Fest full of fizz

Aylesbury Vale District Council is welcoming family favourite authors and illustrators to join them at WhizzFizzFest 2020, the town’s annual family-friendly literary and arts festival.

The eagerly-anticipated festival will be returning to Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 27 June, with tickets for many events on sale from World Book Day, Thursday 5 March.

Alongside a whole host of free activities, this year festival-goers can enjoy comedy with author, broadcaster and former favourite BBC Blue Peter presenter, Konnie Huq; action with Horrible Histories illustrator and author-illustrator of Lesser Spotted Animals, Martin Brown; and a fizztastic opportunity to create new words with an interactive performance inspired by Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words.

This takes place at the historic St Mary’s Church and visitors will need tickets to get creative with fact-tastic shows, live draw-alongs, brain busting quizzes and games galore.

Bigger and better than before, the main stage in Market Square will host returning favourites from the Runway Stage such as the much-loved fancy dress competition, the Young Artists’ Showcase and plenty more free entertainment and activities.

WhizzFizzFest will also be brimming with involving and creative workshops as well as the spectacular giant puppet parade through the town centre, made up of hundreds of local school children.

There will be arts and crafts from Festive Road and National Paralympic Heritage Trust in Kingsbury, a whole host of whizzfizzing fun planned for Bucks County Museum and plenty of street entertainment such as face painting and a bubbleologist throughout the town.

Festival-goers are invited to explore a world of imagination with interactive storytelling from the Anarchist’s Mobile Library and Story Museum’s Magical Pumpkin Tent, both offering the perfect opportunity to listen to stories or dress up as a favourite character.

No WhizzFizzFest would be complete without the amazing selection of local authors also at The Exchange.

Councillor Paul Irwin, AVDC Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure said: ‘WhizzFizzFest is always an exciting day for Aylesbury town centre, and with this year’s line up it looks like it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

‘It’s great that we’re able to welcome such wonderful names to the festival and we can’t wait to reveal what other exciting, accessible and whizzfizzing fun there is in store for the day. Don’t miss out on your chance to get tickets.’

With many ticketed and free events to attend, the festival will be another spectacular celebration of children’s art and literature. Tickets will be on sale from 12 noon on Thursday 5 March, to celebrate World Book Day. For more information on each event, and to buy tickets, visit: www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk