Days out and events

In pictures: Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Manchester Children’s Book Festival is currently on. If you’ve not checked out any of the events yet you really should. Here, you can find out what my family and I have been up to and how you can still get involved.

What is Manchester Children’s Book Festival?

Now in its sixth year, MCBF aims to get children excited about reading and writing. Organised by the team at Manchester Metropolitan University, the festival is supported by museums, galleries, theatres and other festivals across the region.

Everything you need to know about Manchester Children's Book Festival

What have we been up to?

Last week, I took my three-year-old son to see the stage adaptation of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon, which was part of the MCBF’s events programme.

The stage adaptation of David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon. Read the review at

Then on Saturday 24th June, my husband took him to the MCBF’s free fun day, which was held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s All Saints Campus. They spent most of the day there and it sounds like it was a brilliant event.

An inflatable Manchester Museum at the Manchester Children's Book Festival. The fun day was a brilliant family day out.

There was a fun-filled schedule, including workshops, readings, performances, music, arts and crafts, famous characters, bouncy castles, face painting and loads more. All of it was completely free! Last year, 3500 visitors attended the event and it sounds like this year’s fun day was just as popular.

Face painting at Manchester Children's Book Festival - a brilliant family day out in Manchester

Face painting was just one of the free activities for children at the Manchester Children's Book Festival. A really fun family day out in Manchester!

One of my son’s highlights was a multi-sensory storytelling experience of Jeanne Willis’ Slug Needs a Hug. He also really enjoyed taking part in the interactive We’re Going on a Bear Hunt adventure.

Find out more about the interactive storytelling sessions at the Manchester Children's Book Festival on

You can still get involved

There are still a number of events coming up for Manchester Children’s Book Festival in July, including the Bigger Book Bash on 1st July at Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Ordsall Hall Family Book Day on 2nd July, and The Little People’s History Museum – Mr Ordinary’s Prize on 15th July.

An awesome Manchester bee! Lots of fun activities at the Manchester Children's Book Festival

So if you’re based in Greater Manchester, check out the MCBF website for more details. I’d also recommend making a note in your diary to look out for the free family fun day next year – it really was a brilliant event with so many different activites going on!

Want more ideas for family days out in Manchester? Follow Play & Adventure on Pinterest!

Manchester Children's Book Festival has a series of fun events for famililes in Manchester and the North West. Find out more information to plan your family day out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *