TV favourite Andy Day brings dinosaur fun to arts festival

November 29 2015

CHILDREN’S TV presenter Andy Day will be one of the stars of Thornbury Arts Festival when the dinosaur adventurer stages three energy-filled shows.

CHILDREN’S TV presenter Andy Day will be one of the stars of Thornbury Arts Festival when the dinosaur adventurer stages three energy-filled shows.

Folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman and Dr Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, broadcaster, comedian and campaigner – have also been signed up to appear at the ten-day event.

They form part of a packed programme compiled by the 2016 festival team, to be launched by comedy performer Tim Brooke-Taylor ahead of an on-stage chat about his career with Bristol writer and broadcaster Chris Serle.

Events featuring music, drama and film are in the schedule, as well as a guided walk in Frampton-on-Severn and a talk by BBC health correspondent Dominic Hughes.

Andy Day, best known for his work on the CBeebies channel, has promised dino-rapping fun with plenty of songs and dancing for youngsters at his shows in the Armstrong Hall.

He will appear during the same second weekend of the festival as the West Country’s Seth Lakeman, who has successfully steered English folk into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums.

His audience will also get the chance to hear the home-grown talent of singer-songwriter Emily Teague, who returns to her Thornbury roots as support act.

Meanwhile, Phil Hammond makes a welcome return to the town after last appearing in the award-winning comedy double act Struck Off or Die in the 1990s.

Thornbury Swing Band and Bristol Male Voice Choir are among other performers, while the Bristol-based Ministry of Entertainment will stage one of its most popular theatre productions, Doodlebugs and Bogeymen, taking a light hearted look at the lives of two evacuees in the Second World War. 

Artistic director, Shirley Sharp, said: “We’ve got a fantastic line-up of events already planned, with something for everyone to enjoy. We’re especially pleased that Andy Day will be here as we wanted something special for children to see.”

The festival runs from April 15-24. Details about events and tickets will be available on the festival website www.thornburyartsfestival.com when the programme has been finalised.