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Fringe for First Timers
Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and a brilliant place for a family day out.
The kids and youth programme takes place throughout May, including the summer bank holiday and has more than 100 shows including family friendly theatre, comedy, magic, cabaret and two massive free Family Picnics, which take place in the lovely Royal Pavilion Gardens (6 and 27 May).
Image: Pamela Raith
Brighton is just an hour’s train ride from London and has good rail links across the South East.
There’s plenty of in-centre parking and hundreds of family-friendly places to stay. Particularly good is the Old Ship Hotel, which is magnificently central.
There's also the Holiday Inn, the Hilton and many pocket-pleasing B&Bs in between.
Make sure you pay a visit to The Den, a free, purpose-built family area ideal for playing or book a session at Woodland Tribe and help create a unique adventure playground.
Image: James Bellorini
Over the course of the festival children and adults of all ages can use hammers, nails, saws, rope and a huge quantity of wood to co-create the play space of their dreams.
Music sounds better beside the sea and Brighton Fringe has countless places to dance.
Dad-moves and the unique grace of toddlers can be seen under one roof at the Baby Loves Disco family dance party (May 7 and 20) or join Dave Benson Phillips (10 – 14 May) for a sing-along at the excellent Sweet Venues.
For older children head to B-fest on The Level with pre-tween and teenage-friendly gigs, comedy, spoken word and skating (27 May).
Enter the woodland world of Box Tail Soup's beautiful new adaptation of Wind in the Willows (4 June) with handmade puppets and a charming original score.
There's also The Dictionary of Dads (3 June) – celebrating the heroism and silliness of fathers (zombie-dads too, of course) and a fast-food spin on Shakespeare’s Macbeth (18 May).
Also check out Wake Up Alice! (3-4 June), a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, set in the beautiful Brighton Open Air Theatre.
So if you’ve never dipped your toe in the water of Brighton Fringe - why not give it a go this year? Your adventure awaits!
Brighton Fringe runs 5 May to 4 June.
Tickets are on sale now!
Visit www.brightonfringe.org or call 01273 917272 to book.
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This blog was submitted by Annie Hopkins.