Westfield Heritage Village
September 20th, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We are currently updating our site for 2020

Last year’s Festival features:

  • 10 performance stages—each designed to appeal to different audiences, with music and puppet stages for the very young, storytelling, visual storytelling, tweens, teens, illustration, talks, and workshops.
  • Forest of Reading Stage-Featuring authors whose works are featured through the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program
  • Different Drummer Books- independent bookseller featuring new titles by Telling Tales’ presenters
  • Giant Book Swap-Bring a book to trade. Buy a bunch for your library.
  • Meet and greet with wandering literary and historical characters
  • Free access to Westfield’s 35 historic buildings
  • Literacy activities
  • Food vendors
  • Courtesy bus service from four community hubs
  • Free parking at Rockton Fairgrounds
  • Free shuttle service, courtesy of Hillfield-Strathallan College, running between Rockton and Westfield

The Telling Tales Main Event at Westfield Heritage Village  FAQ

When is this the Main Event at Westfield Heritage Village?

Sunday September 20, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is the cost?

This is a free event, even the parking is free. However, Telling Tales is a non-profit organization, so donations to literacy will be gratefully accepted.

 What are recommended ages? 

There are programs for babies to teens.

When do you announce the Festival line-up?

Telling Tales kicks off officially in early May and our line-up is revealed then. Click Here for this year’s amazing line-up! In the leadup to the festival you can read books from our annual Reading List

Where can I get a program? 

Telling Tales 2019 Program can be viewed and downloaded from our site. This has all the information you need, including maps and schedules.  Printed programs will be available on the day

 Is there a rain date?

Telling Tales runs rain or shine. There are tents and buildings that offer some shelter.

What is the parking situation?

We anticipate a large crowd so we have arranged FREE parking at the nearby Rockton Fairgrounds located at 812 Old Hwy 8 in Rockton, Ontario. From there visitors will be shuttled to Westfield Heritage Village, a short five-minute ride away. Shuttle service will run all day. We do encourage you to think green and carpool with other family members and friends. Or take advantage of our Courtesy Bus Service from Hamilton. There will be no general visitor parking available at Westfield Heritage Village, however, parking for special needs is available at Westfield Heritage Village.

When do the buses stop running to Rockton for the general public?

The last bus is at 4:15 p.m. Special care is taken to ensure everyone gets back to Rockton on a bus.

Where are the washrooms?

Washrooms can be found in the Westfield parking lot (just before the main Entrance), beside the Forest of Reading Stage, in the Large Meadow and at Rockton.

Do the washrooms have change tables?

The washrooms at the Ironwood Tea House contain change tables. There is also a full changing and nursing station available in the Large Meadow.

Is it difficult for seniors, children in strollers, and people with disabilities to get around?

The Village is a living history museum of over 35 historical buildings depicting a variety of time periods. The landscape is flat, and roads and paths are fine gravel. Many buildings enjoy the use of ramps. Other buildings are at ground level or have a couple of stairs.

What if someone is hurt or loses a child?

Westfield features a first aid station and lost and found station at Welcome Info Tent at the front  entrance to the village. A paramedic is available all day.

What are the choices for food?

We have multiple food options at this year’s festival. There is a food truck at the main entrance. Alternatively you can visit the Ironwood, located across from the gift shop. There are also lots of food vendors in the Large Meadow and Tim Hortons is giving out complimentary beverages. You may also choose to bring your own food and there are designated picnic areas. 

Is there a gift shop?

A variety of inexpensive and unique gift and food items can be purchased at the gift shop and General Store. New books can be purchased at A Different Drummer Books on-site book shop tent, while second hand books are available at the Book Swap & Shop tent (located in the Lockhart Meadow). Our exhibitors may choose to sell select items in the Large Meadow.

Can I tour the historic buildings in languages other than English?

Westfield currently offers tours in English only.

Does Westfield sell milk for my kids and what is the menu?

Westfield traditionally sells soft drinks, bottled water and fruit drinks only. The menu varies depending on the food vendors selected for this event.

What should I bring?

Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic lunch or snacks to enjoy. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray doesn’t hurt either. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle that can be filled at the Quench Buggy. Bring an umbrella to chase the clouds away. Bring a few slightly used children’s books to donate to the Book Swap & Shop and a book bag.

Can I bring my pet?

Although Westfield does welcome dogs on leashes at other events, pets are not allowed on the day of the Festival. Too many people, too much commotion, your pet won’t enjoy it.

Where do I drop off the Tell Your Tale contest form?

Please complete the forms (including the contact information, so we can reach you in case you are a winner). You can drop forms off at any of the four Telling Tales Information Booths indicated on the Festival Map by a yellow ? icon. 

Can I buy a Telling Tales Merchandise?

Select Telling Tale merchandise will be sold at this year’s festival. They can be purchased at the Telling Tales Information booths located inside the village and at Rockton Fairgrounds. All proceeds to go to the festival and literacy projects in our community.

Can I buy  new books?

Yes. A Different Drummer Books will sell the new books from our presenters.

Can I get my books autographed?

Yes.  Refer to the autographing schedule in our program to plan for this!  Authors love meeting their fans and vice versa.

How does the Book Swap and Shop Work?

We encourage you to bring a few gently used children’s books to swap on the day. You can also purchase books at great prices. Remember you book bag! The Book Swap and Shop is run by Hamilton Literacy Council and is located in the Lockhart Meadow.

Where do I find an ATM?

An ATM is located inside the Ironwood (located across from the gift shop).