Looking for something do with the Kids?

June 22, 2017 - Martin
If you’re looking for something in the Festival to do with the kids, many events are suitable for the whole family, some are age appropriate, some are free, but here are our top picks:

MIRACLE THEATRE PRESENTS THE THIRD POLICEMAN Written by Flann O’Brien Adapted by Bill Scott, Meiert Avis and Robert Bayley This summer Miracle ventures into a world somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and the Marx Brothers, where the earth is not round but sausage-shaped and night is actually an accumulation of black air; where eccentric policemen fall in love with bicycles and you can visit eternity via a rickety lift, hidden beside a lane in the heart of rural Ireland. Outdoors in the ECOS amphitheatre. Bring blankets and a picnic. In the event of bad weather the show will move inside. Merlin Theatre £14.50/£11.50

FELTING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN Learn how to make a felt picture. Each child will be shown how to make a flat felt picture to take away with them. 5 years +, under 10’s must be accompanied by an adult. Bessie Bidder Studio £10.00/£6.00

THE EMPTY CHAIR Join TROUPE in a playful musical adventure for families, exploring themes of friendship, loss and change. The Two Persons find their world turned upside-down by the mysterious silence of an empty chair. Aided by the wild and whirling ThisThat (plus occasional visits from a BLACKHOLE), they get to grips with this puzzling object in their midst through music, discovering a world of new sounds as they kindle their friendship afresh. This boldly inventive show tackles big themes in an accessible, emotive and mischievous way, featuring music for voice, cello and piano drawn from across the ages. Cooper Hall  £10.00/£5.00 under 18s/£25.00 family ticket (2 Adult + 2 child)

THE FROME FESTIVAL FOOD FEAST The Food Feast returns with more fabulous food, great music and street theatre! This popular event features delicious street food stalls from all over the region, as well as a street market of art, crafts & edible treats. Frome Street Bandits head to the Feast from St John’s Church at 5:30pm, join the parade! Live Music from well known musician Julian Hight, Frome favourites the Wochynskis and the headline act is Bristol based Fantasy Orchestra with an eclectic repertoire of film soundtracks, rock and pop favourites and some more obscure treasures. Fun for all the family. Cheese and Grain Market Yard – FREE

Sunday 9th 12.00-18.00 THE CHILDRENS FESTIVAL Lots of creative activities and performances including dance and music workshops, forest school, pump track action, circus skills, story & graffiti workshops, Young Band Stage, cardboard city and lots of things to make and do at Frome’s very own Children’s Festival. Not just for children. Parents remain responsible for their children at this event. For details call 07976 752 4271 info@fromechildrensfestival.org fb frome children’s festival. From the Cheese and Grain to Welshmill Park FREE 14.30-16.15


BEETHOVEN’S 4 SEASONS Join Wild Words for their new and original family show with live music from the sonatas, concertos and symphonies of the Master Composer to Klezmer tunes of the day. An LVB Rollercoaster of drama and daring, triumph and trauma, from the shadows of his father to the love of his mother, from losing his hearing to the Ode to Joy, all wrapped up in Wild Words’ magical invention (+ puppetry!) “Attention grabbing, visual, funny, moving, sweet!” Playshop – meet the instruments and learn a song to sing in the show. Michael Loader storyteller/storywriter, Alison Francis Black violin, Martin Solomon accordion & harp, Caitlin Alais Callahan piano, flute & bass. The HubNub – £6.00 Adult / £4.00 Child / £18.00 Adv Family of 4

ILLYRIA PRESENTS PRIDE AND PREJUDICE In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people – and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness? If your idea of Jane Austen is costume-drama, empire-lines and tea-parties, then this sparkling adaptation, based entirely on the original novel, is something to make you change your mind. Bring a picnic and have a ball. In the event of bad weather the show will move inside. Merlin Theatre £14.50/£11.50

Thursday 13th July 13.00-15.00 SCHOOLS SINGING FESTIVAL A celebration of singing in our schools. Led by inspirational singing leader Caroline Radcliffe groups of children from local schools will get together to have a BIG SING! (This event is part of the county wide Singing Strategy managed by the music hub ‘Sound Foundation Somerset’ and delivered locally by Jackdaws. It is made possible thanks to funding from the hub.) Cheese & Grain £3.00

SELWOOD ACADEMY SUMMER FAIR Come along and join us at the Selwood Academy Summer Fair. This free family event is in aid of the school’s PTA and is a great way to entertain young and old for a few hours – whatever the weather. There will be games and stalls, live music, refreshments at the bar and food, including delicious cupcakes…..and maybe a surprise prize from the raffle! Selwood Academy FREE 19.00-21.15 DANCEWORKS 2017 (14th, 15th & 16th July) Hundreds of children from Danceworks will be taking to the stage once again this July with their bi-annual school show, Danceworks 2017. Act One will be a beautiful ballet of “The Wizard of Oz”, and Act Two will be a showcase for the Tap, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Popworks and Drama & Singing students. You will enjoy excerpts from the colourful musical “Aladdin” and some wonderful dance numbers to some music from our “Pop Icons” from recent years. Memorial Theatre £10.50 / £8.50

Saturday 15th July 10.30-12.00 GROOVE TOTS GIGS AT THE RYE BAKERY Groove Tots Gigs offers the experience of high quality live acoustic music at a family-friendly time in a stunning new space in Frome. Featuring highly creative and talented musicians from the local area and afar, the programme is always eclectic and exciting. This month brings the incredible Senegalese Bristol-based singer/guitarist Batch Gueye alongside Gambian master drummer Kaw Secka who weave together gorgeous melodies, deep grooves and west African song. Come down, meet friends, treat yourself to a coffee and get in the groove! Suggested donation: £8.00 per family.

CHARITY SUMMER FETE Frome Freemasons present a Charity Fete at Frome College to raise funds for Vallis Youth Project & Mendip YMCA. Classic Car Show, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Skittle Alley, Food & Beer Tent, Charity stalls and more! www.royalsomersetlodge.org. Frome Community College, Bath Road Entrance.  £2.00/ FREE for under 12s 14.00-15.00 & 16.00-17.00

REVOLTING RHYMES LIVE! Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes are brought to life with musicians and actors! Join the fun with Crescendo Concerts as they perform Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs in a spectacular and entertaining show. Find out what Red Riding Hood is really like, see the wolf through the eyes of a little pig, and enter the world of Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts with The Pig, The Tummy Beast and The Crocodile… Trinity Church £6.00

OUTDOOR CINEMA Visit our courtyard for an outdoor cinema experience. Showing films at Midday (U), 4pm (PG/12), 7pm (15/18). Serving a full range of snacks and popcorn. This event is free but with limited seating. The Archangel FREE

LATER… WITH FROME COLLEGE Students showcase their diverse talents across three stages in a fantastic cabaret style programme of pop, jazz, acoustic, classical, choral, percussion and electronic music – a unique school concert featuring the remarkable youth of Frome! Cheese & Grain £7.00


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