Time to walk and talk

Ursula Holden-Gill storytelling for the children in Nutclough Woods as part of the Elmet Festival last year
Ursula Holden-Gill storytelling for the children in Nutclough Woods as part of the Elmet Festival last year

YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to walk and learn at this year’s Ted Hughes Festival.

The annual event, organised by the Elmet Trust and held at various venues across Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, will see storyteller Ursula Holden Gill walk and talk during her special “Gnoming in Nutclough” trail.

The event starts at the entrance to Nutclough Woods, Hebden Bridge, from 3pm on Sunday, October 23.

Ursula said: “The first Gnoming in Nutclough event, which I held as part of last year’s festival, proved to be a great success for adults and children alike. That small, yet picturesque area of old, almost secret woodland suddenly came wonderfully alive for about an hour one autumn afternoon with little legs and bright eyes scurrying to find the whereabouts of the wee folk having listened to my stories about them.

“As Ted spent his “idyllic” childhood here and credited the Valley as having informed much of his writing and core values, it seems quite poignant (not to mention an honour) to pass his legacy down to those still open and free enough to receive it.”

The event is £2 per child and accompanying adults go free.