Summer Programme

Annual Programme of Events

Island Folklore and Legend Talks –  

Every Thursday and Saturday at 2 pm.                                                                                                Listen to the traditions and social customs of the Orkney fishing and farming people who worked the land and fished the sea.Enjoy a complimentary afternoon Orkney tea and biscuits.

  • Island Harvest Homes and Market Days
  • Wedding Feasts and Courting Customs
  • The Island Calendar – Fishing the Sea and Working the Land

Peatfire Tales of Orkney –

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings here at the Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre – 8pm for an 8.30pm start.March to October.

On a Sunday evening in April,September & October only. Booking essential.Tickets £10 per Adult £6 per child Private bespoke evenings for groups by arrangement all year round. (from 6 to 30 guests)

Island Tales and Ales – Stromness

Sunday Evenings (May to September) – commences at 8:00pm                                                     An atmospheric evening of Orkney storytelling and social customs in the Still Room Whisky Bar in the Stromness Hotel, which, with its candlelit tables and peatfire, is described as being like a small 19th Century Stromness ale house! Enjoy a complimentary Orkney Ale, Orkney whisky or a glass of wine, listening to Island folklore and legends. Takes place on  Sunday Evenings – commences at 8:00pm. Booking essential – tickets £10 per person. Private bookings welcome.

Seeing Island Stories ‘Peedie’ Gallery

A Summer Exhibition  
The island Legends and Lore, customs and Seascapes of the Orkney Fishing and Farming People  in pastels and inks, pen, photographic images and words.

Orkney FolkloreFamily & Children’s  StoryCircles Workshops

For Adults, children and families.Create your own Island Storyboards and Storymaps making your own characters and creatures in mask and puppets,all from recycled materials .Share and tell your own story in a Storycircles workshop. Groups of 3 to 8 people welcome.COST £45 per 2 hour session-all inclusive of art and craft materials.

The Power of Story Courses & Workshops

A creative learning and storytelling course  for anyone interested in exploring the power of story.  Explore through story making, communication, social skills and self expression through the arts.
Of particular benefit to:
a) Professionals working in education, special educations, social care and mental health
b) For volunteers and staff working within social care, mental health and education.
c) Parents, carers and Foster Carers with families, young children and adults with special educational needs and /or challenging behaviour.
d) Adults with  special educational needs, learning disabilities and/or high stress levels and mental health issues.

Orkney ChairTHE POWER OF STORY workshops offered:

THE WEAVER OF TALES – learn how to make effective use of voice, rhythm, gesture and language. Explore how to be a storyteller with the legends and folk tales from your own environment.
THE STORY FOLK – explore the imagry and symbolism of the story’s characters and creatures. What they tell you and what they do to take you on your journey through the story. Create your own, masks, storyboards, written stories, and do something that involves making your own story.
THE STORY DANCES & BALLADS – Follow the weavings and patterns of the traditional song dances and ballads. Their stories are told in tHe rhythm of beating feet and singing voices.

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