Family Day Details Announced!

Why should adults have all the fun?

This year MAF and the BBC invite families for a day of animated fun, with screenings and events including some free BBC Children’s screenings*.

As well as screenings we’ll have a Clangers Kindness Tree, a Scream Street Animation Workshop* and a CBBC & CBeebies Themed Photo Booth.

Clangers Kindness Tree
10:30 – 15:30
The much-loved Clangers Kindness Tree will be available on the second floor of HOME to give little ones the opportunity to spread a little good will by writing their own kindness wish to hang on the tree.
FREE – Drop In


BBC Children’s Screening
10:30 – 11:20
Join us for a family screening of some of the best BBC Children’s programmes produced in the North of England. We’ll be screening episodes from Postman Pat, Clangers, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Scream Street and Danger Mouse.
FREE – Tickets here*

Stop-frame animation workshops from Animation Nation
11:00 / 12:30 / 14:00pm (1 hour sessions for 8-16 year olds)
Get animated with this stop-motion animation workshop, model your own monster using plasticine, and bring them to life using the magic of animation! The workshop is based on the fast-paced comedy-horror extravaganza Scream Street, which returned to CBBC in October.
In each one-hour session, participants will work in groups, who after watching some animated clips for inspiration, will get to model some monsters for Scream Street and then animate them to create their very own stop-motion 10 second films.
FREE – Tickets here*


BBC Special Preview Event – Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!
11:40 – 12:30
In their latest TV adventures, Dennis & Gnasher are joined by their irrepressible and adventurous friends Rubi, JJ, Pieface and his pet potato, Paul. Together, they help ramp up the energy, cook up mischievous plans and take on every challenge, no matter how big and get into all manner of scrapes!
FREE – Tickets here*

Short Films for Children
12:45 – 13:45
A collection of the best in contemporary animated children’s short film from around the world! Join us as we go on adventures finding bears, building dams and exploring the world in this lovely collection of family shorts.
£6/5 – Tickets here


The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
14:00 – 15:30
The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again!
£6/5 – Tickets here

*Advance booking required