World Book Day at Petworth House and Park

Sheffield Park girl reading WBD2019

Celebrate World Book Day with us from 5 until 8 March 2020 - four days filled with fun activities for all ages, including storytelling, a children's trail and activity sheets.

Head over to the shop in the Servant's Quarters, where Pufflings are hiding. Can you find them all? While you're there you can redeem your 'World Book Day' free book voucher for one of the exclusive 'World Book Day' books or receive £1 off any book in the shop priced £2.99 or more.

Or pop into the fire engine shed, located just before the courtyard, where 50-minute storytelling sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm.

Why not come dressed as your favourite character? All costumed visitors will receive a free World Book Day badge. This badge entitles you to a free hot drink in the Audit Room or Servants Hall café!

World Book Day 2020 children's puffin trail
World Book Day 2020 children's puffin trail
World Book Day 2020 children's puffin trail

Which book will you choose?

We couldn't celebrate World Book Day without something new to read, and we have a selection of the new titles for World Book Day in the shop. Simply hand over the free book voucher for one of the exclusive 'World Book Day' books.

You can also use your voucher to take £1 off any book in the shop priced £2.99 or more.

Our top eight books for World Book Day
Our top eight books for World Book Day
Our top eight books for World Book Day

Story Telling

On Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm you can also settle down for some storytelling in the fire engine shed, located just before the courtyard. Children's authors Helen Peters and Jane Porter will read from their books and teach children how to do some illustrations of their own. For more information, visit our 'What's On' page.

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day is a UNESCO worldwide celebration of reading, with a mission to give every child a book of their own. £1 vouchers are given to 15 million children, via their nursery or school, which they can take to participating retailers to redeem a World Book Day book of their choice.

2020 is the fourth year that the National Trust have taken part.

Literature at Petworth House and Park

Petworth has a strong connection with literature.

Henry Percy, the 9th Earl of Northumberland amassed a huge library that still exists in the private parts of Petworth House. Several of the art at Petworth depicts scenes from Shakespeare's works and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Petworth House also has within its collection an early illuminated manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.