We are Babbling Vagabonds, a theatre arts company based in the Peak District. We have over 20 years of experience in creating work for theatres, schools, and communities in and around the East Midlands. Our aim is to create heartwarming theatrical adventures for people of all ages.

We believe everyone deserves to experience the joy of theatre, and we are committed to making our work accessible to everyone. We offer a variety of experiences from workshops to productions and we are always looking for new ways to engage and share the journey with audience, artists and partners on a path that is daring, delightful and inspirational.

Our work is rooted in storytelling, and we believe that stories have the power to connect us, inspire us, and teach us about ourselves and the world around us. We create stories that are both entertaining and thought-provoking, and we hope that our work will leave a lasting impression on our audiences.

If you are looking for a theatrical experience that will take you on a journey, we invite you to join us on our next adventure

Click on the images below for more information.

In a classroom setting Mark is talking to the children. One pupil is helping to write the story on the boardIn a classroom setting Phil talks to the children. They are at desks and we see the backs of their heads.From behind a small boy holds up a shadow puppet to the screen.

Rural Rhythms

Empowering Creativity In Isolated Derbyshire Communities.

This is an arts residency program happening in Taddington and Biggin. Each village is unique in its own right and we are using the school as a gateway into the community. We want to nurture creativity in these villages and give a platform for artistic expression. Using our skills in storytelling and making we aim to work with local residents to unlock new opportunities for these isolated communities.


In a classroom setting Mark is talking to the children. One pupil is helping to write the story on the board

Children have made a paper version of their house. They are stood together in bright colours.

Paper houses on a table. These are drawn by childrenFrom behind a small boy holds up a shadow puppet to the screen.

A person is sculpting clay into a funny character. It looks like a cartoon pig face.Someone sat at a table and we have a close up of their hands scultping a clay faceA long shot of people sat at a table drawing on pieces of paper

Meet and Make

Monthly Meet and Make sessions start at the end of this month so drop me an email if you fancy coming along to any of the sessions. These sessions have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund so it’s free to attend but you need to register your interest so we can plan for the up and coming workshop email me to book your place: tara@babblingvagabonds.co.uk or message 07970 118 830
St Anne’s Community Centre, Hardwick Room,
Hardwick Square West,Buxton, SK17 6PX
Last session coming up: Still time to join in!
Thurs 27th June 7-9

As a group we have decided to create an exhibition for Buxton Fringe Festival. Our work is featuring in the Visual Arts Category; “My Heart Has Wings and It Can Fly” Call into the Pump Room to view it on 6th July. More information here.

A person is sat at a table and they are covering a sculpted clay figure in plaster bandage

A dragon is trying to scare the village vetAn ogre is wearing a huge loaf of bread on his head like a hat and is talking to a kind vetPhil and Mark dressed as the monster menders holding a suitcase which has the words

What’s On

Make a Fin Tastic Fish
Mon 24th Jun 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Silk MuseumPark Ln, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, 

Let’s make a splash for the community parade.

Join the artists from Babbling Vagabonds for a fun filled workshop where you can design and create your very own fishy masterpiece! Explore your creativity with the materials provided and join in the celebration.

These are family workshops and are suitable for all ages but children under 12 must be accompanied. Everyone attending needs a ticket. So get yours by clicking here

This event is being organised by Macclesfield Town Council as part of the 1261 festival

Don’t let the fun end after the Macclesfield 1261 Festival parade!
June 29th : Join us making shadow puppets 1-3.15
Let your imagination go wild as artists from Babbling Vagabonds guide you on a shadow puppet making journey. In this make, take, play drop in workshop they will give you all the skills and materials you need to make your very own puppet.
Allow 30 minutes to make your shadow puppet. Booking not required, but if it’s very busy be prepared to wait or come back. This workshop is suitable for all ages
For more information visit The Silk Museum’s website


Here Be Dragons

The Children’s Country House at Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Saturday & Sunday 27, 28 July  Performance: 11am & 2pm

Tickets from the National Trust Website


Thornbridge Hall, Ashford In The Water, Derbyshire.

Saturday August 10th Performance Times TBC


Such a fantastic show. The adults enjoyed it as much as the kids! Lots of fun and laughter. The guys who do this show are brilliant. Their dedication and passion shine! We all loved it!  


Babbling Vagabonds want to take you on an adventure this summer. They want to reignite your imagination and take you on a trip that will refresh the senses, even on the hottest (or wettest) of days. 

Find the ‘Monster Menders’ Camp and together discover the wonderfully weird and woolly, the slimiest and smelliest, and those shy secretive creatures that slither and wobble about in our wonderful world. 

If you have a big imagination and are brave enough to take a step into the unknown, then Here Be Dragons! is just what your family needs. Every time you find the Monster Menders you will help to make a different story, each tale a unique experience that will calm a mysterious monster. This is where family memories made. 

I enjoyed the show because I played a part. (Solomon aged 9)

Loved, loved, loved this. The children were engaged throughout and very funny even for adults. What a great way to use our imaginations.


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