Peterborough families find Wally at Serpentine Green shopping centre

29 Aug 2017
Kids wally

Families in Peterborough enjoyed a Where’s Wally? treasure hunt and fun literacy-themed activities at Serpentine Green shopping centre this weekend.

The event was the culmination of Serpentine Green’s ‘The Fantastic Storyland’ series – free storytelling sessions every Saturday over the summer, in support of the Peterborough Literacy Campaign from the National Literacy Trust and Peterborough Council.

On Saturday 26 August, hundreds of families visited the special Where’s Wally? area in Serpentine Green where children  contributed to a colouring wall, enjoyed lively storytelling sessions and completed fun activity sheets. The event was supported by Walker Books, publisher of the iconic book series by Martin Handford. 

Families also followed a map around the shopping centre to search for hidden characters and items from the Where’s Wally? books. Stores that took part in the treasure hunt included WHSmith, Claire’s, Toys R Us, Mothercare, Clarks, Sub Xpress and Thompson. 

After finding all the items and writing down their locations, participating children received a certificate and Where’s Wally? sticker book to take home. 

Sally Atkinson, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough said:

“We are delighted that Serpentine Green supported the Peterborough Literacy Campaign with a series of fantastic storytelling sessions this summer - the Where’s Wally? event this weekend with our partner Walker Books was the perfect finale. 

“The iconic Where’s Wally? books have introduced hundreds of children to the magical world of illustrative stories and helped them to fall in love with reading, which we know has an important impact on how well they do at school.” 

Jane Winterbotham, Publishing Director at Walker Books said: 

“Wally continues to be an iconic children’s book character, and we’re delighted that we could support this activity with the National Literacy Trust and Serpentine Green shopping centre to bring him to another audience to enjoy.”

David Wait, Centre Manager of Serpentine Green shopping centre said: 

“This was a great event and we are pleased that our Summer Activities that complemented the works the National Literacy Trust do ended in this great Where’s Wally? event.”