Holiday Academies

If you’re looking for a way for your children (aged 3 to 16) to have a brilliant time, burn off some energy, improve their confidence, and meet new friends, look no further than our fantastic holiday courses that run during the school holidays from 10am-4pm daily, usually Monday to Friday.

We take a unique and proven approach, honed over 20 years. We start with the name of the theme – that’s all! Over the course of 5 days the students invent the story, devise the scenes, script the play (with us following on behind typing things up) and then putting on an amazing show for families and friends. It also means that every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.

We often use the SandPit Theatre for the final show and recently we’ve been trying new things, such as performing around the school campus promenade-style. But wherever we stage it, the final show is always a smash!

And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions.

We accept Childcare Vouchers and now we offer early drop offs too.

And in 2020 the Covid situation inspired us to even greater creative heights! 

A Best Theatre Arts holiday workshop is not just a drama class, a singing class or a dancing class – it is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in.

This is what happened in 2021 summer courses

For ages 6 to 16

Wonderland!  26-30 July (St Albans)

Alice was older but wanted to return to Wonderland. This may have been a mistake! Somebody stole the tea (and the T’s) so Weeldedum and Weedledee and the Whie Rabbi got very confused!

Waitless   2-6 August (St Albans)

Far away on the edge of space the Great Galactic Bake Off is in full swing with contestants from throughout the universe. In the meantime aliens were after our recipes and kidnapped humans via a black hole. We performed this outside and even had an immersive UV light experience!

The Lost World  9-13 August (St Albans)

Stranded on a strange island by an evil pilot our adventurers went in search of the Golden Unicorn – and they kind of found it…

And acting specialist classes for ages 11+

[email protected] – Comedy 26-30 July (St Albans)

Exploring the surpringly complex but totally enterrtaining world of acting for comedy – the techniques, the tricks and the delivery. A week of acting fun ending with a performance for family and friends! Ages 11+

[email protected] – Shakespeare 2-6 August (St Albans)

OK – here’s the play, but what does it all mean? What makes his works so timeless? And can we have some fun here? Working with Shakespeare can be amazingly exciting, creative and fulfilling. Here’s a week to help you approach his works with confidence and anticipation! Ages 11+

[email protected] – Film & TV  9-13 August (St Albans)

Why is acting for the camera so different? What are the basic techniques you’ll need? And what are some of the clever tricks? We’ll explire all this and end with a filmed piece to show family and friends. Ages 11+

Register your interest for a holiday course



£180 (age 6+) £160 (ages 3 to 5) Discounts for siblings and multi-week bookings Early drop off £25 per week

From 3 months to 5 years,
a fabulous introduction to performance

Acting, singing, dancing, fun and friendship
for ages 6 to adult

Technique, stagecraft, confidence & performance
for ages 8 to adult

Skills in front and behind the lens
for ages 11 upwards