Imagine festival events for kids who love to laugh

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 17:07

Guffawers, gigglers, chucklers and chortlers, gather ye round our blog post as do we have some information for you. It’s a special round-up of the events taking place at this year’s Imagine festival which will tickle ribs, funny bones and possibly even fancies (unless you leave them in the cloakroom).

Read on for details – including a very special chance for budding comedians to get up on the stage of Royal Festival Hall and share a joke with the one and only Harry Hill!

Throughout the festival: Ben Shires

CBBC presenter Ben Shires (yes, the one who hosts MOTD Kickabout and Officially Amazing) is our very special guest at this year’s Imagine. He’s hilarious and presides over our free events in The Clore Ballroom between 10am – 4pm daily throughout the festival. Fun and laughs guaranteed.


The Big Family Quiz

Imagine a pub quiz where questions were geared towards families, the compere was wildly funny, without leaving the kids with awkward questions about rude words, and you don’t wake up the next day with a hangover. It’s not a daydream, it’s a real thing! Comedian Patrick Monahan hosts The Big Family Quiz, a hit at the 2016 and 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.

The format is fast, furious and funny
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Expect trivia questions, music questions, loads of laughs and not many prizes. Takes place Sunday 18 February at 12 noon and 2pm.

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Kid Normal: Greg James & Chris Smith

Greg James is a BBC Radio 1 DJ, best known for his drive time show on weekdays which includes features like Star Caller and Ask The Nation. Chris Smith is a BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat presenter. The two of them make each other laugh so much that they put their ludicrous brains together to create a podcast and now a series of books called Kid Normal.

They follow the story of an ordinary boy called Murph, whose Mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. You don’t need superpowers to come to this event, but we do suggest you bring your sense of humour and your imagination. Takes place Sunday 18 February at 2pm

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Harry Hill (with the Beano)

Budding comedians won’t want to miss this event for three reasons:

  • One: you get to see Harry Hill, one of the UK’s funniest humans, live on stage.
  • Two: you get to see live drawing and mischief-making from Beano. Yes, the Beano!
  • Three: some lucky audience members will get to go up on stage with Harry and take part in a joke telling competition.

What more could you want? The fun starts at 11am on Saturday 17 February and is BSL interpreted.

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James Campbell Imagine 2018

James Campbell

When stand-up comedian James Campbell takes to the stage two things are guaranteed to happen. You, a grown-up, are going to laugh. A lot. Also, the children you’re bringing with you are going to laugh. Also a lot. At the most ridiculous things imaginable – previous jokes have included yoghurt, bees, human hair and cocker spaniels.

Be here at 2pm on Friday 16 February to get all your empty laugh barrels filled.

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Revolting Rhymes

If Roald Dahl is writing a fairytale then you know to expect the unexpected. That’s why Revolting Rhymes is such a great event – two 30-minute films featuring some of the best known characters in children’s literature, but not as you’ve ever seen before. Throw in live orchestral music and you’ve got laughs, gasps and hopefully a happy ending or two? Takes place on Monday 12 February at 2pm.

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There’s plenty more fun to be had at Imagine throughout the half-term break, including loads of accessible events.

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