Birdhouse Family Festival 26 – 30 May 2014 Cleethorpes
The Birdhouse Family Festival celebrates the on-set of summer in Cleethorpes, with a fantastic indoor and outdoor theatre programme for children and their families.
Taking place over the forthcoming Spring break half term, the festival’s features some of the UK’s leading theatre companies, while making the most of resort and all it has to offer. Its high quality programme offers leading street theatre acts, story-telling, open-air theatre, crafts and an indoor show, all at locations around the sea-side town.
Brought to you by Grimsby-based children’s arts organisation, Birdhouse, the festival is supported by Arts Council England, First Transpennine Express and Freshney Place Shopping Centre.
Many of the events are free to attend, but tickets for paid shows are available through the Birdhouse website by clicking here or by calling Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111.
First on the programme are The Maniax, a comedy duo whose show is a spectacle of chains, padlocks and stunts, taking place on an 8’ high platform. See them in action outside Kingsway Kiosk on Lower Promenade on Monday 26 May, at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm.
Also on the 26, Kirsty Mead from Rhubarb Theatre, based in London will lead story-telling sessions for little ones in Cleethorpes’ sandpit. A popular destination, the sandpit will come alive with the high sea adventure called, ‘The Pirates Next Door’. Kirsty will be telling this story at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.
On Tuesday 27 May, Birdhouse welcomes Illyria, one of the UK’s leading open-air theatre companies, who are coming to the area to perform George’s Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dhal (adapted by David Wood). This large-scale outdoor show, suitable for ages five and over, will be performed at Cleethorpes Cricket Club, at 2pm. Family tickets are available at £18, admitting up to two adults and three children. Single tickets are £5.
Then on Wednesday 28, Kirsty Mead returns to the sandpit with another story, ‘Jack’s Fantastic Voyage’, being told at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Children can make paper-boats inside the Discovery Centre before the show and then join in and ‘sail’ them.
We’re back at Kingsway Kiosk on Thursday 29 when internationally street street act Daft as a Brush, performs. This is a whacky one-man show – taking place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm – includes daring shoe-balancing, a coat hanger escape and biscuit racing!
Finally on Friday 30 May, we welcome The Worried Walrus by Odd Doll Theatre, from Leeds. It’s time for the Annual Animal Beauty Contest! Join Wendy the Walrus on her magical journey to the bottom of ocean where she makes some unlikely new friends who help her to re-think what real beauty is. Tickets for this show are £5 children and £4 for adults.
Charlotte Bowen, Birdhouse events producer said:
“We’re delighted to be bringing a family festival to Cleethorpes for a fourth year. Birdhouse simply loves bringing high quality performers to Cleethorpes to enhance what the resort already has to offer. We’re sure children and adults alike will enjoy the programme.”
What’s On Each Day
Monday 26 May
Kingsway Kiosk, Kingsway, Cleethorpes DN35 0BY. 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Free
Witness the crazy capers of this daring duo – this show is a spectacle of chains, padlocks and stunts and takes place on an 8’ high platform.
Sandpit Stories – The Pirates Next Door
Cleethorpes sandpit 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
Join Kirsty Mead from Rhubarb Theatre, in Cleethorpes sandpit as she takes you on a high-sea adventure, Pirates Next Door.
Matilda lives at Dull on Sea, on a street where there are no other children. But when the Jolly Rogers move in next door, Matilda thinks life is going to be much more fun, unfortunately her neighbours don’t agree…
Tuesday 27 May
Illyria presents…George’s Marvellous Medicine
by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood
Cleethorpes Cricket Club, Chichester Rd, Cleethorpes DN35 0HZ 2pm
£18 family ticket – admits up to 2 adults and 3 children. £5 single ticket
Running time (approx) 1hr 35mins (including 20 minute interval). Suitable for families with children aged 5+
It’s the first day of half-term, Grandma has written to say she is coming to stay, and George is going to have to give up his bedroom for her. It wouldn’t be so bad if Grandma were a nice Grandma. But George’s Grandma is horrible. So George decides to concoct his own medicine which he gives to Grandma on a spoon – with hilarious results!
Don’t miss this rare chance to enjoy open-air theatre at its best!
Wednesday 28 May
Sandpit stories – Jacks Fantastic Voyage
Cleethorpes sandpit. 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
Free. Suitable for ages 3 – 8
Come along and hear a charming tale from our ‘sandpit story-teller’ Kirsty Mead, about a boy and his granddad.
Jack has a very unusual grandfather. He likes to paint pictures everywhere and he tells the most amazing stories… but can they possibly be true?
Join Rhubarb Theatre on this outdoor voyage, take part with your paper boat and enjoy music and movement!
Cleethorpes Discovery Centre 10am, 11.30am and 1pm
Make a boat before the sandpit story, then take part!
Thursday 29 May
POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY 31 MAY, same times
Daft as a Brush
Kingsway Kiosk, Kingsway, Cleethorpes DN35 0BY
11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Free
This internationally travelled street theatre show includes daring shoe-balancing, a coat hanger escape and biscuit racing!
Friday 30 May
The Worried Walrus
by Odd Doll Theatre
Cleethorpes Memorial Hall, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8AH
10.30am and 1pm. £5 children / £4 adults. Suitable for ages 3 – 8
It’s time for the Annual Animal Beauty Contest!
This year’s contestants include Terry the Tree Frog, Randy the Panda, Mary-Rose the beautiful flamingo and a brand-new, first time competitor – Wendy the Walrus!
Wendy has had her bath, exfoliated her skin and polished her tusks but what happens when the other animals boo her off stage?
Join Wendy on her magical journey to the bottom of ocean where she makes some unlikely new friends who help her to re-think what real beauty is.
Performed alongside live original music and song, this spectacular puppet show has been created for all big kids over 3 who love an even bigger adventure!