PARTICIPATORY folk stories and songs for all the family can be enjoyed at Dorset Museum in Dorchester.

Tim Laycock will tell and sing folk tales and story songs from Wiltshire and Dorset for all the family, accompanying himself on concertina and guitar in Fireside Tales from Wessex.

​​The first stories that Thomas Hardy heard were local legends and tales, told by his grandmother in front of the fire on long winter evenings.

In later life, he included many of the themes and characters in his poems and novels.

The first session will take place on Friday, August 5 at 10.30am and the second on Friday, August 12 at 10.30am.

How big was the Wonderful Crocodile? Where did Jack go in the Magic Boat? And how did Old William outwit the Bull? Come along and find out!

Tim was born in Wiltshire and grew up in Dorset. He has told traditional stories all over the West country. He is also the artistic director of The New Hardy Players, and the author of Dorset Folk Tales for Children.

Book tickets for the story-telling sessions at

Entry is included for the price of a museum ticket.