Put your boots on for Wellyfest and meet Paddington Bear and CBeebies’ Mr Bloom

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Rain won’t stop the fun at this weekend’s Great Big Wellyfest, organised in support of two charities that helped a Walton youngster.

The festival, on Sunday August 3, is the brainwave of Gill and Richard Atkinson, who set up Events Central in 2011 to raise funds and awareness for their son Austin, nine, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy called Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

Welly-wearer Paddington Bear will headline the event – held at Beacon Hill Farm, Intake Lane, Woolley – and there will be an appearance from CBeebies’ Mr Bloom.

The Tongue Tied Theatre Company will perform The Revenge of Mr Trout and there will also be a circus marquee, Delhi Welly dancing and funky junk drumming.

Children – and adults – can dance in their boots in the great big welly splash or donate them to the Wellies for Wheels project, which raises funds to buy specialist equipment for disabled children.

The event, from 11am to 7pm, will be supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Life For a Kid. Tickets start at £9.50.

Go to www.ticket-street.co.uk or visit Wakefield Tourist Information office in the Bull Ring to buy tickets.