Events & Programmes

Annual Programme Of Events


In Celebration Of   ‘The Year Of Coasts and Waters’

 Thursday and Saturday afternoons – 2pm – 4pm  

Enjoy an afternoon of Island Folklore and Orkney legends. Hear about the folk tales,social customs and work traditions of the past Orkney crofting families who worked and fished the seas around these North Atlantic Islands.COST: £10 per person Book Now!

  • Island Tales Of the Tidelands
  • Stories Of The Seashore
  • Selkies,Skerries and Stones

Peatfire Tales of Orkney Evenings

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

Booking essential.Tickets £10 per Adult £6 per child – Bespoke Private evenings for groups by arrangement all year round. (from 6 to 25 people)

  • Island Sea Legends
  • The People Of The Seas
  • Island Fishermen With Ploughs     

 ‘Peedie’ Folk Art Gallery

A Summer Exhibition  
Explore ‘seeing’ the stories,the island legends and lore,social customs and Seascapes of the Orkney Fishing and Farming People in pastels and inks, pen, photographic images and words.

Orkney Folklore Children & Family  StoryCircles.

Create your own Storyboards and Storymaps making your own characters and creatures in mask and puppets,all from recycled materials .Share and take away your own Island story in a Storycircles session. Groups of 3 to 8 people welcome.COST £50 per 2 hour 15 minute session – all inclusive of art and craft materials.

The Power of Story Courses & Workshops

A Storytelling course for anyone to explore the Power Of Story. Through story making, communication arts, voice and rhythm work, discover the storyteller in you.This ancient oral and living tradition was the thread that passed on,for thousands of years,the wisdom,knowledge and traditions of a community from one generation to the next generation.

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) Students 18 years+  who are studying Drama,Dance and Performing Arts or preparing to audition for such courses.

The Power Of Story Themes Explored:

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 imagery and symbolism of the  characters and creatures in a story. What they tell you,what they do that takes you on your journey through the story. Create your own, masks, storyboards, written stories, and choose your own theme to create and tell 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,clapping hands and singing voices.