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tickets are now on sale for the 2017 loogabarooga festival - 18 - 24 october 2017

The 2017 Loogabarooga Festival has been launched and is sure to go with a Woof!

This year the festival is delighted to welcome Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child.  The opening day, Wednesday 18th October is jam-packed with exciting Lauren Child themed activities, including Lauren Child live at Loughborough Town Hall and parties for all you little Charlie and Lolas out there!

However, these are just a few of the many highlights at Loogabarooga 2017.  We're also supporting new talent through workshops and have lots of great interactive illustrators and authors, events and workshops to ignite and inspire young imaginations.

We look forward to welcoming families to this year's fantastic events.


Here are some of the highlights:

Dog Show

Does your dog have nice ears or the waggiest tail? Bring him to the dog show on Sunday 22nd October


It's free parking all day on Sunday 22nd at Granby Street car park

New Book Bench

Look out for the new book bench - where can it be and what book is it?

The Big Bookcase

Come to Charnwood Museum and help us build our living library of reading memories.

The Art of Lauren Child

Visit the Lauren Child exhibition at Charnwood Museum from Sat 14th Oct until Sat 23rd Dec

Lauren Child Live
Wednesday 18th October

Loughborough Town Hall

Join Lauren Child gives an illustrated talk about her creative processes and some of her best-loved characters.

Suitable for children ages between 4 and 7 years

Book tickets


'I Can Only Draw Worms' Talk
Thursday 19th October

Loughborough Town Hall

If you thought that drawing works was easy, think again.  Will Mabbitt shows you how he created his lates picture book.  He'll also be reading from a couple of his books and for a finale will attemp the impossible 'drawing something that isn't a work'.

Suitable for 3 - 11 years

Book tickets

Hairy Maclary

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show
Thursday 19th October

Loughborough Town Hall

With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.

Suitable for the whole family

Book tickets

Take over the Gallery!
Wednesday 18th October

Charnwood Museum

Join artist James Chantry to create an interactive art exhibition.

Book tickets

Little Howard, Big Howard

Little Howard's Big Show For Kids
Friday 20th October

Loughborough Town Hall

Interactive stand-up, live animation on stage and lots of jokes and songs, this really is a show that all the family can enjoy.

Suitable for ages 5+

Book tickets

Finger puppet

Old MacDonald had a Finger Puppet
Saturday 21st October

Purple Pumpkin Patch

Old MacDonald's farm was full of animals. Come and create felt finger puppets of your favourite farm animals.

Suitable for ages 7+

Book tickets


Gary Northfield 'Purveyor of Bog-Eyed Loonies'
Sunday 22nd October

Loughborough Town Hall

Get hysterical over history with Gary Northfield, creator of the fantastically funny Julius Zebra series. Join him to find out why he finds ancient history so fascinating and learn how he draws his madcap, brilliant illustrations.

Suitable for ages between 7 and 12 years.

Book tickets

Charlie and Lola

Charlie & Lola Parties with Devon Black
Wednesday 18th October

Loughborough Town Hall

Come and help Ditzy Devon learn how to count with the help of her friends, Charlie and Lola and Lauren Child's book 'One Thing'.

Suitable for ages 4 and 7 years.

Laren Child will not be attending these parties

Book tickets

Comic fair

Loughborough Comic Fair
Saturday 21st October

Loughborough Town Hall

This is the first Loogabarooga Comic Fair chock full of workshops, panels, and a comics and zine market all based at the Town Hall.  The fair is free to enter but workshops will have a small charge and will need to be pre-booked.  Come back nearer the time to book your tickets.

David Shelton

Dave Shelton 'The Accidental Author'
Friday 20th October

Loughborough Library

Leicester-born Dave Shelton never really set out to be an author.  But somewhere along the way he wrote a children's fable, 'A Boy and a Bear in a Boat', and a book of ghost stories, Thirteen Chairs, as well as creating the comic strip Good Dog, Bad Dog.

Find out where it all went wrong in this entertaining talk.

Suitable for ages 9+

Book tickets

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Festival programme launched at Loughborough Library

A printed programme of events taking place during the Loogabarooga 2017 Festival is now available to pick up from any of these participating venues:

  • Loughborough Library
  • Charnwood Museum
  • Loughborough Town Hall
Launch of festival

The Loogabarooga Festival is supported by the following organisations:

Leicestershire County Council
Last updated July 2016