Events for all the Family
at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts is the place to be for family fun this autumn.

The season kicks off in September with two family-friendly performances in the cool and quirky Roundabout tent, which this year is located on the Pavilion Dance Terrace in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, forming part of the Arts By the Sea Festival.

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? In How To Spot An Alien (29-30 September) twelve-year-old Jelly and her brother Jonjo have their suspicions. She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic. Join Jelly and Jonjo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Also performed in the unique theatre-in-the-round experience of the Roundabout tent is the popular Comedy Club 4 Kids (29 September), which gets the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families … but without the rude bits!

Award-winning musical comedian Jay Foreman provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children in the Lighthouse Sherling Studio on 6 October. This family friendly show regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in an interactive new show for all the family on 13 & 14 October. Grab your compass and join the show’s intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. You’ll meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!  A special meet and greet after the show offers all brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.

Two muddle-headed storytellers, an obscure British legend, breath-taking puppetry and spine-tingling live music are the order of the day in The Tale of The Cockatrice on 23 October. This dark and winding fable is ideal for monster-lovers young and old.

Step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum from 26-28 October. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new live show. An online and digital TV sensation, Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 21 million subscribers and 20 billion views.

You’ve Got Dragons on 10 November is an intergenerational show, featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description. A delightful tale with live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face.

Join Lighthouse for a feelgood family pantomime adventure with Dick Whittington and his acrobatic cat from 7-31 December. Directed by and starring popular children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis, you will boo, cheer, laugh, and sing along – just don’t let King Rat become Lord Mayor of London!

The exceptional Slot Machine Theatre bring their puppetry skills to a show like no other in the Sherling Studio from 12-24 December – one that features your very own toys! A heart-warming story about friends pulling together, Your Toys is funny, full of music and surprises, and will send you home with a huge smile on your face. It’s an anthem to creative play and silliness, and adults and children alike are invited to bring a toy and watch it join in the rumpus.

Delight your family this Christmas with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children narrated by Pui Fan Lee on 16 December. Join The Snowman and James on their magical journey through the winter sky in a special showing of the festive classic on the large screen, accompanied by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Before that, enjoy Roald Dahl’s inspired retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. Paul Patterson’s music brings the characters to life … the wolf had better watch out!

Tickets for all events are on sale now at the Lighthouse ticket office. Call 01202 280000 or book online at


How To Spot An Alien (Part of the Roundabout Festival)
Saturday 29 September at 12pm & Sunday 30 September at 2pm
Pavilion Dance Terrace – Lower Gardens, Bournemouth
Tickets £10
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, ATL

Comedy Club 4 Kids (Part of the Roundabout Festival)
Saturday 29 September, 1.30pm & 4pm
Pavilion Dance Terrace – Lower Gardens, Bournemouth
Tickets: £10
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, ATL

Jay Foreman

Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children
Saturday 6 October, 2pm & 4pm (Sherling Studio)
Tickets: £8.50

Dinosaur World Live
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 October, Sat 2pm & 4.30pm, Sun 11am & 2pm (Concert Hall)
Tickets: £14

The Tale of The Cockatrice
Tuesday 23 October, 2pm & 7pm (Sherling Studio)
Tickets: £8.50

Little Baby Bum
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 October, 3.30pm Fri, 11am & 2.30pm Sat & Sun (Theatre)
Tickets: £14
Discounts: Groups

The Tale of the Cockatrice – Credit- Kirsten McTernan

You’ve Got Dragons
Saturday 10 November, 11am & 2pm (Sherling Studio)
Tickets: £8

Dick Whittington
Friday 7 – Monday 31 December, Various Times (Theatre)
Tickets: From £18
Discounts: Seniors, U16s, Groups & Clubs

Your Toys
Wednesday 12 – Monday 24 December, Various Times (Sherling Studio)
Tickets: Standard Performances £9, Premium Performances £10

Little Red Riding Hood & The Snowman
Sunday 16 December, 3pm & 7pm (Concert Hall)
Tickets £36, £30, £26, £23, £18, £11
Discounts: Groups

Tickets & information 01202 280000

Booking Fees: Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets booked by telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket