Tuesday, 30 January 2018

February Half Term Fun with WayWord Family Arts Festival at Storyhouse, Chester - 17th to 24th February

If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this February Half Term (17th to 24th Feb), then the multi award-winning Storyhouse Chester have recently revealed a fantastic line-up of events for families to enjoy.

Family arts festival, WayWord, is now in its 5th year and is a week long festival that is dedicated to families and children. For seven days, Storyhouse in Chester will have a programme, featuring performances, workshops, children's illustrators, writers and discos.

Alex Clifton, artistic director at Storyhouse said: "We are so excited to be bringing our family festival to Storyhouse for the first time. WayWord is a celebration of ideas, of playing, being creative, learning and having fun together."

Gruffalo Illustrator Axel Scheffler will be coming to Chester on the 22nd February to talk about his latest book with Smartie winner Julia Donaldson - The Ugly Five. Waterstones Children's Book Winner, Jonny Duddle will also be returning to the festival to discuss his latest adventure in the pirate world Scurvy Sands.

There will be performances for families to enjoy in Storyhouse's theatre - Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs based on the bestselling picture books will be on stage on Tuesday 20th February and beatboxer Lee Gibling will perform and give a workshop on Saturday 17th February. Musicians, Kabantu return to Chester to perform a concert followed by a music-making workshop for ages 4+. There will also be lectures on the Science of Doctor Who and Star Wars.

New for 2018 is WayWord Flicks - a selection of family favourite short films, screened on Storyhouse's Big Screen located in the art deco foyer. Price includes a ticket, headsets for audio and a snack.

Workshops will feature throughout the week: Storyhouse's in house dance theatre company Fallen Angels are doing a dance workshop for all the family on Monday 19th February. Creaters of Wallace and Gromit  Aardman Studios will lead a session on clay modelling. Acapella singer James Sills will do a workshop on performing songs from musicals, followed by a performance in the Garret. There will also be a hip-hop dance workshop, plus code a drone, Lego stop motion and computer game design.

The return of 'play in a day' on Saturday 24th February, sees participants work with theatre makers to write, rehearse and perform a play in a day. Storyhouse's Atrium will welcome families to dance together at the Silent Disco and Artful Playground will perform with their swing band.

Festival favourite Den Building returns for its 5th year and families will come together to create incredible hiding spaces. Storytelling is at the heart of the programme with sessions daily in Storyhouse's children's library - The Den. There will also be Caveman parties, a puzzle/board game library, puzzle room - like a children's Crystal Maze and free themed arts and crafts including kite, dreamcatcher and puppet making.

Storyhouse's independent cinema will be screening kids movies: Aardman's latest film Early Man, plus documentary Jane and classic reissue Doctor Dolittle.

Tickets start at only £4. To find out more and to view the full schedule of events, please visit the Storyhouse website or visit their social media pages which can all be found here:

Storyhouse website - www.storyhouse.com
Twitter - @StoryhouseLive
Facebook - StoryhouseLive

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