Telling Tales at Woolley Grange – and Bath Children’s Literature Festival Highlights
To coincide with the UK's largest dedicated children’s literature festival, running from Friday 26 September to Sunday 5 October, nearby Woolley Grange Hotel is running special story sessions for younger guests with their childcare team and offering a Festival package including complimentary spa treatments.
Each lunchtime for the duration of the festival, Woolley Grange will host an interactive story time for children, while evenings will be a calmer affair, with bedtime story sessions including milk and cookies. The OFSTED-registered Den will also be running story-themed activities using much-loved tales to inspire artwork and creative play.
We look at the highlights of the Festival from among more than 100 fun events with famous children’s authors and illustrators in events across the city, on subjects ranging from Peppa Pig to Minecraft. Some events are already sold out so do act fast to be sure of getting places.
Horrible Histories with Martin Brown, 27th Sept
Illustrator Martin Brown, whose work has included 'Terrible Trenches' and 'Rotten Romans', hosts an action-packed show with jokes, stories and best of all live drawings based on suggestions from the audience.
Henry Winkler, 28th Sept
While parents can relieve their youth by seeing Happy Days’ ‘the Fonz’ in the flesh, kids will be inspired by hearing the author of the Hank Zipzer books (now a major CBBC series) talk about overcoming dyslexia to act, write and direct.
Bramble the Brave, 1st Oct
Chrissie Weltike brings Amber Stewart’s tale of a mole with a nose for adventure to life through interactive storytelling, live music and creative movement, an obstacle course and even a real picnic!
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, 4th Oct
Storyteller John McCraw recounts Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s classic, with kids free to bring their own bear or dress up as one.
Michael Morpugo’s Private Peaceful: the Concert, 5th Oct
The best-selling author joins an a cappella trio in a rare performance based on Morpugo’s award-winning book about Tommo Peaceful’s path from Devon Village to World War I trenches.