Wylam Winter Tales

Festival 2017

27.01.2017 - 03.02.2017

Tickets for all of our 2018 Festival Events will go on sale from Monday 4th December


Family Circus Skills Workshop

Sunday 29th January | Wylam Institute
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The Big Art Club with Mary Ann Rogers

Monday 30th January |Wylam Methodist Church
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Calligraphy & Hex Bugs

Tuesday 31st January | Wylam Library
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The Gingerbread Man

Wednesday 1st February | Wylam Methodist Church
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Voices Of Hope featuring The Songs of Percy Lovell

Wednesday 1st February | Wylam Methodist Church
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Wylam Railway Roots (History Ramble)

Thursday 2nd February | Meet at Wylam Library
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National Harry Potter Book Night

Thursday 2nd February | Wylam Library
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Hidden Wylam

Are there hidden places, secret spaces, unusual perspectives or quirky things about Wylam that inspire you and grab your attention? If so we invite you to get creative and be inventive as you capture and share our wonderful village from behind the lens.

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No festival is complete without a resident Cafe and ours is no exception. At all of our events (except the workshops) we will have the Winter Tales Cafe up and running to serve you a warm welcome under our winter gazebo and fairy lights. Very reasonably priced.

There will be a warm drink to get your mits around with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices and snacks all supplied by Traidcraft the UK’s largest fair trade goods distributor. Choose your mug for the night and settle in for some great entertainment.





How It Began

It’s not entirely irrelevant that one of us swims in the Tyne every month of the year, or that that the other might be tempted to get in during a heatwave in July.

But aside from that… started at a local hostelry in Wylam. Doesn’t it always ! We got to chatting and discovered that we all believe in the power of the arts to transform perspectives, enrich lives and bring us out of ourselves. Over the course of several beverages we started to wonder about the seasons and asked ourselves why nothing in particular seems to happen in the depths of winter to help draw us together. Why, when our forbears used to gather round the fireside to share stories and sing songs, do we no longer gather together to share our stories and encourage each other to be creative. Why is it that the sparkly lights all disappear on January 2nd ? Why when people need it the most do we not have a bit of light and creativity to help us bridge the gap ’til Spring when all things awaken once again. Soon the vision for a community Arts Festival in late January/early February, based in our local village came to life.

And so with a passion to bring a sense of shared community and celebration, Wylam Winter Tales Festival continues into it’s second year. Hoping to be the spark to ignite your imagination we have a range of arts events to help brighten things up at the darkest time of the year. From Friday 27th January to Friday 3rd February 2017 an oasis of creativity and fun will once again emerge to see you through the doldrums after Christmas and the lull before the Spring. With something for all ages in a range of different venues, you can take your pick from puppet theatre, music, art, film, craft, literature, and local history. Some events are free and the rest are very reasonably priced for all. Come along….without you our audience …it won’t be half as good!

Wylam Winter Tales Festival is a non-profit making voluntary organisation reliant upon grant funding, ticket sales and donations.



Tickets From:
Queens Hall, Hexham: 01434 652477 or or in person
Steve’s Emporium, Wylam: In person only
Wylam Library (Free Events Only): or in person

Festival Directors:
Mary Bythell
Gareth Davies-Jones
Simon Hackett

Festival Design:
Mariya Pigoulevskaya


Disabled access
Most of our venues are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you are a wheelchair user or if a disability means that you require additional help, so that we can make arrangements. We are happy to allocate a free ticket to carers or helpers. Please contact us on

Online Booking
You can buy advance tickets by using the links on our Shows page via our partners with The Queens Hall. For an additional charge the Queens Hall can post your tickets to you, however we will have a ticket collection service at each venue for each event. NB: Sorry - we can only offer refunds if an event is cancelled. Do we need to say anymore than this?

Childrens Policy
Whilst all of our events are suitable for children of middle school age and upwards, some performance events may not be appropriate for younger children. Please ask if you’re not sure. Whilst we sincerely hope that all our audiences will enjoy the festival safely and responsibly we would respectfully point out that people attend our events at their own risk and that at every event children are the sole responsibility of their parents/guardians. Children attending our craft events should be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the activity.

Seating at events
None of our venues have fixed, numbered seating, so actual seats cannot be booked in advance. Seating position is on a first come first served basis but as all our events are fully seated there will be a seat for everyone.

Volunteers wanted
Without volunteer support, Wylam Winter Tales Festival events would not be happening - that's a fact. So if you fancy getting waist deep in some great arts events, helping our audiences to keep a smile on their face then please contact us at