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Towngate stories

Are you sitting comfortably? Let Towngate read you a story – at bedtime or anytime.

Whilst the Towngate Theatre is unable to reopen for productions, Storytelling at the Towngate will be on hold until further notice – boo!

However, we are absolutely delighted to bring you Towngate Stories online – hooray! Our Education & Outreach Leader, Hayley, has recorded a number of storytelling videos so we can continue to take you and your little ones on a magical adventure whilst we’re closed to the public. And look out for the videos from our Special Guest storytellers – panto stars Simon Fielding and Sophie Ladds, and West End superstar Darren Day!

We hope you enjoy our stories, which are also available on our Facebook (@towngate) and Instagram (@towngatetheatre) please feel free to like, share and comment! We hope you enjoy watching and we can’t wait for the day when we will be able to safely hold Storytelling in the Towngate again.

Mrs Mole, I’m Home

by Jarvis

Read by special guest Storyteller, Simon Fielding!


by Kevin Henkes

Read by special guest Storyteller, Darren Day!

Room On The Broom

by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Giraffes Can’t Dance

by Giles Andreae

Pirates in Pajamas

by Caroline Crowe with illustrations by Tom Knight

The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar

by Russell Punter

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business

by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch

Read by special guest Storyteller, Sophie Ladds!

Sizzle the Grumpy Dragon

by Jennifer Jordan

The Sandcastle

by M. P. Robertson

There’s A Dragon In Your Book

by Tom Fletcher

Amber the House Cat

by our Towngate Stories competition winner, Poppy Baird (age 11)

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

by Judith Kerr

Pirates Love Underpants

by Claire Freedman, illustrations by Ben Cort

Towngate Stories this week is extra special as Hayley has also designed a creative activity for you to enjoy with your little ones! Click the link below download a copy (PDF and JPEG available), and don’t forget to email your design to – our favourite will be shown on Towngate Stories on Monday 4 May!

        • Download a JPEG version here – This link will open the image. Right-click the image and choose save.
        • Download a PDF version here – if your browser asks you to “Allow downloads” choose yes.

The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss

A Squash and a Squeeze

by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson

The Rainbow Fish

by Marcus Pfister

Seen it? Loved it? Tell us about it!