We had a blast at our June 2023 festival – thanks to everyone who joined us!

There’ll be no festival in 2024 but watch this space for other exciting events.

World-class performance storytelling, sitar concerts by the babbling beck, late night silent disco, guided fell runs, medieval puppet shows, storywalks through the valley, ceilidhs, kids’ tents, music and making workshops, loose parts play, myths for kids and fairytales for grown-ups.

Welcome to the second Stealing Thunder Storytelling Festival. From 2nd-4th June, a small green site in the beautiful Lake District village of Bowland Bridge will become a welly-boot-ique festival of wonder. Enter a world of playfulness, epic stories & wild enchantment… and the occasional sheep.

Festival includes camping, delicious food, great coffee and (of course) a bar.


Our dazzling line up of World-Class Storytellers include:
Hugh Lupton
Katy Cawkwell
Sarah Liisa Wilkinson
Ben Haggarty
Lucy Lill
Theatre of the Small
Katty Wtterwulghe
Dominic Kelly
Malcolm Green

With music from:
Sitar player extraordinaire Sheema Mukherjee
Scandi-folk duo Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
Swedish singer Kersti Ståbi
Viola d’Amore player John Dipper
Drummer Josh Green
Tabla player Rav Neiyyar
French horn & guitar player Raoul Neumann
Workshops with:
Festival of Light
Lakeland Arts

Stealing Thunder Storytelling Festival is a formidable collaboration between

Cumbria’s own Stealing Thunder

Crick Crack Club

Kendal Mountain Book Festival


Super Great Kids’ Stories

Together we’re creating a small festival with a big imagination, jam packed with incredible performers, shows and magic for ALL ages.

We’re making it for you – so join us!