Family Arts Standards

The Family Arts Standards are helping families to find arts activities that are suitable for all ages; they cover the basic considerations for families visiting an arts experience.

All organisations that are signed up to the Family Arts Standards, whether they’re a theatre, an art gallery, an orchestra or a dance company, will provide some activities that all family members can enjoy together. They are welcoming to families, with helpful staff, good facilities and considered pricing. They give clear information to help families decide what is or isn’t suitable for them and their children.

You can find the full list of organisations signed up at the bottom of this page or search for a family friendly venue near you here.

Not every show or activity they offer will be suitable for families so organisations with the Family Arts Standards will provide clear information so you can decide what is or isn’t suitable for your family.

You can check their websites or contact them for more information. They may also use the Fantastic for Families badge to highlight family activities in their programme listings or online:

 Fantastic for Families logo
An organisation that displays the Family Arts Standards Badge will:
  1. Offer programming and activities for a range of ages.

  2. Take practical steps to make performances /activities accessible to as wide an age range as possible: so appropriate events can be enjoyed and appreciated by all members of the family group taking part.

  3. Provide clear guidance on age appropriateness and sensitive issues so families can decide if an activity is suitable for them.

  4. Consider the needs of families and take into account transport issues when planning dates of activities, start and finish times, length of performance/activity, length of intervals or breaks.

  5. Have clear pricing and take into account the diversity of families when considering
    pricing and ‘family offers’.

  6. Ask families about their experiences and views. Highlight changes that have been made and any barriers to achieving other suggestions.

  7. Have a clear public policy for addressing complaints.

  8. Reach out to and welcome all families to enjoy the arts and try new experiences.

  9. Understand the needs of families of different ages and from different communities and remain flexible and responsive to them.

  10. Ensure staff are trained to be aware of the barriers that may exist for families that
    include disabled adults and children, including those with complex needs and/ or

  11. Have helpful staff who can respond to families’ questions and needs.

  12. Provide clear & honest information in print and on the internet about the facilities they have available, whilst ensuring they provide:
  • Clean and safe facilities
  • Suitable access for wheelchair users and buggies
  • Advice if spaces for wheelchair users and buggies are limited and/or advance booking is required
  • Appropriate seating for children and those with limited mobility
  • Accessible toilet and baby changing facilities that both men and women can access
  • Free drinking water
  • Healthy food and drink options suitable for families (if refreshments are available)
  • Comfortable seating for feeding babies, including breastfeeding
  • Clear signage and easily identifiable staff/personnel
  • Clear travel information
In exceptional circumstances, standards holders may not be able to provide all of the facilities included in this list. If this occurs it will be clearly advertised so families are aware of limitations when planning their visit.
What to do if your visit or experience does not meet the Family Arts Standards?
Is the organisation signed up to the Standards?
All organisations that are signed up are listed below. You can also check for Standards holders when browsing the Festival website - if an organisation is signed up, the logo will be displayed on their event listings.
Yes, they are:
Give your feedback to the organisation, so they can learn from your experience. They should offer a variety of feedback options so you could talk to a staff member, or use the suggestions box etc.
If you’re not happy with their response then please contact the Family and Childcare Trust by email:
No, they are not:
Why not suggest they use the Standards to improve the experience they offer to families?

Organisations with the Family Arts Standards



Angles Theatre
Arts La-Olam
Britten Sinfonia

Celtic Harmony

Cliffs Pavilion
Common Collective
Courtyard Arts and Community Centre

Dance East
Eastern Angles & Sir John Mills Theatre

Fine Folk

Frozen Light Theatre Company
Full House
Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens

Imajica Theatre Company
New International Encounter
Norwich Playhouse
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Palace Theatre
The Craft Cocoon

The Garage

The Time Machine

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Watford Colosseum

East Midlands

ArtsNK & Terry O'Toole Theatre
Attenborough Arts Centre
Babbling Vagabonds

Buxton Opera House
Create Theatre
Debbie Bryan
Déda Dance

Derby LIVE
Derby QUAD
Derby Theatre
Derbyshire County Council Libraries
FTM Dance
Guildhall Arts Centre
Lakeside Arts Centre
Leicester Print Workshop

Lincoln Drill Hall
Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre
Mansfield Central Library
Mansfield Museum

Mansfield Palace Theatre
New Art Exchange
New Walk Museum
New Wolsey Theatre
Nottinghamshire Archives
Nottingham Playhouse
Playbox Theatre
Red Earth Theatre

Royal and Derngate
Sinfonia Viva
South Holland Centre
Stamford Arts Centre

The Core at Corby Cube
The Family Album
The National Centre for Craft & Design
The Ropewalk
The Spark Arts for Children

Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Tribe of Doris
Turned on its Head
West Bridgford Library
Worksop Library
Wriggle Dance Theatre


Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Alula Cyr
Apples & Snakes

Arcola Theatre

Artstrust Productions UK
Baby Broadway
Bach to Baby
Battersea Arts Centre
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Proms
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Beats & Eats
Beck Theatre
Big Fish Little Fish Events

Big Mouth Piano Tales
Britten Sinfonia
Campaign for Drawing
Cecil Sharp House & English Folk Dance and Song Society

Chickenshed Theatre
Crying Out Loud
Dance Umbrella
Diddy Rascals
Discover Children's Story Centre

Ealing Autumn Festival
English National Ballet
Estorick Collection
Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre
Greenwich Dance
Greenwich Theatre
Hackney Empire
Half Moon Young People's Theatre
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Jump&Shout Children's Entertainment

Kids Week
London A Cappella Festival
London Borough of Hackney: Libraries, Heritage & Culture
London Borough of Sutton Libraries
London Mozart Players

London Symphony Orchestra

Lyric Hammersmith
London Children's Ballet
Mampara Dance
Metta Theatre
Monski Mouse
Mousetrap Theatre Projects

Museum of London
National Youth Music Theatre
October Gallery
Orchestras Live
Orleans House Gallery
Peacock Theatre
Polka Theatre

Queens Theatre
Rich Mix
Richmond Theatre
RISE Gallery
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Collection Trust

Royal College of Music
Royal Court Theatre
Sadler's Wells
Scarebeus Aerial Theatre

Scribble & Smudge
Serpentine Galleries
Simon Fielder Productions
Sixteenfeet Productions
Songline Encounters Festival
Spitalfields Music
Story Festival
Stratford Circus
Tara Arts
The Albany
The Birmingham Stage Company
The Legacy List
The Place
The Royal Mews
The Sixteen
Theatre Centre
Unicorn Theatre


Waltham Forest Libraries
Whitechapel Gallery
Wigmore Hall
White Door Yellow Wall
Zoe's Gospel Promotions

North East

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum
ARC Stockton Arts Centre
Arts Centre Washington

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Beamish Museum
Centre for Life
Customs House
Dance City
Discovery Museum
Durham Cathedral
Durham Dales Festival of Performing Arts
English Heritage - Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens

English Heritage – Warkworth Castle 
English Heritage – Tynemouth Priory & Castle 
English Heritage – Lindisfarne Priory 
English Heritage – Chesters Roman Fort 
English Heritage – Corbridge Roman Town 
English Heritage – Housesteads Roman Fort
Great North Museum: Hancock
Hatton Gallery
Laing Art Gallery
Live Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne
National Glass Centre
North Tyneside Libraries
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Northern Stage
Sage Gateshead
Segedunum Roman Fort

Seven Stories
Shipley Art Gallery
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Stephenson Railway Museum
Theatre by the Lake
Theatre Hullabaloo
Tyne & Wear Archives

Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums
Woodhorn Museum

North West

Abbott Hall Art Gallery (Lakeland Arts)
Action Transport Theatre & Whitby Hall

BBC Philharmonic
Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House (Lakeland Arts)
Bolton Library and Museum Services
Brewery Arts Centre

Bridgewater Hall
Burnley Youth Theatre
Cheshire Dance
Culture Warrington
Florence Arts Centre
Grand Theatre Blackpool

Green Close Studios
Hallé Concerts Society
Hope Street
Horse + Bamboo
Just Add
Just So Festival

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
Lancaster District Libraries
Manchester Museum
Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (Lakeland Arts)

New Fylde Folk n Roots Festival
Oldham Coliseum
One Education
Prism Arts
Razzamataz Manchester South Theatre School
Rosehill Theatre

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Northern College of Music
Science from the Start
Spot On Rural Touring
StoryMagic Theatre
The Atkinson
The Beacon Museum

The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre
The Kirkgate Centre
The Lowry
The Settlement
The Turnpike
Tullie House

Two by Two
Unity Theatre
Waterside Arts Centre
Wild Rumpus

Northern Ireland

Sticky Fingers Arts


Barrowland Ballet
Enterprise Music Scotland
National Theatre of Scotland
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyrood House
Visible Fictions Theatre Company

South East

Anvil Arts
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Bentlif Art Gallery

Brighton & Hove City Libraries
Chichester Festival Theatre
Creative Junction

De La Warr Pavilion
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
E. M. Forster Theatre
G Live

Gulbenkian Theatre
The Hawth, Crawley
Haslemere Museum
Herringbone Arts
Ideas Test - Swale & Medway CPP
Komedia Brighton
Little Lollapalooza
Maidstone Museum
Marine Theatre
Medway Fine Printmakers
Middleton Cheney Library
Modern Art Oxford

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Nuffield Theatre
Orchard Theatre

Oxford Philomusica

Pallant House Gallery
Pegasus Theatre

Physical Folk
Portsmouth Festivities
Quay Arts
Reading Repertory Theatre
Regis Centre
Richmondshire Museum
Rose Theatre Kingston
Live Art Local CIC
Spring Arts & Heritage Centre
Stantonbury Theatre 

StartGo Productions
The Beacon, Wantage
The Diving Museum
The Electric Theatre
The Mill Arts Centre
The North Wall Arts Centre
The Woodville
Theatre Royal Brighton
Theatre Royal Winchester
Towersey Festival
Towner Gallery

TURF Projects
West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts
White Rock Theatre
Wizard Presents
Wycombe Swan
Zippos Circus

South West

Architecture Centre
Arts Centre Swindon
Bournemouth Pavilion
Brave Bold Drama
Bridport Arts

Bristol Choral Society
Bristol Old Vic
Carn to Cove
Colston Hall

Corinium Museum

Egg, Theatre Royal Bath
Engage and Immerse
Exeter Phoenix
Falmouth Art Gallery
Free-expression Arts Festival, Blandford
Frome Festival
Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Komedia Bath
Let's Make Art
Lighthouse, Poole

North Devon Theatres’ Trust
Penlee Park Open Air Theatre
Plymouth Arts Centre
Prime Theatre
R. E. Bucheli Gallery
Salisbury Arts Centre

State of Emergency
Short Stuff
St George's Bristol
The Edge
The Pound Arts Centre

The Theatre Orchard
Theatre Alibi
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Travelling Light Theatre Company
Wiltshire Music Centre
Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre


Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians
Art Across the City

Arts Connection
BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales

Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Dylan Thomas Centre
Heart Of
Oriel Davies Gallery
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Run Ragged
The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre

Theatr Colwyn
Theatr Felin-fach
Theatr Iolo
Venue Cymru

West Midlands

Allsorts Coventry
Artrix Arts Centre
Aston Hall

Belgrade Theatre
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Black Country Living Museum
Blakesley Hall
Bridge House Theatre
Burslem School of Art

Compton Verney Art Gallery
Courtyard Hereford
Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Cuckoo Crafts
Lichfield Festival
mac Birmingham

Meadow Arts
Museum Collections Centre
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
National Memorial Arboretum

New Alexandra Theatre

Newhampton Arts Centre
Orchestra of the Swan
Ray Langton Music
Sarehole Mill
Soho House Museum
Stratford on Avon Music Festival

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Talking Birds
Telford Culture Zone
Telford & Wrekin Libraries
The Civic Stourport
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Theatre for Young Audiences
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Three Choirs Festival
Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Warwick Arts Centre
Weoley Castle

Yorkshire & the Humber

20-21 Visual Arts Centre 
Abbey House Museum
Adult Education Service, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Artz Academy
Barnsley Civic

Kala Sangam
Carriageworks Theatre

Creative Scene
Globe Arts Education CIC
Hull Truck Theatre
Impressions Gallery
InspirEd Workshops


Kirkstall Abbey
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds City Museum
Leeds Industrial Museum (Armley Mills)
Leeds Museum Discovery Centre
Lotherton Hall
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
National Centre for Early Music
Northern Ballet
Otley Courthouse
Sarah Jane Mason
SCRAP Centre of Creative Reuse Play and Learning
Settle Stories

Sheffield Theatres

Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Temple Newsam
Tell Tale Hearts
The Montgomery

The Point (darts)
Theatre Royal Wakefield 
Thwaite Mills
Tutti Frutti Productions
West Yorkshire Playhouse

York Theatre Royal


Click here for an A-Z list of Standards Holders.



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Interested in learning more about these standards?
Please visit for more information on how to sign up to the Family Arts Standards.