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Come one, come all to The Big Malarkey Festival, Hull’s first children’s literature festival.

Come through the portal of Malarkey Park into a world of stories, books, poetry, comics, music, rhyme, song, dance – and cats in hats.

Meet writers, poets and puppeteers; try out your cartooning skills; write your own epic tale; create some amazing animation or join in with a poetry slam.

With a special programme for under 5s, and an all-dancing finale weekend, get set for a week full of unmissable magical malarkey.

Made possible with funding from the James Reckitt Library Trust, The Big Malarkey Festival is for everyone aged 0 – 16 years to enjoy alongside their family and friends.

Discover everything you need to know about The Big Malarkey Festival on the festival website.

Saturday 1st July  – The Cat in the Hat ± 12.45 – 1.15pm
To book on to a touch tour please email us on access@hull2017.co.uk. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.



From 26 – 30 June, The Big Malarkey Festival will welcome schoolchildren from across Hull to its fun-filled schools programme bursting with interactive workshops and activities.

The schools programme is open to school groups only and will run between 10.30am – 2.30pm.



Bring the kids along to one of the free Big Malarkey Teatime Taster sessions, which run on 26, 27, 29 and 30 June from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. They’ll get the chance to meet the newly-crowned Children’s Laureate, create their own comic characters, meet authors and write jaw dropping stories. Every session has a different theme, from Funny Bones to Cliffhanger, so let the kids pick their favourite and join us for an evening of entertainment.

You won’t need a ticket to access these sessions so feel free to just drop in.



The Big Malarkey Festival comes alive over the weekend (1 – 2 July from 10.30am – 5.30pm), with opportunities to meet some of the best children’s authors, learn how to illustrate a book, animate a story, interact with literary characters and lots more. Comedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary will be stopping by on the Sunday and there’ll also be chances to join in with a parade and attend the Storybook Ball.

Tickets are required for the weekend programme only and are now sold out.

Event Type

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All ages


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