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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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. 


A brand new adaptation of David Walliams’s delightful best-selling children’s book The Midnight Gang will be a wonderful family adventure staged in the Festival Theatre during Festival 2018.

See our Family What's On pages for more.


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.

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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.


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 - 12noon in our Family Friendly Foyle in the Festival Theatre’s Foyle Terrace to the left of the main entrance. 


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.