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Loogabarooga Festival - 18 - 24 October 2017

The Loogabarooga Festival of Incredible Illustrations and Brilliant Books will be back once again in Loughborough during half term in October 2017.

Details will be posted here as plans are agreed.

The 2016 Loogabarooga Festival took place in October.  It was the second year that this exciting event for families who love books and illustrated literature has taken place.

The 2016 Festival featured ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’, and showcased new and existing illustrated children’s literature.  

The programme included free creative drop-in workshops, storytelling sessions, advice on how to write and illustrate your own book, appearances from some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators and lots more.

A series of unique, hand-made benches are again located around the town centre during the Festival and until early November.


Here are some of the highlights at this year's Festival:

Julian Clary
Comedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts introduced their latest book, The Bolds. An event packed with wildly hilarious readings, live-drawing and lots of laughter.

Read a recent interview with Julian Clary

The Bolds Illustrations
After spending lots of time visiting theatres, schools and libraries with his one man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry, Michael Rosen came to the Loogabarooga Festival and talked about being a poet and his experiences working with some of the greatest illustrators, as well as signing fans books after the event.
On the Friday, Will Mabbitt shared his top tips on how to create your own pirate characters and how to write your own adventure story, with animated storytelling and interactive, swashbuckling fun and games.
Alastair Watson brought The Dinosaur that Pooped to life with help from the dinosaur himself. This interactive event included dinosaur impressions, live drawing, dinosaur rhymes and fun games that children of all ages and adults alike enjoyed!

New Book Bench for 2016 - Rumplestiltskin


Craft Workshop

Ashleigh went to the Purple Pumpkin Patch glow bug workshop and is here proudly showing her creation.


Competition Winner

Samuel Jackson won the competition being run by GEM 106. Part of his prize was a Kindle and here he is receiving his prize. He also enjoyed the Boy. Wizard. Hero. event held at Loughborough Town Hall and afterwards queued up with lots of others to get a Harry Potter stamped poster and bookmark.

The Loogabarooga Festival is supported by the following organisations:
Last updated October 2016