What’s On at the TCR Book Fest

Friday 4th March to Sunday 6th March 2022
TCR Book Fest: Tales from the Dales - Family Story sharing evening
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Embrace the chance to hear and share stories together at this evening of oral story telling, with tales inspired by our beautiful Dale.

There will be some traditional Teesdale stories but we also welcome those written by local people of all ages, as long as they are based in or inspired by a place in Teesdale. Whether you would like to share your memories of seeing the spitfire fly under Winston bridge, have written a story about the stone Sheep near low force coming to life or have a mining tale to tell from Cockfield, all are welcome!

You are welcome to come along and just listen to the tales we share or bring one yourselves. Each person is welcome to tell one tale (maximum 5 minutes long), as long as there is time available. Please indicate when booking if you’d like to tell a story!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any stories of your own – just sit back and enjoy an evening of tales.

Recommended age: 8 years plus. Please be considerate to the age of those present when telling/preparing your tale – no inappropriate language or too graphic/horror detail.

Tickets must be booked in advance and facemask must be worn when entering the building. Once outside, you may remove your face mask. If we are seated in the Drama Studio due to the weather, masks must be worn when seating at your table unless the food is being served.

The Hub Cafe will provide tasty tea and sweet treat. We can provide veggie, vegan and gluten free as required. The food will be served to you at your tables at around 7.30pm, once we have enjoyed a few introductory stories. 

Please note, this is not a rehearsed performance – everyone who tells a tale will do so to share in the oral traditions of telling stories in a friendly setting for everyone’s amusement.

TCR Book Fest: GrampAnory with Storyteller and Children's Author Richard O'Neill
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Do grandparents have all the best stories? 

Come along and find out at this interactive, fun family storytelling session to find out. 

Join master storyteller, children’s author and grandad Richard O’Neill for some funny Northern stories, including the Cheeky Parrot, The Runaway Stottie Cake, The tale of Little Geordie the Dancing Doll and many others. 

TCR Book Fest Trail - head into the Secret Garden!
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A magical adventure through sweeties and chocolates made from pure imagination (and upcycled materials!) this Easter.
Head to the Hub in Barnard Castle for a family outdoor trail with creative scenes inspired by books for everyone to enjoy.

From Alice in Wonderland to The Secret Garden, this trail promises to offer everyone a wonderful adventure through some of our favourite children’s stories, as well as featuring work of classes from five local primary schools. 

The trail will take up to 20 minutes to complete, with activities on offer at various points that may well take longer depending. We are offering hourly slots for up to 30 people so please be patient when you arrive if there is a little queue. Our team will admit you as soon as possible and you can enjoy the Saturday Market or Sunday Second-hand market while you’re here. Please bring some cash to buy books, art, cards, etc. and support our vendors! The Trail runs from 10 am to 3pm on Saturday 5th and 10 – 2pm on Sunday 6th March. Please report to our reception on arrival for your trail sheet and map. The Cafe is open throughout so you can enjoy refreshments from there.  

Please come prepared for any weather!

Throughout both days, there are other bookable sessions from A Gruffalo walk with Bright Woods and Harry Potter Drama to Liz Millions Illustration workshop and a GrampAnory storytelling session with Author Richard O’Neill. Please plan your visit around the things your family would most enjoy. Everyone is welcome for the World Book Day Costume Parade on Saturday 5th March at 1.15pm… but we do ask that you book into that so we have an idea of numbers participating! 

We will also have other book-inspired treats available from a soundscape about why children’s books are so important to a reading room and digital resources to explore Books without Covers! 

Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

If you need any more information , contact one of our Family Activity Coordinators Sarah at T C R Hub on 01833 690150 or email sarah.tcrhub@gmail.com.

Thanks to #NationalLottery players for making this possible. We’re making a difference to the lives of local people thanks to #NationalLottery funding. Family ticket is fully funded but we do ask that if you book, you come if you’re able to. Let us know if you can’t make it so we can open your booking up to others to enjoy.

TCR Book Fest: Adult's creative writing for Children with Children's Author Richard O'Neill
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Think it, tell it, write it.

Always wanted to write a children’s book?  Already got an idea? Just thinking about it?

Award-winning children’s author Richard O’Neill can show you how to tell your story before you write it.

The author of 18 books and teller of stories to many thousands of children every year he will lead you through his process of creating his books, the successes and the failures.

Every book first needs to be a great story, let’s find yours.

Bring a pen some paper and your imagination and leave with storytelling skills for writing.

TCR Book Fest: Liz Million Children's Illustrator
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Come along and learn to draw like a pro with our favourite local Illustrator/Author Liz Million.

Liz has written and illlustrated a whole host of children’s books including DiggerNoisy NeighboursBe quiet Belinda and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This lively workshop gives the whole family the chance to grab a pencil and draw fun characters of your very own! 

Liz will have you drawing and laughing throughout this interactive drawing session. Learn how to create loads of cool cartoon characters and crazy critters! 

Your grown ups can join in too! Recommended age: 5 to 99 years but everyone is welcome! 

The children were totally inspired – Liz gave them the confidence to try out new ideas and approaches.” Coatham C of E Primary School.

This is a fully funded workshop as part of TCR Book Fest, supported by Durham County Council.

TCR Book Fest: World Book Day Fancy Dress Parade!
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As part of our Book Fest fun, we are arranging a World Book Day costume parade… and EVERYONE is welcome!!

We have heard rumours that both ther Gruffalo and the Pied Piper are putting in an appearance… along with Cat woman and an actual RAINBOW person! What will you be? We welcome everyone in the fanciest of fancy dress and a spirit of creativity and adventure! 

Children, please encourage your adults to make an effort too!

The parade will go from the TCR Atrium around the lake and end with a fantastic World Book Day photo shoot for the world to admire!

World Book Day Costume Exchange

World Book Day Costume Exchange

One of our amazing volunteer team will be curating the costumes, making sure they are clean and easy to access so come along to see what we have to share shortly in readiness for World Book Day and TCR Book Fest 2022. – contact one of our Family Activities Coordinator Sarah for more information at sarah.tcrhub@gmail.com 

TCR Book Fest: Murder by the Book! A Family Murder Mystery adventure
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The year is 1926 and murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is missing. The Home Secretary has urged the police to find her. Sherlock Holmes’ creator Arthur Conan-Doyle has been asked to help.

In Barnard Castle there is talk that a woman posing as Agatha Collins just might be the missing crime writer but Agatha claims she is just there to finish her debut novel. But when a murder unfolds in just the same way as in Agatha’s unpublished book it seems someone is bringing her novel to life. Just who is committing murder by the book? 

Join Tall Tales Mysteries for their exclusive murder mystery event for TCR Book Fest! This promises to be a thrilling Murder Mystery with live actors in character and the whole of the Hub grounds included in the experience. 1920s fancy dress most welcome. Recommended for ages 8 years plus and for the whole family. Children must be accompanied. 

Your ticket includes a pie, peas and pudding tea. The event starts at 4.30pm with tea served at around 5.30pm. The event will end at around 7.15pm…. if you have whodunit! The bar will be open for drinks and the like. 

Tall Tales bring awfully British murder mysteries that will have you laughing along with us as you work out whodunit. 

TCR Book Fest: Let's Fly With Peter Pan!
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Jonny brings this exciting High Ropes experience inspired by Peter Pan. We are seeking Lost Boys and Girls to scale the heights, walk the plank and brave the crocodile pit.

Please dress appropriately for the weather. If rain is due, waterproofs are recommended. All footwear should be tieable for the session, therefore no slip on shoes e.g. crocs. If anyone has any issues with either heights, please let us know and we will do what we can to amend the sessions.

Age: 8 plus, no need for accompaniment, however you are welcome to stay and watch.

TCR Book Fest: Poetry Wham! With headliner poet Tahmina Ali
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Take this chance to share your voice and hear others speak in this friendly, dynamic session.

An exciting Open Mic Poetry session for young people (and all) with a performance from our headliner Poet, Tahmina Ali. 

Tahmina is a British Bangladeshi, Newcastle based spoken word poet, creative freelancer and young mother. Poetry has been a significant tool in her life, it gave her a voice at a time where she felt voiceless. 

Book your place to be part of the audience and also to book a slot in the open mic session. The Poetry Wham! is 60 minutes so we will share a slot with those who book first and hopefully, manage to fit everyone in.   

Recommended age: 11 years plus (uncensored and live!) and everyone is welcome to share their poetry, time allowing.

For more information, contact us by phone 01833 690150 or email: Alice.tcrhub@gmail.com

Poetry Wham TCR Bookfest

Poetry Wham TCR Bookfest

TCR Book Fest: A Potter'd History of Magic
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Join theatre facilitator Rupert Philbrick for a fun-filled drama workshop as we dive into all things Harry Potter. Cast spells, conjure creatures, and travel on epic quests together with the other participants, using drama games, improvisation, props & costumes in a 1.5hr workshop. You’ll be sure to say “Mischief Managed” as you leave!

11am – 12.30pm =  children ages 11 plus (unaccompanied)

1 – 2.30pm = family-friendly (accompanied)

TCR Book Fest: Gruffalo walk with Bright Woods Forest School
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Bright Woods bring their Gruffalo experience to the grounds of TCR Hub. Join this wonderful book walk to really bring the Gruffalo to life! 

A chance to learn about native British animals, be inspired enjoy outside time together.

As part of the session the children will be able to meet the Gruffalo! 

Recommended age: 3 years plus but all are welcome.

TCR Book Fest: Canoeing with Swallows and Amazons!
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Join the Swallows and Amazons canoeing on the pond!

Jonny brings this wonderful water experience for all our Teesdale Swallows and Amazons! Head across the pond in your Canadian canoe and let’s play Cumbrian adventurers together!

Dress appropriately for the weather. If rain is due, waterproofs are recommended. It is necessary to pack a spare change of clothes and a towel. The risk of falling in is minimal but cannot be eliminated. If anyone has any issues with either heights, please let us know and we will do what we can to amend the sessions. 

Age: 8 plus, no need for accompaniment, however you are welcome to stay and watch.

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