Winter stories

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Tuesday 19th February. The first event of our Winter, Wildlife and Water Week, and a lively day of mess, glitter glue and laughter was had at Buxton Museum We took our “favourite bits of winter” (as avery loose theme) and worked stories around them, adding in polar bear, penguins, wolves, mammoths and occasional hibernating trolls […]

Fossils, Art and Inspiration


Fossils, Art and Inspiration

2 days of art for grown-ups

Sunday 10th and Sunday 17ht March 2013

at the Dove Valley Centre, nr Longnor

experimenting with needle-felt and crochet

experimenting with needle-felt and crochet

two days of activities with artists from Stone and Water




These days are partly training for our existing volunteers, training for possible new volunteers and also just days for adults who’d like to have a go themselves. We have worried about the wording of these – we want to offer days for adults and teenagers rather than families – we do a lot of activities for family groups but sometimes it is good for grow-ups to have some creative time that is just for themselves…

These days also mark the overlap between the end of  our “Exploring with Stories” project and the start of the next phase of “Ancient Landscapes




Inspired by fossils from local limestone and the rich landscapes of the Upper Dove Valley, we’ll share skills, ideas and techniques giving ourselves time to experiment and reflect


No experience needed – just join in and have a go!

Workshops are free and materials are provided but spaces are limited so please book a place (either day or both)

Further details sent with confirmation


Sunday 10th: crochet your own coral, needle-felt a fish, printing fossils, small models of monsters

Sunday 17th: making tiny people, plankton cloths, casting fossils, just drawing, fossil lanterns


Booking and more information:

07791 096857

creating our own ancient rockpools

creating our own ancient rockpools




Winter, wildlife and water week

Our Exploring with Stories project has added a few extra events to shape a week of exciting activities for the February holiday



Winter birdsWinter Stories

Tuesday 19th February

Capturing the cold with children’s stories and traditional tales and turning the best bits of those or your favourite wintry scenes into pop-up story cards and paper sculptures


Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

When? 10 – 12 and 1 – 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!

(the Museum has other activities on that week as well – visit their website to check out what else is on)




Raven Day

Friday 22nd February

stone birdo copy

Celebrating the crows, ravens – and other birds – of the Peaks – making bird mask, fluttering birds on sticks and even origami birds to sit on fingers or shoulders


Where? Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

When? 2 sessions, 10 – 12 and 1 – 3, free, open public sessions for all the family (children under 8 need to bring a grown-up) no booking needed, just drop by and join in!


WaterSinging the Wells

Saturday 23rd February

A chance to enjoy playing with voices, stories, ideas and instruments.  Celebrating our ancient wells by singing stories, places, landscapes and water – to sing the Holy Wells of the Hills. No experience needed – just bring a sense of adventure and the readiness to join in! Led by musician and singer Jos Razzell

The end of this workshop will coincide with the Raven Walk so that we can join the procession and visit St Anne’s Well


Where: Green Man Gallery, 55 High St, Buxton, SK17 6HB When: 1.30 – 4pm. The workshop is free but places are limited: please email or phone to reserve a place:, 07791 096857



The Raven Walk

Saturday 23rd February

4.30 – 5.30pm, meeting at Bath Road entrance to Pavilion Gardens

Join the Stone and Water crew at the end of this week of Winter, Wildlife and Water for a walk round Pavilion Gardens. Bring Friday’s Ravens or flags, hats or masks and we will salute the rich and ancient waters of the hills and  the wild and wonderful birds of our wild and wonderful winds!


if you are under 12, bring a grown-up with you so they can join in too!


Meeting points; Green Man Gallery and then the Bath Rd entrance to Pavilion Gardens, 4.30

Duration: 1 hour maybe?

celebrate the cheerful birds of the Peak District....

celebrate the cheerful birds of the Peak District….


...and the fiercer ones too!

…and the fiercer ones too!





we gratefully acknowledge the support of Awards For All

we gratefully acknowledge the support of Awards For All



Boggarts at Longshaw!

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What day? Sunday February 17th 2013

When? 1.30 – 3.30pm

Where? Longshaw Estate, National Trust

Getting there:

Cost? our activities are free, but there might be car parking charge

Part of a bigger event at Longshaw marking the opening of their Boggart* Play Trail. Exploring with Stories will be on hand to tell some Boggart Tales and do a bit of Boggartt detecting – looking for signs of boggart life, adventures and mishaps….

* Boggarts? if you’re not sure then a word of explanation might help…Boggarts are the awkward cousins of the fairies. You’ll have read Fairy Stories, we are sure and you will know that Fairies are often beautiful. Boggarts aren’t. And that fairies are sometimes kind. Boggarts aren’t. And that fairies sometimes grant wishes. Boggarts? Not a hope!

But Boggarts are exciting, naughty, lumpy, bumpy, hairy and stary….Boggarts are fun