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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

Sat 25 - Sun 26 June


London's largest children's books event Barnes returns to the London Wetland Centre from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 June with more than 100 fun family-friendly readings, workshops and performances around Barnes for book fans of all ages.

Liz Pichon, the superstar creator of the Tom Gates series, Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Rob Biddulph and Festival favourite, Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler lead the line up.

Also on their way to Barnes are the Green Wing actor and comedian Steven Mangan, the political cartoonist for The Observer, Chris Riddell, and the acclaimed poet and performer, Lemn Sissay, will introduce his first beautiful book for children.

There is plenty of entertainment for non-fiction fans too including Horrible Histories' Martin Brown and the million-selling author and former NHS doctor, Dr Adam Kay.

Highlights include Paddington Bear's First Concert, a musical storytelling adventure with BBC Radio 4 presenter Zeb Soanes, and family workshops with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Aardman Animations, the Oscar winning studio behind Wallace & Gromit.

The Festival opens on Tuesday 21 June with four days of free events for primary schools here at the Wetlands as well as two days free for schools in Tower Hamlets, and two new days free for primary schools in Wandsworth with capacity for over 11,000 children this year.

From Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 June the event is for Schools only.

From Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June the event is open to all.

The full programme will be announced before tickets go on sale in May.

We are delighted that Barnes Children’s Literature Festival will be back for 2022!
Please note this is hosted on our field at the end of our car park, so you DO NOT need entry to London Wetland Centre.
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT
Sat 25 June and Sun 26 June
Contact telephone: 020 8409 4400 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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