Help Mr Tumble send his spotty bag in the Something Special Sensory Garden. Follow the Tumble trail, and take a peek inside Mr Tumble’s spotty bag to discover three special objects to look out for. Make sure you’re quiet as you pass Grandad Tumble’s shed as he’s trying to sleep! All the family can get involved as you wind your way through the woodland and garden, and even learn to use Makaton sign language as you go.
Guests enter the Sensory Garden and are greeted by Mr Tumble on a video screen singing and signing using Makaton sign language. Placed around the garden are replicas of Mr Tumble’s spotty bag, each one containing a specific item for little ones to find. Whilst looking for these items, children can explore a range of features which utilise various different textures, colours, and sounds, from various different plants, to musical instruments and other interactive features. Near where each item can be found, and at selected other points, is also signage teaching children how to say each item in Makaton sign language making the Sensory Garden accessible for a wide range of children.
Something Special Sensory Garden sits on the site of the much loved former Storybook Land. Originally the area began life as Kiddies Kingdom which opened for the 1986 season. The area provided an adventure playground with a wide range of play equipment which catered to children of all ages, from toddlers to pre-teens.
Over the years various elements of the playground were replaced until, in 1996, the land was split in two with the installation of Squirrel Nutty and the Bookworm, and later on the Ice Tent which housed a selection of shows. Since this time, the area has remained unchanged until the end of the 2013 season when the area was closed for the final time to become part of CBeebies Land.