Online Events and Entertainment


Support Allsorts and have fun with this virtual balloon race!

Race date: Sunday 12th April

Allsorts is a friendly and welcoming charity that supports children with additional needs and their families. Learn more about us.

How it works : You purchase balloons at £3 per balloon. The balloons are launched and the 3 which travel the furthest win a prize. You can ‘customise’ each balloon by changing various parameters of the balloon size, shape and composition to enhance your chances of winning. Lots more fun can be had decorating your balloon with colours, patterns, and a personalised message.

The launch : The balloons will be virtually launched at 12 noon on Sunday 12th April – no real balloons will be released. You will be able to see the leading 100 balloons on the website.

We get a percentage of each balloon purchased, so the more balloons flying for Allsorts, the more money we can raise!

For more information or to sign up, go to our website:
www.allsortsglos.org.uk and click on ‘News and Events’.


HAPPENING WEEKLY! Find more information on Facebook : facebook.com/events/324475145181211

Following Julia North-Lewis’ suggestion and the beautiful event on the 28th March, we thought it’s time to push this idea again! Returning to 9pm (because it’s too light at 8pm like people did last week now!)

If you are self-isolating, or shielding, or just staying at home and feeling the effects of physical distancing… join us in shining a light, singing a song… and STAYING CONNECTED!
(no noisy fireworks please)


Tweedy’s Lost & Found | Behind The Barn Door

Join Giffords Circus favourite Tweedy the Clown in each weekly mini-episode for his usual silly fun as he adapts to his new life working at the local Lost & Found. Tune in every Wednesday at 12pm, streamed live from the Barn Theatre’s Facebook, Twitter & YouTube accounts! 🤡

Facebook: facebook.com/thebarntheatrecirencester
Twitter: twitter.com/theBarnTheatre
YouTube: https://bit.ly/3djY9Rz

Donate to the #SAVEOURBARN campaign to support our charity by calling 01285 648255 or you can donate online at barntheatre.org.uk/sob


Children’s book authors broadcast bedtime stories for readers in isolation

Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton, Carson Ellis and Mac Barnett are holding live readings and virtual art classes to help bring a little joy to people stuck at home.

@oliverjeffers@macbarnett; @chrishaughton; @carsonellis

And find more information about other ideas on this Creative Review article.


Live Storytelling from Tiny T’s

Storytelling and wonderful entertainment from Tiny Ts!

Monday 8am : Goldilocks Story and Fairy stretch with Fairy Tara
Tuesday 6pm : Tiddler Live Storytelling
Wednesday 3pm : The Very Hungry Caterpiller
Friday 3pm : Stickman

Find her schedule on this Facebook post.
And find all the Facebook events here.


Barefoot Books

A variety of storytelling, play time sessions and lots of other fun things to do at www.barefootbooks.com !

For example:

Friday, April 3
12:00pm EST
LIVE! Barefoot Storytime: Bear on a Bike / Oso en bicicleta
Enjoy a bilingual Spanish read-a-loud with Sarahy Sigie of Barefoot Books. 
Monday, April 6
12:00pm EST
LIVE! Barefoot Play Time: Circle Time with JAMaROO Kids
Join Jamaica Stevens, Barefoot Books Ambassador and Founder of JAMaROO Kids, as she leads us through songs, breathing activities, and more! A great way to organize your day.
Tuesday, April 7 – Thursday, April 30 From My Window Drawing Contest & Giveaway 
What do you see from your window? Download our drawing sheet (find it on Instagram starting on April 7 or just use plain paper) and draw what you see — or wish you could see — from your window. Post on instagram and tag @barefootbooks for a chance to win the From My Window gift set! 

Who has terrible tusks and terrible claws, purple prickles all over his back – and always maintains a strict two-metre distance from others when outside his cave?

The creators of the Gruffalo have produced a series of cartoons to encourage people to stay home during the crisis.

Julia Donaldson, writer of The Gruffalo series, Stick Man and Zog, has also announced a new weekly online broadcast for families during the coronavirus lockdown.

The author will perform stories, songs and poems, broadcast on Facebook from her home in Steyning. Each episode – airing 4pm each Thursday on Facebook – she’ll be joined by guests including illustrators Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb, Lydia Monks, David Roberts and Nick Sharratt.

“I hope that my stories, songs and poems bring a little cheer to those who read them or tune in to my new weekly broadcasts.”

You can watch the first broadcast below, featuring a performance of song A Squash and Squeeze. To all headphone users: you best turn down your volume before starting this.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3134033283326152

Play at Home Fest

Play at Home Fest, hosted by Good PlayGuide : Lifting the nation’s spirits May Bank Holiday 2020! Headliners to be announced very soon!

Two days of action-packed fun, all live-streamed to the comfort of your own home! Festival lineup includes:

– Magic shows & trick demos
– Baking masterclasses
– Live chats & virtual hugs with your favourite characters
– Arts & crafts challenges
– Virtual treasure hunts
– Competitions, quizzes and games
– Music, comedy and other performances from incredibly talented people!
– Story time
– Activity class demos