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About Manchester Children’s Book Festival

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival runs from June 28 until July 8 at various locations in the city, including Manchester Metropolitan University.

The 2012 Manchester Children’s Book Festival – a biennial celebration of reading – will be eleven days of fun, events and activities to inspire children to read.

Hosted by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, the 2012 festival follows on from the successful 2010 event.

General information:

Age Restrictions

Babes-in-arms aged two years and under are permitted to attend events for free provided that they remain on an adult’s knee throughout the performance.

Booking Tickets

Concessionary rates (unless otherwise specified) are available to anyone aged 16 or under, pensioners, students in possession of a valid college or university ID card, carers attending with disabled guests and current members of Manchester Metropolitan University staff.


Wheelchair users will be able to indicate when booking tickets for most events that they will be attending in a wheelchair. Carers attending with disabled guests are entitled to book tickets at the concessionary rate where applicable – but will need a ticket in order to attend.


Family Fun Day Car Parking: Visitors to the Festival Family Fun Day on Saturday 30th June will have access to free parking (subject to availability) at Manchester Metropolitan University between 10am and 5pm. The Salutation and John Dalton car parks will be open – follow the signs for access. There is additional on-road parking around the All Saints campus, which must be paid for.

A campus map can be found here.

The Festival website can be reached here.


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