Fantastic for Families Awards 2020: Shortlist Announced!

Something to celebrate as our Awards recognise the UK’s best arts and culture organisations for families

 At a time when Covid-19 has imposed significant limitations on the arts and cultural sector, the Fantastic for Families Awards celebrate the wealth of excellent creative events and spaces for families across the UK. These organisations are recognised for the outstanding experiences and contribution to family-friendly arts and culture they provided for families in 2019.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards will be welcomed as a moment to congratulate arts organisations and destinations amid the uncertainty of Covid-19 and a looming recession.

The 30 shortlisted organisations, will now have their nominations reviewed by a panel of expert judges from the creative sector, who will decide which of them will be named winner in one of four categories.

Fantastic for Families Awards

Best Family Event

This award recognises the very best family events of 2019 with genuine appeal and suitability for different age groups attending or participating together.

  • AsOne Theatre Company for Library Live
  • Big Fish Little Fish & The Horniman for Outdoor Family Festival
  • Cast and darts (Doncaster Community Arts) for The Cultural Playground – The Great Get Together
  • Circus250 for StrongWomen Science
  • Déda and partners for Full Moon Friday - Derby Festé
  • Hull Libraries for The Big Malarkey Festival
  • Produced by Liat and Co, in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery: Bauhaus Baby Ballroom
  • Loud in Libraries for Liz Lawrence live in Widnes Library
  • Luca Silvestrini’s Protein for The Little Prince
  • Sonia Sabri Company for Lok Virsa at the Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Southbank Centre for Imagine Children's Festival
  • Walthamstow Garden Party for Walthamstow Garden Party 2019
  • Yorkshire Dance for Family Encounters Dance Festival

Best Family Venue

The judging panel were looking for the suitability of the venue’s facilities for families, and those who take extra care to meet the needs of a wide range of families and provide a high quality of experience for those visiting the venue.

  • Cast, Doncaster
  • Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
  • National Maritime Museum, London
  • The Lowry, Salford
  • The Whitworth, Manchester

Audience Impact Award

This award is for creative organisations who are overcoming barriers to reach and engage new and diverse families in order to develop and deepen their engagement with families in their area.

  • Dundee Contemporary Arts
  • Manchester Museum
  • Midlands Arts Centre
  • Museum of London Docklands
  • Oily Cart

Best Age-Friendly Cultural Organisation

This award recognises the outstanding provision for older family members, including staff welcome, communication and the venue and its facilities in accommodating the needs of older people.

  • Barnsley Museums
  • Leeds Playhouse
  • Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company
  • Norwich Theatre
  • The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge


All shortlisted organisations will now have their nominations reviewed by a panel of expert judges from the creative sector, with winners being announced on 9 September 2020.

You can find all of the shortlisted organisations events, virtual events and creative activities to do at home listed on this website.

Find your creative family activity here!


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