FAQs for the 2018 Festival

When is the festival?

For those of you asleep at the back, the main festival is on 15-16 June 2018. We also have a few pre-festival events at Greenwich libraries, Greenwich secondary schools and at the Charlton Lido.

Where is the festival?

The festival is held on the beautiful grounds of the University of Greenwich at the Old Royal Naval College. We’ll have banners and volunteers directing you. The address is Old Royal Naval College, Queen Anne Court, Park Row, London SE10 9LS. (Look for the buildings in the picture below. That’s our patch. We think it’s a pretty nice place to have a festival.)

How can I buy tickets?

You can buy the tickets electronically through this website via Eventbrite. You’ll also be able to buy tickets on the day at the box office at the festival site.

How do I get to Greenwich?

By Underground: The Cutty Sark DLR station is the closest underground stop.

By Overground Train: Greenwich or Maze Hill station, via London Bridge on Southeastern Rail.

By Boat: MBNA Thames Clippers dock at Greenwich, and you qualify for discounted tickets by taking the boat. If it was good enough for Queen Elizabeth I, it should work for you too.

What’s on offer at the festival?

We like to think we have things for book lovers of all ages—from the very small to the very experienced. But we’ll also have free lectures from the University of Greenwich professors, free creative workshops for kids and adults, as well as free poetry readings and free play readings at Greenwich Theatre.

Anything else to do there?

We’ve got other fun extras, too. Want to add some colour and sparkle to your and your children’s faces? We’ll have Zoe and the Facemakers and Amy Maxine Face Painting with their paints at the ready. For the young and young at heart, face painting is suitable for children ages 3 and over, teens and adults. With all the usual favourites and some special designs created specifically for our festival, we can’t wait to see tigers, bears and unicorns wandering around the festival site! Prices from £3.50 per face.

Jay from Twist n Shout is a London based Balloon Artist, she will be spending the day twisting modelling balloons and making wonderful wearable creations as well as animals and many other fabulous designs.

What do I do if I get hungry?
We’ve got you covered. We’ve got seven vintage street food vans offering a variety of food on both Friday and Saturday, including jerk chicken, pizza, and ice cream.  There’s also going to be an old Routemaster bus that will have tea and cakes on offer. They’ll be spaces on the Old Royal Naval College lawn to have a picnic.

Will Kipper be there?
Kipper, GBF’s favourite dog, will be making his fourth appearance at the festival. Look for him!

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