Bernard Cribbins at the British Academy Children's Awards

Bernard Cribbins honoured with OBE

Bernard Cribbins, the voice of the Wombles, has been awarded an OBE for services to drama. He says he’s “gobsmacked”.

TalkTalk Tales

Join the hunt for Britain’s best storyteller

Bernard Cribbins will judge a nationwide competition to find the best amateur storyteller, and The Wombles is one of the extracts people can read. Listen to the entries and vote for your favourites.

BBC Radio 4 - Last Word

Elisabeth Beresford obituary on Radio 4

Elisabeth Beresford is featured in BBC Radio 4’s weekly obituary programme, Last Word, which marks the lives of significant figures who have died recently. The programme includes tributes from Bernard Cribbins and Mike Batt.

Elisabeth Beresford holding an Uncle Bulgaria toy

Wombles fans pay tribute to Elisabeth Beresford

Elisabeth Beresford, the creator of the Wombles, has died at the age of 84. After suffering heart failure, she passed away on Christmas Eve at the Mignot Memorial Hospital on Alderney in the Channel Islands.

The Wombles - Bloomsbury (2010)

New official Wombles website and first two books

The first two Wombles books – The Wombles and The Wandering Wombles – are now on sale. They had been out of print for almost ten years, but were republished on 1 November, with brand new illustrations by Nick Price. Bloomsbury has also launched a new official Wombles website.

Uncle Bulgaria meets children outside the Wimbledon Bookfest tent

New books launched at Wimbledon Bookfest

Great Uncle Bulgaria made a special appearance on Wimbledon Common, to help launch the new editions of the Wombles story books. The official Wombles launch party was one of the children’s events at Wimbledon Bookfest.

Wimbledon Bookfest 2010

Wombles book launch party tickets on sale

A children’s party to relaunch the Wombles books is one of the highlights of this year’s Wimbledon Bookfest in October. Organised by publishers Bloomsbury, the event will take place in a big tent on Wimbledon Common.

Haydon the Womble waving at Wimbledon Village Fair

Wombles spotted on Wimbledon Common

Haydon the Womble attracted plenty of attention at the Wimbledon Village Fair, while Orinoco also put in a surprise appearance. Find out about the Family Fun Day on 3 July, and the Wombles book launch party in October at the Wimbledon Bookfest.