Weardale Book Fair & Story Train 2023

Book Fair

Saturday 5 August

Free entry

St. Thomas Church Hall
10:30am — 3:00pm

A great social occasion, an opportunity to browse some brilliant bookstalls and chat to the authors. Refresh yourselves with some excellent coffee and cake from the Root and Branch pop-up café and have a go at some drop in writing activities of your own.

Glenda Young, best-selling author of gritty saga novels set in Ryhope and local authors Margaret Manchester, Carol Graham, Jamie Tucknutt, Chris Ruskin, Graeme Rendall and Martin Rogers will be there and we are delighted that Mike Thornton is coming with his latest books about Norman Cornish. Take at look at what some of our great local independent presses have to offer: Blueprint, Carte Blanche, Vane Women, Reiver Country Books.

We’ll add more names to the list as soon as we can, so keep checking to see who’s coming.

Story Train

Saturday 5 August

Free entry

Stanhope Station
10:30am — 3:00pm

Our first children’s book event: expect lots of fun-packed activities on the Story Train! Go on a very special ride with Darly the Magical History Train and his creator, Peter Barron*. Unearth some astonishing tall tales and make your own amazing poems and stories with Victoria Downes and Geri Poole, have fun with story gatherers Stella and Hector and Becki Ashton. And, of course, you can buy some fabulous books, visit the station café or even go on a real train ride!

On The Story Train

10am Poems and stories with Victoria

11am Stella & Hector want to talk to you

12pm Poems and stories with Victoria

1pm Listen to Geri read her amazing tales

2pm Poems and stories with Victoria

Stella & Hector will be there all day, waiting to listen to your stories.

And on the platform … Books! Meet authors Holly Taylor, Nicola Wood, Chloe Atkinson and Lisa & Mark Cryer.

Events on the station or the Story Train are free, there is no need to book, just turn up – but normal train fares apply for a seat on the Magical History Train, and booking is essential. See below for information.  

*This will be on a scheduled train, 13.00 hours from Stanhope Railway Station to Wolsingham and back. You can find information about the Weardale Railway, train times, prices etc. on their website


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