Celebrates 16 years of storytelling

The Mary Poppins Festival celebrates 16 years of storytelling through time in 2023!

Returning to Queens Park and Portside precinct in Maryborough on Sunday 2nd July 2023 for its 16-year anniversary, this year the much-loved event showcases the depth of Maryborough’s history and ‘Storytelling through time.

Celebrate creativity and imagination on the day with fun and interactive activities that transcend into the joy of storytelling including Mary Poppins bag scavenger hunt, a colouring competition, exhibitions and painting your own kite or umbrella! Dress up as your favourite character or sign up on the day to compete in the Great Nanny Race or Chimney Sweep Challenge.

Festival goers can join the Grand Parade at 2pm, unite with an array of colourful floats and entertainers filling the streets with their musical vibes, before the highly anticipated Grand finale, an inspiring exhibition filled with music and song.

This year’s Mary Poppins festival celebrates 150 years since the original Mary Ann locomotive was built in the heritage city and the first built in Queensland! Built by John Walker & Co. Ltd. in 1873, now recognised internationally as the Downer Group, the loco was built for timber pioneers William Pettigrew and William Sim who used the Mary Ann to haul logs in the Tin Can Bay area.

The Mary Poppins Festival celebrates all the historic stories connected to Maryborough’s past and the imaginative stories written by author PL Travers who was born in the heritage listed building in Maryborough now known as the Story Bank. The bank of stories has become a huge tourist attraction where the magic of Poppins continues to delight children and story enthusiasts.

For more information on the Mary Poppins Festival follow @frasercoastevents on Facebook and Instagram and visit the website http://www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au