Experience details

  • 28 Mar, 2022 - 11 Mar, 2023 - this event is ongoing.
    (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • 06:00am - 20:00pm
  • Crawley, West Sussex, England, UK, -, Crawley, GB, -, RH6 0PJ
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About this experience

Gatwick is the first UK airport to open a sensory room. It is a calming and relaxing environment, designed for passengers with disabilities like autism, dementia or cognitive impairment, who will benefit from a safe and distracting place when in unfamiliar surroundings.

The sensory room is wheelchair accessible and free to use to passengers departing from the North Terminal.


What’s in our sensory room?

The ‘chill-out zone’ for those needing calm includes floor cushions, bean bags and digital display panels, which generate colourful visual wall features. The separate ‘interactive zone’ stimulates the senses through activities including:

  • Catherine wheel - colour and sound displays including firework effects.
  • Abstract tactile panels – raised and recessed fluid shapes in contrasting textures.
  • Colour match panel – classical music, mood lighting, and game to improve memory, colour recognition and motor skills.
  • Sound to light show – sounds converted into a dazzling light show of colour.
  • Waterless rainbow tube – colour wheel with both calming and stimulating effects.

How do I book?

To use our sensory room before your flight, you must pre-book to guarantee your space. We recommend you arrive at the special assistance reception at least three hours before your flight.

The sensory room is located after security, so can only be used by passengers flying from our North Terminal.