Bilsthorpe Book Festival

Newark Book Festival presents Bilsthorpe Book Festival

Join us for a Bilsthorpe Book Bonanza on 23 & 24 July, featuring heritage walks, exhibitions, stories, crafts and fun for all the family!

The History of Marching Bands
Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, 23rd & 24th July, 10am-4pm

Explore the history of the two Bilsthorpe Village Bands – the Applejacks and the Legionnaires – and their Coal Queen Parades and competitions throughout the 1960s-80s in this effort to keep Bilsthorpe Heritage alive and accessible.

Literary Stalls, Tea & Cake, Stories & Crafts
Bilsthorpe Museum Garden, 23rd & 24th July, 10am-4pm

Explore the work of local authors and experience the magic of stories brought to life with children’s author Gareth Baker and crafts. Accessible and enjoyable whatever the weather.

Bilsthorpe Mining Heritage Walk & Talk with Author Chris Matthews
Meet at Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, 24th July, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 3pm

Join author Chris Matthews for a fascinating Bilsthorpe mining heritage walk and talk based on his recent publication Model Villages of the Nottinghamshire Coalfield (commissioned by the Miner2Major Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) documenting the evolution of mining colliery villages in North Nottinghamshire.

Walks will take an hour and a free copy of the book and fold-out map/guide will be provided. Booking Required

Book Swap
Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, 23rd & 24th July, 10am-4pm

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Bring along a copy of an unwanted book to swap for that title you’ve been desperate to read — or if you can’t bear to be parted from any part of your literary collection, bring a small donation to exchange for a brand-new addition.

Writing Bilsthorpe Workshop
Bilsthorpe Library, 23rd July, 11am-1pm

Using simple exercises and inspiration, this lively writing workshop will help explore the atmosphere, history and heritage of Bilsthorpe and your memories within it. Led by Fiona Theokritoff, local poet and experienced creative writing tutor, all are welcome to explore, whatever form of writing you’re interested in creating. Booking Required.

Coal in the Blood with David Amos and Guests
Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, 24th July, 2pm-3pm

Experience the poems of “Coal in the Blood: An East Midlands Coal Mining Anthology” to their fullest potential and understand some of the stories and history behind them. Copies of the Anthology can be purchased from Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum.

Fancy Dress Competition – 5-12 years
Bilsthorpe Museum Garden, 24th July, 12pm

Dress up as your favourite book character and come along to the Garden at 12pm on the 24th July to win a prize for the best costume!