Once Upon a Festival

Once Upon a Festival

SAVE THE DATE!                                                                                                         

Saturday 11 August, 11am - 5pm                                                                                 

Central Park, Peterborough                                                                                           


Due to last year's popularity, Once Upon a Festival returns this summer! With fun activities to see and do, there's something for the whole family. Expect storytelling, creative workshops, outdoor theatre, music and much more...

Pop the date in your diary and keep an eye on this page to find out more about what's in store.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Pennyless will be bringing lively sounds to the festival with their quirky and mystical songs from folklore, medieval history and their own musical minds.