Children’s Festival 2016

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Entry to all Children’s Festival events is by the Children’s Festival Pass (£5) except for those marked ‘free’ and the Jacqueline Wilson session, for which there is a separate charge. Book here. 

Please note: Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult, who must also be in possession of a ticket.

Everyone who buys a Children’s Festival Pass or a ticket to Cressida Cowell will be entered into a Draw to win an original drawing by Cressida Cowell, framed by Snappy Snaps, courtesy of The Chiswick Calendar.

rob-cowboyFriday 9 September to Friday 16 September
Odd Dog Out Treasure Hunt
We’ve put 17 pictures of Rob Biddulph’s Odd Dogs Out in the shop windows of Turnham Green Terrace, W4. Find all 17 and say which is your favourite and why, and you could win a prize from Trotters! Pick up a free entry form at Trotters, 84 Turnham Green Terrace, W4 1QN. Closes: 5pm Friday 16 September 2016. Age 12 or under. One entry per child.
And come and meet Rob at 12.30pm on Sunday September 18th. See below. Supported by Trotters. Ages 3 to 7 approx. The Tabard Theatre, Children’s Festival Pass.

Friday 16 September
5pm-6pm: Jacqueline Wilson

Former Children’s Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson is one of the nation’s best-loved children’s writers, known for characters such as the feisty Tracy Beaker and the irrepressible Hetty Feather. She will talk about some of her most popular stories and give a sneak preview of her next book Clover Moon. Chair: Rebecca Jones, BBC arts correspondent.
Please note there will be no book signing after this event. Printed book plates with Jacqueline’s signature on will be available from the bookshop. Supported by Fleet Tutors
St Michael & All Angels Church, £3 (not included in Children’s Festival Pass)


Saturday 17 September
11:15am-12:15pm: Cressida Cowell: How to Train Your Dragon – the Final Chapter

Bestselling author Cressida Cowell talks about the LAST book in the series, How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, and gives some top tips on becoming an author or illustrator, behind-the-scenes details about how the books became films, and a lesson in Dragonese. Supported by Young Veterinary Practice
St Michael & All Angels Church, £3 or with Children’s Festival Pass

12:15pm: Cressida Cowell will present the prizes for the Chiswick Book Festival Young People’s Poetry Competition
Now in its 6th year, the competition attracts entries from many local schools, and is supported by ChiswickW4.com
St Michael & All Angels Church, free

2pm-3pm: World of Norm
Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and absolutely nothing happened. You’d think Norm would know better by now, wouldn’t you? ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY. Jonathan Meres introduces – in a worldwide exclusive preview – May Be Recycled, the eleventh title in his award-winning series, The World of Norm.
The Tabard Theatre, Children’s Festival Pass
Sunday 18 September
11:15am-12:15pm: The Really Big Pants Theatre Company

Red loves bedtime stories at Grandma’s. But one evening, as they settle down with ‘Once upon a time…’, they are interrupted by their wily neighbour, Mr Wolfe. A race begins to save their treehouse from a faulty genie and a wicked stepmother with a magic mirror (and a passion for shopping) – before midnight! Join The Really Big Pants Theatre Company for a fast, fun twist on traditional tales. Help with a very special spell, ride on a flying carpet and battle some bad manners! Perfect for primary aged children.
The Tabard Theatre, Children’s Festival Pass

12:30pm-1:30pm: Rob Biddulph: Odd Dog Out
The prize-winning author of Blown Away Rob Biddulph introduces his new picture book Odd Dog Out. Come and meet Rob, watch him illustrate some of his best-loved characters, play games, and even try out some drawing for yourself! Supported by Trotters. Ages 3 to 7 approx.
The Tabard Theatre, Children’s Festival Pass

1:45pm-3pm: The Apprentice Witch Creature Workshop
Join author James Nicol to learn about some of the fantastic animals from The Apprentice Witch and to create some very magical and marvellous creatures for your own stories and drawings.
Marquee, free drop-in activity

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