Live BBC Outside Broadcasts for Children in Need appeal night

Digital Content Producer

As I'm sure you all know by now, this year's BBC Children in Need appeal night takes place this Friday, with a whole host of entertainment coming to you direct from BBC TV Centre in London.

However, there are lots of other BBC Children in Need outside broadcasts being staged right around the UK. Have a look at our list below to see where your nearest one is. Why not pop along and enjoy a Pudsey-tastic night with your local BBC TV teams?

We advise checking with the venue before travelling to confirm ticketing arrangements and event timings. We cannot be held responsible for any late changes to broadcasts or events.


6pm - 10pm, Beach Ballroom, Beach Promenade, Aberdeen

This year BBC Scotland are bringing Children in Need to The Beach Ballroom. Presented by Jackie Bird who will be in amongst the audience finding out what they have done to raise money for Children in Need. There will also be two very special performances from the BBC Scotland Children in Need Choir.

Jackie Bird dances with Pudsey Bear


6pm - 10pm, BBC Mailbox, Birmingham

Entertainment will include music and dance in the BBC Public Space, and an entertainer and brass band outside.


6.30pm onwards, West Road Concert Hall (Cambridge University Concert Hall), 11 West Road, Cambridge

Choir concert at Cambridge University Concert Hall. Tickets:


6pm - 10pm, The University Forum, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter

Lots of Pudsey fun on the night with stilt walkers, circus acts, live music, mountain bike stunt displays, interactive fun science activities and lots more. Come along in fundraising costumes, fancy dress or wearing bright spots. Will be broadcasting live from the University into the Spotlight programme at 1830, in the run up to the big event where the scene will be set for the Children in Need television broadcasts throughout the evening to 10pm. Tickets:


6.30pm - 9pm, Conkers Discovery Centre in the National Forest, Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Derbyshire

Activities include face-painting, crafts and music and children can explore the Conkers Enchanted Forest adventure play area. The Olive Tree restaurant will be also be open. BBC East Midlands Today presenter Anne Davies will be hosting the event and broadcasting live from Conkers throughout the evening from 6.30pm


6.20pm - 10pm, Glyndebourne, New Road, Ringmer, Lewes, East Sussex

The BBC and Glyndebourne will host a special evening of fun and music at the world famous opera house. A choir of over two hundred children from across the South East will come together for the first time to perform. The event will be hosted by Danny Pike from BBC Sussex and broadcast live from 6.30pm on BBC One in the South East, presented by Julia George. There is no dress code for the event but please wrap up warm.  Tickets:


6pm - 10pm, The Tower of London ice rink

Ice-skating outside the Tower of London, 1 hour session (from 6-7pm). Need to arrive 45minutes before ice skating session.  BBC London will be broadcasting live from the side of the ice-rink where they’ll be meeting and saying thank you to London fundraisers. Tickets:


6.30pm - 10pm, Alnwick Gardens (at Alnwick Castle), Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1YU

A spectacular After-Dark Party with entertainment such as a Zip Wire, balloon artists, Punch and Judy shows, circus workshops, a magician, face painters, stilt walkers and musical accompaniment. Tickets:


6pm - 10pm, Museum of Lancashire, Stanley Street, Preston PR1 4YP (01772 534075)

The North West OB will have Hacker the dog playing judge to all the fundraisers. Fundraising heroes will speak about their achievements as young people getting involved. Entertainment also include a Bluegrass Band bringing banjos, a bath of slime, face painters. Please contact the Museum to check if tickets are required.


6pm - 9.30pm, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX

The attractions at the Magna Science Adventure Centre will be open for people to look around. There will also be a choir and live TV broadcasts.


7pm, Baths Hall, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, South Humberside DN15 7RG

Concert hosted by Peter Levy and Paul Hudson and parts of it will be broadcast live on Look North. Choirs taking part include; Hot Gospel, Voice Call, Shower Singers, Harmony Lincs, Ling Moor Primary School Choir, St Mary's College Hull and the Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir. Tickets cost £10 -


6pm - 10pm, STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EH

BBC Wiltshire’s Lee Stone will broadcast his drivetime programme live from the STEAM museum. BBC Wiltshire’s Ben Prater will be joined by Mark Millar from BBC One’s DIY SOS to host an area of entertainment within the museum. Come along in fancy dress!  Tickets:


6.30pm - 9.30pm, InTech Hands-On Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

Broadcasting live during the 6.30pm evening news, choir and other exhibits and activities. Refreshments available to purchase.


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