Festival of Tales

Ormskirk, one of Lancashire’s lively market towns, is the place to visit this festive season as six highly regarded artists, three published authors and one talented theatrical company come together for A Festival of Tales, on until January 2018.

All the work has been inspired by local heritage and sees Ormskirk invaded by fairy inventors, a giant gingerbread man and a red devil, all promising a memorable visit to the town. The imaginative artworks are on display, in locations around the Ormskirk town centre, and provide an alternative high street experience during the pantomime season.

A Festival of Tales is the result of a successful lottery application and collaboration between West Lancashire Borough Council, the Town Centre Management Group, and Edge Hill University, local businesses, schools and community groups. The project has been organised by WLBC’s Arts Development Service.



Saturday 18th November 10:00am – 4:30pm
Festival of Tales Launch
Visit Chapel Gallery & Ormskirk Town Centre on Saturday 18 November for the official launch of A Festival of Tales! Take part in free family activities, pick up an Art Trail and be first to read the Ormskirk inspired short stories.

Visitors will be able to find out more about A Festival of Tales and enjoy the artworks and short stories that have been commissioned specifically for Ormskirk town.


Sunday 3rd December 3:00pm
Wives’ Tales Theatre Company presents The Devil’s Wall
Meet at the statue of Disraeli opposite the Golden Lion pub
There are two conditions to the Tailor’s contract with the Devil, which, if fulfilled, mean his soul will be the Mighty One’s until the end of time…

The Devil’s Wall is a theatrical experience in the heart of Ormskirk town, devised and performed by Wives’ Tales Theatre Company.

Wives’ Tales have been working with Performing Arts students to bring you an old fable about a tailor, a baker and the devil. Taking on the role of chief story tellers, the students are exploring devised, site-specific and street theatre performance.

Starting at the end of Moor Street, the audience are invited to join a parade of performers, leading to Ormskirk’s clock tower, the setting of our tale.

Expect calling to the devil, three mysterious narrators, rekindled love and a very tall tale.


Friday December 15th 7:00pm
Ormskirk Short Stories

£2.50 a ticket. Contact the Chapel Gallery to book (01695 571 328)
At this event, you’re invited to enjoy warm mulled-wine, in the welcoming surroundings of the Chapel Gallery’s newly refurbished Café, while listening to Claire Dean, Dr. Rodge Glass and James Rice read extracts from the stories that they have been commissioned to write for A Festival of Tales.

From the Viking Orme’s drinking sessions at the Golden Lion pub to quarrelling sisters and mysterious murders, these stories explore Ormskirk heritage and folklore in imaginative and thoroughly surprising ways!

All who attend will also be the opportunity find out how to submit your own Ormskirk inspired tale to the Short Story Competition


Fore more information visit chapelgallery.org.uk/festival-of-tales/

View the full Festival of Tales timetable here

See the Festival of Tales Art Trail Map here