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Posted: Jul 22, 2019

Storytelling at the Priest's House

Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill to perform at the museum.

The Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Wimborne is taking part in this year’s Sting in the Tale, a festival of stories, with storytelling performances by Ursula Holden Gill on Thursday 1 August 2019.

The first is ‘The Boggarts and How to Trick Them Trail’ with performances at 10.30am and 3.00pm. Small gnome-like creatures called Boggarts have been living wild on the moors since before time began; but do you know how to outwit one!?

For centuries the Boggarts managed to exist peaceably alongside humans, keeping themselves well hidden in ditches and hedgerows and appearing only to unsuspecting travellers with the promise of a trick if no treat was forthcoming. But gradually humans over farmed the moors, burnt them, built on them and polluted them with their factories and so the Boggarts got angry and became more goblinesque. They set about sneaking down into town and causing a right rumpus. And indeed they still do.

Quick to shapeshift, slippery in their speech and fast on their humungous hairy feet so their pranks all look like your fault, the stories you’ll hear today won’t only protect you from the wily ways of these halflings but will also teach you how to identify, outwit and even befriend one!

The second is ‘All the World’s a Stage’ with a performance at 1.00pm. Ursula Holden Gill is blissfully in her element; a tip top family storyteller sure to entertain and stimulate imaginations with stunning characterisations, great agility and joie de vivre. With her magical, makeshift, moveable stage Ursula crafts a show that is sure to appeal to all young children who relish snappy, interactive stories, songs and lots of silliness.

All performances are in the museum’s walled garden (undercover in the event of wet weather).

‘The Boggarts and How to Trick Them Trail’ is suitable for children aged 4+. ‘All the World’s a Stage’ is suitable for children aged 3-8. Children must be accompanied.

Tickets cost £4 per child per show and are available from Gulliver’s Bookshop, High Street, Wimborne or online at

For further information please contact the museum on 01202 882533.

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Storytelling at the Priest's House

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Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill to perform at the museum.