Events 2016

Keep checking as more will be added as they appear.  This is the list of public events, not including private bookings.  If you'd like to book us for an event at your site, please email Tom.

We appear at all sorts of venues, great and small, medieval to modern.  In recent years we've shared living history, talks, music and storytelling in cosy village halls, lots of churches, a myriad of museums and several arts centres, as well as large events like Tatton Park Medieval Fayre, Chester Folk Festival and Shrewsbury Folk Festival. 
Sunday 17th January 2016, 4pm, Apple Tree Wassail at Norton Priory Walled Garden, Runcorn, Cheshire.  Join us to drive away evil spirits and bring a good year's crop.  With storytelling and music too.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March 2016, 11am-3pm, Shakespeare Week, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire.  Amongst the myriad activity celebrating the Bard, Tom will be presenting Sounds of the Tudor Theatre and stories from Shakespeare's world.

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016, 11am-4pm, Jack in the Green celebrations, Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire.  Stories, music and dance for the Spring, and woodland crafts.
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2016, Chester Folk Festival, Kelsall, Cheshire.  I'm so pleased to be returning to this lovely festival for a few storytelling workshops.  I'll be leading a couple of story club sessions in the early evenings.  Saturday's one has the theme of landscape legends and Sunday's will be full of tales of fools and tricksters. 
Saturday 11th June 2016, 10.30am-4.30pm, St John's Church, Chester, The Minstrels' Court.  Cheshire's ancient gathering of musitioners comes back to life in it's original, authentic and atmospheric location, it's an event it's not to be missed!  More minstrels than you could shake a jingly stick at, plus storytelling and living history from some of the UK's best professional historic musicians and re-enactors and it's all free! 

Friday 24th June 2016, evening, Holywell Village, Flintshire, North Wales.  Stories and Music for Medieval Pilgrims.  Entertainment for the end of the journey marking the 600th anniversary of Henry V's pilgrimage to St Winifride's Well in thanks for his victory at Agincourt the previous autumn.
Saturday 25th June 2016, Stokesay Court, Onibury, near Ludlow.  Bagpipes in folklore and Mary Webb's writings.  Tom is giving a presentation with storytelling and music at the Summer School of the Mary Webb Society.  This will be followed by a performance of Precious Bane by the Village Quire. 

Saturday 2nd July 2016, Smithy Heritage Centre, Eccleston, near St Helens, Lancashire, Sounds of the Tudor Theatre.  Tom will be recreating the soundscape of Shakespeare's stage as part of the Shakespeare 400 events, and celebrating the nearby playhouse at Prescot, site of the only Elizabethan Theatre outside London.  With music, dance and stories.
Sunday 3rd July 2016,  around Leek town centre, Dr Plot's Lesser Known Leek, joining in the fun with storytelling and piping as we celebrate the quirkier parts of history in this vibrant town. 
Monday 11th July 2016, 7pm, Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire, Myths and Legends of Cheshire.  Storytelling and exploring the grains of truth behind the tales.