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Family Learning Festival 14th October – 5th November

What is the Family Learning Festival?


Family Learning Festival is a national celebration which marks and inspires a love of learning in family life. It takes place in October every year. Learning as a family can help us to become confident, lifelong learners with all the benefits that brings – from better health to being happier. Family learning supports children to achieve at school. It can be transformative, helping us to find new passions and interests, and realise our aspirations through further learning. Organisations of all types and sizes from schools and children centres, through libraries to museums and galleries put on brilliant and creative events. they also showcase ideas and learning opportunities that families can do afterwards. Some Festival events are organised across local areas. The Festival is co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning, the organisation that aims to build a culture of learning everywhere.


Who is the Family Learning Festival for?

The Family Learning Festival is for all families! Organisers run events suitable for families with children and adults of all ages. From storytelling to dancing, baking to science experiments – there’s something for everyone! If you’re interested in running an event, please do! The guidelines are that the learning activities are fun, informal, inclusive and intergenerational – and all family members are welcome including mum, dad, carers, siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents and friends too.


Money Matters – Free practical online sessions for parents of school-aged children

17th and 20th October, 10am – 12pm
Book your free place (17th October)
Book your free place (20th October)

Worried about how your family will cope with the cost of living crisis?

Attending one of the sessions will enable you to:

  • Explore ways to talk and learn about money with your children

  • Learn how to keep your money safe online

  • Find out about different ways your family can plan and save

  • Access new interactive resources for children and young people

  • Meet and share ideas with other parents



Some of our favourite activities for Inspiring Curiosity


Out and About

  • Create a miniature book with The British Library, inspired by outdoor adventures

  • Learn about science with outdoor activities from the British Science Association (and ones families can do at home and in the kitchen!)

  • Lego Foundation has lots of play activities to stimulate imagination and learning to do outdoors (as well as indoors)

  • Nature scavanger hunts to feed the imagination from The Woodland Trust


At Home

  • Top tips for learning through play – see our Best Coach for your Kids handout for ideas

  • Connect family and friends and create history with History Begins at Home from the Archive Wellbeing Network and the Chief Archivists in Local Government Group

  • Stimulate storytelling with the British Library’s ‘Pack your suitcase with Paddington’ activity

  • National Literacy Trust’s Words For Life has lots of playful and imaginative activities to help improve children’s language, literacy and communication skills from home

  • Create an Indoor Scavenger Hunt with the RSPB

  • Historic Environment Scotland have lots of stories and story-making activity suggestions inspired by the past to discover online, in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.


Festival Pinterest Page!

Find even more inspiration on our Family Learning Festival Pinterest boards.

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