Arts & Kids Week Events - 2 November 2012

24 October 2012, 15:38 | Updated: 25 October 2012, 11:27

Arts & Kids Week links families to over 700 arts events around the country, from storytelling, painting, drawing, and design workshops to film making, animation, music and photography master-classes, concerts, backstage theatre tours and much, much more. Many of which are free.

2nd November 

Kid Carpet & the Noisy Animals, Bristol

The Brewery, Bristol - The lo-fidelity rock & roll musical for children returns to rock-out some more.

Oliver Postgate meets The Beastie Boys! Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals follows the adventures of the charismatic singer and his animal band (made up of a gorilla, a bear, a hedgehog and a badger) as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock-out at a grand dance contest.  This lively and enchanting performance contains a unique mix of theatre, comedy, animation and original live music. It’s a fresh and fantastically fun show that serves as a perfect child’s introduction to the world of live performance.

“There was not one single adult or child at this sell-out show who did not join in the singing and dancing. Just go see it!”
Running time 55mins. Age recommendation 3+

Times: 11am & 2pm
Price: Tickets £6
Age Groups: 5-7
Venue Address: The Brewery, 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP
Contact details: 0117 902 0344
Visit The Brewery website

Ugly Duckling – A ballet for Children, Leeds

Northern Ballet, Leeds - A poor duckling is lonely and fed-up, shunned by those around her who see her as too ugly to fit in. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and turns into a beautiful swan, beginning a happy new life.

Retelling the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, Northern Ballet’s Ugly Duckling is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre.
Performed within the relaxed environment of the 230 seat Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Ugly Duckling will last approximately 45 minutes.

Times: 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Price: Adults £5, Children £4
Age Groups:  0-5, 5-7
Venue Address: Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds , LS2 7PA
Contact details: 0113 220 8000,
Visit Northern Ballet website

Nutcracker, Barnstaple

Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple - The world-renowned Moscow Ballet – La Classique return to the Queen’s with their magical production of the much-loved Nutcracker.

All is quiet in the great house. When Clara creeps downstairs, the Christmas tree stands alone and in the darkness through the curtains, the moonlight beams onto the colourful presents. But when the clock strikes midnight, heralding in the spirit of Christmas, something magical begins to stir in the darkness beyond. Nutcracker is regarded as one of the jewels of classical ballet and represents a timeless tale of childhood dreams in a magical kingdom beyond imagination. Minimum age recommendation: 5

Times: Friday 7.45pm, Saturday 2.30pm
Price: £18 - £23.50; family £74
Age Groups: 5-7,   7-11,   11-14,   14-16,   16+
Venue Address: Queen’s Theatre, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SY
Contact details: 01271 32 42 42,
Visit Queen’s Theatre website