Primary Schools Programme 2021

Primary Schools Programme

Thursday 17 – Friday 25 June 2021

After such a turbulent year for everyone, we are delighted to be welcoming you back to our Primary Schools Programme. In real life!

At Barnes we believe that every child should have the Festival experience, so we are proud to provide our Programme free to all state maintained primary schools in London.  

Our Primary Schools Programme brings your pupils together with the authors and illustrators they love to explore a variety of topics linked to the national curriculum including World War 2 and poetry.   

For the first time, we’re also bringing our Primary Schools Programme to schools north of the River with two new days of free events in Bethnal Green, East London on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June, followed by three days for schools at our home here in Barnes from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 June.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and they go fast so we do recommend you book as soon as possible.

We can’t wait to meet you and your students.

What do teachers say about us?


‘Roger McGough’s event encouraged our children to be interested in words, to value their own ideas, to read and write poetry, to look at things in different ways and to appreciate the funny side of life: not a bad morning’s work!’ Lowther Primary School, Barnes SW13

‘The children have been so inspired by Onjali Rauf’s talk on the refugee crisis that they are planning to do something in school to raise money. This was such a relevant talk for our children as we do have refugee families in our school and community and it is timely to have raised awareness of their situation. On top of this, they are all keen to read her book!’ Lionel Primary School, Brentford TW8

“What an inspiring event! The children thoroughly enjoyed watching Joseph Coelho perform his poems and also relished the opportunity to join in with him and come up with their own ideas for poems. As a teacher, it also gave me ideas about how to teach children to write poems and how to create an exciting poetry lesson. We would love to come back again next year!” Barnes Primary School SW13

“Thank you again for the opportunity and the superb organisation of the presentation with Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons.The children were brimming over with enthusiasm when they got back to school, so much so that we changed our lesson plan for the remainder of the morning and got them to write their own email to Uncle Morton describing what the hungry dragon had eaten! Looking forward to doing it again next year!” Thomson House School, Mortlake SW14

photos from previous schools events with children and authors


Over 90% of the income we need to produce the Festival each year is provided when you buy a ticket. Without our ticket sales revenue, we’ve got a difficult year ahead. We know this is a worrying time for everyone, but if you are able please consider making a donation so that we can continue to bring you the Barnes you love. Whatever you can give will make a big difference. 

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