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A Field Guide to Spring: Family Workshop with Gabby Dawnay
WED 29 MAY 2024, 11am - 12pm

A young child kneels down and looks at some plants with a magnifying glass

Free, booking required. Please book one ticket per family.

Dear readers, readers-to-be, writers, poets and mini-artists –
Spring is here! Let’s take a walk outside…
Find a tree and stand beneath it.
Look up… what do you see on the branches?
Listen… can you describe what you hear?
Breathe in deeply…what perfumes fill the air?
Close your eyes and FEEL the sun on your skin.
Look around – what are the signs that Nature is waking up after a long winter sleep?
Let’s explore, draw and write some spring poems!

– Gabby Dawnay

Join picture-book author Gabby Dawnay in a fun, explorative poetry workshop for families based on her new book, A Field Guide to Spring.

Suitable for children aged 7–12 years with their parents and carers.

Spaces for this event are limited. Tickets are free but booking is required. Please book one ticket per family.


A Field Guide to Spring is a pocket-sized introduction to spring, inspired by the Forest School movement. Building on children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, this book aims to establish a connection with nature at an early age that will last a lifetime!


Gabby Dawnay is a picture-book author, poet, science writer, scriptwriter for children’s television and occasional illustrator. She is ‘poet-in-residence’ for the award-winning children’s art and science magazine, ‘OKIDO’, and author of the bestselling ‘If I had…’ books, among many other children’s titles.


The room is likely to be noisy.
The activity is not seated. Chairs are available upon request.
Ear plugs, ear defenders, magnifying glasses and wheelchairs are all available.