We are a theatre arts company based in The Peak District. We have over 20 years experience in creating work for theatres, schools and communities in and around the East Midlands. Our aim is to create heart warming theatrical adventures for people of all ages. Sharing the journey with audience, artists and partners on a path that is daring, delightful and inspirational.
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An actor holds an owl puppetThree characters dressed in hats and clothing with a woodland theme stand together and smile at the camerawe stand behind the audience as they watch three actors tell a woodland story

The Lost Tales Of Grinlow Wood

Found in the woods, amongst the leaves and branches, three terrific tales that are taller than the trees. Stories of plucky pixies, sparkly sprites, brave bugs, and greedy goblins. Tales to make your hair stand on end, send shivers down your spine, tickle your funny bone, and warm your cockles. So take a walk on the wilder side with those storytelling wizards Babbling Vagabonds, as they conjure up a magical theatre adventure along the tracks and trails. Watch in wonder as they weave worlds around you and uncover colourful characters who can share the secret stories of Grin Low woods. 

Join us over the October Half term for a wild walk in the wonderful Grinlow Woods.

Performance times 11am,2pm and 3.30 (Wed-Sat) book tickets here

Project is part of Stronger Roots Projects, managed by Buxton Civic Association and funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

The characters and ideas in these tales were conjured up by particpants who took part in community storymaking sessions. We then went away and then dramatised the stories.

Flyer image for the show of a cartoon drawing of a Troll in a kitchen setting

The Hungry Trolls Christmas Dinner

Flyer image for the show of a cartoon drawing of a Troll in a kitchen settingWe are really happy to be back in Derby this Christmas. The Guildhall Theatre is still out of action but we are going to be performing in the purpose-built space on the Market Place (outside the Guildhall Theatre)!

So please book your tickets via the DerbyLIVE website and we will see you there. 

When a strange new dinner lady turns up to school the kids are going to get served up more than a plateful of trouble.

Little Billy is overjoyed with the idea of mouth-watering meals until he discovers what’s really on the menu for their school Christmas dinner.

This heartwarming story is told with the usual Babbling Vagabond magic. Puppets, storytelling, shadows and song, all thrown into the mixing bowl to make the perfect cosy Christmas.


Two fairies fly above a peaty bog character while 2 chiclren walk above them on a moorlandBilberry the bog fairy sits next to a giant big eyed puppet called PeatBilberry the bog fairy shows Cottongrass her family as little puppetsBilberry the bog fairy smiles whilst holding a grub in the form of a puppet

Bogtastic! – How to make a BOG FAIRY and Resource Pages

If you want to have fun with our fun booklet about the show then you can download it here

BOGTASTIC Resource pages

BOGTASTIC Resource notes


30 Sept – 3 Oct 2021, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire

Under the ground, beneath the moors, live Cottongrass and Bilberry! Fairies descended from the great bog protectors ‘Stinky’ and ‘Quagmire’. They work tirelessly to keep the balance in their peaty home. It’s hard work, but they love their world and they will do whatever it takes to keep harmony amongst the hummocks and hollows of their blankety bog.

Then one fateful day a new threat emerges from ‘them on top’, plunging our plucky bog fairies into a desperate battle.

It’s an epic struggle they won’t be able to win on their own. They need help. But from who?

Babbling Vagabonds teamed up with Moors For The Future Partnership to take a fun look at how important our local landscape is in helping fight climate change. Using puppets and theatrical magic they journey into the realms of fairies, mossy hillocks, and ancient peaty beings.

This was an outdoor production.

Lottery Funded: Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


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