Today marked the start of the Brighton Fringe Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in the world. It’s an exciting place to be over the month of May and I absolutely adore pouring over the guide to see all of the exciting shows – especially those put on for a children. Shows can be a cheap as a fiver and on during all times of the day every day of the week making it an ideal activity to do with a small person on weekdays when you don’t fancy battling it out at playgroup again.

There’s a ton of family friendly shows on which you can check right here┬ábut to save you some time, I can recommend the following shows as starter for ten:

Dr. Zeiffal, Dr. Zeigal and The Hippo That Can Never Be Caught! by Mouths of Lions

Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Join Dr Zeiffal on the hunt for the hippo that can never be caught! Featuring: the Invisible Hippo Blanket, the Hippo Google Googles and a blizzard of Hippo packaging. Expect belly laughs, belly flops and fantastical falling over in this brilliant new adventure created by Mouths of Lions.

Elliot and The Enormous Sneeze by Mouths of Lions

‘Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze’ follows the story of the old man who never (hardly ever) sneezed. Featuring chocolate pudding, live music, magical mucus and ever extendable nose hairs. A fantastic new adventure for children of all ages from the company that brought you ‘Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught’! Winner: Best Family Show (Buxton Fringe 2016). Based on the book ‘The Old Man Who Never (Hardly Ever) Sneezed’ by Jesse Allam.

Oyster Boy by Haste Theatre

Follow the tale of Italian ice-cream sellers Jim and Alice, who fall in love strolling along the beach in a 1950s whirlwind romance. However, all is not as sweet as it seems when their lives are turned upside down by the birth of Sam, a boy with an oyster-shell-shaped head! Based on the short poem by Tim Burton, this bittersweet tale reminds us of the delicacy of life and introduces us to a range of larger-than-life characters who are sure to entertain and delight. ‘Oyster Boy’ is a multi-award-winning, international production mixing physical storytelling, clown, live singing, dance and puppetry.

We’re hoping to provide some reviews of what we’re able to see over the coming weeks but if you have any recommendations please pop a comment below!

Hope you have a great festival!