A Wonderful Day Had By All!

A truly amazing day packed with authors and illustrators and fun activities for the whole family!

Hoo Kids Book Fest held its 2nd festival on a sunny Sunday in April. With over 2300 visitors the organisers declared the day a resounding success.

Hugless Douglas was hugged and loved, the ‘beardy man’ aka Philip Ardagh spun tales of hand me down clothes and The Grunts. Cressida Cowell and Lauren Child drew an enormous crowd in the conservatory and dazzled everyone with tales of friendship and dragons. Beasts and fairies and all things Dahl were in abundance in the magical Walled Garden.

Our ambassador James Mayhew entertained his audience with a puppet show and about his new book Bubble and Squeak in the Pavilion of Possibilities alongside Clara Vulliamy his co-author. Strawberry bon bons palyed an integral part in the story!

Chris Lloyd explored all manner of things natural and historical with his ‘What on Earth’ show in the garden. Creative writing and illustrator’s workshops and the chance to grow a word could be found around every corner.

How many children’s books did you spot hidden in the garden and did you have a poem read to you by our resident wandering poet?

It was a truly memorable day for everyone who came.

Already looking forward to next year? Keep an eye on the website the date will be announced very soon.

Read some of these blogs to find out more…

Buns and Bunting

Percy's Bookshelf

Guy Parker Ress

Mums Guide to Harpenden

James Mayhew

Nosy Crow


Discovering the World

The theme for our festival this year is “Discovering the World”, in honour of the 300th anniversary of the birth of the 3rd Earl of Bute who was the founder of the Luton Hoo Walled Garden, first “director” of the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew and Prime Minister from 1762 – 1763.

Lord Bute, who built the Walled Garden at Luton Hoo 250 years ago, was a fascinating man with a passion for learning. Whether it was plants or fossils, stones or stars, he amassed a vast collection of books on every subject to enrich his life. We hope that by bringing the world of books alive for children we will inspire them to follow Lord Bute’s example and discover for themselves the joy and magic contained amongst the pages of a book.