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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bounce, bounce, bounce, along inside a giant bubble?  How about a hike in a tropical jungle – woah watch that lion!  Or what goes on in a top-secret superhero lair?

What if I told you, you can do all this and more with Armchair Adventures?!

My name’s Connie and along with my lovely customers, we make Armchair Adventures. They’re a lovely bunch, you’re going to fit right in! You can read more about our story below (about section).

Armchair Adventures is a mega, fun-packed, adventure-filled podcast for kids. In each episode, you can act, sing and move-along as you, me and the gang embark on a brand-new adventure.

You’ll visit magical places, meet extraordinary people and understand the world around you a little better! Fancy an adventure? Simply scroll down, choose where you’d like to go and click to listen to an episode – it’s totally free!

We release new episodes monthly, on the 2nd Thursday of every month!

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Bonus Episode - Uncle Chris Goes Cruising!

Connie’s Uncle Chris is back!  Uncle Chris spends lots of his time going around schools and communities playing drama games and creating shows!

In this bonus episode, Uncle Chris and the gang head over to Arlies Primary School in Tameside to play lots of drama games based around our Cruise Ship adventure.

Bonus Episode - A Compost Adventure

“While we’re creating new episodes for series 3 of Armchair Adventures, I’ve asked Uncle Chris and my lovely customers to do some drama workshops in schools based on some of our previous episodes!”

Have you ever heard of the alphabet game? Or used your imagination to create your own magical mini-beast?

A Cruise Ship Adventure

Connie has been feeling a bit tired recently, so Cyril suggests we all go blow off some steam on a Cruise Ship adventure. TOOT TOOT! All aboard!

There are plenty of magical surprises in store. Join the Captain for a delicious banquet and run away from pirates…have you ever seen an octopus fold laundry!?

A Local History Adventure

Have you ever wondered what the place where you live was like in the olden days??

“It’s important to know the past, so that we can learn for the future.” Have you ever wondered what the place where you live was like in the olden days?? Let’s hop on John’s MAGICAL time traveling canal boat to find out more! All aboard! “It’s important to know the past, so that we can learn for the future.”

A Dancing Adventure

“It’s hard to feel down when you’re being a funky chicken with your friends!” Time to get your dancing shoes on adventurers!

It’s Pat’s turn to choose the adventure this time, and she is bored of being cooped up alone; she wants to get moving and grooving with her friends!

The Best Bits

Join Connie and the gang as they rewind through their top 5 Armchair Adventures moments

Over the Christmas break, Connie and the gang have been busy choosing their top five favourite ever Armchair Adventures moments and we’ve brought them all together into one lovely podcast for you to enjoy!

A Compost Adventure

“In nature nothing is wasted. Everything is recycled.”

Time to save the planet again and we need your help! You’ll shrink to the size of a beetle along with Connie and the gang, then you explore Hazel’s summer garden. There’s snail rides, ant piggybacks and flying with bumblebees! Wow! The world is so different when you’re teeny!

An Underwater Adventure

“Don’t forget your flippers!”

It’s Connie’s turn to choose the adventure this time and she just wants to get away from it all! So the gang suggest a trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

But will Connie feel better after her underwater adventure with you? You’ll have to listen to find out!

A Unity Adventure

“We have to sing together in one voice before real change can happen.”

You’re on a quest to find the true meaning of equality in the first Armchair Adventure of Series 2! You zip back in time with Connie and the explorers to visit a bunch of awesome humans who stood up for people’s rights. Like Dr Martin Luther King Jnr, Nelson Mandela and ladies from the 1961 space race.
 
Will Connie believe that she can make a difference? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Listen to Armchair Adventures Series 1 podcasts here

Bonus Episode 1

While we’re busy creating the next series of Armchair Adventures, we thought we’d release some bonus episodes for you to enjoy over the summer!

First up, we’re rewinding back to the start, to Linda’s Treetop Adventure in episode 1. If you remember, while exploring the world from up high, we meet a beautiful bird. This was represented by the flute and in this bonus episode we meet the wonderful musician behind it – Amina!

“The music in Armchair Adventures is so important. It really helps set your imagination free!”

You’ll learn how Amina became a professional musician, how she made the music to represent the bird and some top tips for any young musicians out there!

Bonus Episode 2

For this episode, we’ve revisited Jean’s Artistic Adventure, where we also launched our drawing competition!

The episode featured a wonderful seaside landscape, until Connie and the gang got into some tricky waters! The clarinet represented the sound of the Jean and the rest of the customers drawing their adventure, played by  the wonderful Hannah!

In this bonus episode, you’ll learn a bit more about the clarinet, how to play it, and how Hannah made the music for this Armchair Adventure.

Episode 8

Join Connie & her armed forces veterans gang on an Adventure to royal garden party with the Queen!

“…up ahead is Buckingham Palace”
 
With a bunch of armed forces veterans, Connie takes you on an adventure through air, land and sea to try and make it to a royal garden party!  But the gang haven’t got tickets – can they sneak in? Will the Queen find out?
 

Episode 7

Connie isn’t thrilled that one of her explorers Ronny wants to visit a football match. How BORING! But after a few chants and a pep talk, it all ends in a trip to one of the most famous football stadiums in the world! Join Ronny and his favourite club Ashton United on an Armchair Adventure to Wembley!

Episode 6

Go on a music festival adventure with Connie and the gang.

“This is amazing! I can’t wait to see it all!”
 
If we said live music, food trucks, flower headbands and face paints what’s the first thing you’d think of? That’s right, in this episode you’re going to a music festival with Connie and the gang on a music-filled Armchair Adventure!

Episode 5

Connie loves the thought of appearing on stage, her name in lights, dancing and singing to loads of adoring fans. So in this episode, after dreaming of Broadway, the West End, Paris, and Las Vegas, Connie whisks you and her fellow explorers away on a journey you’ll never forget to A Showbiz Wonderland. It’s a magical place where everyone can be the star of the show, including you!

Episode 4

Jean tells us all about her favourite hobby – drawing! She really misses her whole family, but lockdown has helped her reignite her passion for art. But when Jean suggests that the next adventure should be drawing themed, Connie is a little sceptical. She’s a little worried because she’s not the best artist, but being the good sport she is, she agrees to give it a try.

Episode 3

It’s a new year and Carla’s after a change of scenery. She’s always fancied seeing the beautiful northern lights. So she turns to Connie and her gang to help her to float away on an adventure of the imagination!

Join Carla, Connie and her lovely customers on a bubble-filled Armchair Adventure to one of the world’s most stunning wonders. Just be careful not to pop your bubble!

Episode 2

Lynda (with a y!) is a caregiver and has been helping older people during lockdown. Connie reckons she’s a hero, but Lynda isn’t convinced. So Connie takes Lynda and the rest of her lovely customers on an Armchair Adventure to an underground superhero hideout to find out what really being a hero is all about.
 

Episode 1

Linda loves walking and exploring the great outdoors. However, due to lockdown restrictions and shielding her husband Linda’s not been able to get out as much recently. Join Linda as she takes Connie and her ‘lovely customers’ on an Armchair Adventure to magical treetop walk.

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15-year-old Connie lives with her mum and dad in a flat above their family run travel agents in Ashton. As a result of Covid-19, the business was in MAJOR trouble and on the brink of going bust, but when Connie reached out to their ‘amazing customers’, together they came up with an alternative approach to a traditional vacation…
 

Armchair Adventures is a fictional, interactive podcast for kids!

It’s about a teenager called Connie, who lives with her parents above their struggling, family-run travel agents. She has to find a way to save the business, so she reaches out to their ‘lovely customers’. Together they hatch a plan and invent a different way to take a holiday – using your imagination!

In each, sing and move-along episode, you join Connie and her plucky team of explorers as they take you on an Armchair Adventure. You’ll visit magical places and meet extraordinary people, from partying with the Queen or dancing at a music festival, to visiting a superheroes secret lair or trekking on a magical tree top walk!

Armchair Adventures is designed for kids to listen on their own or together as a family or group of friends. It can be played at the weekend, as an after-school treat or at bedtime. It can be popped on during grandparent visits, for car journeys or over video calls with friends – there are endless possibilities for your next adventure!

Over 30 local older people and 25 local musicians, scriptwriters, producers, designers, filmmakers and actors make each episode.

Armchair Adventures

How it started

Armchair Adventures is made by Made By Mortals. We’re a not-for-profit theatre company from Tameside, Greater Manchester. We create people-powered musical theatre that explores health and social challenges. You can find out more about us here.

We started working on Armchair Adventures in March 2020 with our over 65’s group Hearts & Minds. Our community was suffering from isolation and loneliness because of lockdown. So, we wanted to create something that could boost wellbeing, be fun, and be able to be enjoyed by all of the family. Most importantly we wanted to design an activity that could be loved by anyone, at any time. Armchair Adventures was our response
Armchair Adventures

How it’s going

We launched Armchair Adventures series 1 in November 2021 and the response has been so fantastic. In our first series we,
 
  • released 8 episodes.

  • received 23,000 listens from across the world.

  • Hit the Top 25 ‘stories for kids’ category in apple podcasts charts.

  • Delivered virtual ‘Armchair Adventures’ workshops to over 5,000 school children.

  • Received commendations from HRH Prince William and Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. 

  • Heard on BBC Radio 4, Kids Radio and Podcast Radio.

  • Won an MPA award for Best Podcast.

  • Won an Digital City Award – Best use of technology, Not for profit.

Armchair Adventures Series 2 launched in October 2021.

Where will the Adventure take us next?

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