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A festival for curious youngsters

BATH Children’s Literature Festival, a celebration of story-telling, illustrations and books for “curious young minds” returns this year with a starry line-up, from Friday 24th September to Sunday 3rd October. Speakers include the Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, fitness star Joe Wicks, Dapo Adeola, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Sophie Dahl, Irish comedian David O’Doherty, Chris…

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The Puppet Van drives into Dorset

HALF a String Theatre brings the Puppet Van to Dorset with The Lost Colour, a show full of clowning, puppets, and paint all told from the top of the van, which will be at Broadmayne First School at 2pm on and Lytchett Matravers village hall at 2pm on 21st and 22nd August. Join painter and…

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Paddleboat rustles up some fun

PADDLEBOAT Theatre returns to Dorset with Rustle, an adventure for all the family, at Winterborne Valley School and the Gaggle of Geese at Buckland Newton on Sunday 1st August. Imagine that you’re far from home, Playing in the woods all on your own And all is still and calm and clear But what’s that rustle…

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Summer workshops with Artsreach

ARTSREACH, Dorset’s rural touring charity, has lots of fun, affordable and creative ways to keep children entertained during the summer holidays, with a packed summer programme of workshops and activities, from 28th July to 31st August. Whether it’s circus skills, outdoor exploration, film-making, crafts, storytelling or audio and digital adventures, there is so much to…

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Secret stories at Wincanton

THERE are secret stories in Wincanton. If you look carefully, you can find ten tales, hidden in shop windows in the town centre. Scan the code on your phone and you can hear a story told by local schoolchildren, with the help of storyteller Sarah Lloyd-Winder. Sarah and the children of Year 4 at Wincanton…

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Take Art and Artsreach at the circus

AUDIENCES at Langport, Yetminster, Broadmayne and Litton Cheney will be invited to “Roll up, roll up” when rural arts organisations bring the new circus shows to Somerset and Dorset this summer. Circus Around & About is a doubler-bill touring project organised by Artsreach, coming to Yetminster Sports Club on Friday 16th July, Broadmayne recreation ground…

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Four new plays from Bath Theatre Academy

YOUNG people’s theatre is coming back to exciting life at Bath Theatre Royal’s Egg, with a mini season of four new productions by Bath Theatre Academy, starting on Friday 13th May. Two of the four plays can be watched live at the theatre over the three-week run, and all four will be live-streamed, to watch…

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Super spies and a selfish giant

EASTER holiday Artsreach entertainment for children includes a workshop and show based on a favourite Oscar Wilde story and a fun interactive spy adventure. On Thursday 8th April, Bristol-based family theatre experts Tessa Bide and Soap Soup Theatre will present The Selfish Giant, followed by a creative workshop. The Selfish Giant is a touching children’s…

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Super-Spies zoom in on Dorset

LOCKED down and feeling miserable? Super-Spies are on their way. Promising help and fun for home-schooling families and observant young people, the team is on a lockdown mission around Dorset during the February half term – and they need your help! Devised by Dorset-based Angel Exit Theatre, Super-Spies in Lockdown is an interactive performance that…

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Bath Fest’s new home

THE Bath festivals’ team of 11, which runs the Bath Festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival and year-round Creative Learning projects, has moved out of its headquarters in Bath Street into the Art Deco former cinema The Forum. The Grade II listed building makes a fantastic arts hub for the wider community to enjoy. Bath Festival audiences…

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