Irish and Scottish storytellers will give the long-running North Pennines Festival a Celtic flavour this year.

More than 10,000 people have packed into village halls, pubs, libraries and forest venues over the 11 years of the festival which runs across Teesdale, the Wear Valley, Tynedale and the Eden Valley.

Regulars A Bit Crack will be joined over the weekend September 27 to 29 by Alexander Mackenzie and David Campbell with music from Bridget Enever.

Denise Alexander, project co-ordinator at Durham County Council, said: "Its success is down to the beautiful surroundings, welcoming venues and storytellers with tales of magic, laughter and music and we expect this year's festival to be one of the best ever."

Funding is from Durham and Cumbria County Councils, Teesdale and Wear Valley District Councils, Eden Arts, Queens Hall Arts, Northern Arts and the Countryside Agency.

Tickets prices start at 50p. Contact Denise on (01833) 637306 or e-mail for a full programme.