Family Theatre Fun


Family Theatre Fun Comes To Rayleigh

You don’t need to travel all the way to the West End anymore to experience the fun and excitement of the theatre.

Why not treat your little ones to some special performances of Rochford District Council’s affordable family theatre shows at The Mill Arts & Events Centre, Rayleigh Windmill and the Windmill Garden.


This year we not only have visiting theatre companies but the council will be transforming the famous Rayleigh windmill into a Christmas grotto where look a like ‘Queen Elsa’ and ‘Santa’ will making a special appearance.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Sunday 10th June, 12:30pm Garlic Theatre, Rayleigh Windmill Garden

Recommended age 3-6 years


This is the simple story of three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll, told with a gentry ecological message. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads and loads of rubbish.


Garlic Theatre created a magical world to entrance and delight a young audience. With puppets, live music, storytelling and singing. From the company that brought you ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ and ‘Jack and the Beans Talk’ The two performances shall take place open air in the garden behind Rayleigh Windmill, as part of the Trinity Fair festivities.

Susannah and the Sunflower

Sunday 2nd September, 11am Ripstop Theatre, The Mill Arts and Events Centre

Recommended age 3+


A gardener who dreams of flowerbeds full of colourful blooms but can’t seem to make anything grow. She has spent all her money on seeds and now must sell her cow, Petal, if she is to have anything to eat. Is this the end of her dreams to become The Best Gardener Ever? Or will she be tempted one last time by some Magic Seeds?

Following in the footsteps of Jack and the Beanstalk, she enters a fantastical shadow world where garden tools, twine and gloves transform into magical objects; a singing harp from a bamboo cane and a chicken out of garden twine. Will she escape from the Giant that lives in the Cloud Castle? And will the magic still work once she gets back home? A celebration of the magic of growing things and dreaming big for everyone over three years.

Rochford District Council present Look a Like Queen Elsa and Santa’s Windmill Grotto, Rayleigh Windmill

Sunday 16th December Performances at 11 am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Running time: 40 minutes


Come and join our Snow Queen inside her magical grotto at Rayleigh Windmill. Where she will read Christmas tale, followed by a special meet and greet. Santa shall also be making a pit stop from making toys to visit the Windmill and give every child who visits a Christmas gift! Come and get into the Christmas Spirit at Rayleigh Windmill.

Cllr Mike Webb, Portfolio Holder for the Community says “We are thrilled that we have a new set of affordable shows for everyone to enjoy in different locations around Rayleigh. If you have not been to any of our family theatre shows before, you are in for a treat! They are very popular with the public so if you would like tickets for you and your family sign up now as they wont be around for long”


With tickets costing just £4.50 per person, excluding The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which is free of charge - there has never been a better opportunity for some family theatre fun!


To book tickets please ring customer services on 01702 318191.

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