Story sets

What is a story set?

It’s a group of stories on a theme which can be ‘bought’ off the peg. The following possible  themes give you an idea of the range of stories that can be found to fit any occasion:

Myths and Legends of the Isle of Wight

iow.jpgWhy is the Isle of Wight so called?  Why did King Charles 1’s ill-fated attempt to escape from Carisbrooke Castle fail? What caused the Royal George to sink on a still day in the Solent?

The Isle of Wight has a wealth of myths and legends on which to draw and a variety of stories, some true, some of more questionable origin, form the basis of this set.  Couple these with puzzling out the Six Wonders of the Isle of Wight, and guessing  the meaning of some Isle of Wight dialect and you have an ideal mixture for anyone aged 9 to 90.

Allow one to one and a half hours.

Suitable venues: anywhere quiet with comfortable seating or floor cushions.     

Cost: £2.60/person  (Minimum fee £75). Maximum group size 50.

Wolf Tales: A Story Walk

wolf2.pngStart off with a game of ‘What's the time Mr. Wolf?’ before setting off  on a woodland walk keeping an eye open for that infamous Big Bad Wolf.  We will have frequent stops for stories, riddles and rhymes and maybe even a scavenger hunt to find something as rough as Mr. Wolf's fur, or something as red as Red Riding Hood’s cape. This  storywalk is ideal for children aged between 3 and 10.

Allow one to one and a half hours. 

Suitable venue: Woodlands such as Parkhurst Forest, Dickson's Copse, Firestone Copse.

Cost  £70.  Maximum group size 20.

Victorian Tales

victorian.pngQueen Victoria made Osborne House in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight her home for many years.  Her influence and patronage is still evident in the architecture throughout Britain, and especially in the stories written during her lifespan. Treat your ears to a selection of Victorian tales including the likes of Oscar Wilde's ‘The Selfish Giant’, Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and Walt Whitman's’ Death in A Schoolroom’. Hear a few Isle of Wight Victorian facts and puzzle over some riddles.  This story session is ideal for anyone aged 10 to 90.   

Allow one to one and a half hours.  

Suitable venue: anywhere quiet with comfortable seating or floor cushions. 

Cost:  £2.60/person (minimum fee £75) . Maximum group size 40.

Seaside Tales Storywalk

seaside.pngDo you know why the crab has no head? Or why the sea is salty?  Find out during this storywalk that will have you hunting for crabs and spotting all sorts of beach treasure.  There will be riddles and rhymes and maybe time to make a beach sculpture.  This storywalk is ideal for ages 3 to 83 and can be readily adapted to suit the ages of the people taking part.  ‘Seaside tales’ is also available as an indoor story telling session.

Allow one and a half to two hours.

Suitable venues:  Any beach so long as the tide is out!  

Cost £2.60./person (minimum fee £75)   Maximum group size 25 people. 

A Box of Chocolate Truffles

truffles.jpgStories about food from around the world to tease the taste buds.  Savour the flavour of a handmade truffle between each story and try winning a box to take home, by joining in with a quiz and riddles. Ideal for chocolate lovers aged 12 to 120.  

Allow two hours. 

Suitable venues: Anywhere indoor that is quiet and has comfortable seating.

Cost £5 per person. Maximum group size 25.

Winter Tales

winter.pngDim the lights,  snuggle into somewhere cosy and feed your soul on tales of wintertime.   Christmas,  Divali, Hannukah,  Yule, solstice, snow,  mince pies -  all can feature in this cornucopia of stories and songs chosen to suit the audience.  Add a glass of mulled wine or spiced apple juice and a mince pie for a perfect evening of entertainment. 

Performed in conjunction with singer, Paul Armfield

Allow 1 ½  to 2 hours.   

Suitable venues: somewhere with dimmable lights, comfortable seating or even an open fire.

Cost £90.  Maximum group size 40.

Smuggling tales

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries smuggling was rife on the Isle of Wight , seen as a way of supplementing a subsistence  living.  This set of stories engages the audience actively in  recreating the scenes of a smuggling family.

Suitable for ages 7 - 97 Allow 1 and a half hours.

Suitable venue:  comfortable room with space for a few smugglers to move around.

Cost £2.60/person ( minimum fee £75) maximum group size 50

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