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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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Various times
Sun 18 Feb 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Feb 2018
Art
Literature
Learn the potential of the pencil in this creative workshop with artist and founder of The Pansy Project, Paul Harfleet
Learn the potential of the pencil in this creative workshop with artist and founder of The Pansy...
Various times
Sun 18 Feb 2018
Various times | Sun 18 Feb 2018
Go where no quiz has gone before in a pub quiz hosted by one of the UK’s favourite comedians
Go where no quiz has gone before in a pub quiz hosted by one of the UK’s favourite comedians
Various times
until 18 Feb 2018
Various times | until 18 Feb 2018
Dance & Performance
Theatre
Embrace mess and harmony in a dance-theatre show
Embrace mess and harmony in a dance-theatre show
Various times
until 18 Feb 2018
Various times | until 18 Feb 2018
Dance & Performance
Spoken word & Live literature
Come on a journey into the land of Moomins with puppetry, original music and interactive play
Come on a journey into the land of Moomins with puppetry, original music and interactive play
2:00 pm
Sun 18 Feb 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 18 Feb 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes to an action-packed Kid Normal event
Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes to an action-packed Kid Normal event

Free

Free

Various times
until 18 Feb 2018
Various times | until 18 Feb 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
End your festival day with a bedtime story
End your festival day with a bedtime story

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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

don't miss

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