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

 

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small creatures event

Wild Beasts and Fabulous Flowers

we are hoping for bumblebees

21st August, 10 – 15.00

In the grounds of

St Bartholomews School, Longnor, SK17 0NZ

 

What wildlife lives in the fields and gardens of Longnor? With wildlife walks and a bit of rummaging, we’ll bug-hunt and butterfly count and hope for beautiful bumblebees

From bees, flowers, butterflies and wildlife: investigations will lead onto drawing and making until visitors can make a whole hand full of tiny creatures to take home
creatures

will there be rabbits?

  • Free
  • Materials provided
  • Children 7 years old or less need to bring a grown-up with them
  • No booking needed, just drop by and join in for an hour or so
  • More information: stoneandwater@btinternet.com
  • Or find us on fb: Stone and Water

Emergency excitement event! We have a day available for a community or community group in the South West Peak area for sometime in August or September: we will bring activities if you can offer a space and an opportunity open to anyone. Talk to Gordon or Sarah at our email address or at an event

 

will there be toads?

Working with support from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership and the Bingham Trust, Stone and Water is running this series of free family activities in the South West Peak and Buxton area through the second half of 2018.

We have 8 days of activity planned. Some places are stand-alone events. At others, we’ll invite participants to also propose ideas for a future winter event – maybe we should make lanterns of the houses in your village, maybe have a cosy storytelling session, maybe we should make kites of local birds…

 

there may well be mice on people’s fingers!

Next event: probably in Corbar Woods in Buxton – soon!

Summer excitements!

Laughter, buzzards, buildings and fun

A season of family events

From fabulous buildings to amazing creatures, from wide skies and rolling clouds to blizzards, rain and vanishing rivers, we’ll be celebrating the wonderful world of the South West Peak. Picking up on themes around wildlife, history, buildings and people, these events will invite participants to think about their homes, explore a bit, find fossils in walls, butterflies in hedgerows, who knows what or where

We have 8 days of activity planned. Some places are stand-alone events. At others, we’ll invite participants to also propose ideas for a future winter event – maybe we should make lanterns of the houses in your village, maybe have a cosy storytelling session, maybe we should make kites of local birds…We also have 1 “emergency excitement” day for the summer when someone or somewhere within the South West Peak could come to us and say “could you come and do something here please?” – no guarantees, but do get in touch! (stoneandwater@btinternet.com)

These events are free

  • No booking is needed – just come along and join in
  • Children under 8 need to bring a grown-up with them
  • Each day will offer a mix of storytelling and art activities around different themes

JULY

Saturday 7th

Dove Valley Meadows Meander

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

12 – 4

Art, stories and exploring the beautiful meadows of the Dove valley

lost castle from Warslow, maybe?

AUGUST

Wednesday 15th

The lost castles of the moorlands

Warslow Village Hall

10 – 12, 1- 3

Haunted houses and lost castles: the buildings of the Moorlands – make your own strange or mysterious, wild, weird or wonderful house!

 

Tuesday 21st

Wild beasts and fabulous flowers

St Bartholomew’s School playing field, Longnor

10 – 12, 1 – 3

Bees, flowers, butterflies and wildlife: fill your fingers with a field full of creatures

 

Wednesday 29th (August)

Details to be confirmed (see contact below)

Taxal: event planned beside St James’ church: check for details

10 – 12, 1- 3

Tasty, crunchy, juicy…and is there a story, too?

 

OCTOBER

Sunday 14th

Apple Day

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

(times to be confirmed)

An orchard full of puppet people!

For more information, look at

Stone and Water facebook page

Stone and Water blog: https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

Emergency excitement event! We have a day available to a community or community group in the South West Peak area for sometime in August or September: we will bring activities if you can offer a space and an opportunity open to anyone. Talk to Gordon or Sarah at our email address or at an event

The Summer Excitements programme is supported by South West Peak and the Bingham Trust

Goldsitch Moss holds memories, stories and precious wildlife

Festival Fringe excitements, July 2018

The Tiny! Tide rolls in again!

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cheerful shark

For the umpteenth time (we’ve lost track of how many Tiny! Days we’ve had), a Tiny! Event will cheerfully frolic its way into the Pavilion Gardens for some Tiny! fun. We are also involved in the Lost Stories event on 19th and the Buxton Pride Picnic on 21st (separate entry following)

 

On Tiny! Days we aim to make “nothing bigger than your hand” (more or less) and this year, we invite you to join us in making a whole underwater world. Mermaids and monsters, sharks, dolphins and seahorses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed?

We’ll make fabulous finger-mermaids, ferocious thumb-lobsters and finger squid, hand-horrors and small sea horses…..

 

We’ll bring materials and a submarine landscape waiting for inhabitants (but you get to keep your own ones)

 

534917_10150930664873616_269837826_nDate: Sunday 15th July

Place: Pavilion Gardens next to the small children’s playground (look for our events shelter, the fluttering fish and the crochet coral reef in the middle of the tent….Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BE

Times: 11 – 3 with us having a bit of a break somewhere in that for lunch

Costs: nothing at all but we would like a smile!

Materials: we’ll provide the bits, you provide the fingers

Grown-ups: adults are welcome and children under 7 need to bring a grown-up with them anyway

 

A Buxton Festival Fringe event

 

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Lost Stories of Buxton

Date: Thursday 19th July

Place: Buxton Library, Kents Bank Rd, Buxton, SK17 9HW

Sessions: 10.30 – 12.30, 1.30 – 3.30

Buxton secrets: help us invent the lost stories of Buxton. Storyteller Gordon MacLellan (Creeping Toad) will be there for a morning (or afternoon) of secret passages, treasures, ghosts and adventures. Hear old stories and make up new ones, turning stories into storycastles and wonderwoods.

Costs: nothing, the event is free

Booking: no tickets needed, just drop by and join in

Bits and pieces: we’ll provide the materials

Grown-ups: adults are welcome and children under 7 need to bring a grown-up with them anyway

 

Another Buxton Festival Fringe event!

 

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Summer adventures

Over the summer months, Stone and Water are hoping to arrange exciting events in different places as part of several projects

 

We cannot release definite dates and times yet as we are still waiting for funding to confirm but as the summer unfolds around us and flowers open and butterflies flutter, we wanted our friends out there to know that we haven’t forgotten you and to keep your eyes open for news!

 

All these activities will develop in conjunction with our friends at Creeping Toad so events will be posted on Toadpages as well.

 

Derwent Stories

Events across the Derwentwise area – more or less along valley of the River Derwent from Cromford to Derby

 

Events will range from art and storywalks to picnic days with time to make, think, draw and explore

 

These events will be free and open to everyone but their structure and activities will be aimed at young people with additional needs and their families

 

Partners: Umbrella and Derwentwise

 

Summer excitements

Events in the Southwest Peak area ranging from haymeadows in the Upper Dove Valley to picnics in Taxal and ghost stories and old buildings in the Moorlands

 

Partners: Southwest Peak, Dove Valley Centre

 

With the Derwent Stories and Summer excitements projects, we will post definite dates and details as soon as we can. These will be posted here and also on our facebook page

 

Buxton

And in Buxton, we will be part of the Festival Fringe again

Sunday 15th July TINY! AN UNDERWATER WORLD
We are back as the Tiny! team 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 seahorses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed? Join us in the Gardens near the young children’s playground.
11am to 3pm Free, Ages 2+

 

Thursday 19th July LOST STORIES OF BUXTON Buxton secrets: help us invent the lost stories of Buxton. Join storyteller Gordon MacLellan for a morning (or afternoon) of secret passages, treasures, ghosts and adventures. Hear old stories and make up new ones, turning stories into storycastles and wonderwoods. No tickets needed. Drop by and join in. All materials provided.
Buxton Library 10:30am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm Free

 

Saturday 21st THE BUXTON PRIDE PICNIC 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. Winner of last year’s Spirit of the Fringe Award.
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns 2pm to 5pm Free

 

With all our summer events, we gratefully acknowledge support from The Bingham Trust

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Tiny! Beasts, birds and butterflies

A day of Tiny! creatures

a hammerhead shark

Sunday 16th July 2017

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

cheerful shark

and behold! we met the unguessed wildlife of the Peak district. From striped mice to rainbow mice, to delicate families of Tiny! deer, to lingerin dinosaurs and a whole shoal of freshwater sharks and dolphins. there were bumblebees too, and birds and butterflies

 

A rainy morning smiled into sunshine in both the gardens and our visitors

 

thanks to all our artists and makers and the assorted families that came with them!

pterodactyl!

careful colouring is called for on a mouse

doe and fawn

TINY! Dragons, etc

TINY! DRAGONS, WYRMS AND SERPENTS

Sunday 17th July 2016

11am – 4pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

find us near the younger children’s play area

Tiny-dragon
Another Tiny! event. Join us to fill the Gardens with dragons, medieval wyrms and wonderful serpents – none of them bigger than your hand (or maybe a wriggle as long as your arm). Stone and Water has been doing Tiny! days for several years now as part of Buxton Festival Fringe. There have been Tiny! Pirates (they send their regrets but they can’t join us this year as they are off plundering a garden pond somewhere (they are, after all, very small pirates)), fairies, goblins and trolls, knights and princesses, a lantern procession…

Join us under the trees to make your own Tiny! Creature: a cheerful, quiet, restful place within the wider activity of Pavilion Gardens. Step into a creative moment and find your own inner dragon – or outer Wyrm, or simply flappy monster….

When: 2 sessions: 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm,  free: no booking, tickets or anything like that. Just turn up and join in

Where: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

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REPORT ON THIS EVENT CAN BE FOUND HERE

a dragon soars across Pavilion Gardens, 17th July 2016

a dragon soars across Pavilion Gardens, 17th July 2016

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