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We are proud to present Storybox 2016 – the interactive children’s and YA book festival taking place over three weeks across all our shops in London, Bristol and Birmingham.

Storybox will inspire children to create their own stories, whether they record their own radio show, make some new animal friends, meet their favourite author or learn to draw with a renowned illustrator.

Please see below for the full events programme or visit our London, Bristol and Birmingham Storybox pages.

Download a digital version of the programme here

Listen to the Storybox Podcast on our Soundcloud

Click here to see ALL forthcoming events at all Foyles stores

 

Saturday 23rd July

11am - 1pm  Phizz-Whizzing Treasure Hunt, Royal Festival Hall

11am - 1pm Phizz-Whizzing Treasure Hunt, Westfield Stratford

11am - 1pm Phizz-Whizzing Treasure Hunt, Grand Central Birmingham  

11am - 1pm Phizz-Whizzing Treasure Hunt, Cabot Circus, Bristol

12 noon -1pm   Matilda The Musical Reading, Charing Cross Road

 

Sunday 24th July

11am - 12 noon David Barrow Hide & Seek, Royal Festival Hall

11am - 12 noon The Rare Monkey with the Colourful Bottom, Westfield Stratford

2pm - 3pm - Discover the World Around You: The Wonder Garden, Charing Cross Road

2pm - 3pm  Riddles, Rhymes and Story Time with Sean Taylor Cabot Circus, Bristol

3pm - 4pm  Birmingham City Trails with Moira Butterfield, Grand Central Birmingham    

 

Monday 25th July

12 noon - 1pm  Maisy 25th Birthday Afternoon Tea, Cabot Circus, Bristol

1pm - 2pm Meet the Gruffalo, Royal Festival Hall

2pm - 3pm Beatrix Potter Birthday Cake and Card Design, Grand Central Birmingham

 

Tuesday 26th July

11am - 12 noon The World of the Crooked Sixpence, Charing Cross Road

1pm - 2pm Where's Wally Picnic, Games and Colouring Wall, Grand Central Birmingham   

2pm - 3pm Print Making for Kids with Zeena Shah, Charing Cross Road

2pm - 3pm Jonny Lambert Illustration Workshop, Westfield Stratford City     

6pm - 8pm Jenny McLachlan and Sarah Crossan in Conversation with Anna James, Charing Cross Road

 

Wednesday 27th July

2pm - 3pm Violet Rose Design Your Own Party, Cabot Circus, Bristol

3pm - 4pm Secret Princesses Party, Charing Cross Road

 

Thursday 28th July

2pm - 3pm Beatrix Potter Birthday Cake and Card Design, Cabot Circus, Bristol

3pm - 5pm Creative Writing Workshop: The Dystopian World with Emma Pass, Grand Central Birmingham

 

Friday 29th July

11am - 12 noon Explore The Wonderful World of Bugs with Yuval Zommer, Westfield Stratford

2pm - 3pm The Magical World of Beatrix Potter, Charing Cross Road

2pm - 3pm Roald Dahl Invention Room: Design Your Own Sweets, Cabot Circus, Bristol   

2pm - 3pm Roald Dahl Invention Room: Design Your Own Sweets, Royal Festival Hall
 

Saturday 30th July

11am - 12 noon Parent & Child Biscuit Decorating Workshops with Adelle Smith, Charing Cross Road

11am - 12 noon Monty the Maestro and his Marvellous Magical Orchestra, Cabot Circus, Bristol

11an - 2pm Find the Spots!, Royal Festival Hall

2pm - 3pm Roald Dahl Invention Room: Design Your Own Sweets, Grand Central Birmingham

2pm - 3pm Roald Dahl Invention Room: Design Your Own Sweets, Westfield Stratford

9pm - 12 midnight Harry Potter Extravaganza: The Search for Harry Potter’s Biggest Fan, Charing Cross Road

 

Sunday 31st July

Harry Potter Celebrations -

All day:

Birmingham, Bristol, Stratford, Royal Festival Hall, Waterloo

 

Monday 1st  August

11am - 2pm Find the Spots!, Grand Central Birmingham

1pm - 2pm Where's Wally Picnic, Games and Colouring Wall, Westfield Stratford

 

Tuesday 2nd August

2pm - 3pm Where's Wally Party, Charing Cross Road

2pm - 3pm Violet Rose Design Your Own Party, Grand Central Birmingham

 

Wednesday 3rd August

12 noon - 1pm Meet the White Rabbit, Grand Central Birmingham

2pm - 4pm Animal Show & Tell, Grand Central Birmingham

 

Thursday 4th August

1pm - 2pm Humphrey the Hamster Picnic, Grand Central Birmingham

3pm - 4pm Are You Sitting Comfortably?, Charing Cross Road

3pm - 4pm The Bear Who Stared: Create Your Own Bear Mask, Cabot Circus, Bristol

3pm - 4pm How to Draw Like a Monster with Daisy Hirst, Westfield Stratford

6.30 - 8pm Discuss Witches and YA with Irena Brignull, Grand Central Birmingham

 

Friday 5th August

11am - 1pm Script & Broadcast Your Own Live Radio Drama, Charing Cross Road

1pm - 2pm Hugless Douglas Appearance with Free Lemonade, Waterloo

1pm - 2pm Humphrey the Hamster Picnic, Cabot Circus, Bristol

2pm - 4pm Script & Broadcast Your Own Live Radio Drama, Charing Cross Road

3pm - 4pm Roald Dahl’s Scribbler’s Corner, Westfield Stratford

 

Saturday 6th August

2pm - 3pm Monty the Maestro and his Marvellous Magical Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall

3pm - 4pm Letts Wild About Animals Experience, Charing Cross Road

3pm - 4pm Viviane Schwarz Illustration Workshop, Grand Central Birmingham     

3pm - 4pm Roald Dahl’s Scribbler’s Corner, Cabot Circus, Bristol

 

Sunday 7th August

11am - 12 noon Circus Crafts with Kate Hindley, Grand Central Birmingham  

12noon - 1pm Meet the Gruffalo, Westfield Stratford

2pm - 3pm Build Your Own Lego Adventures, Charing Cross Road

3pm - 4pm Steve Smallman Illustration Class, Grand Central Birmingham

 

Monday 8th August

11am - 12 noon How to Draw Professor Astro Cat, Westfield Stratford

2pm - 3pm Awesome Comics with Neill Cameron from The Phoenix Comic, Grand Central Birmingham     

 

Tuesday 9th August

1pm - 2pm Where's Wally Picnic, Games and Colouring Wall, Cabot Circus, Bristol

2pm - 3pm Explore The Wonderful World of Bugs with Yuval Zommer, Grand Central Birmingham     

 

Wednesday 10th August

2pm - 3pm My Brother is a Superhero, Charing Cross Road

2pm - 3pm Create a Story with Captain Pug Author Laura James, Cabot Circus, Bristol

3pm - 4pm Roald Dahl’s Scribbler’s Corner, Grand Central Birmingham  

 

Thursday 11th August

3pm - 4pm This Book is Funny with Alex Milway, Robin Etherington, Gareth P Jones and Mark Lowery, Charing Cross Road

6.30pm - 8pm YA Reception with Martyn Bedford, Nat Luurtsemaand Siobhan Curham, Grand Central Birmingham  

 

Friday 12th August

11am - 1pm Faber 'Digital Storytelling Space', Charing Cross Road

1pm - 2pm Humphrey the Hamster Picnic, Royal Festival Hall 

2pm - 3pm Our Blue Planet with Ella Bailey, Grand Central Birmingham     

3pm - 4pm Witch Wars with Sibéal Pounder, Westfield Stratford

 

Saturday 13th August

3pm - 4pm It’s A Dog’s Life: Stories and Drawing with Rob Biddulph, Grand Central Birmingham   

4pm - 5pm Comedy Rap Battle with Ben Smith and Sav Akyuz, Charing Cross Road

5pm - 6pm Chris Russell: Songs About A Girl, Grand Central Birmingham    

 

Sunday 14th August

1pm - 2pm Where's Wally Picnic, Games and Colouring Wall, Royal Festival Hall

3pm - 4pm Get Creative with Doodle Girl, Grand Central Birmingham    

3pm - 4pm It’s A Dog’s Life: Stories and Drawing with Rob Biddulph, Charing Cross Road   

3pm - 4pm Lonely Planet Kids: Bristol City Trails with Moira Butterfield, Cabot Circus, Bristol

 

Throughout the Festival

BFG Height Chart Charing Cross Road, Stratford, Royal Festival Hall, Waterloo, Brimingham, Bristol

Are you as giant as the BFG, as tall as The Twits or as small as Sophie? Find out with our exclusive BFG height chart! Make your mark by tweeting a photograph of yourself against the chart using #Storybox2016.

The height chart will be installed in all children’s sections throughout Storybox, so don’t miss out! 

 

Roald Dahl Colouring and Activity Station Stratford, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham, Bristol

Visit our Roald Dahl-inspired colouring corner in our Birmingham, Bristol, Stratford and Southbank stores.

To celebrate Roald Dahl 100, throughout the festival we will have Roald Dahl activities, colouring sheets, bookmarks and stickers available at our Roald Dahl Station, so do come along and join in the fun!

Continue to celebrate #RoaldDahl100 and download your FREE party pack at www.roalddahl.com/party

 

 

Competitions

A Is For Activist Competition Royal Festival Hall

Come along to our illustration corner at our Southbank store and show us how you would make the world a better place to WIN a copy of the A Is For Activist Boardbook. This competition will run throughout the festival from Saturday 23rd July - Sunday 14th August.

Simply leave your entry at the till point including your name and contact details on the back to be entered into this competition. The winner(s) will be informed no later than 31st August 2016.

 

The View From the Shard Summer Garden Competition Charing Cross Road, Stratford, Royal Festival Hall, Waterloo, Birmingham, Bristol

Enter our competition to win a family ticket to The View from The Shard when you register for any Storybox event.*

Find out more on our competitions page.

 

 

FAQs

What is in the Goody Bag?

Our exclusive Storybox Goody Bag includes a drawstring bag, a water bottle, colouring pencils, colouring sheets, balloons and stickers, with a total RRP of £12.

The goody bag is £5 when purchased with a ticket and available for £6 at any of the events.

Pre-purchased goody bags will be available to collect at the events.

Do I need to book an adult ticket?

Unless an adult ticket option is specified, there is no need to book adults tickets, you only need to book a place for your child/children, adults can just come along. 

Children must be under 16. 

The only exception to this is the Harry Potter Extravaganza on 30/7/16 which is primarily aimed at teens and adults and so tickets are per person and not age specific. For example, if you and your child are coming along you would need to buy two tickets.

Can I leave my child at the event?

We cannot offer extensive childcare and so parents are advised to stay in the immediate vicinity during any event.

 

 

Download a digital version of the programme here

 

 
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