Boswell Children's Festival

Date Occurs 13/05/2017 - 13/05/2017
Time Various
Age range
Admission £1

Festival Opening

Nick Sharratt: Carrots, Kings, Cornflakes and Crocodiles

10.00am-11.00am/£1/All ages

Come on a spectacularly silly trip to the supermarket with Shark in the Park creator Nick Sharratt and a coachload of crazy characters including croissant-eating Vikings, salt and vinegar-flavoured sharks, and the royal stars of his very first chapter book The Cat and the King.

Capacity 150


Nicola Davies: Heroes of the Wild

11.30am-12.30am/£1/Ages 6 up

Prize winning author, zoologist and former presenter of BBC’s The Really Wild Show Nicola Davies explores the issues surrounding wildlife conservation, sharing the true stories which inspired her books, including The Whale Who Saved Us, The Leopard's Tail and The Elephant Road.  

Capacity 150


Vivian French: Goodbye Rubbish

11.30am-12.30pm/Sawmill/£1/Age 3-6

Captain Crankie hates people dumping rubbish so he collects it up with his friend Seadog Steve but what should he do with it? Come and hear the brilliant plan they hatch with much loved author Vivian French.

Capacity 35


Nick Sharratt’s Draw-Along

1.00pm-2.00pm/Sawmill/£1/All ages

Nick Sharratt, author of Shark in the Park, will be drawing lots of his favourite characters and sharing plenty of illustration tips. Draw along with him and help him invent some brand new characters too.

Capacity 35


Mick Manning & Brita Granström: William Shakespeare

1.30pm-2.30pm/£1/Age 5 up

Scenes from the life of the world’s greatest writer are a wonderful way to discover who Shakespeare was and what he wrote. With vivid, quirky, illustrations and words, the award-winning duo, Mick and Brita, bring alive his journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre.

Capacity 150


Harriet Burbeck: Mardi Gras Masks

2.30pm-3.00pm/Sawmill/£50p/All ages

Drop in to make a Mardi Gras feathered mask in glittering colours with the help of exciting American illustrator from New Orleans, the city celebrated for its Mardi Gras Festival.

Capacity 15


Jason Lewis: Round the world in 13 years

3.00pm-4.00pm/£1/Age 5 up/Dyslexic friendly

The thrilling tales of explorer Jason Lewis, recognised by Guinness World Records as the first person to go around the Earth by human power - without using motors or sails - as he faced malaria, crocodile attack, ocean crossings, desert, mountains, pirates and more to cover the 46,505-mile journey in thirteen adventure packed years.

Capacity 150

*A £1.50 fee will apply to all card transactions online and at Box Office.

Engineering Centre, Dumfries House Estate

All talks take place in the Engineering Centre unless otherwise indicated

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages in listings are for guidance only

All talks £1 unless indicated otherwise


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