14 June 2016
Normanby Hall Country Park is ready to launch a month-long festival celebrating words and stories on Sunday 1 July 2018.
The Power of Words Festival will see events taking place across North Lincolnshire throughout July including artist workshops, live outdoor theatre, music and storytelling performances, interactive family games and much more.
The festival is the latest initiative from the council to promote literacy throughout our communities and follows on from the success of the Words Count project, our world-leading Imagination Library programme, and the work of the North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust.
At the launch event for the festival at Normanby Hall, we’ll be kicking things off with a fancy dress family fun run at 10am in association with Curly’s Athletes.
Although fancy dress is optional, we would love to see children and their families dressed as their favourite literary characters as they fly around the 3km course.
At 10.30am and 12pm, the Music Hub Band will be entertaining us with the Great North Lincolnshire Rhyme Challenge Singalong. This is an opportunity for families to join in singing their favourite nursery rhymes, old and new, with a live band.
From 10am to 4pm, you can delve into Alice’s Wonderland in the ‘Imaginarium’ on the main lawn in front of the Hall. This giant tent houses a completely immersive experience for children and their families to explore.
The Fabularium Theatre Company will return to North Lincolnshire with performances of ‘Town Band of Bremen’ a family show about four animals who share a passion for music with storytelling, live music, masks and puppetry upon a medieval cart.
Then, why not try your hand at the treasure hunt from Frolicked Puppet Theatre. The hunt will take you through the woods and gardens to tell a story with interactive performances and games along the way.
This hunt will continue at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and in Church Square on Sunday 8 July, then Saturday 21 July at North Lincolnshire Museum, with the final part of the treasure hunt taking place at a secret location which participants will find out as they take part in earlier hunts.
Look out for fun Mischief Makers activities provided by the Children’s University, plus outdoor theatre performances by Fabularium and magical storytelling sessions with the Travelling Treasury throughout the day too!
Normal admission charges for Normanby Hall Country Park apply for the Power of Words Festival Launch.
You can register for the family fun run on the Curly's Athletes website.
Places cost just £2.80 per child and each participant will receive a medal and a goody bag. Fun run places are limited to 150 so book early to avoid disappointment.
Why not make the most of your trip to Normanby Hall by getting an annual pass, allowing you to come back to the Hall for events and days out as many times as you like for a year. Visit the wNormanby Hall website for more information.
Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member for Culture on North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“The Power of Words Festival will have something for everyone – from storytelling and craft activities, to live theatre performances and musical extravaganzas! We wanted to launch the festival to showcase the true power of words and how important literacy, language and reading are in our everyday lives.
“What better way to launch the festival than at Normanby Hall. There’ll be lots going on on the day so we look forward to seeing you there!”
Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Families, Learning and Leisure, added:
“As a council we have worked for many years to promote literacy throughout our communities, giving children the best start in life and promoting a life-long love of books and reading.
“Our Imagination Library book-gifting scheme has gone from strength to strength, with over 90 per cent of our under-fives receiving a free book every month. We have promoted the importance of literacy for children and adults through our Words Count initiative for many years now, and last year we helped found the North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust to further support literate communities.
“The Power of Words Festival celebrates the success of our drive for literacy `and continues that work, which we’re all so passionate about.”
July is set to be a month of fun across North Lincolnshire for the Power of Words Festival, with events taking place in Central Park, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, the museum, Scunthorpe Central, libraries and elsewhere.
Take a look at the full list of events for the Power of Words Festival on our website.
The Power of Words Festival is made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.