Kids, Books

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West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival, and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 20 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Fri 21 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 22 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 8 more dates until 30 Jun

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children's events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

Various venues: North Berwick

Fri 2 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07721 910982

Sat 3 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07721 910982

Sun 4 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07721 910982

…and 7 more dates until 11 Aug

The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival

There's fun for all the family at this festival, with a variety of storytelling, magic and puppet shows, Victorian-themed workshops, fancy dress competitions, street theatre, live music and more.

The Crescent, Portstewart

Mon 22 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

Tue 23 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

Wed 24 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

…and 3 more dates until 27 Jul

Royal National Mòd

The Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival and is famous for celebrating our Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage. In 2019, the festival takes its celebration to the city of Glasgow.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 11 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sat 12 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 13 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

…and 6 more dates until 19 Oct

Wealden Literary Festival

Two-day family-friendly festival, with a host of acclaimed writers and speakers, plus activities, workshops, an art exhibition and more.

Boldshaves Garden, Ashford

Sat 29 Jun

£8–£18 (one-day talk pass £40; Children £4–£6)

All events are priced individually

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Sun 30 Jun

£8–£18 (one-day talk pass £40; Children £4–£6)

All events are priced individually

  • 10:30 – 18:30

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Claire Freedman

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Fri 2 Aug

£14 / 0845 5218 218

Sat 3 Aug

£14 / 0845 5218 218

Sun 4 Aug

£14 / 0845 5218 218

Hertford Theatre

Fri 26 Jul

£14 / 01992 531500

Sat 27 Jul

£14 / 01992 531500

Palace Theatre, Newark

Mon 29 Jul

£14 / 01636 655755

Tue 30 Jul

£14 / 01636 655755

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Cupar Arts Festival

Festival with a focus on contemporary visual arts that takes place in the rural market town of Cupar. Artworks by established professional visual artists from across the UK and overseas form a curated art trail around the town. The programme of public artworks, performance art and exhibitions also includes music and…

Various Venues, Cupar

Thu 20 Jun

Times & prices vary

Fri 21 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 22 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 23 Jun

Times & prices vary

3 Harbours Arts Festival

A diverse mix of art, music, performance and heritage which has been hosted by the delightful East Lothian locations of Prestonpans, Port Seton and Cockenzie for over a decade now.

Various venues: East Lothian

Sat 29 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 30 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Mon 1 Jul

Times & prices to be confirmed

…and 6 more dates until 7 Jul

Beano Time Travellers Activity Trail

Explore the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey with the Bash Street Kids, Dennis, Gnasher and Minnie the Minx on this interactive trail.

National Trust: Mottisfont Abbey, Garden, House & Estate, Romsey

Sat 20 Jul

£16.50–£19.25 (Members free; Children £8.25–£9.65; Family £41.25–£48.15) / 01794 340 757

Sun 21 Jul

£16.50–£19.25 (Members free; Children £8.25–£9.65; Family £41.25–£48.15) / 01794 340 757

Mon 22 Jul

£16.50–£19.25 (Members free; Children £8.25–£9.65; Family £41.25–£48.15) / 01794 340 757

…and 48 more dates until 8 Sep

Biggar Little Festival

The name is something of a red herring as this small Lanarkshire festival is really punching above its weight with a large programme of varied arts events put on by different community groups and local businesses, plus a couple of big name touring artists booked by the festival committee. Covering comedy, theatre…

Various Venues, Biggar

Thu 17 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01899 220980

Fri 18 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01899 220980

Sat 19 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01899 220980

…and 8 more dates until 27 Oct

Children's Literature Festival - Lauren Child SOLD OUT

Taking place in locations around Blickling, this is a unique opportunity to see a range of wonderful writers and artists. All authors will be selling and signing books on the day.

National Trust: Blickling Hall, Norwich

Sat 6 Jul

Free Booking essential, admission applies / 01263 738030

Children's Storytime At Hodges Figgis Bookstore

Join us every Saturday morning at 11.30am as we read from some of our fantastic range of books. From treasured classics and modern favourites, to the latest titles from talented new authors and illustrators!

Hodges Figgis, Dublin

Fri 21 Jun

Sat 22 Jun

Sun 23 Jun

…and 147 more dates until 17 Nov

Essex Comic Con 2019

Essex Comic Convention - Cosplayers - Film stars - Props - Geek Stalls Food and Drink

Dovercourt Skate Rink

Sun 23 Jun

£6–£9.05 / 01255 551296

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

A range of musical, literary and artistic events with a fringe drawing on the talents of the local creative community. The 2019 programme features a Kids' Day, workshops, author events, a food fair, poetry readings and competitions in illustration and photography.

Various venues: Nairn

Mon 9 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01667 453476

Tue 10 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01667 453476

Wed 11 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01667 453476

…and 4 more dates until 15 Sep

Stendhal Festival of Art

Multi-arts festival weekender celebrating homegrown, grassroots talent, with a programme that encompasses music, comedy, poetry and children's activities.

Ballmully Cottage Farm, Limavady

Thu 15 Aug

prices vary / 07706 280 021

Fri 16 Aug

prices vary / 07706 280 021

Sat 17 Aug

prices vary / 07706 280 021

WhizzFizzFest

Family-friendly literary and arts festival celebrating children's literature.

Aylesbury Town Centre

Sat 22 Jun

Free, but selected events are £3

Arbury Community Centre, Cambridge

Sun 29 Sep

Free / 01223 712038

  • 14:00 – 17:00
  • 14:00 – 17:00

Sun 1 Dec

Free / 01223 712038

  • 14:00 – 17:00
  • 15:00 – 18:00

East Oxford Community Centre

Sun 23 Jun

01865 792168

  • 12:00 – 15:00
  • 12:00 – 15:00

Sun 15 Dec

Free / 01865 792168

  • 12:00 – 15:00
  • 13:00 – 16:00

Westcroft Meeting Place, Milton Keynes

Sun 15 Sep

Free / 01908 377251

  • 12:00 – 15:00

Sun 24 Nov

Free / 01908 377251

  • 12:00 – 15:00

Autumn half-term storytelling

Come along to the bell tent in the orchard to hear storyteller Mark Harandon spin stories of giant turnips, apples and lost shadows. Stories start on the hour (none at 1pm). Booking isn't necessary, but we may need to limit numbers each session.

National Trust: Trengwainton Garden, Penzance

Thu 24 Oct

Free Admission applies / 01736 362297

Aye Write! presents Jane Harper

The Dry has been translated into 27 languages and film rights have been optioned to Reese Witherspoon. Her latest novel The Lost Man tells the tragic story of the Bright brothers and confirms her status as the Queen of Outback Noir. It has has been called 'gripping, atmospheric and ultimately deeply satisfying' by Val…

Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 15 Jul

£6 / 0141 353 8000

Baby and Toddler - Storytelling and Play session

With storytelling, games, toys and sensory elements, our special baby and toddler sessions are a fun way to start your weekend. Sessions last 45 minutes.

National Trust: Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow

Sat 13 Jul

Children £1.50 Booking essential / 01625 527468

Sat 10 Aug

Children £1.50 Booking essential / 01625 527468

Sat 14 Sep

Children £1.50 Booking essential / 01625 527468

…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov

Baby Book Club

Weekly reading sessions for parents and their babies aged 3–12 months.

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

Tue 25 Jun

£40 for ten sessions / 0151 702 5324

  • 10:00 – 11:30

Tue 2 Jul

£40 for ten sessions / 0151 702 5324

  • 10:00 – 11:30

Back to Hogwarts Day

Harry Potter themed activity day.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Sun 1 Sep

£6 / 0131 228 1155

Beatrix Potter day

Once again we celebrate the Tales of Beatrix Potter and her involvement with Melford Hall. Enjoy listening to the stories read by one of our story tellers in the Banqueting House. Follow the garden trail by solving the clues. Make and take home some character crafts as well as drawing. A good day for the whole family to…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Wed 31 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Birthday Bash!

Hip, Hip Hooray, we’re 5 TODAY! Visit The True CRIME Museum on Thursday 22nd August and grab your free True CRIME Museum Birthday Cupcake! Sign up to our True CRIME Club for all the latest news, events and offers! https://www.truecrimemuseum.co.uk/tcclub/

The True Crime Museum, Hastings

Thu 22 Aug

£6.50–£8.50 General admissions apply. Free cake! / 01424420115

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Bookbug

Rhythm, song and rhyme workshops for children under 4 years old.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell

Sat 22 Jun

Free

  • 10:30 – 11:00

Mon 24 Jun

Free

  • 14:00 – 14:30

Tue 25 Jun

Free

  • 13:45 – 14:15
…and 67 more dates until 30 Nov