Wednesday, 21 December 2011

'Tales Of Winter Magic' - Solstice Celebration

Yesterday (a day early) we went to 'Tales Of Winter Magic' at Butser Ancient Farm to celebrate the winter solstice.

We had such a lovely time! There were yule crafts in the Roman villa for children, Hannah made a yule table centrepiece and a storytellers staff, then we had mulled (no alcohol) wine and mince pies or chocolate logs before going into the big roundhouse for stories told by the fantastic Red Phoenix . She told winter tales, sang the traditional ancient version of 'The Holly And The Ivy', and told an interactive tale with children from the audience acting out the parts. It was absolutely magical, around the log fire with fairy lights and candles lighting the roundhouse, warm spicy fruit juice in hand we were transported back to winters of long ago.

The Roundhouse before the storytelling commenced

Making a Yule table centrepiece.

Hannah with her finished centrepiece.

Making her Storytellers Staff
The finished Staff!

Animals around the farm.

Exploring the roundhouses

The Large Roundhouse ready for the Storytelling.

Enjoying the stories!
Happy Winter Solstice Everyone!


Fiona said...

What an amazing experience, and Hannah's centerpiece is beautiful.

KP Nuts said...

We haven't been there yet it looks good / cold I can't believe we are so near and still haven't met up - we must in 2012 - I like the new background to your blog - very festive :) Merry Christmas to you and your family and thanks for all your lovely blog comments in 2011.

The Adventurer said...

Love the Yule log center piece:) I am going to look this place up and try to plan a visit to it this spring sounds fab:) There is a round house near us, in Flag Fen, but it is more of the Saxon era. We did do story telling around the fire and my kids loved it:)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Have a great time with your family and friends