Cadw joins forces with National Storytelling Week

Wednesday 15 January 2014

National Storytelling Week

National Storytelling Week

Fourteen spectacular Welsh monuments will host legends, myths and tales as Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, celebrates National Storytelling Week (Saturday, Feb 1 – Saturday, Feb 8).

On Sunday, February 2, storytellers will bring their tales to life within the magical surroundings of some of Wales’s most-loved monuments.

Participating sites include Tretower Court, Tintern Abbey, St Davids Bishop’s Palace, Blaenavon Ironworks, Cae’r Gors and Caerleon Roman Baths.

There will also be medieval tales told at castles including Castell Coch and those at Kidwelly, Denbigh, Conwy, Chepstow, Caerphilly, Caernarfon and Beaumaris.

Each speaker has a passion for Welsh culture and their skills in the ancient art of storytelling will be used to recite the exciting tales of each monument.  

From tales based on Welsh poetry to mythological tales from the Mabinogion, each event will bring the monuments to life in a fun and engaging way, while helping visitors to gain a better understanding of Wales’s rich history.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: “More than 2.5 million people visit Cadw sites each year and National Storytelling Week is the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the thousands of stories that are waiting to be discovered at our sites.

“The events also support the Welsh Government’s literacy campaign, Make Time to Read, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of reading with a child for just 10 minutes a day.

“Storytelling is a great way to capture a child’s imagination and inspire a love of stories and reading from a young age.”

Ffion Reynolds, Cadw’s Public Engagement and Welsh Language manager, added:
“We’re inviting visitors and the local community to join us during National Storytelling Week to celebrate Welsh culture and heritage at some of our amazing monuments.

“We hope that through sharing the colourful stories and characters that are linked to Cadw sites that people will be inspired to explore and enjoy their local Cadw sites.”

The events will be held on Sunday, February 2 from 11am until 4pm.

Normal admission for entry to the sites will apply.

You can find more information by visiting the Event Finder.