The poster for our Story Walk round West Bank Park said it would be suitable for ages 0 to 100+. We didn’t quite manage to hit the top end of that age-range, but nevertheless, young and not-so-young alike turned out on a ‘fresh’ February afternoon for our walk to celebrate National Storytelling Week.
We had a very inspiring walk through the park, with poems provided by me, and stories by … well, take a look below.
When we got to the ponds, Catherine (with assistance from some little helpers) told us a fascinting story from Lincolnshire about TiddyMun:
Aidan’s grandma told us 2 stories, one about a fallen oak tree …
… which inspired great curiousity amongst the children:
As did her story about the Green Man:
We also learned about the history of the park, and that it had been a plant nursery for over a hundred years:
I finished the walk off at the Story Tree, with a poem about the seasons:
And thence to hot drinks and delicious cakes in the park cafe!
Our audience was very appreciative, and suggested we put on similar walks again at other times of the year. It turns out that today is the Celtic festival of Imbolc, which is half-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. So, it was suggested that we meet up again for story walks on other Celtic festival days. A very good idea!
In the Irish calendar, today is the first day of Spring. And by the time we left the wood, it really did look like it, with blue sky and sunshine lighting up the trees.
A big Thank You to Catherine Heinemeyer for her vision and hard work in setting up this wonderful walk. I was not the only one to have enjoyed it enormously.
And thank you to Stephen Whittaker of City of York Council for supporting the event. Let’s hope it’s the first of many such story walks in the park …