Family Friendly Fun this October

Fri 25 Oct 2013

We are thrilled to part of UK’s first Family Arts Festival, taking place 18 Oct- 3 Nov 2013 which has been created to encourage families to enjoy the arts together. This is the first UK-wide festival of its kind and venues up and down the country have been programming specific family-friendly events to encourage more families to take part.

We've programmed 5 events as part of the Family Arts Festival – ranging from Ballet, Theatre, Comedy and Music, so take a look, there's something to all the kids happy.

Ballet Theatre UK’s 
The Nutcracker
Fri 25 Oct, 7:30pm

This perennial family favourite will delight and amaze, as the story of Clara and her magical nutcracker doll that turns into a prince on Christmas Eve, unfolds to Tchaikovsky’s magical and memorable score. This production has no live orchestra but has mesmerizing and beautiful dancing, perfect for that first visit to the ballet. 

Ha Ha Holmes!
And the Hound of The Baskervilles
Tue 29 Oct, 7:30pm 

This is a mad cap comic adventure starring comedy national treasure Joe Pasquale. Holmes and Watson have been charged with hunting down the Baskerville hound. It’s elementary! It’s also downright hilarious – but be warned this is Holmes and Watson as you have never seen them before.

Bananas in Pyjamas
Thu 31 Oct, 2pm 

It’s a Banana emergency! It’s party time in Cuddlestown but the guest of honour is missing – B1 and B2 have to race to the rescue with some help from their friends. Perfect for the under 8s this charming adventure will have little ones beaming from ear to ear.

Sinfonia Viva present
I Have to Leave My House
Fri 1 Nov, 2:30pm

Listen to the story of a little mouse in search of the perfect house, whilst joining in with songs performed by members of the Sinfonia Viva Orchestra. This magical journey has been designed especially for the under 5s, their families and friends. There's also a Meet the Musician session before the concert at 1:30pm.

Comedy Club for Kids
Sat 2 Nov, 2pm

Top comedians from the UK and world circuit come together to provide a ‘proper’ comedy club atmosphere for kids and their families. It will be an afternoon of cracking comedy without the rude bits. Suitable for the over 6s, Comedy Club for Kids has been delighting audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for nearly a decade and now embarks on a national tour. 

As part of the festival the Arts Council England and the Theatrical Management Association have launched a campaign to help venues become more family friendly. We're delighted that we've been recognised as a family friendly venue and have been awarded The Family Arts Standard Award. This is a national accreditation that lets you know that you're and will be provided with excellent service and facilities to
make your visit enjoyable and as stress-free as possible. For more information please visit