He is bringing his creator Julia Donaldson and other friends for two one-hour shows on Sunday January 18.
Money raised will support further development of Lansdown Hall which Stroud Town Council saved from closure three years ago. Since then the hall has undergone major repairs and refurbishments, with more on the cards.
Children’s writer Julia is a frequent visitor to Stroud. Her sister Mary Moore has lived in the town since 1975 and was originally involved with the hall when it was known as The Space.
“I know Stroud quite well and when she suggested we do a show to raise money for Lansdown Hall I was delighted to help,” she said.
The shows start at 10.30am and 2pm and are suitable for children aged four and upwards. Doors open at 10am and 1.30pm.
The show will consist of three songs and four stories, including The Gruffalo and also Julia’s latest picture book The Scarecrows’ Wedding. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to get involved.
“I get great enjoyment from the performing because it is instant,” said Julia. “I really enjoy getting the children in the audience to help me act out the stories and sing the songs.”
Julia has written a wide range of books for children and young people and was Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013.
She is stopping at Stroud on her way to New Zealand and Australia for a six-week tour. Her beloved cat Goblin, who is almost 20 years old, will stay with sister Mary in Stroud.
Stroud Bookshop will be selling books at the event and Julia will be signing copies of her work.
Town councillor Eva Ward said: “We are delighted that Julia is supporting us with this fundraiser. Lansdown Hall is Stroud’s village hall and we still have much we would like to do to ensure it is a great venue.”