The Gruffalo heads to Dreamland for children’s book festival

The Gruffalo is coming to Dreamland

The Gruffalo will make a special appearance at Dreamland’s first children’s book festival this February half term.

The festival on Saturday, February  16 will include appearances throughout the day of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved character and there will also be screenings of the numerous animated film adaptations by Magic Light Pictures, including Room On The Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat, The Gruffalo and their highly-anticipated latest release Zog.

Primary school-aged children will be able to browse a selection of the best new children’s literature, and take part in creative workshops with leading illustrators.

Illustrator and author Emily Rand will host a workshop based on her new book The Lost Property Office, where youngsters can learn how to make their own concertina Lost Book.

There will be stories for little ones from author Julia Jarman, who penned Big Red Bath and Class Two At The Zoo, and visitors can also learn how Julia was inspired to write stories for children aged 7-12.

Dreamland’s indoor spaces including The Roller Room and diner, arcade, and Octopus’s Garden soft play centre will also be open for families to enjoy.

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A two-day Minecraft festival – Minevention – is also coming up on March 9-10. The outdoor amusement park will reopen for the spring and summer season in April.