The Sixth East Anglian Storytelling Festival!
 6th June 2020
Cressing Temple Barns in Essex

Welcome to The East Anglian Story Telling Festival!  This year’s festival will take place at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex, a site rich in history.  

The one-day festival will take place in its 13th century barns, and around the grounds, including the Tudor walled garden.

These longer and enthralling performances of story theatre for adults and older children, told in the large barns come from two of the UK’s accomplished storytellers, Nick Hennessy and Sarah Rundle. 

More information on our evening event HERE

Daytime Events at the Festival

Our daytime events from 10am will be free, with some special ticketed events and will feature our skilled regional storytellers telling tales for both children and adults. We are planning a few surprises too! Full daytime programme coming soon!

Cressing Temple Barns 

Given to the Knights Templar in 1137, its Grade I-listed Barley and Wheat Barns are among the oldest surviving timber barns in England and its walled garden has been faithfully reconstructed as a Tudor pleasure garden. The site is run and lovingly maintained by Essex County Council parks department. 

Our programme uses these atmospheric spaces and grounds as a backdrop for our fine storytellers! The festival will see the whole site transformed by the extraordinary installations of recycled art from festival artist Amy Wragg.

The barns make a great destination for all the family to explore, with spacious grounds, ample parking and tea rooms. Situated between Witham and Braintree, trains run to White Notley, and busses link to the nearby village of Cressing. It's an easy 20 minute walk to the barns from either. 

We look forward to seeing you there for a fabulous festival!

*Please note: Pictures of storytellers on this page are from previous festivals. This page will be updated with pictures of some of this year's storytellers when we have finalised the programme.*

Dear Storylovers, we are monitoring the situation closely in these worrying times. We know we may need to postpone the festival to keep all of us safe, and we'll keep you updated. 

We wish you a safe and healthly life in the meantime.

EASF Committee x