Family fun for the young at the arts festival

Families and young people are right at the heart of the Hebden Arts Festival’s 2013 programme including an appearance by a pair of mysterious time travelling magicians...

Victorian magicians Morgan and West were a massive hit at the Edinburgh Festival as they travel through time offering a magical extravaganza packed with amazing deceptions to entertain all the family. They play two afternoon shows at the Trades Club on Sunday, June 23.

That same afternoon one of the UK’s leading young poets Andrew McMillan will be leading a free poetry workshop for young people aged 12 plus, giving a platform to some of our most talented local young verse smiths.

Under 5s can join in the Lubellue Theatre’s Just a Bit of Paper, taking young culture vultures on an extraordinary journey into a world of paper in Riverside School on Saturday, June 29.

There is also plenty of free family-orientated entertainment during the Street Sundae days on Sunday, June 23, and Sunday, June 30, from noon until 4pm, where some of the UK’s best street performers, including Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus, Stilted Elvis and the amazing Astronauts’ Caravan will be putting on shows in the town centre

The festival’s diary kicks off with the Handmade Parade on June 22 and that afternoon the Uncanny Valley team are running a free animation workshop in the Town Hall suitable for budding Walt Disneys aged seven and above.

On Wednesday, June 26, best-selling children’s writer Cathryn Constable pops into Book Case on Market Street to read from her novel Wolf Princess.

That night the best local rappers will be descending on the Trades Club to take on walking soundsystem Reeps One who has won the UK Beatbox Championships twice.

The week’s events culminate in a free Gamesfest event in the Town Hall on Saturday, June 29, where children of all ages can play with giant board games or explore their artistic side on craft tables. Later that day budding performance poets can pick up some tips from critically acclaimed performer Rosie Garland at a free workshop in the Birchcliffe Centre,

For details of all events and how to book go to or pop into the festival box office in the foyer of the Town Hall.