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Into the Wyldwood – A Walk Through the Folklore of Trees and Woodlands
September 6 @ 10:30 am
Into the Wyldwood – A Walk Through the Folklore of Trees and Woodlands of Herefordshire with storyteller, Pamela Thom-Rowe
Wednesday 6th September, 10:30am.
£25pp, including a light lunch at Queenswood Cafe and parking. Book here.
Ancient woods and forests have long inspired the legends and mythology, the folklore and tales of the British Isles. They can be mysterious places, dark and uncanny. When we enter we feel a change. A liminality as we cross the threshold from light to shade, warm to cool. Even our smell, our taste may change. We enter a different ‘other’ world, we may be transformed, we may get lost.
Herefordshire still contains remnants of the vast ancient woods and forests that once covered large parts of the Welsh March, the boundary between the lands of England and Wales. This remains an area with many ancient traditions and stories connecting directly with this legacy.
Following an introduction to this area we will take a walk through Queenswood, a relic of a once vast oak wood that once covered this part of Herefordshire. As we walk through the greenwood and encounter the trees we will hear remnants of the folklore and laws of the ancient foresters and cunning folk.
Pamela Thom-Rowe researches folk tradition and stories within the historical landscape of the Welsh Marches. She has a special interest in medieval folklore, archaeology and the impact of landscape upon folk belief. She has an MA in Celtic Studies (UWTSD) and is currently writing a book about the legendary history of the horse in Britain.
Into the Wyldwood – A showcase of artwork inspired by the magic of Trees and Woodland.
Local artists Sarah Jameson, Simon Jameson and Jane Keay, are displaying their work at Queenswood for this year’s Herefordshire Art Week. Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th September, 10:30am to 4pm daily. Free entry.