Story-inspired fun at the Children’s Book Festival

Children's Book Festival at Quarry Bank key image with book characters

On 23 – 24 June 2018, there will be a host of activities for the whole family to get stuck into, inspired by the authors who are appearing at the Children’s Book Festival. Dress up as a pirate, make mermaid tail bookmarks or invent your very own machine as you explore the gardens. Quarry Bank admission charges apply for these activities, but not for the pre-booked author workshops.

Saturday 23 June


Find your inner lion and roar your heart out on Saturday as we take inspiration from Ed Vere’s new book, ‘How To Be A Lion’. Dress up as a pirate and go on a treasure hunt in the upper garden, or make playdough animals to add to the scene that we’ll be creating with your help. In the lower garden you can have a tea party with characters from ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’ or create an amazing machine at the Inventor Station that even Wallace from ‘Wallace and Gromit’ would be proud of. 

Journeys of the Imagination title illustration

Take a journey into the past and your own imagination 

Have a go at the Journeys of the Imagination trail on your visit. Grab a trail passport from Visitor Reception and set off on your adventures around the globe as you follow six incredible journeys to and from Quarry Bank. You can also meet the author of the Journeys of the Imagination story book, award winning author Berlie Doherty, at her author workshop on Sunday 24 June.

Sunday 24 June


Join the Bear Band on Sunday and learn to make music like the bear in ‘The Bear and The Piano’. Play ‘pin the tail on the Pink Rabbit’, inspired by Isadora Moon’s friend Pink Rabbit, or have a go at making a bug hotel. In the upper garden you can make a sock puppet and make your debut in the puppet theatre as we celebrate the world premiere of Alex T. Smith’s ‘Claude’ on TV. Or head to the lower garden to make your own monster just like the amoeba monsters in A. F. Harrold’s ‘Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth’.