100% Free Fun 2024

Barnes Children's Literature Festival 100% Free Programme montage of events and Little Gym logo

We’ve got tonnes of FREE family fun around Barnes Pond all weekend.

For those events where numbers are limited (*), be sure to pick up your FREE tickets from our BCLF HQ (Pink Caravan). First come, first served.

For those events where numbers are limited, be sure to pick up your FREE tickets from our BCLF HQ (caravan pic). First come, first served.

ALL DAY – SATURDAY & SUNDAY

TASKMASTER TRAIL

FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Have you got what it takes to be Barnes Taskmaster Champion? Find 5 Taskmaster challenges around Barnes Green and share your results with Little Alex Horne! #TaskmasterBarnes2024

See instructions at each task.
www.taskmastereducation.com

SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2024

9.30am 
MINDFULNESS FOR LEARNING – MINI MINDFULNESS
FREE BUT TICKETED*

FOR AGES 5+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Mindfulness is a practice that enables us to be present in the moment. By practising Mindfulness regularly we can explore our own minds, emotions and responses in day to day life and reduce our reactivity. This half hour session will allow children to explore being present through breathing and movement using our puppet friend Mindful Mo©. They will learn how to use mindfulness to help manage their big emotions and begin to understand and engage with how they are feeling. www.mindfulnessforlearning.com

Mindfulness for Learning logo and photo of child looking at their hand

10.00am 
RICHMOND BRASS BAND
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

The Richmond Brass Band will have the whole family singing and dancing along to tunes from all your favourite musicals. www.richmondbrassband.com

Richmond brass band photo and logo

10.30am 
AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB
FOR AGES 1 – 5 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join kids’ fitness expert Amanda from Amanda’s Action Club for high-energy interactive music, movement and fun! For more information about Amanda’s Action Club go to: www.amandasactionclub.co.uk

10.30am
READING FAIRY
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 1 – 4 YEARS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Join Kayleigh for this fun-filled session for little ones which combines phonics and first words, sensory and performance storytelling, songs, games, picture book time and more! www.readingfairy.com/isleworth

10.30am
SPARKS – FILM WORKSHOP 
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR 7 – 13 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Take part in our action-packed movie making workshop. Learn all about movie making from both sides of the camera as you shoot and star in your own film. For more information about Sparks go to: www.sparksarts.co.uk

Sparks logo and children taking part in film workshop

11.00am 
TALES FROM THE TRUNK
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 6+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join Perse and her dragon Englebert as they slip through time to discover the myths, legends and tales of wonder from around the world. Join your storyteller, Sam, in an explorers bell tent with a marvellous collection of Perse’s treasures from her adventures as he tells you tales from the trunk. www.talesfromthetrunk.co.uk

11.00am 
TICHO WELLNESS – MINDFUL MANDALA DRAWING WITH STORYBEYONDLINES
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 7+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join Saethryd, Mark and the team from Ticho Wellness Studio for fun and creative children’s meditation, mindfulness, storytelling, yoga and more. Delve into the world of geometric patterns and vibrant colours. Join us to create unique bookmarks to take home. Using simple techniques and encouraging creativity along the way, this workshop is perfect for beginners! www.tichowellness.com

Ticho logo, StoryBeyondLines logo and photo of mandala art

11.30am
CARMELIUS THE FICTIONAL SCIENTIST
FOR AGES 5+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

The Fictional Scientist’s Lab awaits you! Come and meet Carmelius the Fictional Scientist for live science demonstrations and mesmerising magic. Strike a pose at his unique Photo Booth and participate in thrilling raffles and the Creative Invention Contest at the craft corner for a chance to win fun prizes! www.thefictionalscientist.com

11.45am
READING FAIRY
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 1 – 4 YEARS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Join Kayleigh for this fun-filled session for little ones which combines phonics and first words, sensory and performance storytelling, songs, games, picture book time and more! www.readingfairy.com/isleworth

12.00 noon
SPARKS – FILM WORKSHOP 
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 7 – 13 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Take part in our action-packed movie making workshop. Learn all about movie making from both sides of the camera as you shoot and star in your own film. For more information about Sparks go to: www.sparksarts.co.uk

Sparks logo and children taking part in film workshop

1.00pm 
MINDFULNESS FOR LEARNING – RESPONDING TO BEHAVIOUR
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR PARENTS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Parenting is a fairly new phenomenon but being a parent is not. Modern expectations can lead to negative feelings about our responses to our children. This session explores using mindful and positive approaches to emotions and behaviour without judgement. Responding to children can be tricky when life is so busy. Learn how and why children communicate the way they do and discover ways to develop the ability to respond rather than react when your child is struggling to communicate effectively. www.mindfulnessforlearning.com

Mindfulness for Learning logo and photo of Sophie Smith-Tong

1.00pm 
TALES FROM THE TRUNK
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 6+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join Perse and her dragon Englebert as they slip through time to discover the myths, legends and tales of wonder from around the world. Join your storyteller, Sam, in an explorers bell tent with a marvellous collection of Perse’s treasures from her adventures as he tells you tales from the trunk. www.talesfromthetrunk.co.uk

1.30pm
STRINGENDO
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come along to hear the talented children’s ensemble Stringendo perform and find out more about their inspirational music classes. For more information about Stringendo go to: www.stringendo.co.uk

children’s ensemble Stringendo performing

1.30pm 
TICHO WELLNESS- MINDFUL STORYTELLING WITH LITTLE TWEAKS
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 2 – 6 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join Saethryd, Mark and the team from Ticho Wellness Studio for fun and creative children’s meditation, mindfulness, storytelling, yoga and more. Embark on an adventure of self-discovery with mindfulness, positive affirmations, sound foraging, body percussion, and more, as we explore the tale of Ezra the owl and her woodland pals. www.tichowellness.com

2.00pm
THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB
FOR AGES 3+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join The Little Foxes Club for fun ball skills and ‘beat the goalie’ activities. For more information about The Little foxes Club go to: thelittlefoxesclub.com

little foxes club logo with photo of kids playing ball games

2.00pm
ST MARGARET’S ELASTIC BAND
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join the St Margaret’s Elastic Band for fun-loving big band music the whole family can enjoy together. For more information about St Margaret’s Elastic Band go to: www.elasticband.org

t Margaret’s Elastic Band performing and logo

2.30pm 
HARTBEEPS
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR NEWBORNS – SITTING BABIES
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Step into the enchanting world of Hartbeeps and embark on a magical, musical journey with colourful sensory props, puppets, creative play, dressing up and more set to a soundtrack of original music.
www.hartbeeps.com/west-south-west-london

 

3.00pm 
TALES FROM THE TRUNK
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 6+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join Perse and her dragon Englebert as they slip through time to discover the myths, legends and tales of wonder from around the world. Join your storyteller, Sam, in an explorers bell tent with a marvellous collection of Perse’s treasures from her adventures as he tells you tales from the trunk. www.talesfromthetrunk.co.uk

3.00pm
SPARKS – FILM WORKSHOP 
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 7 – 13 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Take part in our action-packed movie making workshop. Learn all about movie making from both sides of the camera as you shoot and star in your own film. For more information about Sparks go to: www.sparksarts.co.uk

Sparks logo and children taking part in film workshop

3.15pm 
HARTBEEPS
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR NEWBORNS – SITTING BABIES
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Step into the enchanting world of Hartbeeps and embark on a magical, musical journey with colourful sensory props, puppets, creative play, dressing up and more set to a soundtrack of original music.
www.hartbeeps.com/west-south-west-london

 

3.00pm 
MINDFULNESS FOR LEARNING – KIDS STORYTELLING YOGA
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 3 & UP (ADULTS WELCOME)
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

This half hour session is an introduction to the land of storytelling yoga for primary aged children (4-11). Sophie Smith-Tong, Founder of Mindfulness for learning was trained by Cosmic Kids Jaime Amor and uses a variety of well known stories in her yoga adventures. In this session your child can become immersed in a short story through movement that will calm, ground and focus. Please note: Adults are welcome to join us but yoga mats are provided for children only as they are limited. www.mindfulnessforlearning.com

Mindfulness for Learning logo and photo of children holding certificates

3.30pm 
TICHO WELLNESS – MINDFUL STORYTELLING
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 2 – 6 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join Saethryd, Mark and the team from Ticho Wellness Studio for fun and creative children’s meditation, mindfulness, storytelling, yoga and more. Embark on an adventure of self-discovery with mindfulness, positive affirmations, sound foraging, body percussion, and more, as we explore the tale of Ezra the owl and her woodland pals. www.tichowellness.com

4.00pm 
HARTBEEPS
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR TODDLERS & SIBLINGS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Step into the enchanting world of Hartbeeps and embark on a magical, musical journey with colourful sensory props, puppets, creative play, dressing up and more set to a soundtrack of original music.
www.hartbeeps.com/west-south-west-london

 

ALL DAY SATURDAY & SUNDAY
BARNES COMMON – NATURE ACTIVITIES
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join us in our nature inspired story reading and writing nook or leaf tracing and cutting craft activities. You will also be able to buy maps and worksheets for a nature trail around Barnes Common. For more information about Barnes Common Charity go to: www.barnescommon.org.uk

SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2024

9.30am 
TICHO WELLNESS – FAMILY YOGA WITH FRANKIE ARPINO
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 6 – 11 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join Saethryd, Mark and the team from Ticho Wellness Studio for wellness classes for all the family in yoga, breathwork, somatics, sound healing and much, much more. Start the day with some wonderful wellbeing and bonding. Children and parents are invited to explore the wonders of yoga poses together, before the class ends with a well-earned relaxation. www.tichowellness.com

 

Ticho logo and photo of children doing yoga

10.00am
BARNES CONCERT BAND
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join our friends from the Barnes Concert Band for all your favourite family tunes big-band style. www.barnesconcert.band

10.00am
MONKEY MUSIC
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 1- 4 YEARS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Come and join in the musical fun with songs, rhymes and games for babies and young children. www.monkeymusic.co.uk/area/putney-sw15-barnes-sw13-and-fulham-sw6

monkey music logo with photo of children participating in class

10.30am 
AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB
FOR AGES 1 – 5 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join kids’ fitness expert Amanda from Amanda’s Action Club for high-energy interactive music, movement and fun! For more information about Amanda’s Action Club go to: www.amandasactionclub.co.uk

 

10.30am
SPARKS – FILM WORKSHOP 
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 7 – 13 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Take part in our action-packed movie making workshop. Learn all about movie making from both sides of the camera as you shoot and star in your own film. For more information about Sparks go to: www.sparksarts.co.uk

Sparks logo and children taking part in film workshop

11.00am
MONKEY MUSIC
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 1- 4 YEARS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Come and join in the musical fun with songs, rhymes and games for babies and young children. www.monkeymusic.co.uk/area/putney-sw15-barnes-sw13-and-fulham-sw6

monkey music logo with photo of children participating in class

11.00am 
TALES FROM THE TRUNK
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 6+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join Perse and her dragon Englebert as they slip through time to discover the myths, legends and tales of wonder from around the world. Join your storyteller, Sam, in an explorers bell tent with a marvellous collection of Perse’s treasures from her adventures as he tells you tales from the trunk. www.talesfromthetrunk.co.uk

11.30am
CARMELIUS THE FICTIONAL SCIENTIST
FOR AGES 5+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

The Fictional Scientist’s Lab awaits you! Come and meet Carmelius the Fictional Scientist for live science demonstrations and mesmerising magic. Strike a pose at his unique Photo Booth and participate in thrilling raffles and the Creative Invention Contest at the craft corner for a chance to win fun prizes! www.thefictionalscientist.com

12 noon
SPARKS – FILM WORKSHOP 
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 7 – 13 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Take part in our action-packed movie making workshop. Learn all about movie making from both sides of the camera as you shoot and star in your own film. For more information about Sparks go to: www.sparksarts.co.uk

 

Sparks logo and children taking part in film workshop

12 noon
TICHO WELLNESS – MINDFUL DANCE/SILENT DISCO WITH THE DANCE CONNECTION
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 5 – 11 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join Saethryd, Mark and the team from Ticho Wellness Studio for wellness classes for all the family in yoga, breathwork, somatics, sound healing and much, much more. Express yourself on a journey through dance. With over the ear headsets, create your own head space and find the most beautiful and uplifting experience of expression. www.tichowellness.com

 

12.30pm
PENNY POPPINS

FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 1 – 4 YEARS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Come and join in this musical playtime with songs, rhymes and instruments for babies and young children. www.pennypoppinsmusic.co.uk

 

1.00pm 
TALES FROM THE TRUNK
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 6+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join Perse and her dragon Englebert as they slip through time to discover the myths, legends and tales of wonder from around the world. Join your storyteller, Sam, in an explorers bell tent with a marvellous collection of Perse’s treasures from her adventures as he tells you tales from the trunk. www.talesfromthetrunk.co.uk

1.30pm 
HAMMERSMITH MORRIS
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

No Festival weekend would be complete without a performance by the world famous Hammersmith Morris Men who will fill the Green with the colours, music, and the sounds of their sticks and bells of their traditional Cotswold Morris dances. www.hammersmithmorris.org.uk/

2.00pm
TICHO WELLNESS – FAMILY YOGA WITH CLAIRE WELTON

FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 6 – 11 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join Saethryd, Mark and the team from Ticho Wellness Studio for wellness classes for all the family in yoga, breathwork, somatics, sound healing and much, much more. Fun, flexibility and relaxation for young ones. Try out a sequence of postures designed to help maintain/gain flexibility, improve strength, coordination, balance and breath awareness. Ending in a blissful relaxation. www.tichowellness.com

Ticho logo and photo of children doing yoga

1.45pm
PENNY POPPINS

FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 1 – 4 YEARS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Come and join in this musical playtime with songs, rhymes and instruments for babies and young children. www.pennypoppinsmusic.co.uk

 

2.00pm 
LONDON FIRE BRIGADE
FOR ALL AGES
The Crescent, Barnes SW13 0NN

Come and meet the firefighters that serve our community and take a close look at their fire engine! Stickers and activity books up for grabs too! www.london-fire.gov.uk

3.00pm
PENNY POPPINS

FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 1 – 4 YEARS
Rose House, Barnes High Street, SW13 9LD

Come and join in this musical playtime with songs, rhymes and instruments for babies and young children. www.pennypoppinsmusic.co.uk

 

3.00pm 
SHARKY & GEORGE PARTY
FREE BUT TICKETED*
FOR AGES 5 – 10 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Come and join Sharky & George, the party pros, who will be back with their usual brand of chaos and fun! Two hours of active games, creative quests and competitions. www.sharkyandgeorge.com

 

3.00pm
SPARKS – FILM WORKSHOP 
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 7 – 13 YEARS
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Take part in our action-packed movie making workshop. Learn all about movie making from both sides of the camera as you shoot and star in your own film. For more information about Sparks go to: www.sparksarts.co.uk

Sparks logo and children taking part in film workshop

3.00pm 
TALES FROM THE TRUNK
FREE BUT TICKETED* 
FOR AGES 6+
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Join Perse and her dragon Englebert as they slip through time to discover the myths, legends and tales of wonder from around the world. Join your storyteller, Sam, in an explorers bell tent with a marvellous collection of Perse’s treasures from her adventures as he tells you tales from the trunk. www.talesfromthetrunk.co.uk

ALL DAY – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
FAB DAB DO
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Everyone can join in the fun, creating their own brilliant unique Fab Dab Do t-shirt painted designs in one of our workshops. For more information about Fab Dab Do go to: www.fabdabdo.co.uk Please note: fee applies

Fab Dab Do logo and group of children with hand painting t-shirts

ALL DAY – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
EMILY’S CRAFT TENT
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Get creative in our craft tent with artist Emily Stracey and paint hand-crafted ceramic creatures. For more information about Emily Stracey go to: www.emilystracey.com Please note: fee applies

emily stracey logo and photo of ceramic animal heads with painting

ALL DAY – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
HETTY & DAVE – SEWING
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Make your own fruity felt brooches with textile designer Zoe Larkins. www.lovefromhettyanddave.co.uk Please note: fee applies

Hetty and Dave logo with sewing equipment

ALL DAY – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
FACE PAINTING
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Green SW13 0LF

Get into the full festival mood with the Glitterlicious team of face painters. For more information about Glitterlicious go to: www.glitterliciousface.com Please note: fee applies

ALL DAY – SATURDAY & SUNDAY
NOW SHOWING!
FOR ALL AGES
Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Rd, London SW13 0DQ

Head down to Barnes Bookshop and feast your eyes on our beautiful postbox cover starring the world’s favourite tea-loving tiger created by Judith Kerr here in Barnes over fifty years ago. Giant thanks to the heroes from the Mortlake Community Association Knitting Group. www.mortlakecommunityassociation.org.uk

mortlake community association logo with knitted Tiger Who Came to Tea craftwork
Barnes Green map with Barnes Childrens Literature Festival Free Programme events marked out

For those events where numbers are limited (*), be sure to pick up your FREE tickets from our BCLF HQ (Pink Caravan). First come, first served.

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