Summer excitements!

Laughter, buzzards, buildings and fun

A season of family events

From fabulous buildings to amazing creatures, from wide skies and rolling clouds to blizzards, rain and vanishing rivers, we’ll be celebrating the wonderful world of the South West Peak. Picking up on themes around wildlife, history, buildings and people, these events will invite participants to think about their homes, explore a bit, find fossils in walls, butterflies in hedgerows, who knows what or where

We have 8 days of activity planned. Some places are stand-alone events. At others, we’ll invite participants to also propose ideas for a future winter event – maybe we should make lanterns of the houses in your village, maybe have a cosy storytelling session, maybe we should make kites of local birds…We also have 1 “emergency excitement” day for the summer when someone or somewhere within the South West Peak could come to us and say “could you come and do something here please?” – no guarantees, but do get in touch! (stoneandwater@btinternet.com)

These events are free

  • No booking is needed – just come along and join in
  • Children under 8 need to bring a grown-up with them
  • Each day will offer a mix of storytelling and art activities around different themes

JULY

Saturday 7th

Dove Valley Meadows Meander

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

12 – 4

Art, stories and exploring the beautiful meadows of the Dove valley

lost castle from Warslow, maybe?

AUGUST

Wednesday 15th

The lost castles of the moorlands

Warslow Village Hall

10 – 12, 1- 3

Haunted houses and lost castles: the buildings of the Moorlands – make your own strange or mysterious, wild, weird or wonderful house!

 

Tuesday 21st

Wild beasts and fabulous flowers

St Bartholomew’s School playing field, Longnor

10 – 12, 1 – 3

Bees, flowers, butterflies and wildlife: fill your fingers with a field full of creatures

 

Wednesday 29th (August)

Details to be confirmed (see contact below)

Taxal: event planned beside St James’ church: check for details

10 – 12, 1- 3

Tasty, crunchy, juicy…and is there a story, too?

 

OCTOBER

Sunday 14th

Apple Day

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

(times to be confirmed)

An orchard full of puppet people!

For more information, look at

Stone and Water facebook page

Stone and Water blog: https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

Emergency excitement event! We have a day available to a community or community group in the South West Peak area for sometime in August or September: we will bring activities if you can offer a space and an opportunity open to anyone. Talk to Gordon or Sarah at our email address or at an event

The Summer Excitements programme is supported by South West Peak and the Bingham Trust

Goldsitch Moss holds memories, stories and precious wildlife

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Festival Fringe excitements, July 2018

The Tiny! Tide rolls in again!

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cheerful shark

For the umpteenth time (we’ve lost track of how many Tiny! Days we’ve had), a Tiny! Event will cheerfully frolic its way into the Pavilion Gardens for some Tiny! fun. We are also involved in the Lost Stories event on 19th and the Buxton Pride Picnic on 21st (separate entry following)

 

On Tiny! Days we aim to make “nothing bigger than your hand” (more or less) and this year, we invite you to join us in making a whole underwater world. Mermaids and monsters, sharks, dolphins and seahorses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed?

We’ll make fabulous finger-mermaids, ferocious thumb-lobsters and finger squid, hand-horrors and small sea horses…..

 

We’ll bring materials and a submarine landscape waiting for inhabitants (but you get to keep your own ones)

 

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Place: Pavilion Gardens next to the small children’s playground (look for our events shelter, the fluttering fish and the crochet coral reef in the middle of the tent….Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BE

Times: 11 – 3 with us having a bit of a break somewhere in that for lunch

Costs: nothing at all but we would like a smile!

Materials: we’ll provide the bits, you provide the fingers

Grown-ups: adults are welcome and children under 7 need to bring a grown-up with them anyway

 

A Buxton Festival Fringe event

 

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Lost Stories of Buxton

Date: Thursday 19th July

Place: Buxton Library, Kents Bank Rd, Buxton, SK17 9HW

Sessions: 10.30 – 12.30, 1.30 – 3.30

Buxton secrets: help us invent the lost stories of Buxton. Storyteller Gordon MacLellan (Creeping Toad) will be there for a morning (or afternoon) of secret passages, treasures, ghosts and adventures. Hear old stories and make up new ones, turning stories into storycastles and wonderwoods.

Costs: nothing, the event is free

Booking: no tickets needed, just drop by and join in

Bits and pieces: we’ll provide the materials

Grown-ups: adults are welcome and children under 7 need to bring a grown-up with them anyway

 

Another Buxton Festival Fringe event!

 

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Rocks, fossils and wriggly creatures

Rocks, fossils and wriggly creatures

Wednesday 25th July

Times: 2 sessions: 11 – 1 and 2 – 4

Where: National Stone Centre, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS. More directions, here

A chance to look at a world older than the dinosaurs!

A day of handling fossils, examining rocks and wondering at the animal life of the Carboniferous Era that gave us our White Peak limestone! You might even go home with your own ancient rockpool to tend or fossil fish on a finger!

Free, no need to book and materials are provided

Just drop by and join in

This is a Derwent Stories event, open to anyone but planned for and structured around families including children with additional needs

 

For more information, look at

Stone and Water facebook page

Stone and Water blog: https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/

Or contact Gordon at stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

This is a Derwent Stories event created in partnership with Umbrella, Creeping Toad and Derwentwise. This is one of a series of events for families with children with additional needs. Events and activities are planned to accommodate a wide range of learning styles and movement possibilities. If you have any concerns about suitability for your family, drop Gordon an email at stoneandwater@btinternet.com

Summer adventures

Over the summer months, Stone and Water are hoping to arrange exciting events in different places as part of several projects

 

We cannot release definite dates and times yet as we are still waiting for funding to confirm but as the summer unfolds around us and flowers open and butterflies flutter, we wanted our friends out there to know that we haven’t forgotten you and to keep your eyes open for news!

 

All these activities will develop in conjunction with our friends at Creeping Toad so events will be posted on Toadpages as well.

 

Derwent Stories

Events across the Derwentwise area – more or less along valley of the River Derwent from Cromford to Derby

 

Events will range from art and storywalks to picnic days with time to make, think, draw and explore

 

These events will be free and open to everyone but their structure and activities will be aimed at young people with additional needs and their families

 

Partners: Umbrella and Derwentwise

 

Summer excitements

Events in the Southwest Peak area ranging from haymeadows in the Upper Dove Valley to picnics in Taxal and ghost stories and old buildings in the Moorlands

 

Partners: Southwest Peak, Dove Valley Centre

 

With the Derwent Stories and Summer excitements projects, we will post definite dates and details as soon as we can. These will be posted here and also on our facebook page

 

Buxton

And in Buxton, we will be part of the Festival Fringe again

Sunday 15th July TINY! AN UNDERWATER WORLD
We are back as the Tiny! team for another day of making and laughter. Join us in creating a whole submarine world in our sea tent. Mermaids and monsters, sharks, dolphins and seahorses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed? Join us in the Gardens near the young children’s playground.
11am to 3pm Free, Ages 2+

 

Thursday 19th July LOST STORIES OF BUXTON Buxton secrets: help us invent the lost stories of Buxton. Join storyteller Gordon MacLellan for a morning (or afternoon) of secret passages, treasures, ghosts and adventures. Hear old stories and make up new ones, turning stories into storycastles and wonderwoods. No tickets needed. Drop by and join in. All materials provided.
Buxton Library 10:30am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm Free

 

Saturday 21st THE BUXTON PRIDE PICNIC Celebrate Queer Buxton (LGBT+ and friends!) with an afternoon of graceful silliness and frivolous strength. Bring your own exquisite nibbles, an umbrella or parasol if appropriate, and join us for a picnic as elegant as we can make it. Winner of last year’s Spirit of the Fringe Award.
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns 2pm to 5pm Free

 

With all our summer events, we gratefully acknowledge support from The Bingham Trust

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Spring delights and summer events

 

as the frogspawn starts to bubble our ponds and the last snowdrops and first ramsons meet in the woods, Stone and Water are gearing up for a lively summer

There are various grant applications brewing which will hopefully underpin several series of exciting events over the summer months. More details will appear as plans confirm but just to whet some appetites and get your diaries slightly scribbled on, here are a few things that are definitely happening

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Spring art, woods and wildlife
Wednesday April 4th
Where:
Lea Bridge car park at the High Peak Junction Visitor Centre: postcode: DE4 5AA. Note: the car park is off Lea Rd (from Cromford to Holloway)
When:
11:00 – 15:00

Join Gordon from Creeping Toad for a session designed for families with children with additional needs with art activities to capture a sense of spring, stories and walks through the woods. Bring a picnic if you would like to make a day of it! Our activities might last an hour or so, more if you join us for a walk

Cost: free but there is a charge for car parking
Booking: no booking necessary
Ffi contact: stoneandwater@btinternet.com
Partners for this event include Derwentwise and Derbyshire Umbrella

We are hoping that there will be more events of this kind in the summer so keep an eye on this blog or on our facebook page

Buxton Festival Fringe
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Sunday 15th July
Where: Pavilion Gardens (by the young children’s play ground), St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE
When: 11:00 – 15:00
Cost: nothing but smiles
The Tiny! team are back for another day of making and laughter. Join us in creating a whole submarine world in our sea tent. Mermaids and monsters, sharks, dolphins and sea-horses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed?
Lamellib-2We have lost count of how many Tiny! events we have done as part of the Fringe over the years, sitting in Pavilion Gardens in sunshine, rain and sogginess. With the unifying theme of “make nothing bigger than your hand” they are always great fun. We hope that on a lively day in the Gardens, our Tiny! corner becomes a place to stop; for everyone and anyone to make, for people to sit down on the grass and chat and laugh and make new friends….

And this year there will be deep underwater wonders – we are bringing the crochetted Carboniferous seabed from our Ancient Landscapes project so that your creations will have somewhere to explore before they swim you all off home

 

Picture is from a painting by Victoria Brown

 

Thursday 19th
A day of storytelling and storymaking in Buxton library
details to follow

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Buxton Pride Picnic
Saturday 21st July
Where: Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BE: look for us on the lawsn in front of the swimming pool
When: 14:00 – 17:00
An occasion for some glamour, delicate sandwiches, hunky lumberqueens and booted timberjacks, or maybe just about anyone who would like to come and be part of it all

 

Celebrate Queer Buxton (LGBT+ and friends!) with an afternoon of graceful silliness and frivolous strength. Bring your own exquisite nibbles, an umbrella or parasol if appropriate, and join us for a picnic as elegant as we can make it.
The first Picnic, last year, won the Spirit of the Fringe Award.

The beautiful Rainbow Cake is by Little Chelly Cakes of Chelmorton

 

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Tiny! Beasts, birds and butterflies

A day of Tiny! creatures

a hammerhead shark

Sunday 16th July 2017

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

cheerful shark

and behold! we met the unguessed wildlife of the Peak district. From striped mice to rainbow mice, to delicate families of Tiny! deer, to lingerin dinosaurs and a whole shoal of freshwater sharks and dolphins. there were bumblebees too, and birds and butterflies

 

A rainy morning smiled into sunshine in both the gardens and our visitors

 

thanks to all our artists and makers and the assorted families that came with them!

pterodactyl!

careful colouring is called for on a mouse

doe and fawn

A Bronze Day

Bronze Age Technology

Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th March 2017

Dove Valley Centre, Longnor

Bronze dagger in Buxton Museum

The ability to work bronze changed our world 3,000 years ago. It took an edge and held it, finer and sharper than flint that chipped or chert that cracked. Bronze offered a new blade, a different weight, a certain shining glamour. Working bronze set us on a path that led to iron and eventually, well, us!

Upper Dove Valley - no snow for us we hope!

Upper Dove Valley – no snow for us we hope!

As part of the Collections in the Landscape Project, Buxton Museum has been working with ancient technology specialist James Dilley to review Stone and Bronze Age collections. James has done various public events with the museum but now we are offering an intensive day exploring those Bronze Age technologies. Under James’ expert guidance, participants will work with moulds, a charcoal furnace, bronze and copper and bellows to make their own bronze artefact to take home

  • tools, materials and protective equipment will be provided
  • this is a 1 day workshop repeated on the Sunday
  • participants must be 16 years of age or older
  • £50 per person includes lunch – advanced booking is essential
  • to book: call the museum on 01629 533540 during office hours
  • directions and further details sent nearer the time

Another March event:
Exploring Ancient Landscapes: a walk through time
Saturday 25th March 2017

(this event was published in the blog “Walking through time”)

Have you ever wondered what the grassy lumps in the field are, why the field hedge is where it is or what that old building was used for? Archaeologist and heritage interpreter Bill Bevan will help you identify and understand the clues from our past that survive in the landscape. The Hope Valley between Castleton and Hope is an excellent place to find these remains of the past. the day will begin by looking at historic maps before walking and talking in the landscape itself on a circular walk between the two villages.

Please note, the Museum is closed for redevelopment until May 2017

Dove Valley Centre

Dove Valley Centre