Family & Kids

Full programme at bottom of page

Dan the Hat

You may have seen him here before, and if so you’ll know his quick wit and on-the-button 'improv' silliness is a sure fire hit with any audience. Dan brought a new stunt show to Southwell last year, “the ring of fire”, “London Bus Jump” and ~Boxing Glove Alley” among others - expect more new escapades in 2019.

Walk the Lines – Storytelling​

Original and classic stories brought to life by Mark Fraser, a Southwell regular and favourite.

Keith Donnelly

Keith specialises in highly interactive stories and songs for children, inviting their participation, stretching their imaginations and stimulating creativity, with every tale and tune.

His repertoire is such that he seems to have songs and stories for every imaginable topic [as well as many that you won’t have imagined yet!

Plus loads more still to be announced!


All weekend


Childrens Marquee and Area

Children's Arts and Crafts Workshops. (see blackboard outside children’s marquee for details + opening times) Each day Becky and her team will lead the kids, painting, gluing, sticking and taping, making lots of fun stuff and things to hold shake or wear on Sunday’s parade!


Walk The Lines Mark Frazer produces hand painted children’picture books which he sets out in the form of a mobile art gallery to walk round and read the story. Each day, with the aid of acting, sound, music and audience interaction a story is told. This year Mark will also be taking to the field to tell his stories.


Jan’s Blackboard Van, painting and dressing up games for little ones



Saturday 8th


Children’s Marquee

11.30- 12.30 Children’s Band Workshop. Beginner’s workshops on Saturday and Sunday will provide guidance and the chance to try a variety of simple instruments. Whistles, bodhrans, mini melodeons and ukeleles will be available to play.

13.15- 14.00 Keith Donnelly. The ever popular entertainer once again takes on all-comers (long as they’re small!)


14.15-14.45 Baby Bops  Music, movement, fun and drama for babies


15.00-15.45 Dan the Hat Juggling Workshop

Come along and learn the ancient art of juggling from one of the best in the business


16.00-16.30 Toddle Bops Music, movement, fun and drama for the under 6s!  .

17.00-18:00 Johnny and the Raindrops Rock ‘n’ roll for kids!


Dance Stage

13.15-13.45 Children’s Dance Display Performance by children from Bracken Lane


12.30-13.15 & 16.30 -17.15. Dan the Hat

Dan will perform two different shows each day,



Sunday 10th


Children’s Marquee

11:30- 12:30 Children’s Band Workshop (see above)

12.45-13.15 Baby Bops Music, movement, fun and drama for babies.

13.30-14.15 Sarah Savoy- Washboard Making Workshop. Construct a washboard from cardboard and stiff paper, then learn to play it with plastic spoons. Discover the different rhythms in Cajun music and learn the Cajun French names for some animals through song. 

14.30- 15.00 Toddle Bops  Music, movement, fun and drama for the under 6s!  

15.15-16.00 Johnny and the Raindrops Rock ‘n’ roll for kids!

16.00 The Big Parade Assemble in the children’s area

Dance Stage

12.00 – 12.30 Children’s Dance Display Performance by children from Lowes Wong,

14.00-14.45 & 16.30-17.15 Dan the Hat (see above)

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