Storytelling Festival 17th June 2017

Sat 17 June, Storytelling Festival, Martineau Gardens, 11am – 7pm with the Traditional Arts Team

The Martineau Gardens’ Storytelling Festival returns for 2017. Look forward to a family-friendly day of storytelling, in the grounds of a beautiful community garden, presented by the Traditional Arts Team. There will be arts, crafts for children and music plus delicious food.

Storywalks in the woods, campfire tales and family storytelling all day  are all on the programme for the sixth Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival.  Community Garden Martineau Gardens and the Traditional Arts Team have joined forces to create the Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival, a family friendly day of storytelling plus arts, music and crafts taking place on Saturday 17 June, 11am – 7pm.

There will be a full programme of storytelling taking place under cover, in hidden corners of the two and half acre leafy community garden, not far from Birmingham city centre. From woodland glades to the sundial lawn, there will be a continuous stream of storytelling performances during the day aimed at everyone from little children right up to adults. There will be stories with food, stories with walks, stories with masks and more. Hear rousing yarns around the pirate ship, and as the festival draws to an end, campfire tales will bring all around the campfire for the finale.

For a sneak preview of the programme, hot off the press, click here!

There are a host of storytellers from across the Midlands including leading storytellers, Graham Langley, Catriona Heatherington and Cath Edwards. Storytellers Studio will be there in full force with their high-energy and the continuous Pop-Up storytelling canopy will see the audience listening to one story or staying all day. Tellers from around the region and beyond include Sheffield’s Beth Guiver, Wales’ Bethan Mascarenhas and Nottingham’s Monika Johnson will be making masks as she tells her stories.

Live music will be provided by Moseley Village Band and troubadour Rich Stokes will be singing and telling stories. Festival goers can enjoy an entertaining musical version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and listen to stories whilst cooking around the Earth Oven. Juliette Green, the Gardens’ Education Officer, will be running minibeast hunting and wildlife craft  activities.  There will be storywalks, token gathering, stories and pictures in the Glasshouse gallery and a sparkling light show in the woods.

A festival wouldn’t be a festival without the food – delicious tapas, cakes and salads will be available all day from ChangeKitchen CIC.

The Storytelling Festival is supported with funding from Arts Council England.

Festival Poster


Advance:  Adult £7,  accompanied children £2*, in advance – advance sales end 4pm Friday 16 June.

On the gate: Adult £9, children £2* (subject to availability, buy in advance to avoid disappointment).

* Children’s Tickets: Children aged 16 years or under cost £2, children aged under 13 will not be admitted without an accompanying adult.

On-line sales: Via  There will be a 70p booking fee applied per adult ticket and 20p per child ticket.

Telephone sales: Call Martineau Gardens on 0121 440 7430 for card sales (Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm only, no booking fee)

Cash or cheque sales: For callers in person Monday to Friday, no booking fee, Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG.

Getting to the Event:

There is a small car park at the Gardens, reserved for disabled parking. Public parking for the event will be at the Priory Hospital, opposite, by kind permission of the hospital. Please park at the rear of the Hospital (follow the signs) and allow yourself five minutes walk to get back to Martineau Gardens.

We recommend that you consider the green option and travel by public transport to the event. Martineau Gardens is well served by buses. The nearest bus routes are Priory Road: 1; Bristol Road: 61, 63, X64 ; Pershore Road: 45, 47 . To plan your journey by public transport, visit and use the Martineau Gardens’ postcode, B5 7UG.

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