THE Rock shopping centre is hosting a two-day reading event this Easter.

The free event will feature children’s favourite The Gruffalo, as well as a host of pirate-themed, Treasure Island fun.

There will also be character appearances, a read and relax area and a creation station where children can make book marks and treasure maps.

Visitors can also take part in a Reading Rocks Quest where they can win an Easter prize by finding all the reading-related images in the shop windows

Meanwhile, there will also be prizes for the best fancy dress and goody bags for visitors attending the character appearances.

On Friday, youngsters will be able to meet the Gruffalo at 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

And on Saturday, Johnny Depp lookalike Captain Jack will be at the centre, with appearances at 11am, 1pm and 2:30pm.

There will also be story time sessions at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Arnold Wilcox-Wood, centre director at The Rock, said: “We know finding ways to keep the children entertained can be difficult so that’s why we’re hosting these free events for our visitors. They promise to be both fun and educational."