The Manchester Children’s Book Festival is a year-round programme of events, projects & activities for children, young adults and adults.

2016 Manchester Children’s Book Festival Family Fun Day

Saturday 25th June 2016

Event details

A full Saturday of free activities in the Geoffrey Manton Building at Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints Campus (opposite the Commonwealth Aquatics Centre on Oxford Road). Come along and join the fun – there’ll be something for everyone, from pre-readers and nursery age-children to teens and families. And, as well as story-telling, arts, crafts and workshops, there’ll be a bustling market-place of stalls and exhibitions to browse and enjoy.

Creators of our popular sea monkey mascots Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre return with their latest book, Pugs of the Frozen North!

Come along and join children's TV favourite Rastamouse as he walks about meeting fans plus joins in with a wicked storytelling session with the creator and author of the Rastamouse stories Michael de Souza. You can also dress up just like Da Easy Crew and have an official photograph with Rastamouse for just £5 (10% will go towards Readathon) - it's gonna be irie!

Incident Response Dog Display: police-trained dogs will show off all their agility and obedience as they sniff out evidence, chase down ‘criminals’ and navigate their way around obstacles!

Manchester Phoenix Fest: mini-festival with artist-led events and workshops throughout the day. Book your £6 tickets to draw with Phoenix Comics stars Laura Anderson, Neill Cameron, the Etherington Brothers and Adam Murphy through our "What's On" guide - or go straight to the Phoenix Fest box office.

Fancy dress parade. Manchester Face Painting. Balloon modelling. Let it snow in our snow-themed arts and crafts room!

Crafting activities with the team from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust.

AMR Events host the Readathon stand where you can follow the pug trail or sign-up for family yoga sessions, which will be running every hour from 11am.

Blackwell's pop-up bookshop on-site!

Join Centre Pointe Dance Studio for 20-minute theatre sessions exploring the idea of "The Story Teller", including text, movement and characterisation. 

Puppet storytelling with Commonword.

Gingers Comfort Emporium will be creating a bespoke, themed ice cream - your once in a lifetime opportunity to cool down with an MCBF ice cream!

Make your favourite children's book into a movie through the magic of green screen with the team from Home! Act out your favourite moment in front of the camera and star your favourite film!

iPad filmmaking with IntoFilm: storyboard a short animation, build characters and sets, then shoot and edit your own film with iStopMotion!

The Wind in the Willows and The Gruffalo's Child arts and crafts with The Lowry.

Find out about bees with Manchester Friends of the Earth. Plant seeds and join in with bee crafts.

Manchester Libraries and Archives+ Roald Dahl summer reading challenge.

Manchester Met Business School Eastern Roots, Western Branches readings and quizzes.

Manchester Met Engage present hands-on science experiments, including CD hovercrafts, mini motors and disappearing cups!

Dress up and get snappy in the Manchester Met Futures photobooth.

Join the team from Manchester Museum and create Marvellous Moths inspired by the story of Manchester's peppered moth. Find out more about the museum's newly opened Climate Control exhibition and see some objects from the museum collection.

Manchester School of Art present their Peppered Moth and Olympic projects - gather stories, take photographs and act out the passing of the Olympic flame!

Meet some Tudors from Ordsall Hall and join in with quick and fun mouse-themed  activities with their mascot Oddie! Make a fingermouse, a badge and a bookmark!

People's History Museum arts and crafts.

Peoplescape Theatre Labrynthine Experience: 3D, immersive, multisensory storytelling themed around Pugs of the Frozen North, created by storyteller and scriptwriter Emily Capstick, Manchester Met students and Peoplescape Theatre.

Pick up some windmills and stickers from the Play Factore stand - and enter their competition with a chance to win a Play Factore party for 12.

Pug Welfare and Rescue Association - meet some real pugs and create pug bunting to support the charity.

Royal Exchange Theatre workshops bring characters to life - plus get involved in character activities with their dressing up box!

Meet the mascot from Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Schlunke and Polyp present Little Worm's Big Question for ages 3+ - and you can meet a six-foot-long model of the show's hero!

Make your own dogloo and dress up as a polar explorer with UK Antarctic Heritage - and visit the amazing polar tent!

Usborne Books - pop-up bookstore and activities!

Into the West creative arts activity - make your own warrior king crown and armour or fairy princess crowns and wands and bring these along to see the show at Z-arts the very next day.

ENTRY TO THE FUN DAY IS FREE - just drop in any time from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Some of the story-telling events and workshops will have limited places, and some will require purchase of a ticket - please see the individual listings in our "What's On" guide to book and guarantee your seats. Priority entry will be given to those who have pre-booked tickets.

Saturday 25th June 2016
MMU Geoffrey Manton Building
Start time:
10:00 AM
For ages: