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The First King of England... in a Dress

The First King of England... in a Dress

1,000 years ago, there was no place like England for a good story... because there was no place called England!

This was a time of huge battles, because Saxons and Vikings hated each other. So when a Viking called Knut tried to be the king of the Saxons too, the Saxons weren't happy.​

But when a stranger turns up at their door, a grumbly Saxon and his son Aethelred decide to let him in. Soon, they're all sharing stories about giants, gods, and magic – and discovering surprising secrets about each other too...​

Can Vikings and Saxons be friends? Will Aethelred see his mother again? And just why is King Knut dressed like that?​

Find out in the tale of The First King of England... in a Dress!​

A fun-packed family storytelling show including puppetry, music from a "genuine" electro-acoustic Anglo-Saxon lyre... and plenty of joining in!

Stars Chip Colquhoun, the storyteller behind the Oxford Reading Tree’s “Big Carrot” and other online videos.

Suitable for ages 3+. Some of the stories told were created by children aged 7-10 in primary school workshops.

Arrive early for extra stories and face-painting!

Produced by Snail Tales with support from: the Arts Council of England; Babylon Arts; East Cambridgeshire District Council; the Diocese of Ely; Cambridgeshire Libraries; and The History Press.


Friday 18th August 2017 at 2pm


£6 - under 16s



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