Enjoy a festive book-themed visit to London

If you’re planning to take the children to London for a visit in the run up to Christmas, there are plenty of book related events going on in the capital, as well as seeing the Christmas lights and the bun fight that is visiting Hamleys. So here are five book-related events to start your Christmas in style…

1. THE SNOWMAN
It wouldn’t be Christmas without ‘The Snowman’ and it’s one that parents love as much as children, with it bringing back memories of our own childhood Christmasses. As well as watching the film (think I’m safe in presuming it’ll be on again this year), you can now watch the stage version of Raymond Briggs’ classic at the Peacock Theatre until January 8th. I think the review in ‘The Times’ says it all: ‘Sheer theatrical magic. Go see The Snowman and melt.’ Find out more …

2. CHRISTMAS WALK
If you’d rather get the family outdoors, why not join a Christmas walk for families, with festive storytelling. Be ready to walk through time and hear tales from the past. Talking place on December 19th at 2pm, the walkers will meet at the Paddington statue at Paddington station. All ages are welcome but it’s recommended for ages 3-10 and all children must be accompanied by an adult. See website for more details. Find out more …

3. ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS HOUSE
OK, I know this one isn’t centred around books, but there are story reading sessions and it is Christmas! I’ve included this because it looks magical, although it is pricey. Whilst exploring a Christmas house, children will listen to festive stories, perform a puppet play, decorate cakes and biscuits and dress up. As well as visiting ‘Mrs Claus’ sitting room’ and ‘The Busy Elves’ Workshop’, they’ll also have a private audience with Father Christmas and enjoy a festive┬ápicnic. Find out more…

4. CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING AT SOMERSET HOUSE
This is a free (hooray!) event running every Saturday through December. The sessions run from 3.15 to 3.45 and each week a different children’s author will be reading from one of their books and will be on hand to sign copies afterwards. Check the website for details as the recommended age range varies each week. Of course, you could always round off your afternoon with a visit to the ice rink, although there is a charge for this activity. Find out more…

5. THE RAILWAY CHILDREN AT WATERLOO STATION
Winner of the Best Entertainment Olivier Award, this is your last chance to see the stage adaptation of E Nesbit’s ‘The Railway Children’, as the current run ends on January 8th 2012. Staged in the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station and featuring a period steam train from the National Railway Museum, follow the story of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis. Find out more…

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