Meet The Gruffalo at Dreamland’s first Children’s Book Festival


Escape the winter chill and warm-up your imagination as Dreamland hosts its first ever Children’s Book Festival this February half term.

Dreamland has an action-packed line-up of indoor family festivities this season to keep visitors of all ages entertained, starting with their first book festival on Saturday 16th February – featuring a special appearance from The Gruffalo.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved character will be making appearances at Dreamland throughout the day, and there will also be screenings of the numerous animated film adaptations by Magic Light Pictures, including Room On The Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat, The Gruffalo and their highly-anticipated latest release Zog.

Primary school-aged children will be able to browse a selection of the best new children’s literature, and take part in creative workshops with leading illustrators. Illustrator and author Emily Rand will host a workshop based on her new book The Lost Property Office, where youngsters can learn how to make their own concertina Lost Book.

There will be stories for little kids from author Julia Jarman, who penned Big Red Bath and Class Two At The Zoo, and visitors can also learn how Julia was inspired to write exciting stories for children aged 7-12.

Dreamland’s indoor spaces including The Roller Room and diner, arcade, and Octopus’s Garden soft play centre will also be open for families to enjoy.

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