WayWord Festival

A festival for children this October half-term

Join us at Storyhouse and Cheshire West and Chester Libraries across the region for a festival for children this October half-term!

WayWord celebrates the power of words to ignite imaginations – go on an adventure and discover something new.  There’ll be discos, drawing, fancy dress, workshops, storytelling, performances and loads more.
Lot of events are completely FREE – the rest are all under £11.50. We’re also providing 2

Featuring VERY special guests:

Benjamin Zephaniah
Jacqueline Wilson
Julian Clary
Nick Sharratt

It’s really important to us that WayWord is affordable for families. 200 tickets for each event on the main stage and 10 for each in the Garret Theatre have been held to be given free of charge or at a lower cost to low-income families and groups through Storyhouse’s Community Connectors Partnership. If you’d like to find out more about this, please email georgina.west@storyhouse.com.

WayWord Festival
Activities LEGO Stop Motion Animation
Garret Theatre

Mako Create’s fun, creative and hands-on LEGO stop motion workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of stop motion animation. Combining creativity, storytelling and a little bit of patience to bring a LEGO set to life!

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Activities Lily and the Heron
Blacon Library, Lache Library, Barnton Library, Sandiway Library, Frodsham Library, Little Sutton Library, Hope Farm Library, Helsby Library

Goofus Theatre are delighted to perform the story of Lily and the Heron in libraries across Chester and Cheshire West. A story of bravery, courage and magic told through puppetry and music. 

Activities LEGO Comic Book Design Workshop
Garret Theatre

This LEGO comic book design workshop teaches you all of the skills required to create your own digital comic books like storytelling, photography, image editing, graphic design and typography.

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Activities Storyhouse’s Favourite Stories
Storytelling Room

Different members of the Storyhouse team will be sharing their favourite books and stories from their childhood each day during the festival. 

Activities AR Colouring – Bring your pictures to life!
The Kitchen

See how you can use the power of Augmented Reality to bring your colouring to life. Perfect for young people who enjoy colouring in and technology.

On Stage Romeo and Juliet (for kids!)
Garret Theatre, Storyhouse Theatre

An abridged re-telling of Shakespeare’s classic tale of two young people doing everything within their power to stay together, created specifically for families.

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Activities Romeo and Juliet (for kids!) – Workshop
Garret Theatre

Work with the director and full cast of Romeo and Juliet to discover as a team how a theatre company starts to unlock the main themes of Romeo and Juliet. 

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Activities Story Explorers – The Scarecrows’ Wedding
Storytelling Room

Calling all explorers aged 1-5 years! Come and join Story Explorers’ Claire as we explore The Scarecrows’ Wedding!

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Activities Space Crafts
The Den

Inspired by Mark Power’s Space Detective books, come and have a go at making aliens, rockets and flying saucers.

Activities Story Explorers – Baby Story Explorers
Storytelling Room

Come and join Story Explorers’ Claire as we introduce your little ones to the love of stories and nursery rhymes.

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On Stage Mark Powers – Space Detectives
Garret Theatre

Grown an extra head and don’t know why? Dog lost in space? Pocket money stolen by a green blob? You need the SPACE DETECTIVES!

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On Stage Julian Clary and David Roberts: The Bolds Go Green
Storyhouse Theatre

Give a hoot and don’t pollute! The Bolds have decided to do their bit for the planet and go green. Hilarious event with much-loved comedian Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts! 

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Activities Story Explorers at Neston Library
Neston Library

Calling all explorers aged 1-5 years! Come and join Story Explorers’ Claire as we explore The Scarecrows’  Wedding! 

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On Stage Lily and the Heron
The Kitchen

A story of bravery, courage and magic told through puppetry and music presented by Goofus Theatre at Storyhouse.

Activities Baby Story Explorers at Neston Library
Neston Library

Come and join Story Explorers’ Claire as we introduce your little ones to the love of stories and nursery rhymes.

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Activities I’m not a stick, why can’t you see?
Storytelling Room

This session explores the power of spoken word. Together, we explore the classic Julia Donaldson tale of Stick Man and creative alternative adventures for stick man and his family.

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On Stage Benjamin Zephaniah
Storyhouse Theatre

Storyhouse’s poet in residence Benjamin Zephaniah talks about his iconic collections of children’s poetry and stories.

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Activities ….But it’s special to ME!’
Garret Bar

During this fun, interactive session, children will learn about the value of their voice, they’ll be given a platform and an opportunity to be heard talking and listening.

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On Stage Romeo and Juliet at Tarvin Library
Tarvin Library

An abridged re-telling of Shakespeare’s classic tale of two young people doing everything within their power to stay together, created specifically for families.

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On Stage Wind in the Willows
Garret Theatre

From the peaceful river bank to the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures. A beautiful adaptation, featuring wonderful puppetry, innovative theatre and a charming original score.

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Activities ….But it’s special to ME!’
Garret Bar

During this fun, interactive session, children will learn about the value of their voice, they’ll be given a platform and an opportunity to be heard talking and listening.

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Activities I’m not a stick, why can’t you see?
Storytelling Room

This session explores the power of spoken word. Together, we explore the classic Julia Donaldson tale of Stick Man and creative alternative adventures for stick man and his family.

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Cinema The Feast (18)

1 hr 33 | When a wealthy family and their guests gather for a dinner party in the remote Welsh countryside, they have little idea of what awaits them.

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Cinema Mr. Malcolm’s List (PG – TBC)

1 hr 57 | Julia Thistlewaite is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm. Feeling humiliated, she convinces her friend to play the role of his ideal match.

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Cinema The Harder They Come (15)

1 hr 42 | Jimmy Cliff brings a knockout soundtrack and charisma aplenty to this classic crime drama which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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On Stage The Snow Queen
Storyhouse Theatre

Priority Booking for members is open now! General booking opens on 5 September. Become a member here for Priority Booking…

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Cinema Blind Ambition (12A) Preview Screening + Recorded Q&A
Thu 6.15pm

1 hr 35 | This immensely enjoyable documentary profiles the unique lives of four sommeliers as they travel to France to enter the World Wine Tasting Championship.

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Cinema A Chiara (15)
Sat 8pm; Sun 8.30pm + more times

2 hr 1 | A gritty neorealist drama set in Italy that tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl grappling with the sins of her father.

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Activities Auditions: Young Clare

THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE: THE MUSICAL TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR THE ROLE OF YOUNG CLARE ON MONDAY 25 JULY AT 12NOON…

Cinema NT Live: The Seagull (12A – TBC)

3 hrs | Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.

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