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Santa and his elf on your doorstep

TWO of Bristol’s best-known performers are bringing a festive entertainment of fun and mischief to delight children in the BS3 area of the city, from Thursday 3rd to Wednesday 23rd December. Created by Stewart Wright and Lucy Tuck, in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres, BS3 Santa combines street theatre with a travelling Santa’s grotto. The…

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Lighthouse comes alive on the lawns

THERE is a palpable excitement and relief in the news from the team at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre that live performance is returning in the form of Lighthouse: OUTSIDE, a short season of weekly shows outdoors.  The season continues on  3rd October, when Lighthouse Associate Artist Lorna Rees presents Cloudscapes, her uniquely memorable sound installation,…

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Playhouse reopens with six week season 

SALISBURY Playhouse will re-open in October with a socially-distanced six-week season of theatre, dance, music and live screenings, running between 14th October and 21st November. To follow government guidelines for indoor performances and social distancing, the capacity of the main house will be reduced from 512 to 148, with audiences sitting in their household bubbles…

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Reading is Magic Festival:

CRESSIDA Cowell, best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once, is headlining Bath’s Reading Is Magic Festival, a digital celebration of children’s literature, from Sunday 27th September to Friday 2nd October. The festival  will be hosted by TV presenter, broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Karim Zeroual, and other writers…

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Museums grant for young people

A GRANT of £83,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the four museums in the Wessex Museums group to offer new opportunities for children and young people. Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, the Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum have received the grant for their Bridging the Gap project, which includes a programme of employability skills…

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Let me tell you a story …

ONCE upon a time, there was a wonderful storyteller called Michele O’Brien, and she had a magical idea to help parents and children in this difficult time. Michele is inviting young children to “sleep tight with Sunday night bedtime stories” from the Facebook pages of Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre. Starting this week, Sunday 12th, with…

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Fun with feathered friends

LIFE’s for the birds – well at least it is when The Last Baguette Theatre Company comes to your local village hall with The Bird Show. Up-coming dates include Friday 20th March at St Mary’s Church, Great Bedwyn, (with Rural Arts Wiltshire) at 4pm, Sunday 5th April at Bishopstone (near Swindon, check times with Rural Arts Wiltshire),…

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Drumming on Sunday in Tisbury

CHERUBIM Music Trust has organised a co-operative drumming day of workshops for children and parents on Sunday 15th March. In the morning, primary age children and their parents can discover the exhilaration of collective drumming. Secon­dary age tweens and teens can develop rhythmic coordination and interplay in the afternoon. The workshops, in the Vic­tor­ia Hall…

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Never speak out loud of The Island!

TREASURE Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling piratical adventure, is the first 2020 show by third year acting students from Arts University Bourne­mouth. The adaptation by Bryony Lav­ery, directed by Luke Kern­aghan, will be on stage at Poole’s Lighthouse from 12th to 14th March, nightly at 7.30 with a 2.30 Saturday matinee. When a mysterious old…

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Learning to play with toooB

ANGEL Exit, the Dorset-based experimental theatre company, has a new show for children aged between six and 24 months, and their families, and it’s coming to Salisbury Arts Centre at 11am and 1.30pm on Friday 6th March. Curious and friendly, shape-shifting toooB will enchant pre-school children. As toooB explores the world around her, she learns how…

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