May Half Term Fun

The Courtyard is the place to be this spring half term with a great selection of family shows and films all week long.


Film lovers can enjoy some great new releases including the much anticipated remake of Disney classic Dumbo (PG) from Friday 24 May – Saturday 1 June. There will also be a relaxed screening on Tuesday 28 May at 5pm. Relaxed screenings are for everyone, but may particularly benefit those with autism spectrum conditions, learning difficulties or sensory and communication difficulties. Small adjustments are made for relaxed screenings such as informal seating, lighting is left on low throughout the film and a ‘chill out area’ provided for anyone who may need to take a break during the film.


Next up, audiences can enjoy Laika stop-motion animation studio’s new release Missing Link (PG) from Tuesday 28 May – Saturday 1 June. This new adventure sees Mr. Link recruiting explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend. Families can take part in a free, pre-activity to make paper chain monkeys on Saturday 1 June from 10.30am as part of The Courtyard’s Family Saturdays programme.

Fairytale Workshop

For those wanting something a little more interactive, The Courtyard’s Education team are delivering an inclusive Fairytale Workshop on Wednesday 29 May from 10am. The full or half day workshops are completely inclusive (suggested age range 8-15) and will be packed full of drama, dance and arts and craft activities. All practitioners and staff are experienced in working with young people who may have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

There Was an Old Lady

Finally, for younger audiences People’s Theatre Company will be performing their interpretation of the Pam Adam’s classic There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly on Thursday 30 May, 12pm. From the creators of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon, this magical show has been written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children to come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun.