Inspired by a 10-year-old, book-loving, girl’s mis-reading of a sign about ‘The Reading Festival’, Gwealan Tops will be hosting The Big ReadFest, with a focus on all things literary, for children from Redruth and the surrounding villages and families across Cornwall on Saturday 16th May 2020.

With live readings, performances and storytelling throughout the day, a chance to ‘meet the author’, a reading corner with a Book Swap, a range of workshops suitable for all ages, plus lots of fun activities, this is sure to be an exciting day to extend and develop the imaginations of children and young people from Redruth and across Cornwall.

The Festival will take place at Gwealan Tops Adventure Playground in Redruth – using the old school building and the   large free-play site, with structures, swings and slides as well as wild areas and lots of space to roam, explore, experiment and create, which will have a team of experienced staff working on-site throughout the day.

On the Stage

The Writer’s Block – Little Story Seekers, Mazed Tales – Storytelling with puppets, Coppice Theatre – Science Adventurers, The Writer’s Block – Mini Performance, Talkmore Cornwall – Signing a Story, Children’s Puppetry Performance, Squashbox – Skilllywidden

In the old school building

Creative writing, Tales from Porth Cornish workshop, Puppetry Animation, Story Adventurers, Folktales to Booktales – writing workshop

On the playground

Making  – Story Stones , Dream Catchers/Willow Wands, Illustrations, Story Stones

Plus – watch this space – lots more including book swap, meet the author, Redruth Stories,

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