Look out for Oompa Loompas in town centre festival parade

Last year's Roald Dahl Festival Parade in Aylesbury Town Centre
Last year's Roald Dahl Festival Parade in Aylesbury Town Centre

Schoolchildren have teamed up with professional artists to create a variety of themed artwork as they prepare for this year’s Roald Dahl Festival.

More than 1,000 pupils from secondary and primary schools have joined forces with artists to create larger-than-life puppets and other original artwork for the event.

The festival on Saturday, July 5, is a day of family activities and entertainment, with this year’s event marking the 50th anniversary of Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Youngsters and artists have created a variety of artwork including Willy Wonka’s factory rooms, a chocolate waterfall, Oompa Loompas, Charlie’s grandparents, some of the revolting children and of course the sweets that feature in the book.

It will kick off with a parade through Aylesbury town centre featuring more than 600 children from across the Vale.

The workshops have been organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council and the artwork will be displayed throughout the parade alongside music and street theatre featuring some of the top Samba bands in the region.

Cabinet member for Leisure Cllr Howard Mordue said: “We want as many children and young people as possible to get involved in this year’s parade, and one of the best ways of doing this is helping them to create artwork they can be proud of.

“The workshops are led by professional artists and provide an ideal way for children and young people to get together to learn new skills in an informal, fun and interactive way.

“There’s an incredible amount of work going into this year’s carnival parade, and I think everyone will be delighted with the results.”

The festival parade will kick off at 11am and wind its way through Market Square and Kingsbury. After the parade there will be arts and crafts workshops, face painting and story-telling – as well as a Great Glass Elevator Golden Ticket Grab with prizes to be won.

For more, visit the Aylesbury Vale District Council website here or call 01296 585301.