Adventures and Stories
As well as encouraging younger visitors to get out and explore, they’ll encounter some interesting stories along the way with special appearances from family favourites and some intriguing and involving entertainment brought to the festival by some of the best in the business including Michael Rosen, Julian Clary and Basil Brush!
Sunday 13.00 & 16.15
First shown on British TV in 1968, Basil Brush has been entertaining children for nearly 50 years and will be a special guest at OnBlackheath. Boom boom!
Having started when TV programmes were still being screened in black and white, Basil is now very much a 21st Century fox with his own Youtube channel, Twitter and Instagram accounts. He’s very much in demand and has appeared on Pointless Celebrities, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and The Last Leg and is also a festival fox, having already played Glastonbury this summer.
JULIAN CLARY & DAVID ROBERTS
Sunday 15.00 The Bolds book signing
Parents will know him as the master of raised eyebrow humour on British TV but in recent years Julian Clary has moved – with hilarious results – into children’s books.
The comedian and entertainer worked with illustrator David Roberts on a series of adventures about a family of hyenas living on a normal street. Called The Bolds, the family’s escapades are told in Julian’s unique style with fresh laughs coming with each turn of the page.
Saturday 13.15 & 16.25
Saturday 14.00 & 17.30 book signing
Poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter Michael Rosen is one of the most famous children’s authors around and has been involved in more than 140 books.
A one-man mission to get people, especially children, reading books and poems, Michael was the Children’s Laureate between 2007-09 and has been writing since he was just 12 years old.
Saturday 16.00 meet & greet
Set in a magical studio filled with oversized arts and craft materials, Mister Maker is the ultimate interactive arts and crafts show for younger children.
It combines live action, graphics and animation to bring the world of art to life in a way that will keep OnBlackheath’s smaller visitors smiling.
Saturday 12.30, 14.00 & 17.40
Sunday 12.15 & 15.00
A firm believer that everyone is a storyteller, Mike Dodsworth champions the idea that the ancient art of oral storytelling, which predates the written word, still has a part to play today.
Anywhere a receptive audience can be found, Mike will be there sharing a global repertoire of tales and is in demand around the world.
A specialist in combining rich verbal expression and physical gestures, Mike combines these skills to conjure up a storytelling style that captivates audiences of all ages – and nationalities.
Samsam Bubbleman's Giant Bubbleshow
Saturday 15:35 & Sunday 17.10
His great new GIANT Bubble Show has been performed to 100,000's around the world. Dazzling entertainment that you will remember and talk about for years to come. You won't BELIEVE what he can do with a bubble!
The show combines music with audience participation, great bubble tricks, laughter, and of course, GIANT bubbles big enough to put people inside!