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?

Peg Vampire 1

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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The Lost Beasts of Buxton

what beast would you become?

The Lost Beasts of Buxton

make a mask, a hat, a monster

1 – 4pm, Saturday 29th June

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

 

Make a carnival mask or hat inspired by our very own sabre-tooth cats, cave lions, wild horses and mammoths.

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, there were wolves in the Peak District hills, wild boars in the woods and beavers in the rivers. Once there were wild ponies here, and cave lions, reindeer and bears. There were scimitar-toothed cats and straight-tusked elephants. Before that, long and longer ago, there were strange sharks swimming in ancient limestone seas.

What wonderful animal would you celebrate?

You might make something that lives here now, something that lived here once or even something that really should have lived here (unicorns, maybe?)

 

are you a colourful shark person perhaps?

This event is free, no booking or tickets needed. Children under 7 should bring a grown-up with them and you need to allow 45 minutes to make an animal hat

Venue:

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Terrace Rd

Buxton

SK17 6DA

 

Celebrate the ancient animals of the Peaks and join Two Left Hands in the Buxton Carnival Parade on Saturday July 13th. Check the Two Left Hands facebook page for parade details and meeting points: Two Left Hands.

2LH at Buxton Carnival, 2018

This is the first event in our new “A Year In Our Town” project. We are aiming to have at least one event a month that will encourage people to find out more, explore and celebrate Buxton and the High Peak

Look out for the next events!

 

Lost Beasts is a Stone and Water event in partnerhsip with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Creeping Toad

 

Colouring the canal at Cromford

Mills, canals and creatures

Drawing the canal

the picture

 

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, unravelling picture of the area. Over the day, 80 people paused to talk to us, to look, wonder, chat a bit more and cautiously or confidently, subtly or in bold and bright colours add their contribution to the drawing…..

the canal and trees

This was the last of the Derwent Stories events for this year. We are hoping we might manage a couple more in the Spring. If that happens we’ll post the news here and invite anyone and everyone to come and join us

The Derwent Stories project set out to offer families easy creative ways of exploring the world around them. We aimed to work in places that:

  • were we easy to get to
  • had good access for people pushing buggies or steering their own wheelchair
  • offered interesting outdoor spaces to explore
  • gave us a mix of busy public spaces and quieter options

We planned activities that invited exploration

  • that gave participants new ways of expressing their discoveries
  • Where materials would be easy to find again
  • techniques used would be easy to repeat without us there to mutter at everyone
  • that suited children with additional needs

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So, Mills, canals and creatures simply used:

  • a long roll of paper (discount shops often have rolls of paper for children’s painting easels, or you could use some lining paper for home decorating)
  • A selection pencils, pens, charcoal, and mud (for dog pawprints and human fingerprints)
  • Some reference pictures, just in case,
  • But mostly we simply stood or sat and look at what was around us

The fun was in scribbling, feeling free to just have a go and to add our ideas to ones that had gone before, building stories as we did it

Another blog listing and linking the various sites and activities that Derwent Stories visited will be posted shortly

careful work

 

Where were we:

Cromford Canal: parking at Cromford Wharf car park (there is a charge for this)

Getting about: easy paths along the canal. At weekends there is also a canalboat that runs down to High Peak Junction (1 mile down the towpath)

The towpath is a level walk with no obstacles. It can feel a bit narrow at times when there are other people and cyclists around so travel with due care.

Facilities: there are toilets at both Cromford Canal Car Park and at High Peak Junction 1 mile down the path

Risks: yes, there is a canal. There are also stinging nettles in summer on the banks and prickly brambles here and there. The canal, however, is not deep and the general recommendation is that if someone does fall in, tell them to stand up, BUT BE SENSIBLE AND USE YOUR STANDARD “SAFETY AROUND A WATER BODY” PRECAUTIONS

 

a dinosaur in the trees*

What to look for: ducks! Moorhens, and coots are all to be seen most of the year. In spring and summer watch for Little Grebes (Dabchicks) on the water and Swallows above it. People see grass snakes and water voles regularly. Just past the Junction there is also the impressive Lea Wood Pump House which looks very exciting (and opens occasionally) and a little further there is the charming Aqueduct Cottage with its painted windows. About ½ miles along the path from Cromford to the Junction on the other side of the canal there is a lifesize model Stegosaurus tucked away in the woods.

This is a site that you can just turn up at and have a lovely walk. A little research in advance, however, can help you coincide with things like the Pump House openings or Boat Trips

 

Useful links

Boat trips

https://www.cromfordcanal.info/boat/boat.htm

General information

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/countryside-sites/waterways-wetlands/cromford-canal.aspx

 

  • the dinosaur photo was found at this site:Stegosaurus: http://www.pictame.com/media/

    If there is any problem with us posting this, please let us know and we’ll take it down

Winter Lights, 2

More Winter Lights!

Sunday 9th December

1 – 4 pm

some festive bottle lanterns!

Manifold Primary School

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As the nights grow longer and the festive season approaches, join us in the beautiful Upper Dove Valley for an afternoon of making…there will be paper for drawing and patterns for cutting – festoon your house, or maybe yourself, with your own Christmas cut-outs, or make a glowing lantern to light those dark winter nights

more bottle lanterns!

Materials provided but please bring a plastic bottle if you can – 500ml – 2 litre all work well

Free

No booking needed

Children need to bring a grown-up with them

Allow 45 minues for your activity

 

This is the last of the Summer Excitements! events, supported by South West Peak

Winter Lights!

 

Winter Lights

Dove Valley Centre

Friday 7th December

1 – 4pm

As the nights grow longer and the festive season approaches, join us in the beautiful Upper Dove Valley for an afternoon of making…there will be paper for drawing and patterns for cutting – festoon your house, or maybe yourself, with your own Christmas cut-outs, or make a glowing lantern to light those dark winter nights

Materials provided but please bring a plastic bottle if you can – 500ml – 2 litre all work well

Free

No booking needed

 

Access: as far as possible, we’ll park people down by the centre itself but if we get busy you might find a sign on the gate asking you to park there and walk down the hill (a picturesque 5 minutes!)

If you have any especial concerns about access, please get in touch:  stoneandwater@btinternet.com

Dove Valley Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first of a busy weekend of Wintry light events for Stone and Water…..details for the others will follow but…

Friday 7th: when we finish at the Centre, we’re heading over to the Christmas Fayre at St Bartholomews Primary School in Longnor to do a similar activity there (5 – 7 pm) before joining the village for their Lights Switch On that evening

Saturday 8th: improvising some Victorian Lanterns at Wincles Primary School as aprt of their Victorian Christmas Fete from 3pm

Sunday 9th: Warslow: Winter Lights activity at Manifold Primary School, 1 – 4 pm – details to follow

 

These are the last of the Summer Excitements! event, a project supported by the South West Peak and the Bingham Trust

Rocks, fossils and cheerful puppets

Rocks, fossils and cheerful puppets

limestone fossils

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 quiet conversation around mineral stories and the arguments of crystals

 

Then it rained

 

there are always mermaids

The Altitude Youth Arts Festival at the Mt Cook Adventure Centre where we were working was a lovely afternoon. There was some excellent music to keep us entertained. Songs from young musicians, dance from another young group, some quiet storytelling from others. There was a cap fire in the woods and bushcraft activities to try. And us making pebble puppets on a field while people sailed, shrieking, down a zip wire overhead

 

Great fun!

 

Our carefully planned activity dissolved a bit in the rain but we made some wonderful puppets all the same. We got people holding rocks. Talking about what they might find in their gardens at home or out on a walk. And they went home with some wonderfully crazy little characters….

a cheerful pebble with his assorted fossil friends

Make your own pebble puppet: instructions will follow shortly

 

DERWENT STORIES

After Derwent Stories events we post a note of where we went and how we found it, encouraging people to go again in their own time…

Visiting Altitude

When: Altitude is a Youth Arts Festival within the bigger Wirksworth fsetvial. aS such it happens once a year – watch for dates for enxt September

Access: activities happen at different sites. My Cook Adventure Centre has parking, easy access for wheelchairs and good toilets. Activities were free. The music was great. On a good day it would have been a lovelt afternoon to sit on the grass with a picnic and nejoy the music, do a bit of making and generally relax. At the Eco Centre next door there was more acoustic music

 

The next Derwent Stories events will be

Autumn Art and Stories on Saturday 22nd Sept at High Peak Junction (follow the link for details).

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Mills,  Canals and Creatures at Cromford Mill on November 2nd as part of the Derwent Mills Discovery Days Festival

Derwent Stories events, are open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

Useful links: