Gruffalo inspired family arts event

Gruffalo event

On Friday 12th August, large crowds of families were attracted to the family arts event at Eccles Library to enjoy an interactive storytelling event with puppets, arts and crafts and a Gruffalo inspired feast.

The event was so popular that some people were queuing early, whilst wearing their own home-made costumes and creating a real buzz in the town centre whilst increasing footfall helping to increase library memberships.

Key highlights:

  • The funding enabled the library team to bring in additional staff, local artists and workshop materials and engage with 103 children who were accompanied by 76 adults.
  • By the end of the event, participation figures reached 537 through a wide range of activities with the library and Gateway Centre, enabling families to take part in high quality arts activities and develop new arts skills.
  • As well as a special film screening of 'Gruffalo's Child', librarians brought books to life through story-telling and a puppet show. Another highlight in the event was the opportunity to make shadow puppets with Winton-based community artist, Louise Clarke and create their own mini performances. In the first year of this funded programme, Louise was selected to take part in the Emerging Freelance Artist training programme which has provided her with employment in the area.

Despite the huge number of participants, feedback was very positive on the day. The overall feeling was that the event was well organised and enjoyable to take part in.

More family arts events are currently being planned for October half term on a Stickman theme and February half term on a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme as well as musical Christmas events, connected to the town centre and economic development programmes.