Fun For Your Mad Hatters At The Children’s Festival This Mid-Term.
Returning to the Hawk’s Well Theatre, the Mad Hatter Children’s Festival bursts into life this half term. Offering something for the junior members of the family, the ever-popular event caters for all ages. Highlights can be seen below, and details of all happenings can be found here.
Inspired by the mysterious creatures - whales, octopuses, and even mermaids, the Deep Sea Shadow Puppetry Workshop is perfect for little seafarers. Suitable for all ages (recommended ages 7+), the show takes place on Thursday 1st November at 12pm. Participants will discover the wonders of light and shadow, as they make their very own shadow puppet. Afterwards, the puppets will be displayed (and they might even have a little dance) during the Under the Sea Session. Book tickets here.
Elsewhere, toddlers (suitable for 3+) can experience the thrill of sean nós dancing when Feet to the Beat gets in step on Thursday 1st November, whilst all ages can get down to the Under the Sea Session led by experienced sea horses (we mean traditional musicians), later the same day. Feel free to bring along an instrument and join in for the latter, or if you prefer, sit back, relax, and listen to some tantalising tunes.
Snapping at the heels of the coldest season of the year, A Winter Wish comes to theatre on Friday 2nd November. A delight for families, this special sensory performance is set in Whistleberry Forest, where every winter, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures who live there their very own wish. From dripping icicles to gentle snowfall, the delight of skating on an icy river or flying high on a moonlit night, discover the mysteries of forest in a wonderfully wintry and delightfully interactive traditional music performance made for children. Showing at 11am and 2pm. Book tickets here.
Finally, interactive storytelling workshop Stories From The Deep closes the festival on Friday 2nd November. Hosted by Aideen McBride - one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers - and suitable for ages 8+, the workshop is inspired by well-known folktales and legends. Children will not only experience the magic of storytelling, they will also be actively encouraged to develop their own storytelling talents, in a fun-filled and imaginative learning experience where both the teller and the listener create something truly special. Book tickets here.
Running alongside the Tradoodle arts for children and young audiences traditional arts festival presented by Ceol Comnnected (1st and 2nd November), the Hawk’s Well theatre is the place to be during the mid-term break for a wealth of fun, discovery, learning, entertainment and more.