28th – 31st May 2018

The Birdhouse Family Festival celebrates the on-set of summer in Cleethorpes, with an amazing indoor and outdoor programme of events and activities for children and their families.
Taking place over the Spring break half term, the festival makes the most of the resort and all it has to offer, by placing exciting and fun activities in a variety of accessible locations, for your enjoyment.
See leading street theatre acts, enjoy indoor family shows, take part in interactive story-telling and inspiring spoken word workshops.
There will also be a range of upbeat music performances featured within this mainly free programme for you to enjoy as well as the chance to participate in an exciting Pop Up Parade!

Tickets for paid shows are available online by clicking here or by phone or in person from Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre 01472 323111.

Brought to you by Birdhouse and supported by Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund.

Programme Of Events

Monday 28th May 2018

Throughout the day – PIER GARDENS (opposite SEAWAY FISH&CHIPS)

The Flycycle by Pif Paf

12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm

Take a journey of your wildest dreams and fly up, up and away aboard this famous travelling machine, piloted by Captain Bigshot.

Seed by Pif Paf

12.45pm and 2.15pm

A beautifully fantastical exploration of our relationship with the long suffering plants that keep us fed, sheltered and breathing.

Jolly Holiday by Swank

11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

We’re all here on a lovely holiday… let’s not ruin it…’

Join the Jolly duo on their jolly holiday. Big Mam and desperate daughter Dolly are taking in exciting new and beautiful sights, together with their puppet companions Nanna and Wee Dad.

With 1950’s music and seaside sound effects, the Jolly’s infectious dance routines and witty banter cajole the audience into spontaneous on the street conga, hokey cokey and rock ‘n’ roll dancing.

Daft As A Brush by Maynard Flip Flap

12pm, 1.30pm, 3.30pm

Gasp and guffaw at his coat hanger antics and feel the excitement mount as the audience race biscuits for the honour to join Maynard in his now legendary egg catapulting stunt.

Monday 28th May 2018

Throughout the day – KINGSWAY KIOSK

Special Delivery by Bird in the Hand

11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Special Delivery is a simple story about the delights of trying something unexpected. When a heavily laden postman is suddenly surprised by a rain shower he discovers that all his packages have lost their labels.

In the process of trying to work out the intended recipients, he discovers a bit more about the people on his rounds – and decides to bring a little sunshine into all of their lives.

Mambo Jambo

12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm

An acoustic two-piece with their own rhythmic and joyful sound, Mambo Jambo will take you on a musical journey bringing together sounds from roots, world, folk and jazz. Featuring Frankie on sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and spoons plus other percussion and Pete on guitar, vocal, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), banjo, accordion and suitcase !

Tuesday 29th May 2018

Throughout the day – PIER GARDENS (opposite SEAWAY FISH&CHIPS)

The Flycycle by Pif Paf

11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Another chance to climb aboard this fantastical travelling machine.

Jolly Holiday by Swank

11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

This 1950s seaside duo returns and just wants to have a jolly good time – it’s irresistible not to join in!

Off His Trolley by Maynard Flip Flap

12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm

Maynard rides a very big unicycle with very little ability, will he or won’t he fall? Will he wobble like those spinning plates, success or disaster awaits every stunt. Fear not for this fool is quite under control.

Tuesday 29th May 2018

Moon on the Water, North Promenade, Cleethorpes DN35

Workshop for young people aged 7+ with Toby Thompson

2pm – 3.30pm

Tickets £4 (children). Must be booked in advance – limited spaces available. – Click here to buy online.

This one-off festival workshop explores the potential for imagination, contemplation and wonder.

Over the course of an hour and a half, young people are invited to join award-winning spoken word artist Toby Thompson as he guides you on a journey of your own. Using techniques developed to explore philosophy and mindfulness for children, Toby’s unique form of theatrical storytelling will encourage participants to consider what it might mean to be utterly, perfectly, completely, dreamily, totally, blissfully, wondrously, gleefully free.

This is an exclusive opportunity to work with and learn from the creator of this evening’s show!

Toby Thompson is the future. – Kate Tempest

I Wish I Was a Mountain by Toby Thompson


Tickets £5. Suitable for ages 7 – adult – Click here to buy online.

Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music and a smattering of philosophy to boldly re-imagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairy-tale.

On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain.

Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.

…a wonderful gift for language, a deep sensibility and a penetrating sense of perspective. – Sir Ken Robinson

Wednesday 30th May 2018

10.30am – Cleethorpes Memorial Hall, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8AH

Pied Piper by Norwich Puppet Theatre

All tickets £4 – Click here to buy online.
Beautiful puppet theatre for children aged 3 -7 and their families.

When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance…

Norwich Puppet Theatre’s humorous and irresistible one person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling and will have audiences young and old entranced.

Running time: 45 mins and audiences are invited to meet the puppets at the end.

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Throughout the day – PIER GARDENS (opposite SEAWAY FISH&CHIPS)

Off His Trolley by Maynard Flip Flap

1pm, 2.00pm and 15.30pm

He really is, come and witness his antics!

Postcard Posers by The Shenanigans

12pm and 2.30pm

Experience the fun and frolics of this sea-side themed walkabout act.

New York Brass Band

12.30pm,1.30pm (part of parade) and 3pm (parade)

Glastonbury Festival regulars, this New Orleans inspired band is a powerful team of Yorkshire’s finest musicians, playing sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphones. Enjoy a range of styles from jazz to pop and from reggae to funk.

Pop Up Parade by Hull Carnival Arts

From 12pm – join in parades at 1.30pm and 3pm

Join Hull Carnival Arts for the Birdhouse Pop Up Parade around Pier Gardens!

Visit the parade marquee from 12pm to try on an array of amazing, colourful costumes. Feel free to meet the large puppets and take selfies.

Then join in with a pop up parade at either 1.30pm or 3pm, led by the New York Brass Band!

Thursday 31st May 2018

Throughout the day – Cleethorpes Sandpit and Discovery Centre

Earthbound Misfits Juggling Show

11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Always a favourite and a whole lot of fun

Mambo Jambo

12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm

Upbeat and summery sounds from this quality world-music, acoustic duo

Summer Stories – ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ with Rhubarb Theatre

11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Interactive story-telling for ages 3 – 8

Puddleducks by Cirq Delight

12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm

Attention big bird lovers, there is no mistaking: The Puddleducks are here! Set to make your heart melt. The friendliest of fowl, keen to investigate every situation with their curious, gentle waddling charm.