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Top children’s authors delight Bath audiences

BATH Children’s Literature Festival served up 10 days of world-class literary events with some of the country’s most popular and critically acclaimed authors and illustrators visiting the city. Bath is now the largest dedicated children’s literature festival in Europe. The festival opened with Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, author and illustrator of the hugely popular…

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Half term at the David Hall

PETHERTON Arts Trust, which owns and runs South Petherton’s David Hall, follows this year’s successful summer school with a Family Activities Week during half term, from 29th October to 2nd November. Parents and children aged eight to 14 can take part in a series of workshops, including puppet making, creating corn dollies, vocal harmony sessions,…

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Muddles and monsters at the Lighthouse

WEST Country theatre company Mumblecrust Theatre brings a colourful and delightful show, The Tale of the Cockatrice, to Poole’s Lighthouse on Tuesday 23rd Octo­ber, at 2pm and 7pm. Two muddle-headed storytellers use breath-taking puppetry, boisterous and beautiful live music and general tomfoolery to create this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old! For more…

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Jane brings her Otter’s Tale home

JANE Leakey, a familar face on the Somerset theatre scene, brings her Fat Cat Theatre Company to her home county on 27th October. She will be performing the family show An Otter’s Tale at the Blakehay Theatre in Weston super Mare at 3pm. Her “close encounters of the furred kind” show was commissioned by and…

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Family favourite in Poole

YOUTUBE favourite Little Baby Bum is on its first UK tour, and coming to Poole’s Lighthouse for four performances from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October. Little Baby Bum Live combines puppetry, live action and animation, inviting audiences to step into the magical and colourful world of Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends on…

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Pixie’s Scarf for half term

DORCHESTER Arts will be bringing Soap Soup Theatre to the Corn Exchange this half term with a magical family adventure inspired by Alison Uttley’s The Pixies’ Scarf. On Monday 22nd October, at 2.30pm, the curtain goes up on the wet crags of Dartmoor, where Dicky Bundle is out picking whortle berries with his grandmother. But…

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Watch out for Auntie!

THE Great Bavarian Mountain Owl is one of the stars of David Walliams’s comedy thriller Awful Auntie, coming to Bath Theatre Royal for ten half-term performances between Tuesday 23rd and Saturday 27th October. The award-winning children’s book has been adapted for the stage by the producers of Gangsta Granny  and David Walliams, and is recommended…

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Be a dinosaur detective in Dorset

CLYDEBUILT Puppet Theatre, a long-established Scottish company, brings a new show, Dinosaur Detectives, for an Artsreach tour at Toller Porcorum on Wednesday 24th at 4pm, Morden on Thursday 25th at 2pm and Nether Compton on Friday 26th at 11am. As the dinosaurs hunt for clues about the past, they discover a secret doorway and a…

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Pre-school Butterflies

THE next show on stage at the egg at Bath Theatre Royal is Butter­flies, described as an uplifting tale of friendship and courage for younger audiences, performed from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October. Tangled Feet and Half Moon Theatre have created the play, about three friends who embark on an exciting adventure to chase…

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Puppetry at the egg

THE Missing Light, coming to the egg in Bath from 13th to 15th October, is a beautiful puppet story for older children. When Warple moves into a small fishing village by the sea, he discovers his neighbor, Hilda, looking out towards the horizon each night, searching for a glimpse of her long-lost husband. When loneliness,…

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