Imagine Children's Festival

7 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018

Join us for 12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in our annual festival run by kids for kids. 

Including the best children's theatre, activities to get stuck into and events by inspirational authors, there's loads to do for ages 0 – 12. Be tickled by Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, wriggle along to dance-theatre Tidy Up and join radio personalities and debut authors, Greg James and Chris Smith, for an action-packed Kid Normal event. 

This year we are delighted to have Ben Shires hosting our free events on The Clore Ballroom. The presenter of CBBC’s Officially Amazing, MOTD Kickabout and Shout Out Saturday is our resident funny man, catch him throughout the festival between 10am – 4pm.

Firm favourites such as Bedtime Stories and Fun DMC also return, along with plenty of new free activities. With so much to entertain and delight your little ones, we have your half-term sorted.

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Discover the performances that will get you giggling at our brilliant children's festival
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
Watch the trailer for Michael Morpurgo's Why The Whales Came
Are the Nordic countries the best places to bring up healthy, happy children?
John Hegley reads his favourite childhood poem, Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc
Laura Dockrill, reads her favourite childhood poem Roald Dahl's The Pig
Cargoes by John Masefield read by Francesca Beard
The children from Imagine Children's Festival interviewed Wayne Hemingway about housing
For Imagine Children's Festival 2013 the kids are taking over!
The children at Imagine Festival interview writer Frank Cottrell Boyce
Michael Rosen talks about the importance of funny books for kids

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17 Feb
Spoken word & Live literature
Meet Matt Millz, Britain’s youngest (and funniest) comedian, created by author Harry Hill
16 Feb
Dance & Performance
Have a laugh with your kids at this comedy show without the rude words
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