Storytelling Festival Sat 25 June

Storytelling in a wooded glade at Martineau Gardens

Storytelling in a wooded glade at Martineau Gardens

Storytelling Festival Saturday 25 June 2016

Where Stories, Plants and Wildlife Meet

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The Shipwreck Play Area through the Spring Meadow

The fifth Martineau Gardens’ Storytelling Festival returns for midsummer 2016, Saturday 25 June, 11am – 7pm.

Look forward to a family-friendly day of storytelling, in the grounds of our beautiful community garden, presented by the Traditional Arts Team.    There will be storytelling performances, storywalks in the woods, live music, dance, arts, stalls, and  crafts for children, with delicious food available from award-winning Change Kitchen.

An exciting programme of storytelling is taking place, under cover, in hidden corners of our  two and half acre leafy garden. 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 pictures and a continuous Pop-Up storytelling canopy where you can listen to one story or stay all day.  

Fun for children includes nature-themed stories, songs and activities for under-5s,  stories with riddles, mask-making, tales around the earth oven, tree tales in the wood and  stories for older children in the Epic Tent.

Enjoy stories from Cath Evans, Catriona Heatherington, Graham Langley, Sharon Carr and more.

Fantastic news: Pyn Stockman will be telling Puck’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Three Princes (from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights), highly interactive told with props and masks, primary school aged children will love these performances!

Live music from Moseley Village Band. Black Adder Morris dancers will have toes tapping, clad in brightly coloured raggedy costumes, to the sounds of traditional instruments and the cracking of sticks, this is a high energy performance not to be missed. 

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.

Find out more

We’re busy putting the programme together for 2016, check back here regularly for more details, or :

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The Martineau Gardens’ Storytelling Festival is brought to Birmingham by the Traditional Arts Team, the people who are passionate about staging storytelling, music and dance events with a traditional twist.


Saturday 25 June : Advance –  Adults £7,  accompanied children £2 *, on the gate (subject to availability), £10 Adults, £2 accompanied children*

* Children’s Tickets: Children aged 16 years or under are £2, when accompanied by an adult. Unaccompanied children aged 13 to 16 years old need to purchase a fullprice ticket. Children aged under 13 will not be admitted without an accompanying adult. Children aged 0 – 2 go free.

Tickets will be available on the gate, subject to availability, by cash or cheque only – Martineau Gardens’ doesn’t have credit card facilities. Check this website for the latest availability news, purchase in advance recommended to avoid disappointment and to make savings on adult tickets.

Advance tickets available from WeGotTickets website  or to callers in person to Martineau Gardens (Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm). Booking fee is 70p per adult ticket from (credit cards); no booking fee from Martineau Gardens (cash or cheque only).



Festival Information:

A Garden Event:

This outdoor event takes place in the grounds of a beautiful community garden, please do dress appropriately for the weather. Some of the events will take place within a marquee and a bell-tent  – other activities will take place undercover on the lawns, in the woods, on the pirate ship and around the Earth Oven. No gazeboes, but chairs and picnic rugs are welcome. Most of our paths are bark chippings.


Storytelling Festival Saturday 25 June 11am – 7pm

Disabled Access:

Wheelchair users will find the gardens reasonably accessible. Depending on the weather, parts of the gardens may be only accessible to the determined and the paths through the woodland are bark chippings. The women’s toilet is accessible to wheelchair users.

 We hope you enjoy the Festival!

Getting to the Festival:


Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG

Martineau Gardens is located on the B4217, 2 miles  from Birmingham city centre, opposite the Priory Hospital and close to the mac (Midlands Arts Centre) and Warwickshire County Cricket Ground.

There is a small car park at Martineau Gardens. Public car parking for the Storytelling Festival is over the road, at the Priory Hospital, by kind permission. Please drive to the rear of the car park, to the area that adjoins the Elmhurst School of Dance (follow the signs).

Or … choose the green option and leave the car at home! Travel by boot, bus or bike recommended or arrange to be dropped off close to the Gardens. Martineau Gardens is well served by buses. The nearest bus routes are  Priory Road: 1;  Bristol Road: 61, 63, X64 ; Pershore Road: 45, 47 . The nearest train stations are Five Ways Station (then a 15 minute walk  or bus journey) or New Street Station, with a 15 minute bus journey to the Gardens.  To plan your journey by public transport,  visit and use the Martineau Gardens’ postcode, B5 7UG.