Errwood Autumn event

Errwood Autumn

Sunday 23rd September

Errwood Car Park

Goyt Valley

1 – 4pm



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 nuts

While jays dig them up again and hide them somewhere else


What secrets will the woods share in autumn? Join us to explore the hills of Errwood in the Goyt Valley

We’ll be at Errwood car park between 1 and 4 pm on Sunday 23rd September. There will be a base there and we might take a stroll to the ruins of the Hall. Or you might explore and come back to us to turn your discoveries into your own  own autumn book or get messy with an autumn clay and seed ball…..

Contact for more info: fb: Stone and Water


Booking: no booking needed and the event is free


This is one of our Summer Excitements! events supported by Southwest Peak Landscape Partnership and the Bingham Trust


Getting there:

Errwood Hall Car Park

The road between the reservoirs closes on Sundays through to the end of September. Assuming it will still be closed on 23rd, you will need come in down The Street from the Rainow side. The A54/A523 Cat and Fiddle road past the Derbyshire Bridge car park is one way from Errwood towards Derbyshire bridge. Or cycle in!


Autumn art and stories

Autumn art and stories

Saturday 22nd September

1 – 4pm

High Peak Junction car park

a Derwent Stories event

log benches and delicate toadstools

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 them up again and hide them somewhere else


What secrets will the woods share in autumn? Join us for a wander along the canal to peer into autumn waters, pass the magnificent Leawood Pump House, meet the mystery of the cottage in the woods and explore the woodlands at the edge of autumn.


We’ll be at High Peak Junction car park between 1 and 4 pm on Saturday 22nd September. There will be a base there and we will wander off along the canal in a couple of sessions. But there will always be someone on hand to help you explore. You might want to draw the autumn, make your own autumn book or get messy with an autumn clay and seed ball…..

after acorns, add a toadstool…

Like all the Derwent Stories events, Autumn art and stories

is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

This event is planned and will be delivered with the help of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust




Contact for more info:

fb: Stone and Water







Talking Stones!

Talking stones!

Sunday 16th September

12 – 4pm

Mt Cook Adventure Centre

Wirksworth DE4 4LS

Derwent Stories


Altitude Youth Music and Arts Festival


a shouting stone

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 the rocks and fossils of the Adventure Centre site. There will be stones to handle, fossils to look at and artists to help you turn ideas into puppets. We know that there are stories hidden in rocks, secrets in stones and every fossil has a tale to tell. So, why not join us to help some puppets fossilise, sediment out or just erupt, and add your own wodnerful pebble person to our pile of talking stones and wandering rocks….

a grumpy lump of pumice

Activity is free: just come along and join in

Like all the Derwent Stories events, Talking stones! is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs


Contact for more info: fb: Stone and Water



a crowned sedimentary queen

I am the Calcite Queen with a crown of crystal,

I am the Boulder King, round and heavy as granite,

We are The Lava Gang, waiting, ready to run,

Waiting, waiting, waiting for the volcano alarm clock!


The Wonderwoods of Buxton

Deep in the Wonderwoods

a glimmer of light among the leaves

What will we find?

What will we see?

Who lives in the wonderwoods?

Saturday 15th September 2018

Corbar Woods, Buxton

1 – 4 pm

flower faeries or leaf goblins, who knows?

there might be squirrels

Join us for an afternoon of making, laughing and inventing adventures in Corbar Woods, one of Buxton’s oldest woods. There, under the spreading branches of the beech trees, we’ll tell terrible tales of the strange and wonderful world of Corbar. By ancient yews we’ll make the mysterious animals and beautiful peoples who might yet be hidden in the woods. As old and well-crunkled oaks watch us, we’ll make shining, glittering wood-eyes so the wood can watch us all the way home….

Drop in between 1 and 4 on Saturday 15th. This is one of a number of activities in Buxton that afternoon so look out for excitements at Lightwood, in Pavilion Gardens and in Grin low Woods at Buxton Country Park as well…

The activity is free, no booking needed

Materials provided

Enter the woods by the Corbar Rd entrance and we will be based somewhere round there

Stone and Water are working with Buxton Civic Association and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for this event

you never who might be watching


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 doing these, you could experiment – stick books together by the cover to make thicker volumes, have sections that fold out in different directions….

You will need:

  • 1 piece of thin cardboard (about 15cm x 10.5cm)
  • scissors
  • glue or a gluestick
  • paper for the bookblock (see below)
  • pencils, wax crayons, coloured pencils, scrap paper…

we made bumble, butterfly, bug and beetle books

Make your bookblock: this is the set of pages that make the body of the book. You might use a long strip of paper (A2 (flipchart sized) cut into quarters lengthwise works well) or take a sheet of A4 (standard printer size) and cut or tear it in half lengthways. Overlap the ends by about 1cm and stick them together. We have a prepared sheet (“Bumble book”) that should print out on A4 paper with pictures of bees and butterflies and a couple of boxes to help you make this first book. Fold it in half, lengthwways, overlap the ends and glue…..

Bumble book


Write a poem for a page?

Falling sky splinters
Into scabious and cornflower blue,
While tormentil nestles in the grass,
Droplets of sunshine on the green


Concertina: fold your strip of paper in half and then in half again. Unfold it: this should give you 8 sections of about the same size. Use those folds as guides to now fold the paper into a zig-zag pattern

card cover and tearing paper for a bookblock


Try an acrostic perhaps? 

M – many harvest mice hiding

I  – in the long grass, swaying,

C – curl up in careful nests

E – every night in safety.


strip folded 3 times










strip folded again to make a concertina







Now you are ready to make your book! It is easier to work on the book before you fit it into the cover. Work on one side of your paper. On your pages you might:

  • pop-ups?


  • draw
  • add a patch of scrap paper and draw on that
  • make a pocket
  • do a rubbing
  • print
  • add a map
  • make a pop-up
  • think of something else….


add a map?


When it is done decide if you are having

  1. a) a book that unfolds completely – stick one end page into the cover. You could now work on the back side of your pages (Picture 9: stick one end of the finished block into the cover)”


  1. b) a book that is fixed at both ends. If you are going for this, you might need to refold your concertina so it looks like picture 10 (Both ends ready to glue in)


Cover: fold the card in half. Decorate the cover. Glue in the book block….Title? Author?

ready for a cover






Please, send us a picture of your finished book!

how will you decorate your books?




A day for picnics

a Day for Picnics

Light through oak leaves

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, either in the same venue or somewhere else

This is the “place” report for  our Bumbles, Butterflies and Picnics day. You could look at our Fossil Day reports here (National Stone Centre) and here (make your own ancient rockpool)


At Darley Park, we had a day of sunshine and sprawling comfortably on the grass, taking time to make and draw and talk: a relaxed and cheerful sort of day. We were making our own Bumble and butterfly books – do it yourself instructions can be found here


But for now….

butterflies still on the nettles?

Where did we go: Darley Park, Derby. This is a large park with lots of beautiful old trees, wide meadows and gentle hills for rolling down. There are good paths and lots of different areas to explore

Getting there: buses stop on the edge of the park and there are car parks round the edges. This link will take you a sit for directions and bus numbers. We used the free car parks at Darley St, DE22 1 DX, and at the end of Darley Park Drive

Access: there are wide, even paths across the path so wheel- or push- chairs can get around easily. Some of the hills, while not very steep can feel quite loooong so do your exercises first


finger bumbles…

Facilities: there are toilets and an excellent café towards the northern end of the park (about 5 minutes from the car parks above)

Wildlife: there are lots of beautiful trees, some patches of woodland, a wildflower meadow and a lovely butterfly garden near the cafe

Busy-ness: yes, this is a large park near the centre of Derby so it does get busy. But it is so large that it is easy to find your own spaces and feel comfortable there. The café and toilets area can feel a bit crowded at times

we made bumble, butterfly, bug and beetle books






What did other people think? Tripadvisor report on Darley Park


Derwent Stories

Derwent Stories

seasons, stories and art outdoors


what will you find?

Over the summer and autumn of 2018, Stone and Water are running a series of creative outdoor events structured to support families with children with additional needs. With funding from Derwentwise and Foundation Derbyshire, and advice and support from Umbrella, events are happening along the Lower Derwent Valley.


Activities are planned to encourage people to come out and enjoy the local environment in simple, cheerful ways that families could repeat for themselves. So we look at the places where families might go, wildlife they might meet and activities they could do. Activities are planned to use everyday resources and to be simple to plan and deliver – the sorts of things you could rummage out of a cupboard, stuff into a bag and have fun with


In planning for additional needs, we are trying to find readily accessible sites – wheel- and push- chair friendly (not all of them will work but the majority ). Events are very relaxed in timetable: there is structure here, a shape for us to work around but that shape will respond to our visitors so if you need to just stop for a bit, we can, or if you need to go and shout a bit on your own we will plan for spaces where that can happen. And if you decide you are feeling grumpy and fed up, then none of us will judge you for it or hold it against you….

So, we are off adventuring and after each events we post blogs

  • Where have we been and
  • What did we do – so you could go to the same place or take the same activities somewhere else
  • Today, we are catching up with these posts – as they complete, we will post links here


fingers full of coelacanths


July: National Stone Centre with some fossil moments


August: Darley Park: a day of bumblebees, butterflies and picnics

The next events:

  • Wednesday 29th August at Carsington Water – a day of storytelling and storymaking using natural materials – session through the day
  • Sunday 16th September: Altitude Festival, Wirksworth: making puppets inspired by rocks and fossils
  • Saturday 22nd September: autumn art and stories in Lea Woods (meet at High Peak Junction car park)
  • Friday 2nd November: Mills, canals and creatures: a day of big drawings at Cromford Mills as part of the Discovery days programme


All these events are free (some places there might be a charge for car parking). Materials are provided and no bookings Is needed. Check on each day for timing of activities


Details of events will post here and on our facebook page: Stone and Water

ready for action…


  • Wednesday 29th August Summer Stories at Carsington Water – a day of storytelling and storymaking using natural materials – session through the day