The first of two amazing weekends of arts and entertainment kick off this Saturday as the annual Peterborough Festival brings us something new.

This year the fun is moving out of the city centre with a weekend of fun at Thorpe Meadows with #ParkTales: Myths and Minibeasts on August 20-21 followed by Key Feste on September 3-4 at the Key Theatre and Embankment.

It’s twice the fun as both weekends will be packed full of activities for families based around various art forms including music, dance, drama, storytelling and sculpture.


First up it’s #ParkTales: Myths and Minibeasts when Thorpe Meadows will be transformed into a mythical kingdom on August 20 – 21 as Vivacity invites families to a magnificently magical weekend.

There’ll be storytellers, sculptures, music and lots of ‘Faerie and Beasty’ shenanigans including the Magic Dust Disco, Mini Beast Quests and den building, plus plenty of other interactive workshops to keep both children and grown-ups alike entertained.


Marvellous Menagerie will take you on an adventure through sizzling safaris and snowy Siberia – this epic story of world travel and rare beasts will be told through drama, music and song!

Then, set off on a mythical journey that will take you from the depths of the sea to the ancient past with the Tale Trail. Listen carefully for clues from four storytellers along the way to reveal a secret message. Throughout the day, there will also be fairy and elf workshops, transforming children into magical creatures, colouring and minibeast making stations and den building.


Sheena Carman, Vivacity Arts Development officer said “The whole thing is going to be pinned together by storytellers.

“They will weave stories around the sculptures, about the folklore of the area and all the natural mini beasts that you can find there.”

The weekend events are free to attend and brimming with good stuff so see you there!

Keep an eye out on for more details but here’s how the schedule looks….

10.30   Storytelling (Our Story) 40 mins

10.30   Fairy and Elves Workshops      40 mins

10.30   Free drop on Activities All Day

11:00   Den Building     40 mins

11:00   Mystérieuses Coiffure   From 11am then at various times during the day.

11:00   The Microscopic Animal Enthusiasts     Various times during the day starting at 11am

11:15   The Hook Bar  Open various times during the day with Pirate performances, drop by

11:25   Fairy and Elves Workshops      40 mins

11.25   Storytelling (Our Story) 40 mins

12:05   Marvellous Menagerie  35 mins

12.45   Magic Dust Disco         20 mins

13:10   Storytelling (Our Story) 40 mins

13:10   Fairy and Elves Workshops      40 mins

13:15   Froglife Pond Dipping (Saturday only)   60 mins

13:15   Foraging Walk Trail (Nene Park)          30 mins

13:20   Pennyless         40 mins

13:30   Den building     40 mins

14:10   Storytelling (Our Story) 40 mins

15:00   Marvellous Menagerie  35 mins

15:45   Last Storytelling (Our Story)     40 mins

15:45   Last Fairy workshops   40 mins

15:45   Pennyless         45 mins

16:40   Magic Dust Disco         20 mins

#Arts #Vivacity

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