From the Forest

Some of the trees at Hanbury Hall

This October half term discover tales of folklore, myth and superstition derived from trees over time as Hanbury Hall gets taken over by nature.

Our modern day cultures and traditions are rooted in myths and folktales; centuries old and from all over the world. These tales are embedded in British culture and belong to everyone who has ever lived in or visited Britain; they grow with us as they get passed on from generation to generation.

Vivid autumnal colour down in Kytes Orchard
Vivid autumnal colour down in Kytes Orchard
Vivid autumnal colour down in Kytes Orchard

British folklore is full of stories, songs, dances, customs and crafts that have been passed on from one person to another. There is not a ‘true’ or ‘real’ version of these stories as they are constantly changing, being retold in in slightly different ways. These stories tell us the history of the land and its people. 

One of the Cedar Trees at Hanbury Hall
One of the Cedar Trees at Hanbury Hall
One of the Cedar Trees at Hanbury Hall

Where Hanbury Hall now stands was once the heart of the Greater Feckenham Forest. This October, we will be rediscovering some of the little known stories From the Forest, through the unusual and beautiful trees that still surround us; from the Norse God, Thor who protects the sacred Oak to the tree spirits and fairies who meet in secret beneath the Hawthorn.

Autumn colours at Hanbury Hall
Hanbury Hall in autumn
Autumn colours at Hanbury Hall

From the Forest will be at Hanbury Hall every day from the Friday 26 October – Sunday 4 November. The house will be open, free flow from 1pm with last entry to the house at 4:30pm.