About WhizzFizzFest Aylesbury’s Children’s Literary Festival 2018

Fantastical fun and whizzfizzing wonderfulness packed Aylesbury town centre on Saturday 30 June, as festival goers celebrated children’s literature at WhizzFizzFest 2018.

Now in it’s 16th year, this family-friendly festival, originally inspired by Roald Dahl, began in grand tradition with a street parade around the town centre involving hundreds of local school children, dancers and musicians. With celebrity guests Dame Darcey Bussell, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Tony Hadley headlining this year’s festival, along with four well-known children’s authors, David Solomons, Andy Riley, Andrew Clover and Steve Antony, festival goers were filled with glee at the choice of ticketed and free events on offer.

A fantastic addition to this year’s WhizzFizzFest was the ‘Magic of the Dance’ competition led by ballerina extraordinaire and Strictly Come Dancing judge, Dame Darcey Bussell. Schools from Aylesbury Vale entered the spectacular competition and seven lucky finalists were personally chosen to perform in front of Dame Darcey and an audience of 500 guests. Congratulations to Brill Church of England School for being crowned the ‘Magic of the Dance 2018’ champions and for winning the chance to perform again at the Christmas Light Switch On ceremony in Aylesbury town centre on Thursday 15 November 2018.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out in the glorious sunshine to enjoy the day.

WhizzFizzFest is presented by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC).

Take a look at all of last year’s whizzfizzing fun: