Free children's events at the Margate Bookie

Keeping your children entertained over soggy Bank Holidays is a challenge, but we’ve got the early May holiday weekend sorted.

The Margate Bookie literary festival returns from 5-7 May at Turner Contemporary and once again the programme includes fun and creative sessions with local children’s authors and experts:

Saturday 5 May – 10:30 to 11:30am – Tamara Rattigan will tell you some great stories and show your children how to create paper roll characters. We provide all the essentials – card, paper, colours, glitter, glue, scissors and even the loo rolls. And you provide the kids! Ideal for children aged 3-8.

Sunday 6 May – 10:15 to 11:15am – Renowned happiness expert Vanessa King, and teacher and education consultant Val Payne, have an engaging and interactive workshop, for children between the ages of 7 and 11 years (and accompanying adults). You’ll learn fun ways to boost and maintain happiness. The session is based on their new book 50 Ways to Feel Happy (co-authored with Peter Harper).

Sunday 6 May – 3:30 to 4:30pm – Tamara Rattigan will read from her books and teach your children to how to make slime. Learn the secret recipe for the squishiest and stretchiest slime in the whole wide world! Adults can settle into one of Bernie’s plump sofas and enjoy a fine selection of cakes and drinks. And chocolate, of course, to make this a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon. Ideal for children aged 3-11.

Monday 7 May – 11:30am to 12:30pm – Sam Gayton is back with his popular fanzine-making class, during which your children will take part in creative writing and illustrate their stories. This session is suitable for children aged 7 and over.

Monday 7 May – 4:00-5:00pm – Dosh Archer will help children aged 3 and over to delve into their imaginations and create brand new storybook characters.

These sessions are free for Thanet residents but places should be booked in advance here. Childen must be accompanied by an adult.

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