Brighton Fringe Family & Kids Highlights 2015

Published On May 15, 2015 | By We Love Brighton | Brighton Fringe 2015, Theatre & Arts Features, Things to do features

This year Brighton Fringe has outshone itself this year with the range and amount of shows and events for kids and families. With over 1/3 of all Fringe shows and events child friendly there really is no excuse not to get that diary full of fun stuff to do in May and June. After some investigative work and speaking to venues and promoters here are our picks of some of the best to help you decide what to see and do with the kids this Brighton Fringe 2015

Highlights for 3-7 year olds


goldifoxStories are magical, they change every time they are told and this one is full of surprises! The storyteller is interrupted by a naughty puppet who wants to be part of the show, the main part and he’s not sure he likes porridge. What will the bears say? Mayhem and hilarity ensue and the audience are invited to growl along and join in. Nominated for best children’s show in 2014. “Highly recommended” (Fringe Review)

– Komedia Studio
Dates/Times – 2-4 May 11am [50mins]
Price/s  £6 (£18 Family Ticket)

Rosie’s Magic Horse

rosies magic horseIf an ice lolly stick can dream of being a horse, what magic might follow? A fantastic story based on the book by Russell Hoban and mischievously illustrated by Quentin Blake. A heart-warming tale of aspiration, friendship, adventure and a little bit of mischief accompanied by catchy songs, this is the perfect treat for everyone aged three and up.

Venue – The Warren: Main House, St Peter’s Church
Dates/Times – 2-4 May 10:30am, 5 May 4pm [50mins]
Price/s  £8.50 (£7) (£28 Family Ticket)

Boj’s Musical Storytime with Dave Benson-Philips

boj copyIf you have yourself a regular CBeebies watcher you’ll be aware of this little Aussie character, a big hit with little ones. Join Dave Benson-Philip for an hour of Boj-a-boom fun. Read, make and play in this musical themed family event featuring Boj!


– Brighton Unitarian Church
Dates/Times – 27 May 2pm [1hr]
Price/s  £5 (£3) (£15 Family Ticket)

Little Joe’s Cautionary Tales

Little Joe's Cautionary TalesBrighton Fringe’s number one free family event will entertain both you and your little ones. Little Joe is looked after by his grandparents and is always looking for his next terrific adventure. A colourful and exciting must see puppet show!


Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 2 May 11am, 1pm, 3pm [1hr]
Price/s  Free, ticketed

Mrs McMoon’s Tea Party

Mrs McMoon's Tea PartyYou have been cordially invited to Mrs McMoon’s house for an entertaining tea party. Please bring mischief, surprise and laughter. Singing flowers, scrumulumptious biscuits and a Scottish jig are all just a door knock away. Through the medium of immersive, engaging and interactive storytelling, let a sweet old lady take you by the hand to explore a world of brave and daring adventures. “Outstanding Show” ***** (FringeReview)

– Komedia Studio
Dates/Times – 23-25 May 11:00 [50mins]
Price/s  £8.50 (£6.50) (£25 Family Ticket)

LOCAL ACT LOGOPitschi: The Kitten With Dreams

PitschiPitschi doesn’t care for the rough and tumble and mischievous fun of kitten play, but instead dreams of being something else – a chicken, perhaps, or a goat, or a rabbit… after all, anything is better than being a cat! This original production uses a rich mix of story-telling, physical theatre, music and song to tell the story of a kitten that learns to be happy by being exactly what she is. “45 minutes of pure magic for young children” (FringeReview)

– Komedia Studio
Dates/Times – 29-31 May 11:00 [45mins]
Price/s – £8.50 (£6.50) (£24 Family ticket)

The Tale of the Pig

The Tale of the PigA poor and lonely old couple, desperate to have a child, adopt a piglet. A gregarious, funny and touching folk tale directed by Vasile Nedelcu, director of Best Family Show 2005. With original music score by David Brett, who had a number one hit with ‘The Flying Pickets’ in 1983.


– The Warren: Main House, St Peter’s Church
Dates/Times – 27-28, 30-31 May 2pm [1hr]
Price/s – £8 (£6.50) (£25 Family Ticket)

LOCAL ACT LOGOThree Excellent Little Pigs

Three Excellent Little Pigs by Al StartHuff, puff and puppets! Start-Blooming are firm ‘family-show favourites’ in and around Brighton. Featuring handmade puppets, a classic piggy tale in a great new format with songs, lots of laughs and our original blend of fun, audience participation and cheeky storytelling. Dress the kids as their favourite animal to be part of the adventure!


Venue – The Old Market
Dates/Times – 28 May 11am, 1pm, 14:30, 3.45pm [40mins]
Price/s – £6.50

Box Tale Soup’s A Midsummer Nights Dream

A Midsummer Night's DreamDeep in the forest, fairies wait … Join Box Tale Soup for their new family adaptation of Shakespeare’s enchanting story and be transported to a world of mirth and magic. Nominated for Best Children’s show, Brighton Fringe 2014, and winners of Best Show for Families, Buxton Fringe 2014.


– The Warren: Main House, St Peter’s Church
Dates/Times – 2-4, 25 May 2pm [1hr]
Price/s – £8.50 (£7) (£28 Family Ticket)

Highlights for 7-11 year olds


BeowulfA contemporary version of the epic, combining table-top and shadow puppetry, live music and poetry. A poet performs the tale in verse, bringing the story to life with a memorable cast of puppet characters, each with their own unique voice and style. They debate, dance and battle their way through a story about bravery, fame and humanity. Sold out show Brighton Fringe 2014.


Venue – The Dukebox Theatre @ St Andrews
Dates/Times – 23-25, 27-31 May 6pm [1hr]
Price/s – £8 (£6)

LOCAL ACT LOGOThe Tale of Tommy O’Quire

The Tale of Tommy O'QuireIn a small little town on Ireland’s west coast, lived Tommy O’Quire under an upturned boat. Tommy hates everything: his home, his clothes, his fellow man, and most of all, his poverty. He overhears talk of a map that leads to treasure. Greedy for gold, he commits bloody murder and steals the map. Along the way, he meets wolves, monsters, ghost-miners, and the most terrifying thing of all – his own conscience.

– The Dukebox Theatre
Dates/Times – 3, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 May 12:30 24, 26, 28, 30 May 3pm [40mins]
Price/s – £5 (£4) (£12 Family Ticket)

LOCAL ACT LOGOThe Handless Maiden told with Puppets

The Handless Maiden told with PuppetsThis moving story, inspired by the Grimm’s fairy tale, is told with puppets and live music. ‘The Handless Maiden’ is the story of a young girl’s betrayal as her familiar home is transformed into a dark forest. Emerging from old wardrobes and dressing tables now covered in foliage, she encounters the devil, creatures, spirits and a kind king. With only her faith to guide her she is eventually initiated into a new life.

– Brighton Buddhist Centre
Dates/Times – 2-3 May 2pm, 5pm [45mins]
Price/s – £10 (£8) (£5 Under 16s)

Highlights for 3-7 year olds

John Hegley: I am a Poetato

John Hegley I am a Poetato

From John Hegley, one of the country’s favourite contemporary poets, an A to Z of poems about people, pets and other creatures. From a mosquito and ants, through (wise) camels, dogs, deckchairs, goldfish and guillemots to Toby the armadillo from Peru, and not forgetting the unusual unicorn in school. “John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils” (Observer) ” “Fabulously funny” (Time Out) “

– Komedia
Dates/Times – 3 May 2pm [1hr15mins]
Price/s  £8.50 (£6.50)

Highlights for 7-11 year olds


huggersThe popular comedy and cabaret show returns to Brighton with a revolving line-up of magicians, musicians, children’s entertainers and comedians. A fast, fun show that the whole family can enjoy together. “Mums and dads will be onto a winner with this afternoon of delightfully immature comedy” – Melbourne Festival


Venue – Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant
Dates/Times – 2-4, 9-10, 16-17, 23-31 May 15:15pm [1hr]
Price/s  £5



boxingFor the first time in history, boxing’s biggest baddy, Fraser Hooper will dare to challenge all comers in a three-round bout of pure comedy carnage. Get a ringside seat for a guaranteed belly-aching knockout performance. Hilarious audience involvement, ridiculous routines and a complete disregard for his own safety! ‘Our festival favourite, which kept us to the end, hiccupping with laughter was Fraser Hooper.’ The Times ‘Perfect comic timing, Hooper is super’ The Sunday Mail Australia

Venue – Brighton Spiegeltent
Dates/Times – 27 May 15:30, 17:30
Price/s  £10 (£8)

LOCAL ACT LOGOSeska: The Magic Beard, Comedy Magic Show

Seska The Magic Beard, Comedy Magic ShowTogether we will saw your mum in half, lay a golden egg, levitate a baby and make a bogey cake. Ten out of ten shows sold out in 2014 so don’t delay, buy tickets now! “My kids loved him” (Jonathon Ross)


Venue – Blue Man
Dates/Times – 10, 17, 24, 31 May 4pm [50mins]
Price/s  £6 (£5) (£20 Family Ticket)

James Campbell’s Comedy 4 Kids

James Campbell's Comedy 4 KidsFor children over six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. A show which might or might not discuss lollipop ladies, quantum chromatic disruption machines and tartan badgers. “Has achieved almost holy status – don’t miss.” (Sunday Times).


– The Old Market
Dates/Times – 26 May 2pm [1hr]
Price/s  £8

LOCAL ACT LOGOPlayback Impro

Playback ImproFour actors play back audience stories. “A real stand-out from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation theatre-style… the quick-witted troupe step into your story, giving it a genre and treatment in seconds” ***** (The Mirror), “It doesn’t get any better than this – spontaneous, ingenious and thoroughly entertaining. One hour was way too short for this treat’ **** (Broadway Baby Brighton)

Venue – Laughing Horse @ The Hobgoblin
Dates/Times – 16-17, 23-24 May 4:45pm [1hr]
Price/s  Free, non-ticketed

Brighton Fringe presents: Fringe City Family Picnic

ev_9200Bring your picnic blankets and hamper for Brighton’s biggest picnic with family friendly performances, sports activities and more!



– Pavilion Gardens
Dates/Times – 2nd & 23rd May 1pm
Price/s – FREE

The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World

The Biggest Marionette Circus in the WorldLife-sized elephant, giraffe and lion marionettes come to The Warren! The animals will greet you outside and lead you indoors to enjoy a breathtaking puppetry show to delight all ages. Poland’s finest puppeteers, Klinika Lalek have created this spectacular show especially for The Warren site.


– The Warren (grounds outside St. Peter’s Church)
Dates/Times – 10th – 17th May (Various times check listing)
Price/s – £9 / £7.50 (£25 Family)

Circus of the Streets – Preston Park

Circus of the StreetsA mix of traditional circus artistes and the technical imagery of modern theatre, 30 young performers from circus schools across Europe showcase their talent in this exciting, vibrant show. Laughter, amazement and pure excitement, with the best of juggling, trapeze, BMX, skateboarding and modern clowning. In a theatre style Big Top, a two hour show for all the family.


Venue – Preston Park Circus Big Top
Dates/Times – 19-23 May 4.45pm, 7.30pm 23 May 2pm 24, 31 May 12:30pm, 3:30pm 25-30 May 2:30pm, 7pm [2hrs]
Price/s – Ringside: £24 (£18 Under 16s) Front Circle: £18 (£15 Under 16s) Side Circle: £15 (£12 Under 16s)

LOCAL ACT LOGOOggbots! A Galactic Treasure Hunt! – Brighthelm Church & Community Centre

Oggbots! A Galactic Treasure Hunt!Winner of the 2014 Brighton Digital Festival education award, this sell-out show is back. Expect robots, aliens and a dash of mystery in an adventure of galactic proportions as you traverse the city and maybe even learn a thing or two about electronics and coding along the way! This is an immersive, partly outdoor experience so be prepared to walk a short while and get stuck in with the storyline.

– Brighthelm Church & Community Centre
Dates/Times – 27 May 10am – 12.15pm, 1.30pm – 3.15pm 28 May 9.45am – 12.15pm, 1.30pm – 5pm [Hunts are every 15mins]
Price/s – £10 per child, up to 6 children and 4 adults per hunt. Adults free.

LOCAL ACT LOGOB.Fest – The Level

B.fest @ The LevelA festival for young people, by young people. If you’re 13-19, or feel like you are, it’s for you. With more than 40 events across Brighton & Hove, we are taking over the city for 1 week from the 24th to the 31st May 2014 B.fest takes to The Level for one weekend, creating space for young people and anyone who wants to join in for a weekend of performance, creativity and fun.


Venue – The Level
Dates/Times – 23-24 May 9am[13hrs]
Price/s  Free, non-ticketed

LOCAL ACT LOGOFunk the Family Festival – Hove Park

Funk the Family FestivalFollowing 2014’s debut, sell-out family festival, FTF return bigger and better! Hove Park is transformed into a musical wonderland. Interactive circus, Club Tropicana DJ bar, kids zone, well-weing area, free outdoor games, superb music, yummy grub. Line-up includes Omar (with full band)/ Nubiyan Twist/ Kalakuta Millionaires/ Normanton Street/ Gentleman B/ Bloco Branco/ Circus Project/ Zaz Clown/ Tree of Life Yoga/ Kids Outdoors Project/ Art Workshop/ Kids Fashion Academy/ Storytelling/ Soul and Funk DJs.

Venue – Hove Park
Dates/Times – 30 May 11am [8hrs]
Price/s – £18.50 (£8.50 Under 12s) (£49.50 Family Ticket)

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