Peatfire Tales of Orkney Evenings

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Tickets £10.50 per Adult £7 per child – Bespoke Private evenings for groups by arrangement all year round. (from 6 to 25 people)

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


Sit in the Folk Art Studio, around the fireside, while listening to the legends and myths that weave through the Social traditions and work Customs of the past Orkney Islanders who worked the land and Fished The sea. Discover the wall murals and collages of the Islands’ legends and Myths, alongside the models, masks and puppets of the Orkney folkloric characters and creatures…..Discover our Folklore & Heritage library and the Hamnavoe Room with its 20th Century Orkney writers’ books and images of the Islands

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Tickets £10.50 per adult and £7 per child

 ‘Peedie’ (small) Folk Art Gallery

A Summer Exhibition

Explore ‘seeing’ the stories, the island legends and lore and the Seascapes of the Orkney Fishing and Farming People in pastels, inks, pen & photographic images with words.

Family & children’s StoryCircles.

Create your own Storyboards and storymaps making your own characters and creatures in masks and puppets, all from recycled materials. Share and take away your own Island story in a Storycircles session.

Groups of 2 to 8 people are welcome.

COST: £50 per 2-hour session for every 4 people attending- all inclusive of art and craft materials, and Orkney refreshments.

The Power of Story Courses & Workshops

A Storytelling course for anyone to explore the Power Of Story. Through storymaking, 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 practices of a community from one generation to the next.

Of particular benefit to:
a) Professionals working in education, special education, 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 Past Orkney Islanders who worked the land and fished The seas

The Power Of Story Themes Explored:

THE WEAVER OF TALES: Learn how to effectively use voice, rhythm, gesture and language. Explore how to be a storyteller with 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, and 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.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL FOR ALL EVENTS.Private bespoke one-to-one sessions by arrangement.