Folklore

Discover the old myths and tall tales handed down over the generations from our ancient lands…

6 Magical Places to Visit from the life of St Patrick

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st patrick's cathedral
SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON celebrates St Patrick's Day by pointing to the places important in the life of Ireland's patron saint

Zombie Ireland: A Bite of Superstition

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Zombie Bites
ANN O'REGAN looks at why the Irish were terrified of the dead rising again

My Fairy Pilgrimage

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When I was a little girl I believed in fairies, says AMY VAN DE CASTEEL

13 Creepy Welsh Superstitions for Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th
CLAIRE BARRAND tells us about Friday the 13th superstitions from Wales...

10 Weirdest British Easter traditions you never knew

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals some strange and wonderful Easter traditions from Britain

Spooky Christmas Folklore You Need to Know!

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CLAIRE BARRAND reveals the spooky backgrounds to many of the ancient Christmas folklore and traditions that we still enjoy!

Jim Fitzpatrick on Irish Mythology, Phil Lynott and Che Guevara

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ANN MASSEY speaks to renowned Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick about Irish mythology, Phil Lynott’s love of Irish folklore and dark poets and THAT Che Guevara poster!

What Lurks In Dartmoor’s Wistman’s Woods?

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Enter Dartmoor's Wistman's Woods at your own peril, lest you come face to face with evil, warns RICK HALE

Beltane in Wales: How to Celebrate Welsh May Day

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May Day Rituals
CLAIRE BARRAND explains the superstitions and customs of Beltane in Wales, the Gaelic May Day festival...

Evil fairies bewitch ploughman on Bennachie

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Guest writer DUNCAN HARLEY tells of a a fairy dance and a snoring giant on the hill of Bennachie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The Story of St Leonard, England’s Last Dragon Slayer

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PETULA MITCHELL tells us about the St Leonard, the 6th century French hermit who killed England's last dragon near Horsham in West Sussex

Going Underground: 3 Subterranean Spirits

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KATE CHERRELL takes us underground to visit the world of miners and the spirits who would sometimes give them a helping hand...

What is Will o’ the Wisp? An illuminating folklore guide

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Willo the Wisp
Will o’ the Wisp is a ghostly light or flame seen by travellers at night over bogs and marshes.

Did Welsh Giants Once Roam the Valleys?

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CLAIRE BARRAND goes searching for Welsh Giants!

Bee superstition: A matter of life and death

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bee superstition
Bees are part of life in the British Isles, and part of darkness and death. GAYLE FIDLER tells local bee superstition.

Cryptid Worms: Legend and Lore

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CLAIRE BARRAND explores the disturbing stories of Cryptid Mutant Worms from folklore

St Michael’s Mount, Myths and Legends

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St Michael's Mount in Cornwall has many dark myths and legends from centuries past. We look at some of them, including Jack the Giant Killer!

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Shrewsbury: 5 Haunted Places to Visit

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Shrewsbury is an ancient, medieval town with a spooky, haunted feel. Here are 5 of its most haunted places to visit.