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Festival at the Edge

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The Festival at the Edge brings newly-commissioned storytelling performances to the glorious rural setting of Stokes Barn, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. An eclectic mix of artists from around the globe bring their art to the ears of visitors from all over the UK.

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About Festival at the Edge

A weekend of fantastic storytelling, tall tales, terrific tellers, music and more ... surrounded by breathtaking views of the Shropshire countryside

Festival at the Edge is an annual international storytelling festival and the oldest one of its kind in England.  Taking place in July, it is nestled alongside the magnificant and magical Wenlock Edge.  

"by word the mind is winged" Aristophanes


From Friday to Sunday, there is always a choice of something on offer - the best international storytellers in performance, music, comedy and related arts.  There are practical workshops, story rounds and informal music sessions for you to join in.  At night the bonfire sessions continue until late (or dawn!).  Since 1999, the Festival has commissioned major new storytelling performances to premiere at the festival each year.

As a family-friendly event we provide a children's festival that runs throughout the festival weekend, mixing specially booked children's performers with performers from the main festival.

We are working towards making the festival as accessible as possible to people with disabilities - both as performers and audience.  Please contact us for more information or to let us know if you have any special concerns or requirements.

The festival always takes place over the third full weekend in July (Fri - Sun) on a stunning greenfield site on Wenlock Edge, just outside the historic town of Much Wenlock, Shropshire.  The programme begins on Friday evening at 7pm and closes at 5pm Sunday afternoon.

There is on-site camping for Weekend, Sat/Sun and All Day Saturday ticket holders. The site is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest - unfortunately this means that the only fires allowed on site are the storytelling bonfires.  We have a craft fair, on-site catering and a CAMRA real-ale bar.

If you prefer not to camp, you can get accommodation listings from the Much Wenlock Visitor Information Centre, tel: 01952 727 679.

Buses run daily from Shrewsbury and Telford, where there are also connections to Rail services.  Please note that services are not as frequent as for larger towns.

For up to date details of public transport, please telephone the Traveline on 0870 608 2 608.

During the rest of the year Stokes Bunkhouse Barn and adjoining cottages are available for hire.  Please visit www.stokesbarn.co.uk for further information.  (Please note that these are not available for public use during the festival.)

For festival correspondance please contact us at:

Festival at the Edge, The Morgan Library, Aston Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5AU. 

Telephone: 01939 236626.

Email: info@festivalattheedge.org

Last updated: 11th June 2013

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