Half-term fun: Let their imaginations run wild at free story festival across Ilford

PUBLISHED: 15:30 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:58 28 September 2018

The Kenneth More Theatre hosting it's first Children's Literary Festival and activities with the Recorder Press Gang. Picture: Ken Mears

The Kenneth More Theatre hosting it's first Children's Literary Festival and activities with the Recorder Press Gang. Picture: Ken Mears


A mostly free festival celebrating the art of storytelling is coming to the borough.

The Redbridge Children’s StoryFest, which hopes to engage, captivate and nurture the imaginations of three to 11 year olds, will take place during half term week, starting on Monday, October 22.

Held at different venues in the borough (including the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, Valentines Mansion, Emerson Gardens, Ilford , Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford and Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead) participants will be able to join in with interactive sessions and “witness the magic of storytelling”.

From a meet and greet with Paddington Bear and Dennis The Menace to performances from well regarded theatre companies, there will be lots going on to keep your little one occupied.

There will also be stories from wizards and tales from Asia, the Caribbean and Ireland.

Lee Thompson, the festival organiser, said: “Now in its third year StoryFest is organised by the Redbridge Children’s Literary Festival, a registered charity, and we are very grateful for the support of the National Lottery.

“We have more than 2,500 places on offer for children to witness the magic of storytelling and children’s theatre – all of the sessions are interactive and encourage the children to participate and contribute. It’s a lovely thing to see.

“This is the first year the festival has gone to venues outside of the Kenneth More Theatre and we are very excited about this.

“Our ambition is to make Redbridge Children’s StoryFest one of the biggest storytelling festivals in the country and this is the first step.”

Out of a total of 24 sessions, 20 are free, with the rest costing no more than £2.50.

“(It is) a great, and cheap, way to entertain the children during the half term and have them experience some really magical moments,” Lee added.

“I have always believed that children should be encouraged to grow and nurture their imagination through books and reading and the festival encourages this.”

Tickets are available and must be booked in advance.

Further details can be found by visiting

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