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