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Our children’s festival is designed to encourage primary school age children to read by using their interest in the sea to inspire them to engage with books.

Weymouth Leviathan has commissioned the award winning AsOne Theatre Company to create a new piece of heart-warming family theatre, The Fisherman’s Daughter.

The festival is also hosting a range of authentically salty story tellers, reading and creative writing sessions, as well as nautical arts and crafts workshops, for little pirates of primary school age.

The Fisherman’s Daughter

Eventbrite - The Fisherman's Daughter

‘Waiting for her fisherman father’s return one stormy night, young Jess faces her fears dreaming of ship-wrecks, sea-monsters, treasure, and  survival. Through a chance meeting with retired librarian, Moira, and the hilarious one-legged seagull, Harold, Jess discovers the healing magic of books; intimate, family theatre with a creative dusting of AsOne magic.’


AsOne’s play is written by experienced playwright, Peter John Cooper, and with songs and music by Joe Butcher, who as a singer songwriter in Bath is making his name writing for theatre. The hilarious seagull puppet is designed by the talented Polly Beestone, daughter of Dorset folk performer, Tim Laycock.

The Fisherman’s Daughter has two performances, 11.30am and 2.30pm, on Sunday 13 March, at The Warehouse Theatre, 7 Hope Street, Weymouth. Tickets are available here:

Eventbrite - The Fisherman's Daughter

Tickets are also available at the Weymouth Tourist Information Centre, St Thomas Street (near the King’s Statue) and cost £6.50 per child (adults £10.00), with a 10% discount for parties of 10 or more children.

Salty story-telling and fabulousy fishy workshops

To excite the imaginations of 5 – 11 year olds, the festival is hosting a special guest and a range of story tellers reading suitable salty tales, as well as nautical themed arts and crafts workshops.


  • Jenny Moon, professional children’s story teller, will recount gob-smackingly terrific nautical tales in her unique style with sessions throughout the day
  • Sara Acton of the Jurassic Coast Trust: Sarah’s ‘Monsters of the Jurassic Ocean (and their snacks)’ interactive talks and fossil festival will tell the story of life, a long, long time ago, when Dorset was underwater
  • Nicola Dennis local children’s author: ‘Blizzy the Blenny’ story time and colouring-in workshop
  • Ongoing nautical arts and crafts workshops throughout both days of the festival

All the activities above will take place from 09:30 to 16:00 on both Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, in the Drift Bar on Hope Square DT4 8TR.

Suggested contribution of £1 per child, per story telling and workshop session, payable at the door.

We’d like to offer a huge thank you to our sponsors, who’ve made the festival possible: thank you!

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We’re also grateful for the support of  Weyforward.