BBC NI Summer Story Fest

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BBC Northern Ireland is working with local authors and storytellers this summer to bring hands on reading and writing activities to children aged 4-11. BBC Children in Need are delighted to be part of the event and even Pudsey himself will make an appearance!

Children can join in the creation of a giant story book, read aloud to Pudsey or get involved with the Summer Story Fest Book Swap. Creative writing workshops, word games and other activities are on offer to encourage them to read and write more. Parents will find lots of ideas and suggestions to encourage reading at home.

The Summer Story Fest tented village will pop up in three locations around Northern Ireland this August. All activities are free and each event is open to the public from 11.30am-4.30pm. Children can meet and read aloud with Pudsey Bear at all three locations so bring a book to one of the Summer Story Fest events and explore a world where stories are fun..


Wednesday 1 August
The Promenade in Newcastle, Co Down. Experience live storytelling with Lexy Higgins, meet Children’s Author Paul Howard and consult the Book Doctor for recommended reads. Find out more on BBC Things To Do website.

Friday 3 August
The Seafront in Ballycastle. Enjoy storytelling at the seaside with Liz Weir, take part in creative writing workshops with Paul Howard and get reading suggestions from the Book Doctor. Find out more on BBC Things To Do website.

Saturday 4 August
The bandstand in Ward Park, Bangor plays host to the Summer Story Fest tented village. Join Liz Weir and Children’s Author Derek Keilty for storytelling and creative writing fun. The Book Doctor will be on hand with recommended reads. Find out more on BBC Things To Do website


These free events are being organised in partnership with Libraries NI, Book Trust, BBC Children In Need and Local Councils. So, pop along to Summer Story Fest and discover how you can help your children bring stories to life.

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