Family events and some Tiny! Pirates

THE RETURN OF THE TINY! PIRATES

5 and 13 August 2019

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

After a couple of years sailing the seven seas

(or maybe just the ponds in Pavilion Gardens), the Tiny! Pirates are back!

On Monday 5th and Tuesday 13th August, we’ll be making Tiny! pirates in Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BE. Here is a chance to make someone small and terrifyng: a treasure hunter, a hole digger, a cannon-firer, a swinging-through-the-rigging, an “aye, aye cap’n” character

We bring the materials, we show you some ideas and then you invent your pirates. These are Tiny! Pirates: no-one bigger than your hand, but they will be full of adventure and mischief. So make a pirate, invent a story and set off across the Gardens on your tale of piratical adventure!

 

Times: 1 – 4pm (allow about 30 minutes to make your pirate)
Dates: Monday 5th, Tuesday 3th August 2019
Where: on the grass next to the smaller children’s playground, Pavilion Garden, Buxton
Cost: free, no booking or tickets needed, just drop by and join in. Children need to be bring a grown-up

A YEAR IN OUR TOWN

These Tiny! sessions are part of a longer project we are running. Working with an Awards for All grant, we are aiming to deliver one free event a month over the next year. Events might be for children, for adults or for families. They might be indoors (the Museum? the lIbrary? ) outdoors (The Gardens? the Serpentine? Buxton Country Park?) all our events are designed to be fun, to encourage people to explore the world around them an maybe find out a bit more about Buxton itself. We will be posting the next events soon and we are interested in hearing from people who might have their own suggestions for events – or from groups who might like a session for their members (Scouts? Brownies? Woodcraft Folk? Art Clubs? Walking groups….)

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The Return of the Tiny! Pirates!

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

We have been doing Tiny! events for a few years now as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe. Aiming to run events and often create celebrations where nothing is bigger than a hand we have had Tiny! lantern processions, met Faeries, Goblins and Trolls and have been visited twice by the Terrible Tiny Pirates

This year’s Return of the Pirates can perhaps best be summed up with the Fringe review – for which, many thanks!

It must have been the hottest day in Buxton, this year and a Saturday too! The Pavilion Gardens was bursting with picnickers, cricketers, the ‘frisbie families’ and sunbathers.

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

I passed the first test, which was to find the crew of stone & water, across the train tracks and past the paddling families, they were sat in the shade of an oak tree surrounded by a dozen quietly busy children with some mothers and fathers looking on.

A child asked the ‘captain’ who was encouraging their creative activity, “How old are you and what is your name?” He replied, “I am 435 years old and I’m often called Toad”.

While I was there, children came and went. They left smiling, proudly clutching their completed models, pirate boats with sails and portholes, pipe cleaner pirates with frowning faces wielding tiny cutlasses. I watched as one shy girl constructed ‘Princess Pirate’ with a pink flowing dress, like an image from a Disney fantasy.

It was a haven of quietness as children patiently cut shapes of cloth for tiny clothing, shapes of coloured card to make boats and faces, carefully drawing and colouring small details to create their finished models.

It’s a shame they are here only once this year. Tomorrow, Fringe Sunday, is set to be another ‘scorcher’ and would have been an ideal occasion to complement the music, dance and magic in the Gardens, that is, if you can tear yourself away from Wimbledon.

If you are interested in the work of stone & water then you should go to their blog

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)