Festival fun for all the family

Adam Buchanan as Bertie in The Butterfly Lion
Adam Buchanan as Bertie in The Butterfly Lion

The first ever nationwide Family Arts Festival is to take place, starting this week.

It runs from October 18 to November 3, with 200 arts venues across the UK confirmed to host special events designed for families to enjoy.

The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham will be offering plenty of events with all ages in mind:

n To Sir, With Love starring Matthew Kelly (October 15-19) with a cross-generational appeal to families from aged 11-plus

n Lindy hop Dance Workshop, based on music from the 1940s, is a free event open to all ages

n A new stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion will run for the half term holiday (October 22-26), aimed at children aged six-plus and their families

n Beanbag Music Club, aimed at under sixes and their families, introduces children to Spanish rhythms and song in a fun-packed informal foyer environment (November 2)

n Family Open Day (Saturday, October 26) is a free event aimed at all the family. Activities on offer include backstage tours, mask making, face painting, dressing up, music-making, and plenty of fun and games for every age group

David Longford, education manager at the TRCH, said: “We are so excited to be part of a festival which aims to attract families to come and enjoy the arts.

“We are offering a range of family-friendly events in dance, music, theatre and behind the scenes experiences which we hope older and younger people will be able to enjoy together as a family. This is something we want to build on for the future.”

There are more Family Arts Festival activities and events planned at other venues, too, including Wollaton Hall, Greens Windmill, Nottingham Castle, New Art Exchange, Lakeside Arts Centre and City Libraries.

Call 0115 9895555 for ticket details.