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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 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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Events

Thursday, 24th October 2019 - Thursday, 24th October 2019

Halloween Mask CrafternoonThis Autumn half term enjoy an afternoon of crafting at The Boo! Drop in to create your very own spooky mask to finish off your Halloween costume. Come along with your own ideas or we'll have some templates to get your imagination going! Hot drinks and cakes will be served in The Boo cafe. Free…
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Sunday, 27th October 2019 - Sunday, 27th October 2019

Mini by TPOTwo shapes, each with their own unique nature, collide... opposite in every way. In this game of discovery, explore space, shapes, sound and colour with your little one as an interactive dance mat brings them to life, responding to your every movement to create a multi sensory show that everyone is…
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Friday, 1st November 2019 - Friday, 1st November 2019

Edwina Hayes and Eve O'RiordanWe are delighted to welcome Edwina Hayes to The Boo this season for the first time! Edwina has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages as far reaching as Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. Support comes from our Young Musicians'…
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Tuesday, 5th November 2019 - Tuesday, 5th November 2019

Cinema Night - The Wicker ManOnce hailed as "The Citizen Kane of horror movies" and including Christopher Lee's 'greatest ever performance' as declared by the man himself. This intelligent horror film is subtle in its thrills and chills, with an ending that is both shocking and truly memorable. Dir. Robyn Hardy | 1973 | 1hr 28…
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Tuesday, 5th November 2019 - Tuesday, 5th November 2019

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 - Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

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…
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Sunday, 17th November 2019 - Sunday, 17th November 2019

Eggs on Legs by Garlic TheatreA cracking family show full of wonder and surprise. Garlic Theatre bring you a Dr Zeuss world filled with funny, crazy eggs that hatch in the most unexpected places. Full of clowning, eggcentric puppets and zany music to make you roll around with laughter! Running time 45 minutes Ages 3 - 5 year…
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Saturday, 23rd November 2019

The Boo's Christmas Art MarketLooking for Christmas present inspiration? Head down to The Boo's Christmas Art Market on the last weekend of November for unique gifts and handmade decorations. Our ever-popular Art Market is not one to be missed! If that wasn't enough, there'll be homemade mince pies and mulled wine to get you in…
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Sunday, 8th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Sunday, 15th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

SnowGlobe II: The Next GenerationJourney to the winter weather of the future to bring back snow this Christmas! Holly is all grown up and, once again, she is on a mission to find snow in time for Christmas! When Holly was a little girl she travelled the world to bring the first snow home to Rossendale. Now she is all grown up and…
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Tuesday, 31st December 2019 - Tuesday, 31st December 2019

Mini Me + The Boo's New Year's Eve PartyBring in the New Year early this year, The Boo is holding a brand new event to welcome in 2020! Expect fun and games with Mini Me Time; The Boo's resident 'Baby Disco' DJ; even a 12noon countdown and balloon drop! The perfect way to involve your Mini Me in all the New Year's celebrations.
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Awards

  • 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

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Facilities

Other

  • 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

Accessibility

  • 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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