Come to East Anglia’s leading Festival celebrating the best work on stage for families.

In addition to the work on stage at the Marina Theatre we will be touring a host of performances for schools across the region to ensure our children experience the very best live theatre from across the UK.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

14 – 15 June

A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!


Peter Pan – NT Live

18 June

All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer.


There and Back and Odyssey

21st June

First written down 3000 years ago the Odyssey is the mother of all stories, the ultimate source of myths and legends full of epic battles, floating islands, one-eyed giants, angry Gods and powerful magic. Follow CBeebies Patrick Lynch as he launches Ulysses and his companions on a fantastic 20 years long voyage to get back home.



We also are offering an extensive schools package – which consists of an exciting enrichment programme that puts your students centre stage. Ideal for schools participating in ArtsMark and Arts Award, the shows and workshops available also provide great curriculum enrichment, including literacy, SMSC, Music, Art and Physical Education.

For more information about the diverse range of shows on offer, take a look at the programme HERE.

Teachers can download the schools Enrichment pack HERE.

This year’s Festival is sponsored by Taylor Wimpey and has been supported by Bury St. Edmunds Town Council, Lowestoft Rising, Lowestoft Cultural Education Partnership and Arts Council England.

Can You Name Our Festival Bears?

This year’s Once Upon a Festival kicks off in June and we have one beary pressing problem – our festival bears have no names!

So we are launching our competition #NametheBears to come up with names for our three loveable bears.

What are our bears called? And where did they come from? Can you help us #NametheBears?

Winners will be drawn from entries around the region and will win tickets to a Children’s show in their nearest venue.

Tell us what you think their story is or just suggest a name for each of them by sending it to by 23 June and we will announce the winner on the last day of the Festival.