Things to do…
All year round we have a range of events suitable for children and families:
We also have many other interactive and educational activities available for:
Festivals & Family Days
The Family Arts Festival takes place nationally and locally every autumn. This year, the festival runs for the whole of October. You can find out more about what is happening nationally here and locally here
For many of our events we offer a Family Ticket one child goes free in a family party of four or more.
Mini Beats is a series of Sunday morning concerts, each exploring a family of instruments often seen in or alongside a symphony orchestra. Through fun interaction, age-appropriate presentation and focused listening, young audiences learn about how each instrument works and sounds, and how each fits within an ensemble and orchestra.
Concerts feature professional ensembles of players from the Bristol Ensemble, and are presented ‘in the round’ on the floor of the auditorium, enabling the young audience to be as close as possible to the action.
Every MiniBeats performance at St George’s Bristol is very relaxed. It is OK to move around, make noise and express yourself. In fact – that is exactly what we WANT you to do! To make sure our young audiences have the best time possible, we perform three versions of each concert, with age guidelines as follows:
The first show focuses on children aged 3 – 5
The second show is aimed at children aged 5 – 8
The final show is a designated ‘relaxed performance’ open to EVERYONE regardless of age, stage or ability. For this concert, capacity is reduced with quiet ‘chill out’ spaces available within our crypt, making it especially suitable for anyone who enjoys a less busy environment.
Babies, older siblings and children and families with special educational needs and disabilities are welcome at all three performances. Each one has a very relaxed character.
What is a relaxed performance?
A relaxed performance is about welcoming children with special needs (including Autistic Spectrum Conditions and/or learning disabilities) and, crucially, their families to St George’s to a performance where those needs are accounted for with a more relaxed atmosphere and some changes to the production itself if necessary e.g.: lowering of lights or sound at certain points of the show. Look out for the logo
Our presenter for Mini Beats is local music-leader, musician and St George’s Artist in Residence Laura Tanner, who has many years’ successful experience of working with young children in musical settings.
Storytelling events for children and families led by local storyteller Michael Loader, with invited musicians adding extra wonder to the magical tales. Kings and Queens, monsters and witches, knights and princesses, they’ve all been here with Wild Words!
Wild Words shows are suitable for an assortment of ages, sometimes for young children ‘in the round’, sometimes for a slightly older young audience in standard concert seating. For most of the shows we also include ‘Playshops’, where ticket holders of all ages have a chance to get up on stage and join in with some fun improvisation sessions. Dressing up always encouraged!