The Fringe Society has a number of sensory backpacks which are available to borrow free of charges for autistic children and adults, to help make your Fringe experience as enjoyable as possible. Backpacks come in two sizes – one for children and one for adults – and each one contains a fidget toy, earplugs, water bottle, stress reliever, ear defenders and a list of relaxed performances at the Fringe. These items are designed to help users relax and overcome stressful or intense situations.

The backpacks can be borrowed from the Fringe Shop (180 High Street) and a number of other locations across the city on a first-come, first-served basis throughout August. To borrow a backpack, just head to a collection point with a form of ID which will serve as a deposit. Find out more about the sensory backpacks.

We are grateful for the support of the Edinburgh Festivals 70th Anniversary Legacy Tourism Innovation Fund and Deaf Action in providing sensory backpacks and BSL interpretation.