Baxterbear's Tales: Storytelling for all
- Kelly Apter
- 18 August 2009
This article is from 2009.
With so many Fringe shows taking place in small, dark quarters, it’s refreshing (and not a little exciting) to attend one in the rather more grand surroundings of the Caledonian Hotel.
Having been greeted by a giant-sized Baxterbear in the foyer, we’re taken to a bright, capacious room overlooking Edinburgh Castle. There, we meet our Icelandic storyteller, Snory, armed with a wee Baxterbear and a large map detailing all the places the adventurous chap has travelled to.
With the sort of relaxed calm that’s perfect for bedtime stories, Snory talks us through a couple of Baxterbear’s finest moments (including how he got his ear ripped), often enlisting his young audience to help. The stories themselves won’t rock the world, but there’s a certain old-world charm about his World War II antics.
Then, if you’re feeling flush and in the mood for a treat, the Baxterbear ‘Afternoon Tea’ rounds the event off perfectly. Superb service, gorgeous cakes, a free Baxterbear for every child (complete with torn ear) and another visit (and cuddle) from giant Baxterbear turn this into a very special occasion indeed.
Caledonian Hilton Hotel, 226 0000, until 31 Aug, 2pm, £5 (for storytelling).