29th September: Rainforest storytelling and building wildlife bridges!

Wednesday 29 September 2021


Hear the story of Costa Rica’s endangered spider monkeys and build model wildlife bridges to keep them safe from predators and human settlements. Together storyteller Helen Tozer and rainforest ecologist Jenna Lawson will discuss the threats posed by deforestation, and our role in combating it, as well as how wildlife corridors can help spider monkeys survive in a precious but endangered ecosystem they contribute so much to.

Please send us your questions! We’d love to talk about them during the workshop. You can submit these questions on Eventbrite when you register for this event or add them to the live chat on the day.

You will need:  

  • Paper
  • Coloured pencils or felt-tips
  • Something to build with, for example, a construction toy like LEGO® or DUPLO® bricks; or clean packaging from your recycling bin; or a collection of small objects from around your home.

This workshop is aimed at children aged 7-11 and their families.  

LEGO® and DUPLO® are trademarks of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this event.

Book your tickets here:


11th September: New Town Sounds Basildon

Basildon is set to come alive with MUSIC, STREET ART, THEATRE, FAMILY FUN and much, much more!

As part of the New Town Sounds festival I’ll be storytelling and crafting on the first floor of Eastgate Shopping Centre on Saturday 11th September 2021. No need to book, just come along!

Who needs to fly away for adventure? There are superheroes everywhere, from Anansi, the original spiderman of West Africa, to the magical pearl divers of Japan and the warriors that inspired our modern day Wonder Woman. You don’t have to travel far to meet them so pack your bags and come enjoy this free storytelling event! The morning sessions are ideal for our youngest superheroes and they’ll be plenty of interactive dance, music and singing. The afternoon sessions will have lots to keep the over 7’s occupied, with duelling competitions and superheroes challenges.

After the stories you’ll have the chance to make your very own superhero mask and passport to take home. There are superheroes among us! If we have something worth fighting for, we can all be superhuman.

11am and 12pm for 6 year olds and under

2pm, 3pm and 4pm for 7-11 year olds

Siblings also welcome along.

Eastgate Shopping Centre, Southernhay, Basildon SS14 1EB, 11am-4pm

17th September: all ages storytelling walk at Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge

A storytelling walk in Haysden Country Park in partnership with the Walk Tonbridge Festival. We’ll be raising funds for local community bank Sustain. This walk will be for all ages and will feature a mix of traditional stories from the U.K. and around the world.

17th September 2021 4:30pm

Limited tickets available here: https://www.walktonbridge.co.uk/guidedwalks/story-telling-walk-at-haysden-country-park-mnlkt

Photo by Adrian Downie

17th September: Under 5’s storytelling walk at Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge

Bring your wellies and come for a story stomp around Haysden Park with Walk Tonbridge Festival! We’ll be raising funds for local community bank Sustain.

We’ll be hearing stories about all the animals that live in the park! Bring your waterproofs and a blanket to sit on.

17th September 2021 1pm

Limited tickets available here: https://www.walktonbridge.co.uk/guidedwalks/story-telling-walk-at-haysden-country-park

Photo by Adrian Downie

Nature Storytelling – Meet the Architects of Blean Woods with the RSPB

Outdoor storytelling in the summer

14th August: 11am – 12.15pm (Slot 1) + 12.30pm – 1.00pm (Slot 2)

Come and meet the natural builders, movers and shakers that have helped shape Blean Woods in Kent with storyteller Helen Tozer!

We’ll take a short guided walk of the woods, stopping to hear short interactive woodland folktales along the way. You’ll have the chance to roll up your sleeves and help make hibernation stations for our most valuable residents and leave with an understanding of how our precious woods have been shaped by creatures great and small.

This is a free event but you will need to book in advance.

RSPB Blean Woods car park, Rough Common Road, Canterbury, CT2 9DD

The car park is about a 15 minute walk from Whitstable Road which is regularly served by buses from Canterbury and Whitstable.

Making gingerbread folk

Telling the gingerbread story got me hungry!

So I decided to make some gingerbread!

I found this brilliant recipe from Lovingitvegan.com


1/4 cup (56g) Vegan Butter
1/2 cup (100g) Brown Sugar
1/3 cup (100g) Unsulphured Molasses
1 Flax Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups (250g) All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ground Ginger
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Allspice
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves

For the Icing:

1 cup (120g) Powdered (Icing) Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Soy Milk


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)

2. Add the vegan butter and brown sugar to an electric mixing bowl and cream together.

3. Prepare your flax egg by mixing 1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal with 3 Tbsp Hot Water and allowing to sit for a minute.

4. Add the molasses, vanilla and flax egg to the electric mixer and beat together with the vegan butter and brown sugar.

5. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and cloves and mix together.

6. Add all the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl containing the wet ingredients and mix into a thick batter.

7. Flour a surface and your hands very generously and transfer the cookie dough onto the baking surface. Roll it into a ball, adding flour as needed so it doesn’t stick.

8. Roll out with a rolling pin to around a 1/4 inch thick and cut out some gingerbread folk. Dip your cookie cutter in flour each time so it doesn’t stick. Move the gingerbread men to a parchment lined baking tray. Gather the scraps of dough, form into a ball and roll out again, cutting out more people.

9. Don’t be shy to add more flour each time, this dough can be quite sticky and you need it not to be as you roll it, so add flour as needed. Any excess flour on the gingerbread cookies will bake off.

10. Repeat this process until you have used all the dough.

11. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

12. After 15 minutes remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before decorating.

13. When you’re ready to decorate, mix the decorating frosting ingredients together. It should be quite thick, but when you stir it into a peak, it should hold it’s shape for a bit before melting back down and should be quite sticky.

Full recipe at: https://lovingitvegan.com/vegan-gingerbread-cookies/

Why not make your own dinosaur fossils?

Make your very own dinosaur fossils using simple kitchen ingredients.

Watch my video to learn how:

Recipe for homemade playdough from BBC Food:

Makes 1 coloured ball

Prep 10 minutes

You will need:

8 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp table salt
60ml warm water
2 tsp food colouring
1 tbsp vegetable oil


1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday.

Painting with coloured lava!

Looking for an easy art activity for kids?

Why not brighten up the classic baking soda and vinegar experiment with some food colouring or paint? Perfect for an outdoor activity, or indoors in a big tray or tub.


vinegar, baking soda, trays, cups or glass jars


1. Give each child a tray

2. Put 1 tbsp (15 grams) of baking soda in each cup

3. Add a few drops of food colouring or paint to each cup

4. Pour about 3 tbsp of vinegar (60ml) into each cup and get ready for the explosions of colour and bubbles!

5. Use a paint brush to mix the colours, or dip some paper into the coloured foam. Have fun!