Festival fizz returns

WhizzFizzFest, Aylesbury’s annual children’s literary and arts festival is back for 2021. The eagerly anticipated festival will be returning online and to Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 26 June, with tickets for the headlining events on sale now.

Festival goers can still expect to find the ever-popular headliners, much-loved activities and fizztastic fun as part of 2021’s festival. However, this year, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, things will look a bit different. The festival’s celebrity literary line-up and headlining events will see three family-friendly authors, one illustrator and an interactive storytelling performance brought to whizzfizzers online.

The WhizzFizzFest team has announced that this year’s authors are:

  • Sir Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain’s best-loved story makers and author of timeless literary works such as War HorseThe Butterfly LionKensuke’s Kingdom and Why the Whales Came.
  • Dan Freedman, top football journalist, creator of everyone’s favourite footballer, Jamie Johnson and author of Unstoppable.
  • Eoin Colfer, the mind behind the global bestselling, fantasy-favourite Artemis Fowl and the spin-off series The Fowl Twins.

Each author will be recording a family-friendly, fun and informative online event with a Q&A session at the end, to be broadcast on festival day. Morpurgo will also be joined by Emily Gravett, the multi-award-winning author and illustrator who has brought the latest book A Song of Gladness to life with pictures and colour, for a virtual ‘draw along’.

Find out more and book tickets today on the TicketTailor website.

In true WhizzFizzFest tradition, the day will be a spectacular celebration of children’s art and literature, with many ticketed and free events to be a part of.

Families are invited to get creative at one of the festival’s Brush Party sessions hosted in the beautiful grounds of Bucks County Museum, enjoy the stalls at the festival themed WhizzFizz Market in Market Square, or to take part in one of the exciting dance workshops, Dino Stomp! or Dance Carnival Brazil, at Granville Street Church.

This year’s event will be brimming with stalls and activities in Kingsbury from festival friends, Festive Road, Queens Park Arts Centre and DJ Dan Blaze as well as plenty of street entertainment, from stilt walkers to the comedy news crew, throughout the town.

Festival-goers are invited to explore a world of imagination with interactive storytelling at the Story Stall and from Oxford Story Museum, both offering the opportunity to listen to stories and share your own favourites. And, of course, no WhizzFizzFest would be complete without a selection of local authors at The Exchange.

Along with a whole host of craft videos and activities available online, festival-goers are also invited to leave their mark on WhizzFizzFest 2021 by getting involved in the festival’s art mural – proudly sponsored by Hale Leys Shopping Centre. !

Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: ‘WhizzFizzFest is always an exciting day for Buckinghamshire’s story-loving families and we’re delighted to welcome festival goers back for 2021.

‘WhizzFizzFest has always been a highlight for many families and we hope this year the event continues to build on Buckinghamshire’s fantastic community spirit as we continue to safely take the next steps along the Covid-19 roadmap.’

The festival was inspired by the work of children’s author Roald Dahl, who lived and worked in Princes Risborough.

For more information on each event, and to buy tickets, visit the WhizzFizzFest website or follow @WhizzFizzFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (using the hashtag #WhizzFizzFest) for all the latest announcements and updates on the festival.