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Animal antics at Wordpool Family Day

It’s the 11th Wordpool event and there is no slackening of the pace in bringing a word-based festival treat to Blackpool, all within the bounds of the gorgeous Stanley Park.

This year’s highlights include: the Storytellers’ stage with Thingymigig Puppet Theatre’s stories and songs of Kit and Caboodle’s remarkable journey; poetry from award winning children’s poet Terry Caffrey; and Puddleducks, a giant hippo who needs help with his teeth. In total there will be twenty different events, activities and attractions crammed into three hours of creative fun.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “This is an amazing free day of fun and activities for all the family. I take my own children and we always have a great time.

“We are very grateful for the tireless support of the Wordpool volunteers, partners and the Friends of Stanley Park, who will all be helping on Saturday 1 July to make Wordpool’s Animal Antics the best family day ever.”

Other organisations involved include: Grundy Art Gallery, Aspire Youth Dance companies, Save Our Stories, Aunty Social, Family Learning, Friends of Stanley Park, local schools and colleges, the Blackpool Museum Project, Blackpool Heritage Champions, Blackpool Embroiderers Guild, Blackpool Sixth Form College and the Pub Poets.

Blackpool libraries will be promoting a summer reading challenge. Aunty Social will be setting up its pop up picture-house and showing children’s short films in the boathouse. Join the Grundy Gallery’s Education officer Taneesha Ahmed in creating fun disguises with mask making, secret codes and selfies in the Art Pergoda.

There really will be something for everyone whatever the weather. Sign up at one of the many information points around the park from 12.30pm for a ‘what’s on where’ maps. All the park’s usual facilities are also available, including the children’s play park, BMX course and boating lake. Why not take a tranquil break in the rose garden.

Stanley Park is served by Blackpool Transport Services’ lines 20 and 15/16 bus routes. There is a small car park accessible from the West Park Drive gate, and there is cycle parking outside the Art Deco Café and the band stand.

Image courtesy of CJGriffiths Photography.

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