Events


ROOT FESTIVAL RETURNS!


Rambunctious One-Of-A-Kind Outdoor Theatre, ROOT FESTIVAL returns to delight families this summer!

Extraordinary Streets:
Stockwood

a free self-led sound walk featuring interviews and sounds of Stockwood people at
work and play


available at any time

 


Stories and songs inspired by your michief-making. Silliness guaranteed!

For 5+


TOURING THE SOUTHWEST
Summer 2024

Wild Words

a free self-led sound walk made with young people in Badock's Wood, Southmead
BS10 5PY


available at any time

Extraordinary Streets:
Withywood

a free self-led sound walk showcasing the creative writing skills of people in BS13


available at any time

Saxons to the Seventies

a free self-led sound walk uncovering hidden histories in Manor Woods Valley, Bishopsworth


available at any time


OR join a Guided Walk on

Sat 11 May, 11am

as part of Bristol Walk Fest

free family
art trail

investigate families in art at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


available whenever the museum is open

free family
art trail

investigate nature in art at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


available whenever the museum is open

free family
art trail

investigate travel in art at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


available whenever the museum is open

ROOT is a festival of outdoor family theatre created by our co-artistic director Paul Lawless, happening at:

Boiling Wells Amphitheatre
Boiling Wells Road

Bristol BS2 9XY


Every month throughout June, July and August, ROOT Festival will host a different show,
all on the same Boiling Wells Amphitheatre site, which is the sister site of St Werburgh's City Farm.


All shows will be performed at 11am and 2.30pm

LIMITED AVAILABLITY, booking early is advised!

Adventure Bureau


The Adventure Bureau is an ancient organisation whose job it is to create all the adventures EVER! Our magical offices are filled with drawers, wall to wall and floor to ceiling. These drawers are bursting with ideas which take the form of smells, sounds, objects, pictures and words. We use these ideas to create all kinds of stories!

However, these ideas alone are not enough! So we embark on regular quests to collect more ideas from the greatest minds out there....YOURS! We even enlist the owners of these wondrous minds as Deputy Adventure Bureau Officers to help create the stories too!

With the help of your biggest (and smallest) ideas, they weave a totally improvised story complete with an improvised soundtrack and songs. The audience decides what elements go into the bursting story melting pot, but who knows what will come out!?

Sticky Ends!


"Intelligent comedy and deliciously humorous verse. Witty & dark-humoured, a highly original show." Edinburgh Fringe Review

An energetic, funny and often surreal improv show for a family audience that makes an absolute mockery of the tradition of heavy moralising that features so much in children’s theatre.

Expect a rich mix of improvised stories and songs that feel like cautionary tales, but are simply ridiculous.

With exciting and playful opportunities for audience participation throughout (but not if you don't want to) this is a show that's different every time, perfect for mischief-makers everywhere.

Our favourite story to date was called: Don't Throw Yoghurt On The Dog.

The Munch Mission!


Crackles with artistic energy...outrageous heights of precision silliness. The pitch is damn near perfect." Get Your Coats On Review


The Scream by Edvard Munch has gone missing from Oslo National Museum. Agents Kahlo and Dali of the Company of International Artists are putting a team together to crack the case.


Help them chase leads and decipher clues in this highly interactive globe-trotting adventure, where the agents in the audience control the story. Who should we interview? Where should we go? That's up to you!


Full of mystery, nods to film noir and a broad streak of quirky comedy, 'The Munch Mission' is a playable family theatre show from award-winning theatre company Brave Bold Drama. Playable means you call the shots about how the story unfolds!

"Intelligent comedy and deliciously humorous verse kept the young audience enthralled, but not scared.

Witty & dark-humoured, a highly original show."

Edinburgh Fringe Review


"An excellent performance."

Buxton Fringe Review

Sticky Ends is an energetic, funny and often surreal improv show for family or school audiences that riffs of the form of cautionary tales.

Its intention is to make an absolute mockery of the tradition of heavy moralising that features so much in children’s theatre.


The show’s length is flexible; it can be between 30-60 minutes depending on requirements. It can be pure improv from audience suggestions or include a mix of pre-rehearsed stories and songs also in the cautionary tale format.


The show has exciting and playful opportunities for audience participation throughout, and the show culminates in an improvised song.


Our favourite improvised story to date remains a story called: Don't Throw Yoghurt On The Dog.


Boiling Wells Amphitheatre

Boiling Wells Road
Bristol BS2 9XY


Sat 27 July

Shows at 11am / 2.30pm

Dorchester Arts

High East St,
Dorchester DT1 1HF


Sat 13 July

Show at 11am
Storymaking workshop at 2pm

Become an art detective!


Meet Agents Kahlo and Dali from the Company of International Artists and go on investigative art missions around Bristol Museum & Art Gallery!

Choose from three totally free family art trails, available whenever Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Park Street is open. Check opening times here.


These art trails can also be completed without attending the museum in person.

Trails are most suitable for families with children aged 6+.


Click images to find out more!

Extraordinary Streets: Stockwood

a community sound walk for Stockwood, by Stockwood


Our latest sound walk will take you on a range of short strolls around Stockwood in south Bristol.
As you walk, listen in to the stories and memories of Stockwood people, mixed with sounds of Stockwood people at work and play.


Featuring spaceships, snail races, heart-stopping rugby matches and much more besides!


This sound walk is available at all times, and is a self-led experience.


There are three trails around Stockwood to choose from, each one beginning at
Stockwood Square, Hollway Road, BS14 9PG


Download the sound walk and the route maps here.


Once you have downloaded the sound walk, you don't need to use mobile data to experience the sounds. Just bring headphones that work with your mobile phone. 


This sound walk is hosted on a free sound walk app called Echoes, which requires no roaming data provided you have already downloaded the app and this sound walk before setting out.


This walk is geo-located meaning you need to be in specific places in Stockwood to hear the sound. It covers fairly easy paved terrain. We have provided postcodes for all the sound locations in the map. If you need to take an alternative route to the one we have suggested, the sound will still play for you.

There is free street parking in the area, and toilets are available when Mario's Cafe is open (but please support them if you use their facilities).
Quotes from the stories are also displayed at the new pocket park outside Stockwood Library, where you are encouraged to sit, relax and enjoy the plants.


This project is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal Programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project.

Designed and produced by Brave Bold Drama.

Original artwork seen on the Echoes app by Amy Hutchings.

Sound design by Gill Simmons.


If you don't use smartphones, this sound walk will also be available to borrow in CD format from Stockwood Library in late December 2023. Also available in the library will be large font transcripts of the content and audio descriptions of the accompanying artwork.


We have also published an A4 book containing all four of our sound walks around Bristol, featuring maps, route guidance and technical support. This is available from our online shop here.

Extraordinary Streets: Withywood
a free sound walk showcasing the creative writing skills of BS13 people

Let the memories, dreams and imaginations of BS13 residents transform an apparently ordinary short pavement walk into something extraordinary.


Extraordinary Sounds: Withywood is a free sound walk available at any time, and is a self-led experience.


Route starts at Campus Pool Skatepark, Whitchurch Lane, BS13 7RW


The creative writing produced took inspiration from local features on a short, mile-long pavement walk in Withywood between Campus Pool Skatepark (BS13 7RW) and Withywood Park (BS13 8PL).


The sound walk is voiced by the writers themselves: Diana, Helen, Jacob, Jan and Sophie.


It is hosted on a free sound walk app called Echoes, which requires no roaming data provided you have already downloaded the app and this sound walk before setting out. 


This walk is geo-located meaning you need to be in specific places in Withywood to hear the sound. It covers fairly easy terrain suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is free street parking in the area, and toilets are available when Campus Pool Skatepark is open. Campus Pool Skatepark also has a carpark which is free if you support them by using their cafe and validating your car on their system in the building.


Funded by Arts Council England.

Sound design by Gill Simmons.


We have also published an A4 book containing all four of our sound walks around Bristol, featuring maps, route guidance and technical support. This is available from our online shop here.

The Saxons to the Seventies:
a free sound-walk within Manor Woods Valley, Bishopsworth, Bristol

Discover the amazing hidden history of Manor Woods Valley, a small patch of ancient woodland in Bishopsworth. Listen in to moments of the wood's history from the Saxons to the Seventies retold with humour and song.


Circular route just under one mile, lasts approx 45 mins. Some hills.


Content is appropriate for children aged 8+ to adult due to the concept and length of the experience. One sound spot features a bomb explosion.


You can enjoy this sound walk at your own pace free of charge at any time. This is a self-led experience.


Route starts opposite St Peter's Rise Convenience Store, BS13 7LU


We are also provided a GUIDED WALK of this sound walk as part of Bristol Walk Fest on Sat 11 May at 11am.

Limited spaces available so please book in advance.

The sound walk is hosted on a free app called Echoes. You can download the app and then the walk via the links below. Once you've downloaded the walk, you can access it without needing to use mobile data on your phone.


"Sound spots" we've made that animate the history of the woodland have been added to certain waypoints on the walk. When you're at that spot in the walk the sound will play automatically.


We advise you enjoy our sound-walk through headphones. If coming with children who don't have their own phone, we advise the use of headphone splitters so an adult and child can listen together.

The walk is circular, just under one mile, and is on varying terrain with some hills. It is part paved and part woodland, so sturdy footwear is recommended. 

You can access this walk on the 75 bus, getting off just past Bishopsworth Library. The entrance to Manor Valley Woods is opposite St Peter's Rise Convenience Store, 6A St Peter's Rise, BS13 7LU.  Dogs on leads are welcome. There is street parking near the start of the walk.


This sound walk has been funded by a Magic Little Grant from Localgiving and the Neighbourly Community Fund, and was made in 5 days.


We have also published an A4 book containing all four of our sound walks around Bristol, featuring maps, route guidance and technical support. This is available from our online shop.

Enjoyed this sound walk? Want to know more about the history of Hartcliffe & Withywood, not just Manor Woods Valley? Listen to "Hartcliffe, Bristol", a 14 minute audio history of the wider area, made by Gill Simmons,  Artistic Director of Brave Bold Drama. which was first shared as part of an art exhibition called Centre of Gravity in Bristol in 2020.

Wild Words

This sound walk takes you through the beautiful Badock's Wood in Southmead, and features 10 sound-filled spots featuring sounds of the woodland, rhythms the children made there, local history and wild imaginings inspired by the woodland.


We worked with young people aged 7-12 between September and December 2021 to create a aound walk around Badock's Wood, a nature reserve in North Bristol. This was a partnership project with Mud Pie Explorers Forest School and Southmead Development Trust.


This sound walk is free to access at any point, and is a self-led experience. 


Route starts outside the entrance to the Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, BS10 5PY


The audio uses a free sound walk app called Echoes, which requires no roaming data provided you have already downloaded the app and the audio walk before setting out. 


This walk is geo-located meaning you need to be in specific places in Badock's Wood to hear the sound. It covers some steep terrain and there is some shallow open water in the woods. Free parking and toilets are available at The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, BS10 5PY. Please contact the Greenway Centre HERE for any further guidance on directions or facilities.


We have also published an A4 book containing all four of our sound walks around Bristol, featuring maps, route guidance and technical support. This is available from our online shop here.