Summer holiday family fun!

Here’s all the family fun at Storyhouse over the summer holidays!
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From film to workshops, arts and crafts to books and reading, we’ve got a whole host of activities to keep you entertained this summer!

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge
Summer Reading Challenge is a national event, every summer holiday. This year it celebrates 80 years of the Beano, and the theme is mischief-making! The challenge is for children of all ages, and encourages them to read throughout the summer with rewards for every book read. Every child who completes the challenge is invited to an awards ceremony.
Free to take part. 14 July – 1 September (you can join up whenever!). Find out more here. 

Reading Hack Activities
Storyhouse Reading Hacks are a group of 14-24 year olds volunteering throughout the summer to run activities for children. Every Monday-Friday from 1pm-3pm throughout the summer holidays, the Reading Hacks will be in the Den running activities on the theme of books, reading and mischief-making.
Free to drop in. Weekdays, 1pm. Find out more here

Play In A Week

Each day for a week in August (Monday 20 – Saturday 25) from 10am-4pm, 5-13 year olds can take part in a week of drama! You will take part in an energetic, fast-paced rehearsal week at Storyhouse, learn new skills, make new friends, have creative fun and perform the play you create in Storyhouse Garret Theatre at the end of the week. No previous experience is necessary.
Find out more and book here.

Improv Workshop for 14-16 Year Olds

Friday 24 August at 10am – 2pm

Learn and build new skills in improvisation. Think on your feet and create new work from a stimulus. This session is fun, energetic and will fire up your imagination and creativity, it will also be held in our Open Air Theatre! No experience is needed.
Find out more and book here.

Arts and Crafts

Mischief Makers
As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, mischief-themed activities will be in the Den throughout the summer holidays.
Free to drop in. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10am. Find out more here.

Weekend Arts and Crafts
Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am, Storyhouse’s library team will run arts and crafts themed alongside that weekend’s family film.
Free to drop in. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11am. Find out more here.


Asian Storytelling and Craft
On 28 July you can listen to a Taiwanese folk tale about a farmer mouse searching for the strongest being on earth. Learn about Taiwanese wedding traditions and get your creativity going with a themed craft activity.
Free to drop in. Saturday 28 July, 2pm. Find out more here.

Drag Queen Storytelling
A new storytelling experience for all the family, join us in the Storytelling room as Lady Wanda Why re-tells her favourite stories and traditional tales.
£5 per family. 1, 15, 29 August. Find out more here. 

Polish Storytelling
Every Saturday, our team member Weronika will lead storytelling in Polish.
Free to drop in. Saturday 21 July and Saturday 28 July, 11am. Find out more here.

Storytelling with Rogan Mills
An extra-special storytelling session on the theme of mischief.
Free to drop in, Monday 13 August, 2pm. Find out more here.

Storytelling and Animal Handling
The ZooLab animals visit Storyhouse! In this workshop you will be using role play, storytelling and animal handling to fire children’s imagination, confidence and love of the written and spoken word.
Free – booking required. Thursday 9 August, 11am. Book here


Flights of Science
To celebrate 100 years of the RAF discover its science and history by creating your own glider, experiencing the Great War in 3D using a stereoscopic viewer, having a go at creating a miniature airdrop and learning to break code. Suitable for all ages. 
Free to drop in. Thursday 9 August, 11am. Find out more here. 

Comic Book Workshop
A workshop for you to develop your very own Mischief Maker character. You will look at front covers of Beano and other comics, discuss layout, design, format and colours. The end result will be the creation of your own comic book cover, displaying your new character!
Free – booking required. Friday 24 August, 10.30am. Book here.

You will create a comic strip storyboard, using the Summer Reading Challenge ‘mischief maker’ theme which you will then animate using iPads provided. At the end of the session, your animation will be projected on a screen for the whole group to see!
Free – booking required. Wednesday 1 August, 10.30am. Book here. 

Mischief Maker Science Workshop
In this workshop you will be led through a series of activities which include Gross slime making, Horrible smells (let’s get egg-perimenting!), Blood and guts (making fake blood), Bugs and beasts (making prank bugs), eating edible poo and Mischief Maker forces!
Free – booking required. 22 August, 2.30pm. Book here. 

Family Film

Disney’s Christopher Robin
This new release is the charming tale of the grown-up Christopher Robin whose life is re-invigorated when he meets his childhood bear, Pooh.
On sale 7 August. From 24 August. Find out more here.

The Incredibles
10 years after the first film, The Incredibles family returns to the big screen. Whilst Elastigirl is out saving the day, Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet –  taking care of the problems of his three children.
From 3 August. Book here.

Hotel Transylvania
Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship.
From 10 August. Book here.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
The much-anticipated sequel is PG-rated so suitable for all the family!
From 20 July. Book here.

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