Next festival – Summer 2023!

Fairytales for grown-ups, myths for kids, puppetry shows, music, workshops and campfire. Welcome to the brand new Stealing Thunder Storytelling Festival. From 26th-28th July, a single field in the beautiful Lake District village of Bowland Bridge will become a welly-boot-ique festival of wonder, with a tented theatre of stories, ‘The Fabularium’, at its heart. Enter a field of playfulness, epic stories & wild enchantment… and the occasional sheep.

Stealing Thunder Storytelling Festival is a formidable collaboration between Cumbria‘s own Stealing Thunder Storytelling Club, the Crick Crack Club & Theatre of the Small. Together we’re creating something petite, gorgeous and filled with magic for ALL ages. We’re making it for you  – so join us!

There will be fire. There will probably also be rain!

FEATURED ARTISTS INCLUDE WORLD CLASS STORYTELLERS: Ben Haggarty, Jan Blake, Tim Ralphs, Clare Murphy, Dominic Kelly, Emily Hennessey, Xanthe Gresham & Nick Hennessey with puppetry by The Theatre of the Small, and much, much more.

Festival includes camping, glamping, fab food, great coffee and of course a bar.



STILL AVAILABLE – PAY ON THE DAY: Site entrance & Individual Fabularium shows

(Full festival & Camping tickets – SOLD OUT)

Site entrance per day – £5 adults / £3 children 7-18yrs. This includes 1 free show in the Fabularium.

Individual shows in the Fabularium – £5 adults / £3 children 7-18yrs.

Under 7’s go free!

PLEASE NOTE – entry to all shows in the Fabularium are on a first come first served basis.


Festival Programme HERE!


Keep up with the latest news on our Facebook event page.



The festival will kick off at 5pm on Friday 26th July and finish around 6pm on Sunday 28th July. (Campers are welcome to stay till Monday 29th July



A field in Bowland Bridge, South Lakes, Cumbria LA11 6NN



Cash. There are NO cash points in the village. 

Your wellies and wet weather clothing! This is the lake District after all… 

A Torch. Evenings will be dark!

Instruments & stories for sharing by the campfire!



Nearest airport is Manchester.  Regular trains available from the airport to Oxenholme Lake District.

Nearest train stations are Oxenholme Lake District, Kendal, Grange-over-Sands & Windermere. Taxis available from the stations to the site.

Lakeside Taxis: / 015394 88888 / 01539 239239 ​

There is no public transport available to or from Bowland Bridge itself.

Feel free to use the facebook page to arrange lift shares.



Basic camping available on site for a limited number of tents. Facilities limited to loos and drinking water.

Glamping available on site in gorgeous belle tents with Belle Hotel. / 07966 637307

Camping available from 2pm on Friday 26th July to midday on Monday 28th July. (On Sunday evening the site will be open, the fire will still be burning and there will be storytellers around, so who knows what might happen!)

There is space for some smaller campervans, but sorry, no hook up. Entrance to parking and campsite is through a not-very-wide gap in the wall so sorry, no larger campervans, mobile homes or caravans. (But there are plenty of nearby caravan sites:



Lots to choose from. Here are a few recommendations:

The Hare & Hounds, Bowland Bridge:

The Mason’s Arms, Bowland Bridge:

Camping & Caravan Club:





Supported by Arts Council England & National Lottery.

This event has also been supported by the PPL PRS charity and community
discount scheme. PPL PRS licenses the use of copyright music across the
UK, giving businesses and organisations the permission they need to play
the music they want. For more information about PPL PRS, visit or call 0800 0720 808