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Winter Festival 2016

11 November - 25 January

There’s a decidedly autumnal nip in the air, which makes us feel less guilty for looking forward to winter and Christmas fun. With this is mind, Southbank Centre have timed the announcement of their Winter Festival with Natwest perfectly – whip out your diaries and start planning a magical festive season.

Year after year the arts centre boasts a thought-provoking and varied programme and 2016 is no different – we’ve highlighted just a small bundle of magical events…

Performances and Shows

Southbank Centre presents a new show for the Winter Festival in the form of Bianco – a contemporary and elegant circus production. Prepare to be captivated by the immersive performance – as the show takes place in and around the audience.

Renowned cabaret star, Le Gateau Chocolat debuts his first family-friendly show based on the reworking of The Ugly Duckling. Duckie promises to be a fun-filled caper complete with dress-up, plenty of song and a very important message.

If reliving the music of four rock and roll icons sounds like your idea of a perfect evening then snap up tickets to new musical, Million Dollar Quartet. Based on the real life jam session of Elvis Pressley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – expect to hear hits including Walk the Line, Blue Suede Shows and Sixteen Tons.


Free Events

In the coming months and well into 2017, Southbank Centre will be celebrating Nordic culture – to kick off proceedings, the site will feature some new and unusual guests in the form of Gonks. ‘What they heck are they’ we hear you cry. Head down to Southbank Centre and find out for yourself…

In honour of Southbank Centre’s new circus act, Bianco – take kids along to make circus-inspired craft at this creative, family-friendly event.

Arguably one of the most unique experiences at The Winter Festival is Treehugger – a world-first in terms of virtual reality. Through the use of replica of a giant sequoia tree and a vive vr headset prepare to transported to a hidden world in this new multi-media installation.


Festive Fun

It wouldn’t be the Winter Festival without the enchanting Winter Market. Located near the riverside, explore a cornucopia of designer-makers and delicious food pop-ups amongst the charming wooden chalets.

Get your skates on – Bump roller disco returns for its second year, what could be more fun than spinning around to festive tunes with a Thames back drop!

Imagine this – five floors of the Royal Festival Hall, complete with no less than seven vintage nightclubs. For New Year’s Eve this dreamy scenario is a reality – join this nostalgic spectacular and enjoy music through the decades, dining and even a beauty salon!


Read on for the entire Winter Festival programme