Wonderful World

Wonderful World 2016

A heady mix of outdoor arts hosted in July 2016, in a beautiful town centre space, People’s Park in Grimsby and concluding the inaugural Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10K race.

The Culture House produced an exciting and engaging high quality outdoor arts programme in the beautiful surroundings of People’s Park, Grimsby during summer 2016.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by North East Lincolnshire Council and Lincs Inspire, ‘Wonderful World’ featured a fantastic range of UK touring acts as well as live music and nature and craft workshops.

Having delivered an annual event of a similar nature entitled Family Sunday for the past five years, this year saw a partnership develop which led to the event also becoming the culmination of the much anticipated Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10K race on 31 July.

The Culture House joined forces with race organisers Tape2Tape to stage Wonderful World as a festival celebration awaiting runners and their families and friends, as well as usual audiences.

The activity is the first in the series of five events produced by The Culture House in People’s Park and taking place over the summer.

A programme of free ‘Picnic Playlist’ events then take place over four consecutive Sundays, inviting local people and visitors to bring picnics along and enjoy quality live music from regional, local and national artists playing a range of folk, jazz and world music.

The Giant Balloon Show

The Wind & The Sun

The 2016 programme featured The Giant Balloon Show by circus specialists Dizzy O’Dare, when audiences experienced balloon sculptures, high energy comic performances and the creation of a giant balloon.

Children were taken on an alternative ‘ride’ around the park by Yorkshire-based outdoor arts company, Pif-Paf, on their inventive travelling machines “Flycycle” and “Submercycle”.

Expert, large-scale puppeteer, Andrew Kim from Hebden Bridge brought his creation, walkabout hippo – Hippochondriac – along as crowds tried to identify the what was ‘wrong’ with him.

Tell Tale Hearts from Sheffield performed their colourful outdoor show for children, the Wind and the Sun, inspired by the Aesop fable.

And balancing act ‘Man on the Moon’, by George Orange, drew large crowds as did Rhubarb Theatre from Lincoln who performed their new roaming show, Explorers Galores.

In addition local favourites The Earthbound Misfits delivered popular circus skills workshops and create giant bubbles, while duo acts Shenanigans and Uber Giraffe performed as Postcard Posers and  ‘Gorgeous Girls’ on stilts respectively.

Music on the day came from leading local bands including The Finest Hour, Chloe Rose, Through the Cracks, Sambalada and Just Mammals.

Audiences engaged in a wide range of other activity, including nature and craft workshops as well as face-painting as well as partner activity, including Lincs Inspire Fitness Challenge and family fun sports and NELC Youth Service climbing wall and football cage.



Charlotte Bowen, event producer said:

“The Culture House has been working really hard over the past couple of years to bring a quality series of cultural events to People’s Park which audiences have told us they really enjoy.

“It therefore made sense to join forces with the new race in order and add our festival day to the end of it, while also bringing more to existing audiences.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10K, which will be a fantastic event for the town. And by doing so, we can bring more arts and culture to more people.”

“The activity is supported by Arts Council England who has once again acknowledged our efforts and objectives with funding support, enabling Wonderful World to maintain a free public event.”