The Big Malarkey Festival is a celebration of children’s literature for everyone aged 0 – 16 years.
Three days of activities for schools (20-22 June) and a glorious weekend of fun for families (23-24 June) brought to you by Hull Libraries.
The WEEKEND FAMILY PROGRAMME is ENTRY BY TICKET ONLY.
Book online at hulllibraries.eventbrite.co.uk and bring your printed ticket with you. This will be swapped for a wristband at the gate, allowing you to come and go as you wish.
Need help booking and printing tickets? Go to your local library (find them at www.hcandl.co.uk/libraries), and they’ll be happy to help.
Please note the age recommendation for each event – these are guidelines, intended to help you plan your visit and have the best experience for your children.
The Big Malarkey Festival is a welcoming environment for everyone. We want to make it an enjoyable experience for disabled customers and those with specific requirements or additional needs, so please get in touch if you have any questions about accessibility, at Lending.Library@hcandl.co.uk or by phone 01482 210 000.
Events take place in marquees. Most have with wooden floors or matting (apart from our Big Top, which just has grass) with a mix of seats and mats for children. The site is provided with three disabled toilets. The Qwerty Yurt is a quiet space with sofas and cushions where families can take a break.
In addition, there will be events for people with hearing and visual impairments – check the What’s On page for further information.
The Big Malarkey Festival is a family festival and all activities are designed to be enjoyed by children accompanied by an adult. Unaccompanied children and unaccompanied adults will not be able to enter the site. If you want to pop out of the festival, please note there are no crèche facilities on site. If you lose each other, please contact a steward for assistance.
An open-air site is subject to the weather. In case of wet weather, we will try to continue the programme as far as safety allows – please check the forecast, and bring wet weather gear!
FOOD AND DRINK
Kiosks serving light refreshments will be available, and there is plenty of room for picnickers.
Please note – no alcohol is permitted on site.
Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities will be available.
Malarkey Park is in East Park. The park is located to the east of the city centre, on Holderness Road, Hull, HU8 8JU.
The festival site is situated on the field towards the football and rugby pitches – the nearest entrance is Holderness Road.
- On foot: Pedestrian entrances are at Holderness Road, East Park Avenue, Summergangs Road, and James Reckitt Avenue
- By car: Vehicle entrance is at Holderness Road, there will be designated car parking in the park for festival ticket holders
- By bus: From the City Centre: 4, 11, 13, 14, 56
- By bicycle: Cycle parking is available at the café, model boating pond, Animal Education Centre, boathouse, playground and youth zone.