The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide: Week Two

The Book Events for Children’s Holiday Guide

Week Two: Sat 28th July-Fri 3rd August

Here at Book Events for Children, we’ve lined up a book-related event for every day of the summer holidays (from Sat 21st July to Fri 31st August.) The guide will be published weekly and will include events across the country, so hopefully you’ll find something near to you.


Sat 28th July: ‘Pinocchio’ at The Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival, Cardiff

Adapted from Carlo Collodi’s original tale of the puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy, this newly-imagined production presents a colourful cast of characters and welcomes the whole family to join Pinocchio on his brave journey. Performances will be held at The Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival from Sat 28th July to Sat 4th August.


Sun 29th July: ‘The Snail and the Whale’ at The Carriageworks, Leeds

Tall Stories (creators of the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows) are proud to present their latest collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler at The Carriageworks, Leeds. Created in Tall Stories’ unique style, The Snail and the Whale combines physical storytelling, live music and lots of laughs – for everyone aged 4 and up.


Mon 30th July: StoryCloud at Discover Children’s Story Centre, London

StoryCloud is an online story library featuring twelve brand new exclusive stories from award winning and up-and-coming authors and children. Each story is accompanied by a brilliant illustration by some of the finest picture book artists in the UK.

This week the charming story is by the author of What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?, Debi Gliori

You can access the online library at home and if you visit Discover, you can enjoy a 15-minute interactive session showcasing Discover’s special London 2012 Festival StoryCloud web application.

Tue 31st July: Steve Cole at Just Imagine Story Centre, Essex

Astrosaurs author Steve Cole visits Just Imagine Story Centre to talk about his books. Steve passes on some great tips for writing your own story in this interactive session.

Tickets £7 include a signed Astrosaurs book from a selection.


Wed 1st August: Sarah Lean at Waterstones Bournemouth Arcade

A very welcome return to Waterstones Bournemouth from the lovely Sarah Lean with her wonderful book for 9-12 year olds, A Dog Called Homeless.

Come along and meet her as she signs copies between 11am-4pm.  Call 01202 299449 for more details.


Thu 2nd August: Tom Palmer at Newcastle City Library, 10am.

To celebrate London 2012 Tom Palmer, author of football series The Squad, Foul Play and Football Academy, is taking his fantastic footie event on a tour of LOTS of libraries near the Olympic football venues!

All the events will be in two halves… First, an easy quiz drawn from football reading in newspapers, magazines and books. Second, a penalty shoot-out in the library – and the winner gets an ‘Olympic’ medal!

Tom will also be appearing on Thursday 2nd August at 11.45am at East End Library, Newcastle and also at 2.30pm at Blakelaw Library, Newcastle.


Fri 3rd August: ‘The Railway Children’ at Tuckwell Ampitheatre, Cheltenham

Heartbreak Productions’ award-winning adaptation of The Railway Children delivers the heart and soul of this timeless classic, as the story steams towards its iconic conclusion.  With inspirational storytelling and uplifting music, this tender production guarantees to have the whole family up on their feet and cheering. Suitable for all ages.
This event is part of the Open-air Theatre Festival in the Tuckwell Amphitheatre. Grounds open from 5.30pm for picnics, and please bring your own seating and suitable clothing!



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