Free Programme 2021

100% FREE FUN

We’re proud to provide a platform at Barnes for new, independent and aspiring authors. Every year we receive a gigantic number of applications for our Free Programme so here they are, hand-picked by us, the legends that make up our 2021 line up. These events are free but you’ll need to pick up your ticket from our HQ on Barnes Pond

SATURDAY 26 JUNE 2021

9.00 – 9.30am 
MONKEY MUSIC
Free but ticketed
For ages 1 – 4 years
Barnes Village Nursery SW13 0LP

Come and join in the musical fun with songs, rhymes and games for babies and young children. Website

monkey music logo

9.30 – 10.00am 
PHONICS WITH ROBOT REG 
Free but ticketed
For ages 1 – 5 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Give your little one a head start with their reading and join Lara for this fun-filled phonics class featuring songs, games and activities. Website

PHONICS WITH ROBOT REG logo

10.00 – 10.45am 
THOMAS TRILBY
For all ages 
London Wetlands Centre SW13 9WT

Run away to the circus at Barnes Wetlands! Join Thomas Trilby for super funny, fast moving magic and spectacular circus skills at our new site at the London Wetland’s Centre. Website

thomas trilby juggling photo

10.30 – 11.15am
J M JOSEPH 
Free but ticketed
For ages 8+ years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Join J.M.Joseph, the author of Fire Boy, for a fun-filled peek at the origin stories of your favourite comic book heroes.  

J M Jospeh photo

11.15am – 12.00pm 
AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB
For ages 1 – 5 years
Barnes Village Nursery SW13 0LP

Join kids’ fitness expert Amanda from Amanda’s Action Club for high energy interactive music, movement and fun! Website

Amanda action club with children

12.00 – 12.45pm 
JOSIE DOM 
Free but ticketed
For ages 3 – 7 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Meet Lum, the loveable fluffball who just needs a little help to make friends. Will you help him? Join Josie Dom for this fun story time session with craft activities. Website

Josie Dom photo

12.30 – 1.15pm 
THOMAS TRILBY
For all ages 
London Wetlands Centre SW13 9WT

Run away to the circus at Barnes Wetlands! Join Thomas Trilby for super funny, fast moving magic and spectacular circus skills at our new site at the London Wetland’s Centre. Website

thomas trilby juggling photo

1.15 – 2.00pm 
AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB
For ages 1 – 5 years
Barnes Village Nursery SW13 0LP

Join kids’ fitness expert Amanda from Amanda’s Action Club for high energy interactive music, movement and fun! Website

Amanda action club with children

1.30 – 2.15pm
CLARE LUTHER 
Free but ticketed
For ages 3 – 8 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Come and join Clare Luther. Meet all the different dogs from The Little Paws Hotel series and explore big emotions in a fun, engaging and interactive way. Website

Clare Luther photo

2.30 – 3.15pm 
THOMAS TRILBY
For all ages 
London Wetlands Centre SW13 9WT

Run away to the circus at Barnes Wetlands! Join Thomas Trilby for super funny, fast moving magic and spectacular circus skills at our new site at the London Wetland’s Centre. Website

thomas trilby juggling photo

3.00 – 3.45pm
ROB WILLSHER 
Free but ticketed
For ages 5 – 8 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Rory and Harlow are two dogs who are best friends with Tommy, the magical time-travelling taxi. Join them, and author Rob Willsher to travel back in time for fun adventures in British history. Website

SUNDAY 27 JUNE 2021

9.30 – 10.00am 
PHONICS WITH ROBOT REG 
Free but ticketed
For ages 1 – 5 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Give your little one a head start with their reading and join Lara for this fun-filled phonics class featuring songs, games and activities. Website

PHONICS WITH ROBOT REG logo

10.30 – 11.15am
NIKKI YOUNG 
Free but ticketed
For ages 8-12 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Let’s plot a mystery story! A crime has been committed at Dragonstone Castle and your detective must solve the crime. Join Nikki Young for this fun creative writing session where you decide what happens next! Website

Nikki young photo

10.30 – 11.15am
STEVE KAOS
For all ages
London Wetlands Centre SW13 9WT 

Run away to the circus at Barnes Wetlands! Join Steve Kaos for super funny, fast moving magic and spectacular circus skills at our new site at the London Wetland’s Centre. Website

steve kaos photo

11.15am – 12.00pm 
AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB
For ages 1 – 5 years
Barnes Village Nursery SW13 0LP

Join kids’ fitness expert Amanda from Amanda’s Action Club for high energy interactive music, movement and fun! Website

Amanda action club with children

11.30am – 12.00pm 
RACHEL & PAUL LAWSTON 
Free but ticketed
For ages 4+
Festival HQ on Barnes Pond

Look closer around you for amazing minibeasts that we share our urban home with and find out more about these creatures. Join author Rachel Lawston and environmental educator Paul Lawston and discover the different kinds of minibeasts that live in our city and how to gently hold a creature without hurting it. Website

rachel and paul lawson photos

12.00 – 12.45pm
KIRSTIN MCNEIL 
Free but ticketed
For ages 3 – 7 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

A brother who might be a vampire? Sing along with the musical and rhyming talents of author Kirstin and learn how to draw a vampire baby with illustrator Steven in this interactive and joyful show. Website

Kirstin McNeil photo

12.30 – 1.15pm
STEVE KAOS
For all ages
London Wetlands Centre SW13 9WT 

Run away to the circus at Barnes Wetlands! Join Steve Kaos for super funny, fast moving magic and spectacular circus skills at our new site at the London Wetland’s Centre. Website

steve kaos photo

12.30 – 1.30pm
CHARLIE BROOKS & BEANSTALK
For all ages
London Wetlands Centre SW13 9WT 

Come and meet the author of The Super Secret Diary of Holly Hopkinson, Charlie Brooks and his gorgeous star, Beanstalk the pony. Promotional goodies up for grabs too!

charlie brooks with a pony

1.00 – 1.30pm 
RACHEL & PAUL LAWSTON 
Free but ticketed
For ages 4+
Festival HQ on Barnes Pond

Look closer around you for amazing minibeasts that we share our urban home with and find out more about these creatures. Join author Rachel Lawston and environmental educator Paul Lawston and discover the different kinds of minibeasts that live in our city and how to gently hold a creature without hurting it. Website

rachel and paul lawson photos

1.15 – 2.00pm 
AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB
For ages 1 – 5 years
Barnes Village Nursery SW13 0LP

Join kids’ fitness expert Amanda from Amanda’s Action Club for high energy interactive music, movement and fun! Website

Amanda action club with children

1.30 – 2.15pm 
PHILIPPA RAE 
Free but ticketed
For ages 6 – 9 years
Rose House SW13 9LD

Imagine if your shoe could speak – what do you think it would say? Explore a day in the life of a shoe in this writing and drawing workshop with Philippa Rae.

PHILIPPA RAE photo

2.30 – 3.00pm 
RACHEL & PAUL LAWSTON 
Free but ticketed
For ages 4+
Festival HQ on Barnes Pond

Look closer around you for amazing minibeasts that we share our urban home with and find out more about these creatures. Join author Rachel Lawston and environmental educator Paul Lawston and discover the different kinds of minibeasts that live in our city and how to gently hold a creature without hurting it. Website

rachel and paul lawson photos

2.30 – 3.15pm
STEVE KAOS
For all ages
London Wetlands Centre SW13 9WT 

Run away to the circus at Barnes Wetlands! Join Steve Kaos for super funny, fast moving magic and spectacular circus skills at our new site at the London Wetland’s Centre. Website

steve kaos photo

3.00 – 3.45pm
GAVIN MILNTHORPE 
Free but ticketed
For ages 5+
Rose House SW13 9LD

Calling all little detectives! A naughty person has bonked your headmaster over the head with a a heavy object and P.C. World needs your help to find out who did it. Can you help author Gavin Milnthorpe – and his assistants! – solve this terrible crime?

3.00 – 5.00pm
SHARKY & GEORGE
For ages 5 – 10 years 
Barnes Village Nursery SW13 0LP

Join our friends, the party pros Sharky & George for fun and games galore. Website

sharky & george logo

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