Maryborough, Queensland has a unique link to the world’s most famous nanny that no other place in the world can claim. It is the birthplace of Mary Poppins author P. L Travers whose beloved novels were brilliantly adapted for the popular Disney movie of the same name and the award winning musical.
June 26 – Steam Trains & Brass Bands @ Sunday in the Park
Straight from the pages of a storybook, Maryborough’s Queens Park transforms into a relaxed morning of fun, food, brass bands and steam train rides, 10am-2pm.
Maryborough Excelsior City Band play inside the graceful old band rotunda from 11am while the Mary Ann, a full sized replica of Queensland’s first steam locomotive built in Maryborough in 1873, and an integral part of Rainbow Beach timber getting history, chugs along the riverside taking passengers through Queens Park and the Mary River Parklands.
Children and adults can also climb onboard one of the many miniature steam engines, which run on a circuit around Queens Park. The sight of little legs – and not so little legs – dangling from tiny carriages as the trains weave around the track is guaranteed to delight!
See pop up performances and live music, nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, chalk drawings, street theatre, and circus shows.
Children’s workshops involving storytelling, puppets, circus acts, kites, yoga and umbrellas add to the fun of this famous annual celebration, 10am to 3.30pm, Saturday, July 2.
July 3 – The Art of Storytelling @ Sunday Riverside
A family afternoon of song and creative play by the river followed by a special outdoor movie event, 2 to 8pm. There’s music workshop for kids at the Brolga Theatre, a Free concert on the Riverstage, 3-5pm and a Sunday afternoon art activity led by Maryborough artist and arts tutor Valerie McIntosh.
Then the Brolga’s Riverside lawn will become a drive-in cinema with custom made cars for little ones to enjoy while watching the movie. Food stalls on site for meals, hot coffee and pancakes. Full bar facilities – please NO BYO alcohol. Free rides, lawn games and face painting for children.
The two week program of storytelling is for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts backstage and onstage at the Brolga to pop up performances in the Bond Store Basement. Artists share their stories through exhibitions and public art installations. Find out more at: http://www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au/