Hats for a Pride Picnic

Summer Hats

Sunday 30th June

1 – 4pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton*

How will you decorate yours?

With ribbons and ruffles?

With beads, flowers, butterflies and bits?

Will there be pom-poms and fringes, and tassles over your ears?

 

 

It’s summer! And with the Buxton Pride Picnic on that flowery horizon, we’re having an afternoon in the Gardens sort of getting ready. We’ll bring card and colours, staples and tissue and tape. We’ll bring rugs to sit on and a welcome to greet you. We ask you to bring a smile and a hand willing to have a go and a conversation waiting to be shared. We’re going to be making some wonderful hats to wear at the Picnic. But you don’t need to. It would be good simply to meet people – so come along, renew connections with old mates and maybe make a new friend or two. Help us build our Proud Family

Where to find us: we’ll be at the site we use for the main Picnic and will spread some groundsheets and rugs on the lawns in front of the swimming pool

The event is free. We’ll provide materials.

Weather: and this event is fine-weather dependant: soggy tissue-flowers and dripping pom-poms are not much fun. So if the weather is looking unpredictable, we will post a final decision on the morning of 30th here and on our facebook page (look for Stone and Water)

No booking or tickets needed but this event will be weather dependant so check in the morning for any change of plans. If it looks wet (always possible, it is Buxton after all) we’ll go and sip tea and eat cake somewhere near by!

 

Buxton Pride Picnic 2019: our Pride Picnics celebrate the diversity of Buxton and the Peaks, a gathering place for laughter and reflection for LGBTQ+ people and all our other friends as well. More details will follow shortly. And get ready, start planning your campest cake ever for the Buxton Big Gay Bake Off!

Date of Picnic: Saturday 20th July, 2- 5 pm

Venue: Pavilion Gardens, on the lawns in front of the swimming pool

*Pavilion Gardens: St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE

We gratefully acknowledge support from DCC’s Action Grants scheme

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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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

TINY! Dragons, etc

TINY! DRAGONS, WYRMS AND SERPENTS

Sunday 17th July 2016

11am – 4pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

find us near the younger children’s play area

Tiny-dragon
Another Tiny! event. Join us to fill the Gardens with dragons, medieval wyrms and wonderful serpents – none of them bigger than your hand (or maybe a wriggle as long as your arm). Stone and Water has been doing Tiny! days for several years now as part of Buxton Festival Fringe. There have been Tiny! Pirates (they send their regrets but they can’t join us this year as they are off plundering a garden pond somewhere (they are, after all, very small pirates)), fairies, goblins and trolls, knights and princesses, a lantern procession…

Join us under the trees to make your own Tiny! Creature: a cheerful, quiet, restful place within the wider activity of Pavilion Gardens. Step into a creative moment and find your own inner dragon – or outer Wyrm, or simply flappy monster….

When: 2 sessions: 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm,  free: no booking, tickets or anything like that. Just turn up and join in

Where: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

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REPORT ON THIS EVENT CAN BE FOUND HERE

a dragon soars across Pavilion Gardens, 17th July 2016

a dragon soars across Pavilion Gardens, 17th July 2016

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