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The Boo Theatre

Type:Event Venue

679 Bacup Road, Waterfoot, Lancashire, BB4 7HB

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Tel: 01706 220 241

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The Boo Theatre

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.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)


Tuesday, 1st February 2022 - Tuesday, 1st February 2022

The film poster.  The main character is jumping in the air with an orange background.Film Club - Tove (12)A lyrical and romantic biopic of the beloved creator of the Moomins,Tove Jansson. This is a beautiful celebration of the life and work of a remarkable woman and will make you want to take a stroll through Moominvalley as soon as it's over.
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Friday, 11th February 2022 - Friday, 11th February 2022

A photograph of the performer, photographed on a rooftop.Live Music Lady Nade - Willing Tour 2022Hot on the heels of her UK Americana Award nomination, showcasing at Folk Alliance International and International Live Music Conference, Lady Nade is soaring into Autumn with her Folk and Americana chart topping third album release, 'Willing'. 
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Tuesday, 15th February 2022 - Tuesday, 15th February 2022

A drawing of the word Crafternoon.  The words are coloured with rainbow colours.February Half Term Musical themed CrafternoonsLooking for a way to entertain the children over school holidays?  Head over to The Boo for crafting fun you can enjoy with the whole family. February half term – musical theme.
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Wednesday, 16th February 2022 - Wednesday, 16th February 2022

Film poster of a gentleman with a cat on his shoulder.  A couple of curious green characters stand next to them.February Half Term Family Film Soul (PG)The musical fun continues this February half term with the Pixar animated classic, Soul.  ​​​​​​What is it that makes you…you?  Soul introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher who has a passion for jazz.  Joe wants more than anything to become a professional jazz pianist, and when he's…
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Tuesday, 1st March 2022 - Tuesday, 1st March 2022

Promotional poster showing a lady crouching over electronic equipment.Film Club - Sisters with Transistors (PG)Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music's female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.
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Sunday, 13th March 2022 - Sunday, 13th March 2022

A brown bear stands in the woods, wearing a red scarf.Oldilocks and The 3 Bears - Garlic TheatreOldilocks finds a teddy bear in the park and remembers a delicious bowl of porridge she tasted years ago in the woods. Something else happened but she can't quite remember what.   So she sets off for the forest.  Will she find the bears house and what will happen then?
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Tuesday, 5th April 2022 - Tuesday, 5th April 2022

A happy baby faces the camera, sitting on the floor and surrounded by various items including jars of lights.Baby Boo Spring Special​​​​​​​Go on a sensory journey through interactive storytelling, exploring light, sound and a range of different themes in this special session of Baby Boo.
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Tuesday, 5th April 2022 - Tuesday, 5th April 2022

Film Club - The Painter and The Thief (15)Young Czech artist, Barbora Kysilkova relocates from Berlin to Oslo to launch her career as a painter. In April of 2015, her two most valuable, large-format paintings are stolen, with care, in broad daylight from the window fronts of Galleri Nobel in Oslo's city centre.
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Wednesday, 6th April 2022 - Wednesday, 6th April 2022

Family Film The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (PG)Based on the acclaimed cult-hit book series by Douglas Adams, this is the comic tale of an ordinary man named Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman). He's been living a seemingly normal life, but he's in for a very rude awakening. His house is about to be bulldozed and he discovers that his best friend is an…
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Saturday, 9th April 2022 - Saturday, 9th April 2022

Dommy B's Best Adventure Ever!An exciting, interactive show for children 5+, written and performed by Cbeebies 'Rhyme Rocket' poet Dommy B.  When Dom and his mum move home, Dom has to go to a new school.  Leaving behind friends and familiarity, he arrives ready to share his exciting rhymes about meeting a spell-casting goblin. …
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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
  • Sub-Regional AwardsEngland We're Good To Go England We're Good To Go 2020




  • 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

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed

Languages spoken

  • Staff Fluent in Languages - German

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Parking (free)

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In town/city centre

Venue Facilities

  • Theatre



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