Meet the creator
of Hugless Douglas

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Come and meet the creator of the bestselling series Hugless Douglas, David Melling. David will share behind the scenes insight into how he creates an adventure for Douglas, read you one of his favourites from the series and teach you how to draw the loveable bear himself. Douglas will also be there to say hello and even share some hugging tips!

After the talk, you’ll have a chance to get your book signed and meet the famous Bear for your own hug.

Recommended for: 4+

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(all those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
All adults and children must purchase a ticket to the event

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Running time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Part of the Shakespeare’s Telling Tales Festival 

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Douglas is a big brown, huggable, lovable bear, and he wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He goes to try and find one – but none of them seem quite right. Join Douglas on his search for the perfect bear hug!


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