Dodo's Dream, Circle of Two
When the clock strikes twelve, magic begins and a doll comes to life... Inspired, amongst others, by the myth of Pygmalion and the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann, this is a poetic pantomime that blends circus, theatre and puppetry. Dodo the Inventor creates the perfect creature to enlighten his lonely heart... An impossible love story!
Red Riding Hood, Booster Cushion
Little Red Riding Hood’s friend arrives to tell us the story but has a problem, there are no pages in the book! He tries to tell the story and we meet Red Riding Hood’s mum, dad and grandma but he keeps getting the story wrong. So Cinderella arrives to help, dancing a conga with her Jack’s Baked Beans Band and suggests auditions to find the Wolf to end the story.
Liam Carroll, Storyteller
Liam has travelled widely in the remote rustic regions of Europe, mostly with horses, carts, wagons, musicians and performers. Once a horseman, he fell for the charm of folk traditions and tale telling after several years touring with the mask and puppet based Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company. After a few years of writing and performing anarchic street theatre shows he entered the spine bound chambers of the library service to develop a more gentle approach to storytelling. He now mixes a calm conversational style with occasional eruptions of tumultuous comedy to retell and reinvent myths and fables of old.
Pennyless will be bringing lively sounds to the festival with their quirky and mystical songs from folklore, medieval history and their own musical minds.
BEES! The Colony, Artizani
What do bees get up to when they’re not buzzing? Welcome to a beehive like no other, tended to by two rather peculiar beekeepers. Wander amongst the honey-perfumed Bee Colony, you might find yourself looking into the vastness of space or catching a flick in the tiny bee cinema! Dare you look through the hole? Go on, you might be surprised by what you find. A multi-sensory interactive installation full of sweet surprises.
Ross Montgomery, Meet the Author
Suitable for ages 7+
Meet author Ross Montgomery, who writes weird and wonderful award-winning books for children.
Find out what it’s like to be an author, and have a go at some drawing with Ross. He will be basing his sessions on his book ‘Max and the Millions’, a story about a boy who discovers a secret civilisation of tiny people.
Ross will be talking about writing and being an author, and will also be offering drawing workshops. Children can use their imagination to come up with great ideas as well as chatting to a published author.
Ross’s books will be available to purchase at the event.
National Literacy Trust, PCC and City College Tent
Enjoy outdoor-themed activities based around Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and take home fun ideas for story time. The event supports the Vision for Reading in Peterborough, which prioritises getting more children to enjoy reading and read more often.
Representatives from City College Peterborough and Peterborough City Council will also be on hand to share advice and activities that will help ensure children are ready to start school.
Baba Yaga's House, Dizzy O' Dare
Baba Yaga's House is a ramshackle old cottage, which roams the land on chicken legs, while Baba flies across the landscape in her giant pestle and mortar, and though she may seem scary, she might tell your fortune...
Inspired by Slavic fairy tales, adapted over centuries to excite and scare children and adults alike, now awoken from her slumber, 300 years later Baba Yaga flies again.
Woodland Fairies with Balloonatic
Performers Balloonatic will be taking balloon art to the next level! Marvel at their Woodland Fairy creations and be entertained by their comic interaction as they roam about the park.
Join in with a variety of workshops throughout the day.
Matchbox Beehive Workshop (as part of Artizani BEES!)
Create a matchbox maison or a humble house fit for a Queen bee. Where would you like to live if you were a bee? What would you do for fun? Play frisBEE, dance to BEEyonce or maybe BEEfriend some other garden critters…
Funded by Without Walls
Baba Yaga’s Puppet Workshop (as part of Baba Yaga’s House)
Have you seen ever seen a ramshackle old cottage with legs like chickens? That belongs to Baba Yaga… and now you can make your own! With chicken legs that move just like hers and a silhouette of a witch in the window.
Funded by Without Walls
Crocodile Castanets (Peter Pan Workshop)
What makes a crocodile tick? Is it his determination to capture the infamous Captain Hook? Or is it the ticking clock in his tummy? Make a noise making croc that you can tick tock to along to the songs of Peter Pan.
Crazy Comic Club
Join bestselling cartoonist James Parsons for a fun-packed day of comic art workshops and skills! Create pop-up comics, learn manga drawing tricks, create superheroes, or design a pair of real working X-Ray spex! All you need to bring is your imagination!
- Storytellers – with tales from around the world and from cultures in Peterborough
- Children’s art & crafts workshops with artists and illustrators
- Art and stories with children’s illustrator Ellie Sandall, famous for her Every Bunny series of books
- Meet Peter Rabbit himself and follow the Beatrix Potter trail
- Chill-out space for families with young babies, play areas and colouring tent
- Hungry Caterpillar crafts with Barnardos
- Face-painting, glitter tattoos and hair feathers (charges apply)
- Visit the Vivacity Children’s Book Bus and get your library card if you don’t have one
|11am||Crazy Comics workshop|
|11am||Peter Rabbit (walkabout)|
|BSL||11am||Signed storytelling with Janina Vigurs|
|11.15am||Max and the Millions workshop|
|BSL||11.30am||Little Red Riding Hood & Friends theatre show|
|BSL||11.30am||Signed storytelling with Liam Carroll|
|11.45am||Storytelling with Janina Vigurs|
|BSL||12pm||Every Bunny workshop|
|12pm||Woodland Fairies with Balloonatics (walkabout)|
|12.30pm||Crazy Comics workshop|
|BSL||12.45pm||Signed storytelling with Liam Carroll|
|1pm||Baba Yaga (walkabout)|
|1pm||Every Bunny workshop|
|1pm||Max and the Millions workshop|
|1.15pm||Storytelling with Janina Vigurs|
|1.30pm||Peter Rabbit (walkabout)|
|BSL||2pm||Little Red Riding Hood & Friends theatre show|
|2pm||Woodland Fairies with Balloonatics (walkabout)|
|2pm||Every Bunny workshop|
|BSL||2pm||Signed storytelling with Janina Vigurs|
|2.30pm||Crazy Comics workshop|
|BSL||2.30pm||Max and the Millions workshop|
|2.45pm||Baba Yaga (walkabout)|
|2.45pm||Storytelling with Janina Vigurs|
|3pm||Every Bunny workshop|
|3pm||Peter Rabbit (walkabout)|
|3.15pm||Woodland Fairies with Balloonatics (walkabout)|
|3.30pm||Storytelling with Janina Vigurs|
|3.30pm||Max and the Millions workshop|
|3.30pm||Circle of Two performance|
|4pm||Crazy Comics workshop|
|BSL||4pm||Every Bunny workshop|
|4.15pm||Baba Yaga (walkabout)|
|Drop in all day||Storytelling with Liam Carroll|