Throughout the duration of our popular Enid Blyton exhibition we have been inviting children to enter our Beaney Blyton Story Competition, with three age groups in for the chance of winning some exclusive Blyton-themed prizes.

The Under 5s were asked to write a few words about What Noddy did at The Beaney or draw a picture of what he did. Children aged 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 were given the first sentence of a Beaney adventure and were asked to complete the story including at least one Beaney object or painting.

The first line was: It was getting dark, as the children climbed the old Victorian staircase in The Beaney…

With over 250 entries it was a really tough decision for the judges, especially when there are obviously a lot of very talented budding authors in the district! A decision was made and we are pleased to announce the winners are….

Age 5 to 7 winner

Naomi Williams Age 7 (story about the Mummified cat!)

Age 8 to 12 winner

Emily-Astin Cook Age 10 (story about the Indian mace)

Under 5s winner (who couldn’t attend last night)

Amelie Davey Age 4 (story about what Noddy did at the Beaney)

There was also a special prize for St Stephen’s Infants School Canterbury for best school entry.


On the 26th March the children, and their families, were invited to a Prize Winners Event where they had refreshments before being presented with prizes and taken on a tour of the exhibition.

Winners received a midnight feast, books, book tokens and Penguin mugs.


Thank you to everyone who entered and if you haven’t been for a slide down the Faraway Tree yet Mystery, Magic & Midnight Feasts continues on at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge until Sunday 19th April.

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