Presenting our Most Marvellous Family Day yet…

Presenting our Most Marvellous Family Day yet…


We had a magical time at our twelfth annual Family Day in Stanley Park! Pssst! You can find more of Jill Reidy’s vibrant photos from Family Day over in our gallery

The sun shone brightly down on a day jam-packed with lots of exciting things to make, do, and see. There was something amazing and unexpected around every corner.

We saw giant, towering Treemendous trees, superb swooping and soaring Sun Birds, Adambara and Zhim (an adorable baby elephant and a very tiny mouse), and also Rambling On – two hopelessly lost travellers laden down with tall tales and fabulous tricks.

Over in the Marvels and Mayhem Big Top storyteller Emily Hennessey and artist Tina Dempsey brought to life the history of Blackpool Tower Circus. The artwork and stories displayed in this magical Big Top were created by local school children. The Save Our Stories RescueShip was busy recruiting StorySavers to help ‘The Nixies of Broadpool’ save the magic lights, and wonderful dancers from FCYDC could be found performing the Dance of the Raindrops in the Italian gardens.

It was all about the clown over in the Grundy Art Gallery tent, clown faces were made and faces were painted. Blackpool Musuem Project worked alongside Blackpool Circus School helping children with all kinds of juggling, twirling and whirling skills and Aunty Social CIC took over the Boathouse with a pop up picture show of children’s short films and animations.

Blackpool Libraries and Family Learning had a fun packed tent filled with Little Top Stories and crafts galore; StoryMan Dan Worsley was on hand to wow with his Impossible Tales. For those of you in need of further excitement there was also raft building and kayaking on the boating lake.

Blackpool Council work with a wide range of partners to make Wordpool Festival a success, including Left Coast, Heritage Blackpool, Grundy Art Gallery, Save Our Stories, Aunty Social, Family Learning, Friends of Stanley Park, The Blackpool Museum Project, Blackpool Heritage Champions, Blackpool Sixth Form College and local schools.

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