With Joshua turning 3 years old earlier in the year, we have been contemplating taking him to his first show. So, when we were invited along to the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds, we jumped at the chance!
We went along to see the wonderful show ‘Crafty’s Creepy Castle’. In the show, Crafty the Crow is living in a haunted house and he asks Sally the Scarecrow to come along to help find out what is happening at Crafty’s Creepy Castle. Along the way, they go on a search for treasure that has been hidden within the castle.
The show is aimed at children aged 2-7 years old and is the perfect first show for your little ones, in fact there were a few babies in the audience too! The show is only 40 minutes so it was a great length for Joshua’s first time. The show gets the whole audience (mums & dads too!) involved by inviting everyone to sing and dance along to the songs, as well as helping Sally and Harry to find the secret hidden treasure. What made it better was that all the songs within the show are well-known children’s songs such as Incy Wincy Spider and Row Row Row the Boat. It wasn’t long before Joshua got out of his shyness and started dancing and singing along the entire way through.
After the 40 minute show there was a meet and greet in the bar area where the children got to meet the characters, pose for pictures and get given a special Halloween gift bag – which was a lovely touch. The characters spent a few minutes with each child so it never once felt rushed, but equally we weren’t standing around for ages either!
The Theatre Royal
The theatre itself is a beautiful little venue to host the perfect family trip. We had a little trouble finding the car park located behind the theatre, but got there eventually! The signposts aren’t too clear and were told at one point that we were driving on a private road. Just before we turned around we luckily saw the “Theatre Patrons and Staff Car Park” sign and realised we were on the right road. But we’ve been told that they’re working to resolve the issues to make the signs much clearer, which would be a bonus for first-timers like us!
Once we parked the car, we headed along the path that takes you directly to The Greene Room Bar. In the Greene Room Bar there is also a little shop that sells everything from crisps to chocolate for snacking during the show. The bar itself opens an hour prior to all performances so you can grab yourself either a hot, soft or alcoholic drink before the show.
We sat down and had a little snack before the show and before we knew it, it was time to head to our seats. We were pleased to see that they had booster cushions for the little ones which you can grab on your way in, which let Joshua enjoy the show that little bit more.
We were seated in the third row which gave us the perfect view of the show (we were so close that Joshua thought they were talking to him personally!) but we noticed that there were little boxes up a little higher too. Having your own private box is such a great idea, especially for little ones who like to get up and dance like Joshua does!
We had such a brilliant time and since it went so well, it’ll hopefully be the first of many theatre trips for us.
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*Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets to this show in return for an honest review.