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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.

  Pirate Princesses in Parley Woods!?! - Posted on: 09-08-2016

Ahoy there lads and lassies - join storyteller Lizzie Bryant and find out what, and who, you can discover, if you go down to the woods on Friday 12th August!

This interactive story walk adventure in Parley Woods is suitable for ages 5 plus, together with their grown ups. The weather is set fair so bring a picnic and stay on for our fantastic mask making workshop at West Parley Memorial Hall in the afternoon.
For full details visit our website:

A Date with Dilys & Isabella

Isabella is a botanist and adventurist who loves to share stories from her incredible journeys around the world with whomsoever she meets. She has visited the palace where the silent empress lives with her elephants, learnt Kung-Fu on the Mountain of Kunyu, rested in a robin’s nest and recently travelled deep inside the Amazon Rainforest where she quickly learnt that nothing is what it seems.

With delightful storytelling, gorgeous illustrations, unexpected wonders and a handsome bicycle called Dilys, Isabella whisks you away to another world. The Story Bicycle has been inspired by Japanese Kamishibai, or ‘Paper Theatre’.

Isabella (and of course Dilys) will be at Wimborne Model Town on Saturday 13th August at 2.30pm - before then they will be exploring Wimborne and chatting to those they meet - see if you can catch up with them, perhaps in the Cornmarket, the Square, on Willow Walk or the Minster Green.

Dare you visit Dorset's most haunted place!?
Ghostly goings on having never been as entertaining. Let the wonderful Granny Cousins, Poole's last 'knocker-upper' take you on a tour of the town's haunted sites - it will make you laugh, make you jump and make you wonder! Granny Cousins will be leading her chilling tours every Wednesday evening up to (and including) 24th August - for full details visit Granny's website.


Bring Teddy and a picnic for a very special storytelling session with the brilliant Graham Rogers. An exciting tale of kings, Roman gods & wolves will unfold as you discover the weird and wonderful origin story of Ancient Rome.

Join Graham to re-enact the birth of the Roman Empire - the Audience will play the characters while Graham tells the tale. With music, puppets & lots of fun!

Thursday 11th August, 12 noon at Rockbourne Roman Villa, nr Fordingbridge
Suitable for children age 4+ and accompanying adults
Standard admission prices to Rockbourne Roman Villa apply, see website for details.

               Something Fishy's Going On

Come dressed for a nautical adventure and who knows what or who you might meet. Perhaps a fisherman, a pirate, a dolphin or one of those people from under the sea!

Join fun loving storyteller Taprisha for 'Folks of the Boats and Creatures of the Sea' at St Nicholas Church in Corfe Mullen at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th August.

This is a free event suitable for children of all ages but donations to the church would be welcome. Spaces are limited so please book with the Church office on (01202) 602948 or email:

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