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Middlesbrough book benches trail

From 13 July to 6 September, amazing book benches created by community groups and schools will be on display in a trail around Middlesbrough town centre.

These marvellous artworks are inspired by Middlesbrough’s favourite children’s books, as voted for by you in summer 2017!

There will be themed activities and copies of the book to enjoy at each venue. Visit them all to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic book bundle!

Get your trail guide!

Pick up a trail guide from Middlesbrough Central Library or participating venues.

You can even print your own copy at home if you need to. Download a copy of the trail leaflet to print (it's a big file so don't try downloading it on your mobile!)

Find the benches!

Three book benches will be installed outside the Central Library in Centre Square: families at Central Library created the bench portraying Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, while students Ellie Bartlett and Alex Ferguson-Darnell from the Northern College of Art have created benches depicting The Hobbit and The Book Thief.

Seven benches will then reside in venues around the town centre.

Alice in Wonderland by the Trinity Youth Project will be on display at Pineapple Black Gallery.

The BFG by participants at Hemlington Hub Library will be at Dundas Shopping Centre.

Charlotte’s Web by Year 5 at Captain Cook Primary School will visit Off the Ground coffee shop.

Dear Zoo by families at Thorntree Hub Library will be on show at Waterstones.

The Gruffalo by Year 5 at St. Thomas More RC Primary School will be in Hillstreet Shopping Centre.

Holes by Bridge Hill Day Service will reside in the Town Hall.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Beech Grove Primary School will be housed at MIMA.

And the final bench will reside just a short walk from the town centre.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by participants at Acklam Hub Library will be on show at the Dorman Museum.

Enter the competition!

Visit each bench with your trail map – at each location you will find a letter. Collect each one to reveal the name of a favourite children’s character, then hand your entry in at Central Library or the Dorman Museum before 10 September 2019 to be in with a chance of winning the fabulous prize!

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and support from incredible partners around the town, the book bench trail is a free activity for families to enjoy throughout the summer and engage in reading for pleasure.