Are you ready to picnic?

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Buxton Pride Picnic 2020

Saturday 18th July

14:00 – 17:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Find us on the lawns in front of the Swimming Pool

( Festival Fringe venue 33n)

 

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Have you started trimming your best hats, practising your flouncing?

Time now, perhaps, for a quick bit of cake rehearsal: how camp can you make that dish? How frivolous? How full of the trauma, despair and passion of Pride? Or maybe just bake a wonderful Gay Forest Gateaux

 

A summer afternoon, fancy hats, wonderful cakes, fabulous people: Buxton’s Pride Picnic is back for its 4th feast, a celebration of the town’s LGBTQ+ community. Join us for laughter, conversation, new friends, old tarts. Bring your own picnic, maybe bake a cake for our Big Gay Bake Off.

More details will follow

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And no, we don’t know if we’ll be able to do this wonderful event. We don’t know if Buxton Festival Fringe will happen this year. The International Festival has cancelled but with more local acts and locally organised events, we are hoping the Fringe will go ahead. If it is safe to gather, with or without Festivals (we’ll probably have our own Fringes), we will Picnic. We may have to picnic at Appropriate Distances and possibly organise some rainbow coloured semaphore flags to send messages of solidarity and cake to picnic enclaves scattered across the garden. We may even end up facetiming picnics from back gardens and front rooms across the High Peak, but we will Picnic as only Pride people can.

Stay safe. Be well

Apple Day in Buxton

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Apple Day

Sunday 13th October

11am – 3pm

Serpentine Community Farm, Buxton*

 

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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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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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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
534917_10150930664873616_269837826_n.jpgTiny! an underwater world
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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