Celebrating World Book Day on 7 March, the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 Gruffalo came to Horsham’s Carfax after school to join a book themed costume party and story reading event.
Horsham District Council, in partnership with Horsham Markets by Food Rocks, Tomfoolery, Maverick Publishing, Gobsmack Comics and Non Stop Party Shop, organised the World Book Day costume party and story reading, with local children’s entertainer Tomfoolery reading the world famous Gruffalo tale to the assembled children.
After the storytelling bonanza on the Carfax bandstand, nursery school and primary school children then had their costumes judged in the categories of, Best Pre-school Costume, Best Boy’s Costume, Best Girl’s Costume and Best Superhero Costume.
Horsham Markets and their street food traders chose the day to launch their special smaller appetites menu, with portions priced at just £4 each, providing an ideal opportunity for everyone to become a “taste explorer” and enjoy some freshly cooked local produce.
Commenting on the event, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “What a great opportunity for local children to meet a larger than life size Gruffalo!
“This was a super after school event to celebrate World Book Day. Children came ready in their World Book Day costumes from school to enjoy the storytelling, have the chance to win some great prizes in the costume competition and enjoy some delicious food from our street food markets.
“Watch out for the Gruffalo’s next big day – his 20th anniversary on 23 March.”