Boswell Children's Festival

Date Occurs 14/05/2017 - 14/05/2017
Age range
Admission Various

Mick Manning & Brita Granström: WW2 Adventures

10.00am-11.00am/£1/Age 5 up

As a boy, Mick Manning listened to his father’s hair-raising tales about life as an RAF air gunner. Years later with Brita, using comic strip, contemporary photographs and full-page pictures, the award-winning duo carefully recreated his father's stories in Tail-End Charlie.

Capacity 150


George Dunn & Dave Fellowes: RAF heroes

11.00am-11.30pm/Sawmill/Free/age 5 up

Come and meet the real life heroes of RAF Bomber Command and hear what it was like to fly over Nazi-occupied Europe in World War II surviving a mid-air collision and fighting enemy aircraft.

Capacity 35


Nicola Davies: Animal Secrets

11.30am-12.30am/£1/Ages 5 up

Zoologist and former presenter of BBC’s The Really Wild Show, Nicola Davies, award-winning author of The First Book of Nature, The Promise, The Word Bird and Animal Surprises, shares the secrets of her work with animals from all over the world.

Capacity 150


Vivian French: Do you like chips?

12.15pm-1.15pm/Sawmill/£1/Age 3-6

Oliver won’t eat anything but chips until he plays a game with his grandpa. Whatever vegetable Oliver finds in the garden, he must eat. On Monday, he pulls up carrots, on Tuesday, it’s spinach . . . From acclaimed children’s writer Vivian French, Oliver’s Vegetables, Oliver’s Fruit Salad and Oliver’s Milkshake teach children where food comes from.

Capacity 35


Debi Gliori – Survival against the odds

1.30pm-2.30pm/ 1/Age 5 up

Dragon Loves Penguin is a heart-melting story from Debi Gliori, writer and illustrator of over 70 books, including her brilliant No Matter What and Pure Dead series. Set in Antarctica, it tells of polar exploration, our relationship with penguins and the love between two unlikely creatures.

Capacity 150


Harriet Burbeck: Mardi Gras Masks

1.45-2.15/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


Festival Finale

Vivian French, Harriet Burbeck & young Ayrshire Fiddlers

Yee-haw! The Little House Hoedown!

3.00pm-4.00pm/£1/Age 0-90

To Celebrate the Little House on the Prairie Panels, join Vivian, Harriet and young Ayrshire Fiddlers Alexander Cheng, Fiona Sykes and Matthew Taylor for hillbilly tunes, country music, jigs and reels in our Little House Hoedown with tales of bears, wolves and Indians of the American West.

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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