What’s on at Southbank Centre this October half-term?

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 08:14

Time to get set for the October half-term. Yes, already. But before you start to worry about how you’re going to keep the children entertained during a week of cold mornings and dark nights, check out what’s on here at Southbank Centre.

The half-term coincides with our London Literature Festival and throughout the week we’ve got a great range of family friendly events and activities from poetry to puppetry, songs to stories. Take a look at what’s happening, below.

(*indicates free event)

The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts
Monday 22 October | 2.00pm

The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts

Comedian and novelist Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts present another hilarious tale from their children’s book series, The Bolds, about a family of hyenas. Teddington’s wildest family are trying to lay low, but hiding tails and fur under clothes isn’t easy, especially when a sly fox is being a nuisance. Can the Bolds out-fox the fox?

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Nadia Shireen, author and illustrator
Tuesday 23 October | 2.00pm

Nadia Shireen: Billy and the Beast

It’s time to get noisy in a special storytime and live drawing session with author and illustrator Nadia Shireen. Meet characters Billy and Fatcat from her latest novel, Billy and the Beast and learn how to sketch a whole host of adorable animal characters, including Dave, the cutest cow from the dark side of the moon.

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Tuesday 23 October | various times

Stories and Songs from the Seven Seas*

Sail off into the blue without leaving The Clore Ballroom, with the help of storytellers and musicians from different cultures who riff on the power of the sea. The performance features audience participation, but don’t worry it’s gentle enough for you not to need a liferaft.

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Wednesday 24 October | 11.00am

The Puppet Odyssey*

From angry Goddesses to extraordinary creatures, create shadow puppets inspired by the gods and monsters in The Odyssey, at a workshop led by expert puppeteer Chloe Purcell, who loves to extract the fantastical out of the mundane. This event is free, so the only strings attached are those on the puppets.

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Wednesday 24 October | 2.00pm

Laura Dockrill: Angry Cookie

Come and join popular performance poet, story-teller and illustrator Laura Dockrill as she brings her new picture book Angry Cookie to life. This fun-packed family event helps you and your child explore what makes them angry and how they can cope with those feelings creatively.

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A Great Big Poetry Workshop, child writing poetry
Thursday 25 October | 11.00am

A Great Big Poetry Workshop*

Performance poets Joshua Seigal and Neal Zetter invite you to come and express yourself in metre and rhyme at this special workshop as part of London Literature Festival. They’ll invite you to put pen to paper, and we’ll supply those, so all you need to bring is your imagination.

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Knights and Bikes, action adventure game
Thursday 25 October | 2.00pm

Knights and Bikes

Welcome to the sleepy Cornish island of Penfurzy, where nothing exciting ever happens, or does it. Gabrielle Kent, author of the Alfie Bloom series, invites us to join Demelza and her new best friend in the whole world, Nessa, as they explore the island and uncover mysteries. Suitable for ages eight and upwards.

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Young audience member
Thursday 25 October | 2.00pm

Let’s Get Gobby!*

Come and join us for this new, excellently titled, spoken word event for children. Experience performances by some of the best children’s poets in the game, including Joshua Seigal, Valerie Bloom and John Canfield, or if you’re feeling brave sign up for one of the open mic slots where you can read a poem by somebody else, or one you have written yourself.

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Friday 26 October | 11.00am

Rap Workshop*

Whether you’re young or old, or you’re just feeling bold; come make original rhymes, or spit lines in good time, in this inclusive workshop, that lasts an hour then stops.

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Liz Pichon, British illustrator
Friday 26 October | 2.00pm

Liz Pichon’s Monster Fun with Tom Gates

Fancy having yourself a doodling good time? Come and join us for a fun-packed family event with author Liz Pichon, creator of the beloved Tom Gates series. As well as reading from new book Tom Gates: What Monster?, the illustrator and children's writer shows you how to draw your own monsters.

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daily activities


THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
18 - 25 October | various times

Pram Jam: Words and Rhymes

During London Literature Festival we’ll be hosting a special festival-themed Pram Jam series for you and your little one. Start your day off with nursery rhymes, poems and rhyming stories for children aged under five. All you need to bring with you is a willingness to have some fun; well that and your child obviously.

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Child in audience
22 - 27 October | 10.30am

Rise and Rhyme*

The kids are most definitely awake, but are you? Wake up your body, mind and mouths with a wordy warm-up led by Maria Ferguson. Poet, performer and writer Ferguson has collaborated with spoken word artists Polarbear, Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest, and her work blends spoken word, theatre and movement. Suitable for all the family.

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22 - 27 October | 3.45pm

Bedtime Stories*

Are you sitting comfortably? Then one of our special guests will begin, reading you one of their own favourite children’s stories each afternoon during London Literature Festival.

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