Story Play Projects in Schools and Community Settings

It’s been a real pleasure to reflect on the 2018 Story Play projects in Schools and Community Settings. These included storytelling at two Herefordshire festivals in the warm summer months. Look at this amazing Storytelling Sofa at Hellens Garden Festival

Here are some of the beautiful treasure boxes decorated in storytelling and craft workshops in Knighton, Powys. The library had recently moved to a new location in the town’s Community Centre and we were in a fabulous  light-filled room which opened onto a beautiful sensory garden.

In the Autumn Story Play ran a six week project for young children at Hereford Museum with a rhyme written especially for the bees in their glass hive! 

The third photo is of one of the books created in a Poetry & Creative Writing Session. This pilot is now developing into an enrichment programme involving classes from Reception to Year Four. Can’t wait to get started!




Decorated Story Owls

Summer 2017

Rainbow Rhymes

Story Play was commissioned by the Ledbury Poetry Festival to create sessions for under 5s in two pre-school settings. This was co-ordinated by the Children’s Centre in Ledbury and developed work that took place in the Forest School there in 2014. This year’s workshops were so enjoyable and I was very grateful for the support and encouragement received from the staff and volunteers I worked with. In each session two groups set off with a Rainbow Ribbon on a poetry, rhyme and storytelling adventure ….using lines from Wordsworth and George Meredith as the inspiration.

“The children loved the sessions”

“The quietness was refreshing – gentle pace and beautiful vocabulary”

“Loved the bubbles too”



Spring 2015

RiverThe Spring programme is now underway at Grange Court with a group of children from  Wise Owls in Leominster visitng the studio on Wednesdays.

We’ll soon be leaving the story lands of the Frozen North to journey back to the realm of Spring to celebrate the return of the sun and new green growth. This programme has been funded by the Herefordshire Community Foundation – many thanks!

Story Play is heading to a meeting at the Library of Birmingham for the conclusion of ACWM’s research and development project and give a presentation about the work completed in the early years sector.

Again – many thanks to everyone who has taken part and contributed useful ideas and feedback. Over the nine months of the project we’ve worked with preschool settings; nursery and reception classes in primary schools; children’s centres and childminders.

We’ve had meetings with educators; business development and project funding advisors, creative arts organisations and expert practitioners… and also completed Arts Award adviser training for Discover and Explore, and Bronze and Silver.

Welcome to Story Play…

Story Play Outdoors

Story Play Outdoors

“Arts make the Difference.”

In July 2012 we were delighted to receive funding from the Hereford Community Foundation to run a pilot project in an Early Years setting in Hereford. This, along with other recent work, has enabled Story Play to become a social enterprise company using storytelling and play sessions to make a difference to the lives of children.

More projects are in the pipeline. In November 2012 there was a meeting with Herefordshire Schools to roll out a series of Story Play programmes across Nursery, Reception and Year One Classes.  And a potential project with Halo Leisure is being drawn up in the New Year.