Festival Fun for Families

As a charity, the Festival is very keen to make our events as inclusive and accessible to everyone so that everybody has the chance to get involved. In 2022 we will be offering our Family Events at very low prices so that they as affordable as possible.

Festival 2021 - a look back
Last year's Festival programme was lead by the multi-bestselling author Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Creator of Tracy Beaker, who was presenting her latest book The Primrose Railway Children, a reimagining and updating of the much-loved story by Edith Nesbit.


Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown got everyone drawing as he talked about Up in The Air, the latest in the hugely popular series. He also shared Nell and The Cave Bear, his latest book for younger children. The Festival also welcomed the internationally best-selling and award-winning author and illustrator partnership MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, the creators behind Beetle Boy. Their latest in the series Adventure on Trains has the spooky title Danger at Dead Man’s Pass, the thrilling fourth adventure in the prize-winning series as Harrison Beck investigates an ancient family curse.

The Devon illustrator, Katz Cowley, who created the pictures for the brilliantly successful The Wonky Donkey, intorduced children aged from three upwards to The Fidgety Itch, The Bee’s Sneeze and Willbee the Bumblebee, and the author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Lunchtime, Rebecca Cobb, shared a new tale in her Aunt Amelia adventures.

Cornwall-based husband and wife team, Naomi and James Jones, celebrated the joys of difference with their book The Perfect Fit.

All ages got stuck stuck into the sold-out model making workshops creating characters including Shaun the Sheep from Nick Park’s hilarious Aardman Films under the careful guidance of one of the Bristol-based company’s leading model makers.