We would never be forgiven if we forgot our mission to encourage literacy amongst young people at home and abroad and Kidsfest '22 keeps this firmly top of mind.

We have a wonderful Kidsfest team who make sure that our younger audience is catered for at the festival and at events between festivals.

This year Caryl Hart entertains our youngest audience on Saturday morning, Mike Payton a slightly older audience on Saturday afternoon and Jon Doyle will introduce teenagers to the art of animation on Sunday afternoon.

Younger children have to be accompanied by an adult so why not share this task so that you can take in other festival events at the same time.

Caryl Hart is a full-time children's writer, who also runs creative workshops with local schools. Her first picture book, Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! won two regional awards, and was shortlisted for a third.



Mike Payton has been telling tall tales all his life and decided to turn this into a career in 2008, drawing his tales from Britain’s rich heritage and also from the four corners of the earth. His delivery is warm and engaging, and he has a penchant for the strange and unexplainable!


Jon Doyle is a director, designer and producer of 2 BAFTA-winning animated series.

Join him as he guides you on an animated journey through the various stages of production – from the first doodles to final broadcast.

See the full programme for Kidfest '22 here

See the gallery of photos and videos for Kidfest here