Creative summer arts festival for children

Two-year-old Althea and her mum Su "Tilly the Talespinner" Squire sharing a book and a joke at the F

Two-year-old Althea and her mum Su "Tilly the Talespinner" Squire sharing a book and a joke at the FALCON children's arts festival, held at Holt Hall last year. Photo: karen bethell - Credit: Archant

Mad science, den building storytellers and shadow puppets will be just some of the attractions at a creative children's festival this summer.

Falcon - Festival of arts and literature for children of Norfolk - started last year and will return on Sunday, June 23 at Gresham's Prep School in Holt.

It is aimed at primary school children but last year's event at Holt Hall was popular with parents, according to Falcon committee chairman Phil Barrett.

Mr Barrett said: 'There is an increasing problem where children at home are not being read to because they are often stuck on their electronic devices. Kids are going into schools without proper communication skills. We are trying to break that down.'

He added: 'We at Falcon are trying to work together with schools and libraries. There are a large number of creative people in Norfolk.'

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The day will take place between 10am and 6pm and tickets bought in advance will cost £5 or £10 on the day.

About 600 people came to last year's event where there was a 'real buzz', according to Mr Barrett.

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Fundraising concerts for the event will be held at St Andrew's Church in Holt.

On Saturday, April 13 violinist Sara Cubarsi will perform with pianist Seungwon Lee from 6.30pm. It will be free but donations can be made.

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