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

The 2017 Loogabarooga Festival is here!

There's lots of great illustrators and authors, interactive events and workshops to ignite and inspire young imaginations.

Enter our fabulous competitions – bring your dog to the Loogabarooga Dog Show on Sunday 22nd October and take part in 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! 


Loughborough Comic Fair

Visit the first ever Loogabarooga Comic Fair taking place on Saturday 21st October at Loughborough Town Hall.  The Fair is a day dedicated to the amazing people and creators behind the small press, self publishing and UK comics scene.

It's free to enter but there are workshops that you can attend for a small charge.

Tickets are selling fast - book yours now!

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

Pick up your Town Trail and find the answers in the windows of venues around the town - you could win a fantastic prize!


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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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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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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Loogabarooga Dog Show
The Market Place

Sunday 22nd October

The first ever Loogabarooga Dog Show will take place on Sunday 22nd October to celebrate all of our favourite dogs from our favourite books!

Pre-register now

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
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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Which cup cake did Lauren Child choose to taste?

We had lots of cup cakes made for the launch of the Loogabarooga Festival - they all had a picture of a character from one of Lauren's books.  Which one did she choose to eat herself?

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

Visit the Lauren Child exhibition of illustrations that's now open at Charnwood Museum.


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