A CHIRK-based garden centre company will be offering a 'quiet' visit to Santa's Grotto at its store on Friday for children with autism or other sensory needs.

The Moreton park store is one of 50 across the UK to host 'Quiet Grottos', specially adapted in partnership with Autism Together, on Friday, December 10.

New for 2021, the Quiet Grottos will allow youngsters and their families to experience the delight of meeting Santa and his elves in an environment where the sound and visual elements have been specially adapted to help minimise anxiety.

On their visit, people can stroll through a magical winter wonderland walkway, spotting festive characters along the way, before being greeted by Santa’s helpers.

Sarah Murray, partnership and events manager at Dobbies said: “Meeting Santa is a wonderful experience for all children and we wanted to be as inclusive as possible.

"Here at Dobbies, we love to see the excitement before and after attending Santa’s Grotto, which is guaranteed to spread Christmas Joy throughout the rest of our Moreton Park store.”

Michelle Walklett, head of Autism Together’s autism training and advisory service, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Dobbies in Moreton Park to help enhance their Christmas Grotto experience for visitors with autism and other sensory needs.

Santa’s Grotto tickets are priced at £11.99 which includes a toy and bookings can be made at dobbies.com/events