Schools Programme - Q & A Battersea

Children attending the Barnes Childrens Literature Festival Schools Programme

Any questions? We hope these answers might help.

How much does it cost?

Places are free to every pupil, teacher and parent helper in state-maintained schools in London.

How do we book?

Just fill out and submit the online booking form. Bookings are made in order of receipt and demand is high so early booking is recommended. Subject to availability, you’ll receive an email from us confirming your booking.

How many places can we book?

We are requesting one year group per event please. This means that more schools can take part.

Where do the events take place and how do we get there?

Battersea Arts Centre

Our events in Battersea/Wandsorth take place in Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN.

Battersea Arts Centre is a 7-minute walk from Clapham Junction mainland and Overground station.

The closest Underground stations to Battersea Arts Centre are Clapham Common (Northern line) and Stockwell (Victoria line). These stations are approximately a 15-20 minute bus journey away. The 345 bus departs from outside both stations and stops outside Battersea Arts Centre.

Bus routes 345, 77, 87 and 156 stop on Lavender Hill outside Battersea Arts Centre.

Please allow plenty of time to arrive before the scheduled start of your event. We strongly advise arriving a good 20 minutes before your event start time to allow adequate time to get you all seated. All our events start on time.

How long do events last?

All of our events last for one hour which includes an opportunity for the children to ask their questions.

Where are our seats?

Schools will be seated in their school ‘bubbles.’ A member of our Schools team wearing one of our red aprons will greet you when you arrive and guide you and your class to your seats. All of our seating is unreserved.

Can we have our books signed?

Our authors love meeting their young readers and wherever possible events are usually followed by book signing. Otherwise we will organise pre-signed copies or signed bookplates.

Authors are also very happy to sign a pupil’s own books, school or library copies and sometimes pupils’ notebooks.

Do we have to buy a book?

Buying a book is not obligatory but all schools will receive an order form when their bookings are confirmed and they may wish to send this out to parents/carers.

Can the children buy copies of an author’s book on the day?

There will also be an opportunity for pupils to buy books from our book stall in the theatre foyer both before and after the event. Please do try and ensure the children have the correct money wherever possible.

WED 12 JUNE 2024 

10.00am  Dapo Adeola
Speak Up! RRP £7.99

11.30am  Vashti Hardy
Harley Hitch Takes Flight RRP£7.99

1.00pm  Katie & Kevin Tsang
Dragon Force: Infinity’s Secret RRP £7.99

We need to change our booking. What should we do?

If you need to change your booking, please let us know as soon as possible at We may be able to reassign your seats to another lucky class or school from our waiting list.

We need to cancel our booking. What should we do?

If you need to cancel your booking or part of a booking, please let us know as soon as possible by submitting this Cancellation Form because we may be able to reassign your seats to another lucky class or school from our waiting list.
As per our Primary Schools Programme terms and conditions, in the unlikely event that your class or school fails to attend an event you have booked or that you cancel a booking within 30 days of the event date, we reserve the right to apply a cancellation fee of £2.50 per seat booked.
We understand that absences happen, so no charge will be incurred if only a few members of your group are unable to attend.

What if we’re running late?

All our events start on time so if you’re delayed on the day please do let us know so we can arrange to slip your class in at the back if necessary.

Can we go on a waiting list if our event is fully booked?

Please contact us at if the event you have chosen is fully booked to discuss our waiting list procedure.

I’d like to carry out a Risk Assessment. Can you help?

If you’d like a copy of our Risk Assessment template, please contact us at:

Why are you taking photographs?

We want you to know that official Festival photographers and film crews may be present at your event. We use this material in our reports and for promotional purposes. It’s possible that your school may be named but we never name individuals.

If you have any other questions please contact us at:

Is the venue accessible to children with mobility issues?

Yes, Battersea Arts Centre is fully accessible and we will help accommodate you in any way we can. Please let us know at the time of booking about any special access requirements. 

What should we bring?

Your pupils might like to bring a packed lunch – there is a pedestrian area just outside the Grand Hall entrance. Sadly, we can’t guarantee perfect weather, something to sit on or a place to eat inside if the weather is poor. Don’t forget your sunscreen and plenty of water if the sun shines!

Please note that due to other events taking place within Battersea Arts Centre on your event day, BAC will not be able to accommodate any groups wishing to have lunch within the BAC building.

Don’t forget to bring your books with you if you would like them to be signed, or money if you would like to buy a book.

Are there toilets nearby?

Yes, Battersea Arts Centre has accessible toilets on all floors.

Can I buy a coffee?

Yes, the Battersea Arts Centre has a cafe with hot and cold drinks are available to purchase.

We’re coming by minibus or coach. Where can we park?

There is a drop off point on Town Hall Road.

If you have any other questions please contact us at:

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