Colouring the canal at Cromford

Mills, canals and creatures Drawing the canal   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,Continue reading “Colouring the canal at Cromford”

Dogs and ducks and drawings

Mills, canals and creatures Friday 2nd November 2018 a Derwent Stories event A day on the canalbank at Cromford Mill as part of the  Discovery Days Festival . People passing by, dogs passing by, lots of looking and talking and careful joining in….a very small buzzard being watched by a very small person, concealed waterContinue reading “Dogs and ducks and drawings”

Mills, canals and creatures: holiday drawing event

Mills, canals and creatures Friday 2nd November Cromford Wharf, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ Sessions: 10.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.30 Meet: classroom at Cromford Wharf (opposite the Wharf Café)   Using old pictures, local wildlife and our own ideas, we’ll design giant mill machines and autumn landscapes on long rolls of paper –Continue reading “Mills, canals and creatures: holiday drawing event”

Stone puppets and pebble people

PEBBLE PEOPLE AND STONE PUPPETS A Creeping Toad activity for Derwent Stories and BM125     Every stone tells a story: a tale that runs over millions of years. It might be a story of mountains and eruptions, of magma and lava and the long slow cooling of ancient crystals. It might be an adventureContinue reading “Stone puppets and pebble people”

Rocks, fossils and cheerful puppets

Rocks, fossils and cheerful puppets Derwent Stories at the Altitude Festival 16th Sept 2018   First there were rocks. And some lovely stones. And fossils. Chalk and limestone, granite and gabbro. Rocks to hold and think about. Trilobites, goniatites, crinoids and teeth.  We thought these would feed into lovely puppet and word activities inspiring quietContinue reading “Rocks, fossils and cheerful puppets”

Autumn art and stories

Autumn art and stories Saturday 22nd September 1 – 4pm High Peak Junction car park a Derwent Stories event Summer birds are leaving, Summer lives sinking into winter stillness, But Rosehips are shining, Delicate toadstools sprout in the leaf litter, Conkers drop on unguarded heads, And squirrels are busy burying acorns While jays dig themContinue reading “Autumn art and stories”

Summer stories and dangerous rabbits

Summer stories at Carsington Water  A Derwent Stories event shape your own stories With all our DS events, we are following up the actual event with reports like this – with notes about where we went – so you could go again yourself – and what we did – so you could do it yourself!Continue reading “Summer stories and dangerous rabbits”

Talking Stones!

Talking stones! Sunday 16th September 12 – 4pm Mt Cook Adventure Centre Wirksworth DE4 4LS Derwent Stories  at Altitude Youth Music and Arts Festival   Do you like rocks? Do you investigate stones and enjoy fossils? Join us for a different take on some familiar minerals! We’re going to be making puppets inspired by theContinue reading “Talking Stones!”

a book of bees?

Build your own book a Derwent Stories activity On our Bumbles, butterflies and picnics day with Derwent Stories, we made Bumble Books and drew in these the insects and flowers we were finding.   These are concertina books which essentially fit one long folded strip of paper into a cover. Once you are used to doingContinue reading “a book of bees?”

A day for picnics

a Day for Picnics a Derwent Stories event Darley Park 6th August   Where did we go, 2 After our Derwent Stories events, we are posting blogs  a) where did we go – so you could go there yourself, maybe, and b) the activity we did there – so you could do that yourself, eitherContinue reading “A day for picnics”