All Hallows’ Eve with David Heathfield, storyteller

St Nicholas Priory invites you to our special opening on the eve of All Hallows’!

Stand on the threshold of past, present and future on the last day of the pagan year, when the borders between the worlds are thin and magic is in the air. Explore the seasonally decorated building, join a tour, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Priory with a hot drink and a sweet treat!

We are joined by David Heathfield, who will bring the building alive with his stories – folk tales, a crow’s memories, and much more!

The Crow’s Curse and other Mysterious Stories for All Hallow’s Eve

For David’s stories, please book your free tickets here – that’ll make it easier for us to know how many of you are joining us.

Around the World in 88 Tales with Storyteller David Heathfield

Can you break the Crow’s Curse? Be spellbound by this Palestinian story of hope in the darkness and more mysterious night-time tales from around the world. As the stories unfold in the growing gloom of Exeter’s oldest and most atmospheric dwelling, discover extraordinary treasures from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collections such as a night-black carrion crow, an intricate Burmese box with a dark secret threat hidden inside and a Roman gold aureus coin appearing mystically in the fireplace.

Author of Storytelling With Our Students

David Heathfield’s Storytelling Channel

Admission is free, donations welcome. To donate, please click here

David Heathfield is an international storyteller based in Exeter, UK. He teaches English, runs training workshops for teachers and tells stories from the world’s oral cultures. He runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers (CrEST) courses and is an online storytelling teacher trainer internationally with the British Council and the Hands Up Project. He is the author of the Teacher Development books Storytelling with our Students: Telling tales from around the World and Spontaneous Speaking: Drama Activities for Confidence and Fluency (both DELTA Publishing)

Do come and join us to soak up the history of Exeter’s oldest building and this quiet corner of the city.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

This event has FREE admission, but donations are gratefully received through our donation button: click here!

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.
The nearest car park is Mary Arches Street (5 mins). Parking at Smythen Street and Harlequin Shopping Centre is also available.  Exeter Central railway station (10 mins). The bus station is a 15-minute walk away with many buses stopping on the High Street (1o mins).


Unfortunately, only the ground floor of our building is wheelchair-accessible.

Accessible loos and nappy-changing facilities.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visit, please email our buildings manager


Hourly Schedule

31st October, All Hallows' Eve

18:30 - 19:15
The Crow's Curse
19:30 - 20:15
The Crow's Curse


Oct 31 2021


17:30 - 20:30




St Nicholas Priory
Mint Lane, Off Fore Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3BL
Free tickets for Crow's Curse, 18:30 and 19:30