Southbank family highlights for Summer 2018

This summer, Southbank Centre plays host to a wealth of family-friendly activities, including live music, thrilling family shows, workshops, circus, open-air film screenings and plenty of outdoor fun. Families can play in the sand at the riverside Urban Beach, dodge the jets of Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms fountain or take in the views from Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden before seeing one of the season’s top family shows. From the creators of critically-acclaimed Aliens Love Underpants, Monstersaurus is an energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem. Adapted from the award-winning eponymous book, How to Catch a Star is a family theatre show that combines puppetry and music to follow the story of a boy who dreamt of having a star as a friend. Award-winning circus company Gravity & Other Myths explore the limits of strength and celebrate human connectedness in the UK premiere of Backbone and Southbank Centre associate company ZooNation Youth Company perform a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people.

From Wednesday 25 July to Monday 27 August, Southbank Centre is one of London’s top destinations for families, with a multitude of free events throughout the school holidays. Visitors have the opportunity to Soak up the sunshine and watch live DJ sets by Heart ’n’ Soul every Thursday and outdoor pedal-powered film screenings including Sister Act, Hairspray, The Greatest Showman, Labyrinth and Grease every Wednesday evening. Every Friday to Sunday, plus August Bank Holiday Monday, audiences of all ages can enjoy themed “takeover” weekends, in conjunction with selected artists, featuring workshops, live performances, circus and more.

When it’s time for a fuel stop, families are encouraged to grab global street food from Southbank Centre Food Market or to sample one of the delicious food and drink pop-ups around the site.

About Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 17­ acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. For further information please visit



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