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Head to Swadlincote to meet the Gruffalo this Saturday

Gruffalo Gruffalo

Residents and visitors to Swadlincote can meet the popular children’s character the Gruffalo in a special event taking place on Saturday 5 March.

The event takes place in Swadlincote town centre from 10am to 2pm.

The Gruffalo will make appearances at the following times:

  • 10am
  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 1pm

Families will also have the opportunity to take part in mask making workshops and face painting in the town centre and there is a gift and craft fair in Swadlincote Town Hall.

There will be the usual Swadlincote market taking place.

Family craft sessions are also planned at Swadlincote Library from 10am to 2pm where people can make a Gruffalo puppet or bunding for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer.

Councillor Malcolm Gee, South Derbyshire District Council’s Chair, said: “Following the success of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog events this winter, I am sure families will be keen to come along and meet the Gruffalo and take part in the various family-friendly activities in Swadlincote on 5 March.

“This is part of our commitment to supporting the local economy by providing fun, family-friendly events to encourage people to visit Swadlincote town centre.”

The event is supported by the Welcome Back Fund from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)/HM Government.

Notes to editors

The programme includes a series of projects, which will be part-funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit  

28 February 2022

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