Big DoG Children's Book Festival

The annual family festival for Dumfries.

Big DoGĀ brings authors from across the UK to share stories and inspire the next generation of readers and writers.

22 - 24 March 2024

Programme Launch
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2024 Highlights

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Clarice Bean


Lauren Child

Don't miss the chance to hear Charlie and Lola creator and former Children's Laureate Lauren Child, talk about her newest Clarice Bean novel, SMILE. Clarice knows It's not just the planet that needs help - there's her whole family too and if you want things to change for the better, it's not just up to everyone else, it's also up to you.

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Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

The heroic Adventuremice have been summoned by an inventor-mouse! Millie's Uncle Bernie has built a spaceship and he wants the brave and clever Adventuremice to fly it. Come along as Pedro and his friends blast into outer space, where they become the first mice on the moon. Or so they think...

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Dinosaur Detectives

Dinosaur Detectives

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre

Once upon a time, enormous creatures walked the earth, creatures that became known in Victorian times as Dinosaurs. The Dinosaur Detectives follow a fascinating journey of discovery, fun and conflict surrounding the first fossil finds of Mary Anning, William Buckland and Gideon Mantell. Clydebuilt combine puppetry with projection and shadow theatre to create their fascinating world.

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Benji the Bus

Benji the Bus


Benji the double-decker play bus and the PlayTalkRead team from Smart Play Network will be making their way to Dumfries & Galloway to take part in this year's festival. On board, you will find free drop-in sessions and lots of fun activities that you and your wee one can do together. From arts and crafts to messy play and fancy dress, there will be lots of books for you to enjoy too.

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Peter Pan Pirate Breakfast

Moat Brae Storyweavers

Ahoy there me hearties! Join Moat Brae's Storyweavers for Peter-Pan-inspired fun and games, alongside a delicious breakfast with yummy pirate tucker. Dressing up is welcome.

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