Stafflex Free Family Day

Our free event for families, with stalls, activities and interactive entertainment.

12 noon-12.30pm Magician Marvin presents Recycle Magic, a fun show that promotes positive environmental messages, from recycling and energy conservation to global warming and pollution. With jaw-dropping magic and help from puppet Billy the Bird!

1.15pm-1.45pm Bhangra demonstration with Hardeep Sahota, the West Yorkshire-based creator of World Bhangra Day and author of Bhangra: Mystics, Music and Migration.

Plus: performance poetry and storytelling with celebrated local peace poet and author (latest book: Read Aloud Proudly) Donavan Christopher, AKA Rappaman.

And: join award-winning children’s authors Salma Zaman and Thom Craigen for fun, interactive colouring activities that explore dream jobs and career aspirations, based on their I Can Do Anything Colouring Book – and enter an exciting colouring competition to win free books!

Free (no booking required)

Age guidance: all ages (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

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Don’t Ask the Dragon 2pm

Join no 1 bestselling author, poet and Festival Patron Lemn Sissay and illustrator Greg Stobbs for a fun storytelling and colouring activity session, with video animation, for young children.

Don’t Ask the Dragon is a heart-warming story about finding joy and home wherever you are. Follow the adventures of Alem, a young boy in search of a place to celebrate his birthday.

This is Lemn Sissay’s first ever children’s book, beautifully illustrated by Greg Stobbs and destined to become an instant classic.

“A lovely book, simple and yet profound. There should be a copy in every nursery.” Jacqueline Wilson

“A stunning new rhyming folk tale for our time … moving, loveable and philosophical.”

Michael Rosen

Also showing at 11am – 12pm (please only show up to your booked slot time)

Free tickets available for children in care. Contact for details.

Age guidance: 2+

For access information, please contact the venue on 01484 519988

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