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The Big Malarkey Festival

June 26 - June 27

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2021 – The return of Hull’s much loved family festival, The Big Malarkey! Tickets go on sale Tuesday 1 June for The Big Malarkey Festival, Hull’s much-loved family festival. It will take place will once again take place in East Park Hull.

FROM the bestselling author of the much loved classic, Madame Doubtfire, to discovering the joys of new authors, Hull’s much loved family festival, The Big Malarkey Festival returns on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2021 with a programme centred around playfulness, discovery and simple joys of connecting with nature.

Hosted by Hull Libraries, The Big Malarkey aims to bring a sense of fun, optimism and a smile to people’s faces with an invitation to come together to celebrate and experience the magic of books.

After a year in which stories and imagination provided escapism for all ages, this year’s festival will see well-known authors and illustrators come together alongside local artists, creators and makers in a careful, considered and socially distanced way to showcase the wonderful world the city’s libraries offer.

Hello World is the theme for this year’s festival, centred around play, discovery and simple joys of connecting with nature, with the return of the Big Top and Little Larkeys tents alongside new tents including Beautiful Planet, a space to reflect on nature and the environment.

Sessions inside the different tents will be complemented by the usual host of outdoor and pop up activities, with families reunited with new and familiar faces, including storyteller Ian Douglas, and Grimm & Co, Apothecary to the Magical World.

The line-up includes bestselling author Anne Fine; Chris Wormell, leading children’s illustrator (Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust series) and creator of the hugely popular The Magic Place; and Maisie Paradise Shearring, international award-winning illustrator and author of picture books such as The Boy Who Loved Everyone.

A five-day school’s programme begins on Monday 21 June with school visits including Korky Paul, illustrator of the award-winning Winnie the Witch series.

The festival is planned within current Covid-19 rules: Test and Trace and social distancing will be in place.

Tickets are priced from £5 for adults, £2.50 for children (1 – 16 years), £14 for a group of 2 adults and 2 children. Babies in arms go free, disabled adults £4. Tickets are available from branches of Hull Libraries or at www.thebigmalarkeyfestival.com

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June 26
June 27