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Treacle Street: Kate Hindley£6

Take a trip to Treacle Street – where rabbits go to dance class and an elephant delivers the post – in this live drawing and storytelling. Kate Hindley – illustrator for Miranda Hart and Alexander McCall Smith’s children’s books – brings to life the characters from the first two Treacle Street lift-the-flap books, Marcel’s Parcels and Prima’s Missing Bunnies.

Suitable for children aged 3-5

Saturday September 28 - 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Mrs Blackhat: Chloe Inkpen£6

Mrs Blackhat is a witch who just LOVES the colour black and online shopping. She’s ordered a snazzy new broomstick with its very own high-tech app! But is old- fashioned magic still the best? Chloe Inkpen returns to the Festival with her latest book, co-written with her dad Mick (the creator of Kipper), for stories and a wickedly good crafting session.

Suitable for children aged 4-6

Saturday September 28 - 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Little Miss Storytelling: Leah Hamlin£6

Meet a new addition to the Mr Men and Little Miss family who is intelligent, ingenious and inventive! Join top storyteller Leah Hamlin to hear about Little Miss Inventor. She loves to surprise her friends with new creations, but her latest challenge has her stumped: what could she invent for Mr Rude?!

Suitable for children aged 2-5

Saturday September 28 - 04:00 pm
Town Hall

Elmer the Elephant£6

Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. And Elmer is celebrating 30 years of delighting children around the world – with 8 million books sold in 50 languages! The grey elephants love him, but he wonders what it would be like to be the same as them… Filled with songs and laughter, don’t miss this storytelling session with a twist.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Sunday September 29 - 10:00 am
Town Hall

Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System£6

Launch off on an epic journey through the Solar System! Who better as your guide than space scientist and host of The Sky At Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, awarded an MBE for services to science education. Discover the most magnificent sights and spectacles outer space has to offer, from planets and moons to asteroids, comets and much more!

Suitable for children aged 7-11

Sunday September 29 - 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Liz Fost: Moomins Event£6

Step into the magical world of Moominvalley with readings and crafts from children’s storyteller Liz Fost. A fun-filled session with the beloved Moomin characters.

Suitable for children aged 7-9

Sunday September 29 - 12:00 pm
Town Hall

The Hug: Polly Dunbar & Eoin McLaughlin£6

Tortoise and Hedgehog are both on the lookout for a hug, but will they ever find one? Maybe with the help of a wise owl…Tilly and Friends creator Polly Dunbar illustrates live while author Eoin McLaughlin tells the story, followed by a finger puppet workshop!

Suitable for children aged 3-6.

Sunday September 29 - 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Isadora Moon: Harriet Muncaster£6

It’s almost time for the Vampire Ball and Isadora Moon can’t wait! Half-vampire, half-fairy and totally unique, her talents aren’t very vampirey but she is special because she is different. Join award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Harriet Muncaster for story time and sparkly craft activities.

Suitable for children aged 5-8

Sunday September 29 - 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

Konnie Huq£6

Cookie is nine years old and ready to take on the world – which may not be good news for the most annoying boy in the world, who just happens to be her new neighbour! Join Blue Peter legend Konnie for brain-busting quizzes, games galore and a live draw-along!

Suitable for children aged 8-12.

Sunday September 29 - 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Molly’s Magic Wardrobe: Adam & Charlotte Guillain£6

Join bestselling authors Adam & Charlotte Guillain – the husband-and-wife duo behind Molly’s Magic Wardrobe and George’s Amazing Adventures – for costumes, puppets and silly songs galore. Fancy dress welcome!

This event has moved to the Festival Hub.

Suitable for children aged 2-5

Friday October 04 - 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Lifesize Dinosaurs: Sophy Henn£6

How would you measure up against some of the world’s most ginormous dinosaurs? From a Pteranodon’s beak to a Utahraptor’s claw, find out with Sophy, the award-winning picture book author and designer of our programme cover.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Friday October 04 - 04:00 pm
Festival Hub

A Pinch of Magic: Michelle Harrison£6

Who better to show children how to create something magical from the ordinary than Michelle Harrison, bestselling author and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner for The Thirteen Treasures? In this writing workshop, discover how to create magical objects like the Russian nesting dolls and mermaid mirror from A Pinch of Magic – plus, find out the secret to a gripping story opening.

Suitable for children aged 9-12

Saturday October 05 - 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Embassy of the Dead: Will Mabbitt£6

Everything about the Embassy of the Dead is terrifying, as our hero Jake discovered when he opened a strange box and found a severed finger inside! Join Will Mabbitt, author of This Is Not A Fairy Tale and Mabel Jones, with the second of this terrifyingly terrific and fantastically funny series, Hangman’s Crossing.

Suitable for children aged 6-9

Saturday October 05 - 10:00 am
Town Hall

The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Chris Riddell£7

Something special for our penultimate day: as the former Children’s Laureate and Costa-winning creator of Goth Girl & Ottoline introduces us to Guardians of Magic Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba. A rare chance to hear from the three-time winner of the prestigious Greenaway Medal, who has been awarded an OBE for his illustration and charity work.

Suitable for children aged 8-12

Saturday October 05 - 12:00 pm
Christ Church

The Golden Acorn Storytime & Crafts: Katy Hudson£6

Go NUTS with a special story and crafts session featuring Squirrel and her friends Rabbit, Beaver and Tortoise as this year’s Golden Nut Hunt Race teaches them winning isn’t everything. Join Katy Hudson, the bestselling author-illustrator behind Bear and Duck & Too Many Carrots.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Saturday October 05 - 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Iguana Boy: James Bishop£6

One Boy. One disappointing superpower. Dylan’s brother and sister have really cool superpowers while he can… talk to iguanas?! Join Gigglebiz writer James Bishop for an event filled with rubbish superpowers, comic book lizards called Paul, and a quest to save the world!

Ages 5-8

Saturday October 05 - 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Plastic Sucks: Dougie Poynter£7

From headlining Hyde Park and Wembley to Christ Church Henley, is not your typical path. But Dougie – bassist-songwriter for McFly & McBusted – is not your typical pop star. He wrote (with Tom Fletcher) bestseller The Dinosaur Who Pooped Christmas and is an environmental campaigner. Come to this informative and fun family event around Plastic Sucks! – his awesome, inspiring guide that shows how YOU can help save our planet!

Suitable for children aged 9-11

 

Saturday October 05 - 02:00 pm
Christ Church

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words: Sarah-Jane Arbury & Fiona Ross£6

Calling all human beans! Join the Word Wizards, Sara-Jane Arbury & Fiona Ross, to gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words! Learn how to curse like a giant and insult like Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky word games, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot!

Ages 6-11

Saturday October 05 - 04:00 pm
Christ Church

Captain Cat: Sue Mongredien£6

Ahoy, me hearties! Join bestselling author Sue Mongredien to hear about her new swashbuckling series. Come wearing your best pirate hat to hear about Captain Cat’s latest exciting escapade.

Ages 6-8

Saturday October 05 - 04:00 pm
Town Hall

Fabio the Greatest Flamingo Detective: Laura James£6

Fabio is not tall or strong, but he’s very, very clever. Join The Adventures of Pug author Laura James to learn what it takes to be a detective. Plus, discover how to create your very own mystery that only Fabio and his giraffe associate Gilbert (who is terrible at disguises) could solve!

Suitable for children aged 6-8

Sunday October 06 - 10:00 am
Festival Hub

The Dinosaur Department Store: Lily Murray & Richard Merritt£6

Shopping a bore? Not at The Dinosaur Department Store! Author Lily Murray and illustrator Richard Merritt bring this beautiful and very funny book to life, with a dinosaur- lled interactive storytime, as we follow mischievous Eliza Jane and the flamboyant Mr Magisaurus.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Sunday October 06 - 10:00 am
Town Hall

Sam Wu is Not Afraid: Katie & Kevin Tsang£6

Join Katie & Kevin Tsang for this fun and fearless event. Listen as they read from their Sam Wu is Not Afraid series and take part in their ‘Face your Fears’ workshop. Together with Katie & Kevin you’ll create your very own story about facing fears!

Suitable for children aged 6-8

Sunday October 06 - 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Anna James & Kiran Millwood Hargrave£6

Hear two brilliant authors discuss their acclaimed novels and writing for younger readers. Kiran won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut The Girl of Ink and Stars and her latest is The Way Past Winter. Anna returns to Henley after the first ever Pages & Co event last year with Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Suitable for children aged 9-12

Sunday October 06 - 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Johnny Ball£7

It is hard to think of the live-wire Johnny as an 81-year-old, so sharp is his mind and so keen is he on his favourite subject, maths. He has delighted us before and will do so again talking about Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical. Don’t underestimate this master communicator who has no formal university experience in mathematics….it’s just his personal passion and one which he has inspired in millions of others. This event is sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors.

Suitable for ages 10-100

Sunday October 06 - 02:00 pm
Town Hall

Super Frozen Magic Forest: Matty Long£6

Winter is coming…to the Super Happy Magic Forest! Named Children’s Book of the Week by The Times and a Kids Book of the Year by the Big Issue, it’s another super funny story from illustrator Matty Long. By the end of the event you’ll be able to draw your very own sneezing unicorn, create your own mushroom and much more!

Suitable for children aged 4-7

Sunday October 06 - 04:00 pm
Town Hall

The Bolds Go Wild! : Julian Clary & David Roberts£7

This hyena family will have you laughing from beginning to end! After a sell-out schools event in 2016, national treasure Julian and David (who has illustrated for everyone from Julia Donaldson to Jacqueline Wilson) return to Henley with the Bolds’ latest adventure.

Suitable for children aged 8-12

Sunday October 06 - 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Chris Riddell£7

Something special for our penultimate day: as the former Children’s Laureate and Costa-winning creator of Goth Girl & Ottoline introduces us to Guardians of Magic Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba. A rare chance to hear from the three-time winner of the prestigious Greenaway Medal, who has been awarded an OBE for his illustration and charity work.

Suitable for children aged 8-12

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 12:00 pm
Christ Church

Plastic Sucks: Dougie Poynter£7

From headlining Hyde Park and Wembley to Christ Church Henley, is not your typical path. But Dougie – bassist-songwriter for McFly & McBusted – is not your typical pop star. He wrote (with Tom Fletcher) bestseller The Dinosaur Who Pooped Christmas and is an environmental campaigner. Come to this informative and fun family event around Plastic Sucks! – his awesome, inspiring guide that shows how YOU can help save our planet!

Suitable for children aged 9-11

 

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 02:00 pm
Christ Church

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words: Sarah-Jane Arbury & Fiona Ross£6

Calling all human beans! Join the Word Wizards, Sara-Jane Arbury & Fiona Ross, to gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words! Learn how to curse like a giant and insult like Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky word games, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot!

Ages 6-11

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 04:00 pm
Christ Church

Treacle Street: Kate Hindley£6

Take a trip to Treacle Street – where rabbits go to dance class and an elephant delivers the post – in this live drawing and storytelling. Kate Hindley – illustrator for Miranda Hart and Alexander McCall Smith’s children’s books – brings to life the characters from the first two Treacle Street lift-the-flap books, Marcel’s Parcels and Prima’s Missing Bunnies.

Suitable for children aged 3-5

Saturday September 28 - 09/28/2019 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Mrs Blackhat: Chloe Inkpen£6

Mrs Blackhat is a witch who just LOVES the colour black and online shopping. She’s ordered a snazzy new broomstick with its very own high-tech app! But is old- fashioned magic still the best? Chloe Inkpen returns to the Festival with her latest book, co-written with her dad Mick (the creator of Kipper), for stories and a wickedly good crafting session.

Suitable for children aged 4-6

Saturday September 28 - 09/28/2019 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Molly’s Magic Wardrobe: Adam & Charlotte Guillain£6

Join bestselling authors Adam & Charlotte Guillain – the husband-and-wife duo behind Molly’s Magic Wardrobe and George’s Amazing Adventures – for costumes, puppets and silly songs galore. Fancy dress welcome!

This event has moved to the Festival Hub.

Suitable for children aged 2-5

Friday October 04 - 10/04/2019 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Lifesize Dinosaurs: Sophy Henn£6

How would you measure up against some of the world’s most ginormous dinosaurs? From a Pteranodon’s beak to a Utahraptor’s claw, find out with Sophy, the award-winning picture book author and designer of our programme cover.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Friday October 04 - 10/04/2019 04:00 pm
Festival Hub

Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System£6

Launch off on an epic journey through the Solar System! Who better as your guide than space scientist and host of The Sky At Night Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, awarded an MBE for services to science education. Discover the most magnificent sights and spectacles outer space has to offer, from planets and moons to asteroids, comets and much more!

Suitable for children aged 7-11

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 10:00 am
Festival Hub

The Hug: Polly Dunbar & Eoin McLaughlin£6

Tortoise and Hedgehog are both on the lookout for a hug, but will they ever find one? Maybe with the help of a wise owl…Tilly and Friends creator Polly Dunbar illustrates live while author Eoin McLaughlin tells the story, followed by a finger puppet workshop!

Suitable for children aged 3-6.

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Isadora Moon: Harriet Muncaster£6

It’s almost time for the Vampire Ball and Isadora Moon can’t wait! Half-vampire, half-fairy and totally unique, her talents aren’t very vampirey but she is special because she is different. Join award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Harriet Muncaster for story time and sparkly craft activities.

Suitable for children aged 5-8

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 02:00 pm
Festival Hub

A Pinch of Magic: Michelle Harrison£6

Who better to show children how to create something magical from the ordinary than Michelle Harrison, bestselling author and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner for The Thirteen Treasures? In this writing workshop, discover how to create magical objects like the Russian nesting dolls and mermaid mirror from A Pinch of Magic – plus, find out the secret to a gripping story opening.

Suitable for children aged 9-12

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 10:00 am
Festival Hub

The Golden Acorn Storytime & Crafts: Katy Hudson£6

Go NUTS with a special story and crafts session featuring Squirrel and her friends Rabbit, Beaver and Tortoise as this year’s Golden Nut Hunt Race teaches them winning isn’t everything. Join Katy Hudson, the bestselling author-illustrator behind Bear and Duck & Too Many Carrots.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Fabio the Greatest Flamingo Detective: Laura James£6

Fabio is not tall or strong, but he’s very, very clever. Join The Adventures of Pug author Laura James to learn what it takes to be a detective. Plus, discover how to create your very own mystery that only Fabio and his giraffe associate Gilbert (who is terrible at disguises) could solve!

Suitable for children aged 6-8

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 10:00 am
Festival Hub

Sam Wu is Not Afraid: Katie & Kevin Tsang£6

Join Katie & Kevin Tsang for this fun and fearless event. Listen as they read from their Sam Wu is Not Afraid series and take part in their ‘Face your Fears’ workshop. Together with Katie & Kevin you’ll create your very own story about facing fears!

Suitable for children aged 6-8

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 12:00 pm
Festival Hub

Konnie Huq£6

Cookie is nine years old and ready to take on the world – which may not be good news for the most annoying boy in the world, who just happens to be her new neighbour! Join Blue Peter legend Konnie for brain-busting quizzes, games galore and a live draw-along!

Suitable for children aged 8-12.

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

The Bolds Go Wild! : Julian Clary & David Roberts£7

This hyena family will have you laughing from beginning to end! After a sell-out schools event in 2016, national treasure Julian and David (who has illustrated for everyone from Julia Donaldson to Jacqueline Wilson) return to Henley with the Bolds’ latest adventure.

Suitable for children aged 8-12

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 04:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Little Miss Storytelling: Leah Hamlin£6

Meet a new addition to the Mr Men and Little Miss family who is intelligent, ingenious and inventive! Join top storyteller Leah Hamlin to hear about Little Miss Inventor. She loves to surprise her friends with new creations, but her latest challenge has her stumped: what could she invent for Mr Rude?!

Suitable for children aged 2-5

Saturday September 28 - 09/28/2019 04:00 pm
Town Hall

Elmer the Elephant£6

Elmer is different. Elmer is patchwork. And Elmer is celebrating 30 years of delighting children around the world – with 8 million books sold in 50 languages! The grey elephants love him, but he wonders what it would be like to be the same as them… Filled with songs and laughter, don’t miss this storytelling session with a twist.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 10:00 am
Town Hall

Liz Fost: Moomins Event£6

Step into the magical world of Moominvalley with readings and crafts from children’s storyteller Liz Fost. A fun-filled session with the beloved Moomin characters.

Suitable for children aged 7-9

Sunday September 29 - 09/29/2019 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Embassy of the Dead: Will Mabbitt£6

Everything about the Embassy of the Dead is terrifying, as our hero Jake discovered when he opened a strange box and found a severed finger inside! Join Will Mabbitt, author of This Is Not A Fairy Tale and Mabel Jones, with the second of this terrifyingly terrific and fantastically funny series, Hangman’s Crossing.

Suitable for children aged 6-9

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 10:00 am
Town Hall

Iguana Boy: James Bishop£6

One Boy. One disappointing superpower. Dylan’s brother and sister have really cool superpowers while he can… talk to iguanas?! Join Gigglebiz writer James Bishop for an event filled with rubbish superpowers, comic book lizards called Paul, and a quest to save the world!

Ages 5-8

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Captain Cat: Sue Mongredien£6

Ahoy, me hearties! Join bestselling author Sue Mongredien to hear about her new swashbuckling series. Come wearing your best pirate hat to hear about Captain Cat’s latest exciting escapade.

Ages 6-8

Saturday October 05 - 10/05/2019 04:00 pm
Town Hall

The Dinosaur Department Store: Lily Murray & Richard Merritt£6

Shopping a bore? Not at The Dinosaur Department Store! Author Lily Murray and illustrator Richard Merritt bring this beautiful and very funny book to life, with a dinosaur- lled interactive storytime, as we follow mischievous Eliza Jane and the flamboyant Mr Magisaurus.

Suitable for children aged 3-6

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 10:00 am
Town Hall

Anna James & Kiran Millwood Hargrave£6

Hear two brilliant authors discuss their acclaimed novels and writing for younger readers. Kiran won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut The Girl of Ink and Stars and her latest is The Way Past Winter. Anna returns to Henley after the first ever Pages & Co event last year with Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Suitable for children aged 9-12

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 12:00 pm
Town Hall

Johnny Ball£7

It is hard to think of the live-wire Johnny as an 81-year-old, so sharp is his mind and so keen is he on his favourite subject, maths. He has delighted us before and will do so again talking about Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical. Don’t underestimate this master communicator who has no formal university experience in mathematics….it’s just his personal passion and one which he has inspired in millions of others. This event is sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors.

Suitable for ages 10-100

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 02:00 pm
Town Hall

Super Frozen Magic Forest: Matty Long£6

Winter is coming…to the Super Happy Magic Forest! Named Children’s Book of the Week by The Times and a Kids Book of the Year by the Big Issue, it’s another super funny story from illustrator Matty Long. By the end of the event you’ll be able to draw your very own sneezing unicorn, create your own mushroom and much more!

Suitable for children aged 4-7

Sunday October 06 - 10/06/2019 04:00 pm
Town Hall