Tickets for Portsmouth’s very own literary festival, Bookfest are now on sale. Bookfest aims to celebrate Portsmouth’s strong literary heritage, being the birthplace of Charles Dickens, home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and HG Wells. Organised jointly by The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth Library Service, the festival this year brings you a packed programme of events for all ages and interests.
Of particular interest to families with young children are the following events:
Gruffalo Tea Party – taking place at North End Library, Cosham Library and Southsea Library, where you can hear Gruffalo stories, eat Gruffalo cupcakes and meet the Gruffalo himself for a photo at these special events. The tickets are priced at £2 per child (accompanying adults free) and include a soft drink and a slice of cake for each child.
The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past! – a special event at Central library which will include dinosaur stories, an activity and an appearance from the friendly dinosaur himself. This is a free event but you will need a ticket as places are limited. The tickets can be reserved at Central library (again only the children need tickets).
Stories and Spooks – Spinnaker Tower – Portsmouth’s mobile library will be at the Tower on Tuesday 28th October to inspire families to get reading – this will be part of the Tower’s half term activities – which I’ll be posting about soon.
And finally, if your child attends a school in Fratton or you live in Fratton then they can enter a letter writing competition ‘Dear Me’ by writing a letter to their future selves, 10 years from now. This competition is open to children aged between 8-11. Entries will only be accepted from Fratton schools or a Fratton address.
There are plenty of events on including a talk by Alan Titchmarsh and the ever popular CSI Portsmouth, have a look at the website http://www.portsmouthbookfest.co.uk for more.