Story Telling Sunday
Date posted: 22 August 2016
Scampston has teamed up with Ryedale Book Festival for a fun afternoon of story-telling, inspiring young minds and sparking imaginations.
On Sunday 21st August, families were invited to visit the Walled Garden and Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston Conservatory where the Ryedale Book Festival brought classic children’s tales to life.

The popular tale of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit together with Julia Donaldson’s favourite character, The Gruffalo, and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar were the main stories featured in a series of interactive events.

Additional story-telling walks were  led through the grounds, and there were also children’s crafts taking place within the Conservatory, a Book Cover Trail and a pop-up children’s bookshop, courtesy of Wardle & Jones Books from Scarborough.

Gill Garbutt, Managing Director of the Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston Conservatory, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Ryedale Book Festival to Scampston Hall this year.”

“For us, the stories of Peter Rabbit, The Gruffalo and  The Very Hungry Caterpillar were an easy choice. All three books celebrate the natural world and the creatures within it, both real and imaginary. Scampston offers the perfect setting for this, as the garden is humming with small animals, bees and butterflies and there are plenty of places for The Gruffalo to hide!

“One of our key aims at the Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston is to make education on biodiversity accessible to all – this is an excellent way to reach younger audiences in a creative and imaginative way.”

Sarah Tyson, Director of Ryedale Book Festival, commented: “We are a not-for-profit organisation, made up of a team of dedicated volunteers who organise quality book-related events across Ryedale. Our aim is to create original, affordable and inspiring events for everyone who enjoys reading, listening to stories, illustrated books and the spoken word.  

“The grounds at Scampston offer the perfect setting for a family day out this summer and we hope that our charming performances of these well-loved children’s stories will appeal to its visitors, old and young alike, making their visit all the more memorable.”

The event proved a roaring success with dozens of children and their families of all aged getting involved in the stories. The costumes were dazzling and the energy of the performance was really impressive. 

Scampston looks forward to welcoming Ryedale Book Festival back next year.