Roll up, roll up! Colston’s Hall incredible, sensational, fantastical Hoo-Ha! Festival returns with more fun, frolics and festivities for all the family.

There’s plenty of action and amusement to be found all around the Hall, with interactive, energetic and raucous shows galore. Go on a very special Bear Hunt with British Sinfonietta, take a trek through the jungle to meet Marvel the Elephant and other Wild Things with Bakehouse Factory, get your roller skates on for the super-cool BUMP Family Rollerdisco or show off your best moves at (probably) the best Junior Jungle Rave in the world.

All this awaits, and more to be announced… so come on in and join the Hoo-Ha! fun!


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Ticketed Shows

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!
with Andy Day & British Sinfonietta
Colston Hall
Thu 18 Aug, 2pm & 4pm, adults £18, u16s £13 incl. bf, aged 2 and under free

“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.” A delightful, immersive retelling of the beloved children’s story with a few added twists and turns as the British Sinfonietta and narrator, children’s TV presenter Andy Day, take us on a musical journey through long wavy grass, thick oozy mud and a swirling whirling snowstorm in search of big furry bear. Little people will get the chance to learn all about the instruments in the orchestra (and meet their players) and – best bit! – some will even be invited up on the stage to play percussion in the show.

Recommended for over 3s, seated show, duration 1 hour approx.

Hoo-Ha! and Bakehouse Factory presents
Wild Things
Colston Hall
Tue 16 & Wed 17 Aug, 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm, adults and children £10.75 incl. bf

Calling all wild things! Join an exciting expedition in to the heart of the jungle where the animals of the rainforest need your help. Learn to dance like a monkey, craft a plumage worthy of a bird of paradise, sing like a macaw and help to puppeteer a life size elephant. This lively and interactive show will take the audience onto the main stage, where everyone will play a crucial part to save the day.

Ages 3-10, children must be accompanied by an adult, duration 1 hour approx.

BUMP Family Rollerdisco
Colston Hall
Fri 19 & Sat 20 Aug, 10.30am-12pm, 1.30-3pm, adults £12.90, u14s £8.06, incl. bf

Hurtle into an explosion of ’80s funk, glitter balls, flashing lights and skating magic as Colston Hall’s auditorium is transformed into a retro roller rink complete with old school skates for hire and classic disco tunes. Skate hire is included in the ticket price but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Over 3s, u12s must be accompanied by an adult

Babyhead Tom & DJ Cheeba
Lo-Fi Funky Space Quest
The Lantern
Fri 19 Aug, 3pm, £5.38 incl. bf

Calling all intergalactic little humans: Tom and Cheeba return to earth in search of a squadron of space cadets to help them overcome the mysterious Flatscreenzombierobot virus that has bewitched the Grown ups of Planet Earth. The spell can only be lifted by a show full of the funky power of hip hop, childhood imagination and cheap special FX.

If you are full of super human energy and imagination..we need you! Planet Earth needs you! You’re our only hope!

“The best Super hero, Sci-fi, Hip Hop, Video mash-up, immersive Kids show ever to hit Planet Earth” Captain James T. Kirk

Suitable for children of all ages, adults must be accompanied, semi-seated show

Lilliput Concerts: Duets for viola and mezzo-soprano
The Lantern
Wed 17 Aug, 10.30am

Lillput host their grown-up live classical music concert where little people can let loose and babies can be themselves. Parents can sit back and relax as viola player and Lilliput founder Kate Skeet and mezzo-soprano Jenna Brown perform pieces by Brahms, Rebecca Clarke and Schubert. After, enjoy coffee and cakes and meet the stars of the show. All ages welcome.

Lilliput Concerts: Vervain Folk Band
The Lantern
Thu 18 Aug, 10.30am

In Lilliput’s second concert of the festival, Celtic folk quartet Vervain are invited to perform their medley of folk, rock and classical sounds. As with all Lilliput shows, children of all ages are encouraged to enjoy the music and be themselves. All ages welcome.

Foyer Shows and Free Fun

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks
Foyer Stage, Wed 17 Aug, 11.30am
Over the shifting, drifting sand dunes in a faraway land, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his friends are on an important mission to recover the stolen pirate booty. But returning it won’t be as easy as it seems, for there’s the mystery of Pharoah Abbo Ra’s missing gold to solve… and they’re not the only ones following the clues. Join author Kristina Stephenson and Sir Charlie Stinky and his live band, The Frightful Knights, as they head on a thrilling musical adventure.

Much Ado about Puffin
Foyer Stage, Wed 17 Aug, 2pm
Through the use of puppets, beautiful music, and no dialogue, we follow the story of a man who daily life is interrupted by the visits of a puffin, and the friendship that develops between them.

Junior Jungle Rave
Foyer stage, Thu 18 Aug, 11am
Fun-sized ravers and grown-up cheesy quavers get ready to throw some shapes as DJ Nick Terrific and MC Rocky Patch mix up some of the finest (age appropriate) ragga-jungle tunes. Children and their grown-ups are encouraged – nay expected – to throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care… see you down the front!

Foyer Shows and Free Fun (cont’d)

Andy Day’s Dino Raps
Foyer Stage, Thu 18 Aug, 12.30pm
Popular children’s TV Presenter Andy Day performs his famous Dino Raps at Hoo-Ha Festival.

Before his performances of much-loved children’s story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in the main hall, Children’s TV presenter Andy Day will give a free one-off performance of his famous Dino Raps, which deal with every dinosaur from the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex to flying Pterosaurs.
Don’t miss it at 12.30pm on the Foyer Stage!


Martin Kiszko Eco Poetry
Foyer Stage, Thu 18 Aug, 3pm
The self-styled ‘green poet’ and 2016 Frank Water Poet in Residence performs a selection of eco-friendly verses from his books, Green Poems for a Blue Planet and Verse for the Earth. “Children will love Martin Kiszko … whose actions rival even his wacky verses” (The Skinny) about disappearing tigers, lost whales, plastic bag footballs and poo power. The show includes illustrations by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

Breakdancing workshop
Foyer, Fri 19 Aug, 11am
Learn to pop and lock like the best of them with local breakdancers.

Molly & the Owl
Foyer Stage, Fri 19 Aug, 2pm
This innovative jazz piece for young children combines a spoken story with an original jazz score to introduce children to the elements of jazz.

Meeting room 1, Wed 17 – Fri 19 Aug, on the hour from 10am, £3
Join Cinemama and Poppacorn in their mini cinema for an interactive session before a screening of an amazing Aardman cartoon

Ready Sheddy Disgo
Level 3 terrace, Wed 17-Fri 19 Aug, 4pm
It’s the disco with a difference with just one rule: leave your upside-down smiles at the door. Dance floor dudes and divas can learn new routines, shake it like a Polaroid picture in the music games and make like Drake by singing silly songs. Strictly for shiny happy people (no bullies allowed).

Cardboard City
Level 1 stalls bar, Wed 17-Fri 19 Aug, 10am-4pm
Unleash your inner architect as young people of all skills and ages join forces to recreate Bristol using cardboard, sticky back plastic and paint. Choose your favourite landmark and get creating as you construct your own Colston Hall foyer, build a Clifton Suspension Bridge and create a Cabot Tower using nothing but cardboard, glue and oodles of imagination.

Explorer Dome Inflatable Planetarium
Venue tba, Wed 17 – Fri 19 Aug, 10.30am-4pm
Visit the UK’s only mobile, inflatable planetarium and learn more about our planet, moon, sun and stars, including why the sun moves across the sky, identifying different phases of the moon and spotting constellations.

Mi-Pac Photobooth
Fri 19 Aug
Come join us at The Mini Mi-Pac Photo Booth and interact with (hilarious) props and get your picture taken for the official Mi-Pac Facebook page.
There will be fun and games running all day long, giving you a chance to WIN your very own Mini Mi-Pac and Pencil Case, ensuring you are kitted out in style, ready for going back to school!


Bakehouse Factory
Wander around the foyer and meet Humpty Dumpty then help put him back together again after he has his great fall. Wriggle over to see Boris’s bookshop where you can hear storytellers share tales from some of the world’s most brilliant books.


There’s plenty more fun to be had at this year’s Hoo-Ha! – we’ll be revealing lots more surprises as the festival approaches so keep an eye on our social media for more announcements!

Pukka Herbs at Hoo-Ha! Festival 2016

Bristol Music Trust is delighted to welcome Pukka Herbs as major partners of Hoo-Ha! Festival 2016. Along with their fabulous organic and ethically traded herbal teas they are also bringing magical moments of mindfulness to this year’s festival.

Join Pukka’s herbal experts to explore their uniquely beautiful, beneficial blends of organic herbal tea and take a minute to unwind and relax in the midst of the hubbub of Hoo-Ha! festival. Festival goers of all ages are invited to sip on nature’s finest ethically sourced organic herbs and learn more about Pukka’s wellbeing wisdom.

Whilst you may spot Pukka’s organic green fingers winding their way throughout the festival, their mindfulness corner will be a haven for busy bees to relax before more fun and frolics at Hoo-Ha! 2016.

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