The Dukes Family Festival will run from March 31st to April 13th 2024

The Dukes, Lancaster is thrilled to announce a new Family Festival, promising two weeks of laughter, wonder, and creativity for families of all sizes. The festival's magical lineup boasts a tonne of family favourites, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience for everyone. From Spot's Birthday Party to The (Not) So Big Bad Wolf, Claytime, Club Origami, Les Enfants Terribles, and Shark in the Park, the festival  is designed to cater to everyone in the family. 

In addition to these magical performances, families will be able to enjoy an exciting selection of cinema screenings and participate in ongoing creative arts workshops throughout the week.

You can see the full theatre programme below, with more cinema screenings and creative workshop announcements to come soon: 

Spot's Birthday - Based on the books by Eric Hill
Sunday 31st March:

Spot is throwing the ultimate birthday bash, and everyone's invited! With lively party hats, catchy songs, and interactive games, join Steve the monkey, Tom the Crocodile, and Helen the Hippo to wish Spot a joyous HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

The (Not) So Big Bad Wolf
Wednesday 3rd April:

Embark on an adventure with Little Red, a world-renowned "True Grimm" podcaster, on a mission to demystify the myths surrounding her so-called nemesis. With a red invisibility cloak, music, mayhem, and magic tricks, Little Red brings her captivating story to life.

Saturday 6th April:

Come to a place where the earth’s natural material meets with children’s imaginations: a world of fabulous forms, amazing animals and morphing monsters.

Each Claytime is totally unique - creating its own world, its own characters and its own stories drawn directly from its young audience. Truly, interactive theatre at its most engaging.

Club Origami
Wednesday 10th April:

Unleash your creativity with Club Origami! Immerse yourself in an interactive dance show that encourages families to create, imagine, and explore through the art of origami. Dance, fashion, and live music merge in this spirited adventure set in a land made entirely of paper and play.

Les Enfants Terribles - A Gameshow For Awful Children

Thursday 11th April:

Laugh out loud as the UK's favourite Frenchman hosts a family gameshow, pitting children against adults to find the most "awful" child. With acerbic humour and quick-witted banter, this award-winning show promises a hilarious experience for the entire family.

Shark in the Park
Friday 12th & Saturday 13th April:

Join Timothy Pope on three exciting adventures with his trusty telescope in this fin-tastic, family musical. From the creative minds behind 'The Hairy Maclary Show' and 'You Choose,' experience all three of Nick Sharratt’s 'Shark in the Park' books live on stage!

Stay tuned for additional announcements as more shows are unveiled. Don't miss out on this extraordinary celebration of family-friendly entertainment!

Tickets can be booked visiting, by contacting the Dukes Box Office at 01524 598500 or emailing




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