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Adventures and Stories

We’ll be encouraging younger visitors to get out and explore, encountering some interesting stories along the way with special appearances from family favourites and some intriguing and involving entertainment brought to the festival by some of the best in the business including Michael Rosen and Julian Clary.

Comedian and writer Julian Clary will be reading excerpts from his book series and will be joined by award-winning children’s illustrator David Roberts. Well known for his popular series of Dirty Bertie books. David has earned great acclaim for his distinctive style as well as his collaboration with some of Britain’s finest children’s authors, including Julia Donaldson, Sally Gardner, Philip Ardagh and Jacqueline Wilson. 

Also joining the children’s line-up will be Children’s Laureate (2007-2009) novelist, poet and author of the enduring classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen. Other key highlights include an appearance by the BBC CBeebies show Mister Maker, teaching and entertaining pre-schoolers in fun and imaginative ways. 

MICHAEL ROSEN

MICHAEL ROSEN

Poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter Michael Rosen is one of the most famous children’s authors around and has been involved in more than 140 books.

A one-man mission to get people, especially children, reading books and poems, Michael was the Children’s Laureate between 2007-09 and has been writing since he was just 12 years old.

JULIAN CLARY

JULIAN CLARY

Parents will know him as the master of raised eyebrow humour on British TV but in recent years Julian Clary has moved – with hilarious results – into children’s books.

The comedian and entertainer worked with illustrator David Roberts on a series of adventures about a family of hyenas living on a normal street. Called The Bolds, the family’s escapades are told in Julian’s unique style with fresh laughs coming with each turn of the page.

MIKE DODSWORTH

MIKE DODSWORTH

A firm believer that everyone is a storyteller, Mike Dodsworth champions the idea that the ancient art of oral storytelling, which predates the written word, still has a part to play today.

Anywhere a receptive audience can be found, Mike will be there sharing a global repertoire of tales and is in demand around the world.

A specialist in combining rich verbal expression and physical gestures, Mike combines these skills to conjure up a storytelling style that captivates audiences of all ages – and nationalities.

ALBION KIDS SHOW

ALBION KIDS SHOW

Where no play facilities exist in inner city London, the Albion Kids Show often ride to the rescue and set up the play kit so children can have fun.

Based in Hackney, their specially-adapted vehicles and trailers allow them to take play opportunities into children’s own environment.

THE FLYING SEAGULL PROJECT

THE FLYING SEAGULL PROJECT

The Flying Seagulls return to OnBlackheath and as always this travelling troupe of mischief makers are armed with an abundance of shows and workshops able to tickle even the oldest of funny bones.

The Old Wagon Stage will be open from dawn until dusk offering a jam-packed menu of smile-spreading delights for all the family. So turn off that mobile, kick off your shoes and prepare to celebrate the silly...seagull style!

Basil Brush

Basil Brush

First shown on British TV in 1968, Basil Brush has been entertaining children for nearly 50 years and will be a special guest at OnBlackheath. Boom boom!

Having started when TV programmes were still being screened in black and white, Basil is now very much a 21st Century fox with his own Youtube channel, Twitter and Instagram accounts. He’s very much in demand and has appeared on Pointless Celebrities, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and The Last Leg and is also a festival fox, having already played Glastonbury this summer.