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Sting in the Tale embraces this traditional art form and aims to build public awareness and appreciation by taking performance storytelling to a wider audience, both during the eleven-day festival in August, and throughout the year. We welcome professional storytellers to perform in Dorset’s finest historical venues providing audiences with a wide variety of styles to suit all ages.

Now in its 12th year, Sting in the Tale continues to grow in size and popularity. August 2013 saw the 10th anniversary of the festival, introduced and developed initially by Tracy Cooper, Arts Development Officer at East Dorset District Council. Changes in roles and priorities at the Council meant that Tracy stepped down as Chairman after the celebratory festival. Sting in the Tale was then handed over to a volunteer steering committee in 2014 with local theatre director and resident Tony Horitz as the new Chairman.

The festival is based at Allendale House in Wimborne Minster, thanks to the kind support of East Dorset Heritage Trust, and its accounts are independently audited each year.