SOUTH Lakeland is the starting point today for a two-week tour by bicycle of a new storytelling performance.

Tim Padmore, of Gearshift Theatre, has received funding from Arts Council England and Hull City Council for his bicycle powered tour, ‘Giants’.

“There are giant stories in almost every culture,” said Mr Padmore.

“There’s the story of Mkun'ga M'Bura who lives in the water and kills and eats a whole tribe. Or the friendly giants and two headed giants on Rotuma in the Pacific. But, as our world faces a future affected by climate change, do they give us hope?”

He will be performing at Sprint Mill, Burneside, between 7pm and 9pm before embarking on a tour that will also take in Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster and Hull.

South Lakes Action on Climate Change is supporting tonight’s event and have organised a 2.7-mile bike ride from the car park of the Duke of Cumberland pub to Sprint Mill.