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Tasty Tales on the Trail

Sat 21 Oct 2017

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Celebrate autumn on a unique evening of fine food, folklore and spellbinding stories to delight the senses and tickle the imagination.

We are really excited to welcome Martin back to Kingcombe for this truly unique evening.  You will head out onto the magical Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve for a gentle stroll accompanied by Martin, who will weave spellbinding stories into the walk.

After your stroll you will head back to the beautiful converted barn of the Kingcombe Centre to sit down to a long table supper of freshly prepared, locally sourced food interspersed with fabulous folktales.  The menu of stories gently complements the land and food courses, exploring themes of farming, seasonality, provenance and stewardship of the land, but always allowing the listeners to hear their own thoughts and make their own connections.

Storytelling, as well as satisfying our innate appetite for a good yarn, helps to celebrate the enjoyment of ‘real food’ and stimulates deeper contemplation of what we eat and where it comes from.  This event will celebrate  the flavours and folklore of autumn and this land.

About the Leaders:

Martin Maudsley is a professional storyteller based in Dorset and working across the South West of England.  He tells stories in theatres, festivals, schools, village halls, pubs, tents and outdoors.  His repertoire of stories consists of fresh re-tellings of traditional tales from local legends and earthy folktales, to magical myths and epic sagas.  He uses poetry, music and song alongside stories, and often collaborates with other performers.  Martin regularly works with local and national organisations providing storytelling performances, tailored projects and creative workshops.  Recent clients for his storytelling projects include: the BBC, Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol, Paignton and Chester Zoos, Cheltenham Festival of Science, the Eden Project, English Heritage, the Environment Agency, the National Trust, River Cottage HQ, the Soil Association and several regional Wildlife Trusts.


£30pp  -   includes special activities and 3 course dinner. 


Meet at 4.45pm for the event to start at 5pm with a gentle hour’s walk before heading back for dinner.  Finish approx. 8.30-9.00pm.

What to bring: 

As you will be out for a walk please bring suitable clothing, wet weather jackets (just in case) and comfortable walking shoes or wellies (if it’s being raining).

Celebrate with us on our Autumn Weekend and check out the other great food events:  Deer at Dawn (Sun 22 Oct) and our Farm Walk and Feast (Sun 22 Oct).  Why not book a B&B and make a weekend away?

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Comments from previous events:

What a fabulous late afternoon and evening.  We attended the October event and enjoyed that so much we booked this one, and it didn't disappoint.  Great story telling, amazing food and interesting company - we're already looking to book for the October event again - Judith.

What an enjoyable evening.  We started out from the orchard on a beautiful Summer's evening with a wonderful amusing story from Martin and then wandered through the amazing Kingcombe meadows enjoying the wild flowers and being entertained along the way with folklore tales.  The meal was very tasty and plentiful with roast potatoes to die for.  This was a very special and unique evening which we thoroughly enjoyed - Veronica.

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