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Hoo-Ha! Festival 2022

Family festival. Free to attend, no booking required

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Cartoon drawings of children playing instruments with text that reads 'hoo-ha!'

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

This page will be kept up to date with the full line up of fun but, as ever, expect all levels of Bristol Beacon’s Foyer to be filled with opportunities to get creative, have fun and burn off plenty of holiday energy! Find roof-raising sing-alongs with TJ Band, performances from Kid Carpet and inclusive dance sessions with Flamingo Chicks on the Main Stage, and opportunities to get crafty and to learn about the world with activities and workshops from Explorer Dome, Aardman, We The Curious and more.

Wed 17 Aug will be a Relaxed Day for families who might require a gentler environment with quieter activities and fewer people.

Put the below dates in your diary and come one, come all, to the free Hoo-Ha party: a hullaballoo of family fun!

Presented by Bristol Beacon

All ages welcome

Hoo-Ha on Thu 18 and Fri 19 is free to attend and no booking is required.

Buggy parking and baby changing facilities available

Main Stage Line-up

A course instructor teaching a parent and child

Flamingo Chicks

Lower Ground Floor
Wed 17 Aug 11:30, 14:00
Thu 18 Aug 10:00, 14:00

Inclusive dance and movement taster sessions for children and their friends. A fun mixture of dance and drama, teasing out storytelling and characterisation with the aim of improving balance, coordination, social skills and confidence.

Suitable for all children and young people, including those with complex needs and non-disabled children.

Ready Sheddy Dis-Go!

presents Pirate Disco: an interactive pirate adventure

Lower Ground Floor
Wed 17 Aug 10:00, 12:30
Thu 18 – Fri 19 Aug 12:00

Everybody’s favourite disco is back to raise the shed roof and get us wibbley-wobbling all over the dance floor.

TJ Band sing along

Lower Ground Floor
Wed 17 Aug 10:30, 13:00
Fri 19 Aug 10:30, 14:00

Raise your voices and shake your maracas with TJ Band and their singalong bonanza. Featuring all your favourite karaoke classics, this interactive concert will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles. Led by Tara on the piano and Jim on the guitar, everyone is welcome to dance, sing and boogie,

Kid Carpet

Lower Ground Floor
Thu 18 Aug, 11:00

Our good friend Kid Carpet is back at Hoo-Ha with his unique brand of noisy fun.

Moira Butterfield + Gwen Millward

Book Reading

Lower Ground Floor
Thu 18 Aug 13:00

Join internationally-published author Moira Butterfield (Welcome To Our World) and Gwen Millward (Sing Like A Whale, Sometime’s I’m a Baby Bear, Sometime’s I’m a Snail) and they bring their stories and characters to life with a live book reading.

Person sat outside on bench holding a book

Molly Oldfield

Book Reading + Quiz

Lower Ground Floor
Fri 19 Aug 13:00

Join Molly as she reads from her award-winning book “Everything Under The Sun”, which brings together 366 curious questions asked by children from around the world.

Activities and Workshops

A group of children sat on the floor with planets projected above them.

Explorer Dome

Ground Floor
Ages 4+

Explorer Dome returns to the Hoo-Ha with its family-friendly, interactive planetarium show: The Wonder of Space!

Crawl through the tunnel, enter the magical atmosphere of our dome, meet the experts and immerse yourselves amongst stars, planets, constellation myths & legends, the lives and deaths of stars and the possibility of life on other worlds. Bring your curiosity and please ask questions!

Let’s Make Art

Stalls Bar
10:00 – 15:00

Join Let’s Make Art to create a carnival headdress, a mask inspired by the great Saul Steinberg or a banner using recycled fabrics.

Plasticine models, from left to right Gromit, Morph and Shaun the Sheep.

Aardman Workshops

Level 3 Terrace Bar
10:00 – 15:00

Make your own marvellous plasticine characters with the creators of Shaun The Sheep, Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run.


Presented by We The Curious

Level 1
10:00 – 15:00

Make your own scribbling robot with We The Curious. Investigate and construct simple circuits using motors and switches then put them to work to make a scribbling robot with pens for legs.

A scientist explains his machine to a group of children and parents

Noisy Toys

Level 1
10:00 – 15:00

Feel 1000 watts of bass power though your fingers, make laser-blaster sounds with a slinky, and discover amazing sounds hidden in everyday objects with Noisy Toys and their sound experiments, demonstrations and short workshop activities.

Rubbish Portraits

Level 2
10:00 – 15:00

Returning for her third year at Hoo-Ha festival is Bristol Based illustrator Lucie Sheridan and her Live Art Booth.

Lucie draws ‘Rubbish Portraits’ in just 3 minutes from her magical booth. The only thing is…she is actually quite good at drawing.

Conductive Music


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.

Bookhaus Storyzone

Level 1

We LOVE stories at Hoo-Ha, and if you do too then you’re in for a story-tastic treat with book readings from Bookhaus.

Relaxed Performance Day

Our relaxed Hoo-Ha day is for disabled and neuro divergent people, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

More Info

Stages & Areas

Main Stage

Lower Ground Floor

The Hoo-Ha Main Stage is the place to show off your best dance moves, get involved with silly games and sing along to your favourite songs.

You’ll find the Main Stage on the lower ground floor of the building – you can’t miss it!

Ground Floor

This is where all the young astronomers come to enter Explorer Dome. You’ll find the Dome opposite our box office. It’s also where you can park your buggies when you arrive.

Stalls bar

Level 1

Up the stairs you’ll find a whole area filled with creative activities you can get involved with. It’s a big space for you to play, get a bit messy and have fun.

Terrace Bar

Level 3

Chill out on our top floor where you’ll find some quieter spaces and activities with Aardman and Conductive Music.

The venue

Bristol Beacon

Practical information

Buggy Parking

You can park your buggy at The Explorer Dome on the ground floor.

Baby Changing Facilities

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

Plan your visit

Covid-19 Safety Measures

  Register with NHS Test and Trace app

  Wear a face covering

  Follow one-way signage

  Card payment only, contactless preferred

  Be respectful of other people’s personal space

Enjoy your visit safely

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