Youngsters enjoying craft activities this summer at North Somerset Libraries
Youngsters enjoying craft activities this summer at North Somerset Libraries

Library reading challenge reward announced

Following a summer of reading and activities in North Somerset libraries a special half-price theatre ticket offer has been announced for all children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, the Big Friendly Read.

A dramatisation of Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny, the Champion of the World’ will be performed by Illyria theatre company at the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare on Thursday 1 September at 7pm.

Children taking part in the Big Friendly Read at any North Somerset library are eligible for half-price tickets, along with one adult per child. The half-price tickets – £3.50 for children and £5 for adults – must be bought from The Bay Café at the Tropicana and purchasers must show their Big Friendly Read collector’s card.

Libraries across the country are celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl, one of the world’s favourite storytellers, in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The author went to school in Weston and wrote about this in his book ‘Boy’.

More than 3,500 children have already signed up to the Big Friendly Read in North Somerset libraries and are enjoying collecting Roald Dahl cards as they read six library books during the summer holidays.

It’s not too late to start the challenge which runs until Saturday 10 September. Anyone aged four to 11 can take part. If you’re not already a member of your library, joining is easy and free – just ask your parent or carer to take you along.

Everyone finishing the challenge gets a special medal and certificate. All those who finish by 10 September will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of the new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

Libraries are also offering free and fun activities inspired by Roald Dahl’s books throughout the summer holiday to help children complete the challenge. Visit your local library or go to to find out more.

For more information about this summer’s ‘Theatre @ The Bay’ shows at the Tropicana visit