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Look back at Hoo-Ha! 2018

Last week we welcomed back our much-loved, fun-filled family festival Hoo-Ha! for three days of music and activities. Thousands of you joined in and sang along with our musical foyer performances, created beautiful crafts with Children’s Scrap Store Workshop and Let’s Make Art, explored the solar system with our pop-up planetarium, played along with CBeebies’ Sid and Rebecca and even managed to uncover they mysteries of Moomin Valley at Bristol Folk House. It was quite a week!

Here’s a look back at some of our favourite moments.

The festival started with a bang…and a drop, as Junior Jungle Rave descended once again into our foyer performance space. As soon as DJ Nick Terrific and MC Rocky Patch started to spin those proper rave tunes, kids and parents alike couldn’t help showing off their moves and getting Hoo-Ha started with a fireball of energy!

And from that moment on our foyer was filled with creativity and excitement. Our craft areas run by Children’s Scrap StoreCrafty Things ClubThe Amazing Scene Machine and Let’s Make Art were a hive of activity while our Level 3 terrace showcased some excellent patio chalk drawing and some highly competitive sponge throwing.

Meanwhile, over the road at Bristol Folk House, we welcomed best-selling author and illustrator Nick Sharratt (Tracy Beaker, Timothy Pope) as gave us all of his top drawing tips and showed us how he creates his much-loved characters.

Day 2 started with some relaxation as Yogadoo stretched out and ran family yoga session on Level 3. It was a big contrast to the previous day’s rave morning and got us all limbered up and ready for another day of dancing and silliness!

And once again loads of you, including 5 year old Dylan, enjoyed more of the great musical foyer performances from Dizney Rascal, our bite-sized opera from Lilliput Concerts and Down the Rabbit Hole;  our interactive theatrical audio adventure.

“Music makes my bones happy and fills my brain with colour.”

Dylan (5 years)

While creativity and exploration were in full flow in our foyer, over at Bristol Folk House we were discovering the Mischief and Mysteries of Moomin Valley as theatre company Lost & Found combined their magical puppetry and original music for an enchanting show featuring everyone’s favourite Moomin characters.

Families came from all over Bristol and beyond! Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our audience feedback surveys and told us where you came from to visit us. A special thanks to Sonny who came all the way from outer space!

We had an amazing time at Hoo-Ha this year, we hope you did too. Thank you to everyone who came down to watch a show, create some art, explore the solar system or just have a good old fashioned rave! See you again next year.

Hoo-Ha! 2018 in Pictures

Photography by ShotAway