Foyles has announced a series of children’s events taking place across its branches in London and Bristol throughout the school summer holidays, dubbing it the ‘Summer of Fun’. Beloved characters including Where’s Wally?, Shaun the Sheep, Thunderbirds, Maisy, Hugless Douglas and Miffy will make appearances at the bookshop’s Bristol branch and its Charing Cross Road, Stratford, Waterloo and Royal Festival Hall branches in London. There will also be a variety of workshops, theatre and storytelling events in-store, running between 25 July and 30 August.
Many events are free (though booking is recommended), with prices for the others ranging from £3 per child (for Animal Science with Nicola Davis, zoologist and former presenter of the BBC’s Really Wild Show) up to £20 for 90 minute LEGO construction workshops (with the price of the ticket including a pre-publication copy of LEGO NINJAGO Build Your Own Adventure).
Further highlights include the chance to make your own Shaun the Sheep with Aardman model maker Will Harding (£8 per child); the Amazing Human Bodies Detective Workshop with author Maggie Li (£5); the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, with fancy dress encouraged and the opportunity to make your own watch (£15); Thunderbirds Training Day (£5); and illustration workshops with Salvatore Rubino and Petr Horacek (£5 each).
Foyles’ head of events, Andy Quinn, says of the Summer of Fun: ‘Children’s books are full of well-loved characters, and children are full of creativity, so we thought we’d bring the two together for the very first Foyles Summer of Fun. Whether your child wants to cuddle Maisy, build with LEGO or investigate the world of science we’ve got something for everyone over the holidays.’
Full listings, more information on individual events and tickets are all available from the Foyles website.