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Don't Forget - Kids Go Free to our Birmingham Classical 2017-18 Season!

  • One free ticket per child (aged 16 and under) for every adult ticket purchased. Maximum group size of 6.
  • How to Book: Tickets can be booked in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office, online at www.thsh.co.uk or over the phone on 0121 780 3333.

Top tips on how to make the most out of a classical concert experience with your child

Choosing a concert:

  • Is there a piece of music they know from a film or an advert that they like? Choose a concert that has some connection with something they know
  • Are they learning a musical instrument? If so, use our find a concert featuring that instrument

Preparation before you come to the event:

  • Play some of the music at home or in the car before you come to the concert.
  • Sit with your child and play portions of the recordings to be performed on the concert program. Encourage them to use their imagination – What did the piece remind them of? Did the work make them think up a story? Perhaps they could draw a picture of the images that came to mind.
  • Look up pictures of the soloist or performer(s), and a bit of background about them to give them a ‘celebrity’ status in the mind of your child.

Coming to the hall:

  • Choose a seat with a view of the instrument(s) they’re most interested in.
  • Come into the hall early, and go and look at the stage when fewer people are in so that your child can ask you all the questions they want to before the concert starts.
  • Get some sweets (that don’t make a noise!) and / or a drawing pad so they can continue with the preparation that you have done beforehand using their imagination with the music for when the concert starts.

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Your Questions Answered

What are the ice cream flavours?

Vanilla Clotted Cream, Strawberry, Chocolate and Caramel Crunch.

How long will it be?

It depends on the concert but usually around two hours. There is generally a break to have ice-cream though!         

Do I have to be quiet?

Only whilst the musicians are playing, afterwards feel free to cheer and clap as much as you like. 

Is it affordable?

We believe classical music should be accessible for all and have numerous offers including Kids Go Free - one free ticket per child (age 16 and under) for every adult ticket purchased (max. group six).

Is there a pram park?

Yes - a steward will always be on hand to assist you if needed.

Where are the closest car parks?

Town Hall The Holliday Street (B1 1TQ) and Town Hall (B1 1TA) multi-storey car parks are within walking distance.

Symphony Hall The most convenient car park is the Q-Park Brindleyplace (1 Brunswick Street, B1 2JF). Become a THSH Member and enjoy a discount on parking here.

Additional spaces are available in the main pay and display car park underneath the Barclaycard Arena (B1 2AA); the Paradise Circus multi-storey car park (B1 2NB); and the Cambridge Street car parks.

Are there pre-concert activities? 

Depending on the concert there are sometimes free pre-concert crafts and activities in our foyer. Details will be available on the performance webpage or feel free to ask at the time of booking. 

Can we take a break between pieces? 

We ask that our audiences remain in their seats when possible when the musicians are playing but we know that children can get restless at times! In order to make it comfortable for all our patrons, please take into consideration your child’s attention span. Every child is different and we value your judgement.

Can we leave when we want to?

Since our tickets are generally affordable for children and families, please do not hesitate to leave during the interval if your child becomes tired.

What else family friendly in local area (food etc)?

Birmingham is brimming with family friendly museums, art galleries, parks and amusement centres. We are closely located to Brindleyplace where you will find numerous restaurants, cafés and, of course, the National Sea Life Centre. If you've got a spare half an hour, why not venture into the The Library of Birmingham which is also located in Centenary Square in front of Symphony Hall.