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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

The secret’s out – check out our children’s shows

There’s lots for children and families to look forward to this year. With a ‘secret agent’ theme, children can use their programme, (available now from your local library) in Rochdale town centre to help unravel the mystery behind the theft of the key that winds the town hall clock!!

The Secret's Out Show.

On Saturday, 21 October 2017 at Rochdale Central Library the much loved ventriloquist and magician John Piper performs his Puppet Show, which is suitable for children aged 3 and above.

There’s a storytime session at The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre where author Adam Perrott will also sing songs and tell stories.

On Sunday 22 October local company Brown’s Cakes host an Icing and writing class suitable for children aged seven and over, giving everyone a chance to make a face from icing and then turn it into their own character. Host Natasha Brown has just published her first children’s book – ‘Caught Cake-Handed’ – using sugarpaste figures to fashion her illustrations.  Also on Sunday, Rochdale’s Exchange Shopping Centre stages ‘Build a Bug Home’ – with bug specialists from Chester Zoo teaching kids how to make insect houses from twigs, grit, grot and grime.  There’s also a bat workshop and safari at Rochdale Pioneers Museum for children aged seven plus, with tips and tricks on understanding bats’ ecology and environment.

On Monday, 23 October 2017 the Whiz Kids’ Club is in Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre with interactive trails, storytelling, writing sessions, games and crafts with fun characters. Complete all the activities and you’ll get your own mini award!  Over at Rochdale AFC’s Crown Oil Arena don’t miss ‘Spynosaur’ with renowned author Guy Bass. He’ll be bringing the story to life, featuring the elusive creature with the mind of a super-spy and the body of a dinosaur!!

For younger children (aged 0-5), throughout October 2017 there’s a special Festival Rhyme Challenge during regular Bookstart Bear Club sessions, as well as much-loved classic stories from the Maskew Collection.

Pick up copies of the Children’s Programme from your library, Rochdale Town Hall, Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre or view details on this website.

Councillor Janet Emsley cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture at Rochdale Borough Council said:

“Our children’s shows are always popular and we’ve some fantastic fun events again this year. Whether you’ve got a toddler looking to be entertained or hard to please children who are looking for something a bit different, you’ll find it at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival. Activities are also affordable, with tickets no more than £3 and some events are FREE.”