Top Family Picks at the St Albans Film Festival 2014

Since the programme for the Film Festival is totally jam-packed with awesomeness… we thought we would give you a helping hand and break down the weekend into the top picks for you and your little ones to enjoy. Our full schedule can be found here if you would like to browse the entire programme, otherwise read on for our tips for an awesome May Bank Holiday. 

For Families  

It can be hard to know what to do to keep the little ones entertained over a bank holiday weekend, without being bored yourselves, the Film Festival is a great mix of child friendly and entertaining for the adults!

On Friday between 10am and 12pm we have a Parent & Child Screening of ‘Mamma Mia’. You come along with your little ones and Singalong, chat along or just relax and have a brilliant morning. Tickets also include Greek treats (served from 9:30am) and tea and coffee, is there a better way to spend your Friday morning?

Saturday is full to bursting with kid friendly events. It kicks off with ‘The King and The Mockingbird’ at 10am. It’s widely considered one of the best animated features of all time for both little ones and grown ups. Tasty treats are provided by My Mustard, who are sponsoring this film too.


The first of our free events takes place on Saturday ‘Birds of Bray’ takes place from 11am – 3pm and features a whole host of birds that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to see up close and luckily they’re not camera shy so you’ll be able to take lots of pictures to reminisce.

We also have a ‘How to Fight Like a Superhero Workshop’ running between 10am and 12pm, for ages 7+ (under 12’s must be accompanied by a parent) you’ll be the coolest parents around once the kids can suitably impersonate Batman.

Our ‘Harry Potter Costume Characterisation’ event is going to be unmissable for any Potter fan. You’ll have the chance to look at the original mood boards and costumes from the Harry Potter films. The event is open to all ages but is geared towards an aged 7-12 audience. However there are plenty of adults (me) who are equally as excited to get up close and personal with the original costumes from the films.

At 1:30pm on Saturday we have ‘3D Prehistoric Birds – ‘Alive’ at the Natural History Museum’. There are exclusive clips from the series and a Q&A with St Albans based director Dan Smith and producer Mike Davis. It’s not only great for kids but for adults too, judging by the overwhelming success of the programme aired on Sky earlier this year.


The Children’s Short Film Competition will also be taking place between 4:30 and 7pm on Saturday evening.

On Sunday there are two more free events taking place, the ‘Red Arrow Falcons – Parachute Display Team’ will be performing from 11am in front of Westminster Lodge and following on immediately from that performance is a display by Skyvue Media at 11:30am who will be showcasing the gadgets used to create the amazing aerial shots we’re all used to seeing on the big screen.

Finally, at 10am or 12pm there will be a ‘Playing With Shakespeare’ event which gives 3 to 5 year olds their first taste of Shakespeare in this interactive workshop based on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

There’s so much for grown ups too – so book your babysitter, watch quality films and come party, the city will be buzzing!

By Lauren Smith, Official Festival Blogger. 


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