Your visit – Welcome Pack

If you are attending the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme this year, we will email you in June with a Welcome Pack containing maps and information about your visit to Edinburgh. These documents are also available to download on this page.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your first event – events start promptly and we have a strict no latecomers policy. Edinburgh is very busy during August so please schedule in extra travel time to allow for traffic congestion.

Baillie Gifford Children’s Bookshop

We have a large bookshop at the Book Festival dedicated to books for children of all ages. Stocking over 3,000 titles, from classic picture books for budding readers through to cutting-edge fiction for teens, our Baillie Gifford Children’s Bookshop offers a warm welcome with plenty of cosy reading corners – the perfect place for pupils to explore the depth and quality of children’s publishing today. Every penny of profit from our independent booksales operation goes straight back towards the maintenance and development of the Book Festival.

If you wish to let your pupils browse in the bookshop, we recommend you do this in the hour following your event.

Making books more affordable for pupils and schools

Pupils will get so much more from their Book Festival experience if they are able to read the relevant books beforehand.

25% off books for schools
Schools attending the Book Festival can order books from us in advance of their visit at a 25% discount and with free postage and packing (minimum order five copies of same book). Download the Schools’ Book Order Form.

£3 Baillie Gifford book voucher for every pupil
Every child attending the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme will receive a voucher worth £3 to put towards the cost of a book of their choice in one of the Book Festival bookshops.

Free books on Baillie Gifford Gala Day
Each school attending an event on Baillie Gifford Gala Day will receive a goody bag containing a selection of books for their school library.

Eating and drinking

Come for the whole day and have a lunchtime break between events. There is space on the grass for a picnic – either bring your own packed lunches or buy sandwiches, drinks and snacks from our on-site cafes.

Please note that we cannot guarantee there will be a covered area available for you to eat your lunch in bad weather, except on Baillie Gifford Gala Day.

Ticket prices

£3 each for pupils and adults (one adult free with every 10 pupils)
£8 (£6 concessions) each for CPL events
(Concessions are 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 it’s a coach from Inverness or an Edinburgh city bus fare – 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.

On your booking form, fill in the estimated cost and relevant details.

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

You will be notified if your application is successful (either totally or partially). You must invoice us for reimbursement of your Baillie Gifford Transport Fund allocation.

Special assistance and support services

The Baillie Gifford Schools Programme is open to all students. Our venues are wheelchair accessible and house infra-red audio loops for students with hearing difficulties. We can also provide a British Sign Language interpreter given prior notice.

In 2018, we also have an event for pupils with severe learning disabilities including PMLD, which takes place on Thursday 23 August. Please see page 19 of the brochure for more details.

Should any of your pupils require extra services or should you need more information to plan your visit, please email

What to know more?

Event listings and details about how to book can all be found in the brochure.

If you would like to talk to someone about the authors and events in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme, please contact our Schools Booking Co-ordinator by emailing