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Sting in the Tale is a Dorset based cultural organization that celebrates the traditional art form of oral storytelling.

It provides opportunities for professional storytellers to perform at 'one- off' events and at an annual summer festival. Performances are scheduled indoors and outdoors, and include some of Dorset’s finest historical venues.

  Take Everything with a Pinch of Salt - Posted on: 06-08-2016

Last year audiences at Wimborne Model Town thoroughly enjoyed performances by StoryLight Theatre, so Sting in the Tale is particularly delighted to welcome back, by popular demand, Curley the Imaginician and his friends with "The Heart of All Stories and a Pinch of Salt".

These friendly characters will entertain and enthral audiences with an afternoon of magic, storytelling and puppets. Join their enchanted theatre and travel with them to lands of the imagination.

With fun, laughter and heart-felt messages for all the family, a delightful afternoon of playful adventure awaits.

The event is suitable for adults and children of all ages. There is no additional charge for the storytelling, just the usual Model Town admission charges - so make an afternoon of it, explore the Model Town, take up the challenge of a quiz, or a game on the putting green, before relaxing and escaping into the storytelling....

Wednesday 10th August
12 noon to 4pm
at Wimborne Model Town

The JC Legacy

 Ahoy There Shipmates!

Calling all Blackbeards and Long John Silvers - eye patches and headscarves on - parrots and pieces of eight to the ready for this highly interactive tale of all things piratical!

Imaginations to the fore on Tuesday 9th August to help storyteller Graham Rogers spin a tale of buccaneers, sword fights, buried treasure and dastardly enemies!

You bring the ideas and inspiration and Graham will make the music and tell the tales - expect fun and laughter! Don't forget to pack a picnic to enjoy in the grounds of the Ancient Technology Centre, gates open at 5.30pm, storytelling starts at 6.30pm.

Tickets available from East Dorset Heritage Trust at Allendale House and Wimborne Tourist Information Centre. Remaining tickets available on the gate.


 A Lifeboat On the Road

Howard Nicholls shares his unusual and amusing story of his unconventional life on the road with an RNLI training school on wheels. Travelling from Lands End to Shetland and across the whole of Ireland, he gives a personal view of the lifeboat crews he trained and worked with over many years.

Tuesday 9th August 2pm at

East Dorset Heritage Trust,

Allendale House, Wimborne.

Tickets: £5 EDHT, £7 non-members.

Just who is the Noisiest Animal in the Jungle?

Can an Elephant be just like a Man? Who is the Pink Monster and what does he want? Who is going to stand up to the noisiest animal in the jungle?

The answer to these and other quirky questions are to be found in
Animal Tales of the Unexpected with experienced local storyteller Jill Barr.

Catch one of these entertaining storytelling sessions on;

Saturday 6th August, 10.30am at Christchurch Library
book on 01202 485938 or email

Monday 8th August, 10.30am at Colehill Community Library
book on 01202 886676 or email

Free performances, booking is required.

 Posting our Programmes

Apologies to all of our Sting in the Tale customers who usually receive a copy of the Festival Programme in the post.

The Festival is run entirely by volunteers and this year due to other commitments our 'staff' were unable to get the programmes printed in time to post them out to everyone.

We hope you are enjoying the snippets from the programme via our newsletter - but if you haven't had a chance to pick up a copy of the printed version from East Dorset Heritage Trust, Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or Wimborne Library, it is available to view on our website -

                              A Tudor Tale

Exciting, entertaining, exuberant - the ever popular Treehouse Theatre are back with a special interactive storytelling show for 4 to 7 year olds and their families. In the beautiful garden of the Red House Museum in Christchurch (indoors if the weather is wet), this tasty tale of Tudor times is inspired by the Museum's Heads and Tales exhibition.

Two shows: 1pm - 2pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm on Sunday 7th August

Places are limited so book early, call the Red House Museum on 01202 482860.
Remaining tickets will be available on the day.

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