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
10.30am – 5pm

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 October
10.30am – 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 October
1.30pm – 3.30pm
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 October
10.30am – 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 October
1.30pm – 3.30pm
From birds to bears join children’s illustrator Abbie Cameron and learn to draw some surprising animals.

Wishing Fish Clock

Saturday 14 October
10.30am – 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


Saturday 14 October
1.30pm – 2.30pm
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 October
10.30am – 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 October
1.30pm – 3.30pm
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…

4.30pm – 5pm: Harry Potter Quiz
Join in our Harry Potter family Quiz with the Quiz Wizard and win a magical prize!

The Woodland Trust Wild Wood


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

Saturdays and Sundays – 7, 8, 14 & 15 October

11 – 5pm

Book characters, pop up storytelling performances, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, the Famous Five Story Trail, Giant Jenga and loads more…

Performance Storying
Saturday 7 October, 11.30am – 5pm
Join Lucy Walters for a fun look at fairytales in a wild wood, full of the most unexpected twists and turns

Sunday 8 October, 11.30am – 5pm
Storyteller and ukulele-player Martin Maudsley brings to life the myths, legends and folktales of the world with music and audience interaction.

Saturday 14 October, 11.30am – 5pm
Join Anna Conomos for brilliant stories about birds, woods and action-packed interactive Greek myths

Sunday 15 October, 11.30am – 5pm
Find Isabella Necessity on her Story Bicycle and journey in a rainforest or meet trolls with storytelling, songs, audience interactions and puppets

On both Festival weekends…

11am – 4.30pm
Meet favourite book characters including Maisy, Aliens Love Underpants, Stick Man and Elmer

11am – 11.30am
Meet and greet The Gruffalo with storyteller Sophia Lanciano

1.30pm – 2pm
Teddy Bear’s Picnic with storyteller Sophia Lanciano – bring a bear or borrow one of ours!

Where’s Wally? Trail

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 for details.