31 July 2019

School’s out – now what?

School’s out – now what?
Fantasic For Families

As August hits we’re deep into summer holiday territory, so we have put together a guide to some of the very best family days out happening this month, using our Fantastic for Families events listings. Even if your kids are super active adventure seekers, there’s enough here to keep everyone happy and entertained. So, for trips and treats, arts and crafts, or adventure and exploration, we’ve got it covered; festivals, theatre and play galore.

Not to miss is Just So Festival, taking place 16-18 August in Cheshire. Last year’s festival was the worthy winner of a Fantastic for Families Best Family Event Award 2019. With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So enables families to step out of their day-to-day lives and into a wonderland of world-class theatre, literature, dance, music, and comedy together.
 
For outdoor theatrical frolics, look to Miracle Theatre: A Perfect World, which will be popping up in various scenic outdoor locations in Cornwall throughout August – expect a rollicking, music-filled adventure in the great outdoors.
 
For little ones, what could be better than Fox-tot!? From Scottish Opera, enjoy a brand-new opera for 12 to 24-month olds; it’s a show full of imagination – a magical journey of discovery for those taking their first small steps into the big wide world. Set in a magical woodland world where anything can happen, a mix of music and puppetry creates an interactive experience for small people and their families to enjoy together.
 

The full list of top days out in August can be found below, let us know in the comments if you and your little ones are attending!

Top Days Out In August

 
Just So Festival
16-18 Aug, Cheshire
An annual, intimate, weekend-long festival, Just So is an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other. Just So Festival is renowned as one of the top family festivals in the world and the best place to see the best new outdoor arts each year.
Underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, the most bonkers competition in the land, it takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options in a stunning natural landscape.
 
Seven remarkable artists have been united to take you on a journey to enchanting new worlds, one of unexpected environments, and dreamlike realities. Wonder will take you beyond gallery walls with immersive fun for visitors of all ages. From urban landscapes to reimagined cartoon characters, a light pavilion, and creatures brought to life by augmented reality, be prepared for unexpected and unimaginable wonders!
 
Miracle Theatre: A Perfect World
24 Jul – 24 Aug, Cornwall
This brand new, action-packed adventure follows a feisty young woman as she ventures into a Boy’s Own world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives. Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a bountiful paradise, whose inhabitants seem entirely peaceful, productive and fulfilled. Is this tranquil place the best of all possible worlds? Or is it all too good to be true?
 
Our Plastic Ocean
Now – 21 Sep, Bradford
Our Plastic Ocean, by international award-winning photographer Mandy Barker, addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution. Barker collects debris from shorelines across the world and transforms them into powerful and captivating images. At first glance, Barker's images are reminiscent of sea creatures and corals suspended in a dark void beneath the sea, but closer inspection reveals a more disturbing reality.
 
Alice in Wonderland
19 Aug, London
Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family.
Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter!Alice in Wonderland
 
17 Aug, Leicester
This dynamic, emerging company stars four young refugee men who came to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. Having told their stories repeatedly in the asylum system they are now reclaiming them. A unique exploration of masculinity and forced migration. Powerful, funny, resistant and revealing.
 
Coram Boy
8-10 Aug, Nottingham
In 1739 Thomas Coram established his Foundling Hospital, a home for unwanted children. Into this world fall Aaron and his best friend Toby, one the unknowing heir to a vast fortune and the other rescued from an African slave ship. Aaron’s gift for music exposes both boys to the dark underbelly of Georgian society. Soon they are on a dangerous journey to unravel their pasts and forge their destinies.

Percussion Carnival
12 Aug, Brighton

Make a clatter with your clutter in this loud, rhythmic and energetic junk percussion workshop led by the masters of noise, Clatteratti. 8 to 15 year olds will make instruments out of everyday objects, old drums and other people’s rubbish and explore how sounds are created and composed to produce a riotously joyful percussion carnival on stage at Theatre Royal Brighton.
 
Fox-tot!, Scottish Opera
27 Aug – 1 Sep, Northampton
A little fox is sent on an adventure to explore the world and learn to see through the eyes of other creatures. Stretched out in the sun as a cat, soaring in the sky as a butterfly... it’s fun to be someone else. But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey from the shadows, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox? Join us for a brand-new opera for 12 to 24-month olds, from the composer of Scottish Opera’s internationally acclaimed opera for babies, BambinO.
 
Seed is Circumference’s latest renewable spectacle for the whole family, a positive vision for a greener future featuring aerialists, acrobats and live music.
Enjoy some outdoor circus fun, bring a plant, a small disposable object or an item of clothing to incorporate into our growing installation, and plant a seed to take home.
 

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