Legendary children’s book illustrators Tony Ross – best known for his illustrations for David Walliams’s mega-popular books – and the multi award-winning Michael Foreman head up array of events for children and families at Stroud Book Festival this coming weekend.

Tony and Michael will appear at Lansdown Hall at 11.30am on Saturday, November 10, in a special Armistice weekend family event ideal for children of all ages, grown-ups, artists, illustrators, dog-lovers and anyone who loved War Horse.

Also coming to Stroud on Saturday at the Sub Rooms is TV scientist and dinosaur expert, Ben Garrod who has worked with David Attenborough and presented his own TV series, Secrets of Bones.

For pony fans, Stroud’s own Tracey Corderoy, author of the bestselling Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam books will be launching her brand-new series, Seaview Stable Adventures and showing you how to make pony rosettes as well!

This year’s festival includes lots more brilliant events for kids who love to draw and to make things.

The award for the most beautiful book of the festival goes to I am the Seed that Grew the Tree, a wonderful anthology of 365 nature poems, illustrated by Frann Preston.

Meet her, and find out how to create and illustrate a nature poem this Sunday at Lansdown Hall.

Sew a cute little teddy bear with Karin Celestine on Saturday at 1.30pm at the Subscription Rooms; or make a gorgeous miniature garden with Anna Wilson on Sunday at the Old Town Hall.

And if you’re not scared make sure to pop into Stroud Library where We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to celebrate the classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

With the exception of events at Stroud Library which are free, all children’s and family events cost £5 a ticket, with a family ticket available at £17.50.

Buy tickets from the Sub Rooms, via the festival website stroudbookfestival.org.uk or on the door.