Ancient Landscapes: summer events

We have some exciting activities

taking place over the holiday period.

Come and join us exploring the ancient environments

that gave us the Peak District

The Longshaw Estate taken from high ground in the Peak District, Derbyshire

All events are free (car parking charges may apply in some places). Family events suitable for children from 4 years and over

You could also visit our main project blog for more details

 

Event summaries first then fuller details below

 

1. Tuesday 30th July: Life in ancient seas, at the Moorland Discovery centre, National Trust Longshaw nr Hathersage

– make your own prehistoric rockpool model! Sessions 11 – 1 and 2 -4, no booking needed

 

2. Thursday 1st August: Monsters from the Limestone, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery: SK17 6DA, making large puppet fossil animals from the depths of the ancient Peak District seas!, 10-30 -12.30, 1.30 – 3.30low- fossils 297

 

3. Tuesday 6th August: Winnat’s Pass Walk: exploring the millstone grits of the Dark Peak. Meet: Castleton Visitor Centre Car Park, S33 8WP, at 2pm. Walk 2 – 4pm, some steep slopes and off paved footpaths

 

4. Wednesday 7th August: Life in Ancient Seas at Leek Low-Ilam-179

Brough Park, Leek, 11 – 3: meet the Ancient Landscape team and make your own finger-puppet fossils or ancient seascape

 

Events in detail

1. Life in ancient seas

Date: Tuesday 30th July 2013

Venue: Moorland Discovery Centre, National Trust Longshaw, nr Hathersage

Times: 11 – 1 and 2 – 4

Booking: no booking needed just drop by and join in

Cost: free: materials provided (donations welcomed)- car parking charges may apply

 

What’s happening?

Come and paddle in a prehistoric sea! Explore life in the Carboniferous Seas of 300 million years ago that eventually gave us the limestone, shale and gritstones of the Peak District. We’ll look at fossils to understand the animals of the times, draw those animals and the corals and seaweeds they lived in. Then visitors can make their own model rockpool as a piece of ancient seaside to take home

 

Eurypterid 12. Monsters from the Limestone

Date: Thursday 1st August 2013

Venue: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, terrace Rd, Buxton SK17 6DA

Times: 10.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.30

Booking: no booking needed just drop by and join in

Cost: free: materials provided (donations welcomed) – car parking charges may apply

Organisers and more information: this is part of the Ancient Landscapes project organised by Stone and Water (http://ancientlandscapes.blogspot.co.uk/).

 

What’s happening?

Exploring life in the Carboniferous Seas that eventually gave us the limestone, shale and gritstones of the Peak District. We’ll look at fossils to understand the animals of those times, and build our own limestone creatures as puppets and masks – make a pet trilobite, wear a giant brachiopod, or have a tame crinoid or nautiloid to ripple home with you….

Basic activity is straightforward with lots of options for people to experiment with

 

3. Winnat’s Pass WalkClose view of rock formations on the Longshaw Estate, near Wooden Pole, Derbyshire, in October.

Date: Tuesday 6th August 2013

Meeting point: Castleton Visitor Centre Car Park, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WP

Times: 2 – 4pm

Booking: no booking needed just drop by and join in

Cost: free: materials provided (donations welcomed) – car parking charges may apply

Organisers and more information: this is part of the Ancient Landscapes project organised by Stone and Water (http://ancientlandscapes.blogspot.co.uk/).

 

What’s happening?

With National Trust Rangers, we will explore the geology of this dramatic gorge, meeting the millstone grit that eventually covered the limestone of the White Peak. A Stone and Water will help the group explore creatively: drawing rocks and shapes, composing instant poems, making up wild stories about the cliffs and caves of the Pass.

This walk will last 2 hours, has some steep slopes and will not remain on paved surfaces. Strong footwear essential and clothing to suit the weather

 

4. Life in Ancient Seas at Leek PlayDay

Date: Wednesday 7th  August 2013

Venue: Brough Park, Leek (beside the Leek Leisure Centre)

Times: 11 – 3

Booking: no booking needed just drop by and join in

Cost: free: materials provided (donations welcomed) – car parking charges may apply

Organisers and more information: this is part of the Ancient Landscapes project organised by Stone and Water (http://ancientlandscapes.blogspot.co.uk/).

 

What’s happening?

Come and paddle in a prehistoric sea! Explore life in the Carboniferous Seas of 300 million years ago that eventually gave us the limestone, shale and gritstones of the Peak District. We’ll be making personal finger-puppet trilobites and pet ammonites and models of ancient seasides…

seaweed strip 

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The Return of the Tiny! Pirates!

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

We have been doing Tiny! events for a few years now as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe. Aiming to run events and often create celebrations where nothing is bigger than a hand we have had Tiny! lantern processions, met Faeries, Goblins and Trolls and have been visited twice by the Terrible Tiny Pirates

This year’s Return of the Pirates can perhaps best be summed up with the Fringe review – for which, many thanks!

It must have been the hottest day in Buxton, this year and a Saturday too! The Pavilion Gardens was bursting with picnickers, cricketers, the ‘frisbie families’ and sunbathers.

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

I passed the first test, which was to find the crew of stone & water, across the train tracks and past the paddling families, they were sat in the shade of an oak tree surrounded by a dozen quietly busy children with some mothers and fathers looking on.

A child asked the ‘captain’ who was encouraging their creative activity, “How old are you and what is your name?” He replied, “I am 435 years old and I’m often called Toad”.

While I was there, children came and went. They left smiling, proudly clutching their completed models, pirate boats with sails and portholes, pipe cleaner pirates with frowning faces wielding tiny cutlasses. I watched as one shy girl constructed ‘Princess Pirate’ with a pink flowing dress, like an image from a Disney fantasy.

It was a haven of quietness as children patiently cut shapes of cloth for tiny clothing, shapes of coloured card to make boats and faces, carefully drawing and colouring small details to create their finished models.

It’s a shame they are here only once this year. Tomorrow, Fringe Sunday, is set to be another ‘scorcher’ and would have been an ideal occasion to complement the music, dance and magic in the Gardens, that is, if you can tear yourself away from Wimbledon.

If you are interested in the work of stone & water then you should go to their blog

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)

The tide is running!

Stone and Water have had a lively few weeks.

 

Our Ancient Landscape project has been inviting people to paddle in a prehistoric Carboniferous sea all over the place, while our Tiny! series of events in Buxton Festival Fringe featured The Return of the Tiny! Pirates. Our working principle with Tiny! is that nothing is much bigger (if at all) than your hand – emphasising the delights of little things and how easy it is to make things quick, small and entertaining

We have visited

silk-worm coral and artwork

silk-worm coral and artwork

Lady Manners School – working with the Year 12 textile students

National Trust at Ilam Park for a Father’s Day event

Buxton Soroptomists where we gave an after-dinner talk complete with fossils, model trilobites and horseshoe crabs, and crochet seaweeds creeping across the tabletops

Peakabout Arts with High Peak Community Arts: with some beautifully deocrated felted kelps unfolding stickily across the workshop

cheerful work at Silverdale

cheerful work at Silverdale

Silverdale Knitting Group offering experienced knitters and crochet-masters new avenues for their creativity – and some fossils to enjoy.

Our artist Sarah, reports: “A lovely afternoon at Silverdale Library with the knitting group. We set off travelling back through time, as far back as 360m years ago, thinking about life in shallow seas. Images of corals, sea lilies and brachiopods living in our landscapes, long, long ago and far, far away. Today we have fossils, clear and tangible memories of life at that time. And our challenge? To help the reef grow, creating with crochet, fossilising with felt and knitting new creatures to populate this ancient landscape.

Hooks and needles, stitching and stabbing (needle felt!) and a busy room all combined to produce twisting coral shapes and felted fish, jellies and stars. Some Silverdale folks plan to visit Buxton”

And a reply from the Knitting group: “I just wanted to extend my thanks on behalf of the ladies who attended the session yesterday .We all had a brilliant time! Thank you again for arranging it for us. A couple of the ladies mentioned on the way out that they are going to drive up to Buxton for the open day! All in all I think it was very successful and I wish that Sarah could come to us every Friday!!”

 

giant ammonite drawing

giant ammonite drawing

 

 

the Tiny! Pirates are on their way back!

the Tiny! Pirates are coming back!