3 July 2019

The Edinburgh International Book Festival for Families - What To Expect!

Everyone knows that Edinburgh is famous for it's festivals but what about the Edinburgh Book Festival!? It's not just for old stuffy librarians. Oh no, it's much more than random books littered around a tent. In fact it's a fabulous day out for the whole family no matter what age, and I'm here to tell you what it's all about.

The Edinburgh Book Festival runs from Saturday 10th August until Monday 26th August. All events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival take place in venues situated in the tented Book Festival village in Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street, just off the west end of Princes Street. I think this is quite handy especially when you have young children, it's great that everything is in one place. It's also easy to get to from the train station or bus depot.

Did you know there are lots of children's events on at the book festival, so much so that there's even a dedicated families page for all the latest up to date info. A lot of the ticketed events are actually FREE as well! How amazing is that. They do book up fast so please make sure and plan ahead so there's no disappointed kids on the day. Most of the children's events last around 1 hour unless otherwise stated, great for short attention spans and also great to cram in more shows.

Searching for shows suitable to your child is easy as well. There's a calendar on the website, click on a day you want to attend the book festival and it'll list all the events available for that day. There's a handy 'refine your search' button at the top of the page which lets you be more specific. Each event has an advisable age when you click into it anyway so easy to spot if it's right for your child. The website has a great FAQ page which is definitely worth a look for all those extra questions you may have.

There's always lots to see and do at the Edinburgh Book Festival especially for children. There's free workshops, characters dressed up milling around and of course some really famous people who have written some great children's books. Some of those include; Julia Donaldson, Harry Hill and Francesca Simon - all have shows taking place over the book festival event.

You won't go peckish at the book festival either as there's plenty of stalls and places to grab some grub and a drink or two. One thing I love about the book festival is that they are happy for you to bring your own food and enjoy the whole atmosphere without even buying a ticket to see a show! They're so kind and just want everyone to come along and enjoy books. There's plenty to nose around at, you'll have fun no matter what you do.

So remember, any shows you want to see I'd suggest booking now and just come along and have some fun with books. It'll be a great day out for the whole family.

This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own. Photo credit - Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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