The University of Warwick is set to welcome families for another weekend of festive fun centred around Warwick Arts Centre on Sat 28 and Sun 29 Nov 10am – 5pm.  Enjoy first-class family craft, sporty activities, food, drink and entertainment – with many activities free.

The theme this year is ‘Going on a Journey’, and Warwick Arts Centre will help prepare intrepid young explorers for an epic quest with fun craft workshops – creating passports, personalising bags and luggage labels, designing an adventurer’s hat and making food. 

There’s a packed programme of family theatre, including a modern take on a classic tale in Puss in Boots by Lyngo Theatre, and Bootworks’ The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad. The Family Weekend also sees the opening of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo’s Child – “the fun, daft and a little scary” (Time Out) show from Tall Stories.  In the cinema, audiences are invited to ‘let it go’ with the Frozen Singalong.

Families can try the delicious Crepe machine, add to a giant arty winter landscape or visit the snowflake factory to get crafty with paper. They can turn the contents of The Mysterious Suitcase into a fantastical story, and experience for music workshops, treasure hunts, face-painting, live music and Street-Magician Jesters.

In the Sports Centre, there will be close encounters with real, live snakes and lizards plus Christmas games and activities, mini-Tennis, climbing, swimming, family Zumba and more.

The Café Bar will be serving some tasty winter warmers and hot chocolates. Le Gusta Oven & Bar will be turning the heat up with its Middle Eastern menu.  The outdoor market will also be serving delicious street food and providing the perfect opportunity for a spot of Christmas shopping.

Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick Retail and Warwick Sport, all part of the University of Warwick, first welcomed families onto campus for a weekend of festive fun in 2012.  Now an established part of the calendar for local families, the Family Weekend is the perfect way to kick start the festive season.