The 10th anniversary Mary Poppins Festival has begun with plenty on offer for the young, and the young at heart in the heritage city of Maryborough.
Live performances, book readings, circus workshops and famous authors are just the beginning of a jam-packed program in the birthplace of the Mary Poppins author.
Have a spoonful of sugar at Mary Poppins Day in the Park!
On Saturday July 1, the Mary Poppins Day in the Park will take over the Maryborough streets for Queensland’s most whimsical event!
The historic Maryborough Portside precinct transforms into the scenes of Cherry Tree Lane to celebrate the unique connection to author P L Travers.
Travers was born in 1899 in the heritage-listed bank building that her father managed, where she lived for the first two years of her life.
Magic fills the air in the heritage city where the novel comes alive as Admiral Boom fires his time cannon throughout the day. Sidewalk art, street theatre, circus workshops and more are just the beginning of all of the charming fun…
The supercalafragalistic event continues with chimney sweep challenges, nanny races and is topped off with a grand parade all in famous Cherry Tree Lane.
Maryborough’s riverside parks and heritage streetscapes are the perfect setting for this unique and quirky festival. With just a spoonful of imagination they will transform into pages from the novels, creating a fantasy experience for all!
More supercalafragalistic highlights
In the beginning… A special Maryborough Story Trail tour
Lead by a member of the ancient guild of story tellers, starts in the Maryborough Bond Store basement and walks through the heritage wharf precinct. Take a journey with live performances from Butchulla and South Sea Islanders where, if you listen closely, you may even hear the voices of those gone before.
A Spoonful of Circus
A Mary Poppins themed, week-long program taught by professional circus artists, kids will learn to juggle, hula hoop, plate spin and more!
Robbery in Cherry Tree Lane
Join the forensic team to solve the mystery that’s got Cherry Tree Lane in a twitter! Process DNA and learn techniques that the pros use!
Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole
For the last two decades, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole have stayed at the forefront of Australian country music… And they’re coming to Maryborough!
For all these dates and many more wonderful and quirky events, head to marypoppinsfestival.com.au.
Further news… We’ve lit up the streets!
With just days until the Mary Poppins Festival begins, the city has installed traffic lights using a silhouette of the world’s most famous nanny!
Maryborough is now the only city in Australia that has transitioned from the regular stick-figure silhouette to a quirky representation from the city’s history. It is part of a unique story trail that winds through the streets of Maryborough to discover the history of the city and Mary Poppins.
While you’re there, follow the story trail through the streets of Maryborough to discover links to the novel… You’re sure to be delighted!
Mary Poppins Festival – June 23 – July 2
Mary Poppins Day in the Park – July 1
For further information visit marypoppinsfestival.com.au, BYO spoon and sugar!
PHOTO: Getting into the spirit of the Mary Poppins Festival in 2005.