The National Trust Children’s Book Festival is returning (23rd – 24th June 2018) and this year it is to be hosted by Quarry Bank in Styal, near Wilmslow.
Following two successful years at Wray Castle in the Lake District, the festival is now on the move and is set to be bigger and brighter than ever.
Visitors to Quarry Bank will be able to meet their favourite children’s authors and illustrators at the two-day festival where there will be talks, workshops and book signings.
Highlights include a chance to meet Axel Scheffler – the creator of Pip and Posy, and illustrator of The Gruffalo and Stick Man – on Saturday 23rd June.
There will be live drawing and storytelling, and perhaps even a surprise guest or two, as Axel introduces the latest adventures of best friends Pip and Posy.
On Sunday 24th June, the festival will present the world tv premiere of Alex T. Smith’s Claude.
The bestselling books are launching as a tv series on the Disney Junior channel this June, and the event at Quarry Bank will offer an exclusive opportunity to see an episode of Claude, meet Alex T. Smith and find out all about his brand new detective character Mr Penguin.
Other appearances include: Tracey Corderoy, author of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam; Benji Davies, the author and illustrator behind The Grotlyn, The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island; Harriet Muncaster, creator of the Isadora Moon series – plus interactive storytelling sessions as well as model making workshops with animators from Aardman Animations.
Katie Bond, children’s publisher for the National Trust, commented: “We’re very excited to bring the Children’s Book Festival to Quarry Bank and we’ve put together an action-packed weekend with some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators.
“Everything that we do at the National Trust helps us to look after special places for generations to come, so it’s great to be able to host the festival at Quarry Bank and find new ways to engage families through stories and imagination.”
Across the festival weekend, Quarry Bank will be running story-themed family activities, inspired by the authors who are appearing at the festival.
Bosses are promising there’ll be plenty for the whole family to get stuck into, and visitors can also delve deeper into Quarry Bank’s own story with the ‘Journeys of the Imagination’ trail.
Journeys of the Imagination follows the tales of six remarkable travellers who journeyed to and from Quarry Bank, drawing on the wealth of stories hidden within the archives. The trail will be running from 5th May until 28th October 2018.
Tickets for author and illustrator workshops must be booked in advance. Additional activities are included in the Quarry Bank admission price (free for National Trust members).
For the full festival line-up and to book tickets visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank