Bristol Old Vic wins 'Best Family Welcome' for its outstanding contribution to the 2014 Family Arts Festival

Bristol Old Vic has been awarded one of the five Best Family Welcome awards for the 2014 Family Arts Festival.

Voted for entirely by the public who attended the annual Family Arts Festival, a national festival offering families an extraordinary range of arts activities to enjoy, the awards recognise the outstanding events that took place within the festival and the organisations that participated.

Bristol Old Vic joined over 900 other organisations in delivering events as part of the 2014 festival, which took place between 17 October and 2 November 2014.  More than 500,000 family members attended one of the 4,500 festival events across the UK.

During half October half term 2014, Bristol Old Vic had a range of family work on offer including The Gruffalo in our main Theatre, The Great Big Story Mix Up improvised show in the Studio and AFFIX, a free, interactive, velcro game in the Front of House area.

The Family Arts Festival celebrated at an awards ceremony on 12 March at Rich Mix in London, recognising the Festival's most engaging family events as well as highlighting the outstanding organisers amongst the theatres, orchestras, museums, galleries, libraries and community groups that participated last autumn.

Bristol Old Vic's Outreach Producer Lucy Hunt accepted the award at the Family Arts Festival Awards Ceremony: "We are really pleased to have been awarded the Best Family Welcome by the Family Arts Festival and hope to continue to offer families a range of activities in the theatre. Not only through the high quality of the theatre productions on offer, but through additional activities which encourages children's creativity. AFFIX was a big part of the experience families had with us at half term. It was amazing to see so many children completely covered in soft shapes, with only the occasional arm or leg visible, and their imaginations at full throttle!"

Kathryn McDowell; Chair of the Family Arts Campaign, which runs the Family Arts Festival, said: "We're really pleased to have had so many fantastic organisations delivering high quality events as part of the Family Arts Festival, which has been embraced by both organisers and families across the country."

Planning is already underway for the next Family Arts Festival, which will take place 9 October - 1 November 2015. With extended dates, this year's festival aims to involve even more families in exceptional programmes of events later this year. Visit the Family Arts Festival website to find out more: familyartsfestival.com.
 
Family Arts Campaign is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.