We were very lucky to be given tickets to see The Bear at Hertford Theatre and as it wasn’t raining (for a change), we thought we would make a day of it! We picked up my niece Georgia, currently the youngest member of the Holiday Tots team (3 yrs old), around lunchtime. Well it should have been lunchtime, but the boyfriend was not happy with his outfit, so had to take a quick detour to get his desired jeans (prince).
As we knocked on the door we heard a little scream of excitement from Georgia who was very much looking forward to seeing ‘The Bear’ and spending a few hours with us. My brother handed me her bag, with a packed lunch, all essentials and snacks – we were ready to go! Quick pit spot in Costa for a coffee while Georgia ate her lunch and to discuss The Bear show. We also discussed all other fun cuddly bears such as Winne the Pooh, Rupert the Bear and even Paddington Bear.
After lunch, we headed to the park and stopped to feed the ducks on the way. Who manages to fall over? Not the 3 year old, but both adults! I ran for the swing and decided to go flying under it, not on it! Two minutes later, I look up and see Luke lying on the floor doing a roley poley. Georgia just looked on puzzled. Perhaps its time to head to the theatre …..
Hertford Theatre was busy with lots of families getting ready for the show. Georgia bumped into a few of her friends, so she was even happier. It seems I have a very popular Niece. The foyer at Hertford Theatre, for those who have never been, is large enough for kids and adults to have a chatter and play before heading in to watch the show. Georgia and Harry (my friend’s 2-year-old) both seemed unsure to begin with. The beginning of the show may seem intimating but after a few minutes, once the little ones realised what was going on, the magic began! The show was brilliant, Georgia had her mouth open the whole way through and couldn’t help but point and tell both Luke and I to watch and give commentary as to what was going on. I do not know who enjoyed it more, Georgia or Luke – who was laughing louder than all of the kids put together.
The bear is based on the book by Raymond Briggs and then adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles.
It all starts one night when Tilly (the little girl) is fast asleep, and an enormous white bear climbs through her bedroom window. Tilly’s is not scared of The Bear and decides to take on the challenge of bathing, feeding and playing with the cheeky large chappy.
The Bear is touring throughout the UK so if it is at a venue near you, it is well worth a watch.
Hertford Theatre is a great venue for all ages. The staff are ever so friendly and always helpful. It is a lovely place to even just catch up and have a coffee with the little ones. There are number of shows throughout the year suitable for kids and adults alike. Another one of our favourites that is showing in March is ‘Room on the Broom’ we can’t wait to see this show. Click here for tickets. For more info on their family events, click here