Field, flowers, fruit and picnics

Fields, flowers and fruit

A day of art and picnics

Dove Valley Centre, Staffordshire

Tuesday 4th September

 

Join the Stone and Water team at the Dove Valley Centre for a relaxed session making the most of late summer sunshine (we hope!)

early for apples maybe…

At this beautiful setting in the Upper Dove Valley, there will be time to walk if you want to, and wander if you will, to look at flowers, hope for butterflies, watch the ravens wheeling overhead, examine the apples ripening in the orchard and draw, write, scribble, print or sew the things you have discovered.

 

There will be artists to help but this will be a relaxed day without lots of formal teaching. Bring a picnic and spend a day on the farm.

 

butterflies still on the nettles?

Where: Dove Valley Centre, Under Whitle, Sheen, nr Longnor, SK17 0PR

When: Tuesday 4th September

Times: 11am – 3pm

What to bring: your own picnic, a raincoat (just in case – there is indoor space as well!), a smile

What we’ll provide: art resources and helpful artists, friendly people to talk to, warm spaces, refreshments and a wonderful location!

Finding DVC: the centre is signposted on the road between Sheen and Longnor/ Postcode: SK17 0PR

 

Parking: the track down the hill is steep but drive down to dale floor (past the farm and keep going)

Or park just inside the gate off the Sheen road and have a gentle stroll down to join us!

Cost: the event is free and no booking is needed – but it would help us a lot if we know you are coming!

 

Contact: if you have any questions, contact Gordon at stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

turn discoveries into artwork

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small creatures event

Wild Beasts and Fabulous Flowers

we are hoping for bumblebees

21st August, 10 – 15.00

In the grounds of

St Bartholomews School, Longnor, SK17 0NZ

 

What wildlife lives in the fields and gardens of Longnor? With wildlife walks and a bit of rummaging, we’ll bug-hunt and butterfly count and hope for beautiful bumblebees

From bees, flowers, butterflies and wildlife: investigations will lead onto drawing and making until visitors can make a whole hand full of tiny creatures to take home
creatures

will there be rabbits?

  • Free
  • Materials provided
  • Children 7 years old or less need to bring a grown-up with them
  • No booking needed, just drop by and join in for an hour or so
  • More information: stoneandwater@btinternet.com
  • Or find us on fb: Stone and Water

Emergency excitement event! We have a day available for 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

 

will there be toads?

Working with support from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership and the Bingham Trust, Stone and Water is running this series of free family activities in the South West Peak and Buxton area through the second half of 2018.

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…

 

there may well be mice on people’s fingers!

Next event: probably in Corbar Woods in Buxton – soon!

a house with long-bone fences

Lost Stories of Buxton

Thursday 19th July
Buxton Library
an event as part of Buxton Festival Fringe

the strangest street in Macclesfield (we weren’t sure we wanted it in Buxton!)

There were silly stories and horrible stories and slightly sticky stories involving marshmallows….
There were ideas about unicorns and ice cream

The city of the Gorgs sheltered in a mountain

While the Gorgs live in an underground city,
With a cold water supply from the mountain
Where a network of trees
Feeds energy to the city.
There under that mountain,
The aliens live, secret and safe
Waiting for the Doctor and a visit from the Tardis.

In the morning we had casual visitors, drifting in and being netted by our pens and glue and excitement and mess. After lunch the lovely Drama Club from The Rossendale Trust in Macclesfield and everything got even stranger with…..

practising cackles

A spooky house with long-bone fences
Where Rupert’s brothers are trapped
While he laughs his most sinister laugh.

The strangest street in the world
(or at least in Macc):
Adam’s graveyard,
Ann’s farm house,
A purple castle,
A haunted house with a burning roof
Whence everyone is trying to escape.

 

With many thanks to all our artists and storytellers,

to Buxton Festival fringe for encouraging the event

and to Buxton Library for hosting it!

This event was supported by The Bingham Trust

 

a bear waits in a beautiful wood

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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

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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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