2019 Worthing Children's Parade The World of David Walliams 

and a most fantabulous day was had by all........


9 am and the air was palpable with excitement as the children, teachers and parents gathered on Beach House Park grounds. The sun had come out and the schools were busy assembling their ‘big makes’, making final alterations and getting ready for the parade ahead, the place was literally humming with anticipation of the event to come. 

10am and with the ring of the Town Criers bell we were off! St Andrews High school for Boys at the helm with their big make Raj, the friendly shop keeper who appears in so many of Walliams’s stories followed by the 19 other schools in the parade all arranged in chronological order of their chosen books release date.

As the parade merrily marched along the Seafront promenade stretching for over a Kilometre, showing off the fantastical giant structures. They had no idea of the HUGE surprise organised by the Worthing Children’s parade team that awaited them back at Steyne gardens.

The procession continued through town, winding its way through the streets accompanied by infectious Samba music played by the talented young people that took part. The streets were lined with thousands of spectators viewing the amazing art work on display for all of Worthing to see.


The crowds gazed on in awe and wonderment, smiles and laughter rippled through the crowds, as children and adults alike pointed out their favourite characters from the much-loved stories at bed time, it was truly a sight to behold.  

The parade reached the Steyne and the children were greeted by the Mayoress of Worthing and the Guild Care Family day.  After each school was introduced to the awaiting crowds the children and adults could finally set down their big makes and make their way to the stage area to await their surprise.

Tim Laughton enthused the huge crowd that had formed around the stage and announced the surprise they had all been so eagerly anticipating……………………

‘And I would like to announce the one and only David Walliams!’

The crowd went wild in welcome for the much-loved author and celebrity as he entered the stage. What an amazing day and such a fantastic way to celebrate and reward the hard work of all the schools, students, teachers and parents that took part.

After answering a few questions on stage David then spent a long time having his photo taken and signing copies of his many books with his adoring fans, both young and old. Then as a parting gift gave each school a signed pre released copy of his new book Worlds Worst Teachers.

The day the children of Worthing met David Walliams creating memories to last a lifetime.


If your school would like to take part in next year’s Worthing Children’s parade please contact: theworthingchildrensparade@gmail.co.uk

Up & coming dates:

Based upon the success of last years Saturday  art workshops at Worthing Museum and Art gallery, we would like to offer the same again for this coming year.

Dates for 2020 workshops to be confirmed 

There will be lots of 'Fairy Tale' inspired making 

Please stay with your children during your visit 


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