Giant with no name

There’s an unmissable, giant new visitor coming to Aylesbury town centre as part of celebrations for this year’s WhizzFizzFest. Aylesbury’s children’s literary and arts festival is on Saturday June 22, and help is needed to name this larger-than-life addition.

It stands at five metres tall, two metres wide, and is made from a combination of metal, wood and assorted textiles, so festival-goers won’t be able to miss the mechanically-powered giant puppet. Created by the talented Outdoor Arts company, Festive Road, the giant will be attending in prime position next to Aylesbury Market Square’s clock tower and will be overseeing all the day’s activities as well as the festival’s parade.

Already more than 20 schools are signed up to take part in the parade and local schoolchildren are crafting an array of smaller puppets to carry. As the parade passes through the town and around Market Square, the giant will be there to give them all a welcoming wave. Designed and dressed ready for a day of whizzfizzing fun, all the festival’s new friend is missing is a name.

Throughout April, WhizzFizzFest is running a ‘Name the Giant’ online competition, inviting all WhizzFizzFest enthusiasts to send in their name suggestions. The prize draw is open to everyone and there is no restriction on the number of entries that can be made, meaning it is an opportunity to get imaginative and creative. 

The winner will not only receive a family ticket to Gulliver’s Land Milton Keynes, but will also see their suggested name included on the giant for all to see and join the creators behind the scenes on the big day.

Martine Frost, Festive Road Executive Director, said: ‘We’re excited to be working with WhizzFizzFest and having the opportunity to use our unique skills to bring to life our mechanically-powered, giant puppet. Our fusion of art and engineering brings imagination and technology together in ingenious and creative ways. We pride ourselves on our art being participatory and accessible to all and this competition to name the giant is a perfect opportunity to do just that.’

The WhizzFizzFest is inspired by author Roald Dahl, who lived and worked in Princes Risborough.

The competition closes on Tuesday April 30, with the winner being chosen and notified on Friday May 3. For more information and to enter the competition, follow @WhizzFizzFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or alternatively take a look at the WhizzFizzFest Name the Giant competition page. 

WhizzFizzFest is also welcoming some ‘giants’ of children’s literature to the day and tickets are still available