Before 5pm, Days out, Storytelling

28 events

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Hallowe'en Lantern Walk

Join in – if you dare – on this family lantern walk through the woods, followed by a display from fire dancers. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and sturdy footwear and warm clothes are advised.

Provanhall House, Glasgow

Fri 31 Oct

Free / 0141 287 6776

Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble!

Hallowe'en activities for kids including interactive storytelling, creating scary masks, expelling spirits and spooky dancing.

Eureka! The National Children's Museum, Halifax

Fri 31 Oct

£11.95 (Children under two £4.25) / 01422 330069

Sat 1 Nov

£11.95 (Children under two £4.25) / 01422 330069

Sun 2 Nov

£11.95 (Children under two £4.25) / 01422 330069

Family Storytime

Interactive storytelling sessions for families with children under 7 years.

Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (Family £15; babies and under 1s free) / 0141 552 3988

The Wee Bannock.

Sun 2 Nov

£5 (Family £15; babies and under 1s free) / 0141 552 3988

The Wee Bannock.

Necropolis –- London’s Journey of the Dead

Apocalypse Events present a horror storytelling tour underneath the tunnels of Waterloo station. Journey back in time to when the city’s graves were overflowing with corpses and city-dwellers were forced to take their dead on a one-way train on the Necropolis Railway.

London Waterloo Station, SE1

Fri 31 Oct

£12 in advance; £15 on the door / 0845 617 0685

Sat 1 Nov

£12 in advance; £15 on the door / 0845 617 0685

Braw Blether Taster Session

Bibliotherapy is an expressive therapy that uses literature such as books and poetry to help people feel better about themselves and the world around them. This session uses material such as books, poetry, newspaper articles, pictures and photos for inspiration to encourage group discussion. You don’t need to bring…

Gorebridge Library

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed / 01875 820630

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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Craft & Culture: Family Festival Day

A family festival afternoon with a Nubian market, arts and crafts workshops, hairstyling in a pop-up salon, face painting, storytelling and live music and entertainment provided by the YARD youth theatre.

New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0115 924 8630

Emily Mouse's Christmas Tales

Emily Winter and her friend Mouse read stories written by children's author Vivian French. There's also songs, rhymes and a dollop of Christmas fun. Suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their accompanying adults.

Dundee Rep

Thu 4 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223530

Please note: The 11am session is for 0–2 years, while the 1pm session is for children aged 3–4.

Fri 5 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223530

Please note: The 11am session is for 0–2 years, while the 1pm session is for children aged 3–4.

Sat 6 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223530

Please note: The 11am session is for 0–2 years, while the 1pm session is for children aged 3–4.

…and 14 more dates until 20 Dec

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Nov

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Sun 2 Nov

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Mon 3 Nov

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

…and 178 more dates until 1 May 2015

Explore and Play

Take a journey around the museum and enjoy the worldwide collections through play, music, storytelling, craft and performance.

St Peter's Church, London SE17

Thu 6 Nov

Free

Thu 13 Nov

Free

Thu 20 Nov

Free

…and 4 more dates until 18 Dec

Freedom to Tell Tales Storytelling Workshops

A workshop aimed at finding and telling stories in your own words, your own way and in your own voice. This event is for anyone over the age of 16, though young people aged 12–16 are welcome if accompanied by a participating adult. No previous experience necessary.

Hull Central Library

Sun 9 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01482 300300

Sat 22 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01482 300300

Sat 29 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01482 300300

Sat 6 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01482 300300

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The Inky Fingers Literary Edinburgh Scavenger Hunt Performance Extravaganza

Come along and celebrate Edinburgh's literary community, as teams who participated in the scavenger hunt bring their collections to be officially recorded. After this comes the performance extravaganza, with writers and musicians performing live. The event concludes with a prize giving ceremony for the top scavenger hunt…

The Forest Café, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0131 229 4922

Part of Book Week Scotland.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Story Trail

Travel into the magical world of Narnia, a land inhabited by fantastical fauns and busy beavers.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking

Sat 20 Dec

Standard entry fees apply / 0845 260 9000

Sun 21 Dec

Standard entry fees apply / 0845 260 9000

Mon 22 Dec

Standard entry fees apply / 0845 260 9000

…and 13 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Mac’s Munchkins

Farm-themed story telling, crafts, play group and songs. E-I-E-I-O.

Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh

Tue 4 Nov

Over-2s only

Children £2 / 0131 337 4202

Group meets at the Red Tractor

Tue 11 Nov

Over-2s only

Children £2 / 0131 337 4202

Group meets at the Red Tractor

Tue 18 Nov

Over-2s only

Children £2 / 0131 337 4202

Group meets at the Red Tractor

…and 3 more dates until 9 Dec

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 29 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Sun 30 Nov

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Martinmas Fair 2014

An abundance of things to do and so see in celebration of Martinmas. Featuring the real life Sheriff of Nottingham, medieval reenactment, archaeological explorations, storytelling, woodcutting and much more.

Priory Church of St Anthony, Lenton

Sat 15 Nov

£1 (Free)

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Mrs Mash: The Storyteller Cook

Mrs Mash – Storytelling Cook – serves up delicious stories and songs for ages 4+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

£5 / 0131 556 9579

The Skylark, Edinburgh

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 0131 629 3037

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 0131 629 3037

Mon 17 Nov

Free / 0131 629 3037

…and 7 more dates until 5 Jan 2015

Old Town Tales

Donald Smith introduces John Fee – master of the Royal Mile and storyteller – for a workshop about urban storytelling in Scotland.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Nov

£15 / 0131 556 9579

  • 14:00 – 16:30 Old Town Tales Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

The Parent-Child Relationship Spa

A nourishing environment for parents/carers and children designed to enhance bonding and brain development. Each session includes free entry into the Enchanted Kingdom and sensory zones, taught sessions offering novel relational games to play with your child, short interactive piece of musical theatre and refreshments.

The London Art House, N1

Wed 5 Nov

£16 for one adult & one child; £22 for one adult & two children / 020 3227 3200

Wed 12 Nov

£16 for one adult & one child; £22 for one adult & two children / 020 3227 3200

Wed 19 Nov

£16 for one adult & one child; £22 for one adult & two children / 020 3227 3200

…and 45 more dates until 30 Sep 2015

Scottish History through Scottish Novels

Delve into 20th and 21st century Scottish literature to explore the culture and politics of contemporary Scotland. Books include Jamse Douglas Brown's The House with the Green Shutters and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wed 12 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wed 19 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

…and 2 more dates until 3 Dec

St Andrew's Day Celebrations

The capital celebrates Scotland's patron saint with a programme of free events in St Andrew Square. There's storytelling in the Spiegeltent with Jess Smith and Aiden Moffat; Scottish dance workshops led by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; a Family Ceilidh hosted by the Robert Fish Band and demonstrations on the…

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free

All events are free but some workshops and performances are ticketed. Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

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Starting With Stories

This workshop led by Fiona Herbert is an introduction to telling stories. Learn how to tell a story well, develop your creative skills and discover how to find stories everywhere you look.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Nov

£36 / 0131 556 9579

Step Into Christmas

A festive storytelling workshop with Step it up Dance.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Mon 22 Dec

£6 / 0131 556 9579

Stories Round the Tree

Cosy Christmas eve storytelling session gathered around the decorated Christmas tree with Fiona Herbert. Suitable for ages 4+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Wed 24 Dec

£5 (£3; Family £14) / 0131 556 9579

Storytelling for Christmas

Learn how to tell festive stories by discovering their fascinating traditions.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

£15 / 0131 556 9579

Storytelling Masterclass

If you fancy improving your storytelling skills, this is a one-off workshop led by Ashley Ramsden to get to grips with the art.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 2 Nov

£15 / 0131 556 9579