Colston Hall announces Hoo-ha! Festival line-up!

Hoo-ha!, Colston Hall’s flagship family festival, returns to Colston Hall from 16th – 18th August, bringing a huge line-up of fun and festivities especially for families.

Now in its fourth year, Hoo-Ha!’s 2018 programme showcases more free fun than ever before, including shows, activities, arts and crafts and comedy for all the family. While the free fun takes place in Colston Hall’s open-plan foyer, ticketed shows will take place just up the road at Bristol Folk House.

Sid & Rebecca from hit CBeebies TV show ‘Let’s Play’ will be bringing their new live show to the Foyer Stage. Entitled ‘It’s Time to Play’, the show is packed full of games, songs, music and the pair’s trademark comedic playfulness. Fans can even meet Sid & Rebecca after the show.

At The Folk House, much-loved children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt hosts a draw-along for kids and adults alike. Nick is perhaps best known for creating the iconic drawings that accompany Jacqueline Wilson’s novels, such as the Tracey Beaker series. Participants will learn how to re-create characters such as Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, as well as how to invent their own characters. After the show, Nick will host a meet and greet and book signing session.

Other key festival highlights include a series of shows perfectly suited to mini-music lovers, catering to a variety of musical tastes. Newcomers to Hoo-ha! 2018 include Rocktopus, the world’s greatest rock band for kids and families, where kids can learn the moves and music in this interactive session.

For hip-hoppers there’s Fun DMC – a real block party with the whole family in mind including dancing, graffiti and fancy dress. For the Disney fan, Dizney Rascal brings the ultimate mashup of Disney songs and sing-a-long anthems. And of course, old favourite Junior Jungle Rave returns again to Hoo-ha for a massive rave with DJ Nick Terrific and MC Rocky Patch.

Free foyer entertainment continues with Down the Rabbit Hole! This interactive, silent-disco-style audio adventure lets kids can don their bunny ears and journey into wonderland with Alice and friends, in an immersive experience masterminded by experiential theatre makers Bakehouse Factory.

For inquisitive minds, the Explorer Dome Hands-on Science pop up planetarium presents lively, interactive science shows exploring the rainforest, experimenting with light & colour and taking a tour of the human body.

An array of free activities taking place in the foyer will keep little ones occupied for hours. For budding artists, there will be mountains of arts and crafts materials at the Scrap Store Workshop, clay modelling with the Amazing Scene Machine and a Mexican paper-cutting bonanza with Let’s Make Art.

Around the corner at Bristol Folk House, Mischief and Mysteries in Moomin Valley returns to Hoo-ha! with plentiful adventures, magical puppetry, original music and interactive play. Young ones will get the opportunity to take part in the unique storytelling experience filled with plenty of surprises and Moomin mischief.

Additions to the Hoo-ha programme will be revealed over the coming weeks. For the latest Hoo-ha information, visit the Colston Hall website at