Forging Fantastical

17 August @ 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm£11.00 – £60.00
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Folktales & Music in the Park

Saturday 17th August 2024


A one-day celebration of performance storytelling and folk music!


Find a perfect gentle escape on a summer’s day, where you’ll be transported into imaginary worlds… an enchanting programme of stories awaits you. Performances are well-crafted for grown-ups, but children age 7+ may enjoy them with adult supervision*.

Swindon’s Forging Fantastical are inviting talented storytellers from across the UK to perform stories from diverse cultures and regions, including the British Isles, Nordic and Inuit lands, amongst others. Forging Fantastical is managed by local volunteers who organise a year-round programme of nonprofit creative events, specialising in storytelling events for grown-ups.

A headline performance will be given by storyteller and multi-instrumentalist Paul Jackson. Paul has been a professional storyteller for thirty years, and has told around 55,000 stories, in many different locations in the UK and beyond. Paul has a collection of World instruments that he plays to colour and bring to life the stories he tells, which originate from the many corners of the world. His instruments include the African Kora, American double chambered Flute, drums, mouth harps, Tibetan singing bowls, Indian Ektara and Australian Didgeridoo.

Folktales, fairy tales and wonder tales, can contain dark subject matter. “Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.” Jack Zipes.

*Please see the programme for specific age guidance against each performance. We request as little interruptions as possible during performances.

There will be stories and music throughout the day, with the programme beginning at 2.45pm and finishing at approximately 9.45pm. Doors open 2.15pm. Refreshments will be available.

Come join us for this unique event in the heart of Swindon!

When you purchase a ticket your email and details of your booking will be shared both with South Swindon Parish Council and with Forging Fantastical.

Photography and video will be taken throughout the event for Forging Fantastical’s website and social media. 

Find out more about Forging Fantastical here: and find us on social media @forgingfantastical 


17 August
2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£11.00 – £60.00


Town Gardens
Town Gardens, Westlecot Road
Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 4EX United Kingdom
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Forging Fantastical - Adults
£ 20.00
Forging Fantastical - Under 25
£ 18.00
Forging Fantastical - Under 16s
£ 11.00
Forging Fantastical - 2 Adults, 2 Under 16s
£ 60.00
Forging Fantastical - Student
£ 18.00
Forging Fantastical - Blue Light Card
£ 18.00
Forging Fantastical - School Staff
£ 18.00
Forging Fantastical - Military
£ 18.00
Forging Fantastical - In receipt of certain benefits
£ 18.00
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