Swindon is once again celebrating with The Big Arts Day, at Lydiard Park on Saturday 9 July, 12 noon till 10pm.
An unforgettable artistic feast is being planned with a great range of shows, performances, workshops, walkabouts and much more! Catch the excitement of last year’s event in this video.
Lydiard Park will play host to some flamboyant and entertaining shows which will prove a hit with children and adults alike. Here’s a little taster of what’s on…
Calling all Pirates! A true-to-life 50ft inflatable whale, guarded by the noisy Fish Wife. Brave swashbucklers are led into its belly, revealing a decorated seascape inside. Here they encounter a shipwrecked pirate with a treasure tale to tell and a real live mermaid with an intriguing secret.
Run Turtle Run will invite you to take up the challenge in a series of fun races! The friendly Turtles are always determined to win, yet despite their frantic and elaborate preparations, once the whistle blows and the race starts, they revert to being slow and clumsy, which, after all, is something any respectable turtle is proud to be.
There is also a little something for lovers of traditional English entertainment. When, after all that running and treasure hunting, the little ones fancy a little change, here come Big Mr Punch, Judy and Baby and their accompanying musicians in this gently nostalgic promenade performance.
Talking of nostalgia, what child doesn’t get excited at the thought of Alice in Wonderland? Curious Wonderland – little ones can play a big game of hide and seek to find the White Rabbit, whilst older children listen to Caterpillar’s witty stories and the whole family gets involved in the final battle between the Queen and Alice.
And if all this wandering through Wonderland has tired out the little explorers, there are masks, hats and banners to be made at the Alice in Wonderland themed workshop – Makendoo.
Sparky the Robot will play, dance and cause sensation wherever he goes! A genuine robot with no human parts at all and tons of personality. At two metres tall, he talks, dances, plays music and squirts water. Sparky is made from a fascinating array of recycled materials.
The day ends with a mass sing-in and spectacular fireworks.
Don’t miss out on Swindon’s biggest free festival! See you there!
See the full programme at www.bigartsday.co.uk