2023 Booktastic Recap

We had fantastic week encouraging a love of reading and books! Here’s a recap of 2023 BookTastic A fabulous time was had with hundreds of children attending, & thousands more watching the live streams. Below are just a few of the images & comments we received.   The fabulous photographs are from Chiara MacCall Photography Photographs by Chiara […]

Who will be coming to BookTastic Bedford…?

Our Bedford schools programmers have had their say! We’ve been working hard with primary schools in Bedford to put on a week-long Book Festival that will really get your students excited about books and reading.    From a shortlist of some of the UK’s biggest authors and illustrators, they’ve chosen the events that they would most […]

BookTastic Bedford – Festival Going Live In 2022

After rising to the challenge of Covid-19 and the UK lockdowns and bringing a Virtual BookTastic Bedford to audiences in 2020 and 2021, we’re absolutely thrilled to announced that once again, BookTastic Bedford will be GOING LIVE again in 2022 (week of 4-10 July 2022). We’ve already got some amazing authors and illustrators ready to […]

Wow what a BookTastic Day!

It was an honour & a joy to welcome Jonny Duddle. A.F Harrold, Ross Montgomery, David Roberts and our very own Patron David Litchfield to BoookTastic Children’s Book Festival yesterday. You were magnificent and have inspired lots of children & adults.. THANK YOU


We’re fine-tuning the pixels on the ticketing website, tweaking the programmes and flyers, and basically trying desperately not to get completely over-excited about the imminent launch of this year’s Book Festival! To occupy our twitching hands, we’ve decided to introduce you to some of the amazing authors and illustrators who will be joining us on […]

It’s BACK baby…

That’s right, BookTastic’s Children’s Book Festival returns in 2015! Following the overwhelming success of last year’s bookfest we’ve been asked to run the event again this year, this time with a bigger venue and bigger fun! We’re delighted to welcome back the amazing authors and creatives who made last year such a success, and are […]

Book Club In The Park…

Has a nice ring to it, right? Books, fresh air, trees, green stuff… Perfect combination. And yes, that’s right, it’s coming to a Pavilion near you! Bedford’s latest yummy ‘jewel in the crown’ of Bedford Park is not content with bringing warming coffee, delicious snacks and chef-designed menus that would be at home in the […]

Got books..?

Well. 2014 was the year that BookTastic all went a little, well, booktastic! A move to a new home at Bedford’s fabulous BedPop led to requests for more frequent sessions, invitations to participate in other events across the county and, of course, Bedford’s very first children’s book festival! As 2014 comes to a close we’re slowing down as […]

The Book Festival

It feels sometimes these days, like the only limit to events that you can get off the ground in Bedford is your imagination. The past few years have seen empty shop and film festivals, art projects and busking events, not to mention numerous pop-ups appearing all over the town. So when we first came up […]