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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)


Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Wednesday, 21st August 2019

The Boo Community DayHead down to The Boo for an afternoon of food, music and craft, as we open our doors to celebrate our local communities in Waterfoot. Live music, games, crafts and culinary delights, it's a great opportunity to meet other local residents and form new friendships. We'll also be running tours of our…
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 - Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

Wild Rose (15)Opening The Boo's monthly cinema night is, Wild Rose. Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Our Gin bar will be open from 5pm
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 - Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

Tuesday, 1st October 2019 - Tuesday, 1st October 2019

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, 8th September 2019 - Sunday, 8th September 2019

Susannah and the Sunflower by Ripstop TheatreYou've heard of Jack and the Beanstalk, well... this is a quirky take on the traditional tale where Susannah climbs a sunflower,comes face to face with a Giant, his magic harp, the chicken who lays golden eggs and... a very different story unfolds. A gentle and enchanting shadow adventure. "This…
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Tuesday, 10th September 2019 - Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Arts Award - Shadow Puppet WorkshopA 6 week course to gain your Explore Arts Award here at The Boo! Along with creating your own short shadow puppet performance from scratch, we will look at Horse + Bamboo's history, artists and their work. You will present your performance as part of a celebration and awards' evening for friends…
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Sunday, 22nd September 2019 - Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Hey Diddle Diddle - Goblin TheatreEver wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? With original music played live on stage using a variety of instruments, brilliant puppetry and lots of laughter, this new show from Goblin Theatre is a wild and musical celebration about the importance of…
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Sunday, 29th September 2019 - Sunday, 29th September 2019

Suffrajistu - Horse + Bamboo TheatreFrom the cotton mills of the Lancashire hills to the big smoke of London, we follow Annie, a young mill lass, as she fights for her right to vote. However, the fight for change is never easy and young Annie must learn to defend herself and her fellow suffragettes from those that seek to stop them.…
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Tuesday, 1st October 2019 - Tuesday, 1st October 2019

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey StoryThe Story of musicians and entertainer, Chris Sievey, who eventually achieved fame by wearing a papier-mache head as the wacky Frank Sidebottom. As told by his family and friends. Being Frank, explores the man behind the gigantic bonce in this heartfelt and loving documentary. Certificate 15 our…
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Wednesday, 2nd October 2019 - Wednesday, 2nd October 2019

The Adventures of Curious GanzThe Adventures of Curious Ganz is a fictitious story based on the true life of 16th Century copper smelter Joachim Ganz. It is a celebration of the new, the strange, the brave and the curious! Told through design, table-top puppetry, music and a few words, all wildly based on the principles of…
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Friday, 4th October 2019 - Friday, 4th October 2019

Wanda Roslyn and Kayleigh HallWanda Roslyn and Kayleigh Hall return to The Boo stage this Autumn, after their fantastic performances at the Young Musicians' Award. Wanda and Kayleigh are welcomed back to the stage as joint headliners to celebrate the opening of the Rossendale Art Trail. Ages 14+. Doors open at 5pm with…
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Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 5th October 2019

The Boo's Comedy NightThe Boo's Comedy Night is back for another season! Comedy club favourite, the diminutive guitar-weilding, Steve Gribbin brings his scabrous comedy songs and off the wall observations to the line up. We also welcome, Adam Rowe a brutally honest, opinionated and gloriously unpredictable young comic;…
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Friday, 11th October 2019 - Friday, 11th October 2019

Suffrajitsu from Horse + Bamboo TheatreFrom the cotton mills of the Lancashire hills to the big smoke of London, we follow Annie, a young mill lass as she fights for her right to vote. However, the fight for change is never easy, and young Annie must learn to defend herself and her fellow suffragettes from those that seek to stop them.
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Sunday, 13th October 2019 - Sunday, 13th October 2019

iPet by BonteHondiPet opens with two children's entertainers about to start their act. They create balloon animals and do magic tricks by pulling bananas out of iPads, just the way it's supposed to be. But the magic trick starts to rebel and the iPad turns out to be a cheeky prankster who disrupts the entire show.…
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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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  • 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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