Saturday Family Book Festival

Family Day Pass: Saturday 18 June

Various Venues  /   £35.00  /   Buy tickets
Buy a Family Day Pass for Saturday and enjoy lots of family events at a special rate! > MORE

The Story of Life on Earth with Christopher Lloyd

The Times Marquee  /   10.30am  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
4 billion years of evolution explained to you in just 1 hour. Only one man is up to that task - the brilliantly entertaining world history author Christopher Lloyd. What will he pull out of his mysterious ‘coat of many pockets’ next to help him explain the progression of life on our planet? > MORE

Debi Gliori

Harmony Marquee  /   10.30am  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Sometimes the ideal summer takes place in our imagination rather than the soggy weeks of our Scottish school holidays.. > MORE

Abbotsford Knight School

Abbotsford Tipi  /   11.00am - 4.00pm  /   Free  /  
Calling all courageous Knights! Pop in to Abbotsford's special Ivanhoe Tipi in the Orchard and get creative with medieval-inspired activities for children of all ages... > MORE

Cressida Cowell - How to Train your Dragon

The Times Marquee  /   12.00pm  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Join the bestselling author- illustrator of the awesome How to Train Your Dragon books (also a blockbuster film series and a TV show on Netflix), as she talks about the LAST book in the series, How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury... > MORE

Bookbug Rhyme Session

Davidson Chalmers Storytelling Tent  /   12.00pm - 12.30pm  /   Free  /  
Join Live Borders Libraries for a fun-packed half hour of interactive songs and stories for babies and toddlers. > MORE

Mac and Bob - Music and Mayhem

Bruce Stevenson Marquee  /   12.15pm  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Join festival favourite Mac (author Alan Windram) from the Mac and Bob books in a live and loopy interactive event with songs and stories... > MORE

When in the World?

Knight Frank Marquee  /   12.30pm  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Writing historical fiction – an interview with awardwinning historical novelist Elizabeth Laird and the winners of the Young Walter Scott Prize 2016. Writer and dramatist Vivian French will talk with Elizabeth Laird – author of Crusade, Secrets of the Fearless, The Prince Who Walked with Lions – about why she writes historical fiction... > MORE

Bookbug Rhyme Session

Davidson Chalmers Storytelling Tent  /   1.00pm - 1.30pm  /   Free  /  
Join Live Borders Libraries for a fun-packed half hour of interactive songs and stories for babies and toddlers... > MORE

Magic of Maths with Kjartan Poskitt

Bruce Stevenson Marquee  /   1.45pm  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Learn a few sneaky tricks to play on your friends as Kjartan Poskitt shows off magic numbers, games you can’t lose, crazy calculator tricks and his amazing new flexagons... > MORE

Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do?

Knight Frank Marquee  /   2.00pm  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Edinburgh based author and illustrator Kate McLelland reads her colourful story about finding out who you are and the importance of being yourself... > MORE


Davidson Chalmers Storytelling Tent  /   2.00pm - 2.30pm  /   Free  /  
Join Mark Timmins for a great collection of magical, funny and captivating stories from your best loved writers. Especially suited to 3 -10s. > MORE

Colouring in at Melrose

Davidson Chalmers Storytelling Tent  /   3.00pm - 4.30pm  /   Free  /  
Pop in to the Davidson Chalmers Storytelling Tent this afternoon and try your hand at our massive colouring-in poster featuring Melrose Abbey. > MORE

Captain Crankie with Vivian French

Bruce Stevenson Marquee  /   3.15pm  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Join Vivian French and Alan Windram for a rollicking session of sea shanties and fun! Find out how Captain Crankie and Seadog Steve upset Millie the Mermaid... > MORE

The Jungle Books with Ian Beck

Knight Frank Marquee  /   3.30pm  /   £5.00  /   Buy tickets
Mowgli the boy, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, Kaa the python, and their arch-enemy the tiger, Shere Khan – those names can mean one thing only – it’s time for The Jungle Book!... > MORE

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