Signing Santa: Father Christmas visits for hearing impaired at Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds

Father Christmas at Thackray Museum of Medicine in LeedsFather Christmas at Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds
Father Christmas at Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds
Father Christmas will bring joy to hearing impaired children and families this weekend at the Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds.

It is holding 90-minute Father Christmas experiences for all families up to Christmas but has BSL (British Sign Language) Interpreted Experience sessions on Sunday, December 10 and Saturday, December 16.

A sign language interpreter will make its audience with Father Christmas experience more accessible to all.

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The venue has already hosted Relaxed Experience morning sessions, offering a quieter environment and reduced capacity, designed for those with additional sensory needs.

The Father Christmas Experience, on dates to Saturday, December 23, includes a blend of activities, crafts, and heartwarming moments while exploring diverse global Christmas traditions.

As part of the immersive adventure, visitors embark on a captivating activity trail throughout the museum, where they'll uncover clues and enjoy some delightful winter crafting.

Festive fun continues with the chance to pose on the venue’s very own Thackray sleigh for memorable photographs to capture the joy of the season.

Santa will regale young and old alike with cosy festive stories. Each child will receive a thoughtfully selected gift to take home as a cherished keepsake of this unforgettable encounter.

The audience with Father Christmas is the highlight of the experience and scheduled to take place one hour after entry times, allowing ample opportunity to explore and enjoy the museum's captivating exhibits beforehand, including the critically acclaimed On The Bench Exhibition, about Sports Injury.

Thackray Museum of Medicine, formerly the Leeds Union Workhouse, in Beckett Street, is one of the UK’s largest medical museums and the only one of its kind in the north of England, welcoming over one million visitors.

Edward Appleyard, Chief Executive Officer of Thackray Museum of Medicine, said: "Christmas, just like medicine, isn't a simple story.

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Look out for the Elves around the museum

"It dates back to centuries of history from many cultures around the world, something we celebrate as being a strength of the rich diversity of Leeds and the communities that surround the Museum.

"It’s a great opportunity to learn about the breadth of culture we are able to represent here at Thackray, as we showcase worldwide Christmas culture in our second year of Festive celebrations."

Booking is essential and a separate ticket must be purchased for each attendee, as this is not included in the annual pass. Buy now at


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