Riverside for Kids!

Wednesday July 27th to Sunday July 31st 2016

Welcome to Riverside 2016! The festival takes place in Tower Gardens which is the green park area next to the river and Skeldergate Bridge (opposite Clifford’s Tower).


As well as a huge amount of stuff for all ages (yes, that’s you mum, dad, nanna, grandad and the whole extended family!) we’ve got some great stuff that’s specially for the little ones amongst us. This is a snapshot but best idea is to plan to come down for at least a day and just get stuck into everything. If you want to see what else is going on visit our main festival page HERE. Otherwise here’s what’s on offer for you and your darlings!

WEDNESDAY 27th – This is set-up day for us so we’re just warming up…from 11am – 5pm the cafe will be open for hot drinks and late breakfast and we will be serving hot food all day too. The bar will be open at 12pm. Grab a sofa, a drink and a programme and plan your festivities! The stage and mic will be open for anyone who wants to take to it! Just roll up! Arty Farty Kids will also be there to entertain the little ones – and there’ll be face-painting!


11am: Kinder Music. A music & movement session for the under 6’s and their carers. With lots of singing, exploring simple percussion and creative movement.

12pm: Family Story Time with Martin Riley – best known for television’s Worst Witch!

This Year Martin Riley is Storytelling and Story-making for and with the whole family. Mums, dads, teenagers, juniors and infants 5 and above. Bring the whole gang – there’s plenty for adults to enjoy! “I went with my gran and my grumpy teenage sister and we all had a great time!” Suzi, aged 7 from Weston Super Mare

3pm: Haji Crosses the Great Water: A Puppet Workshop with Phoenix Puppet Theatre


There’ll be a chance to make a puppet, make music, or sing, do a brief rehearsal and take part in an epic show. Ideal for 7+ age, younger children need to bring an older family member! The show will be at 4.30pm




Kathleen Yore of Odd Doll Puppet Theatre and Captain Martin Riley present an afternoon of interactive fun with Mighty Duck, Wilhelmina Walrus and a swashbuckling piratical treasure hunt! Two original and immersive tales for children aged 4 and upwards combining the musical and puppetry skills of Kathleen Yore with the anarchic storytelling of Martin Riley 1.00pm and 3.30pm – see details below.

Arty Farty Kids will also be in residence – making fun for little ones.

11am: Kindermusik – music session for children under 6 and their carers.

12.00pm: Junk Music Workshop: Bring some recycling with you and make it into a musical Sock monsterinstrument! And then play it in the Riverside Recycled Orchestra!

1.00pm: Mighty Duck & The Circus Spectacular. The Ringmaster is chasing fame and glory and wants the animals to dance and prance till they drop. Luckily, Mighty Duck is on her way upriver and she has a plan of her own.

2pm – 4pm: Sock Monster Making with Shooting Star Crafts 

3.30pm – Wilhelmina Walrus, Tugboat Annie and Captain Plasma in “The Lost treasure of Tarsus”: Wilhelmina has inherited a treasure map but the evil Captain Plasma wants the gold for himself. Tugboat Annie sails out to save the day but will need a brave young crew to solve the clues and find the treasure!



11am – 12pm: Phoenix Puppet Theatre present Fenist the Falcon: a Russian folk tale of Magic and Mystery.

All afternoon: Arty Farty Kids – arty stuff for little ones and Irish Music and Dance performances and workshops for bigger ones!

2pm – 4pm: Friendship Bracelet Making with Shooting Star Crafts



Arty Farty Kids are with us all day keeping your little ones plenty occupied with stuff to make and do!

2.00pm: Let’s Get Ready To Grumble! A sock-puppet musical show by 12795372_557306077779174_5673267515344965236_nAnonymous BoschTheatre Co.

Anarchic humour, physical slapstick, live music and sock puppetry. A subversive take on classic children’s fairytales.

2.30pm (until 5pm): Make a Sock Monster! with Shooting Star Arts & Crafts.

3.30pm: Hands and Voices: Signing Choir – Wonderful Feel-good music to enjoy a drink and some cake with!

Looking forward to seeing you there!