Monday, 20 May 2013

Going to ... Wychwood Festival 2013

The Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June has a reputation as the original family festival and this year, for the first time, in conjunction with the Booktrust it is including a dedicated children's literature festival.  As well as this they are welcoming the Roald Dahl Museum and hosting a wide range of workshops, theatre, dance and art activities for children and for the whole family.

The programme on offer for children this year is unrivalled and this lucky editor is going along to experience it for herself so look out for Tweetings and Facebook comments as well as photos galore over the course of the weekend, plus Blog posts in advance (such as this one) and post the event with more detail!

In the meantime more about what is on offer and what visitors can look forward to...

The Children's Literature Festival at Wychwood will bring together some of the most exciting, original talent from the children's book world giving children (and adults) the chance to meet their literature heroes (there are rumours that Kipper, Winnie the Witch and the Walker Bear will all make an appearance!)

Readings and activities include visits from Wendy Meddour, author of the charming Wendy Quill is a Crocodile's Bottom and Petr Horacek.  The Booktrust will be helping parents and other adults ways in which to make reading and literacy fun.  In addition Jo Empson will help the kids to make musical instruments from recycled materials there may well be some horrible science and even poets and singers!

If this is not enough for you (personally I'm wondering how to get to all the events) there is also going to be a programme of workshops covering art, history and culture.

Now all we need is a nice sunny weekend and we will be ready to go!

Keep following this blog as well as Armadillo on Facebook and @Armadillomag on Twitter for daily updates between now and May 31st followed by live reporting from the festival and if you are going come and say 'hello', this is where I will be staying ...

and you will also see me at as many events as possible ...


  1. Did an event there a few years ago based on my Dancing Harriet picture book. Great festival, lovely atmosphere, we camped there the whole weekend - glorious weather - had a brilliant time! Hope you do too.

  2. hello its been a long time we have heard from you,how are you and how is everything,i hope all is well with,my not hearing from you makes me feel so worried,without you,williams and maria,this school would not have been possible,i hope to hear from you soon.