StoryFest: February half-term
This half-term, join us for a kids' book festival like no other. Let your imagination run wild at StoryFest: a celebration of stories, storytelling, curiosity and fun.
The Imagination Seekers
Can you help find the magic ingredients for a story?Play video
The Everywhere Bear
Folllow the Everywhere Bear trail around Eden and meet illustrator Rebecca Cobb.Play video
Take part in interactive story sessions, contribute to the big book exchange, and get hands-on with craft workshops and games. We will also be hosting some very special guests from the world of children's books.
StoryFest is one of The Guardian's top 10 children’s festivals for February half-term.
Shows and storytelling
The Roald Dahl Imagination Seekers
Come along and enjoy this mischievous, interactive theatrical event inspired by the works of Roald Dahl. Can you help the Imagination Seekers find the magic ingredients for a story?
- Where and when: 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm (shows last up to 40 minutes) in the Dome Tent
- Find out about additional relaxed performances for children with autism and sensory or communication needs.
Guest authors and illustrators
Join one of our special guests for an amazing reading or live illustration and hear all about their creative process as they share their stories with you. They are also signing books. You'll find them in the Citrus Grove, Mediterranean Biome.
- Martin Brown, illustrator of Horrible Histories: 1pm, Monday 13 Feb and 1pm, Tuesday 14 Feb (shows last around 45 minutes)
- Rebecca Cobb, illustrator of The Paper Dolls and The Everywhere Bear: 1pm, Wednesday 15 Feb
- Craig Green, author of Captured! and The Geese Police and Lucy the Juicy Moose: 1pm, Thursday 16 Feb
- John Dougherty, author of Stinkbomb & Ketchup Face: 1pm, Friday 17 Feb
Join the Eden Storytellers for this interactive session where you get to become part of their story.
- Where and when: daily at 12.30pm and 2pm (shows last around 20 minutes) in the Dome Tent
Tales from now and then
Join our Eden Storytellers to hear stories from everywhere and everywhen.
Where and when: daily at 11.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, plus an additional slot at 1pm on 11, 12, 18 and 19 Feb, in the Citrus Grove, Mediterranean Biome
Paper Nations Dare to Write workshops
Drop in to this workshop to create your very own story and make your very own book. You’ll get to pick from a selection of ‘dares’ or extracts to inspire your story, then transform it into a limited edition booklet. You can also create your very own writing dares for future storymakers taking up the Dare to Write Library challenge!
As the library grows, young storymakers can swap their booklets for the tales of others, and even RISO print a limited edition of their creative writing creation, made possible by RISO UK and Zerographic.
- Where and when: daily at 11am–4.30pm in the Core
Make a fun book mark to take home.
- Where and when: daily at 10am–5pm in the Core
Trails and other activities
The Everywhere Bear trail
The Everywhere Bear is off on his travels, can you find him around Eden, using your free StoryFest journal? He’s a lovely character from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb’s new book.
What’s your Eden Journey? Use your free StoryFest journal to capture your favourite things about Eden and create a story about your time here.
The Eden Big Book Exchange
Stories are best shared, so bring along a book that you have read and enjoyed, and swap it for one that you haven’t.
Each visitor may exchange a maximum of two books. Books must be in good condition (no pages missing, large rips, drawings inside etc…), but can of course look ‘pre-loved’. Children’s books only please, for ages 0-14.
- When and where: daily at 10am–5pm in the Core
- Where and when: daily at 10am–5pm in the Core
Visit our face painters and transform yourself into a creative and colourful character.
Imagination Seekers relaxed performances
We are offering relaxed sessions with the Imagination Seekers for children with autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication needs or learning disabilities who may benefit from a more informal experience. They will take place at 10.30am on Sunday 12 and Friday 17 February.
The sessions will be limited to a maximum of 50 children and their family members. After the performance, you are very welcome to stay and enjoy the rest of the Eden site including the other StoryFest activities.
Please note that so that we can carefully control the numbers for each of the relaxed performances, booking is required. Upon booking, you’ll be emailed a pre-visit information pack enabling you to prepare for your visit. You will also need to buy an Eden admission ticket, have an Annual or Locals’ Pass, or be an Eden Project Member.
Illustrations: Horrible Histories © Martin Brown; The Everywhere Bear and Paper Dolls © Rebecca Cobb; Stinkbomb & Ketchup Face © David Tazzyman; Roald Dahl book artwork © Penguin Random House 2016.