Escape the winter chill as Dreamland Margate hosts its first ever Children’s Book Festival this February half term, featuring a special appearance from The Gruffalo.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved character will be making appearances at Dreamland throughout the day, and there will also be screenings of the numerous animated film adaptations by Magic Light Pictures, including Room On The Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat, The Gruffalo and Zog.

Primary school-aged children will be able to browse a selection of the best new children’s literature, and take part in creative workshops with leading illustrators. Illustrator and author Emily Rand will host a workshop based on her new book The Lost Property Office, where youngsters can learn how to make their own concertina Lost Book.

There will be stories for little kids from author Julia Jarman, who penned Big Red Bath and Class Two At The Zoo, and visitors can also learn how Julia was inspired to write exciting stories for children aged 7-12.

Dreamland’s indoor spaces including The Roller Room and diner, arcade, and Octopus’s Garden soft play centre will also be open for families to enjoy.

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