Special Guests

We have loads of special guests…


Dame Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet and one of the most famous British dancers. She is now a presenter and a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Years Honours List as a Dame for services to dance.

Her classical works includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadère and the title roles in Giselle and Raymonda Act III.

Darcey retired from the Royal Ballet on the 8th of June, 2007 with a performance of Song of the Earth but came out of retirement to dance the Spirit of the Flame at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony, leading a troupe of 200 dancers.

Her books include Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures, the ‘Magic Ballerina’ children’s series and her autobiography. Among the many charities Bussell supports, she is President of the Royal Academy of Dance and Patron of the Sydney Dance.

“I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s Aylesbury WhizzFizzFest and cannot wait to see my dance fitness routines performed on festival day by local school children. The very best of luck to you all – it’s going to be a lot of fun!” 

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE is a retired British track and field athlete from England. Jessica won Gold in the 2012 Olympic Games and silver four years later in Rio and is a three-time heptathlon world champion (2009, 2011, 2015).

In October 2016 Jessica announced her retirement from athletics and was recognised in the 2016 Queen’s New Years Honours List as a Dame for her services to athletics.

Jessica now writes children’s book with a character called Evie.  Drawing on her own memories of adventures as a young girl Evie is sent a magical bracelet from her Grandma Iris in Jamaica and starts a series of magical adventures.

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Aylesbury to take part in WhizzFizzFest on Saturday 30th June and to talk about my children’s book character Evie. It’s wonderful to be part of such an exciting event, which celebrates children’s literature and the importance of reading.” 

Tony Hadley

Tony Hadley Push Through The Barricades to hear the fantastic singer and songwriter, Tony Hadley, in his very own Question & Answer session!

With only 200 tickets for sale in the Hale Leys marquee, this intimate venue is the perfect opportunity to get up front and personal as Tony reveals more about his amazing life, his love of music and the inspiration behind his new album.

This Gold experience is not to be missed!

“I’m really looking forward to being part of this year’s Aylesbury WhizzFizzFest on Saturday 30th June. Being a local resident, I know how important an event like this is for the town centre and it’s a great opportunity for the whole family to come along and enjoy what promises to be a spectacular day. See you all there!”

David Solomons

Meet David Solomons, creator of one of the most unlikely super heroes (Luke’s brother) who has to battle it out with even unlikelier super villains (My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord) with hilarious results. Find out where it all began and hear David read from his latest book My Arch-Enemy is a Brain in a Jar.

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2016 and a Lollies Laugh Out Loud Book Award 2017, David Solomons was a screen writer before writing his own books. His first feature film was an adaptation of E Nesbit’s Five Children and It starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard. David is currently writing two new Dr Who stories for BBC Children’s Books.

Steve Antony

Join award winning author and illustrator Steve Antony, creator of the Mr Panda series and The Queen’s Hat, for a fun creative and interactive story time session. Steve will treat the audience to a Mr Panda reading and introduce Blip, a new character from his latest picture book, Unplugged that reminds us to go outside and enjoy the natural world. There will be plenty of pens and paper so that you can have a go at learning to draw Mr Panda and share in Steve’s drawing tips.

“I’m thrilled to be taking part in this year’s WhizzFizzFest. Events like this create the most wonderful childhood memories. It will be a day to remember!” 

Andrew Clover


As you can imagine actor, author and Sunday Times columnist, Andrew Clover, is never lost for words. Join him for an energetic and interactive talk about his writing, storytelling and his latest brilliant character 9 year old Rory Branagan – detective.

Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am actually a detective.

People always say, ‘How do you become a detective?’

And I say, ‘Ahhhh… you don’t just FIND YOURSELF suddenly sneaking up on baddies, or diving out of the way as they shoot, or hurtling from an open plane towards the ground! You have to want it.’

And what made ME want it? I needed to find out what happened to my dad…

“I am FIZZLING and FOOZLING with anticipation for the Festival which feels like returning to the head of the river. I love Roahl Dahl with a passion.  I re-read his books. Sometimes I even try to summon his spirit as I sit down to write.  He was a giant in life and in death he is big as mountain, and I like to think that, in the Whizzfizzing Festival he will be watching us all with his lovely glee and relish and affection.”               

Andy Riley

Don your crowns to find out more about King Flashypants, a brave but chocolate-obsessed child hero up against a villain who comes equipped with his very own marching band.

Challenge author and illustrator, Andy Riley, to draw anything at all before taking part in a spine-tingling evil laughing contest (FOO HOO HOO!!).

King Flashypants is an insanely funny series from Emmy award-winning comedy writer and cartoonist, Andy Riley, scriptwriter for animated film Gnomeo and Juliet, Sherlock Gnomes and BBC One’s Gangsta Granny and The Boy in the Dress.

“Brilliantly original and hilarious. It’s nearly as good as one of my books.” David Walliams.