Storytelling Sundays: Pop Up Festival of Stories

Yesterday I volunteered for the Pop Up Festival of Stories at Purfleet, Production Park.

high production park royal opera house essex

The weather was on our side and the festival was a great and fun place for children and families to be!

These are some of the things that were showcased throughout the day…

‘Kite Spirit’ by Sita Brahmachari

The writer manifested her scenes from the book into reality with great props and a wonderful set.

fly a kite story for children

Throughout the day she encouraged children to interact with the set from her story and for them to use their imaginations.

tent for children fly a kite pop up festival of stories


At the Pop Up Festival of Stories it was very hard to find a corner where a story wasn’t being told!

storytelling at pop up festival of storties

.. and every step of the way children were encouraged to sit and listen, to interact and socialise and, of course, participate in the storytelling. There was entertainment to please the children too like medieval musicians and cool a juggler too.

juggler entertainment at pop up festival of stories

Stories told with Art

Children who visited James Mayhew’s gallery were happily surprised to find they could draw on the floor, cut up lots of paper and use glue to stick the bits down and the most fun of all – play with GLITTER! Using drawings, arts and paintings, children were able to tell their own stories.

gallery for children creative and artistic

…and during certain parts of the day James himself drew pictures whilst telling a Russian fairytale about Baba Yaga to the little ones.

baba yaga russian fairytale

For the Older Kids

Now, there was something for everyone! Something I thought was very unique was ‘poetic debates’ which clearly portrayed the beauty and power of words.

poetic debating

Children from schools seemed very happy to get involved in this project and I’m not surprised as it looked like a lot of fun.

poetic debating from schools on stage

The African drumming was also very entertaining and perfect for all ages. Usifu Jalloh from Limba created an interactive, musical play to show off the fun, storytelling of his culture.

african drumming

Kayo’s Grimm fairytale interpretation was most probably suitable for teenagers as older students presented a story about fear and a girl who couldn’t control her temper. Although simple, some concepts seemed to be more complex compared to the other things in the festival.

kayo grimm fairytale and school acting

It was a really exciting day, one that saw a superb turnout of volunteers! Great to see such enthusiasm for helping the community.

volunteers at the pop up festival of stories

I hope that you joined us and enjoyed the Pop Up Festival of Stories 🙂


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

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