winter festival 

1st - 20th December 2020 

Hello and welcome to our 2020 Winter Festival page. We are delighted to be in the position of running a festival again this year and hope that you will join us for this year's festivities.


This year we wanted to create a festival that harnessed the joy and wonder of the winter season. With delights from The Fabularium, inspiring stories of women going to the moon, adventures in storytelling and our very own festive song written just for us. We think we have covered our bases. 

The festival will run for three weeks, during that time you will be able to access the shows via our YouTube channel (Big Dreamers Festival) and the best part is that it's all completely free. 

This year, we feel more than ever that the arts has an important place in our lives and especially in our homes. As this is usually a time of the when families are making trips to the theatre, we wanted to do something special that would keep the magic of theatre alive during the festive season and we invite you and your families to join us. 

This year's programme

Check out this year's upcoming programme. 

1st - 20th 

Collars & Cuffs

Storytime with Collar and Cuffs Co


Every week join us for storytime. Together we’ll go on an adventure. Maybe we’ll go to the moon, or to the desert and meet a grumpy camel. Perhaps we’ll fly high in the sky, or tunnel deep, deep underground. Have you ever been to the depths of the sea? We could go in a bright pink submarine. We could go anywhere together, so make sure you’ve packed your best coat.

Stories will be suitable for ages 2-6, with more detail on recommended reading ages available on individual stories. All stories will be captioned.

Photo by Paul Stringer

With thanks to Penguin Randomhouse and Simon & Schuster


Collar & Cuffs Co was established in 2016 as a not-for-profit sensory musical theatre company. Our work focuses on supporting the mental health, wellbeing and emotional development of children in the early years and people with complex needs.

Collar & Cuffs Co is particularly interested in  immersive productions for all ages, and in taking theatre and concept shows into non-traditional performance spaces.

1st - 6th 

The Fabularium

Join The Fabularium Astronomers as they tell the tale of how Leapa the Arctic Hare saved the realm from a villainous beast; a tale of a furry fearless female, who brought the light back to the day and also made the night sky glow!

This new show takes The Fabularium world all the way to the Far East of Asia! Expect to see new animal headpieces, new puppets, new original music, and for the first time ever – illuminations!


Created in 2010, The Fabularium was setup as a piece of action research intended to enhance skills in performance and support the development of Postgraduates in association with Coventry University, by devising and performing stories depicted through various mediums from acrobatic and circus skills to mask and puppetry, live music and story-telling.


The Hare & The Moon

‘All is not well in the Tundra of Siberia when the Sun disappears from the sky! Plunged into darkness, the Arctic Animals band together to find and reclaim the Sun, but maybe the strongest and brutish of creatures are not the ones who are best for the job. Maybe someone with long ears that is faster, smarter, and more agile is required for the task…’

7th - 13th 

Valentina's Galaxy

Frozen Charlotte


Valentina’s Galaxy - an intergalactic inspiration for starry eyed 2-6 year olds and their adults. Inspired by women in space including Valentina Tereshkova (first ever woman in space) and Mae Jemison (first woman of colour in space) Valentina’s Galaxy is a fascinating, funny and moving experience created especially for young space cadets.

Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic

Designed by Katy Wilson and Directed by Heather Fulton of Too Many Penguins? fame, this immersive performance will captivate children and adults alike with a combustible concoction of experiments, rocket launches and star gazing. ​

Originally commissioned by Edinburgh International Science Festival working in partnership with Imaginate and Starcatchers Valentina's Galaxy has been performed as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh International Children's Festival and as part of the  Made in Scotland Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.

10th @ 4:30pm

The Fabularium Q&A 

The Fabularium


In Big Dreamers Castle Newsroom Leapa the Hare joins us live from the Siberian Tundra, fresh from a quest to save the realm from a villainous beast. 


The cast from the Hare and the Moon will be joining us to answer your questions in a live Q&A session. If you have questions after watching the show, this is the place to ask them. Everyone is welcome to join us, if you want to ask lots of questions or just want to sit back and watch. We’ll be sharing more information on how to take part during December.

Created in 2010, The Fabularium was setup as a piece of action research intended to enhance skills in performance and support the development of Postgraduates in association with Coventry University, by devising and performing stories depicted through various mediums from acrobatic and circus skills to mask and puppetry, live music and story-telling.

14th - 20th 

Music with David Gibb

David Gibb


To round off this year’s festival, we asked songwriter and musician David Gibb to write us a very special song. David’s putting on his bobble hat, and tying up his boots to write us a new winter song which will be released to the world on the 14th December. You can listen to the song, and watch a music video he’s making especially for us over on our YouTube channel.

Photo by Mark Howe

David Gibb is a songwriter and musician making music for children and families. After several successful years playing on the UK folk scene, in 2014 David found himself frustrated at the lack of high quality music available for families.

David’s song writing draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics. Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.

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We want to see your best winter themed art, whether you’re making snowflakes for your windows or drawing a picture of a snowy day. Simply tag us @bigdreamersfest on social media or use the hashtag #BigDreamersFest.


Entries close on the 15th December.

Winners will be announced via social media on the 20th December.


Three of our favourite artists will receive a craft pack to make at home from the Worcester resource exchange. all you have to do is tag us in photos of your arts and crafts.




Competition closes 11:59 on 15th December, no late entries will be accepted.


Judge decisions are final


No purchase necessary to take part


Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash value.


WRE is not associated with this competition.

With Special Thanks to Arts Council England

"We are beyond delighted to have received funding from Arts Council England. This year has been hard on everyone, and this funding will allow us to bring fantastic stories to families who may have had long standing festive traditions cancelled. Since its inception, Big Dreamers Festival has aimed to provide access to exciting and high quality children's theatre to all families. This year, that mission feels more important than ever."


Heidi Murphy

Big Dreamers Creative Producer