Family fun at Storytelling Festival

Next week's Scottish International Storytelling Festival promises something for all ages, with a range of great family-focused events.

The Festival (23 October to 1 November) will deliver ten days of great storytelling experiences, in venues ranging from castles to zoos, and art galleries to canal boats. 

Scottish Storytelling Centre's Marketing and Communications Manager, Lindsay Corr said:

With 21 events specifically programmed for children and families - from young tots through to teens - and with the majority being free to attend, it’s the perfect showcase for storytelling and the many different ways it can be used to engage, entice and educate youngsters, as well as letting them interact fully and embrace their own imagination.

Edinburgh Zoo and Gorgie City Farm will host two events for fans of fauna, with Rosie Mapplebeck down on the farm telling tales of the Five Little Ducks, while Alette Willis and friends deliver an afternoon of stories at the zoo in Animal Magic

And for another unusual venue, take in some swashbuckling songs and stories with Captain Ron and First Mate Ferg on a boat on the Union canal in All Aboard!


Back on dry land there's Mrs Mash, who'll be cooking up a few tasty tales at the National Library of Scotland, while down in Leith there's more foodie fun as Allison Galbraith celebrates the end of the harvest season with Crops in Pots: Harvest Stories in the Garden at Leith Community Croft. And for more nature, check out Storytelling for a Greener World, an afternoon of stories at the Royal Botanic Gardens. 

The festival's central venue, the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, will host the Festival Story Kist, a mix of exciting takes and calming crafts, and the Cuilean Craicte guide to one thousand years of Gaelic Storytelling

There's more for young history buffs with Dig It! 2015 at Cramond, looking into the archaeology and importance of the area, while back in town the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is the place to find out about Bonnie Prince Charlie in Jacobites: The 1715 Special! with the team from Macastory. 

And for more ghosts of the past, the Festival has some fantastic events for Hallowe'en and Samhuinn, with spooky crafts and tales at Lauriston Castle the week before, and the Guiser's Trail on the evening of the 31st itself - perfect for giving your little ones a little thrill! 

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival takes place from 23 October to 1 November. Find out more about the festival, including links for booking and programme information.


  • Allison Galbraith (credit Solen Collet)
  • Lochrin Belle on the Union Canal (credit: Scottish Storytelling Centre)

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