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park café hönle (formerly Festa sul prato), Folkestone Gardens

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£2.00 - £10.00

Merry's Christmas Adventure is an outdoor family show bringing some merriment and joy back to 2020. 

Meet Merry the Postal Elf; who, though lacking in Christmas Spirit this year, is out delivering post as usual to the local Elves of Folkestone Gardens. There’s Yule Log - the wacky baker getting his concoctions ready for the Great Elfish Bake Off; Baubelina the spritely decoration Elf always ready to add baubles, tinsel and fairy to any unsuspecting item; Nutty the Toy Elf who lives on the playground and is obsessed with toys and Carole, who runs the local bell choir.

But the Elves have had their fair share of problems this year. They need *your* help to get Christmas back on track...and hopefully find Merry's Christmas spirit along the way!

So get your hats and scarves on and join Merry and the gang for an unforgettable fun-filled afternoon adventure!

This is a promenade show where the audience move from place to place during the performance. And there are limited tickets available to ensure social distancing can be kept in place. 

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park café hönle (formerly Festa sul prato)

Trundleys Road

Folkestone Gardens



Yule Log - Clarke Joseph-Edwards

Baubelina / Carole - Bronte Tadman

Nutty - Nadeem Islam 

Merry - Laura Kaye Thomson 



Designer - Stella Backman

Director - Anna Fox

Production Manager - Rosalind Hoy

Assistant Stage Manager - Duncan Parker

Writer and Producer - Laura Kaye Thomson

We have 2 performances which will be BSL interpreted. These are Saturday 12th December at 4.30pm and Sunday 13th December at 6.30pm. 

The show is entirely wheelchair accessible as we travel on a level footpath apart from one scene which is on grass. We have a grass trackway available for this section of the show. Travelling around the park to the different performance spaces, there is one short gradual incline and one slightly steeper downward slope but otherwise it's all flat. If you will need any assistance from our team, please contact Rosalind Hoy, our production manager on the email below.

All performances are Relaxed which means if you need to wriggle around, make some noise, leave or come back, that’s absolutely fine!

Feel free to contact us with any questions or problems you may have at: [email protected] 


Is it Coronavirus safe? 

Yes! The whole show is outdoors and social distancing between households/support bubbles will be in place. We also ask adults to wear masks. When you are booking tickets, please book for your household or for your support bubble only. 

Is there a limit on how many tickets I can book?

Yes. You can only book up to 6 tickets per household. 

Will we need to wear masks?

We ask that adult do wear masks. We are outside and therefore it is not compulsory but we would prefer it, for the safety of everyone, if you did.  

We will be outside for the whole show?

Yes! So please come wrapped up. We spend a maximum of 10 minutes in each space and we move around the park. There will also be hot drinks (and even some mulled wine!) available to buy at park cafe hönle.

Where do we meet? Where does the show start?

At the park cafe, hönle (formerly known as Festa sul Prato). It is on Trundleys Rd, London SE8 5JE, in the middle of the park. There will be signs and stewards there to greet you. 

Are there toilets?

As London is going into Tier 3, there might not be toilet facilities we can access anymore. We will be in touch with you about this as soon as we can. 

Can I buy drinks / food anywhere?

Yes. Park cafe hönle will be open before and after the show so you can buy a hot drink and a Christmas treat to take around the show with you or you can have dinner there, pre or post show!

Will we be on the grass and will it be muddy?

We spend the majority of the show on footpaths but there is one section where we will be on the grass. So we advise not to wear heels or any shoes you wouldn't mind getting a little muddy. For wheelchair and other access concerns, please look at the tab to the left of this one. 

What is Pay What You Can?

We want this show to be as accessible as possible so we have a range of ticket prices on offer between £2-£10. All tickets offer the same access to the show. You just pay what you can or what you want, for your ticket. 

What age range is the show suitable for?

We are saying 5+ but really there is plenty on offer for 3-4 yos and babes in arms go free! We'd say 11/12 is the upper limit - before they get too cool really!

Won't it be dark?

Yes it will be! But never pitch black. The park is very well lit and half of the footpath we use has many street lights. The other half, which we don't stop on but just walk along, is a little dark but not scary. Audiences will be given lanterns to hold which will add to the atmosphere and all performance spaces will be lit so we can see the characters properly!

Are the actors performing safely?

During the show, each character is visited individually and they interact with Merry and the audience, who are kept at least 2m away from the actors. Though you hopefully won't notice this and will feel it is more intimate than usual indoors theatre. All our rehearsals are happening with social distancing and temperature checking in place. 


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