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National Trust hosts its 1st Children’s Book Festival Weekend – Wray Castle, Ambleside

Over the weekend of 5th-6th, March 2016 the exciting family and dog friendly Wray Castle, Ambleside, is home to the National Trust’s first ever Children’s Book Festival – just one of many special events being held across the Lakes throughout 2016 celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birthday.

Kids and parents alike will also love a special ‘Book Boat’ being put on by Windermere Lake Cruises to ferry festival goers from Bowness Pier to the main event at Wray Castle.

The event gathers together an impressive collection of today’s famous children’s authors and illustrators, including Axel Scheffler, Philip Ardagh, Benji Davies, Sophy Henn, Steve Antony, Jo Empson, Christopher Lloyd, Malcolm Judge, Phoenix Comics, Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton.

16 year old Beatrix Potter on holiday

In the Summer of 1882 at 16 years old Beatrix Potter stayed at Wray Castle and her love of Ambleside and the Lake District began!

Come and get swept up in the inspirational magic that is a Lake District holiday.

This weekend’s festival is sure to get creative minds flowing and the stand-out scenery, nature and wildlife in and around Wray Castle will stay in kids memories for years to come.

A holiday in the Lake District has always been and always will be so much more than a getaway.  You can not help but be inspired and driven to create. To see things differently.

Squirrel Nutkin raft-building with National Trust rangers; lounging in the Phoenix Comics chill-out room; craft-making, storytelling; literary quiz around the castle; face-painting. Let imaginations run wild and legs run free. Who will be the next Axel Scheffler? Come and see…

Entry to the Children’s Book Festival costs £5 per ticket for non-National Trust members (£3 for NT members) with Free Admittance for Under 3s. Tickets for author events cost £5 each. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult to author events.

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