Half-term fun for the family

Imaginary Menagerie at the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne.
Imaginary Menagerie at the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne.

The schools may have only just gone back yet half-term in October is just a whisper away.

But fret not - the Royal Hippodrome has a fantastic line-up of professional touring shows ready to entertain the family.

On Tuesday October 27 (3pm) and Wednesday October 28 (11am & 3pm) the Royal Hippodrome welcomes Dr Longitude’s Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie.

So roll up for “the most magnifical, tremendible and fantasticulous” experience in town... The caravan of curiosities and its crew of mysterious misfits have arrived to entertain, amuse and beguile.

From the makers of The Terrible Infants, The Trench and The Vaudevillains comes an indoor spectacle packed with Vaudeville, circus, puppets, dance, music and magic; professional charlatans who will regale the audience with tales of wit, virtue and courage and rendered with a bizarre theatricality all of their own.

Tickets cost £11 (adults) / £9 (Children) and Family Special Ticket £32

Then on Friday October 30 (11.30am and 3pm) particularly for fans of Frozen comes the UK Tour of The Snow Queen.

Feel the chill and get ready to be blown away by this enchanting new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale adventure.

This heart-warming story, re-introduced to a new generation, features stunning and exquisite designs by Elizabeth Waghorn and has toured the UK before, to great acclaim , prior to this current reimagining which features loveable puppets, audience interaction plus some original and well-known songs to create an enchanting and exciting production that captures the spirit and joy of this age-old fairy-tale.

In a newly revised production, The Snow Queen is the classic coming-of-age story of friendship, bravery and the triumph of love over wickedness told through enchanting songs and hilarious fast-paced comedy, this production is a true family-friendly musical.

Far away in frozen Avalonia, the Snow Queen kidnaps a young boy named Kai in order to obtain the powers of her mystic mirror that will make her immortal. His best friend Gerda is the unlikely heroine who sets out to rescue him. Tickets cost £13 (adults) / £12 (children) and Family £42