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Tales and Trails Festival

Location:Brandon Country Park, Bury Road, Brandon, IP27 0SU Road
Dates/s: Saturday 21st September
Time/s: 11:00 - 18:00
Admission: FREE
Tales and Trails Festival

Tales and Trails Festival is arts and environment day for the whole family at Brandon Country Park on Saturday 21st September, 11am - 6pm.

MarketPlace is supporting Brandon Creative Forum to bring you a day of art and activities celebrating the forest.  We have worked with artists and the local community to create a packed programme including newly commissioned artwork and creative experiences.  Our activities are themed around a sense of place and the natural environment, offering a range of things for you to see, hear and do.  We hope you will join us at the Festival, have fun exploring the forest and discovering new things.

Entry to the festival is free - but we welcome donations to support ongoing creative activities in the Brandon area.

Please note that car parking space at Brandon Country Park is limited.  We encourage people to walk where possible or to jump on the FREE Festival Shuttle Bus.  The bus will travel between Brandon and the Country Park throughout the day starting at 11am from George Street bus stop.  Access information for the Park can be found here.  

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Things to look out for at the Festival:

Art installations and commissions The Festival will showcase 5 new artworks, co-commissioned with the community.  The regional artists include Oblique Arts, Kaitlin Ferguson, ArtatWork, Kate Munro and The Lost Sound Project.  There will also be a showcase of local a creative talent, and two artist-led projects featuring contributions by local people.
Stories and Tales

Join storyteller Chip from Epic Tales on a story-walk around the park; walks start at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm (60 mins).  Brandon Library Poets will lead guided-walks; Myth and Folk stories at 1pm and 5pm, and a Memory walk at 3pm.  

Performance and music

You can enjoy live music, comedy, buskers and morris dancing in the Festival Hub through the day.  Shoestring Theatre are performing an abridged version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Mausoleum, 2.45 – 3.30pm.

Stalls and activities Come and browse a range of stall selling hot food and snacks, as well as gifts and recycled goods.  There will be demonstrations and creative activities that you can have a go at.  Just turn up and take part.
Walks and Trails Explore the park and discover tree decorations created by Brandon schools, pre-schools and local groups along the South Ride.  Keep an eye out for some colourful toadstools, and see if you can spot our hidden fairy doors


Who are we?

MarketPlace is a project initiated and funded by Arts Council England as part of the Creative People and Places programme.  Babylon Arts is the lead partner delivering MarketPlace, and we work with local communities in Fenland and Forest Heath to develop creative ideas and opportunities.

Brandon Creative Forum is a team of volunteers, community members and representatives of Brandon groups and societies. Tales and Trails is the fourth in a series of events organised by the community team with the support of MarketPlace and the first year the team we are creating an event outside of the town centre.


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