Easter holiday activities

Let Otley Courthouse take away that initial panic of the school holidays!!
We always have a jam packed range of events, workshops, films and activities to keep the little ones entertained and to stop the boredom kicking in.

Tickets available online and via the box office

Here are our list of events that we have coming up this Easter holidays.

Saturday 1st April, 2pm

Topsy Turvy theatre presents “Christopher Nibble

Written and illustrated by Charlotte Middleton, and performed by Topsy Turvy theatre who brought you “Christmas is cancelled, Katie saves the day”.  The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much that slowly but surely dandelions are disappearing from all over the town.  Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left – but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day?  Written especially for children aged 2-7 (and their big people too!) and told with Topsy Turvy’s own blend of energetic storytelling, handmade puppets, original music and stunning scenery.

Tickets are £8 adults, £6 children

Suitable for ages 2-7



Monday 10th April, 10am -1pm

Kaleidoscope Making Workshop

Inspired by our upcoming production of The Tap Dancing Mermaid, come along and learn how to make your very own kaleidoscope.  Come and join in and learn how a kaleidoscope is put together, what materials you need, and create your own shapes and effects which you can then take home and test out on all your friends.  You can even bring it along on Tuesday and join Marina as she watches the moon!

Tickets are £5 per child

Suitable for ages 6+

Tuesday 11th April, 2.30pm

Pigtale Productions present, The Tap Dancing Mermaid

The Moon has got a story to tell about a tippetty-top dancer who he has been watching at night.  Marina Skippett creeps out at night to tap dance on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea.  She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil Aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog!  But then, one magical night, Marina meets a mysterious watery boy swimming along and her life is never the same again.  With hand crafted puppets, singing and tap dancing, The Tap Dancing Mermaid is an innovative and exciting one-woman show written and directed by Tessa Bide.

Tickets are £8 adults, £6 children

Suitable for ages 3+

Wednesday 12th April, 10am – 12pm

Shadow Puppet Theatre Making workshop

With all the puppets that we’ve had visiting us at the Courthouse recently, we thought it was time you guys had the chance to create your own shadow puppet theatre!  Come along and learn how to build your own theatre which you can design and decorate.  Then decide on your puppets and put them together too.  Finally watch as our workshop leader Gillian puts all the elements together to help you create your very own theatre!  And the best bit of all is that you get to take your theatres home with you!

Tickets are £5 per child

Suitable for ages 5+

Thursday 13th April, 10am – 12pm

Easter craft and upcycle workshop

Easter: pumpkin-and-a-princess

We couldn’t have an Easter holiday without some fun Easter crafts!  This year come along and learn how to make your very own and very cute Easter sock bunny!  And then watch, learn and have a go at making one of our clever upcycled Easter baskets!  Just in time for all those Easter egg hunts at the weekend!

Tickets are £5 per child

Suitable for ages 5+


Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

Find out about the history of Otley Courthouse by visiting the Heritage section of our website.


Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 3AN

Telephone: 01943 467466 email: admin@otleycourthouse.org.uk

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