Family Festival at Belfast's Grand Opera House set to return this summer

Following its inaugural staging, the iconic theatre is bringing back the three-day event with even more fun activities to keep the kids busy

Last year the Grand Opera House staged its first Family Festival, featuring three days of creative activities for all ages. Following its success, and subsequent restoration to the building exterior, the famous Belfast theatre has announced that the event will be making a return this summer.

From July 3 to 5 there will again be a vibrant range of goings-on for families to get involved with, from drama, circus skills and magic to animation and dance, even for babies. With support for the event coming from ISL Waste Management, there will be a focus on the importance of recycling through workshops with Beat Carnival making musical instruments out of recycled materials, culminating in a live performance putting the clever creations to use.

Grand Opera House and ISL have also launched a competition to see which primary school class can use recycled materials to recreate the best Northern Ireland landmark.

Grand Opera House Family Festival

New to the festival this year is the Amazon Jungle Show, offering the chance to see all manner of reptiles and other wildlife up close, plus a series of panto-themed Fairy Godmother tea parties following previous Peter Pan sellouts.

The theatre’s popular backstage tours give visitors the opportunity to learn about its colourful history, see behind the scenes and to stand on the iconic Grand Opera House stage. Another new feature this year sees a number of tours aimed at bringing alive the magic of theatre in an exciting and engaging way for children under the age of 10.

Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House, said: 'Over 2,000 people attended our first Family Festival last year, so early booking for all events is recommended. This year’s Festival is packed with a range of events guaranteed to entertain, engage, and inspire children of all ages. Our new partnership with ISL Waste Management allows the Grand Opera House to open up the doors of the Theatre with a programme of unmissable events during the first week of the summer holidays.'

Celine McLarnon, Director of ISL Waste Management commented: 'As one of Northern Ireland’s leading waste management companies, ISL is committed to working with communities to change the perception of waste. It is wonderful that the Grand Opera House is including some fun activities in its Family Festival that follow a recycling theme.

'The Festival is a great opportunity to bring together the whole family and we are incredibly proud to support the Grand Opera House as it continues to deliver a programme to suit all ages.'

For the full three-day programme and booking for workshops and activities visit, or call 028 9027 7725.

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