The Birdhouse Family Festival celebrates the on-set of summer in Cleethorpes, with an amazing indoor and outdoor theatre programme for children and their families. Taking place over the forthcoming Spring break half term, the festival’s programme features some of the UK’s leading theatre companies, while making the most of resort and all it has to offer. See leading street theatre acts, enjoy open-air theatre and watch brilliant indoor shows all at locations around the sea-side town. Brought to you by Birdhouse, the festival is supported by Arts Council England.

Tickets for paid shows are available via our Tickets Page
or by calling Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre on 01472 323111.

Sunday 29 May Throughout the day
Lower Promenade Cleethorpes

Promenade Performances

Experience the fun and frolics of our sea-side themed walkabout acts, the Postcard Posers and the Dancing Day Trippers.

Sunday 29 May 11.30am,1pm & 2.30pm
Kingsway Kiosk Kingsway, Cleethorpes DN35 0BY

The Three Suitcases

A beautiful little festival show about 3 quirky characters that meet at a train station where the train never arrives….
As time ticks by the 3 accidental characters become more and more playful and who knows what they will get up to next?


Tuesday 31 May 2pm
Cleethorpes Cricket Club, Cleethorpes DN35 0AR

Illyria presents
Danny Champion of the World

Now in its 25th anniversary year Illyria, one of the country’s foremost interpreters of Roald Dahl’s work, presents Danny Champion of the World.
Danny and his devoted father live in a caravan and operate the petrol station and garage. When Danny turns nine he is devastated to find out about his father’s secret passion for pheasant-poaching in the estate of the nasty, greedy Victor Hazell, the local wealthy landowner.
One night, Danny awakes to find his father has not returned. Fearing that his father may be in danger, Danny sets off to rescue him. Soon, with a little help from the village, Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible and exciting plot ever attempted against Victor Hazell.
Illyria promises a magnificent, funny and heart-warming story perfectly suited to the open-air.

Single tickets £7. Friends and Family ticket £25 (admits up to 2 adults & 3 children). Running time (approx) 1hr 35mins (including 20 minute interval). Suitable for all ages 5+. *Please note cash only on gate

Wednesday 1 June 11.30am & 2pm
Cleethorpes Memorial Hall, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8AH

Frogs, Snails And Teddy Bear Tales
By Freehand Puppet Theatre

It’s bear’s birthday tomorrow. His head is full of excitement. How will he ever get to sleep? Bedtime stories, of course, weaving together tales of spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Come and enjoy the inventive puppetry, original music and gentle humour of this delightful production.

Tickets £5. Suitable for ages 3-7. Children are invited to bring a teddy bear to share the performance. No extra charge for bears!

Thursday 2 June 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8LG

Frogs, Snails And Teddy Bear Tales Workshop

Come along and get creative by making a range of exciting crafts with our festival artists.

Drop in session. £2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday 3 June 2pm
Cleethorpes Parkway Cinema, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0AQ

Presented by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal

A story of a boy. Running, jumping, no time for sleeping. A boy with a big imagination. Playing, diving, can’t be stopping. A boy who feels lonely. Imagining, dreaming, better than schooling. A boy who loves the outdoors. Leaping, soaring, no space for listening. A boy they call WiLd!

Writers Guild award winning writer Evan Placey has teamed up with tutti frutti and CANDAL at Nottingham University to create a fantastic one person show that unravels the story of a wayward yet fragile and misunderstood boy who lives within his untamed imagination.

A brilliant, clever, cheeky new play celebrating all things ‘wild’ with a fabulous sound track, live music and fresh moves. For naughty misunderstood boys and girls, their teachers and families up and down the land.

Tickets £6, Suitable for ages 8+. To book visit or Tel 01472 290100