Free event Family friendly


Sat 23 Oct 2021 - Sat 23 Oct 2021


10:00 - 16:00


WX (Former Market Hall)

Welcome to day one of WordFest at WX!

Here’s what’s on:

Ocean Biome: Plastic Ocean – 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


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 – The Butterfly Effect by Tony Wade is 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: Inkonjane The Lightning Bird by Fettle and Fable Theatre – a newly-written, one-person story, with music, puppetry and spectacle. Inkonjane follows the swallow’s migration from South Africa to Yorkshire incorporating both European and South African folklore, rhythm and music along the way.

Showtimes: 10:30am – 11:15am | 11:45am – 12:30am


Screen: The Bee Movie (U) – Fresh out of college, Barry the Bee (Jerry Seinfeld) finds the prospect of working with honey uninspiring. He flies outside the hive for the first time and talks to a human (Renée Zellweger), breaking a cardinal rule of his species. Barry learns that humans have been stealing and eating honey for centuries, and he realizes that his true calling is to obtain justice for his kind by suing humanity for theft.

Showtimes: 1:30pm – 3:00pm. The Bee Movie will be subtitled in English.


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!

Times: 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.