Families gathering outside the Wigtown County Buildings during a Children's Book Festival event. They are holding purple and yellow banners which are flapping in the wind.

Big Wig Children's Book Festival

Events for children and families at Wigtown Book Festival

The Big Wig children's programme brings the UK's best-loved children's authors and illustrators to Wigtown for two weekends of family fun. Counted among this year's guests were Michael Morpurgo, AF Steadman and Katherine Rundell as well as a special event celebrating Beano's 85th birthday with two Beano editors.

Big Wig caters for ages 0-13, providing author sessions, workshops, children's theatre and storytelling.

Family Tickets

We're committed to keeping our events accessible, with affordable tickets and family discounts.

Family-Friendly Places to Eat

The Festival Cafe

Wigtown's population expands drastically during the festival, so we commission an annual pop-up cafe, providing a food and drink hub open throughout the festival.

On a table stand two cups of coffee latte in brown pottery, a pastry and a small cake on plates.

Family Spaces for In Between Events

A double swing in the park at Wigtown, the sun is shining on the green grass.

Spend time in the sunshine in between events at Wigtown's swing parks

Wigtown library's children section. Lots of bookshelves filled with books, comfortable cosy beanbags on the floor.

Wigtown Library will be open as a drop-in space throughout the festival.

Front view of Foggie Toddle Books in Wigtown.Large windows with the shop name in yellow above. Two benches and pots of flowers outside. Inside the windows are displaying various Wigtown merchandise and books.

Foggie Toddle children's bookshop carries gifts, children's titles both new and secondhand, and spaces to play.

Find your way around with the Big Wig map

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Meet Big Wig

Keep a lookout for our mascot Big Wig! He'll be wandering Wigtown in search of a good story, but he's always happy to stop for a photo.

Big Wig Activity Pack

Free Big Wig activity packs will be available in venues across Wigtown. Enjoy games, puzzles and activities to spark imaginations, as well as a chance to win a prize with our Spot the Big Wig treasure hunt.

Spot the Big Wig

Follow the map in the activity pack to find Big Wig stickers hidden around Wigtown. Find the hidden letters to win a Big Wig badge.