Your visit – Welcome Pack

Schools attending events in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme in August will receive a Welcome Pack containing everything you need to know about your visit to Edinburgh.


Get your book signed and chat to your favourite authors

All events in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme are followed by a book signing. This is the perfect chance for your pupils to get their copy of the book signed and ask any burning questions that they may not have had a chance to ask during the event.


Eating and drinking

For a lunchtime break between events there is space on the grass for a picnic – either bring your own packed lunches or buy sandwiches, drinks, snacks and ice-cream from our on-site cafés.


Spend time browsing in the bookshop

Our bookshops have one of the largest ranges of titles for children and young people in the UK, with all of the books featured in the Schools Programme handily located together so that you can easily find them. Visit our Books and Bookshops page for full details.


Ticket prices

£3 each for pupils and adults (one adult free with every 10 pupils)
£8 (£6 concessions) each for standard CLPL events
£15 (£12 concessions) each for CLPL Creative Writing Workshops
Concessions are available to over 60s, students, Young Scot cardholders, Jobseekers and disabled visitors.


Baillie Gifford Transport Fund

If you need financial support to transport your class to the Book Festival – whether you’re taking the train from Mallaig or the bus from Musselburgh – please apply for our Baillie Gifford Transport Fund.

First get an estimate of the cost of bringing your pupils to Charlotte Square Gardens for each trip.

Once booking has opened, on your booking form fill in the estimated cost and relevant details.

Allocation of funding is based on economic need and geographical distance.


Special assistance and support services

The Baillie Gifford Schools Programme is open to all students. The Book Festival Village and all venues are fully wheelchair accessible and we have accessible toilets including a Changing Places toilet. Our Access Team will be able to help you navigate the site when you arrive.

Our venues house infra-red audio loops for students with hearing difficulties and we can also provide a British Sign Language interpreter given prior notice.

We run events for pupils with severe learning disabilities
including PMLD, details of which will be annouced with the rest of the Schools Programme in April.

Should any of your pupils require extra services or should you need more information to plan your visit, please email schools@edbookfest.co.uk