BookFest is a festival for children who love stories!

Director Sarah Mullen launched Bournville BookFest in 2014 on a shoestring budget and no experience of running a literature festival. She won a £2000 Vision award from Bournville Village Trust to run a really high-quality children's book festival, which was also unstuffy and accessible.

Seven years later, it's one of the biggest children's book festivals in the UK and Birmingham's only dedicated book festival for 0-12s.

We hope Bournville BookFest will take place in Autumn 2021 so stay tuned by subscribing for updates. We'll announce our plans as soon as they're confirmed.

We are very proud of our BookFest Outreach Programme for Schools Programme - Literature Out of the Box - where we bring some of Britain's best children's authors to Town Hall Birmingham in front of audiences of school pupils from across the city. This year, we've gone entirely online, with FREE events featuring Michael Rosen, Nick Sharratt, Benjamin Zephaniah, Katherine Rundell and many more. The videos are fun, interactive, come with free learning packs and are perfect for lockdown learning.

We have also founded one-day sister BookFests in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, to bring our brilliant book events to new audiences.

BookFest BookShops

Look out for our pop-up BookFest BookShops - and remember every book bought helps pay to bring authors to Birmingham. We're not just about new books either ! You'll see a BookSwap stall at many of our events, where children are invited to bring old favourites and swap them for new.

Coming to BookFest events

We do expect all children to be accompanied by an adult. That means adults will need to buy tickets too, exactly as if you were going to the cinema. This way everyone has a seat and - if they're taking part in drawing, paper engineering or lego-building - we can ensure there's plenty of resources for everyone.

Hopefully you'll have an amazing time making things, laughing and learning together at BookFest.

There are exceptions to the Adult Ticket Rule such as writing workshops - where grown-ups merely need to be on hand in case they are needed and aren't actively participating. This will be made clear on the event description.

Finally, if you are bringing along older children, then babes-in-arms are free. If they are coming to one of our baby or pre-schoolers events, then we hope you understand they will need a ticket.

Additional Needs

We want everyone to feel welcome and have a brilliant day being inspired. If someone in your party has additional needs, please contact us when you buy a ticket so we can ensure your experience goes as smoothly as possible.

If we know in advance, we can reserve seats for those with mobility or sensory issues. We also have coloured "Fast Pass" lanyards for children with hidden disabilities, who might struggle to wait in long queues.

Contact: or call 01214727989.

We hope you have a wonderful time at BookFest - you're guaranteed a warm welcome!

How is Bournville BookFest funded?

Bournville BookFest sprung out of a not-for-profit organisation called Busy Parents Network. Bournville BookFest CIO became a charity in its own right in September 2019 and is based at Bournville Community Hub, which we also run for the community. Our charity number is 1185157.

We keep our prices low and use venues across the city, so they're easy to get to. And we're 100% committed to running BookFest on not-for-profit lines, and to paying all authors, artists and performers properly.

We couldn't do all this without funding from Arts Council England, from corporate sponsorship, and thanks to some amazing private philanthropic donors.

Competition Terms and Conditions

The below terms and conditions apply to all competitions run by Busy Parents Network unless specified otherwise:

  • Entry into any Busy Parents Network-promoted competition will be deemed as acceptance of the below terms and conditions
  • By entering the competition, entrants automatically give consent for their entries and any content thereof, including their name and other personal data, to be used in any and all Busy Parents Network publicity materials without notice or limitation
  • Employees of Busy Parents Network, their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition shall not be permitted to enter competitions.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter Busy Parents Network competitions.
  • No entries to the competition will be permitted after the specified closing date. Busy Parents Network reserves the right to reject competition entries on these grounds. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for any reason, even if beyond the entrant's control.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Prizes are subject to availability and Busy Parents Network reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without notice.
  • The promoter’s decision in respect of the winner all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winner will be notified within 10 working days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 10 working days of notification, Busy Parents Network reserves the right to withdraw the prize and pick a replacement winner.
  • The Busy Parents Network reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.