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The Boo

Type:Event Venue

679 Bacup Road, Waterfoot, Lancashire, BB4 7HB

Tel: 01706 220 241

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The Boo

A wonderfully quirky, creative and buzzing family-friendly venue in Waterfoot, Rossendale. It is also the home of Horse + Bamboo Theatre.  The theatre we make and present is always visually inventive, often incorporating different forms of  puppetry. Sunday afternoon family performances also include an hour of family art making activities before and after the show. “It’s just a lovely experience”.

H+B are 35 years old this year. We started our life in Rossendale, in Lancashire, England, and in Rossendale we remain. In 2013 we work in many of the same ways we did in 1978, with masks, puppets, music and story-telling being at the heart of our theatre, now with the addition of film and animation. The company doesn’t work to any formula, and we develop and re-shape ourselves to meet new and changing circumstances.

We now have a wonderful base, the Boo, in Waterfoot, Rossendale, which is large enough to serve as a venue for theatre shows and other arts events of our own making and from visiting companies and artists. The Boo enables us to offer the community in Rossendale and beyond a special place to meet, create and share.

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)


Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 - Tuesday, 3rd March 2020

Film Club Presents... The Peanut Butter Falcon (12A)A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen) a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck.
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Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 - Tuesday, 3rd March 2020

Tuesday, 7th April 2020 - Tuesday, 7th April 2020

Tuesday, 5th May 2020 - Tuesday, 5th May 2020

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 - Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Tuesday, 7th July 2020 - Tuesday, 7th July 2020

Tuesday, 4th August 2020 - Tuesday, 4th August 2020

Baby Boo Drop InOur Baby Boo sessions are now free! Creative and relaxed play sessions will help your little one discover the new as they go on a sensory journey. Everyday objects become extraordinary and spark the imagination. This session is now drop in only, no pre-booking, the spaces are first come first…
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Saturday, 7th March 2020 - Saturday, 7th March 2020

Film Club Presents... Blinded by the LightIt's 1987 and music fanatic, Javed, discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss and his world is turned upside down. Already a creative soul, his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational…
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Friday, 13th March 2020 - Friday, 13th March 2020

Drink and DrawThe Boo introduces Drink + Draw a bi-monthly meeting for everyone interested in learning or practicing drawing while having a good glass of beer or wine or gin of course!
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Friday, 27th March 2020 - Friday, 27th March 2020

Gin Bar and Live MusicIan Bennett and Benedict Valuks started making music together in late 2018, brought together through the bustling and vibrant south London music scene. They perform an eclectic mix of original songs and covers that hold meaning to them.
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Sunday, 29th March 2020 - Sunday, 29th March 2020

Pom By Ruthie Boycott-GarnetYellow petals, singing birds, soft grass beneath your feet; welcome to Spring. And here is Pom: climber of trees, chaser of butterflies. Her lovely cheeky face makes her mum so happy and all is good. But what's this door in the lush green grass? A visual and sensory exploration of the Greek Myth,…
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Thursday, 9th April 2020 - Thursday, 9th April 2020

Family Easter CrafternoonThis Easter holiday enjoy an afternoon of crafting at The Boo! Drop in to make your very own Easter Chick puppets. There will also be some Easter themed treats available in The Boo Cafe.
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Wednesday, 15th April 2020 - Wednesday, 15th April 2020

Family Film: Horrible Histories (PG)Join us for our family Easter Holiday screening – including Horrible Histories craft session before the film!
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Friday, 17th April 2020 - Friday, 17th April 2020

Common Lore'Common Lore' is an award-winning show developed for young adult audiences aged 14 and over, featuring rap, spoken word, live projections and live electronic music. A modern take on fairy tales from all over the world, this unique and relevant new show sees traditional stories and modern life…
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Sunday, 19th April 2020 - Sunday, 19th April 2020

The Whirlybird By Eco DramaIn a cosy nest, two birds look skyward and get ready for their maiden flight. While flying comes easy for Bird, Whirlybird just can't get the hang of it. After many failed attempts, inspiration is found in a very special flying seed. The Whirlybird is a funny, playful and moving piece of theatre…
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Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 - Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Arts Award – Animation WorkshopA 7 week course to earn your Explore Arts Award her at The Boo! Along with creating your own short animation from scratch, we will look at the history of Horse + Bamboo, The Boo and meet Makeshift Ensemble, whose current show 'The Curious Garden' we will see as part of the course
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Tuesday, 5th May 2020 - Tuesday, 5th May 2020

Film Club Presents: Official Secrets (15)One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, British intelligence specialist, Katharine Gun, receives a memo from NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britian's help in collecting compromising information on U.N. Security Council members to blackmail them into voting in…
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Friday, 8th May 2020 - Friday, 8th May 2020

Drink + Draw!The Boo introduces Drink + Draw a bi-monthly meeting for everyone interested in learning or practicing drawing while having a good glass of beer or wine or gin of course! We will have some ice-braking drawing games as well as plenty of opportunity to learn or improve on your drawing skills, but…
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Wednesday, 27th May 2020 - Wednesday, 27th May 2020

Family Film... Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (PG) Join us for our family half term screening – including Maleficent craft session before the film! Maleficent travels to a grand old castle to celebrate young Aurora's upcoming wedding to Prince Phillip. Whilst there, she meets Aurora's future mother-in-law, a conniving queen who hatches a devious…
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Thursday, 28th May 2020 - Thursday, 28th May 2020

Family Half Term CrafternoonThis May half term enjoy an afternoon of crafting at The Boo! For our final crafternoon of this season we will be getting ready for our Wakes Parade. Drop in and create your very own 'junk creature' out of recycled materials ready to be paraded at our Waterfoot Wakes Parade on Saturday 11th July.…
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Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 - Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Film Club Presents: The Last Tree (15)'The Last Tree' follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage, who after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenager Femi has to figure out which path to…
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Saturday, 6th June 2020 - Saturday, 6th June 2020

Saturday, 13th June 2020 - Saturday, 13th June 2020

Saturday, 20th June 2020 - Saturday, 20th June 2020

Wednesday, 24th June 2020 - Wednesday, 24th June 2020

Wednesday, 1st July 2020 - Wednesday, 1st July 2020

Wednesday, 8th July 2020 - Wednesday, 8th July 2020

Waterfoot Wales' Parade WorkshopsWant to take part in our parade? The parade is back for its third year, our theme is 'The Age of the Scavenger', and the only rule is your costume/ float must be scavenged! It can be made from things found around our workshop or brought in yourself: just remember to re-use and re-purpose, not buy…
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Sunday, 14th June 2020 - Sunday, 14th June 2020

When another Dragon Roars by Altered Scale + Petite UllaloomAlfie and his mum are going camping – to have some quality time. Alfie finds it hard to talk, his mum does too. They share stories about dragons – scary ones, angry ones, funny ones – and discover that emotions, like dragons are tricky beasts: sometimes they need to be tamed; sometimes they need to…
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Friday, 26th June 2020 - Friday, 26th June 2020

Edwina Hayes with support from Eve O'RiordanAfter the sell-out success of Edwina's debut visit to The Boo in Autumn, we are delighted to announce that she will be returning to The Boo this season for a very special last Friday of the month 'Gin + Music' night. Support will once again be from Eve O'Riordian.
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Cultural Venue/Organisation Award 2018




  • Booking essential
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Family Fun
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Facility for service dogs

Languages spoken

  • Staff Fluent in Languages - German

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Parking (free)

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In town/city centre


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