Festival News
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Published: Tue 04 Oct
When we met the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Catch the show as part of this year's Festival.
SeatPlan: helping access patrons to plan theatre trips with confidence
Published: Fri 23 Sep
If you’re a disabled theatregoer, you may have experienced problems getting the information you need from theatres to plan your theatre trip.
Dance Umbrella for families
Published: Fri 23 Sep
Dance Umbrella, London’s leading international dance festival, kicks off on Friday 7th October at Sadler’s Wells.
WHY THE WHALES CAME by MICHAEL MORPURGO. September Blog by Danyah Miller
Published: Mon 12 Sep
We know it’s the story which is most important, from this everything else can follow. I see the children’s faces smiling up at me, the wonder in their eyes as we cast off together on another story adventure.
Win a Family Ticket to Underneath a Magical Moon!
Published: Wed 31 Aug
Brand new family show from Tutti Frutti and York Theatre Royal, at a venue near you this October.
Is your child a Bookworm? Or a Reluctant Reader?
Published: Tue 16 Aug
This unique website has been created to be the ultimate children's online independent book recommendation site.
Snowdogs by the Sea
Published: Thu 04 Aug
Unquestionably one of the most joyful festival attractions, these playful sculptures are so much more than a public art trail adorning Brighton and Hove’s streets.
Theatre delights this October
Published: Thu 04 Aug
BAFTA award-winning presenter Justin Fletcher, AKA Mr Tumble, is stepping into the role of Stationmaster Mr Perks.
Tech for families
Published: Thu 04 Aug
iPads, music making, and drawing with light!
To infinity and beyond! Family Arts Festival in space…
Published: Wed 03 Aug
With astronaut Tim Peake having reignited our passion for space exploration, the festival offers some educational, inspiring and quirky cosmic treats.
And the winners are!
Published: Mon 04 Apr
An awards ceremony held at the Albany in London on 30 March 2016 highlighted the bonanza of outstanding events organised by theatres, orchestras, museums, galleries, community groups, teachers, artists and students for last October's Get Creative Family Arts Festival.
Archery and Art! At Celtic Harmony, Hertford
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Free Archery Art Kit with cut out target to all those that take part!
Sewing Together Workshop, Bristol
Published: Fri 18 Mar
We are inviting children and grownups to this unique sewing workshop housed in the beautiful venue, The Forge.
The Possible Impossible House at Unity Liverpool
Published: Fri 18 Mar
In the library of The Possible Impossible House, a doodle of a girl springs from the blank page of an algebra book.
Buckingham Palace photographic treasure hunt
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Explore different symbols across the displays through printmaking on Saturday 26 March. Join our Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 March.
Grimm’s Faerie Feast at Barnsley Civic
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Sir Scallywag and Battle of Stinky Bottoms - Walmgate, York
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Presented by Ensemble 360 narrator Polly Ives
The tap dancing mermaid
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Featuring beautiful hand-made puppets, live music to sing along to and tap dancing that will make the whole village go home and stick 50ps to their shoes to tap around the kitchen, The Tap Dancing Mermaid is a show for the whole family to enjoy.
Magical Masks at Haslemere Museum
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Join us for some mask making merriment as we make a variety of masks based around the Museum’s diverse collection. A family drop in event - no need to book.
Into the Hoods Remixed - Sheffield
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Into the Hoods: Remixed is a fast-paced urban fairytale brimming with energy, with amazing street dance choreography set to a vivacious soundtrack.
Easter at Compton Verney
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Keep the whole family entertained this Easter, by taking a trip to Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park as they re-open for an exciting new season.
The Insect Circus at the Albany London
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! The Bug Show is in Town. Stroll Up, Stroll Up for the epitome of Entomological Entertainment as the Insect Circus comes to the Albany.
Little Lord Fauntleroy at Peacock Theatre London
Published: Fri 18 Mar
London Children’s Ballet will return to the West End in April with an original production of Little Lord Fauntleroy, based on the classic tale about a poor American boy who discovers he is heir to an English fortune.
We're Stuck! At Z-arts Manchester
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Join us on a special adventure into the heart of a top secret research institute, where cutting edge scientists need your help tackling some extremely tricky problems. Beware there may be unexpected dangers…
The Bear at artsdepot, London
Published: Fri 18 Mar
One night when she's fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into Tilly's bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.
DIGITOPIA at Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield
Published: Fri 18 Mar
A dancing digital wonderland in Huddersfield this Easter.
Peppa Pig in Tunbridge Wells
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise.
Zippos Circus Celebration aross London and South East
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Zippos Circus 2016 show “CELEBRATION”, is back with a pawsome line-up including a talented family of pet cats - comedy and cuteness. Also the incredible horsemanship with stunning white heavy horses. They’re really big!
Digitopia at Deda Derby
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Join Dotty as she follows Hex into his fantastical digital world, setting off on a rollercoaster ride of digital surprises. Digitopia is an eye-popping blend of live dance and digital technology for children aged 5+ and their families.
The Relaxed Concert at Town Hall Birmingham
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Join ventriloquist James and his friend little Jim for a musical adventure in a relaxed setting this April.
Windibops at Laban Theatre London
Published: Fri 18 Mar
Moxie Brawl invite you into the Windibops laboratory to investigate flatulence (yes we mean farts) and its impact on global warming. Combining high quality dance, humour, strange smells and funny characters, you are in for a guffing good time.
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty National Tour
Published: Fri 18 Mar
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty is an enchanting version of the fairy tale ballet created especially for children aged three upwards.
Settle Stories Festival, Yorkshire
Published: Thu 17 Mar
From the classic’s we all loved as young children to discovering how stories can change our political landscape the Settle Stories Festival has something for you.
Ten Pieces Family Concert – 2 May 2016
Published: Mon 22 Feb
Join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and special guests for a family-friendly concert at the Barbican Centre, featuring music from the BBC Ten Pieces project which has been introducing children across the country to classical music.
Goodnight Mr Tom at Richmond Theatre
Published: Mon 22 Feb
The Olivier award-winning Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom returns!
Suessical the Musical at Ilfracombe's Landmark Theatre
Published: Mon 22 Feb
Performed by North Devon Theatres’ Make the Move students, Dr Seuss’ best-loved characters, including Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat, collide and cavort in this unforgettable musical caper.
A Day At The Lake - Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire
Published: Mon 22 Feb
A Day At The Lake, For one weekend only, Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire will be reimagined as it was in the late 1800s as an excursion place for thousands of day trippers.
Half-term family workshop at Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Join Robert Mountjoy, who will share the storybook he has created from an old family tale and guide you through making your very own story book.
The Emperor and the Nightingale at Riverhouse Barn, Surrey
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Use your voice as you never have before to make the silly and amazing sounds of everything from The Emperor’s China Palace to his dark and dangerous Bamboo Forest.
Welsh Language Drama at Theatr Felinfach
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Ceredigion YFC hosts various stage competitions each year alternating betweendiffernet genres - the Drama, Half an Hour Entertainment and Pantomime competitions.
February Holiday Activities at Orleans House Gallery
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Fill your holidays with creativity and be inspired by our new exhibition Capability Now and themes of landscape, nature and spring!
Minotaur at Unicorn Theatre, London
Published: Thu 11 Feb
In Crete, in an impossible labyrinth lives the fearsome and lonely Minotaur. His sister Ariadne cares for him yet longs to be free. But there’s a price to pay for freedom - she makes a pact with the enemy’s son that will change everyone’s future.
Digitopia at Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Dotty’s friend Hex is a simple, two-dimensional line. He can make angles and the most he can make is six, but one day, he really wants to make a curve.
Family Open Day - Stamford Arts Centre
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Come and join us for our second family open day and take part in family friendly activities including drumming, face-painting, singing and poetry!
Movement & Art Workshops for Families at SPACE, London
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Studio Wayne McGregor, in partnership with SPACE, are leading a five-week series of creative workshops for families.
The Big Day In at Theatre Royal Bath
Published: Thu 11 Feb
To launch the Shakespeare Unplugged Festival 2016, the egg opens its doors for a FREE extravaganza of activity to celebrate the brilliant Bard.
Minions – Family Half Term Workshop in Powys
Published: Thu 11 Feb
We all love Minions, right? They can be pests at times but bring plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. J
Get crafty in the Making Space at Life Science Centre, Newcastle
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Make Recycled Robots in the Making Space at Life Science Centre.
February Half Term events at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
Published: Thu 11 Feb
We will be creating sculptural 3D animal masks inspired by some of the animals featured in Dylan Thomas’s works including foxes, owls and nightjars.
Year of The Monkey at Z-arts, Manchester
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Join us for a week of activities celebrating Chinese New Year of the Monkey!
The Giant Balloon Show at Woodlands Art Centre, Gillingham
Published: Thu 11 Feb
The GIANT BALLOON SHOW has audiences in stitches and awe simultaneously.
How the Koala Learnt to Hug, Oakengates Telford
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Koalas are the cuddliest critters but just how did the koala learn to hug?
Fun Fabulous Fashion at Palace of Holyrood House
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Explore 450 years of royal fashion with our special activity trail.
Horace and the Yeti at Barnsley Civic
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Horace and the Yeti is an eco-adventure featuring an original music score and ripping yarns galore.
Stage Combat masterclass at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Professional actor Jeremy Barlow from Flintlock Theatre shares some skills and techniques of stage combat.
Plait & Print at Manchester Museum
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Explore different wrapping techniques and textured fabrics used to wrap Animal Mummies and create a relief print to take home.
The Lost Things at Greenwich Theatre
Published: Thu 11 Feb
A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world.
Sleepover at Burnley Arts Centre
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Create and record your very own sounds as part of this interactive fairytale re-imagining of ‘The Princess And The Pea’!
Singalonga Frozen at Wycombe Swan
Published: Thu 11 Feb
A full screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along during the film.
How the Koala Learnt to Hug, The Atkinson in Southport
Published: Thu 11 Feb
How the Koala Learnt to Hug on Sun 21 February, 2.30pm is a charming family musical for children aged three and above.
The Doodle Dance Show
Published: Thu 11 Feb
The Doodle Dance Show is back after a sell-out first tour with its magical journey of friendship and adventure.
Get ARTventurous at Keswick Museum
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Break out of the usual rules of art, and go abstract!
Handa’s Hen at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Presented by Little Angel Theatre Join Handa and Akeyo on an exciting adventure!
Crafts, dance, cookery, yoga and music at Royal Armouries, Leeds
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Namaste! You are invited to immerse yourself in the rich and varied culture of India this February half term, at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.
Anvils & Petticoats: Women in Industry at Black Country Museum
Published: Thu 11 Feb
Get hands on with themed craft activities or get stuck into a trail, finding out about the history of women workers.
Flyaway Katie at Half Moon theatre, London
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Katie is all alone and feeling grey. The birds in the picture on her wall look so colourful - if only Katie could be as bright as them, who knows what might happen?
Beanbag Music Club
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Come and join Beanie Bear at the Beanbag Music Club and special guests Olly and Owen from O Duo.
The Witches at Nuffield Theatre,
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Roald Dahl’s scariest book is brought to life in a tremendously terrifying treat for the whole family. Witches absolutely detest children.
Krazy Kat Theatre Presents- Cinder-ella –@ The REP on Saturday 13th February
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Once there was a Grandfather who was left holding a rather leaky baby. Whilst tidying toys he creates a world of fantasy as he tells his favourite tale through magic and song.
Tadpoles at Norden Farm, Maidenhead
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Superheroes Captain Clever and Captain Conker have a BIG problem – a very disgruntled Mission Control.
Snow White at Warwick Arts Centre
Published: Wed 10 Feb
balletLORENT presents Snow White, co-produced by Northern Stage and retold by Carol Ann Duffy.
Around the world in 80 days at Lawrence Batley Theatre,
Published: Wed 10 Feb
New International Encounter and the Lawrence Batley Theatre invite you to join them on the greatest adventure ever imagined…
Just One Spark – February Half Term at Beamish
Published: Wed 10 Feb
This half term, Beamish celebrates 200 years of the life-saving miners’ safety lamp with ‘Just One Spark’.
The Legend of King Arthur at the Mill, Banbury
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Back at The Mill by popular demand, Oddsocks Productions brings to the stage its hilarious romp through one of the most enduring epic tales of all time.
Arun Ghosh’s Family Jazz Club at Stratford Circus
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Award winning clarinettist and musician Arun Ghosh brings his celebrated Family Jazz Club to London's Stratford Circus Arts Centre.
Broken at The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Broken erupts onto the stage in an adrenaline filled multi-media spectacle.
The Hogwallops, Liverpool
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Meet a chaotic family of misfits in this spectacular circus show filled to the brim with physical comedy, clowning and acrobatics. Tickets are from just £6 and are available from Unity Theatre.
The Electric Theatre Family Festival returns!
Published: Wed 10 Feb
February highlight s included in a special half-term Family Festival in Guildford.
Peppa Pig’s Surprise
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in Watford in a brand-new live stage show.
Northern Ballet at Buxton Opera House
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Northern Ballet bring their magic to Aesop's much loved fable.
The Snow Bear, Barton-Upon-Humber
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Heartside Tales presents The Snow Bear at Ropery Hall, The Ropewalk
Play Dough at the Albany, Deptford
Published: Wed 10 Feb
Join us for Play Dough – the game show where you can play with 10,000 real pound coins.
Join us at The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace for family fun!
Published: Tue 09 Feb
Explore objects from the collection in our handling sessions on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February 2016.
Ten Pieces Family Concert – 2 May 2016
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and special guests for a family-friendly concert at the Barbican Centre, featuring music from the BBC Ten Pieces project which has been introducing children across the country to classical music.
Red Riding Hood competition & ticket offer
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Limited season at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington. Win a family ticket or claim your discount!
The Sword In The Stone, Ispwich
Published: Wed 16 Dec
The New Wolsey Theatre is proud to present a BRAND NEW rock and roll pantomime to start our 15th birthday year! Written by Peter Rowe, and performed in the New Wolsey’s traditional actor-musician style, this brand new take on the legendary tale of King Arthur mixes music and magic, swordplay and slapstick into a wicked festive brew with a classic rock n roll kick.
The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Join us this Christmas at The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace and visit Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer (Friday, 13 November 2015 to Friday,14 February 2016).
I Believe in Unicorns at Orange Tree Theatre
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life this Christmas Season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond
The Lost Gift at Warwick Arts Centre
Published: Wed 16 Dec
The Lost Gift is a new interactive family Christmas adventure, which invites children and families to step into a magical story that they walk through and help create. A host of charming characters will guide visitors on a beautifully designed journey through the wintery woods, deep underground, up into the sky and away to a land of snow, on a quest to solve the mystery of The Lost Gift.
Traditional play at Haslemere Museum
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Come along to the performance of this traditional play, 20 minutes of family fun for everyone!
Christmas crafts at Coventry Museums
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Join us for a festive season of family fun at Coventry Museums! We have activities taking place throughout the holidays at three of our venues.
Nutshell Nutcracker at Clevedon Theatre Shop
Published: Wed 16 Dec
This darkly enchanting new version of the ultimate Yuletide tale weaves together story, dance and music to cast a festive spell in intimate surroundings. Toys come to life, evil mice declare battle and who can resist a sleigh ride to the land of sweets?
Icy Antarctic Animals at Keswick Museum
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Drop in and create your own wintery fondant animals, to add to your Christmas cake! Suitable for all ages. Museum activities are included in normal admission prices (Non-museum visitors £1 each).
Merlin at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin this Christmas! Join childhood friends Arthur, Gwen and Merlin as they embark on an action-packed journey of a lifetime, encountering powerful magic forces, mystical characters and adventures beyond their wildest dreams.
The Snow Queen, Keswick
Published: Wed 16 Dec
What dangers would you face, what risks would you take to save your best friend? Gerda and Cei are inseparable. But one day a shard of magical mirror falls into Cei’s eye, turning him cold and cruel.
59 Minutes to Save Christmas, Sheffield
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Join the Royal Christmas Brigade's quest as they set off on an adventure around the Crucible to find the culprits out to spoil the festive fun! But be careful - you may encounter grumpy fairies, misbehaving elves and plenty of other surprises - beware of all who are out to stop the festivities.
Room on the Broom at artsdepot
Published: Wed 16 Dec
A magical, musical stage adaptation of the picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler flies back into town!
The Nutcracker & The Snowman in Bristol
Published: Wed 16 Dec
Build the excitement to Christmas day with this festive double bill packed full of wit, charm, and musical delights.
The Bear at the Albany, Deptford
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear’s lap, ride on its back or give it a bath? Looking after a bear is exhausting stuff. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared.
Christmas at Shakespeare’s Family Homes
Published: Tue 15 Dec
We've got extra family friendly activities taking place at Shakespeare's family homes in the run up to Christmas, so come and join in the fun! Make your own posy trencher and learn all about Tudor dining at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Find out how Christmas looks in 1915 at Hall’s Croft, act out your own mummers’ play at Harvard House and try your hand at crafting authentic Victorian decorations, to help our guides dress the Cottage for Christmas. Activities take place from 12pm - 4pm daily and are included in admission, so if you already have a valid ticket you can come along for free!
A Christmas Carol at Pegasus, Oxford
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Pegasus presents the Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, a festive ghost story with a twist. The spooky tale of the miserly, miserable Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas, is an inventive and captivating story complete with ghostly visitors, an uproarious interactive party, jolly festive singing, a sprinkling of magic plus lots and lots of Christmas sparkle.
A Christmas Carol at Rose Theatre Kingston
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas. He hates charity, he hates carol singers and more than anything he hates spending money.
The Snow Queen at The Montgomery, Sheffield
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Hold on to your hats and get ready to be blown away by this enchanting new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale adventure. Featuring magical songs, beautiful costumes and scenery, and a host of colourful characters. Wrap up warm and join us for this delightfully laugh-out-loud retelling of a timeless chronicle that will melt your hear
Treasure Island at The North Wall, Oxford
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Cutlasses and cannon fire on the high seas. Jim and Long John Silver are on the trail of pirate treasure. Leading a crew of the scurviest sea dogs you ever saw and following a battered old map they’ll find more than they bargained for over the horizon. Scramble on deck for Creation’s fifth family Christmas show at The North Wall. From the team behind last year’s riotous and eccentric The Wind in the Willows comes a new adaptation full of sea shanties, swash buckling and sword fights.
A Winter’s Trail at Theatre Royal Brighton
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Winter has enveloped the Theatre. The snow is drifting, the icicles hang like glass – it’s cold, mysterious and beautiful. A teller of tales leads you through this glistening landscape as stories unfold, treasures are collected and magic is made.
Santa’s Rusty Robot at the Woodville
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Santa is having a bit of a problem with a friendly robot which he must deliver to someone on Christmas night and, unfortunately, it has been left in the snow all night by mistake. When Santa brings it into his workshop the robot has rusted up completely and can’t speak or move. Santa has to get the help of the children to find a way to get the robot’s voice and movement back.
A Royal Christmas Party at Holyroodhouse
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Visit the Palace and celebrate a Royal Christmas from all the ages - a fun day out for all the family. Learn courtly conduct and dancing while you experience life in the time of Mary, Queen of Scots, dress up like royalty and have your face painted for a palace party. Make traditional Victorian decorations and find out about festive feasts at our banqueting table. Don't miss our Family Carol Concert at 3pm preformed by Sing in the City.
Santa’s Sleigh on Hope Street, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Published: Tue 15 Dec
At Liverpool Philharmonic we’re most definitely in the Christmas mood, everyone’s here: the Orchestra, our wonderful Melody Makers and Liverpool Philharmonic Training Choir, our presenter Alasdair Malloy and conductor Michael Seal.
Dick Whittington at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Featuring X Factor winner Sam Bailey as the magical Fairy Bowbells, Aylesbury’s favourite local funny man, Andy Collins as Idle Jack, and X Factor finalist Melanie Masson as boo-able baddie Queen Rat.
Dick Whittington at Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Featuring plenty of glitz and glamour along with sensational musical numbers and fabulous sets and costumes, Dick Whittington is a festive treat you won’t want to miss.
Cinderella at Lyric Hammersmith
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Traditional panto is back for another sensational year with plenty of festive fun in true Lyric style. Grab your glittery Converse and put the pumpkin into top gear as Cinderella heads to the biggest party of the season to meet a very charming Prince.
Cinderella at Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple
Published: Tue 15 Dec
For one magical night, Cinderella escapes the torment of her Ugly Sisters and with the help of her Fairy Godmother and a sprinkling of magic, she is whisked away to a spectacular ball at the Palace. There she meets the dashing Prince, but then the clock strikes midnight and Cinderella must return home as the magic begins to fade. Will the Prince find her? Will they live happily ever after? Packed full of slapstick comedy and catchy songs, Cinderella will be sure to bring plenty of giggles and festive fun for all the family.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at The Ropewalk, Barton-Upon-Humber
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Charlie Hubble is a little boy with a very big dream; - he wants to be a world-class magician. So, for Christmas, he wishes for the Big Book of Spells for Trainee Magicians.
Breaking The Ice at Z-arts Manchester
Published: Tue 15 Dec
An adventure to delight ages 2-5. Have you heard the incredible true story of a wild polar bear who made friends with a Husky? Now we’ve created a show inspired by their unlikely friendship. Be part of Team Polar Bear or Team Husky and watch as the animals learn to play together. Then get involved in the fun yourself by interacting with projected images that mirror your movements.
Storytelling at Windsor Castle
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Join our storyteller, Olivia Armstrong, by the fireside in St George's Hall for a glimpse into Christmas past at Windsor Castle. Listen to tales of glorious feasts, the first Christmas trees at the Castle, horse-drawn sleigh rides and many more.
Red Riding Hood at Greenwich Theatre
Published: Tue 15 Dec
There could not be a better part for Andrew Pollard as he celebrates a decade of Greenwich Theatre pantomimes than the grandmother beset by a wolf, protected by a woodcutter, and loved by Red Riding Hood - expect stunning special effects, high octane singing and dancing, and a side-splitting script as we celebrate the festive season in style.
London A Cappella Festival Kids day at Kings Place, London
Published: Tue 15 Dec
Join us for a day of fun performances, workshops, and other exclusive events within the new LACF Kids Zone at Kings Place.
Cinderella at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre,
Published: Tue 15 Dec
A Magical Pantomime for all the family. Still the only professional pantomime in the upper Calder Valley StoryMagic bring their 6th annual Christmas show. Featuring a cast of professional actors and children for The Dawn Chapman School of Dance.
Snow White at Lawrence Batley, Huddersfield
Published: Tue 15 Dec
This playful and hugely imaginative take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is set in the Yorkshire landscape, with a pit wheel doubling as a musical stage for a group of trumpet-toting miners, and the scorned stepmother recast for the celebrity age as fading diva Mystique Stardust.
Join the BBC Family Orchestra & Chorus
Published: Fri 04 Dec
Love musical theatre? Join the BBC Family Orchestra & Chorus for a series of free workshops, and perform at London's Southbank Centre.
Today's Highlights
Published: Wed 28 Oct
Highlights from today's events
Edible Orchestra
Published: Wed 21 Oct
The Get Creative Family Arts Festival Edible Orchestra gets together for a special performance!
Make your own comtemporary art pumpkin
Published: Mon 19 Oct
Make a beautiful Japanese style contemporary art pumpkin in 10 easy steps!
Make your own Pumpkin animation!
Published: Mon 19 Oct
Make your own pumpkin animation on a phone, ipad, or computer! All you''' need is a pumpkin and a few other bits and pieces...
October Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People
Published: Fri 16 Oct
You'll find many Get Creative Family Arts Festival theatre events taking place at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry this October - all part of their fantastic October Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People.
Otley Courthouse launches Digital Drawing competition as part of Get Creative Family Arts Festival
Published: Tue 13 Oct
There's tons of drawing activities and a competition for digital artists at Otley Courthouse this October.
Family Dance Adventure
Published: Thu 08 Oct
WIN! A Family Ticket to Family Dance Adventure at Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre!
Win a Family Ticket to The Cat in the Hat in Coventry
Published: Thu 08 Oct
From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met
Q&A with Festival Patron Michael Morpurgo
Published: Tue 06 Oct
We caught up with Festival Patron Michael Morpurgo on family arts, theatre, and his new book…
Photoshoot inspires families to get Creative & Curious
Published: Mon 05 Oct
Tourists to Castlerigg Stone Circle got more than they bargained for this weekend as a group of mini artists got busy amongst the sheep and stones!
Win a family ticket to Little Frankenstein in Newhampton!
Published: Thu 01 Oct
WIN! A Family Ticket to Little Frankenstein at Newhampton Arts Centre on 26th October, along with one Monster Mash ticket, which includes lunch and a puppet workshop!
Win a Family Ticket to The Possible Impossible House
Published: Thu 01 Oct
At Z-arts in Manchester, 31st October. New show for ages 6+ and their families...
Myths and Monsters events & prizes!
Published: Wed 30 Sep
Win a copy of Falling Out of the Sky and attend family poetry workshops for just £3.
Read our Press Release!
Published: Fri 25 Sep
We've been busy letting the whole country to about this year's Festival! Find out more...
WIN! A Family Ticket to a Festival event at Watermans, Brentford
Published: Thu 10 Sep
There's lots happening at Watermans in Brentford for this year's Festival.
Get Creative Family Arts Festival
Published: Tue 18 Aug
The latest from the Festival this August... Creative opportunities, famous faces and top quality arts events: this year's Festival is set to be HUGE!
Pirates - Yo Ho Ho! Walk that plank! Themed singalong at Rose Theatre Kingson
Published: Tue 18 Aug
Sunday 27th September. 10am, 11.30am, 1pm. Approx 45 minutes each. All tickets are £5. Suitable for Babies from 3 months - 5 year olds.
So, what exactly happens at a Family Rave? Big Fish Little Fish reveal all...
Published: Tue 18 Aug
Acclaimed craft areas and giant wall murals, all alongside famous DJs!
Our friends at Kids In
Published: Thu 30 Jul
Parents, what a discovery!! For parents looking for events for their children in London.
Pirates Ahoy! - The Diving Museum, Gosport
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Pirates Ahoy! The Diving Museum on the coast of Stokes Bay, Gosport, PO12 2QU will be teeming with pirates looking for sunken treasure brought up from the depths over the weekend of 1st and 2nd August.
Room on the Broom - Watford Colosseum
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler flies into Watford Colosseum, with a cosy new seating format especially for smaller people. Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up (and their grown-ups).
Lugnasa Sumer Games - Hertford
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Bush-craft and pottery combined with other outdoor activities.
Six Days of Creation - Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Moving Pictures is a fun four day family art event in conjunction with the Arts Council, using animation, collage and drawing to create a large scale collage, animation and artwork to celebrate the world famous stained glass windows made by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in Middleton Cheney church and the firstfilms by the Lumiere Bros.
Theatre fun at the farm - Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Join Imajica Theatre Company for family friendly fun at the farm this Summer Holiday!
Summer Holiday Family Workshop - Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Join print-makers from the Double Elephant Print Workshop for a fun-packed printing workshop at THG for all the family.
11 Plus - Live Theatre, Newcastle
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Being eleven is tough. And great. And weird. And confusing. And funny...
Walking Stories - London parks
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Walking Stories is a new taken on a walk in your local park. Simply put on a set of headphones, follow the instructions and you will soon become completely immersed in your surroundings. Leave the clutter of everyday life behind, and walk on.
Pinocchio - Greenwich Theatre, London
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Originally produced at the Chicago Shakespeare Festival, a new musical adaptation of the classic children’s story will receive its UK Premiere at Greenwich Theatre this summer.
The Sound of Music - Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Published: Fri 17 Jul
One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent new production.
Never Smile at a Crocodile - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Take a trip to the magical world of Neverland and meet Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
Animation workshops - Leeds Town Hall
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Get creative constructing your own animations.
James & the Giant Peach - Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Published: Fri 17 Jul
After James spills a bag of magic on an old peach tree, he watches in amazement as the tree grows a peach so humongous it’s almost as big as a house!
The Teacup Poisoner - Theatre Royal, Bath
Published: Fri 17 Jul
This is the true story of a compelling, anti-hero, whose family, friends and work-mates became guinea-pigs in his experiments with poison.
A Little Man’s Holiday - Norden Farm, Maidenhead
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Set sail and journey on the high seas with Little Man - an ordinary man who dreams of adventure.
Shakespeare Untold - Junction, Goole
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Discover the magic of Shakespeare’s timeless tales in these exciting new family adaptations.
Peanut Butter Pirates - Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Join Emma Boor as she sets sail to recover her stolen treasure from naughty Peanut Butter Pirates!
The King of Tiny Things - The Lowry, Salford
Published: Fri 17 Jul
One magical midsummer’s night two sisters huddle together, when a mysterious winged creature appears and leads them on a moonlit adventure.
Saltaire Camp Creative - Saltaire, Bradford
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Opening up Saltaire children's camp to families with a family celebration event.
Artspace - Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Published: Fri 17 Jul
This summer you will be creating your very own Arts and Crafts room in a shoebox. Design a miniature model of your favourite room.
Summer Drop-Ins - Tullie House, Carlisle
Published: Fri 17 Jul
Immerse yourself in the world of colour and get inspired by the Eye for Colour exhibition.
Just So Festival - Scholar Green, Cheshire
Published: Fri 17 Jul
The Just So Festival is an annual weekend-long camping festival for children and their families.
Movie Magic - The Point, Doncaster
Published: Fri 17 Jul
From Harry Potter to The Avengers, from The Hobbit to Transformers, green screen technology is used to transport film stars to another world.
Summer Cineclub - Unicorn Theatre, London
Published: Thu 16 Jul
From Frozen Singalong to Mary Poppins, the Unicorn Theatre have teamed up with Picturehouse to bring you a selection of exciting musical films that will be screened in the Clore Theatre this summer.
Sunday Afternoon Art - Orleans House Gallery
Published: Thu 16 Jul
Join Orleans House Gallery for Sunday Afternoon Art this summer!
Gorilla - Polka Theatre,
Published: Thu 16 Jul
It’s the night before Hannah’s birthday and something amazing is about to happen.
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants - The Civic, Barnsley
Published: Thu 16 Jul
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt Exhibition
A Marvellous Musical Museum - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Published: Thu 16 Jul
The Bridgewater Hall opens its doors for an inspirational end to the summer season. Explore behind the scenes, delve beneath the floors and take a turn as a musician or conductor as the building transforms into a marvellous museum of music.
Hercules: A Dance Cabaret at The Peacock, London
Published: Thu 16 Jul
Hercules: A Dance Cabaret is a new family production combining elements of pantomime, dance, cabaret and comedy into one uproarious, side-splitting adventure.
Silly Simon - Customs House, South Shields
Published: Thu 16 Jul
While sailing the seven seas Silly Simon found a map...a treasure map! This long forgotten and long lost map will lead him on an amazing adventure.
My Pet Monster and Me at LBT Courtyard, Huddersfield
Published: Thu 16 Jul
Sophie Bucket lives on a farm with her Dad. She spends all of her time day dreaming, but most of her time alone. If only she had a little friend to share her adventures.
Gorilla Gardening at The Mill, Banbury
Published: Thu 16 Jul
Join us on Wednesday 29th July at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury for Gorilla Gardening a fun-packed show that will inspire you and your little ones to explore the world on your doorstep.
The Cat in the Hat - Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
Published: Thu 16 Jul
From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure.
Crewe Lyceum this summer
Published: Thu 16 Jul
FREE Family Activity Day and much more at Crewe Lyceum this summer.
The Three Little Pigs - artsdepot, London
Published: Thu 16 Jul
He can huff and puff until the cows comes home, but will the Big Bad Wolf get the better of the superstar piglets?
RCM Sparks Summer Music - Royal College of Music, London
Published: Thu 16 Jul
Summer Music is RCM Sparks’ annual series of workshops and courses for families and young people that runs alongside the BBC Proms.
Wind in the Willows - Various venues, London
Published: Thu 16 Jul
This summer, Sixteenfeet invites you to join the lovable group of friends as it gives the story a contemporary twist.
I Believe in Unicorns - Vaudeville Theatre, London
Published: Thu 16 Jul
Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings, I Believe in Unicorns, Michael Morpurgo's best-selling children's story, back to the Vaudeville Theatre this August.
We're part of Get Creative
Published: Tue 14 Jul
This year's Family Arts Festival is all about Getting Creative...
Booking for Kids Week is now open!
Published: Tue 16 Jun
Looking for something to do with the family this summer? Booking for Kids Week is now open!
Family Cabaret Uncovered in Greenwich
Published: Sun 17 May
Includes family-friendly, bite-sized dance, music and circus performances.
Cool Cartoon Club at The Point
Published: Sun 17 May
Love drawing cartoons and creating new characters? Check out Cool Cartoon Club at The Point, Doncaster.
Making Noise in Skegness and Sleaford
Published: Sun 17 May
Making Noise works with children and young people with disabilities and sensory impairments and their families.
Family-friendly day at Jubilee Library Brighton
Published: Sun 17 May
Move, say and see things differently at Brighton's Jubilee Library.
Double Helping of Italian Theatre at Polka
Published: Sun 17 May
Two beautiful productions from one of Italy’s leading children’s theatre companies.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Published: Sun 17 May
Drawing activities and trails at The Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Art with natural materials at Compton Verney
Published: Sun 17 May
This half term Compton Verney has a wide range of activities to keep the whole family entertained whatever the weather.
Bedtime Stories at Stratford Circus
Published: Sun 17 May
Rediscover that special time before sleep where bedtime stories are told and our unconscious mind takes hold, transporting everyone away on an adventure.
Wired, Wild and Alive Workshops at Z-arts, Manchester
Published: Sun 17 May
Make wonderful crochet creatures and learn about the natural world.
Half Term discoveries at Shakespeare’s family homes
Published: Fri 15 May
Get creative at Shakespeare’s Birthplace this half-term.
The Lost Carnival
Published: Fri 15 May
Whispers have reached our ears.....
Mattress! Mattress! The Story of the Princess and the Pea at The Montgomery
Published: Fri 15 May
Fast and funny family show features singing, dancing aboot and big laughs.
Create! Family Workshop
Published: Fri 15 May
Participate in a day of hands-on music-making at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Line Kings at Barnsley Civic
Published: Fri 15 May
Northern Accent returns to The Civic this spring with another literature event to amuse and entertain all the family.
Greenwich Children's Theatre Festival
Published: Fri 15 May
Sat 23-Sun 31 May 2015 - A packed programme of shows and activities.
Win a family ticket to The Adventure!
Published: Thu 14 May
Take your family on the most fun Adventure of the summer - for free!
The Adventure this half-term
Published: Thu 14 May
Take part in the most fun Adventure of the summer at Lyric Hammersmith this half-term!
Easter competition!
Published: Fri 03 Apr
It’s competition time! Sign up to our newsletter this Easter weekend for your chance to win our famous Michael Morpurgo books set.
Sheriff Sam's Storytime
Published: Thu 26 Mar
4 Apr, The MAC, Belfast
Sheriff Sam's Storytime
Published: Thu 26 Mar
4 Apr, The MAC, Belfast
Barrowland Ballet at Dundee Children's Festival
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Sat 11 apr at Dundee Children's Festival
Sword in the Stone
Published: Thu 26 Mar
12 Apr, The Civic, Barnsley
I Believe in Unicorns
Published: Thu 26 Mar
14 & 15 Apr, Lawrence Batley Theatre
Goldilocks and 3 Three Bears
Published: Thu 26 Mar
14 Apr, The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Published: Thu 26 Mar
3 & 4 Apr, The Core at Corby Cube
Sing-A-Long-A Frozen
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Do not miss Sing-A-Long-A Frozen at the New Alexandra Theatre on Sun 29 Mar
Lyngo Theatre: Puss in Boots
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Tue 7 & Wed 8 Apr at mac birmingham
Art Across The City 2015
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Swansea, UK. 21st March – 1 June Launch day: Saturday 21st March
Street dance and animation workshops
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Arts Connection, Llanfyllin 31st March
Julius Zebra – Rumble with the Romans
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Thursday 9 April, Corinium Museum, Cirencester
The House of Fairytales
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April
Sammy and the Snow Leopard
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford – Tues 31st March 2.30pm & Weds 1st April
Mask Making Workshop
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Saturday 4 April – Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Jump In! Family Arts Festival
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Norden Farm, Maidenhead, Friday 3 – Friday 17 April 2015
Robin Hood and his Merry Hen
Published: Thu 26 Mar
11 April at White Rock Theatre
Easter basket workshop
Published: Thu 26 Mar
4 April at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
Easter basket workshop
Published: Thu 26 Mar
4 April at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
Chicken Licken
Published: Thu 26 Mar
DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre present...
Ben and Holly Live
Published: Thu 26 Mar
1 Apr – 2 Apr at Hackney Empire, London
Bugsy Malone
Published: Thu 26 Mar
At Lyric Hammersmith from 11 April
The Boy Who Bit Picasso by Oxford Playhouse
Published: Thu 26 Mar
The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre Wednesday 14th April
The Boy Who Bit Picasso
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Thursday 9 & Friday 10 April, 12.30pm & 2.30pm at Deptford Lounge
The Amazing Bubble Man
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Tue 31 Mar at artsdepot
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Sunday 19 April, The Bedford in Balham
BBC SO Plus Family
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Family events: 10 April & 24 April 2015
Family Activity Marquee
Published: Thu 26 Mar
28 Mar, Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Compton Verney over the Easter holiday
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Join Compton Verney over the Easter holiday and enjoy our arty family activities.
Beltane Festivities for Bank Holiday!
Published: Thu 26 Mar
Celtic Harmony, 4 May
Stick Man
Published: Thu 26 Mar
2-4 Apr, Mercury Theatre
Stick Man
Published: Thu 26 Mar
2-4 Apr, Mercury Theatre
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
Published: Thu 26 Mar
19 Apr, The Western Auditorium
Little’ns Craft
Published: Tue 10 Feb
Tue 17 Feb at the Riverfront, Newport
Big Fish Little Fish at Imagine Children's Festival
Published: Mon 09 Feb
Sun 22 Feb, Clore Ballroom - Festival Hall, South Bank Centre
The Relaxed Concert
Published: Wed 04 Feb
Sun 22 March, Birmingham, Join ventriloquist James and his friend Little Jim as they attend their first ever concert.
MATTISE: Drawing with Scissors at Barnsley Civic
Published: Wed 04 Feb
14 Feb - 14 Mar, Barnsley Civic. A free exhibition, young and old alike can enjoy the luminosity of colour and the spectacular paper cut-outs of Henri Matisse.
Family Open Day at Stamford Arts Centre
Published: Wed 04 Feb
Fri 20 Feb. Stamford Arts Centre put on free activities during an open day for families.
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
Published: Wed 04 Feb
14 - 17 Feb. Stuff & Nonsense return to Waterside Arts Centre with a thrilling adaptation of everyone's favourite beary tale!
Emergency Story Penguin at Z-arts
Published: Wed 04 Feb
18 - 22 Feb, Z-Arts, Manchester. The Emergency Story Unit is a secret organisation that deploy at a moment's notice to wherever in the world there's a story emergency.
Family Arts Festival 2015
Published: Mon 12 Jan
The Family Arts Festival will now take place over a 24 day period, from 9 October – 1 November 2015.
Family Arts Festival 2015
Published: Mon 12 Jan
The Family Arts Festival will now take place over a 24 day period, from 9 October – 1 November 2015.
Cinderella at Venue Cymru
Published: Wed 10 Dec
International star Jimmy Osmond leads the cast in this unmissable pantomime.
LSO at Christmas: A Choral Christmas
Published: Wed 10 Dec
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some music!
BBC Cornwall Family Orchestra & Chorus
Published: Fri 05 Dec
Come and join the BBC Concert Orchestra in Truro, Cornwall and be part of the exciting Family Orchestra and Chorus project - for free!
59 Minutes to Save Christmas @ Z-arts
Published: Fri 05 Dec
A distinctly different Christmas show!
Handel's Messiah
Published: Thu 04 Dec
Take a trip with all the family to hear this Christmas classic
Cinderella at Junction Goole
Published: Wed 03 Dec
Will Cinderella make it to the ball and meet her Prince Charming? Or will her evil step-mother put a stop to it all?
Silver Lining @ Greenwich Dance
Published: Wed 03 Dec
Featuring aerialists, acrobats and jugglers; they balance, hang, sing, fly, catch, spin and throw their way through a fast-paced, feel-good and explosive new show.
The Lost Present @ Barnsley Civic
Published: Tue 02 Dec
... A Christmas Adventure!
Winter Wonderland Family Rave
Published: Tue 02 Dec
Join us for a Winter Wonderland themed rave at The Bedford in Balham: Sunday 14 Dec 2-4.30pm
The second national FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL ends
Published: Mon 17 Nov
Over 4500 events from over 900 organisations across the UK kept families entertained over the autumn half term break
Published: Mon 13 Oct
Sign up to the Family Arts Festival Mailing list by 16 October in order to win a short break to Center Parcs for up to six join our mailing list to enter.
Published: Thu 18 Sep
Create your own eye-boggling family portrait using the Family Arts Festival app!
Family Arts Festival is an Arts Award Supporter!
Published: Tue 22 Jul
Arts Award is a unique qualification that supports young people to deepen their engagement with the arts, develop creativity and build leadership skills.
Search and Snap Competition for Family Arts Standards Week
Published: Tue 22 Jul
Competition time! Search out great family arts activities this summer and enter our competition to win a family caricature portrait! The ‘Search and Snap’ competition runs from 26 July to 31 August 2014 and it’s simple to join in.
The Family Arts Festival 2014 launches
Published: Wed 02 Jul
The national 2014 FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL brings the arts alive for families, 17 October - 2 November
Win £100 of Theatre Tokens!
Published: Wed 09 Oct
Theatre Tokens, the nationwide theatre gift voucher scheme, is supporting the Family Arts Festival by giving you and your family the chance to win £100 of Theatre Tokens!