Children’s Festival

Please note: All children under 14 must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.


5pm-6pm: Clare Balding
Clare Balding launches The Racehorse Who Disappeared, her second brilliant adventure story for young heroine Charlie Bass and her hilarious family of humans and animals. It’s an inspirational story about overcoming adversity and following your dreams, subjects close to Clare’s heart.
Clare will share tales of growing up surrounded by animals and stories from the Olympians and Paralympians she has met during her career. Expect lots of audience interaction and lots of time for questions.
Supported by Young Veterinary Practice
St Michael & All Angels Church, £4
Book tickets here


11:15am-12:15pm: David Baddiel
The ever-fascinating comedian, TV presenter, storyteller and LOLLIE winner talks about his unputdownable books, from the internationally bestselling The Parent Agency to the laugh-out-loud AniMalcolm and his new book Birthday Boy. (Age 9+)
Supported by Fleet Tutors
St Michael & All Angels Church, £4
Book tickets here

12:30-1pm: Young People’s Poetry Competition Prize Giving
Lucy Hawking (the George Greenby science adventure books) will present the prizes for the Chiswick Book Festival Young People’s Poetry Competition. Now in its 7th year, the competition attracts entries from many local schools and is supported by and Trotters
Marquee, free

1:30-2:30pm: Giraffe and Frog Activity Party
Join award-winning author illustrator Zehra Hicks for exciting readings, a comic-strip drawing workshop and puppet making! Zehra is the creator of Flying Lemurs, All Mine! and the brand new Giraffe and Frog, a hilarious adventure following two friends on their hunt for a beach. (Ages up to 7)
Marquee, free

3-4pm: Invincible Voices Storytime
Inspired by teacher and author Zoe Antoniades, children are encouraged to come up with their own story ideas and helped to shape, structure, organise and develop them. Join Zoe as she brings to life this creative collection of stories for children by children. (Ages 6-10)
Marquee, free


12-1pm: The Really Big Pants Theatre Company: PLUNDERED!
Back by popular demand with a new show. Set sail with two girls, one trunk, and some really big pants on a quest to battle a dastardly litterbug pirate! And feel free to dress as a fearsome crew member… arrrrrr! (Ages 5-11)
Marquee, free

1:45-2:45pm: Inspire Little Minds Storytime
Independent Usborne Organiser, Lola House, brings her experience, knowledge and passion to choosing the perfect books to inspire, inform and excite young minds from the 2000 title range of the largest and most successful independent children’s book publisher in the UK. (Ages: Families with 2-5 year olds for storytelling, books and activity packs available for 0-14 years)
Marquee, free

3:15-4:15pm: The Building Boy Activity Fun
The Carnegie Prize nominated author of weird and wonderful books for young children, Ross Montgomery, takes you on an epic adventure about finding your place in the world. (Ages 4-8)
Marquee, free

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