Bookworms wanted for Children’s Book Festival fun

National Trust Children's Book Festival 2017 at Wray Castle and Knole

We've got a huge range of Children’s Book Festival weekends, author talks, children’s book activities, trails and events nationwide throughout the year.

Following the success of last year’s first ever National Trust Children's Book Festival at Wray Castle, we'll be running a range of literary events nationwide this year, designed to inspire young bookworms. 

We've got a fantastic line up of award-winning authors joining us for talks and events.

Here’s a roundup of what’s on for bookworms in 2017. 

Copies of Rudyard Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill books on a stall at Batemans in East Sussex

Kipling's 'Rewards and Fairies' weekend 

Join us at Bateman's on 6-7 May 2017, for a weekend of family fun and exciting activities inspired by Kipling's Sussex fairy tale books, 'Puck of Pook's Hill' and 'Rewards and Fairies'.

" ‘Being a part of festivals and events such as this one, and visiting schools to talk about my stories brings books alive for children. It gets kids who might not otherwise read interested in books, and that’s very important to me’ "
- Cressida Cowell, author of the bestselling ‘How to Tame Your Dragon’ series speaking at the 2016 Wray Castle Children’s Book Festival
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Knole Children’s Book Festival 2017

The first National Trust Children’s Book Festival at Knole was a huge hit with authors, children, parents and staff. See what we got up to over the festival weekend in March 2017.

Children's books and a teddy bear beside a bed

Shop for books 

From the classic tales of Beatrix Potter and Lewis Carroll, to adventure guides and sticker books, we've got books to suit any young bookworm. Head over to our online shop to browse our full collection.

View of the exterior of Greenway house

Cottages with literary connections 

With historical links to treasured writers and poets, a holiday to one of these cottages offers plenty to inspire any bookworm or budding writer.