Children’s Book Day — Sunday 11 August 10.00 — 3.30
Tales in the Dales at Stanhope Railway Station and on the Story Train

Expect lots of fun-packed activities on the Story Train at our special Children’s Book Day! Go on a very special journey with Zizu the zebra and his creator, Peter Barron. Unearth some astonishing tall tales and make your own amazing poems, stories and illustrations with Gillian O’Mara, Lisa Cryer, Caroline Hardie and Graham Temby. Listen to some brilliant authors reading their stories. And, of course, you can buy some fabulous books, visit the station café or even go on a real train ride!

Events on the platform and the Story Train are free, but normal charges apply to journeys on the Weardale Railway trains. For further information go to

10.00 – Workshop with Graham Temby on The Story Train. Graham’s captivating historical adventures whisk us away to Medieval England and he promises to bring some of that magic to the Story Train.

10.30 – Peter Barron – storytelling on the public train before departure (d. 11.00) Zizu Loses His Stripes is a picture book, for children aged 4-7, telling the story about a little zebra, called Zizu, who loses his stripes in the jungle.

An engaging and fun story about the importance of friendship.

11.00 – Join Caroline Hardie for a workshop on The Story Train
Author Caroline Hardie will read from her book Little Locos’ BIG day, all about the Opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1825. Will Little Loco manage to pull such as BIG train and what will happen to Herald the Horse if the locomotive takes his job away? Learn about the importance of good friends and after the story there will be opportunities to do some colouring in, complete some puzzles and get a Little Loco sticker. Little Loco books will also be for sale and the author is happy to sign them.

12.00 – Roundabout Rabbits workshop & reading session with Lisa Cryer

13:00 – Victoria Downes reading Goodbye Explorers

13.15 – Nikki Noo Noo reading The Legend of the Rainbow Conker

13.30 – The Night Whale — reading & workshop with Gillian O’Mara
14.30 – Nicola Wood reading Compost the Cat

14:45 – Sarah Glover reading Mr Elephant

15.00 – Bishop Auckland train departs

15.30 – Finish 


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