The Blue Coat School
Somerset Road
Birmingham

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Even if you buy tickets for just one event you can make a day of it at BookFest at The Blue Coat School weekend! (March 23-24)

There's free festival arts, with fun children's craft activities. Help arts Ros Ingram create an enormous Aslan the lion. Storytelling with Kate's Storytree (Saturday only) and in the Storytelling Yurt (both days). Supervised children can play in the school playground.

We also have our pop-up BookFest BookShop, where you can buy books to get signed by authors and illustrators.

And there are gourmet food vans selling crepes, toasted sandwiches, hot drinks and snacks - all of which take cards and cash.

Please note: there is no parking at the venue, so we have put on a free Park and Ride service. This will run from University Station and the free multi storey car park off Pritchatts Road, near the university, from 9.15am. Cars won't be allowed on site so please do use this service. Click on the FREE FESTIVAL ARTS link on the home page to find the full timetable. Printed flyers with the timetable will also be handed out at the event.




What’s on at The Blue Coat School

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Magic Toyshop

10:00 - 10:45 — for ages 3-6 years

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Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt

10:00 - 11:00 — for ages 7-12 years

Festival Marquee, The Blue Coat School

Mr Pop Up Paper Engineering Workshops

10:00 & 14:00 — for ages 7-12 years

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Build Your Own Body Workshop

10:30 & 12:30 — for ages 7-12 years

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Cartooning Workshops

10:30 & 12:30 — for ages 7-12 years

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Luna Loves Library Day

11:30 - 12:15 — for ages 2-6 years

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam and the Missing Masterpiece

11:30 - 12:30 — for ages 5-8 years

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Contra Poetry Reading

12:30 - 13:30 — for ages 6-12 years

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Murder Most Unladylike

13:00 - 14:00 — for ages 7-12 years

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Joseph Coelho Poetry Performance

13:00 - 13:45 — for ages 5-12 years

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Moth: An Evolutionary Story

14:15 - 15:15 — for ages 5-12 years

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Superstar Sonnet Spinner

14:30 - 15:30 — for ages 5-12 years

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Big Drawing Challenge

14:30 - 15:30 — for ages 5-12 years

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How to Write a Female Villain

15:00 - 16:00 — for ages 10-14 years

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The Wonder Workers with the Science Magician

15:30 - 16:30 — for ages 6-12 years

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Nothing to See Here Hotel

10:00 - 11:00 — for ages 6-12 years

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Mask Making Workshop

10:00 & 14:00 — for ages 7-12 years

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Fantastic Beasts Drawing Workshop

10:00, 11:45 & 13:30 — for ages 5+

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Flood Stories from Many Lands: Mrs Noah's Pockets & Pattan's Pumpkin

10:00 - 11:00 — for ages 5-10 years

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Gaspard the Fox

11:30 - 12:30 — for ages 5-10 years

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Gorillas Talk

11:30 - 12:30 — for ages 6-12 years

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A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

13:00 - 14:00 — for ages 6-10 years

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Cruella and Cadpig

13:30 - 14:30 — for ages 2-7 years

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Dog Diaries

14:30 - 15:30 — for ages 5-10 years

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Animals Behaving Badly

15:00 - 16:00 — for ages 6-12 years

Festival Marquee, The Blue Coat School