REPLAY: A Limitless Recycled Playground

8 Jul –⁠ 30 Sep, various times
Exhibition Space, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall
Family & young people
From Adult £6.50, Child £6.50
A woman and child poking their heads through a furry orange doughnut-shaped circle
Arnaud Mbaki

Part installation, part adventure playground, REPLAY is a space built entirely out of waste materials, repurposed for fun by The Herd Theatre.

It features a design that reignites imaginations, a score composed from recycled sounds and a crowdsourced play generator. Children and their grown-ups are invited to play side by side in this space full of things you can move, change, combine, wear and reimagine.

In REPLAY’s self-led experience, you can build your own worlds, invent your own games, be inspired by others and leave ideas for players to come.

The Herd Theatre is based in Hull and makes shows, installations and experiences for children and families. They play alongside children to create artworks that celebrate, interrogate and nurture the joy of childhood.

REPLAY is created by theatre director Ruby Thompson, designer Rūta Irbīte and writer and composer Sam Caseley.

REPLAY is a Southbank Centre commission.

'one of the best things we’ve done in ages'


‘colourful, vibrant and exciting … it not only provides fun, but also problem solving, socialising, playing with shapes … I’m absolutely WOWED’

Coin Street Nursery

‘If there’s one activity you absolutely must experience this summer, I highly recommend taking your child to REPLAY.’


Need to know

Age recommendation

REPLAY is suitable for ages 6 months – 11 years. Every adult and child needs a ticket, except children under 6 months.

Early Years sessions are specifically for families with children under 5. If you have children across age groups or over this age, please book onto another session. Children under 5 are still welcome at any session.

Early Years sessions take place weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

This is a Relaxed event. This means that we have a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space, and you are free to enter and exit. A nearby rest space and noise-cancelling headphones are available for both adults and children. There are no changes made to light and sound effects.

Sensory Adapted sessions take place weekly on Sunday mornings, and on Thursday mornings after Thursday 27 July. These have a lower capacity, with a maximum of 30 people in the space.

All sessions – not only the Sensory Adapted sessions – feature lighting and sound which has been designed to avoid sudden changes of brightness or loudness, and there are no flashing lights.

This is intended to make REPLAY suitable for audiences with sensory sensitivities. This may include children, young people and adults with neurodivergence such as autism, learning difficulties or other sensory or communication needs.

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults not accompanied by a child aren’t allowed at this event.

This experience is self-led.

This means it is up to you how you play in the space to make sure you keep yourself and your family group safe while playing.

There are two members of staff in the space at all times to answer any questions, but they are not solely responsible for your safety.

We tell everyone these important rules before entering REPLAY:

Look after yourselves
Look after each other
Adults look after the children
Children look after the adults

We want you, and everyone using the space, to have the most fun they can. It’s important to be aware of those around you as you’re playing.

Dates & times

8 Jul –⁠ 30 Sep 2023

Tue – Sun; 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 3pm & 4.30pm (closed Mon)


Advance booking is recommended


Sensory Adapted sessions 
Sundays at 10.30am (6, 13, 20 & 27 Aug; 3,10, 17, 24 Sep); Thursdays at 1.30pm (3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Aug).


Early Years sessions 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10.30am & 12 noon (1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30 Aug & 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 Sep), excluding Friday 18 August

Each session lasts approx. 60 mins


  • Standard entryFrom Adult £6.50, Child £6.50
  • Concessions25%**

* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

Book as early as you can to ensure the best choice of tickets. Ticket prices may be adjusted without notice to reflect demand.

** 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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Royal Festival Hall

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The Royal Festival Hall is open to all for access to the Level 2 foyers and toilets, Level 1 and Changing Places toilets, the National Poetry Library, Skylon, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Southbank Centre Shop and Members' Lounge at the following times:

*The Royal Festival Hall is open Mon & Tue, 10am – 6pm**; Wed – Sun, 10am – 11pm.

**On event days, the Royal Festival Hall building remains open until the end of the event.

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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.

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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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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

As well as a 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find our Welcome Desk and Ticket Office, Festival Bar & Kitchen, Ballroom Cafe, The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, Members’ Lounge and Skylon.


Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall. 

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 facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Please visit the Welcome Desk on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where a member of staff can provide you with the key. You can also use the phone next to the Changing Places toilet to speak to a member of staff.


There's a cloakroom in the Blue Side Foyer, Level 4, Royal Festival Hall. It’s £1 per item, card only. The cloakroom opens about an hour before ticketed events, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It can be accessed via Lifts 4 & 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall.

Any sized item can be left in our cloakroom, including fold-away bicycles. We don’t accept non-folding bicycles. Items must be collected on the same day they are stored. From time to time, the cloakroom may not be available. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall or the Queen Elizabeth Hall, or into the Hayward Gallery, so please leave large bags at home.

Items are left in our cloakrooms at the owner’s risk, and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to these items.

We're cash-free

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

Booking wheelchair positions

When booking a wheelchair position in the Royal Festival Hall for large motorised wheelchairs (more than 65cm wide), please book in the rear stalls or side stalls. Boxes aren't able to accommodate larger wheelchairs due to limited space. If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] or call 020 3879 9555.

Entering the hall

For level access to the Royal Festival Hall from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road, please use the Southbank Centre Square Doors. The JCB Glass Lift is situated at this entrance and will take you to all floors. All floors are accessible from the main foyer on Level 2. If you need further assistance, our Visitor Assistants are here to help you.

You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2. 

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. 

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Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).

There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free to use. You must display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.

Blue Badge parking at National Theatre

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.

Please note: when the National Theatre building is closed (on Sundays, and on days without performances) there is no step-free access from the car park. Please contact the National Theatre directly to check before travelling. Call 020 7452 3961 or email [email protected]

Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.

Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.

A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

Our Access Scheme

If you have any access requirements, please sign up to our Access Scheme for discounts, wheelchair spaces, dedicated seats and free companion tickets. You can also join our mailing list to get news about accessible events and exhibitions.

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