For Families

In The Jungle.
For Families Pic Edited Event.

We pride ourselves on being a family friendly venue - both on stage and off - and we’re always delighted to welcome our youngest visitors and their grown-ups to the Theatre, whether to watch a show, take part in a workshop, or simply to have a cuppa while using our free Wi-Fi. 

We hope that you'll find everything you need to know on this page, but if you have any queries before your visit, please do contact our Box Office on 01243 781312 or email

Magical Tales.
Comedy Club 4 Kids Event.
Familyfriendly6 Custom Block.


Families can come together to explore and engage with CFT through a variety of Family Friendly workshops, events and activities, including Little Notes (music classes for newborns to 4 years old) and holiday activities. Also don't miss Fun Palaces - a free open day here at the theatre. See our Family Friendly events page for a full list. 


There's plenty to enjoy with your family during our Winter season including from classics like Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl and Other Happier Tales, to free Comedy Club 4 Kids! or storytelling sessions at Chichester Library. 

See our Family What's On pages for the full line up.


Our light and airy café is open Monday to Saturday from 10am, and serves fantastic coffee, a range of hot and cold drinks, freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and snacks for little ones. Outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi are available. We have baby changing facilities in female, male and disabled toilets, and lots of space for buggies and lively toddlers! For other dining options, please see our Food and drink pages.

Map Block.
Play Cafe 2016. Credit: Richard Gibbons.
Fff For Families.


The Theatre is right next to Northgate Car Park, a 900-space pay and display car park. Alternatively, we're a pleasant 20 minute walk from Chichester Train station, and the number 60 Stagecoach bus stops nearby. See for more info on transport links.


Join us before Comedy Club 4 Kids!, Penguin and Tales from the Shedin our pop-up Play Café in the Minerva Bar & Grill; little ones can enjoy free crafts, colouring in and a reading zone while you treat yourself to a coffee and cake. There will be bean bags, play mats and lots craft activities for all ages.

If you're looking for somewhere new to take your pre-schoolers or catch up with some mum-friends, join us on Thursdays from 10am - 12.30pm in our new Family Friendly zone in the Festival Theatre’s Foyle Terrace.


We are committed to making everyone's visit as enjoyable as possible.We are a proud member of the Family Arts Standards, the Age Standards and we are also a Dementia Friendly Theatre - making us a great place to visit with the whole family.