Hoo-Ha! 2019

Music, messiness and merry-making for all the family

Hoo-Ha! festival returns this summer for three jam-packed days of music, dancing, and activities for little people and their families.

For the first time Bristol Old Vic is joining in the Hoo-Ha! fun, as they present Robin Hood in the Weston Studio between 1 and 3 August, before the annual three days of free fun takes place at Colston Hall Foyer, Hoo-Ha!’s festival HQ, from 6-8 August.

So come, one and all, to the Hoo-Ha party: Bristol’s most splendiferous free festival for families is back!


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Hoo-Ha! 2019

Music, messiness and merry-making for all the family

Free shows on the foyer stage

Tue 6 Aug

Junior Jungle Rave
10:00 – 11:00

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!

Bruce Airhead
12:30 – 13:00

Join Bruce Airhead for a hilarious, fast-paced 30 minute show that sees one man completely adsorbed inside a giant balloon!

Flying Seagull Project
13:30 – 14:30

Bringing their mix of magic, juggling, games, stories and surprises to our foyer stage, The Flying Seagull Project hope to spread love, light and laughter to the Hoo-Ha! crowds with their theatrical show.

Wed 7 Aug

Junior Jungle Rave
10:00 – 11:00

Taking over the foyer for a second day in a row, the Junior Jungle gang kick-start the second day of Hoo-Ha with a bang!

The Bonkers Balloon Science Show

Balloons are fun right? Well, if balloons are fun then that must mean that science is fun too! Balloonatic Becky loves balloons and she wants to show you just how much you can learn from them. The Bonkers Balloon Science Show is full of thrills and spills, pops and bangs and is highly interactive.

Lilliput Concerts
14:00 – 15:00

Award Winning live, professional concert series, Lilliput Concerts exist to bring the best classical music to the smallest of people. Presenting top international performers at monthly concerts in Bristol and Cheltenham, this is the perfect place for your family to share a love of music. Babies cry, toddlers may dance and parents can just relax. This month, as part of the Colston Hall Hoo-Ha we present percussionist Luke Hinchcliffe with a programme of music from around the world.

Thu 8 Aug


Yogadoo’s family yoga and relaxation sessions for children have been so popular on our Terrace bar, we’ve included a mass yoga session in our downstairs foyer space for the final day of Hoo-Ha! Through music and meditation, find your zen to start your day in a special hour-long yoga session designed specifically for little people and their patents and carers.

Mr. Bloom & His Band
13:00 – 14:00

Children’s TV star Mr Bloom & His Band are coming to Hoo-Ha! for a free performance in Colston Hall’s foyer. Join Dibber on Bass, Uncle Mickey on Keys, Rodney White-fingers on Drums & every body’s horticultural hero, Mr Bloom on Ukulele for musical hits from the TV shows as well as parodies like Guns n Roses, ABBA & Queen. Mr Bloom & His Band are guaranteed to get families dancing and singing along!


Free activities in the foyer

Lets Make Art
10:00-15:00 daily, level 1

Let’s Make Art are back at Hoo-Ha. Run by Alice Hendy and Karen Davies, Let’s Make Art’s aim is to give people, young or old, the opportunity to create quality artwork in a safe and friendly environment and have fun doing it.  Workshops are suitable for two years old and above, everyone that takes part enjoys working with a wide variety of art materials, proudly taking home plenty of masterpieces to show friends and family.

Explorer Dome Hands-on Science
10:00-15:00 daily, ground floor

Join Explorer Dome for family-friendly science you can handle! The pop-up planetarium hosts much more than space so little ones will be mesmerised by the team’s lively, interactive science shows. With a different interactive show each day, you can return again and again for stimulating, science-based fun.

11:00-11:45 Tuesday & Wednesday, level 3 terrace bar

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 using yoga, music and mini meditation – this special 45 minute session will bring some added zen to your day.

Conductive Music
10:00-15:00 daily, level 3

What if we told you that you can plug a cable into an apple, to control a digital musical instrument? You might not believe your ears! Yet that’s what little ones can do in this workshop from Conductive Music. Plus, if you think robots only exist in science labs, think again. Meet Quirkbot. It was not designed to make music, but it can — it just does not know it yet! Inquisitive minds can take their first magical steps into the wonderful world of coding, and make Quirkbot make music for the first time too.

Ready Sheddy Disgo
10:00-15:00 daily, level 1

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).

Rubbish Portraits
10:00-14:30 daily, level 2

Sit for your very own Rubbish Portraits!  Lucie Sheridan offers very quick, while-you-sit, brilliant brush and ink portraits from her unique “photo booth”. They’re not rubbish but actually very good! Just remember – no smiling please!

£2.00 charge per portrait

Hoo-Ha! elsewhere

Robin Hood
The Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic

Join Bristol Old Vic Young Company for a fresh re-telling of Robin Hood: an adventure story full of greed, corruption and rough justice.


Practical information at Colston Hall

Buggy Parking
You can park your buggy in the old restaurant space, 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.

Food and Drink
Our cafe Bowl of Plenty will be serving their daily main menu of hearty, healthy and delicious food. Kids’ portions are half the price of adults. Also on offer will be kids’ cheese toasties for £2, and healthy snacks. View their full menu here.

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.

There will be a changing places facility on site on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August. 

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Hoo-Ha! 2019

  • A fantastical festival crammed with music, messiness and merry-making for all the family at Colston Hall & beyond taking place from 1-8 August 2019

  • Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, a wedding and event hire venue, and a heritage destination.

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Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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