Coming up at Retford Library

by | 27 January 2024 | Children's Group, Hobbies, Library, Performing Arts, Retford

Pop in to the library to find out about their February half term activities for children – in addition to all the following.

Family Theatre: Boxed In – 14th February, 3.30pm to 4.15pm

Who says a line should always be straight? What’s wrong with zig zags? Or how about curves?

Boxed In follows the journey of someone who can’t make head nor tail of the unspoken rules that surround us all. Sometimes stop means go and go means stop. Are you supposed to go this way, or that?

Sometimes it’s up and sometimes it’s down. In a world where everyone else seems to understand, it can all get a bit confusing. And when you get it wrong, you’re made to sit out, but you don’t understand why. It seems so unfair. This heartfelt story is about being made to feel naughty, just because the rules don’t make sense.

A playful show about (mis)understanding the rules. Programmed in association with the Sparks Arts for Children. Library members £4.00, non-members £7.00. Suitable for children aged three to six and their families. 45 minutes plus play time. Largely non-verbal, so accessible to a wide range of people including BSL users and non-English speakers.

Booking advised at

Retford Library’s Poetry Café – Monday 19th February, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Join Retford staff for a relaxing afternoon of poetry. Bring along a poem suitable to the theme and a favourite of your choice to share, or just listen to others. Booking advisable. Tickets £1.00 to include refreshments.

Keep Calm and Carry Yarn – Thursday 8th and 22nd February, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Fortnightly sessions. Bring along your own craft project to work on and have a chat with others over coffee and biscuits. £1.00 to include refreshments.

Magical Missions (in association with Nottingham Playhouse) – Thursday 29th February, 2.00pm

Join Marian on a magical mission which takes us far away from Sherwood Forest, with guidance along the way from the Magical Major Oak. A playful and interactive session for children aged two to four and their grown-ups. £2.00 per person. Booking advised at

Retford Library Writers’ Group – Thursday 1st, 15th and 29th February, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Fortnightly sessions. Come along, listen and share. An informal friendly group with members at different stages of the writing process, including beginners.

Rattle Rhyme and Roll – Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.00am to 10.20am

Stories and rhymes for the under fives in the children’s library. Just turn up and join in the fun.

Board Games

Retford Library has a selection of new and exciting board games for a range of ages for you to enjoy throughout the library. Come along and try something new.

For further information about any of these events and to book tickets, phone 01777 708724, email, visit or visit the library’s Facebook page.