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We are currently planning a hybrid Festival with a mix of live, live streamed, recorded and virtual events from 27 May – 5 June 2021. If the government’s Roadmap goes to plan and the four conditions are met, our venues will start to reopen from 17 May and we plan to host live Festival events.

All tickets now on sale!

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Family Days in the Parks

Saturday 29 May | to 3 June in five city parks

FREE for most activities, some ticketed Venue: Five city parks

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We will be holding a series of fun Family Days in Parks across the city from 11am to 3pm each day:

Saturday 29 May, Darley Park
Monday 31 May, Derby Arboretum
Tuesday 1 June, Markeaton Park
Wednesday 2 June, Sinfin Moor Park
Thursday 3 June, Alvaston Park

FREE activities and ticketed events throughout the day include:

  • Animal Book Trail – can you spot the picture book characters in the trees? There are 13 animals from popular books hidden in the trees around each park! You can buy a Trail sheet and pencil for £1 to help you find them. Fill in your trail sheet and hand it in at the Book Festival stand to be entered into a Prize Draw for your chance to win a signed copy of Wild Things by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield
  • Wild and Wonderful Art – have a go at creating your own art using sticks, leaves, seeds and petals that you find in your garden or park (but don't pick the flowers!). Take a photo of what you create and send it to [email protected] and you could win a signed copy of Wild Things by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield
  • FREE Collage activity (Derby Arboretum only) - Join Spiral Arts to produce a collage in the Orangery inspired by the wonderful book, Lost Words.

There'll also be a Book Stall with a selection of fairy tales and wildlife books.

Plus these ticketed events which will go on sale on Saturday 1 May:

  • Fairy Tale Puppet Theatre: for ages 4 – 7 and their parents. Check for times at each park. Book tickets in advance.
  • Children’s Poetry Writing Workshop for ages 6 - 10 and their parents. (2pm - Markeaton Park and Alvaston Park only). Book tickets in advance.
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