Cheltenham Literature Festival for Kids Including The Free Stuff!

The famous Cheltenham Literature Festival kicks off tomorrow and we’re very excited! There are lots of events for kids of all ages that you can book and also a number of free family-friendly offerings.

The Festival Village in Montpellier Gardens has two weekends buzzing with free family-friendly activities, including a Beano Challenge Trail, a We’re Going On A Bear Hunt storytelling adventure, costume characters, dragon stories and fun activities with star children’s party entertainers Sharky And George.

And there is plenty for all ages to discover on site including daily readings from local authors, brain teasers and live music, a daily Times crossword, a daily instalment of brainy soapbox-style talks, pop-up performances and exhibitions.

The festival is promising, ‘an action-packed family programme with the greatest storytellers and illustrators in the land set to inspire and entertain toddlers to teens.’

Highlights for young people may include storyteller Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo. Anthony Horowitz is also visiting along with Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy who will introduce his action-packed series Flying Fergus.

There will be live storytelling and illustrating including an adventure with a girl, a bear and some very special shoes with Lydia Monks, the bestselling illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard stories.

There will be events for young people interested in history, dinosaurs including one with Dr Ben Garrod who, ‘will use the most interactive and inspiring science to reveal amazing dinosaur discoveries.’

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