Apple Day in Buxton

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Apple Day

Sunday 13th October

11am – 3pm

Serpentine Community Farm, Buxton*

 

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Apple Rock Star, one day

Autumn and ’tis the season for apples and fruit and the richness that comes before the frost….Apple Day in Buxton

 

Our Stone and Water artists are joining the Serpentine Farm team for a day of Apple-related excitements!

 

There will be apple puppets and orchard books. There will be apple bobbing and apple pom-poms. Can you peel the longest peel? This is one of those challenges that people always rise to – or turn to, or maybe curl to like the peel that unrolls…and then snaps

 

Low applesCome and take a tour of these lovely community gardens with their flowerbeds and vegetable plots and pause for some refreshments and a chat about gardens, apples and just about anything really….we’re a friendly bunch!

 

There will be an Apple Press on site if you have fruit you would like to juice. You need to bring your own container – 2 kilos of apples give about 1 litre of juice

No tickets are needed for this event and for the Stone and Water activities at least, the activity is free and materials are provided

 

This event is part of Stone and Water’s A Year in Our Town project, aiming to deliver at least one free public event or activity every month. We are planning December decorations, January lights, wildlife walks, kite making and more – other suggestions are welcome!

*Serpentine Community Farm, off Burlington Rd, Buxton, SK17 9AR

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Strange and wonderful creatures

Strange and wonderful creatures

free family event

Saturday 21st September

12:00 – 16:00

Buxton Country Park,

Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH

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Mice, moles, minibeasts? Who knows?

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there might be someone sinister

We want to populate the woods with animals that might, that should or, in our wildest dreams, really ought to live there.

Make your own tiny puppets with our artists Sarah Males and Gordon (from Creeping Toad) then use your phone or one of our cameras to make your own wildlife documentary

 

  • This event is free (car parking charges at the Park still apply)
  • Materials are provided
  • No booking or tickets are needed, just drop by and join in

 

This event is part of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Family Activity Day in Buxton. There will be other activities in Pavilion Gardens and at Lightwood
Will there be monsters?

There might be rabbits…or badgers…or woodlice….or spiders

Will there be butterflies, and bumblebees and dragonflies clinging to fingers?

We do not know,

We cannot say,

Until wonderful ideas and nimble fingers

draw our animals into life on their cardboard shapes…

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Family events and some Tiny! Pirates

THE RETURN OF THE TINY! PIRATES

5 and 13 August 2019

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

After a couple of years sailing the seven seas

(or maybe just the ponds in Pavilion Gardens), the Tiny! Pirates are back!

On Monday 5th and Tuesday 13th August, we’ll be making Tiny! pirates in Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BE. Here is a chance to make someone small and terrifyng: a treasure hunter, a hole digger, a cannon-firer, a swinging-through-the-rigging, an “aye, aye cap’n” character

We bring the materials, we show you some ideas and then you invent your pirates. These are Tiny! Pirates: no-one bigger than your hand, but they will be full of adventure and mischief. So make a pirate, invent a story and set off across the Gardens on your tale of piratical adventure!

 

Times: 1 – 4pm (allow about 30 minutes to make your pirate)
Dates: Monday 5th, Tuesday 3th August 2019
Where: on the grass next to the smaller children’s playground, Pavilion Garden, Buxton
Cost: free, no booking or tickets needed, just drop by and join in. Children need to be bring a grown-up

A YEAR IN OUR TOWN

These Tiny! sessions are part of a longer project we are running. Working with an Awards for All grant, we are aiming to deliver one free event a month over the next year. Events might be for children, for adults or for families. They might be indoors (the Museum? the lIbrary? ) outdoors (The Gardens? the Serpentine? Buxton Country Park?) all our events are designed to be fun, to encourage people to explore the world around them an maybe find out a bit more about Buxton itself. We will be posting the next events soon and we are interested in hearing from people who might have their own suggestions for events – or from groups who might like a session for their members (Scouts? Brownies? Woodcraft Folk? Art Clubs? Walking groups….)

Buxton’s Big Gay Cake Off

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Buxton’s Big Gay Bake Off

The Buxton Pride Picnic

Saturday 20th July

2 – 5pm

Pavilion Gardens, on the lawns in front of the Swimming Pool

free and wonderful

bring soft drinks, a rug to sit and some sandwiches

if you need emergency sustainance

17012398_10156364158482925_2101722666_nFollowing two previously successful years, and a Spirit Of The Fringe Award, Buxton Gay Pride will host their third annual Gay Pride Picnic, celebrating Buxton’s LGBTQ+ community and their friends. Event organiser, Gordon MacLellan, said “This year’s event has the theme of “Buxton’s Big Gay Bake Off”. Attendees are encouraged to bring a cake or dish to share. Entries will be judged by fabulous local drag queens Kate Butch and Marilyn Misandry. There are no prizes for cakes but there will be rosettes for winners and lots of laughter and cheering for everyone!”

Yes, we’re looking for cakes but we are expecting to award points as much on the wonder of their names as on their taste and appearance. We are hoping there might be some:

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  • or Bi-forest Gateaux
  • or Trans Flans
  • or Lesbian Tarts
  • or Camp Croissants
  • or Polari Muffins
  • or just a flutter of Fairy Cakes
  • Seductive Scones?
  • Risque rock-cakes
  • Who knows…..

Who knows?

Just to be clear:

  1. This isn’t a very serious competition
  2. Entries can be brought along when you come to the Picnic but they must all be registered by 3pm
  3. The only prize is everyone else’s delight and acclaim. There might be a rosette or two and the chance to taste someone else’s cake
  4. The Judge’s Fabulous Decisions are Final
  5. Make sure your cake is edible – no cheating with glue and plaster please
  6. You are responsible for your own cake so please make sure you take any of it that is left away with you when you leave the Picnic

Inspiring, mouth-watering, delicious cake pics

c/o our lovely friends at Little Chelly Cakes

 

Stone and Water and the Buxton Pride Picnic team gratefully acknowledge the support of Derbyshire County Council’s Action Grant scheme, The Closet market stall, Waitrose and look forward to thanking the other organisations who are offering support

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The Lost Beasts of Buxton

what beast would you become?

The Lost Beasts of Buxton

make a mask, a hat, a monster

1 – 4pm, Saturday 29th June

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

 

Make a carnival mask or hat inspired by our very own sabre-tooth cats, cave lions, wild horses and mammoths.

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, there were wolves in the Peak District hills, wild boars in the woods and beavers in the rivers. Once there were wild ponies here, and cave lions, reindeer and bears. There were scimitar-toothed cats and straight-tusked elephants. Before that, long and longer ago, there were strange sharks swimming in ancient limestone seas.

What wonderful animal would you celebrate?

You might make something that lives here now, something that lived here once or even something that really should have lived here (unicorns, maybe?)

 

are you a colourful shark person perhaps?

This event is free, no booking or tickets needed. Children under 7 should bring a grown-up with them and you need to allow 45 minutes to make an animal hat

Venue:

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Terrace Rd

Buxton

SK17 6DA

 

Celebrate the ancient animals of the Peaks and join Two Left Hands in the Buxton Carnival Parade on Saturday July 13th. Check the Two Left Hands facebook page for parade details and meeting points: Two Left Hands.

2LH at Buxton Carnival, 2018

This is the first event in our new “A Year In Our Town” project. We are aiming to have at least one event a month that will encourage people to find out more, explore and celebrate Buxton and the High Peak

Look out for the next events!

 

Lost Beasts is a Stone and Water event in partnerhsip with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Creeping Toad

 

Pride, Cakes and Picnics!

Buxton Gay Pride Picnic

Saturday 20th July 2019

 2pm – 5pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BE 

From gay gateaux to outrageous hats, this year’s Picnic

looks set  to be our tastiest and most colourful yet!

Everyone is welcome to join our 3rd annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community of the Peaks. Bring a picnic for an afternoon of light-hearted silliness and determined delight. Fabulous summer hats are invited and why not bring a cake to join our Buxton Big Gay Bake Off?

 

Our theme this year is A Fabulous Garden Fete and to support this we are encouraging people to come along wearing their most fantastic hat. There might be flowers, or flamingos, or frogs (as long as no animals were harmed in the creation of the hat….) and if you don’t have such a piece of exquisite millinery, don’t worry! We’ll have a cheerful afternoon of hat making in June and there will be resources on hand on the day for people to improvise something, well, fabulous!

 

More than this, our Picnic is also a statement of presence and pride and courage and we hope you will join us and be bold. Be who you are and not who other people say you should be: all we ask is that you join us to rejoice in our diversity and to celebrate all of us and each other with strength and joy.

 

That won’t be the end of our Garden Party, however. There will be games: hula hoops to hoople with, face paints for a bit of emergency slap, spontaneous sing-alongs*. And there will be cakes or we hope there will. Like any Garden Fete we are hoping for an intense but simply Proud bit of cake baking and we invite people join the

 

The Buxton Big Gay Bake Off!

 

Bring a finished (and homemade, please!) cake along to the Picnic on the day. Prizes will be awarded as much on the description as on the appearance and taste of your culinary mistresspiece (masterpiece? Personpiece?). So we might meet

could we ever match the wonders of Little Chelly Cakes?

  • Gay gateaux
  • Dykiest desserts
  • Sapphic Sponges
  • Faggy Flans
  • Trans Flans
  • Biforest Gateaux
  • Butch brownies
  • Camp carrot cakes
  • Lesbian Dacquoise…..

 

Judging: entries will be judged by our very own Dame Marilyn Misandry

Prize giving: will be awarded by our mystery Guest of Honour. if we haven’t got one, we’ll draft a passing stranger

Prize: will be a slice a someone else’s cake! And a wonderful, magnificent, dare-we-say fabulous, Rosette that you can wear to boast of your prowess!

 

This year we acknowledge our friend Chris Hughes who died in 2018 and who was an enthusiastic supporter of these Pride Picnics and a noted Provider of Cakes. Thank you, Chris. We miss you

 

How can you resist? Drift elegantly along on Saturday 20th and grace the Pavilion Gardens with your wonderful presence

 

  • everything is still at the “hopeful” stage just now – we’ll confirm as people do….

 

Photos:

Pride stones and banners by Chris Hughes, artist Kath and members of Brighter Ops Buxton

Little Chelly Cakes: https://www.littlechellycakes.co.uk/

Look for us:

  • in the Buxton Festival Fringe programme,
  • on facebook: Stone and Water
  • on twitter and instagram: try @creepingtoad

Creeping Toad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colouring the canal at Cromford

Mills, canals and creatures

Drawing the canal

the picture

 

Back in November as part of the Derwent Mills Heritage Site Discovery Days programme, we took the Derwent Stories project to Cromford for a final event

There, between the Canal and the Mill we invited people – and their dogs – to add to a long, unrolling, unravelling picture of the area. Over the day, 80 people paused to talk to us, to look, wonder, chat a bit more and cautiously or confidently, subtly or in bold and bright colours add their contribution to the drawing…..

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This was the last of the Derwent Stories events for this year. We are hoping we might manage a couple more in the Spring. If that happens we’ll post the news here and invite anyone and everyone to come and join us

The Derwent Stories project set out to offer families easy creative ways of exploring the world around them. We aimed to work in places that:

  • were we easy to get to
  • had good access for people pushing buggies or steering their own wheelchair
  • offered interesting outdoor spaces to explore
  • gave us a mix of busy public spaces and quieter options

We planned activities that invited exploration

  • that gave participants new ways of expressing their discoveries
  • Where materials would be easy to find again
  • techniques used would be easy to repeat without us there to mutter at everyone
  • that suited children with additional needs

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So, Mills, canals and creatures simply used:

  • a long roll of paper (discount shops often have rolls of paper for children’s painting easels, or you could use some lining paper for home decorating)
  • A selection pencils, pens, charcoal, and mud (for dog pawprints and human fingerprints)
  • Some reference pictures, just in case,
  • But mostly we simply stood or sat and look at what was around us

The fun was in scribbling, feeling free to just have a go and to add our ideas to ones that had gone before, building stories as we did it

Another blog listing and linking the various sites and activities that Derwent Stories visited will be posted shortly

careful work

 

Where were we:

Cromford Canal: parking at Cromford Wharf car park (there is a charge for this)

Getting about: easy paths along the canal. At weekends there is also a canalboat that runs down to High Peak Junction (1 mile down the towpath)

The towpath is a level walk with no obstacles. It can feel a bit narrow at times when there are other people and cyclists around so travel with due care.

Facilities: there are toilets at both Cromford Canal Car Park and at High Peak Junction 1 mile down the path

Risks: yes, there is a canal. There are also stinging nettles in summer on the banks and prickly brambles here and there. The canal, however, is not deep and the general recommendation is that if someone does fall in, tell them to stand up, BUT BE SENSIBLE AND USE YOUR STANDARD “SAFETY AROUND A WATER BODY” PRECAUTIONS

 

a dinosaur in the trees*

What to look for: ducks! Moorhens, and coots are all to be seen most of the year. In spring and summer watch for Little Grebes (Dabchicks) on the water and Swallows above it. People see grass snakes and water voles regularly. Just past the Junction there is also the impressive Lea Wood Pump House which looks very exciting (and opens occasionally) and a little further there is the charming Aqueduct Cottage with its painted windows. About ½ miles along the path from Cromford to the Junction on the other side of the canal there is a lifesize model Stegosaurus tucked away in the woods.

This is a site that you can just turn up at and have a lovely walk. A little research in advance, however, can help you coincide with things like the Pump House openings or Boat Trips

 

Useful links

Boat trips

https://www.cromfordcanal.info/boat/boat.htm

General information

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/countryside-sites/waterways-wetlands/cromford-canal.aspx

 

  • the dinosaur photo was found at this site:Stegosaurus: http://www.pictame.com/media/

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