Big Screen Family Day

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stafflex and HLF join forces for ‘Big Screen Family Day’


Films, storytelling, balloon twisting and a host of other family friendly activities will all be on offer at a ‘Big Screen’ free family day at North Huddersfield Trust School, Huddersfield on 27 Februrary 2016.


Huddersfield’s independent recruitment agency Stafflex and the town’s literature festival HLF are joining forces for an exciting new venture – the ‘HLF2016/Stafflex Big Screen Family Day’.

Stafflex’s Big Screen Weekend proved a major hit with families and film fans in the summer of 2015, with movies such as Frozen and Mamma Mia! shown for free in St George’s Square, in partnership with Food Festivals Ltd. Now Stafflex is bringing the ‘Big Screen’ concept to HLF2016.

The ‘HLF2016/Stafflex Big Screen Family Day’ will take place at North Huddersfield Trust School on Saturday 27 February 2016 between 10am and 3.30pm, as part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

The event will be topped and tailed by two free film showings: Paddington (2014; cert PG; StudioCanal) and The Jungle Book (1967; cert U; Disney). Both feature characters from books: Paddington Bear is the creation of author Michael Bond, and The Jungle Book Walt Disney animation is based on Rudyard Kipling’s book (there will be a new Jungle Book movie out this year 2016).

There will also be an interactive storytelling session ‘The Cloud Collector’s Apprentices’ with Yorkshire-based storyteller Matt Stradling, where children can find out how cloud dragons are made, if rain clouds get lonely and how King Arthur defeated Grob the Massively Miserable in his underwear.

Shirley Cass, who was a big hit at the 2015 festival, will return with a new balloon twisting and storytelling session. There will be refreshments on offer and plenty of free activities on the day, from face painting and colouring tables to bookmark making.

The festival’s tagline is ‘Bringing words to life’ and as well as providing free entertainment relating to books, one of the aims of the event is to encourage families to engage with the festival, especially those who may be unaware of the range of events on offer.

Nadio Granata, Marketing Manager at Stafflex, said: “It was an obvious fit for Stafflex as the company has always worked closely with schools, providing staff cover and supporting the Huddersfield Town Foundation School Breakfast Clubs. We have already announced our next Big Screen Weekend for 1-3 July 2016 and partnering with the Huddersfield Literature Festival on this event is a great opportunity to keep the momentum going.”

Michelle Hodgson, Festival Director of HLF, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Stafflex this year and for the permission to use the ‘Big Screen’ concept at our free family day. We have held free family days before, but with Stafflex’s involvement, this promises to be the biggest and best yet. We also have a long-standing relationship with North Huddersfield Trust School and we are delighted that the school will be providing the venue for this exciting day of family friendly activities.”