Hoo-ha! festival 2017

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Bristol’s only festival dedicated to children – Hoo-ha! festival –  returns to Colston Hall from Tuesday 15th-17th August.

In partnership with Pukka Herbs, the event features a mixture of free and ticketed events, and the full programme has now been announced.

Hoo-ha! highlights  include BAFTA award winners and children’s TV legends Dick and Dom, a special appearance by popular presenter Andy Day at the Colston Hall’s Nifty 150 Birthday Bash and a collaboration between Bristol Zoo and the Bakehouse Factory for an all action theatrical romp of a show – Dino School.

The  family focussed festival runs across three days with plenty of free entertainment, workshops and participatory events, including art and craft making with Let’s Make Art, and the UK’s only mobile, inflatable planetarium. Plus kids can get dancing at the Ready Sheddy Disgo, as well as moving to lasers, hazers and tunes at the Junior Jungle Rave.

Bristol’s own The Fantasy Orchestra will lead a series of workshops for budding instrumentalists. This is a unique opportunity for young musicians to let loose on their instrument and perform with this orchestra with a difference, exploring the music of film, rock, jazz and improvisation with bucket loads of fun thrown in. The workshops will culminate in a special performance at Colston Hall’s children’s birthday party, the Nifty 150 Birthday Bash.

Festival partners Pukka Herbs will also be hosting the Pukka Bee Garden throughout the festival, a vibrant garden area with bee games and awareness of flowers, bees, pollination and all things bright and bee-utiful! There will be a bright honeycomb maze with games and even a Queen Bee to make pledges to, with storytelling from William Wormsworth. Kids can then escape the hubbub of the main festival to the Pukka Zen Den where they can relax and unwind at the Pukka TeaPi with a soothing cuppa while mandala colouring and lavender bag-making activities occupy little minds.

For a full list of who is appearing when, see the Colston Hall website

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