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Tales in Trust – Ancestral Voices Part 1

Friday 23 Oct 4pm — Sunday 25 Oct 4pm, 2020

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • Single ensuite: £250
  • Shared ensuite: £215
  • Single non-ensuite: £215
  • Shared non-ensuite: £170

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £160

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £150

COVID-19 Note: Click here for Halsway’s COVID-19 Guidance for your visit.

A message from Taffy:

“After much discussion and heart-searching Chrissy and I have come to the decision that, as I was identified as extremely vulnerable during the lock-down, we can’t be with you to host ‘Tales in Trust – Ancestral Voices’ this year. However, keen to support our friends at Halsway, and also all our friends who come to our ‘Tales in Trust’ weekends, we have come up with a compromise. ‘Ancestral Voices Part 1 – Telling History’ will be delivered by our brilliant lead storyteller for this year, Dave Tonge, see programme below. This will lead up to ‘Ancestral Voices Part 2 – The Ghosts Behind Us’ for 2021, when we look forward to being back at Halsway and catching up with you all again.

Have a good time and stay well.

Love & Legends,


While we’re all going to miss Taffy and Chrissy this Autumn, the Norwich yarnsmith Dave Tonge has stepped into the breach – with a guest appearance from musician Trevor James, plus filmed contributions from Taffy himself – for a weekend packed with stories and merriment!

“As ever it was BRILLIANT!!! Part of my annual storytelling calendar.”Participant

The programme includes workshops, discussions, story rounds and performances – with opportunities for participants to take the stage and share their own stories too.

Click here for the full programme.

Who’s it For?

Tellers of all levels of experience, and those who just want to listen; after all, “if speaking were more important than listening, we’d have two tongues and one ear.”

“I am new to storytelling. I am now interested in taking up the art, and have already made contact with a storytelling group.” Participant

The Team

Dave Tonge – the Yarnsmith of Norwich – is an author, historian and professional storyteller from Norfolk. Dave has been telling tales for over 20 years, traveling the land and spinning yarns at museums, heritage sites, festivals, fayres and schools all over the UK, including Halsway! His books ‘Tudor Folk Tales’, ‘Norfolk Folk Tales for Children’ and ‘Medieval Folk Tales for Children’ are available from The History Press.