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.
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.
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: email@example.com or call 01214727989.
We hope you have a wonderful time at BookFest - you're guaranteed a warm welcome!