Bristol Old Vic Family Day returns!

27 Jul 2021

Bristol Old Vic are flinging opening their doors for another fun-filled Family Day this summer with tours, storytelling, craft activities and more.

Following the success of their last Family Day in February 2020, Bristol Old Vic’s Heritage and Engagement Teams are inviting families back to discover some of the amazing stories of the theatre’s past, present and future.

As the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world, Bristol Old Vic has thousands of tales to tell. They’re celebrating their favourites with a day of activities for all the family on Sat 7 August.

Whilst the hugely popular tours and storytelling sessions are booking up fast, there’s still plenty to explore on the day. The theatre's foyer will be full of craft activities throughout the day as families can try their hands at theatre design - creating a puppet, paper doll or mask - all inspired by 255 years of amazing design at Bristol Old Vic.

For children who like to keep on the move, families are also invited to try brand-new activity trail The Wildest Show in Town. Hunt for QR codes hidden around the theatre and unlock exciting activities in an interactive adventure with Sonny and his animal friends.

If you fancy a bit of street theatre, Bristol Old Vic Young Company will be showcasing their new show ConspiraSeagull, directed by Katie Storer. Performed on King Street with no ticket required, it marks the Young Company’s return to making live theatre with a dive into the serious organised crime of a certain flying villain: seagulls!

And if you or the little ones get peckish, pop-up restaurant Bristol Old Vic Presents… Pizzarova x Grano Kitchen will be serving up an array of delicious Italian food with kid-sized pizza and gnocchi dishes, finished off with some seriously good gelato! (Open from noon).

Heritage Engagement Coordinator, Harriet Wilson said: I’m so excited to welcome families back to Bristol Old Vic this summer for a jam-packed day of tours, trails, storytelling, and more. Over lockdown, our innovative digital offer for families meant that while our doors were closed, we could all stay connected  – but nothing beats the real thing. So we’ve taken all our learning from the last year and used it to create our biggest and best family day yet- live and in person. See you there!”


Family Day

Sat 7 Aug
10.30am – 5pm
Bristol Old Vic
Family Day | Bristol Old Vic
The Wildest Show In Town Activity Trail
All day (10.30am – 5pm)
Bristol Old Vic
For all ages
Activity Trail: The Wildest Show In Town | Bristol Old Vic
Craft Activities
All day (10.30am - 5pm)
Foyer, Bristol Old Vic
For all ages
Family Day | Bristol Old Vic
11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Kings Street
Ages 6+
ConspiraSeagull: Bristol Old Vic Young Company Show | Bristol Old Vic

For further information, or to request interviews, please contact Amanda Adams / 07957 438212

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. The historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

They use their funding to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it, or be able to afford it, and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

On 24 Sep 2018, Bristol Old Vic completed its 2-year multi-million pound redevelopment project, which transformed its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, created a new studio theatre and opened up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time.

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