Events 2018-19

Latest Event: Panto in a Day (22 February 2019)

Next Event: Finale (11 April 2019)

2018-19 Events Timetable | Archive of Older Events

DBA Finale - A Journey through Time and Space

We have been beavering away behind the scenes with a fantastic day arranged for you all.

Venue: The Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, DN4 7PD

Date: Thursday 11th April 2019


Morning - 10:30am - 11:45am, all to be seated by 10:25am. Author Janina Ramirez ( plus display and tales from Jorfers Hall Vikings (

Lunch: Bring a pack-up and something to keep the children amused.

Afternoon - 1:00 - 2:30pm, all to be seated by 12:55pm. Illustrator Liz Million ( plus even MORE display and tales from Jorfers Hall Vikings.

Signings & author photos - after the event. Take your own photos with the authors as your children get their books signed. We will be sending pre-order actions and forms imminently.

Official photos - you can book from 9:45am, 12:20-12:50pm and 2:30-3:00pm to have your group have a photo taken with the Vikings around the BIG DFS sofa. Please specify in your booking - places will be booked in order of reply.

Please try to ensure your children do not move about the venue during the actual events, toilet trips should be kept to the break, and be mindful of all others in the venue.

Finally if you have any SEN of which we need to be aware, as it affects the seating arrangements, please do let me know - we can make this happen for you.

DBA Finale Details 2019

Fee Fi Fo Fum – Come to our Panto and have some Fun!!!

Yes, it’s back! By popular demand, once again our young people have the opportunity to take part in the DBA classic ‘Panto in a Day’! This year, as you might have guessed, we will be doing Jack and The Beanstalk led, as ever, by the fabulous James Worthington and the Talegate Theatre Company.

The event will take place at The Point (please note change of venue!) on Friday, 22nd February and will run from 9.30 am until 3pm. Children will learn their songs and scripts with James and co, and perform the panto on stage for their parents/guardians at the end of the workshop.

If you know a young star in the making, don’t delay as places are limited. Contact Lynne Coppendale on for full details and to book a place for some serious half-term fun!

Key Stage 1 Picture Book Special

A special event for younger children (Key Stage 1) will be held at CAST on Thursday 13 June 2019.

DBA KS1 Event 13 Jun 2019 Details

Terrific Trio Triumph at the DBA Launch

dba-2018-19-launch-leafletDBA Launch 2018-19 | Thursday 11th October 2018 | Doncaster Dome

On Thursday 11th October 2018 the DBA played host to three absolutely brilliant authors in what was definitely one of our best events ever. The Dome was filled with well over 1000 cheering, clapping and laughing children as Andy Stanton, Martin Brown and Andy Cope demonstrated once again the power of books to stir imaginations, inform and entertain and the sheer joy of reading.

View full details of DBA Launch 2018-19

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Just some of the huge audience at last year's DBA launch

2018-19 Events Timetable

11 October 2018
DBA Launch 2018-19 at the Doncaster Dome

22 February 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Panto in a Day at Doncaster's Little Theatre

11 April 2019
Grand Finale at the Doncaster Dome

13 June 2019
Special event for younger children, to be held at CAST

Team DBA are busy planning this year's other events - keep checking back here regularly!