For Families

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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

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Classes and Workshops

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.

Take a look at our Family Friendly Events page for a full list.

Family Friendly shows

Our Festival season offers lots of family entertainment including Michael Morpurgo's magical adventure The Butterfly Lion and a very special Christmas treat when The Wizard of Oz comes to town. Come and visit for puppetry, beloved music and more.

Visit our Family What's On pages for more.

The Café

Our light and airy café is open Monday to Friday from 10am (9am on Saturdays), 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 all toilets, and lots of space for buggies!

For other dining options, including pizzas from The Foyle Terrace, please visit our Food and Drink pages.

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Getting here

The Theatre is right next to Northgate Car Park, an 800-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 Getting Here for more info on transport links.

Family Friendly Foyle

If you're looking for somewhere new to take your pre-schoolers or catch up with some parent pals, join us on Thursdays from 10am - 12noon in our Family Friendly Foyle in the Festival Theatre’s Foyle Terrace to the left of the main entrance.

Fantastic for Families

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.