Festival looms large
The countdown is officially on for this year’s WhizzFizzFest, Aylesbury’s fantastic family-friendly literary and arts festival taking place in Aylesbury town centre on Saturday June 22.
With less than one month to go until the big day, everyone is invited to take a look at the selection of activities, events and entertainment for all festival-goers to enjoy.
Aylesbury Vale District Council and WhizzFizzFest’s gold sponsors Hale Leys Shopping Centre and Aylesbury Garden Town, are welcoming three family-favourite authors to WhizzFizzFest 2019, as well as the return of festival friend, Dame Darcey Bussell, and a host of free activities throughout the day.
This year’s literary line-up includes Cressida Cowell, author of the incredible How to Train Your Dragon series, Judith Kerr, whose The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog series are amongst the country’s best loved children’s titles, and Nick Butterworth, award-winning author and illustrator of the adored Percy the Park Keeper series. WhizzFizzFest, open from 10.30am – 5.30pm, is also delighted to welcome back ballerina extraordinaire Dame Darcey Bussell, who will be returning with her DDMix Dance Fitness schools’ dance competition at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, supported by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Maddox and The Aylesbury Rock Choir. Tickets for these headlining events are available from www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk/tickets
The beautiful gardens of Bucks County Museum, in the heart of Aylesbury’s historic old town, will host a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. A range of wraps and a selection of homemade treats make up the street-food inspired adult menu, whilst for younger whizzfizzers, there’s a traditional picnic offering finger sandwiches and both a healthy and sweet treat. With three different sittings available (12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm) and some entertainment to enjoy, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax and refresh before heading back out to explore all that WhizzFizzFest has to offer.
Tickets are also available for entry into WhizzFizzFest’s colourful fancy dress competition, taking place on the Runway Stage at 12.30pm as well as for the 500 Words Challenge – The Final Chapter, an exciting event celebrating Aylesbury Vale’s young aspiring authors as the winner of Queens Park Arts Centre’s 500 Words Challenge is revealed, supported by musical and dance performances by Adele Peters Performing Arts School.
WhizzFizzFest is also offering a funfair at Kingsbury and an inclusive mix of fantastical free entertainment. The cobbled streets of Market Square will host more than 1,000 schoolchildren from across Aylesbury Vale in the spectacular children’s literary parade. Featuring costumes, puppets and WhizzFizzFest’s unmissable five-metre-tall Giant (Whizzton Fizzley), the parade, which starts at 10.30am, will bring the town centre to life with colour, music and creativity.
Situated at the top of Market Square, the Runway Stage has a varied schedule of entertainment. Festival-goers can expect the return of all of WhizzFizzFest’s favourites including, the fantastic fancy dress competition, Young Artist’s Showcase, performances by theatre group Vivo D’Arte and Holy Cow’s fashion show and Bhangra dancers. Plus there’ll be special performances by Unbound Theatre at The King’s Head.
Joining the celebration is a selection of local authors including Darren St Mart, Jill Stanton-Huxton, Mark Elvy, Christine Tennent and Aaliyah Neil, all playing their part to help inspire the imaginations and creativity of local children.
And the selection of free activities and entertainment doesn’t stop there… there’s bubbleologists, balloonists, storytellers, live music, dancers, street performers, Calibre Audio Library drop-in recording sessions, Festive Road creative workshops and the debut of the WhizzFizzQuest for festival-goers to enjoy throughout the day.
For more information on all the activities, entertainment and events, and to buy tickets, visit: www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk
Last year’s festival.
The festival is inspired by the work of late author Roald Dahl, who lived and worked in Princes Risborough.