Mary Poppins Festival | June / July 2019

Kids dressed up as chacaters from mary Poppins, chimnet sweep, Mar Poppins, street festival, day in the park

Did you know that the author P.L. Travers, who inspired the Disney movie Mary Poppins was actually a Queenslander? She was born in Maryborough and her birth town believe this is something worth celebrating. Whilst they have a Mary Poppins statue in Cherry Tree Lane (aka Richmond St) in the town and a few other nods to the famous resident, every year, without a doubt, the highlight is the Mary Poppins Festival. People come from far and wide to join in this magical celebration that pays homage to Mary Poppins and P.L. Travers, with a range of wonderful events guaranteed to delight both young and old.

The Mary Poppins Festival is held during the winter school holidays each year so that everyone can make the most of what is on offer. Now in its 11th year, the Mary Poppins Festival offers something for all the family. The ‘Art of Storytelling’ program includes film, art, music, performance and literature during the 10-day event. Events are held in various locations in the CBD as well as heritage-listed Queens Park, and the Wharf Precinct. This year the festival will be held from the 28 June – 6 July 2019 and the line up of Mary Poppins themed events will not disappoint!

While the dates for the 2019 Mary Poppins Festival have been confirmed as 28 June – 6 July, the full program, for the weekend has not yet been released. See below for highlights of the 2018 Mary Poppins event, which will give you a taste of what to expect in 2019! 

Mary Poppins Festival – The Program : 29th June – 8th July 2018

There is only one way to describe the Mary Poppins festival – Supercalifragilistically fun! It is the chance for those of us who grew up with the much loved story and movie to share the magic and fun of Mary Poppins with our Brisbane Kids by bringing it to life through an amazing program of events.

Once again this year the Mary Poppins Festival will celebrate the Art of Storytelling through a range of free events aimed at sharing stories through art and finding imaginative and creative ways to keep them alive. The Festival presents a 10 day program of storytelling for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts to street festivals, story telling to craft activities and public art installations there is something for every Mary Poppins fan.

It all kicks off on Friday 29th June and concludes on the 8th July.

There are plenty of events to check out during the festival.

For official program details click here.

Mary Poppins Festival – Day in the Park : Saturday 6 July 2019

The signature event and big finale of the Mary Poppins Festival is Day in the Park. This is the day that you would be forgiven for thinking that you had just stepped into the page of a storybook and entered the magical world of Mary Poppins. The entire Maryborough community rally behind the day and get dressed up for the occasion as the streets and parks come alive with nanny races, a chimney sweep challenge and chalk drawings. The full-day event features the Nanny Race, Chimney Sweep Challenge, and heaps of things to do for kids and parents, including meeting a real-life pirate and seeing his pirate ship, or riding the Mary Ann steam train. There will be camel rides and wildlife sanctuary animals, as well as books and storytelling. Unleash your creative side with puppetry, kite-making, and umbrella painting workshops. Enjoy the live music and pop-up shows on throughout the day.

The highlight on the day will be the Grande Parade down the main street, that is sure to feature Mary Poppins along with the Banks Family and Bert the Chimney Sweep.

Pretty sure you won’t need a spoon full of sugar to help the entire family have fun at this magical day out!

For more information about Mary Poppins Day in the Park click here.

Watch this video of the 2016 Mary Poppins Festival now to see what you can expect from the Mary Poppins Festival 2019.

How to get to Maryborough

Maryborough is located on the Bruce Highway, 255km north of Brisbane (approximately 3 hours from the CBD). There are many picturesque routes you can take to get there. The easiest option is to head north and take the D’Aguilar Highway from Caboolture.   Queensland Rail also operates services to Marborough should you wish not to drive.

Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest provincial cities and still has a feel of the ‘old times’ with many old buildings set amongst beautiful parklands. It is well worth the drive to explore with your Brisbane Kids.

For more information about the Mary Poppins Festival click here

To find out more about Brisbane’s wonderful array of regular cultural festivals, take a look at the upcoming events our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar. For a list of  shows, concerts festivals and fairs now showing or coming soon to Brisbane that your Brisbane Kids will absolutely love, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page, the Brisbane Festivals  page or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

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