THE hugely successful Welcome Back Festival, which has welcomed thousands of families back into Warrington town centre over the summer, comes to an end this Saturday.
For the final date of the cultural extravaganza, entertainment includes art installation The Bees, the world’s tallest Bubbleologist and spin painting with Splodge-a-matic.
Old Market Square: 11.30am – 1pm and 1.45pm – 3.15pm.
The Bees is an art installation of a group of buzzing colonies, wafted with perfumed smoke and transporting you into a unique and unexpected interior world. Accessible and engaging for both children and adults, audiences can wander among the hand-made bee hives in this truly spectacular event.
Originally funded by Arts Council England, each unique interior can be experienced in a different, unique and multi-sensory way – you may find yourself looking into the vastness of space, or teased by a telescopic hive soaring into the air. And those who are afraid of bees need not worry as the event doesn’t include any real bees.
Old Market Square: 1pm – 1.45pm and 3.15 – 4pm
Also at the Old Market Place in Golden Square is the world’s tallest Bubbleologist, who will be bringing his amazing repertoire of bubble tricks. Tall Will the Bubbleman will create a range of captivating bubbles including bubble sculptures, smoke bubbles, fire bubbles and more to delight audiences of any age!
Old Market Square and The Guardians: 11am – 3pm
Splodge-a-matic will also be one not to miss, with adults and children encouraged to take a spin on the amazing cyclo-graphic spin painting machine which will be operated by an exercise bike. Budding Splodgateers will be able to make a spin painting on paper, card, canvas or t-shirts, by dropping paint onto a large canvas which is rotated like a disc on a record player.
The day will bring to an end an incredible programme of culture, arts, music and workshops, with particular highlights including:
• A programme of global music programmed by Arts Council funded project Global Local
• A hilarious, interactive tennis event by Fairly Famous Family, complete with live commentary, slow motion replays and a posh umpire
• Twisted, a digital story experience which transformed the town centre into a fantasy realm, created by Paperwork Theatre
• Divine Company who delighted audiences with their beautiful and captivating stilt walking and dance characters.
• Storytelling sessions and drop-in craft activities for young people to get involved throughout the event dates
Performers also delighted audiences at the Tour of Britain in September, with a Welcome Back Festival special which saw events pop up throughout the day at Time Square and Bank Park Tour Village where the showpiece Stage 5 finish came to an end.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, Warrington Borough Council cabinet member responsible for culture, said: “The Welcome Back Festival has included something for everyone, with special events including arts, culture and family-friendly live performances springing up throughout the summer for people and families to enjoy.
“It’s been fantastic to welcome people back with something special as they returned to the town centre which has really come alive with these events and has shown Warrington in its best light.”