The Luton Hoo Walled Garden Children’s Book Festival

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Children’s Book Festival: Sunday 20th May, 10am-5pm. 

Whilst I don’t usually write about individual book festivals (due to the sheer volume of excellent events out there), this festival grabbed my attention. In these challenging financial times, with libraries closing and funding cuts to the arts, it’s fantastic to see the launch of a new Book Festival for Children. The setting of this inaugural festival caught my eye as it will be in the Capability Brown designed Luton Hoo Walled Garden. The theme of the event – celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden – seems ideally suited to its picturesque setting ( and moreover, the book was one of my favourites as a child.)

The event will feature author talks (including How To Train Your Dragon  award-winning author Cressida Cowell, Vampirates author Justin Somper and the ever-popular Kes Gray.) There will also be an Illustrators Tent with illustrators such as Nick Schon, (who will be familiar to many parents one of the illustrators of the Oxford Reading Tree, used in 80% of UK Primary schools). Also appearing will be Do Igloos Have Loos illustrator Nigel Baines, Julia Rigby and Nicholas Halliday.

In the Awesome Action-Packed Tent will be fairy fun with Rainbow Magic and Beast Quest interactive adventures. Storytellers from The Roald Dahl Museum will be entertaining the crowds with scrumbunctious storytelling and Letterbox Library will be celebrating equality and diversity in children’s books.

It is recommended that you buy tickets in advance (Entrance £5 (under 5s free) plus £2 authors talks). Both Entrance and Author Event Tickets are available from WH Smiths in Harpenden and St Albans, the Luton Central Library
and online at Advance booking for authors talks is recommended. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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