Kids will love Durham Children’s Book and Fun Day …
This year, the City of Durham Parish Council is delighted to partner with the Durham Markets Company and local authors to co-host a book and fun day for children in Durham on Thursday 22nd July, 2021 | 10am – 5pm.
It’s all about bringing books to life for kids … and giving them a great day out in the heart of Durham.
With entertainment and activities in the Market Place, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, Walkergate (in front of the Gala Theatre) from 10am to 5pm.
In the Market Place; enjoy the Authors’ Marquee, hear authors talk about their books, meet them, ask them those questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Join The Singing Elf for arts and crafts. Come and have your face painted, and find stalls selling drinks, take-away food, and treats.
On the Entrance Ramp to the Market Hall; meet the mini beasts with Bugs ‘n’ Stuff!
In Prince Bishops; meet the Illustrators and learn some tricks of the trade with Kylie Dixon, Jenny Ulyatt and Alfie Joey. Play Old Fashioned Fairground Games including Spin The Wheel, Hook-a-Duck, and Hoopla (land your hoop on the tail of Bertie from Bertie’s Play Barn) and make the most of free FacePainting too.
In Millennium Place; in the Marquee, join Durham Wildlife Trust for wildlife-themed arts and crafts. Meet Simon Berry and illustrator Miles Nelson of The Gilesgate Story Challenge. Take on the Story Book Treasure Trail and find out about their wildlife themed competition! And enjoy Kids Bee Happy SandArt with Jennifer.
All events and activities are free to attend – but if you wish to buy one of the authors’ books, then there will be a cost.
Some events/ activities will be 50% ticketed and 50% first come / first served on the day. See below for ticketing that has been launched.
This event is being run by Durham Markets in partnership with Jenny Pearson, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre and Walkergate Durham. It is kindly supported by City of Durham Parish Council, Durham BID and Radio Newcastle.
Schedule for Author’s Marquee in Durham Market Place
10.15am to 11.15am – Catherine Emmett, writer of King of the Swamp, and The Pet: Cautionary Tales for Children and Grown-ups. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR CATHERINE EMMETT NOW.
11.30am to 12.30am – Gabrielle Kent, writer of the Knights and Bikes series, and the Alfie Bloom books. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR GABRIELLE KENT NOW.
12.45pm to 1.45pm – Jenny Pearson, writer of The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, and The Incredible Record Smashers. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR JENNY PEARSON NOW.
2pm to 3pm – Sam Copeland, writer of Charlie Changes into a Chicken, Charlie Turns into a T-Rex, Charlie Morphs into a Mammoth, and Uma and the Answer to Absolutely Everything. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR SAM COPELAND NOW.
3.15pm to 4.15pm – Thomas Rogers’ takes you to the World of Snorp, with storytelling and a creative writing workshop. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR THOMAS ROGERS NOW.
Schedule for Prince Bishops Illustrators Workshops
10am to 11am – Kylie Dixon, writer and illustrator of The Magical World of Mushroom Marvellous First Session. Advance tickets are sold out – but there will be ‘walk-up’ places on the day.
11.15am to 12.15pm – Kylie Dixon, writer and illustrator of The Magical World of Mushroom Marvellous Second Session. Advance tickets are sold out – but there will be ‘walk-up’ places on the day.
12.30pm to 1.30pm – Jenny Ulyatt Animal Painting Workshop. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS ANIMAL PAINTING WORKSHOP NOW.
1.45pm to 2.45pm – Jenny Ulyatt Animal Painting Workshops. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS ANIMAL PAINTING WORKSHOP SESSION TWO NOW.
3pm to 3.45pm – Alfie Joey, cartoonist with new book Dog’s Friends (and Radio Newcastle Breakfast Show presenter). CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS FOR ALFIE JOEY SESSION ONE NOW.
4pm to 4.45pm – Alfie Joey, cartoonist with new book Dog’s Friends (and Radio Newcastle Breakfast Show presenter). CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS ALFIE JOE SESSION TWO NOW.