Family Matters – Bringing YOUR family to the theatre this October

Posted on 12 October 2015

This October at the Belgrade Theatre, we’re hosting a Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People, jam-packed with shows for all ages! If you’re planning a family visit to the Belgrade this Autumn, here’s some handy tips and tricks to remember…

What’s the Festival all about?

Running from 19 – 31 October, the Festival is part of a year-long programme of events celebrating 50 years of Theatre in Education which was invented here in Coventry. The movement begun at the Belgrade, before spreading to theatres throughout the UK and across the world!

Which shows are suitable for my family?

With some of the UK’s very best professional theatre for children taking to the stage, there’s something for everyone in the October Festival. For little ones aged 2+, we recommend shows like The Snow Dragon, Marty MacDonald’s Farm and The Cat in the Hat which are a feast of music, puppets and magic! For older children aged 11+, The Hate Play, Pocket Merchant, Rise Up and I Wish I Had A Moustache are all a fun and educational experience. Finally, children aged 3 – 11 with learning disabilities are invited to a palace of sensory delights, in the Light Show.

What facilities does the Belgrade have for families?

The Belgrade has been awarded a Family Arts Standards which means we’re officially a family friendly venue. Here are some of the facilities we provide for families:

  • Booster seats are available for children under 4ft sitting in the stalls of the Main Auditorium. These can be hired for a fee of £1, however if you don’t fancy paying, you’re welcome to bring along your child’s car seat instead.
  • Baby changing facilities are located in the ground floor toilets.
  • The Belgrade Café Bar offers a selection of high quality food and drink as well as our restaurant, the Belgrade Kitchen open from 5pm on performance nights.
  • For children under the age of 2, Lap Seat Tickets are available from our Box Office for £3.50.

What other activities are there to keep the kids occupied?

On Sat 24th Oct, the Belgrade is hosting a Curious Kids family fun day! This action-packed day with bring together a range of colourful characters, craft activities, face painting, performances, soft play and storytelling to keep the kids entertained. Stay tuned website for more details.

From 17 Oct – 2 Nov, the Belgrade is also taking part in the Get Creative Family Arts Festival. Visit their website to find out what other family friendly events are happening near you this Autumn!