Are you ready to discover new worlds?

Come and discover Brave New Worlds as we journey around our festival hubs. Whether it’s honing your detective skills with dragons or discovering our wonderful past using the Timebubble Machine at our PLACE weekend in Colchester or decorating Harlow Playhouse with your Where I Like To Be bunting, there is fun for all the family across the county this March.

Find out more about Young Essex events 2020

Take a look at our full Events Diary

This year we are launching our Manifesto For Essex – a programme of interactive workshops and activities for young people to creatively express their thoughts and ideas about Climate Change and the environment.

From finding out why trees are so important at our Tree Mend-Us Family Day in Chelmsford to having fun transforming old clothes into new items at our special up-cycling fashion workshop in Southend. Make your mark. Have your say about ‘greening’ Essex. Help us create a Manifesto For Essex!

Watch out for our Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair

Pop Up Storytelling Armchair

Throughout the festival watch out for our pop-up storytelling armchair, which will appear in different locations across Essex. A super comfy treat for book lovers young and old to enjoy their favourite stories out loud!

Free and open to all – come along and hear a story at any of the following locations:

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH
Saturday 14 March, 11am-3pm

Harlow Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS
Saturday 21 March, 1-4pm

Basildon Library
The Baildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE
Saturday 28 March, 11am-3pm

Stamp Your Passports at Festival Learning Destinations

Essex Book Festival is once again partnering with our good friends at Essex Children’s University to provide 5-14 year olds with exciting learning experiences outside school. Once issued with a Passport to Learning, ‘CU Learners’ collect stamps and attend a special Graduation Ceremony. Find out how to get your very own Passport to Learning at

All Essex Book Festival YOUNG ESSEX events are CU Learning Destinations – bring your passport, get it stamped, and enjoy your learning journey!