Beyond The Border – Wales International Storytelling Festival

9th & 10th June 2018 St Donat’s Castle, Vale of Glamorgan

In June we’ll be visiting Beyond the Border – Wales’ International Storytelling Festival for the first time. It sounds like an amazing event and they have daytime family tickets on sale for only £55 per day which is really great value. Be quick though as these tickets are only on sale until the 29th May 2018.

Want to know more about the festival? Here are some of the things that will be going on…

This summer Beyond the Border’s Birthday Barnstormer will be a feast of entertainment across 5 venues featuring fables and myths, music and magic, love stories and laughter, fun and games for children and fairy tales for grown-ups, all in the beautiful grounds of St Donats Castle by the sea.

Beyond the Border Artistic Director, David Ambrose said, “This year we celebrate our 25th Birthday and to make this a special celebration we’re going for a more intimate feel this year, one that we hope will make everyone who attends feel like specially invited guests at a rather wonderful birthday party!”

Author of Chocolate and the Rune series of books, Joanne Harris is author of 15 bestselling novels, published in 50 countries, with 50 million copies sold worldwide. Her next book, The Testament of Loki is out on 17 May. Joanne Harris will be talking about her latest work with author and journalist Erica Wagner on Sunday 10 June.

Family entertainers The Flying Seagulls will be bringing their tent and troupe of clowns, circus performers and musicians to the Birthday Barnstormer. Founded by entertainer Ash Perrin in 2007, the Flying Seagulls aim to spread love, light and laughter to hospitals, orphanages and refugee camps around the world, and were recently acknowledged on BBC3 shorts.

Other entertainment guaranteed to appeal to all the family includes a set of classic Fairy Tales in The Moondance Hall, told by leading UK Storyteller Ben Haggarty; and a rumbustious Sunday afternoon show on the open-air stage by one of Wales’ top story and music duos Daniel Morden and fiddle player Oli Wilson Dickson.

Meanwhile, specially for younger children there’s the Little Tent featuring storytelling and theatre for 5 to 7 year-olds with Flossy & Boo; and acclaimed author and performer Sally Pomme Clayton with her latest show ‘The King With Dirty Feet’.

I’m so excited to experience this for the first time. It promises to be more than just a storytelling experience, it is also an opportunity to experience the best in world food, craft stalls and live music with the mesmerising back drop of a clifftop castle by the sea.

See you there?


A limited amount of Daytime Family Tickets (11am-6pm) have just gone on sale for £55 until 29 May. Tickets can be bought online here.

Other prices – [Day Ticket £45 Adult, £30 Child, Family Ticket £125 ] [Weekend £75 Adult, £55 Child, Family Ticket £210]

This year camping and local accommodation is available offsite. Camping is not available onsite but shuttle service is available.

Disclosure – we are being gifted tickets to the festival for us to review. All opinions are always honest and our own.



  1. May 16, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    I like the fairy tales for grown ups, as it will inspire you to continue dreaming! 🙂 This really sounds like a fun acivity for a weekend!

  2. May 16, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    I like the fairy tales for grown ups, as it will inspire you to continue dreaming! 🙂 This really sounds like a fun activity for a weekend!

  3. Monidipa Dutta
    May 17, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Wow these pictures look so good. You have clicked them and written about it so nicely

  4. May 17, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Lovely photos here. My kids would love the little tent for sure. They enjoy story telling.

  5. May 18, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    This looks so awesome. My daughter would have loved a place like this when she was younger. Would have been such fun. We have some things like this at the Renaissance Faire here, but it’s not quite the same thing.

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