Family Friendly


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Partners: All About Audiences, Towneley Hall, Sinfonietta


Practitioners: Sinfonietta / Vanessa Card

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Family Friendly

Lancashire Sinfonietta Bear Hunting early years children and their parents

Family Friendly

Our family friendly programmes bring together partnerships with cultural institutions, funders and early years’ and foundation stage providers.

Last summer children from Stoneyholme Nursery School and Whitegate Children’s Centre explored Michael Rosen’s picture book, “We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt” alongside musicians from Lancashire Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, and artist Vanessa Card (Hand Held Theatre Company).

Artist Vanessa Card visited the children in their early years settings. Using puppets and materials to stimulate the senses, Vanessa and the children re-enacted the Bear Hunt adventure.

Later that week, the children brought their parents along to Towneley Hall Museum and Art Gallery in Burnley to meet Vanessa. Here they all retold the story with the magical accompaniment of musicians from the Lancashire Sinfonietta orchestra.


  • 100% of Stoneyholme parents had never worked with an artist or musician before and whilst 80% had not visited a gallery or museum in the last year, 90% felt they would visit Towneley Hall again in the next six months.


“… for our children who don’t get to go anywhere, any trip out is great and this would’ve been the first time the children had seen professional musical instruments…”