Spend your Easter holidays with the Gruffalo…..

‘Silly old Fox – doesn’t he know? There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo…or is there?’

Why not see for yourself? For the purpley prickley creature will be appearing as part of a fabulous Tall Stories’ production at St George’s Hall, Bradford during the Easter Hols.

I know! Mega. The show will run from Thursday April 24- Saturday, April 26.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood – in the search for hazelnuts – as she meets  the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake, and outwits them all with the story of the fabled Gruffalo. Armed with only a nut map and a little courage Mouse must make sure she doesn’t end up as dinner for these wily woodland creatures! The perfect combination of music, laughter, physical theatre and just the right touch of scary fun, THE GRUFFALO is the must see family show for lovers of the timeless story and everyone looking for a smashing day out!

TALL STORIES’ hit musical adaptation of the award winning picture book THE GRUFFALO, the modern classic, by JULIA DONALDSON and AXEL SCHEFFLER is set to a wonderfully catchy musical score with original songs. This enchanting production continues to entertain audiences worldwide, bringing everyone’s favourite furry monster to life, live on stage.  

Want proof?  Watch the trailer at: http://www.gruffalolive.com

*Tickets: £10.50 + booking fees Call the Box Office 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk  *Booking fees: Phone/Counter – £1 per ticket plus postage charge where applicable

Online – £2.50 per ticket plus transaction fee of 50p

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Ian McMillan and Tony Husband: A Cartoon History of Bradford 


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Shops urged to dress up window displays for Ilkley Carnival

Local retailers are being invited to embrace the joys of their home county as Ilkley Carnival launches its “Yorkshire Tour” themed Shop Window Display Competition.

And Jenny Rhodes, co-owner from 2013 winner Poppy Red, is calling out for even more local stores to support the carnival by dressing their windows in the carnival theme and having the chance to win a month of free public relations from competition sponsors Approach PR.

“The carnival is growing every year and we all have our part to play in its success,” said Jenny who runs the children’s shoe shop on South Hawksworth Street with her mum Helen. “We were delighted to win last year’s shop window display competition for our creative use of shoes through the decades. The PR prize saw us develop our social media profile, hold creative charity events and get our name out to over 200,000 people through the local press.”

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If you thought a vindaloo was spicy then just take a look at the sizzling mix of poets who will be adding a little extra bite to Bradford’s forthcoming World Curry Festival.

From Barnsley bard, Ian McMillan to the great Roger McGough, poets from all over the country will be helping festival goers to work up an appetite for words – and some incredibly delicious food.

The gathering takes place thanks to Ilkley Literature Festival which is collaborating with the Curry Fest by enticing some fantastic poets to the area.

The events will run over three days from June 20 –  June 22 with a spectacular line-up which includes national names and regional treasures from the world of poetry.

Offering food for the soul, the programme presents workshops, a multi-lingual Mushaira and free activities for the family.

Some of the best known names in British poetry will perform at the festival and they all hail from the North of England. Ian McMillan will open the festival with illustrator Tony Husband, originally from Blackpool.

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