Spin a Tale is Constella OperaBallet’s virtual and participatory programme celebrating the heritage of Darley Abbey, commissioned by the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. From February – April there will be a series of online and interactive opportunities involving song, dance, theatre and design and we are inviting the community to take part!


These activities will culminate in a vibrant collection of video recordings made by Constella’s internationally renowned artists in collaboration with the local community. On the 8th May 2021, in partnership with Darley Abbey Day 2021, the videos will be released to the public alongside a trail of oversized bobbins and bunting made by local residents, threaded throughout the village.

Bunting Making  

Help to create the longest strand of bunting possible!

We’re inviting you to help create the longest strand of bunting possible, inspired by the history of Darley Abbey! This is part of Constella OperaBallet’s ‘Spin A Tale’ arts commission, and will be installed throughout Darley Abbey from 8th May 2021, to celebrate Darley Abbey Day, and the rich heritage of the village.


To take part in creating your own unique bunting, download the  worksheets (link below) which will guide you through a range of simple creative techniques that you can use to decorate your bunting flag(s).  These include:

  • How to make your bunting pieces
  • How to block print
  • How to natural dye
  • How to appliqué
  • How to create a self portrait

The design themes are inspired by the different performances which will take place during the “Spin A Tale” online event.

Please use the template we have created to make sure everyone’s bunting is the same size. You can download the template on the link below.

Download the worksheet here: ‘Spin A Tale’ Bunting Making Worksheets

Download the bunting template here:  ‘Spin A Tale’ Bunting Template

You can make as many bunting flags as you can and be as creative as you want – help us to make this as colourful and inspiring as possible!

Deadline: Monday 12th April 2020 

Post or drop off before the deadline at: 

Sarah Brentnall
Darley Abbey Village Stores
7 Abbey Lane
Darley Abbey
DE22 1DG

Share your photos 

Don’t forget to share photos of your creations with us on social media and use the hashtags:

#SpinATale #DecorateDarley #ArtsDerwentValleyMills

Spin A Tale Facebook Event

Instagram: @DerwentValleyMillsWHS

Facebook: @DerwentValleyMillsWHS

Twitter: @DVMillsWHS

Spin a Tale is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England as part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme. 

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