Lots on offer at second Family Arts Festival

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Was it really one year ago? Many of you will remember the Centre being festooned with all things ‘pirate-y and googly-eyed’ as part of the Half Term Family Arts Festival – a national initiative with Michael Morpurgo as its patron.

In 2013 your little ones led you through our revolving doors at Superman speed to make pirate hats, have adventures on flying machines, and to meet Cerri Burnell in her Magical Playroom.

It was such a success that we’ve decided to do it all over again – well not exactly the same, but we think this year’s Family Arts Festival programme is just as special and we hope you will too.

So, you’ve read the storybook, cuddled the bear, and now children aged three to seven can come and meet ‘Hugless Douglas’ in the flesh this half term at the South Holland Centre.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Hugless Douglas is a lovable brown bear who goes in search of the perfect hug.

Popular children’s theatre company Blunderbus Theatre have adapted this furry tale for the stage and we’re encouraging everyone to bring a teddy along to watch the show on Saturday, November 1.

We have two performances to choose from, 11am and 2pm, and tickets are £7.50 or £28 for a family ticket. Look out for all things teddy-tastic in our foyer and café bar too.

There’s more enjoyment for children aged four-plus and their families with Rhubarb Theatre’s ‘The Case of the Curious Suitcase’.

This joyful show on Wednesday, October 29 at 1.30pm is about a mix-up at a country railway station and is full of visual fantasy and fun.

The performance takes place in the upstairs hall where children can get really close up to the action.

Tickets for the show are £5.50 and there is an option to join in a pre-show workshop with Rhubarb Theatre at 11am for a small extra charge.

As it’s nearly Halloween, we’re starting off the Half Term Festival week with an exciting two-day drama workshop ‘Monster Mash’ on Monday and Tuesday, October 27 and 28. Run by ACT II Theatre Company, seven to 12-year-olds can spend a couple of days singing, dancing and acting, resulting in a show full of creepy characters to be performed to family and friends. The cost for the two days is £25 per child and £20 for additional siblings.

Meanwhile, if it’s a family film you’re after, ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ is being screened every weekday during half term. This feel-good movie stars Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jnr and Ashley Judd and continues the story of Winter, a brave dolphin who was nursed back to health at a marine hospital.

All screening dates are listed on our website and matinee cinema tickets are still just £5.20.

The Centre is committed to providing good value, top quality, family friendly events and screenings throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming you and yours to our Family Arts Festival programme this Half Term.