What’s on for World Book Day weekend

A family reading together

Join us on the weekend of 3-4 March 2018, to redeem your World Book Day £1 book token and join in the children’s book activities planned at 30 of our places. On World Book Day itself you might even get to meet Nadiya from the Great British Bake Off when she visits Calke to sign copies of her new family-friendly recipe book.

Nadiya’s book signing today is cancelled

**URGENT UPDATE** Due to the weather conditions, the book-signing on Thursday 1 March has been CANCELLED. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

What's on over the weekend

To celebrate World Book Day (1 March), many of our places will be hosting special events over the weekend of 3-4 March.

Explore Rudyard Kipling's magical stories at Bateman's and hear stories told in the garden, or dress up as your favourite book character at Hughenden. Visit Speke Hall to discover how spooky Gothic literature influenced the Hall’s restoration, or get stuck in with book-themed craft activities at Souter Lighthouse.

Pick up your £1 book from 30 of our places

£1 titles for World Book Day 2018
2018's £1 World Book Day titles
£1 titles for World Book Day 2018

We couldn't celebrate World Book Day without something new to read, so some of our places will be stocking this year’s selection of special titles for you to spend your £1 book token on. Will you join Paddington Bear as he attempts to become a detective, or uncover fascinating facts about The Avengers superhero team? 

View the full list of places where you can pick up a book over World Book Day Weekend

Tuck in to Nadiya's delicious Gingerbread Butterfly Biscuit recipe.
Nadiya Hussain's recipe book and Gingerbread Butterfly biscuit
Tuck in to Nadiya's delicious Gingerbread Butterfly Biscuit recipe.

Alternatively if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, you’ll love ‘Bake Me a Story’ by Great British Bake Off winner and World Book Day author Nadiya Hussain. Filled with delicious bakes and scrumptious stories, it’s the perfect book to get the whole family involved with baking.

Your chance to meet Nadiya

What’s more, Nadiya will be kicking off our celebrations with a book signing at Calke Abbey at 3.30pm on Thursday 1 March. She’ll also be creating a new ‘Gingerbread Butterfly’ recipe exclusively for us, which you’ll be able to tuck in to at participating National Trust cafes. You can even pick up a recipe card to show you how to make them at home.

Please note, places for Nadiya's book signing at Calke Abbey are now FULLY BOOKED. 

Other events to bookmark for World Book Day
Rudyard Kipling's Bookplate

Bateman's, East Sussex 

Join us at Bateman's to celebrate World Book Day as we share Kipling's wonderful stories in a weekend of storytelling celebration.

Close up of Blickling's book collection

Blickling, Norfolk 

We're all about books this year at Blickling Estate and we're exploring the story of our 18th-century long gallery library.

A view across the front of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex with the May blossom in flower

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex 

Discover the tales of medieval knight, John Drawbridge, at Bodiam Castle this World Book Day weekend.

Celebrate World Book Day at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chartwell, Kent

Join in the fun at Chartwell and bring your £1 book token to our shop to choose your free World Book Day book.

a child is helped to read a book by her mother

Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

Get dressed up as your favourite character, listen to stories and take a special book home.

Leather bound books on a shelf in the library at Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire  

Hughenden’s famous owner and Victorian author Benjamin Disraeli had a precious childhood book that was handed down to him by his father Isaac, the wonderful Aesop’s Fables. Discover the much-treasured book for yourself in Disraeli’s beloved library.

Lanhydrock Cornwall, young visitor in the gallery

Lanhydrock, Cornwall 

We're celebrating all things reading related for World Book Weekend on 3 and 4 March. Come and join us for storytelling and fun in the music room.

Discover a new story this World Book Day at Knole.

Knole, Kent

Bring your £1 book token to the bookshop at Knole and choose your free World Book Day book. Our new children's area is full of books, games and cuddly toys sure to fire up little imaginations.

Children writing with quills in Quarry Bank's Apprentice House

Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire 

Celebrate books, reading and writing at Quarry Bank on World Book Day. On Sunday 4 March, families can enjoy an interactive tour inspired by Berlie Doherty’s ‘Far From Home’ and meet Berlie herself with illustrator Emma Baldwin. All events are included in the admission price.

Bookshelves at Speke Hall

Speke, Liverpool

This spring, Speke is taking a literary turn. Join us to discover how Gothic literature influenced the Hall, and to have lots of World Book Day fun.

Wooden chairs in the shape of books are surrounded by shelves filled with books in the hayloft bookshop at Stowe

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Join us at Stowe for a weekend of fun to celebrate books. Visit our children's book fair and don't forget to bring in your £1 token to claim your free book in our shop.

You'll be able to spend your £1 book voucher (and try the Gingerbread Butterfly) at the places listed below:

East of England

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

London & South East

Bateman’s, East Sussex 
Birling Gap café, East Sussex
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Chartwell, Kent
Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Hughenden, Buckinghamshire 
Knole, Kent
Stowe, Buckinghamshire


Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Shugborough, Staffordshire
Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire 


Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Lyme, Cheshire
Hawkshead National Trust corner shop, Cumbria
Quarry Bank, Cheshire
Souter Lighthouse, Tyne & Wear
Speke Hall, Liverpool

Northern Ireland

Mount Stewart, County Down

South West

Avebury, Wiltshire
Cotehele, Cornwall 
Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire
Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire
Lanhydrock, Cornwall 
Montacute House, Somerset 
Tyntesfield, nr Bristol


Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire
Powis Castle and Garden, Powys
Tredegar House, Newport