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June 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Author talk
  • FREE
  • Performance
  • Storytelling
  • Workshop
  • Young Essex

Midsummer Madness

Myths, Magic and Metamorphoses


Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD

Join us for what will be a magical day of author events (for the young and the young at heart), dragons, fairies, storytelling, live music and theatre, den-building and foraging walk.

Everyone needs a dose of magic in their lives. We’ve got lashings of it laid on at Cressing Temple Barns this Midsummer Weekend…


Date and time: Saturday 25th June, 10.30am – 5.00pm

Venue: Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree CM77 8PD

Tickets: Ticketed events listed below. All other activities are free and drop-in, no booking required



Ticketed events – book early to avoid disappointment

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature – Annemarie Bilclough will give a tantalising glimpse into the life of this extraordinary woman

The Fairy Tellers – Award-winning travel writer, Nicholas Jubber, explores the secret history of fairy tales

Imaginary Landscapes – Poetry and Harp with Chris Turton and Anne Denholm

Edward Carey – Hear from the acclaimed author of Little and The Swallowed Man as he discusses his latest book, B: A Year in Plagues and Pencils

Foraging walk with Lora Aziz – Join herbal artist and author Lora Aziz on a guided walk around Cressing Temple Barns grounds

A read through of the The Time of the Rumour, a play about the peasants revolt, by Poppy Corbett.


Children’s Workshops

Believe with Angie Bailey – short author talk and reading, Q&A and colouring competition, for ages 6+

What! A Load of Rubbish – a new comedy magic show from Theatre Lark for family audiences, ages 4+. Free but booking essential.

The Honeybee Treasure Hunt with Emma Beswetherick – author of Playdate Adventures hosts this fun interactive session for children to learn about honeybees and design your own bug hotel, for ages 5-8

What Makes a Hero? with Ruth E Loten – Create your own ‘hero’ character and start your own story, for ages 8-12



Free Drop-in Activities

Essex Libraries Mobile Book Bus

Fairy door trail in the Walled Garden

Den-Building and Forest School

Storytelling in the Walled Garden with East Anglian Storytelling Festival

Create a gratitude jar with wellbeing charity Heads2Minds

The People of 1381 share creative interactions with their project illuminating participants in the Peasants revolt

Bookbinding Demonstration by Tied Fates

Tied Fates



More details to follow – Watch this space!



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Cressing Temple Barns
Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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