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PAT-A-CAKE STORYTELLING (Session 1)£6

Start your baby’s love of books at this sensory story time event full of music, sing-a-long activities and interactive games with our professional storyteller.  This unique event will help encourage the first stages of your baby’s development with the visually beautiful, bold and bright board books designed to stimulate the senses.

30 mins  ·   Age 6 months to 2 years
Tickets are required for all attending the session (ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’)

 

Saturday September 29 - 09:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

PAT-A-CAKE STORYTELLING (Session 2)£6

Start your baby’s love of books at this sensory story time event full of music, sing-a-long activities and interactive games with our professional storyteller.  This unique event will help encourage the first stages of your baby’s development with the visually beautiful, bold and bright board books designed to stimulate the senses.

30 mins  ·   Age 6 months to 2 years
Tickets are required for all attending the session (ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’)

Saturday September 29 - 10:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

STORY FLAGS WORKSHOP£FREE

Will you wave your flag at the Queen? Or at your favourite football team? Join the River & Rowing Museum for a creative wander through drama and rhyme as you wave with words!  Write a simple performance piece inspired by a special occasion.

45 mins   ·   Age 6+
This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

 

Saturday September 29 - 11:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

NOT YET, ZEBRA£6

Join author Lou Kuenzler and illustrator Julia Woolf for an alphabet book with a difference! Annie wants to paint an alphabet using her animals, but Zebra simply can’t wait until the end for his time to shine. Sneakiness, silly costumes and plain pushiness doesn’t get him anywhere – he has to learn to wait his turn!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Saturday September 29 - 01:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

MICHAEL MORPURGO: MAGICAL MYTHS AND LEGENDS£12/18

Adult £12 / Child £18 
Child tickets include a copy of Magical Myths and Legends (RRP £14.99)

War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael returns after his schools event in 2015 (the fastest-selling in our history) in the week that Magical Myths and Legends, featuring his retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight, is published. A chance to hear one of Britain’s best-loved authors read and answer your questions as he reflects on an amazing career that includes Toto (his Wizard of Oz retelling), I Believe in Unicorns and The Butterfly Lion.

1 hour   ·   Ages 1-100! 

In memory of Caroline Blagg
Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday September 29 - 05:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

WOBBLY WORD WEBS WORKSHOP£FREE

Join the River & Rowing Museum for this interactive session where you can get close to some marvellous minibeasts frozen in time and use your imagination to spin a rhyme all about them.

45 mins  ·  Age 4+
This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday September 30 - 10:00 am
FESTIVAL HUB

THE WORLD OF SUPERSAURS£8

Imagine a world where dinosaurs survived and evolved alongside us humans! Join creator and former children’s TV presenter Jay Jay Burridge for this highly interactive introduction to The World Of Supersaurs and come and meet his full size Triceratops who’ll be coming along too!

45 mins  ·  Age 7+

Sunday September 30 - 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

SUPERTATO & FRIENDS£8

Join Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet for a brand new singing-and-prancing show. Supertato and his old gang are back and this time they are joined by a new friend, Cake. Find out more about their fun-filled stories in this mad-capped interactive performance. Prepare for props, silliness, singing and fun!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Sunday September 30 - 02:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

HACK & WHACK: FRANCESCA SIMON & CHARLOTTE COTTERILL£6

Hack and Whack are on the attack! Join Horrid Henry  author Francesca and illustrator Charlotte to meet these little Vikings and join in the chaos at this fun-packed event. Hear a reading of the story, join in with the storytelling  and even learn to draw the characters.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Monday October 01 - 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

OI DUCK-BILLED PLATYPUS: KES GRAY£6

You’ve met Oi Frog!, Oi Cat! and others, now Kes (the award-winning author of this hugely popular series) joins us with Oi Duck-Billed Platypus! Come along to this interactive event where the fun never stops, full of storytelling fun, hilarious mishaps and animals with names that are impossible to rhyme!

45 mins  ·  Age 2+

Tuesday October 02 - 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

THE SQUIRRELS WHO SQUABBLED£6

Join Rachel Bright, talented author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could to hear the story of The Squirrels Who Squabbled – a tale of two greedy mammals who must learn to share. This fun-filled event is packed with stories, games and drawing, where Rachel will show you how the animal characters in the book can be drawn.

45 mins  ·  Age 2+

Wednesday October 03 - 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

MONTY & SYLVESTER£6

Meet best friends Monty and Sylvester as they perfect their superhero skills. They’ve got the outfits and are ready for any mission but have you got yours ready? Come along to this interactive workshop with author-illustrator Carly Gledhill for some arty fun and get the chance to design your own superhero capes – watch out villains!

45 min  ·  Age 3+

Friday October 05 - 10:00 am
TOWN HALL

WE WEAR PANTS£6

Pandas wearing pants? Surely not! And what about wombats wearing wellies, sloths in socks, or even giraffes wearing scarves? Whatever you do today… don’t forget to get dressed! Author and illustrator Katie Abey invites you to her wild world of We Wear Pants – join her to read the story together before enjoying some crafty fun and drawing of your own.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Friday October 05 - 12:00 pm
TOWN HALL

STORYTIME WITH TED£6

Ted is the new toddler character created by award-winning author-illustrator Sophy Henn. Make sure you join in with noises and actions in Sophy’s story time and get ready to make your own Ted head band! Ted’s adventures are all about celebrating the imagination and will have you giggling with glee.

30 mins  ·  Age 2+

Friday October 05 - 01:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

FROG HOPS OFF: LYDIA MONKS£6

Join Lydia, the bestselling illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard series and meet a whole new cast of adorable animal friends for an interactive storytelling and illustration session not to be missed. School on a holiday?! Yes please, if it’s the fun-filled treetop Twit Twoo School! Join the adventure with Mouse, Mole, Owl, Rabbit and a VERY hoppy Frog, and explore the world of Twit Twoo School.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Friday October 05 - 03:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

BAD NANA: OLDER NOT WISER£6

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author and illustrator Sophy Henn brings you her vibrant and colourful picture book, Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser. Eight year-old Evie and her mischievous Nana are up to no good, and Nana’s schemes are getting bigger and badder. Come along to find out what Nana will do next in an event guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.

45 mins  ·  Age 6+

Friday October 05 - 04:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA PARTY£8

Who likes a tea party? With cakes and games?! Come along to the Festival Hub and celebrate The Tiger Who Came to Tea’s 50th anniversary full of fun-packed activities, mask-making and there might even be a knock at the door from a very special visitor…

45 mins  ·  Age 2+

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday October 06 - 09:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

YOU’RE SAFE WITH ME£6

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it’s bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them. Join Indian-born storyteller Chitra Soudar, hear her folktales and make beautiful masks using crafts and your imagination to explore the art of storytelling.

45 mins  ·  Age 5+

Saturday October 06 - 09:30 am
TOWN HALL

A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON£8

Everybody’s favourite bear is the subject of this interactive storytelling session, based on A Bear Called Paddington. Discover how he met the Brown family, became friends with Mr Gruber and got to know his new home in this celebration of 60 years of Paddington!

30 mins    ·   Age 5+

Saturday October 06 - 11:00 am
FESTIVAL HUB

BILLY AND THE BEAST£6

Join Nadia Shireen for a noisy storytime session! Draw a disco sheep, buzz like a Bumblebear or be brave like Billy during a raucous rollercoaster of fun themed around her bestselling books Billy and the Beast, The Bumblebear and The Cow Who Fell To Earth.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Saturday October 06 - 11:00 am
TOWN HALL

WRITING WORKSHOP: BOY UNDERWATER£8

Calling budding authors, join Adam Baron, author of the highly acclaimed Boy Underwater for a lively creative writing session. Pick up tips about creating characters, piecing together action and how to write exciting stories.

45 mins  ·  Age 8+

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday October 06 - 01:00 pm
TOWN HALL

JUDITH KERR£6/£12.50

Adult £12.50 incl. book, Child £6
Adult tickets include a copy of Mummy Time (RRP £12.99)

Having just turned 95, one of the best loved children’s writers of all time returns to Henley for an all-ages event that will see her in conversation with editor Ian Craig looking back on a unique life and career including The Tiger Who Came To Tea (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), 18 best-selling Mog books and the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, as well as her latest, Mummy Time, the enchanting and funny tale of a small child’s adventures while his mother is distracted by her smartphone.

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

Saturday October 06 - 03:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

SPYDER£6

It’s not easy being a super special secret agent when you’re little…it’s even harder when you’ve got eight legs. Come craft, draw and sing with Matt Carr, creator of SUPERBAT and his latest book SPYDER where you can create your very own spider puppet and join in with singing and drawing in this very interactive event.

45 mins ·  Age 4+

Saturday October 06 - 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

THE 1,000 YEAR OLD BOY£6

Come and meet Ross Welford, author of three highly acclaimed and award-winning books including his latest, The 1,000 Year Old Boy. Ross will be talking about his characters, inspiration, time-travel, immortality and invisibility, there’ll also be opportunities to get involved and hopefully even time for a touch of magic!

45 mins  ·  Age 9+

Saturday October 06 - 03:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

ADE ADEPITAN: ADE’S AMAZING ADE-VENTURES£6/£10

Adult £10, Child £6

A special family event with the wheelchair basketball icon – whose medal tally includes silver at the Athens 2004 and gold at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup. Now a respected sport and travel presenter for the BBC and Channel 4, Ade comes to Henley with his first children’s book which takes his own childhood experience of moving from Nigeria to London, and the challenges he faced as the starting point for a truly Amazing Ade-venture! A fun and inspiring hour for for all the family.

Saturday October 06 - 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

TEN FAT SAUSAGES£6

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan decide to escape… Join Michelle Robinson for a hilarious storytelling session about her brand new book Ten Fat Sausages. Imagine The Great Escape, but with sausages. This event will have you laughing out loud so be prepared for high-energy crafty fun, rock music and a lot of escaping sausages!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Saturday October 06 - 05:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

MAYBE THE MOON£6

Join Frances Ives, winner of the LOM ART Prize 2016 with her first book for children at this interactive storytelling session. While listening to the story of Eric, a little boy who moves from his forest home to the city, you’ll get the chance to colour and draw along as you learn about the importance of friendship and how you can never be alone when we all share the same moon.

45 mins  ·  Age 6 months+
Tickets are required for all attending the session (ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’)

Sunday October 07 - 09:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MR TOAD£6

Tom Moorhouse and Holly Swain join us at the festival with Toad in Troubled Waters, the third book in their series about Mr Toad. The river has become dangerous with racing speedboats, lurking dinghies and petrifying pirates. At this interactive session you’ll learn how to draw Toad before creating your own finger puppets too!

45 mins  ·  Age 6+

Sunday October 07 - 09:30 am
TOWN HALL

FUNNY BUNNIES: DAVID MELLING£8

Make friends with big bundles of fluff and energy, the Funny Bunnies, the latest creations from bestselling author of the much-loved Hugless Douglas series. Whatever the weather, the Funny Bunnies are always ready to play. Follow their hilarious adventures, and draw with David.
Hugless Douglas himself will also make a visit!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Sunday October 07 - 09:30 am
TOWN HALL

DINOSAUR JUNIORS: ROB BIDDULPH£6

Join festival programme cover designer and award winning author-illustrator Rob to hear about his brand new series, Dinosaur Juniors. Meet Greg(osaurus) and the gang on their very first day in the world – they’re fresh out of the egg and ready to hatch some plans. Discover how Rob creates his books and characters then join in with a dinosaur activity – you’re sure to have a cracking good time!

45 mins  ·  Age 5+

Sunday October 07 - 11:00 am
FESTIVAL HUB

DEFENDERS OF THE REALM£6

Meet Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, Emmy-Award winning screenwriters behind world-famous kids TV shows like Danger MouseShaun the Sheep and Thunderbirds are Go. Come along for an adventurous event with some silliness, storytelling secrets and a real life Viking while hearing all about how they created the superhero action adventure trilogy Defenders of the Realm, including the latest book King’s Army.

45 mins  ·  Age 8+

Sunday October 07 - 11:00 am
TOWN HALL

THERE’S A WALRUS IN MY BED!£6

Tonight, for the first time, Flynn is going to sleep in a proper big boy bed. But when bedtime rolls around, he just can’t get to sleep. The reason? Uh oh… THERE’S A WALRUS IN MY BED! Listen to author-illustrator Ciara Flood read from her new picture book at this interactive storytelling session and learn how to draw your very own bed-hogging walrus!

45 mins  ·  Age 4+

Sunday October 07 - 01:00 pm
TOWN HALL

DRAGONFLY TEA CHILDREN’S STORY COMPETITION£FREE

Join us for a special ceremony celebrating the nominees and winners of this year’s writing competition, in partnership with Dragonfly Tea and literacy charity Beanstalk. This year’s theme is The Wild Garden and children aged 5-15 can enter via at Dragonfly Tea’s website until midnight on 31 July – see page 74 of this programme for more. Judging the best of the bunch are Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling, with book vouchers for the winners (and their schools too) up for grabs.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

WRITING WORKSHOP: THE DRAGON SITTER£8

Have you got what it takes to be a dragonsitter? This is your chance to find out! Join author Josh Lacey and illustrator Garry Parsons for this fun-filled storytelling and live drawing session for aspiring creative writers.

45 mins  ·  Age 6+

Sunday October 07 - 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

A SKY PAINTED GOLD£6

Travel back to the 1920s at this Gatsby-esque party and hear about Lou, who is swept of her feet and into the world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. At this interactive crafting workshop with author Laura Wood, get to know the story, ask Laura your questions and enjoy a mocktail-making masterclass.

45 mins  ·  Age 11+

Sunday October 07 - 05:00 pm
TOWN HALL

MICHAEL MORPURGO: MAGICAL MYTHS AND LEGENDS£12/18

Adult £12 / Child £18 
Child tickets include a copy of Magical Myths and Legends (RRP £14.99)

War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael returns after his schools event in 2015 (the fastest-selling in our history) in the week that Magical Myths and Legends, featuring his retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight, is published. A chance to hear one of Britain’s best-loved authors read and answer your questions as he reflects on an amazing career that includes Toto (his Wizard of Oz retelling), I Believe in Unicorns and The Butterfly Lion.

1 hour   ·   Ages 1-100! 

In memory of Caroline Blagg
Sponsored by The Head Partnership Solicitors

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 05:00 pm
CHRIST CHURCH

PAT-A-CAKE STORYTELLING (Session 1)£6

Start your baby’s love of books at this sensory story time event full of music, sing-a-long activities and interactive games with our professional storyteller.  This unique event will help encourage the first stages of your baby’s development with the visually beautiful, bold and bright board books designed to stimulate the senses.

30 mins  ·   Age 6 months to 2 years
Tickets are required for all attending the session (ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’)

 

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 09:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

PAT-A-CAKE STORYTELLING (Session 2)£6

Start your baby’s love of books at this sensory story time event full of music, sing-a-long activities and interactive games with our professional storyteller.  This unique event will help encourage the first stages of your baby’s development with the visually beautiful, bold and bright board books designed to stimulate the senses.

30 mins  ·   Age 6 months to 2 years
Tickets are required for all attending the session (ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’)

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 10:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

STORY FLAGS WORKSHOP£FREE

Will you wave your flag at the Queen? Or at your favourite football team? Join the River & Rowing Museum for a creative wander through drama and rhyme as you wave with words!  Write a simple performance piece inspired by a special occasion.

45 mins   ·   Age 6+
This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

 

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 11:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

NOT YET, ZEBRA£6

Join author Lou Kuenzler and illustrator Julia Woolf for an alphabet book with a difference! Annie wants to paint an alphabet using her animals, but Zebra simply can’t wait until the end for his time to shine. Sneakiness, silly costumes and plain pushiness doesn’t get him anywhere – he has to learn to wait his turn!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Saturday September 29 - 09/29/2018 01:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

WOBBLY WORD WEBS WORKSHOP£FREE

Join the River & Rowing Museum for this interactive session where you can get close to some marvellous minibeasts frozen in time and use your imagination to spin a rhyme all about them.

45 mins  ·  Age 4+
This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday September 30 - 09/30/2018 10:00 am
FESTIVAL HUB

THE WORLD OF SUPERSAURS£8

Imagine a world where dinosaurs survived and evolved alongside us humans! Join creator and former children’s TV presenter Jay Jay Burridge for this highly interactive introduction to The World Of Supersaurs and come and meet his full size Triceratops who’ll be coming along too!

45 mins  ·  Age 7+

Sunday September 30 - 09/30/2018 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

SUPERTATO & FRIENDS£8

Join Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet for a brand new singing-and-prancing show. Supertato and his old gang are back and this time they are joined by a new friend, Cake. Find out more about their fun-filled stories in this mad-capped interactive performance. Prepare for props, silliness, singing and fun!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Sunday September 30 - 09/30/2018 02:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

HACK & WHACK: FRANCESCA SIMON & CHARLOTTE COTTERILL£6

Hack and Whack are on the attack! Join Horrid Henry  author Francesca and illustrator Charlotte to meet these little Vikings and join in the chaos at this fun-packed event. Hear a reading of the story, join in with the storytelling  and even learn to draw the characters.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Monday October 01 - 10/01/2018 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

OI DUCK-BILLED PLATYPUS: KES GRAY£6

You’ve met Oi Frog!, Oi Cat! and others, now Kes (the award-winning author of this hugely popular series) joins us with Oi Duck-Billed Platypus! Come along to this interactive event where the fun never stops, full of storytelling fun, hilarious mishaps and animals with names that are impossible to rhyme!

45 mins  ·  Age 2+

Tuesday October 02 - 10/02/2018 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

THE SQUIRRELS WHO SQUABBLED£6

Join Rachel Bright, talented author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could to hear the story of The Squirrels Who Squabbled – a tale of two greedy mammals who must learn to share. This fun-filled event is packed with stories, games and drawing, where Rachel will show you how the animal characters in the book can be drawn.

45 mins  ·  Age 2+

Wednesday October 03 - 10/03/2018 12:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

STORYTIME WITH TED£6

Ted is the new toddler character created by award-winning author-illustrator Sophy Henn. Make sure you join in with noises and actions in Sophy’s story time and get ready to make your own Ted head band! Ted’s adventures are all about celebrating the imagination and will have you giggling with glee.

30 mins  ·  Age 2+

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 01:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

FROG HOPS OFF: LYDIA MONKS£6

Join Lydia, the bestselling illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard series and meet a whole new cast of adorable animal friends for an interactive storytelling and illustration session not to be missed. School on a holiday?! Yes please, if it’s the fun-filled treetop Twit Twoo School! Join the adventure with Mouse, Mole, Owl, Rabbit and a VERY hoppy Frog, and explore the world of Twit Twoo School.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 03:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

BAD NANA: OLDER NOT WISER£6

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author and illustrator Sophy Henn brings you her vibrant and colourful picture book, Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser. Eight year-old Evie and her mischievous Nana are up to no good, and Nana’s schemes are getting bigger and badder. Come along to find out what Nana will do next in an event guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.

45 mins  ·  Age 6+

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 04:30 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA PARTY£8

Who likes a tea party? With cakes and games?! Come along to the Festival Hub and celebrate The Tiger Who Came to Tea’s 50th anniversary full of fun-packed activities, mask-making and there might even be a knock at the door from a very special visitor…

45 mins  ·  Age 2+

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 09:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON£8

Everybody’s favourite bear is the subject of this interactive storytelling session, based on A Bear Called Paddington. Discover how he met the Brown family, became friends with Mr Gruber and got to know his new home in this celebration of 60 years of Paddington!

30 mins    ·   Age 5+

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 11:00 am
FESTIVAL HUB

THE 1,000 YEAR OLD BOY£6

Come and meet Ross Welford, author of three highly acclaimed and award-winning books including his latest, The 1,000 Year Old Boy. Ross will be talking about his characters, inspiration, time-travel, immortality and invisibility, there’ll also be opportunities to get involved and hopefully even time for a touch of magic!

45 mins  ·  Age 9+

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 03:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

TEN FAT SAUSAGES£6

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan decide to escape… Join Michelle Robinson for a hilarious storytelling session about her brand new book Ten Fat Sausages. Imagine The Great Escape, but with sausages. This event will have you laughing out loud so be prepared for high-energy crafty fun, rock music and a lot of escaping sausages!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 05:00 pm
FESTIVAL HUB

MAYBE THE MOON£6

Join Frances Ives, winner of the LOM ART Prize 2016 with her first book for children at this interactive storytelling session. While listening to the story of Eric, a little boy who moves from his forest home to the city, you’ll get the chance to colour and draw along as you learn about the importance of friendship and how you can never be alone when we all share the same moon.

45 mins  ·  Age 6 months+
Tickets are required for all attending the session (ordinarily, under 2s may attend events for free as ‘babes in arms’)

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 09:30 am
FESTIVAL HUB

DINOSAUR JUNIORS: ROB BIDDULPH£6

Join festival programme cover designer and award winning author-illustrator Rob to hear about his brand new series, Dinosaur Juniors. Meet Greg(osaurus) and the gang on their very first day in the world – they’re fresh out of the egg and ready to hatch some plans. Discover how Rob creates his books and characters then join in with a dinosaur activity – you’re sure to have a cracking good time!

45 mins  ·  Age 5+

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 11:00 am
FESTIVAL HUB

JUDITH KERR£6/£12.50

Adult £12.50 incl. book, Child £6
Adult tickets include a copy of Mummy Time (RRP £12.99)

Having just turned 95, one of the best loved children’s writers of all time returns to Henley for an all-ages event that will see her in conversation with editor Ian Craig looking back on a unique life and career including The Tiger Who Came To Tea (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), 18 best-selling Mog books and the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, as well as her latest, Mummy Time, the enchanting and funny tale of a small child’s adventures while his mother is distracted by her smartphone.

Sponsored by St Helen and St Katharine

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 03:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

ADE ADEPITAN: ADE’S AMAZING ADE-VENTURES£6/£10

Adult £10, Child £6

A special family event with the wheelchair basketball icon – whose medal tally includes silver at the Athens 2004 and gold at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup. Now a respected sport and travel presenter for the BBC and Channel 4, Ade comes to Henley with his first children’s book which takes his own childhood experience of moving from Nigeria to London, and the challenges he faced as the starting point for a truly Amazing Ade-venture! A fun and inspiring hour for for all the family.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 05:00 pm
PHYLLIS COURT CLUB

DRAGONFLY TEA CHILDREN’S STORY COMPETITION£FREE

Join us for a special ceremony celebrating the nominees and winners of this year’s writing competition, in partnership with Dragonfly Tea and literacy charity Beanstalk. This year’s theme is The Wild Garden and children aged 5-15 can enter via at Dragonfly Tea’s website until midnight on 31 July – see page 74 of this programme for more. Judging the best of the bunch are Baroness Floella Benjamin and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling, with book vouchers for the winners (and their schools too) up for grabs.

This event is FREE but booking is required to reserve a space

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

MONTY & SYLVESTER£6

Meet best friends Monty and Sylvester as they perfect their superhero skills. They’ve got the outfits and are ready for any mission but have you got yours ready? Come along to this interactive workshop with author-illustrator Carly Gledhill for some arty fun and get the chance to design your own superhero capes – watch out villains!

45 min  ·  Age 3+

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 10:00 am
TOWN HALL

WE WEAR PANTS£6

Pandas wearing pants? Surely not! And what about wombats wearing wellies, sloths in socks, or even giraffes wearing scarves? Whatever you do today… don’t forget to get dressed! Author and illustrator Katie Abey invites you to her wild world of We Wear Pants – join her to read the story together before enjoying some crafty fun and drawing of your own.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Friday October 05 - 10/05/2018 12:00 pm
TOWN HALL

YOU’RE SAFE WITH ME£6

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it’s bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them. Join Indian-born storyteller Chitra Soudar, hear her folktales and make beautiful masks using crafts and your imagination to explore the art of storytelling.

45 mins  ·  Age 5+

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 09:30 am
TOWN HALL

BILLY AND THE BEAST£6

Join Nadia Shireen for a noisy storytime session! Draw a disco sheep, buzz like a Bumblebear or be brave like Billy during a raucous rollercoaster of fun themed around her bestselling books Billy and the Beast, The Bumblebear and The Cow Who Fell To Earth.

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 11:00 am
TOWN HALL

SPYDER£6

It’s not easy being a super special secret agent when you’re little…it’s even harder when you’ve got eight legs. Come craft, draw and sing with Matt Carr, creator of SUPERBAT and his latest book SPYDER where you can create your very own spider puppet and join in with singing and drawing in this very interactive event.

45 mins ·  Age 4+

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

WRITING WORKSHOP: BOY UNDERWATER£8

Calling budding authors, join Adam Baron, author of the highly acclaimed Boy Underwater for a lively creative writing session. Pick up tips about creating characters, piecing together action and how to write exciting stories.

45 mins  ·  Age 8+

This event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waiting list, please call the box office on 01491 575948.

Saturday October 06 - 10/06/2018 01:00 pm
TOWN HALL

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MR TOAD£6

Tom Moorhouse and Holly Swain join us at the festival with Toad in Troubled Waters, the third book in their series about Mr Toad. The river has become dangerous with racing speedboats, lurking dinghies and petrifying pirates. At this interactive session you’ll learn how to draw Toad before creating your own finger puppets too!

45 mins  ·  Age 6+

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 09:30 am
TOWN HALL

FUNNY BUNNIES: DAVID MELLING£8

Make friends with big bundles of fluff and energy, the Funny Bunnies, the latest creations from bestselling author of the much-loved Hugless Douglas series. Whatever the weather, the Funny Bunnies are always ready to play. Follow their hilarious adventures, and draw with David.
Hugless Douglas himself will also make a visit!

45 mins  ·  Age 3+

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 09:30 am
TOWN HALL

DEFENDERS OF THE REALM£6

Meet Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, Emmy-Award winning screenwriters behind world-famous kids TV shows like Danger MouseShaun the Sheep and Thunderbirds are Go. Come along for an adventurous event with some silliness, storytelling secrets and a real life Viking while hearing all about how they created the superhero action adventure trilogy Defenders of the Realm, including the latest book King’s Army.

45 mins  ·  Age 8+

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 11:00 am
TOWN HALL

THERE’S A WALRUS IN MY BED!£6

Tonight, for the first time, Flynn is going to sleep in a proper big boy bed. But when bedtime rolls around, he just can’t get to sleep. The reason? Uh oh… THERE’S A WALRUS IN MY BED! Listen to author-illustrator Ciara Flood read from her new picture book at this interactive storytelling session and learn how to draw your very own bed-hogging walrus!

45 mins  ·  Age 4+

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 01:00 pm
TOWN HALL

WRITING WORKSHOP: THE DRAGON SITTER£8

Have you got what it takes to be a dragonsitter? This is your chance to find out! Join author Josh Lacey and illustrator Garry Parsons for this fun-filled storytelling and live drawing session for aspiring creative writers.

45 mins  ·  Age 6+

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 03:00 pm
TOWN HALL

A SKY PAINTED GOLD£6

Travel back to the 1920s at this Gatsby-esque party and hear about Lou, who is swept of her feet and into the world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. At this interactive crafting workshop with author Laura Wood, get to know the story, ask Laura your questions and enjoy a mocktail-making masterclass.

45 mins  ·  Age 11+

Sunday October 07 - 10/07/2018 05:00 pm
TOWN HALL