Lavenham Children’s Literary Festival

Friday 28 – Saturday 29 October 2016

The Swan at Lavenham are proud to announce the first Lavenham Children’s Literary Festival, held during October Half-Term. There will be lots of activities for youngsters and their families, including ‘meet the authors’, storytelling and workshops on drawing, writing and illustrating.

Lavenham is the perfect setting for this festival celebrating children’s literature. The famous nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ was penned in Lavenham by Jane Taylor in 1806. She lived in our beautiful Suffolk village with her parents and her older sister, Ann, and both girls regularly attended dance classes at The Swan.

Sensory Storytelling Sessions
Friday 28 October
£3 per child
Three, half-hour morning sessions: 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm
Sessions combine music, singing and fun activities for 2-5 year olds.

Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf hosts half an hour sessions at The Swan for 2-5 year olds in celebration of the 30th anniversary of her classic children’s book, ‘Five Minutes’ Peace’. This sensory session combines music, singing and fun activities.

Storytelling, Workshop and Competition
Friday 28 October
£6 per child
Designed for youngsters aged five and over, the hour-long workshop starts at 2.30pm.
With places limited to just 20, pre-booking is essential.

Join us at The Swan in the afternoon for a session of storytelling and a ‘feathered bird’ making workshop and competition. Author and illustrator Jane Ray will read extracts from ‘Ahmed and the Flower Girl’ and talk about how she started making books and her techniques. She will also demonstrate her drawing skills and show the children how to make feathered birds to take home, with a prize for the three best feathered birds:

First Prize
A voucher for a complimentary lunch or dinner in The Swan’s informal Brasserie for two adults and two children, plus a child’s craft tub

Second Prize
A colouring book and craft tub

Third Prize
A craft tub

Book tickets online at the Lavenham Literary Festival website:

Prices include one accompanying adult. Assistance with booking is available at the Lavenham Library and Tourist Information Centre or call the Festival line on 07582 239289.