Get ready for the Children's Festival!

Inspiring your children's love of reading with a variety of authors, energetic storytelling and a barrel of laughs!

Fun-packed events

Little readers have lots of opportunities to talk to our authors. There will be terrific tales, creative crafts and fantastic facts! Celebrate the love of reading and inspire their imaginations with our line-up of children's events.

Make A Bug Hotel with Ruth Finlayson

Sun, 18 Oct 2020
4.15pm - 5.15pm

Why do we need bugs in our garden? Learn about good and bag bugs, where they live and why they are struggling to find homes, and how we can encourage more of them in our world. We will be making a hotel for bugs out of everyday materials foraged from your home and the outside world.

Suitable age range (supervised so adults can join in too): 3-12yrs (Materials:

Things you need to collect before the event:

  • Large container
  • E.g. Pringles tube, large plastic bottle, milk tetrapak
  • Twine or string
  • Scissors, glue, sticky tape
  • Paper
  • Paint and colouring pens (Optional)
  • Stickers (Optional)
  • One adult to help with the tricky stuff

Make our hotel comfortable with anything you can find when out exploring, or in the garden. Check with an adult to make sure it’s safe to pick up, and doesn’t harm any wildlife.

  • Bamboo sticks
  • Paper straws
  • Empty toilet rolls
  • Bark
  • Moss
  • Feathers
  • Sheeps wool
  • Dead leaves
  • Dead flowers
  • Dead stems and twigs
  • Pine cones

To register your place on this workshop please send an email by following the "Book Tickets" link below.

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Poetry Competition

If you can say the words, you can write the words. Express yourself through poetry - whatever shape or form - and you could win £50! The competition is free to enter for all school aged children, with prizes for primary and secondary.

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