Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BH
Traditional stories told in a traditional way – the entertainment that everyone, and not just children, looked forward to most of all – something you can talk about afterwards – something you can share and pass on to others.
Mike Rogers has been telling stories for the past 16 years. They come from other tellers, from collections of traditional tales [Norse myths, Greek myths, folktales from Europe, Asia, North America, the Pacific, Africa...] and sometimes out of his own head. Any story that is worth telling is a good story: that's why he has told the story of Apollo 13, and the story of the Irishman who managed Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. Stories are for everybody, not just children. They are the way we make sense of things. As well as special events, such as HODs, Halloween, and one-offs in schools, Mike tells at monthly story clubs in Southampton, Salisbury, Winchester and Ringwood – he can also tell in French and German!
Winchester City Mill is the oldest working watermill in the UK. As well as enjoying tales by Mike, you can see how this fully restored working watermill produces stoneground wholemeal flour using the power of the River Itchen on both Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm. And why not return on Sunday and enjoy the classic sound of The Watercress Quartet.
● Saturday 15 September: Storytelling sessions will start at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30
The room holds 15-20 people and therefore it is recommended you pre-book to guarantee a place. Stories will be selected according to the audience.
There are steps into the Mill, down to the Millrace and into the garden. Stories will be selected according to the audience, but are not for very young children, who may find them too long and complicated. Suggested age - 4yrs and over.
Max 20 people per tour/session. Each session will start on the half hour, and will last about thirty minutes – unless the listeners would like it to be a bit longer... storytellers can seldom resist a request from an enthusiastic audience.
Winchester City Mill is located on Bridge Street, straddling the River Itchen, 200m East past King Alfred’s Statue.