Paddington Bear is on his way to Falkirk

Paddington Bear will be on the big screen at Cineworld this Sunday
Paddington Bear will be on the big screen at Cineworld this Sunday

Book your spot to meet up with everyone’s favourite duffel coat wearing, friendly bear.

Paddington is starring on the big screen and this weekend, courtesy of Cineworld and the Scottish Book Trust, there will be special screenings across the country.

Falkirk is one of the cinemas where youngsters will be able to enjoy a special Bookbug session before the film is shown on Sunday.

Sessions will be ‘bear themed’ and feature a reading from Michael Bond’s ‘A Bear Called Paddington’, as well as stories, activity sheets and goodie bags.

Each child will also receive a free hardback copy of the deluxe edition when they buy their ticket, courtesy of Harper Collins.

Then there is the perfect way to round off the morning with the 10.30 a.m. screening featuring the marmalade sandwich-loving bear from Peru, who heads a cast including Colin Firth, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and Peter Capaldi.

One review has already suggested it could be “the finest family film ever made” which means tickets are sure to be in demand.

The event is part of Book Week Scotland 2014 and every Cineworld cinema in Scotland will also be giving away ‘Scotland’s Stories of Home’, the free book collection of stories and poems from the Scottish public about what home means to them.

Also during this week, three free picture books will be gifted to every P1 pupils in the country.

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Pack will introduce children who are just beginning their reading journey to some of the best new Scottish children’s books. These include the shortlist for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015 – ‘Robot Rumpus’ by Sean Taylor and Ross Collins, ‘Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten’ by Alison Murray and ‘Lost for Words’ by Natalie Russell.

For more information about Book Week Scotland, visit, where you can find information about all the events taking place locally, vote for your favourite character from a Scottish book and make your Reading Pledge.