NW Explorers

For families with children aged 7 and under

The North Wall programmes family shows for NW Explorers (children aged 7 and under) throughout the year, and we offer free Stay and Play sessions to all young families coming along to watch.

Stay and Play sessions run from 12pm – 2pm (after the first show and before the second). These drop in sessions are relaxed and give audiences the opportunity to be playful, creative and explore the themes of the show further. There are always lots of fun craft activities, reading corners and chances to dress up!

NW Explorers Mailing List

Sign up to our Mailing List and select “Family Shows” to find out about upcoming events and workshops for little ones. Mailing list subscribers get priority booking for our free Arts in the Park events, and will be sent a free creativity pack after every show with activities to do at home.

Family-friendly Facilities

FFFAt The North Wall, we want to make sure our audience have a good experience when they visit us, so we’re proud to meet Family Arts Standards as set out by the national Family Arts Campaign.


Our family-friendly facilities include:

  • baby-changing area
  • buggy parking
  • booster seats

If you want to give any feedback about your visit, you can leave us a note in our suggestions box, or email Abie Walton on waltona@thenorthwall.com


Children aged under two are welcome to attend family shows for older children. Though we’re not often able to accommodate pushchairs inside the auditorium due to lack of space, we do offer free “lap tickets” for anyone wishing to bring a babe-in-arms. These can be booked online along with your other tickets by selecting the “Under 2” ticket type, or by calling the box office on 01865 319450.

For shows created specifically for babies and toddlers, children aged under 2 will require a paid concession ticket.

Relaxed Environment Performances

All family shows at The North Wall are relaxed environment performances. You can expect:

  • A relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium; you are welcome to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural
  • To freely enter and exit the auditorium when needed
  • A chill-out space for audience members who may need time away from the performance.

Please note that Relaxed Environment performances have no adjustments made to the performance so they may not be suitable for customers with sensory sensitivities. From time to time, we offer shows that are fully relaxed or created specifically for audience members with additional needs – these are advertised in our Access Diary.


"Love the interaction and craft work. Abie was great with the kids! Brilliant idea."

WOW! It's Night Time (2019)

“Fantastic show and the workshop just added to the magic! Thank you, we have two happy boys!”

Out of the Hat (2019)

“Wonderful additional play after a super show! Thank you!”

Chloe and the Colour Catcher (2020)
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