LEDBURY Poetry Festival is providing fun for all the family this year with a host of events for young people.

Everyone is welcome for two weekends packed with creativity, discovery, performance and poetry: June 29-30 and July 6-7. This year’s theme is the natural world and our rivers.

Enjoy dance performances about our rivers with 2FacedDance, puppetry with Sea Legs, the wild seas with award-winning Nicola Davies, nature poetry with Alex Wharton, the Children's Laureate in Wales, and learn about the importance of our rivers with Catharine Barr.

Nicola Davies joins Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Programme for Children and Families on Sunday June 30 with The Star Whale. The Star Whale poems explore the natural world with insight and joy.

Like the goldfinch in the final poem, these poems will ‘set the heart free and flying’. You might spot a kingfisher, that ‘small glint of wonder’, and see how ‘wild reclaims the world’ in the urban night-time.

Alex Wharton is the Children’s Laureate in Wales and joins Ledbury Poetry Festival on Saturday June 29 for an energetic and inspiring session with songs and poetry from Daydreams and Jellybeans and Red Sky at Night A Poets Delight.

Dive in with author Catharine Barr to discover why we must protect freshwater to save life on earth. Children will find out why their jeans have a water footprint, who lives in washing-up bowl ponds and pick up tips on how to save water.

Catharine Barr has worked for Greenpeace and is former exhibitions editor at Natural History Museum and has a series of books about the natural world.

Free and outside on Saturday June 29 in St Katharine’s Square 2FacedDance present their show for Families on Rivers called Fish Boy. Come along at 11.30am and at 3pm to enjoy this dance performance.

With thanks to Herefordshire Council all tickets are £3.

All events take place in Ledbury Library. #everyone is welcome. The full programme is available online here: ledburypoetry.org.uk/home/whats-on/

The link to book tickets for everything is of course our website which is www.ledburypoetry.org.uk