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Imagine Children's Festival

This half term head to Southbank Centre as Imagine Children's Festival, run by kids and for kids, returns for another year.

The spectacular 12 days of wall to wall fun includes, the best children's theatre, activities to get stuck into and events by inspirational authors - there's loads to do for ages 0 – 12. Be tickled by Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, wriggle along to dance-theatre Tidy Up and join radio personalities and debut authors, Greg James (BBC Radio One) and Chris Smith, for an action-packed Kid Normal event. 

This year Ben Shires (CBBC’s Officially Amazing, MOTD Kickabout and Shout Out Saturday) will be hosting multiple free events on The Clore Ballroom. Catch the resident funny man throughout the festival between 10am – 4pm.

Firm favourites such as Bedtime Stories and Fun DMC also return, along with plenty of new free activities. With so much to entertain and delight your little ones, your half-term is sorted.

For more information, including individual events and timings, please see the Southbank Centre official website.


Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

WhereIs it?

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX