Free Programme 2019

Welcome to your 100% Free Festival Programme!

We’re proud to provide a platform at Barnes for new, independent and aspiring authors, plus 100% FREE entertainment and activities galore. 

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 2019 line up. Make sure you check them out in our Bookshop Marquee.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL FREE PROGRAMME HERE

Saturday 11 May 2019

SOUNDS RIGHT PHONICS
9.30 – 10am   For ages 2.5 – 4   
Bookshop Marquee

Give your child a head start with their reading. Come along to our session and learn a letter sound through action songs, games and fun. The class also includes high-energy activities to develop both fine and gross motor skills. Numbers are limited. Tickets available at the Bookshop Marquee.
www.soundsrightphonicsclasses.co.uk

 

MONKEY MUSIC
10 – 10.30am   For ages 1 – 4
Village Nursery

Monkey makes music wherever he goes! Come and join in the musical fun with songs, games, percussion and rhymes for babies and young children. Numbers are limited. Tickets available at the Bookshop Marquee.
www.monkeymusic.co.uk 

    

PURPLE DRAGON
10am – 4pm   For all ages   
Barnes Green

Purple Dragon welcomes children of all ages to join in our collaborative art activity; to get everything you can on Mr Twit’s gigantic beard! From cheeky bugs to spaghetti; the possibilities are endless!

Join us to write the longest story ever – who knows what fantastical tales will unfold?! Write & illustrate your own amazing adventure story book, let your imagination run wild: there are even prizes to be won for the best stories. www.purpledragonplay.com

   

FOOTBALL SKILLS WITH ROCKS LANE
10.30am – 12.30pm   For all ages   
Barnes Green

Experience the fun of Friday Night Fives junior football league with Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centres. Rocks Lane coaches will be hosting a varied programme of fun football games and activities for boys and girls of all ages.  www.rockslane.co.uk

  

PETA RAINFORD – BECOME A SUPERHERO
10.30 – 11.30am   For ages 4 – 9
Bookshop Marquee

The story of Joe Jackson, a boy who never felt fear until the day a miniature monster swims into his ear. Listen to his inspiring tale of resilience and find the superhero inside you.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
11am – 12.30pm   For ages 2+
Barnes Children’s centre

A multi-sensory storytime starring Little Red Riding Hood by experienced play therapists for children of all ages and abilities. Dressing up definitely encouraged! Bring your own picnic too! Numbers are limited. Barnes Green Centre, 67B Lower Richmond Road, Mortlake SW14 7HJ

Suitable for all abilities. Numbers are limited. Book direct with venue 07904 556423

 

FIRESIDE FOLKTALES
11am, 1pm & 3pm   For all ages
The Bell Tent, Barnes Green

Come and listen to a magical selection of myths, legends and folktales, brought to life by the talented actors from local theatre company Shadow Road Productions.
www.shadowroad.com

 

HEATHER CHAMBERLAIN – TALES FROM HAPPY BOTTOM
11.30am – 12.30pm   For ages 5 – 9
Bookshop Marquee

Can you tell a story in four lines? Meet Major Payne from Happy Bottom, together with Woofbot, Fireside, Panic and Scurry, and have some fun making up silly rhymes.

  

THE POETRY TAKEAWAY
Noon – 4pm   For all ages
Barnes Green

Order up your very own personalised poem to take away – our talented band of poetry chefs will compose and perform it for you.

REBECCA FAN-BLINSTON – THE ALBERT DOCKHOUNDS
12.30 – 1.30pm   For ages 4 – 8
Bookshop Marquee

A maritime tale of love, loss and transformation set in Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock, seen through the eyes of a family of fun-loving sausage dogs. Expect musical statues, mindfulness and origami.

  

KATE BODELL – I CAN DRAW
1.30 – 2.30pm   For ages 5 – 7
Bookshop Marquee

Doodling is good for you! Join the Rubber of Doom and Super Doodle for a lighthearted introduction to drawing skills, with games and exercises where it is definitely OK to make mistakes. From the author of ‘Bumbelinda’ a funny, funky fairy tale about friendship, following dreams and foul smells.

 

KIRSTEN ALLEN – THE TALE OF THE CHEEKY MONKEY
2.30 – 3.30pm   For ages 4 – 6
Bookshop Marquee

A gnu in a shoe? The croc who lost his sock? Listen to a rhyming tale and get your animal imaginations running wild in this fun poetry workshop.

SUE PALMER – MAY’S MOON TRILOGY
3.30 – 4.30pm   For ages 6+
Bookshop Marquee

Could you be an astronaut? Michael May enters a competition to become the first child in space. Follow him on his journey, learn some real astronaut facts, enter a competition and try the Out of This World space quiz.

  

Sunday 12 May 2019

SOUNDS RIGHT PHONICS
9.30 – 10am   For ages 2.5 – 4   
Bookshop Marquee

Give your child a head start with their reading. Come along to our session and learn a letter sound through action songs, games and fun. The class also includes high-energy activities to develop both fine and gross motor skills. Numbers are limited. Tickets available at the Bookshop Marquee.
www.soundsrightphonicsclasses.co.uk

 

MONKEY MUSIC
10 – 10.30am   For ages 1 – 4
Village Nursery

Monkey makes music wherever he goes! Come and join in the musical fun with songs, games, percussion and rhymes for babies and young children. Numbers are limited. Tickets available at the Bookshop Marquee.
www.monkeymusic.co.uk 

    

PURPLE DRAGON
10am – 4pm   For all ages   
Barnes Green

Purple Dragon welcomes children of all ages to join in our collaborative art activity; to get everything you can on Mr Twit’s gigantic beard! From cheeky bugs to spaghetti; the possibilities are endless!

Join us to write the longest story ever – who knows what fantastical tales will unfold?! Write & illustrate your own amazing adventure story book, let your imagination run wild: there are even prizes to be won for the best stories. www.purpledragonplay.com

 

   

JO ROOKS & MAGICAL QUESTS – A BOX OF BUTTERFLIES
10.30 – 11.30am   For all ages
Bookshop Marquee

A sensory and interactive book reading with drama, dance, puppetry and music to help the story come to life.

  

FIRESIDE FOLKTALES
11am, 1pm & 3pm   For all ages
The Bell Tent, Barnes Green

Come and listen to a magical selection of myths, legends and folktales, brought to life by the talented actors from local theatre company Shadow Road Productions. www.shadowroad.com

 

AMANDA’S ACTION CLUB
10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30am   For all ages
Barnes Green

Join children’s fitness expert Amanda from Amanda’s Action Kids for high energy interactive music, movement and fun!
www.amandasactionclub.co.uk

    

MR PEEK’S POETRY FUN TIME
11.30am – 12.30pm   For ages 5+
Bookshop Marquee

Join Mr Peek in his creative workshop where poems are sometimes serious, funny, silly, rude or scary… but always fun!

THE POETRY TAKEAWAY
Noon – 4pm   For all ages
Barnes Green

Order up your very own personalised poem to take away – our talented band of poetry chefs will compose and perform it for you.

KATE & SAM CUNNINGHAM – VLAD & THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON
12.30 – 1.30pm   For ages 5+
Bookshop Marquee

Travel back to 1666 and share Vlad’s story about the Great Fire of London. Help put out the flames, learn how to draw Vlad and make finger puppets of the characters.

FOOTBALL SKILLS WITH ROCKS LANE
1 – 3pm   For all ages   
Barnes Green

Our friends from Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centres will be hosting a varied programme of fun football games and activities for boys and girls.
www.rockslane.co.uk

  

PETITE PERFORMERS
1.30 – 2.30pm   For ages 2.5 – 4
Bookshop Marquee

  

Put on your tutu and ballet shoes and join Alice and her band of baby ballerinas for an impromptu performance. All welcome to join in.
www.thepetiteperformers.com

CHRIS HALLATT WELLS – KING BONES
1.30 – 2.30pm   For ages 9 – 99
Bookshop Marquee

Join Chris Hallatt Wells, Danny and his evil Aunty Ratbag for a crazy creative writing session based on his comic fantasy book King Bones.

ANGELA KECOJEVIC – CREATURE CREATION WORKSHOP
2.30 – 3.30pm   For all ages
Bookshop Marquee

Come and meet one of the Hobbledown characters, and join Angela, author behind the award-winning Surrey adventure park, for a fun-packed workshop on Creature Creation. Angela will also be talking about her new children’s book Elliott Wonderful – The Stone Lord.

STUART & CLAIRE LE BLOCK – THANDIE THE TANDEM
3.30 – 4.30pm   For ages 5 – 10
Bookshop Marquee

Stuart, Claire and illustrator Tim Hole talk about the importance of animal conservation and the real-life adventures cycling through Africa behind the Thandie books.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL FREE PROGRAMME HERE