For For All The Family

Fun for all the Family

This year we’ve got two NEW spaces for families buzzing with activities and pop-up events – perfect for a Family day out!

The Den

7-8 Oct and 14-15 Oct
11 – 4pm

Dive into The Den brimming with drop-in activities every weekend. Help Lucy Cousins create a big bird mural, make wishing fish, join a panto-workshop, draw some surprising animals and loads more free family fun.


Big Bird Mural

Saturday 7
10.30 – 12.30pm
Author and illustrator Lucy Cousins will be designing a mural in The Den. Come along and paint on the giant art wall.

Pug-a-Doodle Do!

Saturday 7
13.30 – 15.30pm
Fantastic drawing fun with author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre: draw characters such as a pug, a sea monkey, and Pilbeam the robot, design your own pugs with combat skills and loads more.

Panto Workshop

Sunday 8
10.30 – 12.30pm
It’s nearly panto time folks! Dress up and have a go in our panto workshop with the Everyman Theatre.

How to Draw Animals

Sunday 8
13.30 – 15.30pm
From birds to bears join children’s illustrator Abbie Cameron and learn to draw some surprising animals.

Wishing Fish Clock

Saturday 14
10.30 – 12.30pm
The Wishing Fish Clock in Regent Arcade is a favourite with local families. Children’s author Miranda Walker, invites you to hear a new story about the clock and to create your very own wishing fish

Paintasaurus

Saturday 14
13.30 – 14.30pm
Nurture your mini-artist’s creativity with fun arts activities exploring new textures, shapes and colours with a workshop leader from The Wilson.

The Wild Wood Band

Sunday 15
10.30 – 12.30pm
Make and decorate kazoos and shakers or colour in a paper puppet with author and Illustrator Tom Knight and join with Jimmy Finnigan’s Wild Wood Band.

Make Your Own Scruffy Pet

Sunday 15
13.30 – 15.30pm
Join author and illustrator Hannah Shaw. Hear about her latest book The Scruffs: Showtime! And create your own scruffy pet to take home.

On both Festival weekends…

12.30 -13.30pm: Mural and Make
Come along and paint on the giant Lucy Cousins art wall and other colouring and craft activities.

16.30 – 17pm: Harry Potter Quiz
Join in our Harry Potter family quiz with the Festival Wizard and win a magical prize!


The Woodland Trust Wild Wood

Daily

Follow The Famous Five story trail, go on a teddy bear’s picnic, listen to storytellers, meet favourite book characters and more – enjoy the picnic area too, all completely free! For a full schedule of activities visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature

Saturdays and Sundays

11 – 5pm

Meet your favourite book characters like Maisy, The Gruffalo and Elmer, listen to storytellers’ fantastic tales, take part in a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, play Giant Jenga, make masks or take a virtual trip through the tree tops!


Where’s Wally? Trail

Daily
11am – 3pm

Wow! Wally Watchers! Follow our Where’s Wally? trail around town and seek out some simply sensational scenes created by local schools. Pick up your trail sheet from Waterstones on The Promenade or any of the participating venues – check cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature for details.