Going out | The Fabularium Fairytale Festival

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With fairytales for grown-ups and myths for kids, this really is a festival with a difference, writes Keri Beckingham

Leading storytelling promoter the Crick Crack Club will host Bristol’s first summer pop-up fairytale festival in the middle of College Green, with plenty on offer to entertain both old and young alike!

On 29 August The Fabularium – a beautiful 100-seat tent, with lights twinkling and flags flying – will appear. Then, over the next four days, The Fabularium will come to life with a series of shows by the best of the UK’s storytellers, including Ben Haggarty, Daniel Morden, Jan Blake, Nell Phoenix and TUUP. 

During the day, The Fabularium will be dedicated to family shows (as much fun for the adults as for the children they bring!) about everything from quick-witted youths to magic monkeys and slobbering giants. But as the sky darkens, so will the stories, and evening shows for grown-ups will be a ruder, more epic and more outrageous offering!

In-between shows, Bristol-based company Play Wooden also have games available to play free of charge.

The Crick Crack Club is known in the UK for its quality theatre-based events, and The Fabularium is the Club’s unique touring venue, built in 2015 with the aim of taking world-class storytelling into the heart of communities across the UK in typical Crick Crack Club off-beat style.

Speaking about the festival, The Crick Crack Club said: “Our wild haven of fairytale for thinkers and dreamers has delighted people all over the UK – but we’re particularly delighted to bring it home to Bristol. Everyone knows that being told a story is like being told a secret, only better. This is a festival made by us, for everyone. You should all come!”

Tickets for adult shows (see website for age guidance) cost from £7.50–£9, and tickets for family shows (also see website for age guidance) cost £4/£10 for a family of three and £12 for a family of four. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Bristol Headfirst website.

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