Fantastic for Families Awards 2019

Published: 17 February 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Arts and cultural events that cater for the whole family can be a challenge to find if you have an age range that spans grandparents to toddlers.

The Fantastic for Families Awards recognise organisations that have gone an extra mile to provide stress-free family fun and include awards for family-friendly facilities and accommodating the needs of older people.

Anna Dever, family arts campaign manager, said, "all of the organisations submitting for the awards are doing wonderful work to engage families and across generations, often with limited resources. It has been tough for our judging panel as all organisations clearly had innovative projects that are providing a fantastic service, but all of the winning organisations have demonstrated a fantastic welcome and personal approach to visitors of all ages."

Eight organisations have taken away prizes this year with the Audience Choice Award, voted for by families via the web site, going to balletLORENT and Big Fish Little Fish. The winners in other categories were selected by a panel of experts:

Best Family Event

  • Tate Exchange for 20 Days
  • The Whitworth for Playtime
  • Wild Rumpus for Just So Festival 2018

Best Family Welcome

  • darts (Doncaster Community Arts)

Best Family Venue

  • The Hullabaloo (Theatre Hullabaloo)

Best Age-Friendly Welcome

  • Fabrica

Audience Choice Award

Voted for by families from the 700+ UK organisations meeting the Family Arts Standards quality-mark.

  • balletLORENT
  • Big Fish Little Fish