Solihull BookFest is a festival for children who love stories!

It's a chance to meet your favourite authors, discover new stories - and create your own. Let your imagination go at hands-on workshops, see poetry performed live, and artists bringing characters to life. Get your books signed and have fun together at our interactive shows.

This is what families said after Solihull BookFest 2020:

"We had a wonderful time - my eldest boy hasn't stopped drawing since, he was so inspired by it!"

"So well organised and the atmosphere was lovely - this is exactly the sort of event needed by children in Solihull. I hope it becomes an annual event at the very least!"

"Superb and so interesting."

So what are you waiting for? Join us at The Core, Solihull, on Saturday 26th March 2022.

Bournville BookFest

Solihull BookFest is a sister festival to Bournville BookFest - a small charity based at Bournville Hub, which we also run for the community.

We keep our prices low and use libraries across the city, so events are easy to get to. We have a fantastic Outreach Programme for Schools which is now online and completely free so thousands of children whose families wouldn't normally buy tickets for literature festivals can take part. And we're 100% committed to running BookFest on not-for-profit lines, and to paying all authors, artists and performers properly.

We couldn't do all this without the generosity of our Venue Partners.

Coming to BookFest Events

Look out for our pop-up BookFest BookShops - and remember every book bought helps pay to bring authors to the West Midlands.

And you can swap old books for new at BookFest BookSwap stalls, which are run by the National Federation of Children's Book Groups.

All children need to be accompanied - exactly as if you were going to the cinema. And that means in most cases adults need to buy tickets, so there's enough seats and materials for everyone. We hope this means you're going to have fun trying something new together!

There are some exceptions to the Adult Ticket rule, such as for workshops where adults won't be taking part, and those events are clearly labelled "£ Per Child". Grown ups will still need to remain in the building, as BookFest staff are not able to be responsible for lone children. If you are bringing along older children, then babes-in-arms are free. If little children are coming to one of our pre-schoolers events, then we hope you understand they will need a ticket.

Toddlers won't be admitted to events for older children, as they're unlikely to enjoy them and risk disrupting performances for everyone else. Adults without children are asked not to buy tickets to our family events, for safeguarding reasons.

Finally, tickets are non-refundable, even if your circumstances change and you can't make it on Saturday 26th March. Obviously if an event is cancelled by us, then refunds will automatically be triggered.

We hope you have a wonderful time at BookFest - you're guaranteed a warm welcome!

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