Once upon a time in the Ha’penny Pier Visitor Centre

The Ha’penny Pier Visitor Centre’s Storytelling Weekend has become a firm favourite with adults and children alike and this year it will take place on all three days of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Local residents and visitors have come to love the experience of listening to stories being read out loud and the Harwich Society’s unpaid volunteers who run the Ha’penny Pier Visitor Centre particularly look forward to this weekend.

The Harwich Society’s Ha’penny Pier events co-coordinator, Lesley Elliot, says, “The main function of the Ha’penny Pier Visitor Centre is to provide tourist information and we assist over 10,000 visitors each year. However, we also run many events and on this weekend the atmosphere changes and the magic of live story telling casts its spell. It’s a time we all look forward to.”

This year, the Ha’penny Pier Storytelling Weekend will be on Saturday 24th August, Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August with a number of story tellers and related activities taking place.

The fun will start on Saturday afternoon with the 1st story telling session commencing at 2PM with Jan Williams relating a tale of dragons and monsters while everyone draws their own dragon or monster as they listen.

At 3PM Kim Shrive will read The Dog and the Computer Chip.

On Sunday 25th August June Bretherton will tell the 1st story of the day at 2PM with a tale about Harwich and at 2.30PM Mary Lake will host an activity session whilst telling a ‘fishy’ story. At 3.30PM June Bretherton will return for her 2nd story telling session aimed at adults and children alike with Rose Marie Quaintence providing the final tales of the day at 4PM with some of her personal favourites.

Bank Holiday Monday will get off to an interesting and creative start at 2PM with a session involving mask making and story cubes before Kim Shrive and Rose Marie Quaintence take over at 3PM to tell stories about the Mayflower and Christopher Jones.

At 1.30PM each day Lesley Elliot and David Whitehead will lead story telling walks full of misinformation that are designed to fuel the fun and tickle the imagination.

“We cater for over 2,500 children each year in the Ha’penny Pier Visitor Centre and this particular weekend encapsulates what we try to achieve,” continued Lesley Elliot. “Historic Harwich has its own natural atmosphere and is perfect for live story telling.”

For further information please contact

Lesley Elliot on 01255 880582 or Garry Calver on 01255 551940

Storytellers Marian Heath, Lesley Elliot, Mary Lake and Anne Crotty – Harwich Society Storytelling Day at the Visitor Centre, Ha’Penny Pier – Photo Copyright © Maria Fowler 2018