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Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 September 2024

A weekend of events to explore living without children, to; build community, share stories, raise awareness and make connections.

Storyhouse Theatre, Garret Bar & Theatre, The Kitchen

Storyhouse Childless returns this September - with a full weekend of events, creating a space for connection and conversation to explore living without children.

Weekend passes available now.

Early bird weekend pass: £20 SOLD OUT

Regular price: £35

Book your weekend pass for access to the entire weekend of events – line up to be announced.

Buy your weekend pass

If you are feeling apprehensive about attending alone and would like to connect with others who attending, join the official Storyhouse Childless 2024 facebook group  here.


Why is this event called Storyhouse Childless?

At Storyhouse we have a series of festivals and events which we curate with the community. These include Storyhouse Queer, Storyhouse Women and Storyhouse Elders. We realise not everyone resonates with the word childless however we have worked closely with a focus group to discuss and agree on one word we could use. 

This event is for everyone living without children and will explore many aspects of this experience, so please don’t be put off from attending if childless is not a word you identify with. 

I am in my 20s and think I will choose to be childfree. Will I be welcome at this event?

Of course! If you’re still in the process of making that decision, this event will be an opportunity to meet and hear from others living without children.

Please be reassured that no one will be asked to disclose their own ‘label’ unless they want to.

Having programmed and held this event three times now, we have received lots of positive feedback about the inclusion of the childless by choice community, including this quote from one attendee:  

I found the inclusion of the childless by choice community incredibly powerful too, as, in truth, I honestly hadn’t considered in any depth, the huge decisions and questions you face too in choosing a life without children, and I really think it helped to give more richness and depth to the conversations and topics – I really valued the inclusion of it, and the broadening of the conversations. 

I would like to attend this event but am very nervous. What support will there be for people attending on their own?

Each year the focus group make it their responsibility to make themselves known and are ready to welcome and chat to people attending alone. In previous years we have set up a buddy system, which we aim to improve each year. 

This year, all speakers and the focus group will be having dinner in Storyhouse’s restaurant, The Kitchen. All of the audience is welcome to stay for drinks and food at the end of each day’s events and will be seated together. Please book a seat at the table for 6pm and add in the notes that you are attending Storyhouse Childless.  

I am arriving in Chester on Friday night, will there be a social on the Friday night?

We understand a number of attendees will be travelling over to Chester for the whole weekend, so we will be hosting a pre-meet on Friday 27 September. More details to follow soon.  

Feedback from last year's event

‘It has helped me so much’ . 

‘What powerful conversation, talented speakers and organisers and lovely amazing peeps’ .

‘It was a fantastic day…such an inspiring and supportive tribe’.  

‘Wonderful event…just to be able to listen to all the stories, knowledge and wisdom from both panel members and the audience throughout the weekend’.  

‘Thanks so much for a fab weekend’ . 

‘The whole experience has lifted me up & planted me on higher ground’.