Fantastic for Families began in 2013 as the national Family Arts Festival before becoming a year-round event listings service for families, launched in 2017. We've worked with over 3,000 arts organisations, hosting 2,000 events and reaching 2.2 million family members.
Thousands of organisations from around the UK are programming events which are suitable for families. Many of these organisations have also signed up to the Family Arts Standards badge – pledging to provide an extra-special family welcome
You can search by postcode to see what’s on in your area, search by your favourite art form, or search by suitability of events for different ages. You can also search for events from organisers signed up to the Family Arts Standards, free events, age-friendly events for groups with older family members, or hands-on participatory activities. Sign up for our emails to get updates of what’s happening near you during school holiday periods.
Each event page will contain information regarding tickets e.g. whether the event is ticketed or not, whether it’s free or how much it costs, or whether concessionary tickets are available. You cannot book or obtain tickets on our website but, if you click the 'Find out more/Book' button on each event page then you will be directed to the organiser’s website to book (if this is required) or to find out how to attend.
There will be some free events and some at accessible prices dependent on each organiser's pricing policy. Please check with that particular organiser for their prices and for possible concessions. On each event page, it will state if the event is free or paid-for, and will give pricing information if it is available. Please click the 'Find out more/Book' button on each specific event page to see more information regarding pricing.
Fantastic for Families features intergenerational activities for families to participate in together. Most events will be designed for adults and children, however some may have been specifically created for older generations and family members. All events suitable for children will be marked with a recommended age-range and events designed for older generations will be marked as Age-Friendly. You can also search for events by age range if you like.
Our aim is to ensure that we offer a huge range of inclusive events that everybody can take part in. Each venue will have different facilities, however. On each event page there will be information provided under the title Accessibility which details the venue’s facilities and access provision for visitors with disabilities. This may be a summary of the information on the venue’s website, so if the information you are looking for is not there, click 'Find out more/Book' and you will be taken through to the venue’s website for fuller information.
This will depend on the venue. Again, please check the Family Friendly Facilities information on the events pages as there may be information regarding catering facilities, or check the event’s website by clicking the 'Find out more/Book' button on each event page.
If you have booked tickets and need to cancel, please check with the individual organiser for its booking policies.
In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled, the organiser will have their own cancellation policy so please do check with them.
Although many venues are happy for pictures to be taken, it does depend on the policy of the venue. We suggest you ask the venue if there are any restrictions.
If you know of an event that you think may be fantastic for families, then please do let the organiser know that they can promote it here for free! Please note that as Fantastic for Families is supported by public funding through Arts Council England, we currently only promote events that have an artistic element (e.g. visual art, dance, theatre, music etc). If you are organising an event yourself, you can register and upload a listing here.
If it is a query regarding a specific event or organiser, please contact the organiser directly by clicking the 'contact organiser' button at the top of the event listing or organiser profile. If you have a question regarding the Fantastic for Families website or the Family Arts Campaign you can email us here.