Family Learning Festival - 16th to 30th October

The Campaign for Learning is inviting families across the UK to celebrate this year’s Family Learning Festival from 16-31 October. With events happening in local communities, online, and with activities families can do at home or out and about there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Families can enjoy a live storytelling and dance event, inspired by a new picture book Luna Loves Dance, online at 10am on 29 October with author Joseph Coehlo and illustrator Fiona Lumbers. In this event families with children aged 3+ will hear Joseph Coelho share his story, be inspired by a live draw-a-along with illustrator Fiona Lumbers, and even learn some new dance moves! This event is free, however booking is essential. Go to NatWest Community Bankers will deliver a free online workshop for parents and carers on Thursday 21 October at 10am. This interactive and engaging hour-long session includes top tips for teaching children about money through everyday experiences, pocket money and how to deal with challenges such as pester power. Parents and carers can also talk to each other about raising savvy savers and building financial wellbeing in the family. This event is free, however booking is essential. Go to There are lots of ways families can get involved, from local events organised by community centres, libraries, museums, galleries and schools to national online events. Families can discover things to do together, as well as top tips on the festival website. Go to John Beattie, Deputy Director (Families) at Campaign for Learning said, “We’re thrilled to be celebrating this year’s Family Learning Festival with our Play, Imagine, Learn theme. Organisers up and down the UK are planning incredible in-person and digital events at community centres, libraries, museums, galleries and schools. We’re delighted to have exciting online events for families not able to visit a local event.”

About the Family Learning Festival

This year the 23rd Family Learning Festival runs from 16 – 31 October. Events are free local activities for all generations. They are designed to be fun, informal and promote a culture of learning as a family. They bring children, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and their family friends together to try something new and learn with and from each other. Schools, libraries, museums, galleries, community centres and more open their doors for the Festival.

The first Family Learning Festival was celebrated in 1999, when the Campaign for Learning devised a plan to inspire a love of learning in family life. Since then the Festival has taken place every October and is now the biggest festival celebrating and valuing learning together as a family.

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About the Family Festival Theme – Play, Imagine, Learn

This year's theme is Play, Imagine, Learn. The theme aims to inspire a love of learning through play and imagination. Play is fundamental to a child’s development. Through play children learn about themselves, those closest to them, and the wider world.

Play improves children’s social, physical, and emotional well-being. Not only is imaginative play fun and engaging it can help your children to develop key skills in numeracy, reading and writing. Play is a great way to bring the family together, giving you and your children the chance to bond while having fun and learning together.


About Campaign for Learning

Campaign for Learning co-ordinates the Family Learning Festival. The Campaign aims to unlock human and organisational potential through lifelong learning and in doing so promote and advance learning, helping to create a fairer, more inclusive society. It works with partners to research, design and deliver innovative programmes and approaches that support people wherever they are to access life-changing learning opportunities.  It is an independently managed organisation in the NCFE group.

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10/16/2021 9:00 AM - 10/30/2021 5:00 PM
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