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Loogabarooga Festival Wednesday 19th – Monday 24th October 2016

Nicky Morgan

The Loogabarooga Festival is an exciting annual event for families who love books and illustrated literature.

The 2016 Festival features ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’, and showcases new and existing illustrated children’s literature.  The majority of the events take place at venues in Loughborough town centre.

The programme includes 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 will again be placed around the town centre during the Festival. Fairytale and Ladybird classic Rumpelstiltskin has been chosen as the theme for a new Book Bench for 2016.


Festival Programme Launch

The programme of events for this year's Loogabarooga Festival has been launched by Nicky Morgan MP at Rendell Primary School in Loughborough on 8th July.

Programmes are available free of charge from Loughborough Town Hall, Charnwood Borough Council offices, Charnwood Museum and venues across Loughborough and Charnwood. Tickets for the events are now available and bookable online.


Here are some of the highlights at this year's Festival:
Boy Wizard Hero
Wednesday 19th October

Explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books with Fleurble, the professor of Potter's brand new assistant. Join in with spells and potions and be part of a slow motion Quidditch match.

A fun and interactive event for the all the family.

The dinosaur that pooped
Sunday 23rd October

Written by McFly band members Tom and Dougie and Illustrated by Garry Parsons.

An interactive, fun event that includes dinosaur impressions, live drawing, a Dinosaur rhyme and gross games like Guess Poo, it’s perfect for entertaining children ages 5+.

Thursday 20th October

Are you an aspiring or smaller published writer and want to know how to promote your book, blog or short story? Come along and learn how to put together a basic campaign that is sure to get you started.

Saturday 22nd October

This exciting programme of creative sessions, especially designed for Loogabarooga, will help to inspire your child and give you both fun experiences in a friendly and nurturing environment.

Sunday 23rd October

Watch is film starring Gene Wilder where Charlie Bucket enters a magical world of chocolate rivers, Oompa Loompas and chilling tales to warn children not to misbehave!

Thursday 20th October

A morning with James Chantry of model-making, drawing and stop-motion animation. Create characters and animate them using professional software, including a green screen. Suitable for age 9+.

The Bolds
Sunday 23rd October

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

Read a recent interview with Julian Clary


Sunday 23rd October
The Steven Spielberg blockbuster stars acclaimed British actor Mark Rylance as the BFG.


Saturday 22nd October

Petr Horacek, author and illustrator of many picture books, such as Silly Suzy Goose, A New House for Mouse and Puffin Peter, is going to read, draw and talk.

Alphonse - that is not ok to do
Friday 21st October

From the remarkable new talent behind 'The Girl with the Parrot on her Head' comes a story about tow monster siblings, Natalie and Alphonse.

Might get messy so bring old clothes.

150 years of Beatrix Potter

Saturday 22nd October
Jump right inside Miss Potter’s most famous published story! Hear a professional storyteller read from The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and create your very own rabbit ear crown to wear for a special song and dance-a-long!

Thursday 20th October

Wriggly Readers in libraries are fun sessions, where children aged 0 - 4 years and their parents/carers can join in with stories, songs and rhymes in a friendly environment.

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Last updated September 2016