99 Days out for the family: See a show 90-99
Sunday 24 July 2011
Catch the last three dates in Birmingham Hippodromes's Six Summer Saturdays free programme of city-centre events, which runs until 13 August. Performances include street theatre, interactive brass bands, circus acts and acrobatics, as well as comedy and upside down painting (sixsummersaturdays.com).
Take advantage of all the facilities Trentham Estate in Staffordshire has to offer – including the gardens, lake and adventure play area – when you buy a ticket to one of its Hot Summer Saturdays. Events include a showing of Grease on a giant outdoor screen, The Greatest Take That Tribute performing by the lakeside, and a screening of Mamma Mia on 27 August. Prebook (trentham.co.uk).
A musical adaptation of the Kenneth Graham's children's classic The Wind in the Willows will be performed twice in the gardens of Lowther Pavilion in Lancashire on Wednesday. Follow the adventures of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger in this tale of life on the River Bank and in Wild Wood (lowtherpavilion.co.uk).
The grounds of Harewood House in West Yorkshire provide the setting for a performance of Snow White on 19 August, rounding off a summer of outdoor theatre at the historic house (treasurehouses.co.uk). On the Cornwall coast, a performance by Kneehigh at its isolated Asylum Theatre promises to be a truly creative experience. On 28-29 August, ticket-holders to Midnight's Pumpkin will be guests at a ball, as the story of a girl, her stepmother and two ugly sisters unfolds (kneehigh.co .uk). Bedgebury National Pinetum in Kent is giving over its Walled Garden to a performance of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox by the Illyria Theatre Company on 30 August (forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury).
The Norwich Puppet Theatre is putting on a packed programme of shows – particularly suitable for younger children – from late July through August. Performances include The King's Got Donkey Ears, Aladdin and Thumbelina, as well as lots of creative workshops (puppettheatre.co.uk). Should the weather be unkind, head indoors to The Concert Hall stage in Nottingham, which will be transformed into an atmospheric white dome for performances from the Mimika Theatre Company, from 9-12 August, mixing puppetry, miniature landscapes and animation (experiencenottinghamshire.com).
Meanwhile, Kids Week returns to London's West End, but has been extended due to popular demand to run from 12 August to 4 September. It offers children from five to 16 the opportunity to see a show for free when accompanied by a paying adult. The Wizard of Oz is just one option in the event line-up (kidsweek.co.uk).
If you're after a spectacle that's a little more energetic, Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire will be hosting the Wild West High Diving Show daily until 31 August. A team of highly trained athletes will perform amazing synchronised stunts, combining comedy, music, acrobatics and high-diving from 25 metres above into an eight-metre-wide pool (oakwoodthemepark.co.uk).
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