Sussex Folktales and Legends

Ages: 6 - 12 years
Group size: 5 - 15
Flexible booking on request
Parents can join in (and pay)
About this experience

Come wander through the stories and history of East and West Sussex. Wherever you go, town and countryside, there are memories, magic and mystery lying just out of sight... and Sussex has as much folklore and myth as any place. I'll share some stories old and new from across the county, as well as facts behind them and true life tales of people who made their lives here. If you live locally, find out about the landscape outside your door; and if you're just interested, come enjoy!

A feast of folklore and info for anyone interested in local history, heritage and beliefs; including virtual visits to sites and landmarks, through photos and more.

We'll need five bookings minimum to go ahead. Once you book, I'll wait 'til we have enough before confirming the session. If you're interested, please tell your friends. See you soon!


Concession price: £5 per hour
If you are eligible for a concession, book as normal and select the concession checkbox for the relevant learner.

I offer a concessionary price to unwaged people/families.

I can offer discounts for multiple bookings - please contact me to discuss.

About your mentor

As a professional storyteller for five years, I am fascinated by the connections between stories and places. I think wherever you live, you deserve to know the history of the area and the stories people have told about it - and one of my favorite things is to give people a sense of of magic and meaning in their surroundings. Having lived in Brighton for 16 years, I've therefore loved learning as much about local folklore and history as I can - and I love sharing that view of the world from the ground up. I have a Masters degree in Contemporary History and have completed a professional course from the Ashmolean Museum in Telling for Heritage. I lead guided walks and treasure hunts at many sites around Sussex, sharing stories and history, and have told Sussex folk tales at schools for children of all ages. Past bookings and participants have said:

"He inspired the children with his oral storytelling about legendary creatures and characters of Old Sussex... His excited intonation and excellent timing held the children’s attention for the whole half hour and they asked questions about the characters, settings and events. We can recommend his skills and enthusiasm for story telling sessions.” Hertford Infant School
“Jon came to Hangleton Primary during our Book week and completely entranced the children with oral storytelling of universal themes of bravery, journey and love. He skilfully wove the children’s recent learning into exciting stories from Old Sussex and beyond and has inspired some amazing storytelling and story writing across the school." - Hangleton Primary School

“Thank you Jon for a really wonderful performance tonight. You really brought those stories to life and it made me wonder why we don’t all know these stories of this beautiful land better. I want to go and visit those places now!” – Umi Sinha, Guesthouse Storytellers, Newhaven

Strengths you may develop

Learning aims
To learn folktales from Sussex's past and present.
To learn how Sussex's landscape has changed through time, especially through human action.
To think about the role stories play in how people understand the past and their surroundings.

Basic DBS  Basic DBS

Enhanced DBS  Enhanced DBS

Risk Assessment  Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance  Public Liability Insurance

Smoke detector  Smoke detector

First aid training  First aid training

First aid kit  First aid kit

Safeguarding training  Safeguarding training

Please note it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. The customer may cancel within 14 days of the booking confirmation, and I will provide a refund. I will deduct from the refund a pro-rata sum for experience sessions already attended, and any one-off costs I have incurred in preparing to provide the experience to the student. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

Cancellation process

Should you need to cancel or rearrange this booking, please do get in touch with me, as I’ll be happy to discuss, and I may be able to make other arrangements. Should you cancel without reasonable explanation and I am unable to fill the date with another booking the following fees will apply: • Less than 1 calendar month before performance 50% of fee will be charged • Less than 1 week before performance 100% of fee will be charged Should I have to cancel for any reason I will let you know asap and do my best to find you a replacement storyteller/performer for the day. If I am unable to find a replacement I will be happy to arrange a mutually acceptable alternative date at 5% less than the fee agreed in this contract.

This experience is offered by Jon

My name’s Jon and I’m a storyteller based in Brighton. I enjoy sharing the stories I love with my family.