Hoo-Ha! 2018

Pack your imaginations and join Colston Hall’s ginormous jamboree – Hoo-Ha! festival is back for three days of music, activities and general larking about for all the family.

Based in Colston Hall’s foyer, this year there’s more free fun than you can shake a stick at, including shows, arts and crafts and as always, lots of silly dancing is not just encouraged, but expected. Dip in and out as you like, or set up camp for the whole three days!

And with ticketed shows at Bristol’s Folk House just up the road, there’s no chance of boredom. So round up your tribe and come join the Hoo-ha!


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Hoo-Ha! 2018

A fantastical festival crammed with music, messiness and merry-making for all the family at Colston Hall & beyond.

Free shows on the Foyer Stage

Junior Jungle Rave
Thu 16 Aug, 11am

Now a Hoo-ha! Festival favourite, the Junior Jungle Rave returns to Colston Hall for more massive raving for you and your little monkeys with DJ Nick Terrific and MC Rocky Patch. With no pop or Disney, just proper rave tunes, this the greatest family rave on the planet!

Dan the Hat
Thu 16 Aug, 12.30pm

A mixture of serious skills, stupid stunts and ‘Off the Wall’ improv comedy from Dan the Hat. Expect world-class hat manipulation, juggling and Yo-Yo mastery interspersed with ridiculous feats of stupidity and lots of audience interaction!  Warning: this show contains the World renowned “Fruit Catch of Death” and the “Bear Trap for Children”.

Dan the Hat has been juggling and ‘Showing off’ since the age of 15. Since then he’s travelled the world with his trusty hat and spent countless years in the muddied fields of Glastonbury Festival, Beautiful Days Festival and other UK music and arts festivals.

Dizney Rascal
Thu 16 Aug, 2pm

What happens when you take all your favourite Disney songs & mash them with all your favourite sing-a-long anthems? The answer is… DIZNEY RASCAL!

These movie music bandits throw down the gauntlet with a no holds barred sing-a-long-show that would get Cruella De Ville tapping her feet! Dressed in full costume with plenty of Disney trivia & audience interaction thrown in, this tongue & cheek show is a must for any fan!

Lilliput Concerts goes to the Opera
Fri 17 Aug, 11.00am
These relaxed and bite-sized classical concerts for families returns to Hoo-ha, this time with popular arias and duets from the world of opera. Babies may cry, toddlers can dance and adults can sit back and enjoy favourites from the operatic stage.

Planet Pretend
Fri 17 Aug, 12.30pm
Join Planet Pretend for a cosmic journey through decades of music and dance moves. Expect fun, games and special guest… DJ Cheeba!

It’s Time to Play with CBeebies’ Sid and Rebecca
Fri 17 Aug, 2pm

Hoo-ha! Festival is excited to present It’s Time To Play, the new live stage show for kids starring Sid & Rebecca from hit CBeebies TV show ‘Let’s Play’. Packed full of games, songs and music, including ‘Copy Me’, a groovy ‘Simon Says’ with lots of energy, ‘Musical Bumps’ with a super twist, and loads more! With Sid & Rebecca’s own brand of comedic playfulness and spontaneous interaction a good time is guaranteed for everyone. Plus, you can meet Sid and Rebecca after the show!

We’re expecting lots of people coming to see this show. Although we’d love to accommodate everyone, the foyer stage area has a limited capacity, and we may need to limit entry to the building when the space is full, so that everyone can enjoy the show safely.

Sat 18 Aug, 11am, free

Whether the proud parent of a Lil Wayne, a Missy Elliot or a whole crew of Beastie Boys and Wee Papa Girls Rappers, FUN DMC is the jam for you and yours. A real block party experience designed with both parents and children in mind with areas to dance (obviously), practice your graffiti, play with our super-fly Hip-Hop fancy dress, or just chill and enjoy a drink. So grab your ‘kid and play’!

Sat 18 Aug, 1.30pm

Rocktopus, the world’s greatest rock band for kids and families, are ready to rock out with you! Join the band, learn the moves, and get involved in this truly interactive experience which will have everyone, aged 3 to 103, singing and dancing along. There’s just one question: are you ready to ROCK?

Ticketed shows at Bristol Folk House

Mischief and Mysteries in Moomin Valley

£10.75 incl. bf, adults go free (ticket required, must be accompanied by a child)
Fri 17 Aug, 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00
Seated show (some floor seating), 45 minutes duration, for ages 4-7

Discover a world where anything is possible. Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moominvalley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Magical puppetry, an ingenious pop up book set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling. Expect snow, surprises and plenty of Moomin mischief.

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Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong

Thu 16 Aug, 11:15
Seated show (some floor seating), 1 hr duration, for ages 4+

Join this much-loved children’s writer and illustrator in a family-friendly, fun filled draw-along for  ages 4 and above. Nick’s best-selling picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He’s also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular children’s novels. He’ll be  showing you how he creates characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures and giving loads of top tips as your draw along with him. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean  on. After the show, Nick will host a meet and greet and book signing session.

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Free activities in the foyer

Crafty Things Club
Daily, 10am-3pm

Crafty Things Club has the simple aim of encouraging and inspiring children everywhere to get making and get creative. Crafty Things Club will be bringing some of their favourite junk modelling projects to Hoo-Ha for you to make, play and get creative.


Children’s Scrap Store Workshop
Daily, 10am-3pm

Join the Children’s Scrap store Team for a medley of Summery crafts for all ages. Find them nestled in their usual mountain of colourful scrap and craft materials, with some activities dreamt up especially for Hoo-Ha!

The Amazing Scene Machine
Daily, 11am-3pm

In this interactive art experience, you’ll work with the artist team to build an amazing unique scene out of modelling clay. After the event, the team animates your creation into a film using time-lapse and stop-motion. You can then watch the film online and see your scene you made come to life – and share it with your friends!

Down the Rabbit Hole!
Daily, 11am-3pm

Venture into wonderland and join Alice and her friends on an exciting journey down the rabbit hole.  Every child who travels down the Rabbit Hole will be transformed into a White Rabbit, ready for a special silent disco storytelling adventure.

This is an interactive theatrical audio adventure for young children and their families from Hoo-ha Festival favourites Bakehouse Factory, who previously brought you Wild Things and Dino School to Hoo-ha!

Let’s Make Art
Daily, 10am-3pm

Let’s Make Art are back at Hoo-Ha, this time with a paper cutting bonanza for this year’s Hoo-Ha! Come and decorate the space with Mexican Papel Picado style bunting and make celebratory flags.

Explorer Dome Hands-on Science
Daily, 10am-3pm

Join Explorer Dome for family-friendly science you can handle!  Our pop-up planetarium hosts much more than space so let our lively, interactive science shows immerse you in the rainforest, dazzle you with experiments on light & colour or take you on a tour of the human body. With a different interactive show each day, you can return again and again for stimulating, science-based fun.

Ready Sheddy Disgo
Daily, 3-4pm, Level 3 Terrace

It’s the disco with a difference with just one rule: leave your upside-down smiles at the door. Dance floor dudes and divas can learn new routines, shake it like a Polaroid picture in the music games and make like Drake by singing silly songs. Strictly for shiny happy people (no bullies allowed).

Daily, 10am-11:00am, Level 3 Terrace

Award-winning kid’s yoga company YOGADOO is running free drop in family yoga and relaxation sessions for children (aged 4+ years) and their parents and carers. You’ll be taken on an adventure into an Amazon rainforest using yoga, music and mini meditation – this special 45 minute session will bring some added zen to your day.

Get your own back!
Daily, 11am-3pm, Level 3 Terrace

It’s payback time for kids for all those early bedtimes, as they get to take aim and throw something wet at their adults, without the consequences!

Boris the Bookworm is back, a giant but benevolent and familiar character at Hoo-ha, keeping a watchful eye over proceedings in the foyer making sure that everyone’s having fun and playing nicely.

Plus there will be face painting, chalk drawing and lots more surprises to be announced as we get closer to the festival.

Practical information

At Colston Hall

Buggy Parking
You can park your buggy in the old Beerd restaurant, opposite Box Office on the ground floor. Stewards will be on hand to direct you; please ask a member of staff on arrival who will be happy to help. Please note that any personal belongings are left here at your own risk.

Baby Changing facilities
There are baby changing facilities within our disabled toilets on Lower Ground, Ground and Level 3 in the foyer.

Colston Hall aims to be as accessible as possible for disabled people or anyone who may need a little bit more help to attend an event. Click here for full details on our facilities.


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