Keeping your children entertained over soggy Bank Holidays is a challenge, so if you’re already planning for the early May holiday weekend, we can help you.

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’s storytelling session will captivate children aged three and above. Tamara is the author of illustrated storybook Everybody’s Special, which she initially wrote as a short story for her own young son who had been diagnosed with Autism (ASD).

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).

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 seven and over.

Monday 7 May – 4:00-5:00pm – Dosh Archer will help children aged three 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.