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Friday, 20 August 2010

Events: Stories of Old Knowlton

The Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne Minster will be hosting an afternoon of storytelling with Tony Horitz on Tuesday 24 August as part of ‘The Sting in the Tale – a festival of stories’.

What secret stories are held within the ancient Neolithic rings of Knowlton, near Cranborne?  Why was a Norman church built bang in the middle of a Neolithic burial site?  What happened to all the parishioners?  And who stole their bell?  Knowlton dates back to prehistoric times and is also home to a deserted medieval settlement.  Tony Horitz will perform known and unknown tales about this extraordinary East Dorset landmark, which has fascinated visitors for over 2,000 years with its timeless magic.

Tony has been a storyteller and performer for many a long year, as well as teaching and facilitating drama workshops with young and old, in schools and the community.  He is also Artistic Director of Wimborne Community Theatre and Double Act Disability Theatre.  Tony recently founded State of Play Arts .

Visitors will also be able to explore the Priest’s House, an Elizabethan townhouse where a series of period rooms show what life and work was like for people in the past.  The museum tells the story of East Dorset from prehistoric to modern times.  The walled garden, with its central path leading from the back door to the mill stream, is laid out with plant beds, lawns and old varieties of fruit trees.  The Boathouse Tearoom will be serving drinks and homemade cakes.

Tickets cost £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children, and there is a choice of performance times: 2-3pm or 3.30-4.30pm.  It is suitable for all ages from 6 years and upwards, and booking is advisable.

If you would like any further information, please contact the museum on 01202 882533 or email priestshouse@eastdorset.gov.uk.  Please remember that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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