Early years fun for East Ren little ones

Isabelle Joss and Louise Montgomery star in The Pokey Hat ' photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Isabelle Joss and Louise Montgomery star in The Pokey Hat ' photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

The annual Early Years Festival returns to East Ren this week, bringing with it arts events for the very youngest of residents and their families.

The fun kicked off yesterday — but fear not, because there’s plenty of theatre, music, dance, storytelling and more planned until the festival ends on July 6.

Head to Eastwood Park Theatre today (1 and 3.30pm, tickets £5 or £15 for a family of four) for

The family show is touring theatres, parks and baton relay events — which means that it’ll return to Eastwood ground on July 16 — but you can catch the full show first this very afternoon.

It’s a musical, interactive show drawing on memories of Glasgow, and specifically the east end, based on stories from the community.

The Pokey Hat offers a rose-tinted, entertaining insght into the way we used to live; childhood songs, games and sweets, the Italian community in Scotland and — inevitably — the significance of the good old fashioned ice cream van.

The show even has its own van, customised and poised to give out ice cream during the show, which is perhaps worth the trip alone.

Also running today and tomorrow is

There’s puppetry and origami with

Tomorrow’s line up includes

It’s just some of a packed programme — for full info, including ongoing workshops and play sessions, visit www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk.

And remember, you can now share all your pictures from East Ren’s big events via our website, at www.glasgowextra.co.uk — so get snapping!