Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival

Bingley Mums are excited to be going to Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival this year – taking place on the 29th and 30th September 2018 at Broughton Hall – just past Skipton.

Putting Yorkshire at the heart of children’s literature. This September, Yorkshire’s  majestic Broughton Hall Estate plays host to a spectacular weekend of performances, workshops and literary magic. Over 65 amazing authors, story-tellers, performance
poets and artists will entertain and inspire thousands of children in a series of exciting events. Their stellar line-up includes Clare Balding OBE, Sir Chris Hoy, Carnegie Medal Winner Tanya Landman, poet Tony Walsh who performed at the One Love Manchester concert, Young Samurai and Bodyguard author Chris Bradford, Ross Welford,
Robin Stevens, M.G. Leonard and World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker.
We are delighted to announce that CBeebies superstar Andy Day and his brilliant band Andy and The Odd Socks will launch the festival with a children’s concert on the evening of Friday 28th September.

There are 7 events in each of the 7 marquees throughout the day. To see the full schedule take a look here.

As well as seeing your favourite authors perform at the festival, there are many many more activities for ALL ages. Follow The Micralite Scarecrow Trail and meander through Broughton Hall Estate’s magical woods discovering your favourite book characters transformed into scarecrows (45 min walk). You can get messy with Yorkshire Sculpture Park who will be running paper sculpture making sessions whilst Sponge Tree artists will run a children’s wearable craft workshop inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

There’s more, children can take donkey rides, drive mini tractors, have their faces painted, meet and challenge Voldemort to a duel and visit the petting area to see rabbits, guinea pigs and ponies. At our FREE ‘Outdoor Stage’, performances include poetry, close-up magic tricks, Bollywood dancing, cartoonists will draw caricatures and live music by BrassaNova.

If you get peckish, you can head over to Broughton Hall’s venue Utopia for hot food and various food vans. The refreshments don’t stop there, on site selling the finest ice cream in the land will be Brymor, a traditional sweet shop van and a licensed bar for the adults.

Our favourite pick is Andy & The Odd Socks (Andy from CBeebies) –

Welcome to the crazy and wonderful world of Andy and the Odd Socks who will open the Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival with a BANG on Friday evening. CBeebies star Andy Day will be joined for this very special gig by his Odd Sock friends…Rio on Guitar, Blu on Bass, Moxy hitting the Drums and Andy’s kilt wearing Cousin Mac on keys. They are all bonkers! They love telling stories and singing about all sorts of things from Aliens and Dinosaurs to Rapping Robots and even a Groovy Hoover! Come join us for a show jam packed with hilarious songs, fun loving characters, and an important message about celebrating your individuality. Don’t forget to wear your odd socks!
andy and the odd socks
Tickets for Andy’s event are: £10 and £8 for under 14 year olds (but parking is free for this event).
Parking: This is charged at £10 for all day parking for the Saturday and Sunday and you can come and go as you please.
Age range: from toddlers to 12 years
Prices per event are:  £6 – £8.
Time – events take place from 10am on both days with the last event being on at 4.50pm.
Location: the beautiful Broughton Hall Estate, which is an amazing opportunity in itself just to explore the gorgeous grounds and have a little picnic.
For more information ring Festival Office 01535 656015