Arts & Culture Round-up: Summer and beyond

Arts and culture 610So – how was your summer? Full of sun-filled, outdoorsy days, building sandcastles with the youngsters? Or did you catch a bit of culture on the side, and visit the theatre, cinema or museum?

In this month’s Arts & Culture round-up, I’ve included posts bringing us up to date with the Summer activities of some of our favourite bloggers. Plus there’s a few that look forward to the Autumn/Winter season, to whet our artsy taste buds.



Kicking off with a literature/theatre combo, Sweetener and Spice enjoyed Aliens Love Underpants Live at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End. Also in London (this time Greenwich Theatre), the Pigeon Pair and Me jigged along to show-stopping dance sequences in the UK stage premiere of the Adventures of Pinocchio. Back in the West End, Play and Learn Every Day squealed (with happiness, not fear) along with the Three Little Pigs at the Palace Theatre and Mari took her girls to see the fabulous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden.

In Bristol, Chelsea Mamma watched a pirate panto aboard a replica of John Cabot’s 15th Century ship, the Matthew. The family of Practically Perfect Mums gave mixed reviews to Jesus Christ Superstar at the Bristol Hippodrome. And, further north in Salford, Rambling Through Parenthood took her son to his debut theatre visit in the Lowry, when they saw The King of Tiny Things.

Days out

If you like history, then Quex Park, a country park dating from the 15th century near Margate, Kent, could be for you. Mums Do Travel visited in August, posting an informative write-up afterwards. Also taking a trip into the past was My Gorgeous Boys, who spent a day in historic Newark. But the day-trip hit of this Summer was guerilla artist Banksy’s Dismaland, a satirical take on a theme park. Both Emma and Three, and Canvas Pretty reviewed the pop-up installation in Weston Super Mare.


The blogosphere was packed with festival write-ups this year, but my favourite were these two: The Brick Castle‘s description of her family’s trip to the Just So festival in Cheshire. Their weekend sounds incredible; a time for the whole family to play and regroup. And Circus Queen‘s write-up of the Hoo Haa festival in Bristol, which by all accounts was deliciously weird. Her other half described it as being ‘like the Mighty Boosh’. Now there’s a ringing endorsement, if ever I heard one.

Culture overseas

Opposable Thumbs soaked up some bookshop culture in Paris, and went on a Dr Who-inspired tour of the French capital. Globalmouse Travels spent a day gasping at the art in Rome (which sounds truly incredible – well worth booking a guide service to help get the best out of it).


It wouldn’t be a British Summer without at least a trip or two to a museum on those drizzly afternoons. Life at the Zoo spent National Doll Day at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green. Red Ted Art features some useful tips for enjoying museums with kids in her post on four visits she made to different London venues. Project Wanderlust went to London’s Science Museum, and Family Travel Times posted a characteristically insightful review of the National Holocaust Museum, penned by Robert and Jess, the children of the family.

 Looking ahead

I promised a few posts looking ahead to the Autumn/Winter season, so here goes. Kicking off we have the ever-inspirational Babes About Town, who’s posted on  some things to make your heart sing this Autumn. An Organised Mess tells us what she’s looking forward to in Cardiff for the coming season. Zena’s Suitcase has described her Autumn cultural to-do list, for the Nottingham area. And if you want to get prepared really well ahead, there’s a competition on the Pigeon Pair and Me to win a family ticket for Cinderella at the Lyric, Hammersmith.

And finally: anyone spotted a dirty beard recently? If so, tell Charlie Moos. She’s inviting people to celebrate Roald Dahl day by creating and posting their own version of the Twits’ hairy faces….

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About Nell Heshram

Nell Heshram is a writer who blogs at the Pigeon Pair and Me. On her blog she shares tips on arts and culture for kids; family travel; and what's new in her home town of London.

2 Responses to Arts & Culture Round-up: Summer and beyond

  1. Jenny @ thebrickcastle 02 October 2015 at 14:17 #

    Thank you so much for the mention! It was an awesome weekend 🙂

  2. Gretta, Mums do travel 02 October 2015 at 23:21 #

    Thank you for including my post in the round-up!