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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Our HLF/Woven Book Trails return to various Huddersfield districts. Get your community involved and let us know if your village wants to take part.

Check back on this page or follow us on social media to find a trail near you. Or get your community involved and let us know your village is taking part.

The Book Trails are a fun way to create interest as people walk around local areas of the town. Each participant will create a scene or character(s) from a favourite book to display in their garden or window (home or shop/business), and each area will create a map to follow of the various displays.

We encourage the use of eco-friendly and recycled materials, such as old clothes/fabrics to create the displays and the Book Trails are supported by Woven, a biennial festival that celebrates innovation in textiles across Kirklees.

The best entry chosen in each participating area will win a £20 book token and will be put forward to compete with other groups to win a luxury hamper of literary and food items.

For more information on taking part, contact:

Saturday 26 March – Sunday 3 April

Various sites across the town

Book trail map

Book Trails 2022

Free (no booking required)

All ages

Inclusive Sensory Station Session

A free afternoon of activities designed for children and young adults with additional needs, physical and mental disabilities (self-soothing calming areas available). Led by dance and drama teacher and SEN specialist Salma Zaman.

This session will use words, movement, dance and music to engage with participants and allow them to take part in teacher-led activities, as follows:

  1. Sitting or standing, listen to the Being Me poem being recited while engaging with balloons, leaves and bubbles
  2. Take part in a variety of different movement and dance to encourage mobilisation
  3. Have a go at making your own dance
  4. Have a go at making your own music with props and resources
  5. Perform your movement and dance with music
  6. Relax with a no hands massage.
  7. Self-soothing calming areas available throughout the workshop
  8. Self-regulating resources available

Salma Zaman is a trained teacher in dance and drama, an SEN specialist, choreographer and fitness instructor, and the founder and artistic director of Salma’s Bollywood Academy (SBA). Salma has been teaching for many years, providing professional educational school workshops for all ages, levels and abilities, and works closely with several specialist provisions. Salma’s Bollywood Academy was awarded the title ‘Best Dancing School’ for 2019 for its inclusivity.

Salma is also an award-winning author of four children’s books: Bollywood Princess; Help! I Can’t Dance Without My Bhangra Pants (centred on her own son, who has autism); Sally and her Super Snot; and Greedy Gertie, which features a cow who is a wheelchair user. With Thom Craigen, she has produced an inspirational and representational activity book, I Can Do Anything Colouring Book, created to celebrate girls of different South Asian heritages and encourage them to consider a wide range of professions.

With a colleague Nisha Lall, Salma has also produced videos and downloadable activity packs for SEND families for the My Family Creates project, commissioned by the Huddersfield Literature Festival and available on the Festival website.

Free (booking recommended)
Book tickets

Location: Festival Hub

All ages (under 16s and vulnerable adults should be accompanied by a parent or carer)