WordFest at WX – Day Three

WX (Former Market Hall)

Free event Family friendly


Now - Mon 25 Oct 2021


10:00 - 20:00


WX (Former Market Hall)

Welcome to day three 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 shows will be BSL interpreted by TOPP Language Services.


Land Biome:

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 event 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:

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 – 12:30pm. Both of these shows will be BSL interpreted by TOPP Language Services.



Finding Nemo (U) – Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) – who has a really short memory – joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist’s fish tank.

Showtimes: 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Finding Nemo will be subtitled in English.


Market Hall:

LitFest Open Mic Night – Come along for an evening dedicated to the spoken word, from the highly individual voices of young people from Wakefield and beyond. In association with the Poetry Society, this is a chance for developing poets to share their work with a friendly audience, or just listen to others who share their passion for this form of literature. Open to any writer regardless of experience.

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Times: 6:30pm – 8:00pm


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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25th October 2021

06:30pm - 08:00pm

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Venue Details

Find us at

Union Street, Wakefield, WF1 3AE