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The Big Malarkey Festival is a celebration of children’s literature for everyone aged 0 – 16 years. Hull’s children’s literature festival, held on a colourful tented site in East Park.

The first festival was delivered in 2017 as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Nearly 8000 people came to the park to meet writers, illustrators, poets, performers and puppet-makers, and try their hand at all kinds of practical activities.

This year we are again offering:

  • A wide-ranging programme for schools – free to all member of Hull Schools Library Service
  • A fabulous weekend for all the family to enjoy their favourite stories and discover new ones.

The Big Malarkey is brought to you by Hull Libraries: a unique resource for the city, visited by over 900,000 people each year, we are proud to provide an inspiring service to children and young people, schools and families.

The festival is one of many initiatives promoting reading for pleasure and encouraging curiosity, learning and creativity – visit Hull Libraries for more info.

Four days of activities for schools (25-28 June) and a glorious weekend of fun for families (29-30 June) brought to you by Hull Libraries.

WET WEATHER – An open-air site is subject to the weather.  In case of wet weather, we will try to continue the programme as far as safety allows – please check the forecast, and bring wet weather gear!


Book online at hulllibraries.eventbrite.co.uk and bring your printed ticket with you.  This will be swapped for a wristband at the gate, allowing you to come and go as you wish.

We will make a number of tickets available on the door, at extra cost, but to be sure of a place please purchase your tickets in advance.

Wristbands are also available from any of Hull’s 12 libraries – find them at www.hcandl.co.uk/libraries, and they’ll be happy to help.


£5 Adults / £2.50 Children (Under 1 yr free) / £14 Family Tickets (2 Adults, 2 Children) / £4 Disabled adults + 1 Free Carers Ticket per day

Click on links below for daily information

Wednesday 26 June 2019


Thursday 27 June 2019


Friday 28 June 2019


Saturday 29 June 2019


Sunday 30 June 2019



Event Type

  • Family Friendly

Date Time Price  
Tue 25 Jun 10.00am £2.50 - £16  
Wed 26 Jun 10.00am £2.50 - £16  
Thu 27 Jun 10.00am £2.50 - £16  
Fri 28 Jun 10.00am £2.50 - £16  
Sat 29 Jun 10.00am £2.50 - £16  
Sun 30 Jun 10.00am £2.50 - £16  


East Park
Hull Culture & Leisure
Holderness Road
01482 300 300


If you have purchased a ticket for an event/activity at this venue through hull2017.co.uk, please do not contact the venue direct with enquiries for that purchase as they will be unable to help.

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Venue Access

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Baby Changing
  • Blue-Badge Parking
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday 7.30am – dusk
Tuesday 7.30am – dusk
Wednesday 7.30am – dusk
Thursday 7.30am – dusk
Friday 7.30am – dusk
Saturday 7.30am – dusk
Sunday 7.30am – dusk

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