WayWord, the new festival for young people aged 4-24, featured a week of packed-out events in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Winsford.

The new festival, which celebrated the written and spoken word, saw more than 5,000 children and families take part in activities, events and workshops across the county.

Chester Performs, the producing company behind the new initiative, were delighted by the turnout and enthusiasm for the event.

Festival manager Paul Lavin said: “WayWord was an entirely new adventure for us and we've been thrilled by the response from young people, children and families.

“We had plenty to inspire young people all week long – from talks and workshops with the writer of CBBC’s Wolfblood , to a performance of all of the episodes of Doctor Who in just an hour!”

 

Festival highlights included a hilarious Poetry Slam featuring four of the UK’s best stand up poets, an Introduction to Coding workshop, the hugely popular Wimpy Kid Show , The WayWord Politics Show and the launch of the 2014 Grosvenor Park Young Theatre Company.

The festival also visited West Cheshire College in Ellesmere Port where the country’s favourite performance poet Ian McMillan took up residence for the day, running events and workshops for the students.

Meanwhile, film-makers across the county took part in a 48 hour film challenge to script, shoot and edit a short film in just two days.

The films were screened at the town hall at a special awards evening where team LIA won the challenge.

You can watch the films online at www.wayword.co.uk/48hour .