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October Tales – Week of Stories and Crafts

Saturday 15th - Saturday 22nd October
The Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside will welcome visitors to a week of storytelling, crafting and folk music between Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 October.
The family-friendly October Tales Week, which will take place during the school holidays, is part of the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Stories.
During the week, visitors will enjoy a host of storytelling sessions led by a traditional storyteller as well as the Museum’s popular ‘Make and Take’ craft sessions.
Visitors will also enjoy the Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Sea Monsters! which runs until the end of October.
The week of celebration will culminate with an evening showcasing one of the oldest forms of storytelling – traditional folk music.
With special guests ‘Haggerdash’ and Folk musicians co-ordinated by Irvine Folk Club the performance will take place inside the vast, glass-roofed Linthouse building on Friday 21st October. Tickets are limited, get yours HERE
Storytelling Sessions – 
As part of the Year of Stories 2022, the Scottish Maritime Museum presents an afternoon of family fun with renowned Scottish storyteller, Betty Skelton. Join Betty as she weaves her tales of Scottish sea monsters, pirates, and shipwrecks in her hour-long storytelling sessions.
15th October – 2pm – 3pm 
16th October – 2pm – 3pm
17th October – 2pm – 3pm
18th October – 2pm – 3pm
19th October – 2pm – 3pm
20th October – 2pm – 3pm
21st October – 2pm – 3pm
22nd October – 1pm – 2pm / 3pm – 4pm
Make and Take Craft Tables –
Feeling inspired? Make sure you stop by our craft tables and let the creative Monster inside you loose!
From the 15th to the 22nd of October drop in to our Craft Tables, all included in the price of admission.
James McLean, Curator at the Scottish Maritime Museum, explains:
“Thanks to platforms such as TikTok, there has been a huge resurgence in interest in traditional folk tales and songs, particularly with younger people.
“Through our Year of Stories storytelling week, we are keen to capitalise on this and connect more families and young people with our rich maritime history, culture and sometimes-mythologised stories passed on in Scotland.”

Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

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