On Wednesday 26th September, Year 4 spent the day at Bowley Scout and Activity Centre, taking part in the Lancashire Libraries Annual Read Fest. Over 50 schools attended and 1000 children took part, meeting authors and celebrating reading. The day started with a visit to the ‘Silk Painting’ tent hosted by Ursula Hurst, here the pupils played their part in painting a huge mural, drawn on silk, celebrating the wonderful worlds’ experienced through stories and verse. The pupils were so engrossed in this wonderful calming activity, that they had to be enticed away with a visit to the bookshop! Once in the shop, the children thought very carefully on which book to purchase, taking on board the advice and suggestions from each other. Our next stop was at the ‘Big Story Tree’ to listen to the storyteller Sue and the story of the ‘The Fox and the Sack’. The pupils took an active role in playing different roles in the story and using props to bring the characters alive. It then was a quick dash up the hill to the ‘Lodge’, where we listened to a very entertaining Paul Cookson reading some of his poetry, whilst illustrator Chris Riddell drew pictures bringing the poems alive. A good day was had by all, from being outdoors and sharing the enjoyment and experiences of reading stories together.