Just 15 mins on the train away, exciting enough as it is when you’re small, is a whole world of adventure in books for children of all ages this Autumn. The Bath Children’s Literature Festival runs from September 25th to October 4th and is absolutely stuffed with incredible ways to get your kids crazy about reading, illustrating and storytelling. There are some HUGE names coming to Bath to read from their books; Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Julian Clary, Judith Kerr. But I’ve picked out ten hidden gems for you from the programme, which I think will be just as spectacular and memorable for a family visit.
Make your own pop-up book, Sept 26, £6 (parents go free), age 6+
Paper wizard engineer David Hancock will help your children bring their favourite literary characters to life by springing them off the page at this hands on workshop.
Goth Girl with author Chris Riddell, September 26t, 5.15pm, £6.50, age 7+
Come and get the gossip on Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright, the brand new Goth Girl book, and get some drawing tips on how to illustrate your own Goth Girl from the author himself!
The Hunger Games Quiz, September 27th, 6.30pm, £7, teen upwards
I suspect this might be as popular with parents as teenagers, but this is the official UK Hunger Games quiz, hosted by Caesar Flickman! Come dressed up as your favourite Panem resident.
Rosie Flo’s make your own colouring book, September 29th, 10.00am, £5, ages 3+
Come and make your very own colouring book, containing whatever you like, with Roz Streeten, the creator of Rosie Flo
Introducing Alice, October 1 and October 3, £5, ages 3+
Bringing Alice in Wonderland to pre-schoolers for the first time, storytelling, drawing and games with Chrissie Welltike
Amazing stories from Africa, for Schools visitors age 6+, October 2, 11.30am
Atinuke tells incredible centuries old tales of Africa, weaving in British Nigerian roots and leaving children spellbound. A must-go school trip
Chris Haughton, October 3, 10.45am, £5, ages 3+
Chris is the writer and illustrator of books such as ‘A bit lost’ and ‘Shh! We have a plan!’. Come and draw with him and hear some of his fantastically simple and beautiful storytelling.
Hugless Douglas with David Melling, October 3, 10.00am, £6, 8+
Come and hear the stories of the world’s most huggable bear, and learn how to draw him.
100 Family adventures with The Meek Family, October 4, 1.30pm, £6, ages 8+
The inspiring Meek family bring their huge adventures indoors to show families the fun they should be having outside! Pick up some survival skills and equipment tips.
Beast Quest Tournament, October 4, 3.30pm, £5, ages 7+
Adam Blade and Beast Quest hold a live tournament for you and the children to take part in. Come and learn about the brand new characters and pit your wits!