TakeOff Festival Family Day

Family Day

The TakeOff Festival Family Day is on Saturday 26 October in Durham City Centre. Watch as the streets of Durham come alive with world-class theatre, street theatre, creative play installations and much more!

With a great mix of paid for events and free shows and activities there is something for all the family to enjoy.

Festival Family Day Flyer

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Shows & Activities

Ticket info

Tickets £10 adults / £7 child / Family ticket £24
Adult ticket will reduce to £7 when purchased with a child ticket
Click here to book online or give our Box Office a call on 01325 405 405


age 2-4 years

Everything is in motion in this lyrical piece of dance theatre for the very young

Gala, Durham 10.00 / 13.00 / 14.30

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Lullaby - Sonic Cradle

age 0-5 years

A contemporary musicical exploration of night time sounds interspersed with lullabies from India

Alington House, Durham 11.00 / 13.00

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age 4-7 years

Jabberbabble is a show about four birds and one nest. Nobody understands their jibber jabber lingo.
A delightful show for the whole family that is entirely sung, as it should be with birds.

The Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College 10.00 / 12.00

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Tiger Tale

age 7+

A troubled family’s world turns upside down when a tiger invades. It’s chaotic, it’s dangerous but brilliantly funny as the tiger reignites the family’s love for one another. With captivating dancers, enjoy the thrill of sitting right up close to the action and the chance to explore the set at the end.

Gala, Durham 11.30 / 16.00

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Is this a Dagger?

Is this a Dagger? The story of Macbeth
age 8+

Andy Cannon, one of Scotland’s finest storytellers, takes audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again, in his telling of Shakespeare’s classic tale.

Gala, Durham 10.30 / 14.00

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The Land of Nursery Rhymes

age 7+ and their grown ups

Join us for a fun-packed crafting session where you will have the opportunity to build a nursery rhyme landscape.

£7 per family (min one adult max 4 people)
Town Hall, Duham 10.00 / 13.30 (2 hour slots)

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Free events

Family Day Trail

all ages

Pick up your activity sheet from the Festival Hub at Gala Durham on the day and follow our Nursery Rhyme trail through the streets of Durham.


age 3-7 years

Family storytelling taking place at 14.00
Clayport Library, Durham. No need to book, just turn up. Limited capacity.

Free event

Creative Play - Imagination Playground

ages 2-8 years

Come along an imagine, invent, collaborate and play. What will you build, a castle, a tunnel or a den - the possibilities are endless

Drop-in between 10.00-15.00
Lantern Room, Durham Town Hall

Free event

Arts & Crafts

all ages

Arts and Crafts for all the family

Mezzanine, Gala
drop-in between 10.00-16.00

Free event


age 5+ (under 5's welcome but would need assistance from a grown-up)

A collection of short dance works in Augmented Reality (AR) for all ages. A collection of 10 minute AR experience on tablets for 5 audience members

Millennium Place (outside Gala) Durham (subject to weather conditions, please keep checking website)
Drop-in between 10.00-12.00 / 13.00 - 15.00

Free event

In My World exhibition

Gallery Space, Gala
Take a journey through young peoples eyes as they tell you their stories with images and words, sharing their sense of place and identity in South West Durham.