Festival fizzes back

The countdown has begun for this year’s literary and arts festival WhizzFizzFest.

It takes place in Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 2 July from 10.30am to 4pm.

With just two weeks to go until the big day, everyone is invited to view the incredible selection of activities, events and entertainment for festivalgoers to enjoy.

Buckinghamshire Council has welcomed two best-selling, family-favourite authors to WhizzFizzFest. It also sees the return of a variety of friends, including Queens Park Arts Centre, which will be attending the event with its specially written Unbound Theatre performances. Festive Road will also be back with giant puppets.

DJ Dan Blaze will return and host main stage performances throughout the day.

This year’s literary line-up includes best-selling author Chris Smith, who will be introducing his new laugh-out-loud book ‘Frankie Best Hates Quests’, and multi-award-winning author-illustrator Lauren Child, whose books are known and loved worldwide. Tickets for these headlining events are available on the WhizzFizzFest website.

Some new and familiar literary faces can be seen at the festival. Joining the celebration is a selection of local authors, including Christine Tennent with ‘Horace Burp’, Darren St Mart with ‘The Lowly Chicken’, Jill Stanton-Huxton with ‘Harvey and the Moon Bus’ and Rachel Sherfield with ‘Mrs Blossom and Sniffy’.

Tickets are also available for an interactive book club for super-spies show at Aylesbury Library and the show will also be visiting Amersham, Burnham, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Bourne End and High Wycombe libraries. The show is for five- to 11 year olds and their families.

The walled garden of Discover Bucks Museum, located in the heart of Aylesbury’s historic old town, will host three step-by-step art classes with help from the Brush Party. People can drink, chat and create their own masterpiece – all while having fun.

In true WhizzFizz tradition, a number of pupils from across Aylesbury Vale will take part in a spectacular children’s parade. It will feature costumes and puppets made by the children during artist workshops they have attended in the run-up to the day.

The parade, which starts at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am, will bring colour, music and creativity to the town centre.

The main stage has an impressive schedule of entertainment for all to enjoy. Festival-goers can enjoy Live art competitions, see the Young Artists’ Showcase, watch performances from Adele Peters Performing Arts School and admire acts from new musical ‘Hexwood School of Sorcery’.

Onstage visitors can also enjoy Magic Frostie shows, magic from Sean Bless and music from Kaylie.

Adding more colour to the day, there are stilt walkers, a Disney Princess, live music, dancers, street performers, a giant art mural, Festive Road creative workshops, a Snappy Snaps selfie stall and the debut of ‘WhizzFizzFest after hours (for 14-plus) to enjoy at The Petri Dish, where people can enjoy stand-up comedy and live music at the Petri Dish café bar.

The WhizzFizzFest was originally inspired by children’s author Roald Dahl, who lived in Princes Risborough.

To see the full-line up of all the activities, entertainment and events, and to buy tickets, visit the WhizzFizzFest website.

Fantastic Mr Fox giant puppet at Aylesbury’s WhizzFizzFest in 2020