We’re all children to parents somewhere.

Some of us one day choose to become parents ourselves. Some of us don’t choose it, but turn into parents anyway. Some of us want it but face grief and loss in pursuit of it. Even those of us that choose it, don’t have a clue what it really means until a new life explodes normal into nonsense.

This festival creates safe spaces to learn about, confront and honestly share the highs and lows of parenting and a space to hear real-life stories, poetry, body image campaigns for parents, bonding, fatherhood, single parenting and hypnobirthing

A co-curated community festival in partnership, Mummy Yoga, Mothers’ Mental Health Matters (#MMhM) and Breast Feeding Friendly Chester, Mother Nurture, Confident Birth Chester and Motherwell Cheshire.

All events will be relaxed and meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers, however not all events are child-friendly so please check online or at the festival hub in Storyhouse throughout the weekend before booking.

Places on workshops, talks and take part activities will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Activities Hula!
The Kitchen

Kick start your day with Hula! Everyone can Hula Hoop, and Hula expert Joanna Spruce (Hoop for Joy) is here to show you how.

Activities Storyhouse Parent: Market Place
Storyhouse

Explore a range of organisations including information about hypnobirthing, home birthing, mental wellbeing and going plastic-free.

Activities Giant Rhymetime
The Kitchen

Come along to hear and join in with nursery rhymes, play along with songs, and blow (and burst!) bubbles, led by the friendly Library team.

Activities Play at Storyhouse Parent Festival

Fun play sessions for your under 5s! There are loads of ways to keep your little ones entertained at this year’s Storyhouse Parent festival.

Activities Hypnobirthing Workshop
Meeting Room

A workshop to discuss the benefits of hypnobirthing, a ‘taster’ session and Q&A about using hypnobirthing during the antenatal and intrapartum period.

Activities Storyhouse Parent: Opening Address & Poetry Performance
Garret Theatre

These stories and a panel discussion chaired by Kate Blakemore, founder of Motherwell Cheshire.

Season Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2019
Today 2.30pm, 7.30pm; Tomorrow 12pm, 4.30pm

Pack your picnic and join us for our 10th birthday with Twelfth Night, The Borrowers and Henry V in the park this summer.

On Stage Peter Pan
Storyhouse Theatre

Coming to Storyhouse this Christmas, after the sensational The Wizard of Oz, we’re following the second star to the right…

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