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A walk to the Faerie Caves

Funded on Spacehive 29 March 2023

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A walk to the Faerie Caves

A walk to the Faerie Caves

Hyndburn Arts Ltd By Hyndburn Arts Ltd

Known colloquially as the Faerie Caves, Aspen coke ovens on the Leeds/Liverpool are a great place for telling stories. In 2022 we held our first faerie story telling event there and it was a success.

Oswaldtwistle Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 29 Mar 2023!

We will have story tellers and arts and crafts in the Faerie Caves. Aspen coke ovens are one of only three sites in UK still remaining and are acknowledged as the best example of its type. They were originally built to support the local coal mining industry but have been dormant for many decades. With support from SuperSlowWay a story telling event was held in the caves in 2022. It attracted large numbers of people who walked along the canal bank to the event. We had story tellers dressed as Faeries to tell the stories. Please note we are using the old spelling of Faeries to distinguish the event from anything remotely Disney or Tinkerbellish - we are sticking to traditional tales and last year specifically included Ukrainian stories in one of the caves.

What we'll deliver:

  • Pay for Story tellers in the caves.
  • Pay for artists to work in the caves.
  • Pay for posters and promotional materials.

Why it's a great idea:

Young people will enjoy an afternoon listening to stories told by professional story tellers. People will enjoy a walk along the canal bank to reach the caves. It will ensure that the caves are used and the heritage of the coal mining industry is brought to the fore again. We need to keep using the caves so that they don't become abandoned. It will remind the council that they are an interesting heritage resource for the community. People will get exercise and fresh air whilst discovering the caves.

Steps to get it done:

  • A cultural event for Hyndburn.

Last year the event was run on a relatively tight budget with support from SuperSlowWay. We want to build on the event and ensure that it is an annual thing.


Location Oswaldtwistle

About the space

Aspen Coke Ovens, colloquially known as Faerie Caves


Hyndburn Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,669

Volunteer time - £2,000 (35%)
Staff time - £1,000 (18%)
Story tellers - £1,000 (18%)
Artists - £1,000 (18%)
Publicity and promotional materials - £500 (9%)
Other - £169 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Volunteer time
Staff time
Story tellers
Publicity and promotional materials
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Additional artists and story tellers

Total £5,669

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