Ideas un­veiled for fam­ily fes­ti­val fun

Rochdale Observer - - MEMORY WALK - Stefan.jajecznyk @sja­jecznyk

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.

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