Many arts venues are reopening for families across the UK
- 27 May 2021
As arts venues start to reopen across the UK, we're excited to see more physical events added to Fantastic for Families and an increase in what's on offer for families as government restrictions ease. Whether you've missed museums, seeing shows or taking part in creative workshops, many venues are reopening their doors and welcoming families back safely.
Over the past year, we've enjoyed sharing online events from some fantastic organisations and venues across the country and we'll continue to bring you the latest virtual events for all the family to enjoy – even once venues have reopened their doors to the public...
Scroll down for a selection of our favourite upcoming physical events and find more events near you here.
As always, we'd love to see your creations and hear about what you've taken part in, so make sure you tag us on social media.
1. National Maritime Museum (London)
National Maritime Museum | Ticketed, socially distanced
Bring your under-5s on a different adventure every week! Explore the Museum and the collection with your family through facilitated play, songs and stories led by early years specialists.
2. Shipley Art Gallery (Gateshead)
Tuesday 1 June | Ticketed
Visit Shipley Art Gallery's still life exhibition, then have a go at painting your own masterpiece.
Using watercolours, you'll develop a loose and relaxed painting style, and experiment with blending colours. You'll experiment on watercolour paper, and then paint a final piece on watercolour board, to display at home. Recommended for a range of ages from 4 - 12 years and their families.
Thursday 3 June | Ticketed
Lift your spirits and get creative, exploring things that make you happy. An experimental drawing session for all the family and fantastic for 5 - 13 year olds, where you’ll try a range of techniques. Artist Elizabeth Kane will guide you through a series of fun drawing exercises, using pastels and coloured pencils. You’ll produce a collection of drawings made individually and as a family; and learn creative techniques that you can easily do at home.
3. Story Museum (Oxford)
Lots to dream up and explore
There are plenty of events to get involved in during Half term (and beyond!) at The Story Museum...
4. Waterside (Sale, Manchester)
Saturday 29 May | Ticketed
You've seen football. You've seen tennis. But have you seen Comedy as a sport? Then you don't want to miss this all ages, all action, all improvised competitive comedy show!
Two teams battle it out for laughs with quick-witted gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by your suggestions. There's a referee on hand to ensure a good clean match - it's a family friendly show after all - with penalties for bad behaviour and bad jokes. Who wins? You decide!
5. Brighton Open Air Theatre (Brighton)
Outdoor theatre shows | Ticketed
You're in for a real treat if you live in the South East of England – take a trip to Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) and get involved in one of their many events taking place over summer.
Highlights include Mr Stink, The Lady in the Van and Pride and Prejudice.
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