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buy your tickets now for this year's loogabarooga festival - 18 - 24 october 2017

The 2017 Loogabarooga Festival is just a week away

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!

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.

Enter our fabulous competitions – Best Charlie and Lola costume (18th October), Loogabarooga Dog Show (22nd October) and the Loogabarooga Town Trail. You could be in with a chance of winning signed Lauren Child goodies, a family ticket to Robin Hood at Loughborough Town Hall and a £150 voucher to spend at all your favourite high street stores! 


Tickets are selling fast - buy your tickets now!

Celebrate National Library Week - Special Offer

Walk into Loughborough Library with your library card this week and buy your Loogabarooga Festival tickets for events taking place at the library - 2 for the price of 1!


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

Loogabarooga Town Trail

Take part in our free Town Trail, pick up your quiz sheet and find the answers in the windows of different venues around the town - you could win a fantastic prize!


Lauren Child Live
Wednesday 18th October

Loughborough Town Hall

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

Suitable for children ages between 4 and 7 years

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Old Irish Storytelling
Thursday 19th October

There's a chance to join in with some animal noises (only if you want!).
Fun for all the family.

Charnwood Museum

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

Loughborough Town Hall

If you thought that drawing worms 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

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Meet the Adventurers with Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick
Friday 20th October

Loughborough Town Hall

It's ‘Bring in a Pet Day’ and Finnegan, Floss, Peanut and Sprat are looking forward to telling each other about their pets, but Sprat can't find Shadow, his little black cat, anywhere. Join award-winning author, Philip Ardagh & rising star author & illustrator, Elissa Elwick for an hour of puppets, storytelling, drawing, silliness and FUN!

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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

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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+

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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+

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Create your own butterfly

The Hungry Caterpillar turns into a Butterfly
Thursday 19th & Sunday 22nd October

Purple Pumpkin Patch

Everybody knows the story of the Hungry Caterpillar!

Make your own hanging caterpillar or butterfly decoration with sparkle, sequins, buttons and lots of colour.

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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.

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Festival programme and Loogabarooga Town Trail

Pick up your festival programme and town trail from any of these venues:

  • Loughborough Library
  • Charnwood Museum
  • Loughborough Town Hall

Here's the new Loogabarooga Book Bench - have you seen it yet?  The Hall family are getting ready to book their festival tickets.

new book bench

Outside the Box

Box art

Artist Laura Sorvala invites you to join her in creating an illustration that collects and draws acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday life.

Outside the Box is a project in which people are asked to share their stories  and by  them into a colourful cardboard box sculpture, reminding us of empathy that crosses borders and of the power of small, positive actions. Laura will be in the Carillon Court shopping centre, just outside WH Smiths, on Tuesday 24 October and will be working with passers by to draw on their personal experiences turning them into a colourful narrative display.

The Loogabarooga Festival is supported by the following organisations:

Leicestershire County Council
Last updated October 2017