Arts for Hungerford Events

Arts for the Young

We want to introduce the young to great performances so under 18’s are Free for all events when accompanied by an adult.

Arts and the young have really had a shot in the arm, with three of our regular Arts events – Contemporary Young Musicians (Sat 16 March) and Young Classical Musicians (Sat 20 April) – both events with a proven track-record of delivering quality performances to an increasing audience of discerning listeners – plus the Children’s Arts Festival still to look forward to on Sun 23 June (read on for more details and booking link):

georgehoyleJune 23rd: Children’s Arts Festival

It’s back! A whole day devoted to letting children  participate in a variety of entertaining arts experiences. Aimed at 3-11 year-olds Arts For Hungerford has planned a fantastic Children’s Arts Festival on Sunday June 23rd. The emphasis is on fun and interaction. Kids will get the opportunity to view and take part in a variety of workshops with arts professionals.

Chocs away! Prepare to get swept-up by the wacky antics of the wonderful Rhubarb Street Theatre, returning with their new show, ‘The Bombardiers’. Follow the adventures of three airmen as they get flung far and wide after losing their plane in a storm. This is a must-see for families who enjoy live performance, character interaction, mime, mischief and laughter.

Make some noise and get into the rhythm with Big Beat’s lively Samba drumming sessions. Participants will experience some of the passion, energy and rhythms associated with South America. The noise – and new skills learnt – makes for an exhilarating event (and sometimes it’s nice just to let loose on a drum!)

Budding artists can collaborate on a mural throughout the day with the help of local artist Simon Jardine, and little creatives can get stuck into flag painting and become a superhero by decorating their own superhero cape with Gemma Kirby.

Kids that think they don’t like poetry will be converted by performances from award-winning poet Joshua Siegal. Michael Rosen describes his events as ‘magic’ – kids will love his witty words.  More captivating spoken word comes from professional Storyteller and musician George Hoyle who will tell us tales and sing us stories.

There will also be face-painting, balloon animals, a reading tent, and ‘creation stations’.  Handmade pizzas fresh from Phoenix’s pizza oven, Carpuccino and burgers – or why not pack a picnic?

The Children’s Arts Festival will take place in the Croft Field and Activity Centre, and Croft Hall in Hungerford – a historic market town just off the M4. The centre is a 10 minute walk from the train station in Hungerford.

Tickets are just £12 for the entire day. Adults and under 3s go free. Tickets available now from Hungerford Bookshop and on-line at The day runs from 10-4. Times for individual acts can be found on the website at but may be liable to change. We recommend coming for the whole day to catch all the good stuff!

Fri 31 May – Elles Bailey

They say you get a lifetime to write your first album, and the blink of an eye to make your second. Elles Bailey wins either way, which is why she’s ready to follow the widespread success of Wildfire with the stunningly mature and highly personal synopsis of a year that changed her life in forthcoming… Continue reading →

Sat 15 Jun – Orlando

Fantastical exploration of identity Buy Tickets   This life-affirming, comedic tale of an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged, and whose irreverent, romantic adventures span from the 1500s to the present day – provides a magical realist exploration of human identity. Drawing on a decade’s worth of critically-… Continue reading →

Sat 22 Jun – Poetry Afloat

Open mic night on the water Buy Tickets Join us for an evening of poetry as we sail along the Kennet & Avon canal on the Rose of Hungerford. These nights of shared verse are a welcoming place for first timers as well as professionals to perform their work. Local poet Steve Horne, will launch… Continue reading →

Sun 23 Jun – Children’s Arts Festival

Loads of fun and activities Buy Tickets An action-packed day of fun hands-on arts activities for three to 11 year olds.Enjoy theatre workshops, art sessions, music making, story telling and much, much more. See or full details nearer the time. If the weather’s fine, bring a picnic blanket and make a day of it. Refreshments will… Continue reading →

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