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
    behaviour.

  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: familyarts@familyandchildcaretrust.org
 
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

 

East

Angles Theatre
Arts La-Olam
Britten Sinfonia

Celtic Harmony

Cliffs Pavilion
Courtyard Arts and Community Centre

Eastern Angles & Sir John Mills Theatre
Firstsite
Frozen Light Theatre Company
Full House
Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens

New International Encounter
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Palace Theatre
The Craft Cocoon

The Garage

The Time Machine

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
UHArts
Watford Colosseum

East Midlands

ArtsNK & Terry O'Toole Theatre
Create Theatre

Déda Dance

Derby LIVE
Derby QUAD
Derby Theatre
FTM Dance
Guildhall Arts Centre
Lakeside Arts Centre
Leicester Print Workshop

Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre
Mansfield Museum

Mansfield Palace Theatre
New Art Exchange
New Wolsey Theatre
Red Earth Theatre
Royal and Derngate
Sinfonia Viva
SoundLincs
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
Wriggle Dance Theatre

London

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Apples & Snakes
Arcola Theatre

Artsdepot
Artstrust Productions UK
Battersea Arts Centre
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Proms
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
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

Dance Umbrella
Ealing Autumn Festival
English National Ballet
Fuel
Gasworks
Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre
Greenwich Dance
Greenwich Theatre
Hackney Empire
Half Moon Young People's Theatre

Horniman Museum and Gardens
Karamel

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

London Symphony Orchestra

Lyric Hammersmith
London Children's Ballet
Mampara Dance
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Metta Theatre
Mousetrap Theatre Projects
Museum of London
National Youth Music Theatre

Orchestras Live
Orleans House Gallery
Peacock Theatre
Polka Theatre

Queens Theatre
Rich Mix
Richmond Theatre
Royal Collection Trust
Royal College of Music
Royal Court Theatre
Sadler's Wells
Scarebeus Aerial Theatre

Scribble & Smudge
Simon Fielder Productions
Sixteenfeet Productions
Songline Encounters Festival
Spitalfields Music
Story Festival
Stratford Circus
The Albany
The Birmingham Stage Company
The Legacy List
The Place @ Oakengates Theatre
The Sixteen
Theatre Centre
Unicorn Theatre
Upswing

Waltham Forest Libraries
White Door Yellow Wall
Zoe's Gospel Promotions

North East

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum
Arts Centre Washington
balletLORENT
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Beamish Museum
Centre for Life
Customs House
Dance City
Discovery Museum
Great North Museum: Hancock
Hatton Gallery
Laing Art Gallery
Live Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne
NewcastleGateshead
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Northern Stage
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)
Brewery Arts Centre

Bridgewater Hall
Burnley Youth Theatre
Cheshire Dance
Green Close Studios
Hallé Concerts Society
Just So Festival
Lancaster District Libraries
Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (Lakeland Arts)
New Fylde Folk n Roots Festival
One Education
Prism Arts
Razzamataz Manchester South Theatre School
Rosehill Theatre

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Northern College of Music
Science from the Start

StoryMagic Theatre
The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre
The Kirkgate Centre
The Lowry
The Settlement
Tullie House
Waterside Arts Centre
Wild Rumpus
Z-Arts

Northern Ireland

Sticky Fingers Arts
The MAC

Scotland

Barrowland Ballet
Enterprise Music Scotland
Imaginate
Licketyspit
Visible Fictions Theatre Company

South East

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

Brighton & Hove City Libraries
Creative Junction
De La Warr Pavilion
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

G Live

Gulbenkian Theatre
Haslemere Museum
Herringbone Arts
Ideas Test - Swale & Medway CPP

Maidstone Museum
Marine Theatre
Medway Fine Printmakers
Middleton Cheney Library
Music@Malling
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Orchard Theatre
Oxford Philomusica

Pallant House Gallery
Pegasus Theatre

Physical Folk
Portsmouth Festivities
Quay Arts
Reading Repertory Theatre
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
Towersey Festival
Towner Gallery

TURF Projects
White Rock Theatre
Wizard Presents
Wycombe Swan

South West

Arts Centre Swindon
Bristol Choral Society

Bristol Old Vic
Colston Hall
Corinium Museum

Egg, Theatre Royal Bath
Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Lighthouse, Poole
North Devon Theatres’ Trust
Penlee Park Open Air Theatre
Salisbury Arts Centre
State of Emergency
The Pound Arts Centre

Theatre Alibi
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Travelling Light Theatre Company
Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre

Wales

Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians
Art Across the City

Arts Connection
Clwyd Theatr Cymru
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

BCMG
Belgrade Theatre
Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Burslem School of Art
Compton Verney Art Gallery
Crewe Lyceum Theatre
Cuckoo Crafts

mac Birmingham

Meadow Arts
National Memorial Arboretum
New Alexandra Theatre

Newhampton Arts Centre
Orchestra of the Swan
Ray Langton Music
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Talking Birds
Telford Culture Zone
Telford & Wrekin Libraries
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Theatre for Young Audiences
Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Warwick Arts Centre

Yorkshire & the Humber

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

Blaize
Carriageworks Theatre
Creative Scene
Fingertips Art Studio

Globe Arts Education CIC
Hull Truck Theatre
Junction

Kirkstall Abbey
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds City Museum
Leeds Industrial Museum (Armley Mills)
Leeds Museum Discovery Centre
Lotherton Hall
National Centre for Early Music
Northern Ballet
Sarah Jane Mason
Settle Stories

Sheffield Theatres

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

The Point (darts)
Thwaite Mills
West Yorkshire Playhouse
York Theatre Royal

 

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

 

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Arts Organisations

Interested in learning more about these standards?
Please visit familyarts.co.uk/family-arts-standards for more information on how to sign up to the Family Arts Standards.