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Family Theatre @ Yate Library

South Gloucestershire Libraries, in collaboration with leading theatre companies the egg and Travelling Light, are bringing the very best theatre shows for children, young people and families to Yate Library, right on your doorstep. Families who have been to shows at the Family Theatre said:

“Brilliant performance. Could watch it again.”

“Very enjoyable performance. Held the children’s attention with storytelling.”

“Brilliant performance. Captured the audience very well. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it.”


A Thousand Cranes presents The Great Race! – coming February 2020

2020 will see the Japanese Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Using a form of Japanese storytelling called kamishibai, the performance is inspired by the traditional story of The Great Race! which tells how the eastern Zodiac calendar was created. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor asked twelve creatures to race to decide which years they will look after, depending on the order in which they finish. The story presents all sorts of problems for the creatures taking part, who range from a dragon to a rat. They each travel in different ways depending on their physicality and nature. The children watching will discover their birth creature and see where their creature is placed and why.

The story tells how not only speed, but also kindness and courage help you cross the finishing line, sharing with children the importance of taking part, not simply winning.

The Great Race! will be coming to Yate Library in the February 2020 school holiday. Bookings will open in the New Year. Details will be available via this page and the Libraries Facebook page at

Planning your visit to Family Theatre @ Yate Library


The library is on one level and has automatic doors. There is a disabled toilet available.


The Library is conveniently located on West Walk in Yate Shopping Centre; Yate Shopping Centre has 4 car parks with 1400 car parking spaces, which allow free parking for up to 4 hours. For SATNAV directions use the postcode BS37 4AP.

It’s also easy to get to Yate shopping Centre by bus; Yate Bus Station has direct access straight into the Shopping Centre. Simply head 20 metres towards the Tesco Extra store and you are in Yate Shopping Centre. The Library is a few minutes’ walk at the other end of the shopping centre. For Bus Service information please go to the First Travel journey planner.

Eating and drinking

Yate Shopping Centre offers lots of opportunities for something to eat or drink before or after the performance from snacks to sit down meals.

Refunds and Exchanges

Tickets are non-refundable. If possible, tickets may be exchanged for another performance of the same production with at least one week’s notice, subject to availability.  Please note that if a show is fully sold out we will be unable to exchange tickets. Please email one week in advance if you wish to enquire about an exchange.




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