Knole Children's Book Festival 2019

Children's Book characters surround a brightly coloured logo reading Children's Book Festival 2019

We’re thrilled to bring you Knole’s second Children’s Book Festival, 16-17 November 2019, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Much-loved names include former Children’s Laureates Lauren Child and Chris Riddell, as well as Emily Gravett, Sarah McIntyre, Nadia Shireen and Tracey Corderoy. With the chance to join the team from Aardman animations to make a model of Lu-La from 'Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon', and a visit from Elmer the elephant, there's something for everyone.

About the festival

Our fun-packed programme of talks and workshops suits children of all ages, with the opportunity to meet your favourite authors and illustrators by booking tickets to their events. Book signings will take place after many of the festival events, and books from all festival authors will be available to buy in the children's section of Knole's Bookshop. While you're here, why not visit our Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition (10am - 4pm) or get out in the fresh air by taking part in our Tiger inspired parkland trail– find out more here. If you're lucky, you might even meet the Tiger himself as he visits Knole for the weekend.

Times and ticket prices

The festival will take place Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 November 2019, with the first events starting at 9.30am, and the last ending at 5pm. Knole’s main gates will open at 9am, the courtyards will be open from 9.15am. Ticket prices vary according to the event and normal admission applies to the Gatehouse Tower and The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition (running from Saturday 9 November). Please check prices and times for individual events below.

Important things to note

  • All children and adults attending must have individual tickets. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult - up to 4 paying children can attend with one paying adult.
  • There will be a £5 charge for car parking for non-members (see the ‘Arriving at Knole’ section below).
  • Knole’s showrooms will be closed for the weekend.
  • Babies under 12 months go free.
  • Pushchairs cannot be taken into the venue - outdoor buggy parks will be available in the courtyards outside the Great Hall and Hayloft venues. All items are left at their owner's risk.

Arriving at Knole

The car park will be open only to ticket holders on a first-come first-served basis, at a cost of £5 (National Trust members go free). We are expecting a busy weekend, so advise arriving early – you can always relax with some refreshments in the Brewhouse Café, open 10am – 5pm.

We are also running our free shuttle bus between Sevenoaks train station and Knole via the Sevenoaks Town Centre car park (£4 on Saturdays, free on Sundays), running on half hourly loops from 11am – 6pm. Visit our shuttle bus page to find out more (note the timings have been extended from normal hours).

To avoid queuing in your car we recommend using local transport links that take the stress out of driving. Sevenoaks train station is a mile from the entrance and there is a bus stop with regular buses to and from Sevenoaks School, located near the entrance gates - look out for the no.8 bus which travels the same route as our shuttle bus. Visit our page on the Good Journey website, which will help you plan a car-free route.