Chelmsford City Council

Free virtual kids’ festival bringing joy to the nation

Who said staying at home has to be boring? The 3Foot People Festival may be cancelled this year, but the organisers have announced that they are co-hosting the Good Play Guide’s ‘Play at Home Fest’ – a free virtual festival designed just for families, with a line-up worth staying in for! 

Play at Home Fest will lift the nation’s spirits over the Late May Bank Holiday, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May, with two days of action-packed fun streamed directly to your home. The festival is completely free, the full line-up can be viewed at 

The exclusive line-up puts play back at the heart of the home, encouraging children to use their imaginations and creativity and to connect to their families. Children’s favourite characters and celebrities will appear, with festival wristbands available for you to print and cut out at home. 

Anyone who was hoping to come to 3foot People this year will be excited to hear that there will be a 3foot virtual stage, hosted on the @3footfestival Facebook page, just for pre-schoolers. Between 12pm and 5pm each day, little ones can enjoy unique entertainment: dancing, relaxing, music, baby and toddler sensory sessions, partying with Glastonbabies, exercise with Little Scrummers Rugby, laughing along with shows from the Travelling Theatrebox… and much more! 

The festival is also raising funds for the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, so although it is all free, donations are welcomed. 

Councillor Marie Goldman, Cabinet Member for Connected Chelmsford, said, “School closures, lockdown and social distancing are all essential to save lives, but abiding by the rules doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun! We want to help families not just to survive, but to thrive and create some positive memories of this time that they’ll treasure forever. Pitch your tent in the garden, set up some camping chairs and have a great time with Play at Home Fest!” 

Dr Amanda Gummer, Founder & CEO of the Good Play Guide, added, “The line-up for Play at Home Fest is phenomenal already and we are just thrilled to be able to bring this level of play, fun, and excitement to families at such an uncertain time, while raising funds for the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal.” 

To get your young ones ready for the festival vibe, a free downloadable 3foot People activity pack is available now online. Make a crafty puppet, get moving with sporty activities and a wild scavenger hunt, enjoy a story and try out some Basking Babies yoga – it’s all available, along with colouring-in sheets and puzzles, at

For the latest updates, follow @3footfestival and @GoodPlayGuide on Facebook. 

Friday 1 May 2020

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