Family highlights at the Radio Times Festival

Shaun the Sheep and David Walliams among those set to entertain children at Hampton Court in September


There’s a whole host of activities to keep little ones entertained at the first ever Radio Times Festival. The inaugural festival – celebrating the best of TV, radio and books – takes place on Hampton Court Green from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 September.


As well as panel discussions, exclusive screenings and sneak previews of upcoming programmes, there’s an extensive programme of children’s workshops.

Highlights for families include David Walliams discussing his children’s books; Shaun the Sheep creators Aardman hosting a series of modeling workshops where you can learn to make your very own Shaun or Morph characters; Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, the author and illustrator of children’s books Gruffalo and Stick Man, leading a fun-packed story-telling session; and Little Princess creator Tony Ross conducting a ‘How to illustrate’ masterclass.

The programme of sessions for children and adults to enjoy together includes:

Tony Ross: Little Princess Storytelling – Saturday 26 September 11:00-12:00

Tony Ross: Drawing Masterclass – Saturday 26 September 13:00-14:00

Shaun The Sheep Model Making –  Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September 12:00-13:00

Thomas the Tank Engine – Saturday 26 September 13.00-14.00

Morph Model Making – Saturday 26 September 16:00-17:00 & Sunday 27 September 14:00-15:00

From Gruffalo to Stick Man: Storytelling with Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler – Sunday 27 September 10:00-11:00

The Bolds: Julian Clary & David Roberts – Children’s Storytelling – Sunday 27 September 11:30- 12:30

David Walliams – Sunday 27 September 15:30-16:30 


To book tickets for the Radio Times Festival, call the Box Office on 0871 2305 539 or visit the festival website – children under 5 go free.

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