2023 Programme

This page about Autscape 2023 is of historical interest only. Go to the home page for current information.
Page last updated 31 Jul 2023 20:41 BST

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We understand how important it is, especially for autistic people, to know what to expect before doing something new. An important part of understanding the programme of activities, is understanding some of the challenges and benefits of attending.

Everything at Autscape is completely optional. You are not obliged to attend anything, communicate with anyone (unless you are a parent or carer), or participate in any way. If you are interested in doing things, there is plenty going on throughout the day, serious, fun, structured and unstructured.

Broad Outline

Each of the main days (Tuesday and Wednesday) follow a similar pattern, morning and afternoon.

In the morning there are presentations from 9:30am to 12:30pm, with a break at 11am. Lunch is from 12:30 to 2pm followed by one or two hours for informal activities put on by participants for each other. Dinner (evening meal) is from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

Home groups are scheduled to overlap with mealtimes to allow for less queuing while some participants are attending their groups.

In the structured programme, sometimes there is just one presentation and sometimes there are two at the same time so you can choose which one you most want to attend (if either).

There are always informal activities and casual socialising opportunities for those who don’t want to attend any of the structured programme presentations at a given time.

Evening activities will include entertainment, informal discussions, and a chance to relax and chat.


There are always opportunities to go for walks, explore the surrounding area, spend time relaxing in the grounds, socialise or play board games.

Autscape fees also include meals and plenty of coffee and tea.

Presentation Types


Lectures are generally more of the presenter speaking and less interactive than workshops, but each lecture should have an opportunity to ask questions. Don't let the word "lecture" put you off, it's only an explanation of the presentation style, not an indication that it will be long and boring.


Workshops are usually more interactive than lectures.

Autscape presentations may be scheduled at the same time as some other activities, so some choices will have to be made. As well as allowing us to have a more varied programme and fewer people in each group, this stimulates discussion outside of the sessions as participants share what they learnt in the sessions they attended.

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