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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).

Armchair Adventures is a mega, fun-packed, adventure-filled podcast for kids aged 6-10. 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!

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Hey Adventurer! You now get double the Armchair Adventures fun with each adventure split into two parts and released on the first and third Thursday of each month!

A Panto Adventure

In a pantomime everything and everyone ends up happy. I love that!”

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Connie is off to a pantomime with school, but she’s never seen one before so she doesn’t know what to expect. She sets Uncle Chris and Year 3 at Arlies Primary School a very important assignment – they need to find out what ingredients make up a proper good panto! 

A Camaraderie Adventure (Pt 2)

“It’s important to stay calm and together, and encourage each other.”

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It’s crunch time at Armchair Adventures Head Quarters! 

Made By Mortals – the company who help Connie and her customers produce Armchair Adventures – need the next episode ready and pronto. However, the builders have rocked up, so everybody needs to squeeze into the broom cupboard to crack on with all the behind-the-scenes jobs. It’s chaos!

A Camaraderie Adventure (Pt 1)

“In the forces we do almost everything as a team, which really helps to get the job done and reduce feelings of stress at the same time.”

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Connie has been feeling a bit stressed out. There’s loads to do behind the scenes to make an Armchair Adventures episode and she has been tackling it all alone.

A Poetry Adventure (Pt 2)

Join us for part two of A Poetry Adventure! Connie is struggling with her homework – she has to write a poem but she doesn’t know where to start. Luckily, our resident poet Pauline and the rest of the gang are on a mission to help her. In part one they took her on a journey into their favourite poems to show her how it’s done.

Now it’s Connie’s turn to put pen to paper. It’s the only way for her to leave the world of poetry and get back home in time to hand in her homework! Will Connie do it, listen to fun out…

A Poetry Adventure

“But the thing is, we’ll be traveling through the world of poems. So as soon as we land in a poem, we won’t be able to come back until you’ve written your own!”

Welcome to series three of Armchair Adventures. Yes, that’s right – Connie and the gang are back! You’ll visit so many exciting places adventurers, and it all kicks off with part one of A Poetry Adventure!

Bonus Episode - Series 3 Trailer

“Ahhh, this is the life eh! Sitting on the beach, suntanning by the sea…” 🏖️ Join Uncle Chris and Connie as they near the end of their summer holidays, ready for another action packed, imagination fuelled series of Armchair Adventures.

Uncle Chris and Connie have an idea… listen here to find out 👇 Series 3 starts on Thursday 6th October with ‘A Poetry Adventure.’ Hit follow or subscribe to get this in your feed as soon as it’s released!

Listen to Armchair Adventures Series 2 podcasts here

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Bonus Episode - Guess The Guest!

“Right first of all we need some ‘Guess The Guest’ gameshow music!” In this bonus episode, the last one before we start series 3, Connie checks in with Uncle Chris and the gang to find out what they’ve been unto on their summer holidays. The launch of series 3 is just around the corner and everyone at Armchair Adventures HQ is super excited, especially when Connie reveals that we’ll have a very special guest! Fingers on buzzers, because it’s time to play Guess The Guest! Adventurer, can you work out who our mystery VIP will be?

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.

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!?

Bonus Episode - Meet Uncle Chris!

“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 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!

 

Armchair Adventures

How it started

Armchair Adventures is produced by Made By Mortals. We’re a not-for-profit theatre company from Tameside, Greater Manchester. We create podcasts, films and music theatre shows that bring people’s experience to life. 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.
 
Each episode features ideas, stories and the voices of our over 65’s theatre group.
 
In total, over 30 local older people and 25 local musicians, scriptwriters, producers, designers, filmmakers and actors make each series.
Armchair Adventures

How it’s going

We launched Armchair Adventures in September 2020 and the response has been so fantastic. To date we’ve
 
  • Released 23 episodes.

  • Won – Bronze ‘Best Kids & Family Podcast’, British Podcast Awards 2022

  • Become Virgin Atlantic’s 1st inflight kids podcast.

  • 50,000+ listens from across the world.

  • Hit the Top 20 ‘stories for kids’ category in apple podcasts charts.

  • Delivered ‘Armchair Adventures’ workshops to over 10,000 school children.

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

  • Received coverage on BBC Radio 4, Kids Radio, Podcast Radio and in Podbible

  • Won – MPA award for Best Podcast.

  • Won – Digital City Award 2021 – Best use of technology, Not-for-profit.

  • Winner – BBC Make A Difference Awards 2022

Armchair Adventures Series 3 launched in October 2022.
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