WordFest at WX – Day Four

WX (Former Market Hall)

Free event Family friendly


Now - Tue 26 Oct 2021


10:00 - 19:30


WX (Former Market Hall)

Welcome to day four of WordFest at WX!

Here’s what’s on:

Autism Quiet Time – Music and sound effects will be on very low, during this time, and performances will be relaxed.

Times: 10:00am – 11:00am


Ocean Biome: Plastic Ocean – Witness the spectacle of an 18m-long, life-size sperm whale, a giant of our oceans, and meet the eccentric marine biologist, Netty Northwest and her friends, the sea creatures and their battle to survive in an ocean full of rubbish. They need your help to save the turtle and the whale from the ocean of rubbish.

Showtimes: 10:30am – 10:50am* | 11:00am – 11:20am | 12:30pm – 12:50pm | 1:00pm – 1:40pm | 2:30pm – 2:50pm | 3:00pm – 3:20pm | * the 10:30am – 10:50am performance coincides with Autism Quiet Time. This performance will be delivered sensitively, and in a relaxed style.


Land Biome: Pivotal – Pivotal is an interactive art installation. The aim of Pivotal is to playfully acknowledge the relationships between people, and between people and nature; to make us aware of the sounds and natural environment around us, and our impact on those surroundings. Participants are invited to sit on the wooden seats and gently ‘seesaw’. As people interact with the artwork, air pumps are triggered, creating an airflow that pushes up through copper branches of the tree and through a flock of clay bird water whistles.

Showtimes: 10:00am – 4:00pm


Land Biome: Library Storytime – settle down and get cosy for an enchanting story in the enchanted forest.

Showtimes: 3:30-4:00pm


Air Biome: The Butterfly Effect by Tony Wade – a mesmerising aerial art installation consisting of thousands of hand-decorated paper butterflies which move in the slightest breeze and is an exploration and celebration of the positive steps everyone can take, individually and collectively, to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Showtimes: 10:00am – 3:00pm


Stage Area: Voices in the Wilderness – A quirky and thought-provoking short performance by Ali Bullivent of music, words, and song inspired by books with an environmental themes. Everyone is encouraged to appreciate our natural world and invited to add to the story.

Showtimes: 11:00am – 11:30am | 12:00pm – 12:30pm | 2:00pm – 2:30pm | 3:00pm – 3:30pm. These performances will be BSL interpreted by TOPP Language Services.


Market Hall: The Polar Bear (Is Dead) – Have you ever thought about what it means to lose something forever? Natalie and Daniele have made a silly show full of hope, about losing everything, being alone and going to Mars. It’s about all of those things, but essentially, it’s about the climate crisis. The Polar Bear (is Dead) is a new international collaboration between theatre makers Natalie Bellingham (Wakefield, UK) and Daniele Pennati (Milan, Italy), produced by SJ Watkinson (Birmingham, UK). They share a passion for contemporary performance and pies.

Suitable for ages 14+. Click HERE to book.

Showimes: 4:30pm – 5:30pm | 6:30pm – 7:30pm


The Factory (Former Food Hall): Breathing Room by Anna Berry – a kinetic light installation in which a tunnel lined with cones ‘breathes’, creating a strange and otherworldly immersive experience. On the outside the beautiful and ornate mechanism is the focus of attention, whilst inside you travel through a luminous, gently moving tunnel, for an almost psychedelic experience. In association with Unlimited Arts.

Showtimes: 10:00am – 4:00pm


The Shed (Market Hall): Craft sessions, digital activities, story corner – there are loads of activities happening during the day, including finding out about recycling, things to make and do, games to play, stories to read and lots more!

Showtimes: 10:00am – 4:00pm


Food and drink will be available from 10am – 4pm under the canopy.

Reception desk, information, lost children and property, first aid, security point will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm in the reception area (The Book).

A floorplan of WX can be found here.

Full access information can be found here.

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