Celebrate National Storytelling Week 2017 in Nottinghamshire

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Nottingham is famous for many stories and tales passed through generations, with the most renowned one being the famous legend of Robin Hood and his merry men. So we’ve got several reasons to be proud and celebrate this upcoming National Storytelling Week.

Our beautiful county is renowned for producing some of the finest wordsmiths. Whether it’s the sometimes controversial tales of D.H. Lawrence or the romantic poems of Lord Byron, through to tales of local life and the harsh realities of the 20th century from Alan Sillitoe – Nottinghamshire has brought forth some of the most innovative story tellers known to the world. Nottingham is also one of only 20 cities around the world recognised by UNESCO for literary excellence, and awarded the title of UNESCO City of Literature.

The National Storytelling Week takes place between 28th January and 4th February and with Nottingham’s best-loved story tellers there’s a treat for everyone.

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The Woolly Tellers, Mick and Dave, have distinctive styles of storytelling but blend together to create a unique and entertaining listening experience. The Woolly Tellers enjoy the challenge to tailor and create a tale to suit any event and venue.

As storytellers who don’t read from books, The Woolly Tellers tell stories in a live performance which is both exciting and engrossing, taking an audience from laughter to gasps of surprise and back again. We’ve met The Woolly Tellers at Malt Cross for old time story telling, and at Wollaton Hall for the stories at the haunted cellar and loved our experiences.


If you’re up for a thrill, book your place at The Nottingham Ghost Walk, which will take you around Nottingham’s most haunted city centre locations every Saturday at 7pm. Booking is essential only on Halloween, it’s okay to just turn up on any other Saturday. You can also decide to join Madame Parboiled at one of her interactive tours such as Madame Parboiled Sunday Historical Pub Tour which runs every Wednesday at 7:30pm, Meet the Ghosts of Wollaton Hall every Sunday at 7pm or Ghosts in the Woods.

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The art of storytelling runs in Ezekial Bone’s blood, he will transport you back in time at one of his tours of Nottingham. His character-led heritage tours capture the spirit of Nottingham and are entertaining, educational and inspirational. You can join his famous Robin Hood Town Tours, the Guts and Gore Tour where you’ll be introduced to Nottingham’s violent history, and the Magic Lantern Tour to see behind the scenes and hear the fascinating story of Nottingham’s famous landmark – Theatre Royal.

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Hear stories about homicidal medieval Kings, the very first Vampyre, modern Olympians, evil murderers – and of course the outlaw Robin Hood. From Lady Chatterley’s Lover to Lord Byron, the history of Nottingham will be told to you through its colourful characters, presented by an expert storyteller – Dr. David Cross.

For more story telling treats check out our tour guides page or see what storytelling events are coming up, and enjoy your time exploring Nottingham’s famous history.

Posted on 26 January 2017
Featured author: Kinga

Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

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