Join a wild journey with pirates, prophecies and humongous hedgehogs as Ryedale Book Festival visits The Yorkshire Arboretum this summer. Head into the Howardian Hills on Sunday 20th August for a day of literary delights with a tree theme, when all the events will be included in the admission price. It sounds like a brilliant day out, and here’s what families can look forward to:
- Performance storyteller and author Cat Weatherill running exciting workshops for children – Imagine an ancient race of wooden people, born from wooden eggs, super-strong and carrying a magical healing sap in their veins … Welcome to the world of Ashenpeakers! Meet Barkbelly, on the run and trying to find his place in a bewildering world. Meet Snowbone, leading the fight against the slavery of her people.Pirates, prophecies, exploding volcanoes, factory fires, cannibals, circus dreams, flying machines and enormous hedgehogs – they’re all there, in two wildly imaginative best-selling books by Cat Weatherill.
- Tree-themed poetry readings from Ryedale poet Daniela Nunnari – and the chance to write your own poem inspired by the stunning surroundings of the Arboretum.
- Honey for Tea with Karin Celestine – Karin Celestine lives in a small house in Monmouth, Wales. In her garden there is a shed and in that shed is another world. The world of Celestine and the Hare. It is a world where weasels are ruled by King Norty, pandas ride space hoppers and bears read stories to each other. It is a place that makes people smile and where kindness is the order of the day. Karin will be reading Honey for Tea followed by a simple craft activity.
If you’ve never visited The Yorkshire Arboretum before, this is the perfect excuse. It’s a beautiful place where kids can explore to their heart’s content and let their imaginations run wild. We visited on a school trip recently and the children loved it. There’s a good little cafe too, so frazzled parents (or teachers) are never too far from their next caffeine fix.