Children's Literature Festival

Two children reading at a Book Festival

In partnership with the Book Hive Bookshop in Norwich, we're very excited to be holding our first Children's Literature Festival at Blickling Estate. Join us for a whole day of book and illustration activities with some of the UK's best loved children's writers, including Lauren Child who is headlining the event.

Saturday 6 July | 10am - 4pm

The sessions will take place in a variety of locations around the house and gardens, and you're welcome to join as many of them as you wish.  However spaces are limited so you'll need to ensure you have a ticket for each event.

Booking your tickets

Take a look at our line up below and work out who you'd like to see, then follow the link to book your tickets.  You'll need to have a ticket for each event and a limited amount are available for each venue, so we'd recommend you book yours early.  All the festival tickets are free, but normal admission will still apply, which you can pay on arrival.  NT members and children under five are free of charge.

Pop up bookshop

The Book Hive Bookshop will be setting up a pop up shop in the Loft Gallery for one day only. You'll find a variety of books by each guest speaker, so whether you're waiting for a book signing or just having a browse, there will be plenty to entice you.

Storytelling | 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Throughout the day we'll be holding storytelling sessions for all ages, in a secret location at Blickling!  Sessions are free, so just head to Visitor Reception on arrival to book your place on the day.

Book Trails

Discover the wonderful world of books with a children's trail in the garden or try and find the naughty bookworms hiding in the house. A great way to get younger children exploring the house.

Festival line up

All six authors and illustrators will be holding book signing events during the day and their books will be on sale in the Loft Gallery from 10am - 4pm. Just look out for a detailed list of times on arrival. Take a look at who will be joining us...

Author Isabelle King smiling

Isabelle King | 10.15am 

Isabelle King's historical books on Norfolk's past have been devoured by children all around the county over the past few years, as have her brilliant events. Fun, inspiring and informative, Isabelle's talks and books are guaranteed to get children of all ages digging into history!

Bee on a flower in the garden

Dan Harris | 10.15am Sold Out

Dan Harris is on a mission to save our bees, but he can only do it with your help! He has invented brilliant ways for people to help hungry bees who can't get to pollen and is keen to share his tips. Join him as he leads a workshop on how to build a bee hotel, so you can give weary honey-makers somewhere to have a rest!

Polly Dunbar peeping around the corner of a play house

Polly Dunbar | 11.30am Sold Out

Polly Dunbar is another proud Norfolk lady, as well as the author and illustrator of so many much loved picture books. From Penguin - her first book which is now considered a modern classic - to Tilly and Friends - made famous by a CBBC series of the books, her beautiful illustrations and charming stories have won her millions of devoted fans. Polly will be leading an illustration session in the Temple at the top of the garden.

Author Guy Bass holding one of his books

Guy Bass | 11.30am & 3pm 

Guy is a multi award winning author of some of the funniest and quirkiest kids books around. From 'Gormy Ruckles' and 'Dinkin Dings' to 'Spynosaur' and 'Stitch Head', he is the man for high octane fun! And so are his events - a full on masterclass in super-charged fun and madness - this show is not to be missed...

Author Lauren Child with illustrations from her books

Lauren Child | 1pm Sold Out

Author of one of the best loved series of children's books ever published - Charlie and Lola - Lauren Child needs little introduction. As the current Children's Laureate, she's advocating and spreading a love of books to children throughout the land. Come and spend an hour with her as she talks about how she writes and where her ideas come from.

Jess French

Jess French | 3pm Sold Out

Dr Jess French is not only the famous 'Minibeasts Lady' from CBBC, but she is also a proud Norfolk girl! Come and join in with her brilliant show based on her latest book 'What a Waste!'. It's all about rubbish and recycling, and what we can do help love and save our planet. A fun and inspiring book to get us all on this important mission.