Lit Fest: Free Children’s Events

The Literature Festival begins in a few weeks time and once again the team at Cheltenham Festival have come up trumps with a series of fantastic free activities and events for little ones.

Free Events

Tatty Bumpkin

Saturday 8th and 15th October, 9:30am – 10:15am
Come along and join Tatty on her story adventures which combine music, yoga movement and specific activities to help your child develop their creativity, physical strength and overall confidence. Aimed at ages 3+ but younger siblings welcome.
FREE no ticket required; Imperial Square, Waterstones Children’s Hideaway

Sunday Storytime

Sunday 9th and 16th October, 9:30am – 10:15am
Join teacher training students from the University of Gloucestershire for interactive storytime for our youngest book readers.
FREE no ticket required; Imperial Square, Waterstones Children’s Hideaway

Storytelling Adventure: The Gruffalo

Monday 10th October, 10 – 10:45am
Go on an adventure with storyteller Vickie Long, as she reads Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s charming tale The Gruffalo. Follow her into the deep dark wood to build log pile houses, meet a snake, climb the tree to owl’s treetop house and dig underground to meet a fox! Age 3+ but younger siblings welcome
FREE no ticket required; Montpellier Gardens, The Huddle

Bear On A Bike

Wednesday 12th October, 10 – 10:45am
Meet Hannah Shaw, award-winning author and illustrator. Join her for action-packed stories followed by an exciting drawing session. Bear is delivering a present to Mouse but how can he get there? Bear takes whatever means of transport he can fi nd: a bike, a lorry, a bus, a trolley… with lots of scrapes and japes along the way. Age 3+ but younger siblings welcome
FREE no ticket required; Montpellier Gardens, The Huddle

Storytelling Adventure: Aliens Love Underpants

Wednesday 12th October, 10 – 10:45am
Meet Hannah Shaw, award-winning author and illustrator. Join her for action-packed stories followed by an exciting drawing session. Bear is delivering a present to Mouse but how can he get there? Bear takes whatever means of transport he can fi nd: a bike, a lorry, a bus, a trolley… with lots of scrapes and japes along the way.
Age 3+ but younger siblings welcome
FREE no ticket required; Montpellier Gardens, The Huddle

Pete’s Magic Pants

Saturday 15th October, 3 – 3:30pm
Meet Paddy Kempshall, author of a hilarious new series in which one boy’s very magic pants take him on some unbelievable adventures! In The Lost Dinosaur, Pete’s magic pants pelt him back to prehistoric times. He quickly makes friends with a Dino Baby but can he escape the T Rex? And will he find the Dino Dada in time? Find out in this pant-astic storytelling session with free stickers.
FREE no ticket required; Imperial Square, Waterstones Children’s Hideaway

 

Free Activities for the whole family

 

Throughout the festival on Imperial Square

100 Years of Roald Dahl: Discovery Trail
To mark 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth, take part in our phizz-whizzing quiz inspired by characters like the BFG, Willy Wonka and Matilda. Pick up your entry form at the Dean Close marquee.

Dream Jars and more
Capture your dream in a jar or find out what your Roald Dahl character name is. Delumptious!


Family Activity Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays (8/9 and 15/16 October)
11am–2pm, Imperial Square and Waterstones Children’s Hideaway

Storytelling, face painting, musicians, character meet and greet, things to make and take – join us for our family activity days in Imperial Square on both Festival weekends. Come dressed as your favourite character and join in our fancy dress parade and prize-giving – see below for the themes per day:

Sat 8 October

Sun 9 October

Sat 15 October

Sun 16 October

Winnie the Pooh

Join us to explore The Hundred Acre Wood, build a den, play Pooh Sticks or pin Eeyore’s tail back on.

Beatrix Potter

Help find Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s washing, get your rabbit ears on and see how many radishes you can collect without being caught by Mr McGregor.

Wizards and Witches

Come along to our magic school, solve the riddles and look out for a stilt walking wizard.

Superheroes

Test your powers, see how far your hero can fly and learn the tricks of the superhero trade.


Storytime Adventures

10 – 14 Oct
The Huddle, Montpellier Gardens

Pre-schoolers and their families can enjoy action-packed story sessions with our professional story-tellers and authors, featuring favourite picture books and imaginative play.


Waterstones Children’s Hideaway

Open 9.30am–6pm throughout the Festival
Waterstones Tent, Imperial Gardens

Pop in to see the Book Doctor, make book bunting, try the book quiz and other free activities.

For the more information and the Cheltenham Literature Festival Guide visit the Cheltenham Festivals website.

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