WordFest at WX – Day Six

WX (Former Market Hall)

Free event Family friendly


Thu 28 Oct 2021 - Thu 28 Oct 2021


10:00 - 16:00


WX (Former Market Hall)

Welcome to day six of WordFest at WX!

Here’s what’s on:

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. * Asterisked performances will be BSL interpreted by TOPP Language Services.


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. This show will be BSL interpreted by TOPP Language Services.


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: Poles Apart – Illustrated talk by Doug Allan, BAFTA award winning BBC wildlife cameraman. Our planet is changing. Wise investments will help save its future. Doug Allan’s legendary expertise in the Antarctic, Arctic and other extreme environments have made him a popular and charismatic speaker. His deep understanding of environmental issues, the biology of his subjects, and the psychology of film-makers make his talks engaging, educational and inspirational. Doug talks about the challenges of filming high on the slopes of Everest, watching a polar bear emerge for the first time from her den with her cubs, diving under the ice with seals, and watching orcas hunt among the ice floes of the Antarctic. But he has also seen for himself in his 45 years of polar experience how a warming planet is affecting these regions. He throws out the challenge of how we must turn the tide on climate change through positive action, which includes investment in ground breaking technologies like renewable energy, transport, regenerative industries and thinking through the concept of “donut economics”. This is an inspiring talk for all the family about how our finances can be harnessed to green, sustainable ventures for the benefit of the planet and future generations. Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected BAFTA award-winning cameramen, whose TV credits include classic BBC series Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Ocean Giants, Frozen Planet and Secrets of our Living Planet. Click HERE to book.

“Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan” – Sir David Attenborough

Showtimes: 2:00pm – 2:45pm


Screen: Happy Feet (U) – Son of Memphis (Hugh Jackman) and Norma (Nicole Kidman), little sweet penguin Mumble (Elijah Wood, E.G. Daily) has a big problem: he can’t sing a single note. In a world where everyone needs a heart song to attract a soul mate, Mumble feels he doesn’t belong there. Our hero Mumble is the worst singer in the world, but he can tap dance brilliantly.

Showtimes: 10:00am – 12:00pm. Happy Feet will be subtitled in English.


Screen: FernGully (U) – Crysta (Samantha Mathis) is a fairy who lives in FernGully, a rainforest in Australia, and has never seen a human before. In fact, she is told they are extinct. But when a logging company comes near the rainforest, she sees that they do exist, and even accidentally shrinks one of them: a boy named Zak (Jonathan Ward). Now her size, Zak sees the damage that the company does and helps Crysta to stop not only them, but an evil entity named Hexxus (Tim Curry), who feeds off pollution.

Showtimes: 11:50am – 1:20pm. FernGully 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!

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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28th October 2021

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Union Street, Wakefield, WF1 3AE