The Big Belton Book Fest

Celebrate Lincolnshire Children's Book Group's fiftieth anniversary on Saturday 20 October 2018 at Belton House Lincolnshire

Unleash your imagination and meet your favourite children's authors as Belton House partners with Lincolnshire Children's Book Group to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Meet the author

Inspired by Belton's theme for the year, Creative Women, four talented female authors and illlustrators will enthral visitors with an insight into their imaginative stories, characters and illustrations. 

These inspiring women will run 45 minute sessions, throughout the day and also provide an opportunity to buy books for signings.


Bring Mrs. Blackhat and Cat to life with Chloe Inkpen, a brilliant storyteller, full of good humour, energy and enthusisam. She's a gifted storyteller and author of many early years favourites. Chloe has also co-authored books with her father, fellow author Mick Inkpen.

Primary age

Megan Rix is a must for anyone who enjoys adventures in time accompanied by a faithful pet. Megan's books will transport you to key periods of history, including the First and Second World Wars, the Great Fire of London and the suffragette's fight for women's rights to vote. 

Megan's books include Winston and the Marmalade Cat, inspired by National Trust's Chartwell and most recently Emmeline and the Plucky Pup based on the suffrage movement.

Young Teens

If your'e looking for adventure Night Speakers, Ali Sparkes' first book in a five part series will capture your attention and imagination.  Ali was also the winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2010 for her novel Frozen in Time. 

Meet the illustrator

I am the Seed That Grew the Tree is a treasure trove of lavishly illustrated nature poems - one for every day of the year, including leap years. It's filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries written by a variety of poets. The book is fabulously illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon.

See more of Frann's illustrations with a walk through the seasons with Belton's I am the Seed exhibition. Meet her in person and discover more about her inspiration and creativity. 


John Kirk is a talented storyteller who captures the imagination and attention of groups of young children with passion and enthusiasm. Gauranteed to enthral and amuse, with an hilarious collection of silly actions, sound effects and voices, John will be performing Dennis and the Chamber of Mischief and Roald Dahl's The Twits.

Discovery Centre

Be inspired by Belton's autumnal colours and wildlife to create your own poem or illustration. Visit the craft tent for hands-on activities influenced by Marian Alford's illuminated manuscript and Belton's book collection.  

Get in touch to find out about education visits, school holiday activities and much more
A learning volunteer with a young visitor in Belton’s Discovery Centre
Get in touch to find out about education visits, school holiday activities and much more

Belton's book collection

Belton's book conservation team will be in action during the day, sharing information about their work and the skills and equipment they use. The collection contains over 30,000 books and is one of the largest in the care of the National Trust. It includes a number of first edition children's books.

Book conservation volunteer caring for our collection
Conservation assistant carefully cleaning a book
Book conservation volunteer caring for our collection

Working in partnership with Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group

Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group celebrates the joy and fun of reading and sharing stories with all children and young people. As part of the national children’s charity the Federation of Children’s Book Groups they work within the local community to encourage children across Lincolnshire to develop the pleasure of reading and sharing stories through fiction, nonfiction, comics and poetry.

This year the Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group celebrates its 50th anniversary and have worked with Belton House in order to host the Big Belton Book Fest for families to enjoy. To find out more about their work, please visit