Presented by Tootles and Nibs
A host of creative family workshops carefully curated for all the family to enjoy.
On Saturdays enjoy making, clowning, music, circus and fun-filled family activities at creative workshops curated by Tootles + Nibs. With their secret recipe of hubbub, hullaballoo, and brouhaha, they promise a fun-packed day for kids and grown-ups alike.
Workshops will take place in The Garden – Bartholomew Fair’s family hub. Details of additional family activities on Thursdays and Fridays can be found here.
2 September: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm - Paternoster Square
9 September: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm - St Botolph's Without Aldgate
16 September: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm - Smithfield Rotunda Gardens
2 September - Paternoster Square
Heraldic Banner Making – 2pm and 4pm
Discover the art of Heraldic Banner Making! Join our workshop to create personalised family emblems, expressive symbols, or guild insignias that bridge tradition and modernity. Our craft leaders will guide you through designing, crafting, and printing your unique heraldic banner, helping you shape a lasting legacy. Don't miss the chance to unleash your creativity.
Jester School – 3pm and 5pm
Where did the jesters of Bartholomew Fair learn their trade? At Jester School of course! Where laughter is the curriculum and merrymaking the most important subject. Our seasoned jesters will be your guides as you learn the art of physical comedy, improvise side-splitting sketches, and master the craft of slapstick and silliness. – it's an education in entertainment you won't want to miss!
9 September - St Botolph's Without Aldgate Churchyard
Story Printing – 2pm and 4pm
Help us to forge a fresh legend for London and watch it come alive on a grand canvas story print! Our crafters will assist you in creating your unique chapter for our evolving tale then help you transform your narrative into captivating printed illustrations, leaving the story to be completed by the next person. Together we will immortalise your tale and add it to the rich tapestry of London lore
Songs of London with Brigitte Aphrodite & Quiet Boy – 3pm and 5pm
What's a fair without a little music? Come join renowned punk poet, musician and performer Brigitte Aphrodite alongside composer and sound designer Quiet Boy as they help you unleash your inner musician. Sing about your city, let the world know what London means to you and then craft it into a unique and beautiful song, No experience needed - just your creative spirit.
16 September - Smithfield Rotunda Gardens
Circus workshop – 2pm and 4pm
Relive the magic of Bartholomew Fair's circus heyday! Be the performer you've always admired – acrobats and jugglers awing the crowd. Our unique workshop transforms you into the star. Learn daring acts from our skilled circus mentors. Step into history, unleash your talent and grab the spotlight!
Puppet workshop with Ceridwen Brown – 3pm and 5pm
Join us for an exciting workshop led by puppet maker, Ceridwen Gale Brown. Get ready to embark on a creative journey as Ceridwen expertly guides you through each step to craft your very own Bartholomew Fair circus performer puppet. Unleash your imagination and watch it soar like a high-flying trapeze artist as you bring your puppet to life. In this workshop you'll learn creative techniques which will help you transform simple materials into captivating puppets that embody the spirit of Bartholomew fair.
Duration: Always on
What to expect: Creative workshops / Interactive / Family friendly / Great for kids
About Tootles and Nibs
Tootles & Nibs is a theatre and events company that refuses to grow up. With over 12 years experience creating parties and events all over the country, company directors Sofie Dodgson and Chris Snelson channelled their expertise towards children's theatre and entertainment. Tootles and Nibs are dedicated to creating immersive theatrical environments to ignite and enthuse young minds and the young at heart.