Grooving with Pirates

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Accessible
14 –⁠ 15 Feb 2024, various times
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
£14 Adult, £10.50 Child
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Cartoon illustration of pirates on a beach playing musical instruments with their ship sailing in the sea behind them.
Seb Burnett

Come on a swashbuckling adventure with family favourites the Groove Baby Organ Trio and sail the high seas in an exciting jazz- and funk-fuelled show.

Designed especially for 3- to 7-year-olds, Grooving with Pirates follows three pirate friends on a dangerous mission to find some treasure, in an experience combining animation and live action.

Along the way, meet monsters and mermaids, join in with musical challenges and get a chance to strut your stuff on the gangplank, with Groove Baby creating a non-stop groove – from electro jungle rhythms to Blue Note soul jazz, via infectious pop themes – to get everyone on their feet.

Created in 2013 to give parents the opportunity to experience concert hall-quality music in a child-friendly environment, Grooving with Pirates has developed into a unique – and definitely cool – form of musical theatre event, featuring standout musicians from the UK jazz and contemporary circuit.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 3 – 7

The performance on Thursday 15 February at 11.30am is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

To book tickets for BSL interpretation, email [email protected] or call us on 020 3879 9555.

Imagine Children’s Festival is a relaxed festival and this event is a Relaxed Performance (RP).

Relaxed Performances have a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space, and you are free to enter and exit during the performances. A chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones are available for children and adults. There are no adjustments to sound and lighting for these performances and this show features amplified music, haze and flashing (not strobe) lights.

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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Smoke and haze may be used during this performance.

Every adult and child needs a ticket, except for babes in arms aged under 18 months at the time of the performance who don’t need their own seat.

Dates & times

14 Feb 2024, 11.30am, 2pm & 4.30pm

15 Feb 2024, 11.30am & 2pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 5 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entry£14 Adult, £10.50 Child
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

Tickets can only be sold through the Southbank Centre and our authorised agents, and can't be resold. You can return your tickets to the Southbank Centre for a credit voucher up to 48 hours before the event. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

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Venue

Purcell Room

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

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Open 90 minutes before an event until the end of the event. Closed at all other times.

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Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.

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Pre-booking online is recommended. Check our website on the day for returns. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our Visitor Assistants on entry.

Some free events don't require a ticket. Found an event labelled FREE on our website with no way to book? Simply turn up on the day.

If you don't receive your e-ticket

Your e-ticket will be sent to you seven days before the event date from [email protected]. If you don't receive your e-ticket, and it's not in your junk or spam folder, please get in touch. 

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More information

Find out all you need to know about tickets, including concessions, group bookings, returns, credit vouchers and more, via the link below.

Frequently asked questions

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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Toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Cloakroom

The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

We're cash-free

Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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