Object Exploration sessions

Roald Dahl was inspired by the world around him. He collected objects from his everyday life and his world adventures to create his stories. Learn who Roald Dahl was and discover what special things he kept in his Writing Hut and why. Using our sensory themed bags, your group will work together or individually to create their very own collection of special things. The theme options are Great Missenden, Africa and Flying. Groups can explore one or more of these bags during the session.

During the session your group will:

  • explore different textural items that have links to Roald Dahl and his writing
  • use their imagination to think how things might feel, for example flying
  • work as a group to decide which items are their favourite and create their own collection wall
  • think of a special item from their life that they would include in the collection of special things

"It was truly a


and well thought out session that met all needs of pupils. Thank you so much"


How much does it cost for a SEND school visit?

The cost of your visit will be £120. Group sizes are capped at 12 students.

Included in this cost is:

  • 1 x 30min facilitated Sensory Storytelling or Object Exploration session
  • admission to the Museum for up to 12 students
  • one free adult place for every 6 children that you bring
  • all 1-to-1 support free of charge
  • a Learning Session Leader in the Museum spaces to help you facilitate your visit
  • free use of explorer kits and/or an animal-themed sensory backpack and trails


Additional adults are charged at £9.95 each. We require you to bring at least one adult for every 8 children.


We will also provide you with:

  • a Sparky Schools Information Pack to help you prepare for the day
  • Terrific Teacher Golden Tickets to gain free entry to the Museum to carry out your risk assessment in advance of your trip
  • all learning resources and materials needed throughout your visit
  • a dedicated lunch area for your school as well as an area to leave coats/bags during the day
  • a self-led Village Trail designed specifically for schools. You can lead this walk to discover inspiration for Roald Dahl’s stories in the local area


How to book

To enquire or book a SEND session, please email or fill in our enquiry form here.

During the 2024/2025 academic year our SEND sessions will be available on the following dates:

  • Monday 30 September 2024
  • Tuesday 15 October 2024
  • Monday 18 November 2024
  • Monday 2 December 2024
  • Tuesday 28 January 2025
  • Tuesday 25 February 2025
  • Monday 31 March 2025 – fully booked
  • Wednesday 23 April 2025
  • Tuesday 20 May 2025
  • Monday 30 June 2025
  • Tuesday 8 July 2025