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The world of Mary Poppins
The highly anticipated Mary Poppins Festival will take place July 1-4 at various locations around Maryborough.
It showcases the city’s unique connection to storytelling for all ages across all art forms. From music concerts backstage and on stage at the Brolga, to pop-up performances in the basement of the Bond Store.
The flagship event is Mary Poppins Festival Day in the Park, which takes place on July 4, during which the glorious heritage cityscapes of Maryborough are transformed into scenes from the Poppins’ novels.
Nannies compete while pushing strollers in the Big Nanny Challenge; Chimney sweeps compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash, as Mary Poppins characters come to life in the pages of the books and mingle with the crowds.
The festival honors the author of Mary Poppins’ books, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born Helen Lyndon Goff in an upstairs bedroom of the old Australian Joint Stock Bank building in Maryborough on August 9, 1899.
The bank is now an interactive museum called the Story Bank of Maryborough, which will feature prominently in the festival.
Additional services for The Rattler
Join the Mary Valley Rattler during school vacations – there are additional vacation departures on June 28, July 2, 5 and 9. Monday services are on the heritage diesel train and Friday services are on their steam train, and depart from Gympie station at 10 a.m. and return at 1 p.m.
Normal steam services include the Classic Rattler Run on Wednesday and Saturday and the Sunday All Stations Train, on Thursday Rattler Tasting Train is the Railmotor Service.
Reserve your table at the popular Rusty Rails Cafe for breakfast or lunch or purchase take-out treats to enjoy on board, open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop offers a selection of local goodies as well as specialty gifts and souvenirs, open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Dummies are back with a stunning circus ready to drown you in tears of laughter starting at 10 a.m. on July 2 at the Pavilion Gympie Showgrounds.
The Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and enter a whole new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. Experience a brilliant array of jaw-dropping stunts, acrobatics, juggling, and slapstick comedy with a workshop available after the show.
Lots for families at the library
In addition to free manual activities to take away for children aged 5 to 12, our libraries offer more fun during school holidays …
Come for a fun story and craft session inspired by Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar book. Suitable for 5-8 years old.
Rainbow Beach Library – Friday July 9, 2 to 3 p.m.
Join us as we show you how to create wonderful animals and shapes using origami. Suitable for 5-12 years old.
Tin Can Bay Library – Friday July 2, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Ollie and the wind
The wind blows all day on the island of Ollie. There aren’t many people, but there is plenty of space to play. One day, the wind steals Ollie’s hat. Then he rushes forward with his scarf. Join us to find out what happens next, then try to build your own kite. Suitable for ages 5 to 12.
Rainbow Beach Library – Friday July 2, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where is the green sheep?
Can you find the green sheep? Join us for this special storytime and craft activity inspired by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek’s children’s picture book. For children aged 5 to 8.
Tin Can Bay Library – Friday July 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Children’s activities at the Gallery
Unleash the artistic side of your children with creative workshops for children at the Gallery. At
Thursday July 8 explore the concept of the “tree of life”; an icon that has been used to
centuries as a symbol of growth, life and potential.
Learn cute ways to decorate your tree using embroidery stitches, buttons and ornaments, with Queensland Country Women’s Association ladies Gympie Branch.
On July 1 and 10, share time with Mel Brady by weaving colorful patterns with yarn. Add your weave to a tree at the Winter Trees on Mary event. These activities have limited places, so registration is essential.