MiniFest is a special week of performances, workshops and free activities, for children aged 6 months to 12 years, and their families. As well as performances and workshops, there are free drop-in activities running every day in the Barn and the Garden.

Read the feature from Creative Scotland here:


“Thanks for such a lovely welcome on Friday and we all had a wonderful time.”
Scottish Dance Theatre

“me and H absolutely loved it! What an amazingly funny, talented and utterly engaging performer Jango Starr was! I thought all of the young children remained pretty much mesmerised by his performance which for a mime lasting 45 minutes was quite a feat. It was only when we left that H observed there had been no words spoken! Amazing! “
Audience member – One Man Shoe 

“We joined this group (Musical Bumps) and all 4 children loved it! Then we all had a great time at the craft session making masks, well done everyone”
Brenda Anderson

MiniFest was set up to showcase and develop new work for children and to develop family audiences at Woodend Barn. MiniFest is now a bi-annual festival of work for young children.

The pilot MiniFest took place in October 2015. The Festival offered a week of performances, workshops and drop-in craft activities. Artists and companies taking part included Banchory Library, the People’s Theatre Company, Stillmotion, All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, Frozen Charlotte, Matthew Sharp, Visible Fictions and local artists Gabrielle Reith and Philip Thompson. The reaction from audiences was extremely positive with many people visiting Woodend Barn for the first time. The Festival featured 3 sell out shows and workshops with a total audiences of over 600.

MiniFest 2 took place over the Easter Holidays in April 2016.
Audience: 711 | Performances: 10 | Workshops: 13 | Films: 1 | Companies involved: 6 | Individual Artists: 7

Download the Programme here | October 2015 | April 2016