Kicking off the return of Tees Valley’s season of festivals and events is the two-week family festival Hullabaloo in the Park, 12-25th July, brought to South Park by Darlington-based children’s theatre The Hullabaloo.

Here are three reasons why you should head down to the park this July…

*Please note that events on Monday 12th July have been postponed due to bad weather.

1. Have a day at the park with a difference

A daily walk in the park was a staple for many of us throughout the various lockdowns but now The Hullabaloo can bring something a little different to a day at the park.

The Festival has been designed to bring wonder back to those places that became families’ daily lockdown walks and fill them with the magic that usually spills out from The Hullabaloo on Borough Road which has sadly been closed due to the pandemic since March 2020.

2. There’s lots to keep the kids entertained

The outdoor family festival is packed with fun things to see and do for everyone aged 0-10 years and their grown-ups. With a busy programme featuring everything from messy play to storytelling, solar chimes in the trees to performances for babies, crafting, dancing and much, much more, Hullabaloo in the Park is a brilliant way for families to have some creative fun together this summer!

3. It’s all outdoor!

Whilst the British weather can put a dampener on things sometimes, enjoying a festival in the fresh air is perfect during current times. Those that may still be feeling anxious about experiencing theatre indoors, can enjoy a range of social distanced performances with small capacities throughout the festival.

This does mean that all events must be booked in advance, you can check out the full programme here www.theatrehullabaloo.org.uk, and download the festival map and planner too.

The weather forecast is also looking brighter over the next couple of weeks so you can hopefully enjoy some sunshine too!

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Other Hullabaloo highlights

Download the Musical Adventures audio trail which takes place in the sensory garden at the park and takes you on a magical journey with a friendly bee and a wriggly caterpillar.

Rainbow Hullabaloo (23rd July)

A mini-pride event specially designed for families.

Pancha (22nd July), a South Asian promenade dance storytelling performance inspired by the elements

Baby, Bird and Bee (15th – 17th July), a delightful first theatre experience specially made for audience members aged 6 – 18 months.

The Hullabaloo looks forward to seeing you and your little beasties at Hullabaloo in the Park soon!


To find out what else is on in the Tees Valley head to www.enjoyteesvalley.com/whats-on.


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