2020 Cheltenham Children's Festival - Cancelled due to the coronavirus. Please read the statement by the organisers, Cheltenham Borough Council for full details - Local measures taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
What is the Cheltenham Children's Festival?
This free festival at Cheltenham Town Hall celebrates childhood with interactive science, music, martial arts, drama, storytelling and lots more!
Over the past few years families in Cheltenham have enjoyed over 25 exciting activities and performances on offer celebrating all the strengths and talents of children in the town. The activities have been offered in the past by Jo Jingles, The Creation Station, Babel Babies, the Cheltenham Twinning Association, Cheltenham Festivals, Cheltenham Science Group, the Everyman Theatre Studio and Cheltenham Town Football Club. There has also been a quieter activity a sensory room available as well as competitions and creative workshops.
The annual festival is run by a steering group of: Cheltenham Borough Council, County Community Projects, Police and Crime Commissioner's Office, Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation, Cheltenham Science Group, Cheltenham Trust, Cheltenham Festivals and the Everyman Theatre.
Quotes from past festivals include -
Charles Welsh, executive head of Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation and chair of the Children's Festival Steering Group - "The festival is a golden opportunity for children to share some time with the family learning and playing together. It allows everyone to celebrate childhood and recognise children's achievements. We're pleased to offer new activities this year and also watch out for our flashmob in the town centre during the afternoon."
Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl - "This is a really imaginative way of bringing families into the town and seeing what it has to offer. It also gives parents the opportunity to encounter and explore important issues with their children that will affect them as they grow and mature.
"Playing and having fun is an important part of any child's development. It's one of the best ways of delivering lessons that will stand them in good stead in the future."
Tracy Brown, safeguarding and partnerships manager for Cheltenham Borough Council - "This year's festival this year is part of No Child Left Behind's (NCLB) year of action and May's theme is about celebrating childhood.
"In addition to the children's festival we are asking people to show their support for NCLB by encouraging children to unleash their inner artist, decorate a piece of bunting and bring it along on the day to display and receive a small gift from us."
Check out the Cheltenham Childrens Festival social media accounts below to keep up to date with news and activities.
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