The Big Malarkey Festival is a week-long celebration of children’s literature for everyone aged 0 – 16 years.  

It will bring together writers, illustrators, cartoonists, performers, musicians and artists to a fantastical tented village inside Malarkey Park, East Park, Hull from Monday 26 June – Sunday 2 July 2017.


The Big Malarkey Festival is FREE OF CHARGE

The Weekday TEA-TIME TASTERS do NOT require a ticket.  The programme runs from 3.30pm – 5.30pm and you can just turn up.


Book online at 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, 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 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 go straight to the Love My Library tent, or 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!


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 near the Pavilion cafe – 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.