The Mini Vault Festival, Waterloo, Jan, Feb & March 2016


Discover a magical world for under 11s at the Mini Vault Festival which runs until March 6th this year with special events at the weekends for kids. (Schedule is on the link above, with weekend events)


The schedule has free fantastic shows and festivities, and a couple of ticketed events. As well as circus, magic, theatre and comedy there is storytelling, games, live music, interactive installations, face painting, a baby space.


The 2016 festival programme includes the stunning Pirates of the Carabina, a new show commission from Trygve Wakenshaw, poetry with Roger McGough and installations by Tim Spooner and Fevered Sleep. As well as an under 3s dance show from Lithuania and free soft play. Stay and play all day with pirates, clowns, magicians and jellyfish! Dance to an exquisite line-up of DJs and bands, and get involved with amazing art adventures, and try something bonkers like beatboxing or family palm reading, all in the magnificent ​maze ​of caves and caverns​ under Waterloo station​.


The Grown Up Bit

They’re open Wednesday – Sunday every week until March 6th. On weekdays they open up just before 6pm; and at weekends as early as 10am. Just coming for a look around? They’re open to the public, so you don’t need a show ticket to get in.

Skip the last half hour of work and get here early; you won’t regret it. Grab a drink and get comfortable: our cavernous Underbar seats hundreds and with The Den, the Upper Bar, and the Suffolk Punch on top, there’s space around every corner to nestle in.

Important Info;

Do I have to pay to enter the festival?
Entry is free on our Festival Weekends: 30 & 31 January | 13 & 14 February | 27 & 28 February
On 6 February and 5 March we have our parties, Big Fish Little Fish Rave and Mini Rumpus party. Entry for this is ticketed and you will not be able to enter the venue without paying. We recommend you booking in advance as these events are likely to sell out!
Big Fish Little Fish Tickets: £15/£12
Mini Rumpus Party Tickets: £12/£8
Where is Mini VAULT Festival?
We are in the tunnels under Waterloo Station: The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN.
By Overground
Exit Waterloo station via Exit 1, next to Platform 1. Turn right out of Exit 1. Continue straight for 100m until you come to a set of stairs, walk down the stairs and turn right onto Leake Street, the graffiti tunnel. The Vaults will then be visible on your right hand side.
If arriving via Waterloo East, walk to Waterloo main station and follow instructions above.
By Underground
Exit station onto Waterloo Road, Sainsbury’s landmark opposit exit. Turn right towards Old Vic Theatre. At Old Vic Theatre crossroads turn right onto Bayliss Road. Turn right onto Lower Marsh, market and local shops road. Continue straight for 100m until you come to a ramp on your right hand side going underground onto Leake Street. The Vaults will be visible on your right hand side.
By Car
Exit onto Leake Street via York Road. Opposite London Eye landmark.
Closest parking available at U-Park, 2 Addington Street, SE1 7RY
What are the age restrictions? Do young children need tickets?
Each show has different age guidelines and restrictions. ‘Guidelines’ have been put in place to give you indication of content and suitability. ‘Restrictions’ mean that children under a certain age will not be admitted to the show.
For the show Puzzle, babies of all ages need tickets. For everything else, all children over the age of 1 need to have a ticket.
Do babies need tickets?​
For the show Puzzle, babies of all ages need tickets. For everything else, all children over the age of 1 need to have a ticket.
For our parties, Big Fish Little Fish Rave (6 Feb) and Mini Rumpus Party (5 March) babies are free and don’t need tickets.​
Do adults need tickets?
Yes. Adults need to purchase tickets.