WhizzFizzFest is back this weekend!
WhizzFizzFest, Aylesbury’s fantastic family-friendly literary and arts festival, is coming to town this Saturday - 22 June - with a fabulous line up, promising fun for all.
The event kicks off at 10:30am, opening with its spectacular festival parade which will be starting at the top of Kingsbury this year.
Over 20 local schools take part alongside musicians, bands and dance groups and the streets will come to life with huge hand-made puppets, costumes, music, dancing and laughter – celebrating the wonder and excitement of children’s literature and their imaginations.
With local authors and story-tellers in The Exchange, performances on the Runway Stage, Teddy Bear’s Picnics in the Bucks County Museum, a funfair in Kingsbury and award-winning authors in the main marquee, no matter which corner of town you stumble across, you are guaranteed to find something that will make you smile!
This year, the WhizzFizzFest main marquee, sponsored by Hale Leys, will be welcoming multi-million-copy selling Cressida Cowell, creator of the incredible How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series, and Nick Butterworth, award-winning author and illustrator of the adored Percy the Park Keeper.
The marquee will also host Queen Park Arts Centre’s 500 Words Challenge – The Final Chapter, which celebrates Aylesbury Vale’s young aspiring authors, supported by performances from Adele Peters Performing Arts School.
Following the sad passing of Judith Kerr, who was due to be attending this year’s event, AVDC are putting on a free-to-attend ticketed event with readings, stories and face painters in the marquee, to celebrate the life and work of one of the nations most loved author and illustrators.
Dame Darcey Bussell will be returning with her DDMix Dance Fitness schools’ dance competition, this time putting on quite a show at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with performances from Aylesbury Vale schools, Britain’s Got Talent’s magician Maddox and Aylesbury Rock Choir.
For more information, the full programme for the day and to buy tickets, visit www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk or search @WhizzFizzFest on social media.
Coming up this month at Bucks County Museum
Teddy Bear’s Picnic (part of WhizzFizzFest)
Saturday 22 June, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
Bring along your favourite teddy bear and join us for one of three sittings at our Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the beautiful Museum garden. Relax with music and entertainment whilst children enjoy a scrumptious traditional picnic and adults indulge in a fusion of exciting street food.
Adults £9.99, Child £5.99. Advanced booking advised at www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk/tickets
On now until 6 July
Last chance to discover the hidden stories of some of our local communities told through their objects and words in a multi-sensory exhibition.
Samurai: Warriors of Ancient Japan
On now until 13 July
Stunning exhibition of historical Samurai armour and weapons, from complete suits to beautiful swords and ornate helmets.
Art to enjoy and buy
Pots & Prints by Deborah Hopson-Wolpe
13 July – 14 September
A selling exhibition featuring work by the Olney ceramicist and printmaker, Deborah Hopson-Wolpe.
Festival of Archaeology
Saturday 20 July, 11am – 3pm
A day celebrating archaeology! There will be lots of information on archaeology in Buckinghamshire and activities for all ages. Fun activities will include an excavation digging pit, colouring table, Roman soldier selfies and artefacts to handle.
COMING THIS SUMMER!
ROBOT: A Collection of Robots, Cyborgs and Androids
27 July – 31 August
A spectacular exhibition to capture your imagination featuring robots, cyborgs and androids in all their various designs and guises, including a variety from favourite movies. Admission charge.
Entry to exhibitions and events by donation unless specified.
Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP. Tel 01296 331441 www.buckscountymuseum.org
Five reasons to make the most of the summer holidays!
It's only a few weeks now until the school summer holidays.
It can be challenging juggling work and holiday commitments when children are off school but before you panic, remember, by using the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) directory you can find childcare, holiday activities and things to do to bridge any gaps and turn this free time into quality time.
BFIS is the ideal place to find holiday activities with lots of local attractions and organisations adding their activities to the website. Search by location, age, free or low cost, and those inclusive for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). If it’s childcare you’re looking for you will find a variety of Ofsted registered camps and holiday clubs for peace of mind.
Here are 5 reasons to think ahead to the summer holidays now and make the most of them.
1 A chance for children to try something new
It’s easy to get caught up in our daily routines no matter how old you are. For children, between school, homework and any regular extracurricular activities that might not leave much time or motivation left to try something new. Especially if you’ve waited a whole week to play out with your friends. The summer holidays are a great time to shake things up a bit.
From arts, crafts and cooking, to performing arts and outdoor activities. This is the time when children begin to pick up hobbies and interests that could become a big part of their life in the future. All Ability Days at Green Park, for example, sees kids trying climbing, archery, adaptive bikes, giant swing, trebuchet and more for only £10 per participant.
Find Summer Holiday Activities by Interest
2 Help shape their education
For many children, especially the older ones knowing what you want to spend your time studying in the coming years can be daunting. Like developing hobbies, the summer holidays give them the time and opportunity to explore what makes them tick. Do they like the sound of contemporary art? Well, get them making comic books and sketchbooks with a range of Summer Arts classes at the Buckingham Arts School. The Young Engineers Summer Camp, on the other hand, will introduce 6 to 12-year-olds to all things science and engineering.
Arts and Crafts
Camps and Courses
Children’s Centre Timetables
3 A time for family time
At this time of year, the days are long, the temperature is comfortable (mostly) and Buckinghamshire really does look its best. This makes it the perfect time to get out there and explore together. Even if you’re working, those longer evenings can be put to good use by taking to one of the many Local Walks and Trails or activities at local parks and open spaces. Things like Pokemon Go and Geocaching can spice things up too and provide that extra stimulation and encouragement for the little ones. If walking is not your thing, try a Family Friendly Cycle Route instead. Either way, it’s a chance to get some fresh air and spend some quality time together outdoors.
4 Taste of independence for older children
For older children, the summer holidays might be the time when they experience a little more independence. This might include making their way to and from activities, spending time with relatives or friends, or even doing some work experience or volunteering which will strengthen UCAS, apprenticeship or job applications.
Although there is no legal age a child is deemed old enough to be left alone, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) says children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for a long period of time and that children under 16 shouldn’t be left alone overnight.
Holiday Activities for 12 to 15-year-olds
Holiday activities for 16 to 19-year-olds
National Citizen Service for 15 to 17-year-olds (Aylesbury)
5 It’s a time memories are made
The summer holidays don't last forever and the glorious six weeks or more of freedom can be the good times that will stick with them.
Take a look at what’s on locally, try something new and have fun! More and more activities are being added to BFIS every week. Lining up a few activities here are there will keep your children active, stimulated and give them things to share when they start back in September.
Like BFIS on Facebook to stay up to date. The offers section is a great place to find the latest early booking and discounted activities.