Bowland Bridge, South Lakes


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.

(There are also two fantastic pubs on the doorstep!)



The festival will kick off at 5pm on Friday 26th July and finish late afternoon-ish on Sunday 28th 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.



BUY HERE: Full festival tickets

PAY ON THE DAY: Site entrance & Individual Fabularium shows

Adult – Full festival ticket (inc all shows in the Fabularium) with camping = £50

Child 7-18yrs – Full festival ticket (inc all shows in the Fabularium) with camping = £15

Adult – Full festival ticket (inc all shows in the Fabularium) without camping = £35

Child 7-18yrs – Full festival ticket (inc all shows in the Fabularium) without camping = £10

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

Individual shows in the Fabularium – £5 adults / £3 children 7-18yrs.  (Pay on the day)

Under 7’s go free!

Please note – all shows in the Fabularium are on a first come first served basis. Pop your name on the list on the door in advance if there’s a show you don’t want to miss out on!



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

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 a few campervans, but sorry, no hook up.

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



Lots to choose from. Here are a few recommendations:

The Hare & Hounds, Bowland Bridge:

The Mason’s Arms, Bowland Bridge:

Camping & Caravan Club: