Ideas unveiled for family festival fun
DETAILS of family and children’s events at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival have been revealed.
On Saturday, October 20, at Rochdale Central Library author Richard O’Neill presents live interactive reading of his latest enchanting story – Polonius the Pit Pony. He’ll also read other stories, and provide tips on how to create your own picture book.
He will be followed by the much loved ventriloquist and magician John Piper who performs his popular Puppet Show, which is suitable for children aged 3+. Extra tickets have been released after the show originally sold out.
At 1pm on Saturday there’s a Kid’s Silent Disco, presented by ‘Our Kids Social’ at Touchstones Rochdale – promising lots of fun for families with chil- ●●Brown’s Cakes on St Mary’s Gate (left) will host a Dennis the Menace and Friends Cupcake Faces class while ventriloquist and magician John Piper (right) will be performing dren aged four and above. With kids’ pop on one channel and adults’ guilty pleasures on the other.
On Sunday, October 21, Brown’s Cakes on St Mary’s Gate host a Dennis the Menace and Friends Cupcake Faces class.
On Monday, October 22, you can walk like an Egyptian, right into the treasure vaults of ancient history. A magical ‘Hidden Treasures tour’ begins with a secret you’ll only find out the location - in Rochdale - 48 hours before the event.
Guests will then be taken on a guided tour of the treasures of Rochdale’s Egyptology collection by museum curator Karen Heatley. There will be a chance to see historically significant and precious objects and hear about their secret stories.
Littleborough Library hosts an Art Junkies workshop, suitable for ages sevena and above, where artist Maryanne Royle will teach how everyday rubbish can be turned into art while Dr Karl Williams explores the scientific approach to recycling.
For young people aged 14 to 25, there’s another ‘Generation Z’ programme.
Councillor Janet Emsley cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture said: “We’ve some fantastic family events again this year. Whether you’ve got a toddler looking to be entertained or children who are looking for something a bit different, you’ll find it at this festival.”
Tickets for most activities are priced no more than £4 and several shows are free.