Celebrating the Fantastic for Families Awards with 30 stories
Now in its ninth year, the annual Fantastic For Families Awards celebrate the wealth of outstanding creative provision for families and older audiences across the UK.
On this page you’ll find the shortlist for the annual Fantastic For Families Awards, celebrating the nominees by sharing their 30 Stories of Family Arts engagement, from across the UK.
Find the very best arts providers to see, experience or visit as you explore the 30 nominees this year. You can also discover more fantastic organisations near you in the Fantastic for Families Directory.
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Discover 30 stories of inspiring projects
from across the UK
Best Family Arts Activity Shortlist
This award celebrates creative activities and events that have been developed for families.
Best Age-Friendly Outreach Shortlist
This category recognises age-friendly activities, events, projects and support for older people.
Reminiscence resources for people living with dementia and their carers. As many British Musuems largely focus on the white British experience, in consultation with Caribbean elders, the All Aboard resources and workshops were also developed, aiming to address these gaps. Read more.
A project created to combat social isolation with weekly phone chats on the themes of travel and adventure. The calls encouraged reminiscing, storytelling, companionship, non-digital participation and informal cross-generational conversations. Many of the stories then became part of a radio play. Read more.
Audience Impact & Innovation Award
This award recognises the achievements of creative organisations or cultural event organisers who have demonstrated innovation and adaptability to reach and make a difference to families in need.
Toddington Village Sensory Trails
The trails provided a year-long programme of free sensory, inclusive, and socially distanced outdoor activities. They encouraged walking for wellbeing, creative engagement with natural spaces, and were intergenerational and accessible for people with complex needs. Read more.
Sing Our Story
A bespoke music programme that works with families and professional musicians to co-write and produce a special song for their child based on their interests and personal story. The programme has also been delivered to families with children referred via Young Lives vs Cancer and foster families. Read more.
Fantastic for Families
From festivals and theatre companies to galleries and museums, in our directory you’ll find 1000+ organisations bringing eye-boggling creative events, activities and initiatives to life across the UK.
Family Arts Campaign
Work in the arts industry? Find out more about our work to support you. Dive into our resources library, commit to the Family Arts Standards or create a Family Arts Network in your area.