9th Annual Telling Tales Festival

Take a step back in time at Westfield Heritage Village host to the Telling Tales Festival since 2009. Westfield’s natural surroundings and unique collection of historic buildings makes this the perfect location to bring stories to life. Telling Tales performances take place at nine different stages throughout this picturesque village.

This year’s festival brings over 30 of Canada’s top authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians together to share their stories and talents with children of all ages. This year's theme is "Stories Take You Anywhere". There is truly something for everyone: from babies to teens, parents and grandparents, from beginning readers to avid readers, and even to reluctant readers.

Books really come to life when presented by these engaging authors.  They are some of the most talented children’s authors in Canada, they are some of the funniest and most entertaining too. Read along, play along, dance, sing and have fun! Check out the line-up of presenters at http://www.tellingtales.org

We invite you to roam around the Village, enjoy music, games, and historic characters. Pose for pictures and chat with Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Tinkerbell and other characters from your favourite stories.

Buy a book from the Bryan Prince Bookseller’s on site book shop tent and have the author sign it – what a prize for your bookshelf! Add some books to your home library for only a dollar or two, or bring a gently used book and “swap” it for a different one! Either way, at our Giant Book Swap & Shop kids can take home a new-to-them book.

For the little ones there is a bustling Children’s Activity Centre in the Large Meadow with a special focus on creative, literacy-based play. Exhibitors, the Library Bookmobile and a vintage fire engine are sure to delight kids young, and young-at-heart. As an added bonus there are lots of contests and prizes during the Festival!

Feeling hungry? There will be lots of choices for lunch or a snack. Food vendors include Strabane and Puslinch Optimist serving hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. Living Rock will be here with their Harvest Truck serving a variety of sandwiches. Sit and relax in the Ironwood Tea Room where Farm House Kitchen will be serving sandwiches, soup and yummy baked goods. If you are in the Large Meadow make sure to stop by and visit Jeff's Street Eats for one of their yummy dogs or Crazy Cravings Ice Cream truck for a cool treat to enjoy.

Westfield Heritage Village is buzzing with activity. Come spend this free day with us. Just remember to park in Rockton at the Fairgrounds and take a shuttle bus to the Village. Hope to see you there!