Winter Lights, 2

More Winter Lights!

Sunday 9th December

1 – 4 pm

some festive bottle lanterns!

Manifold Primary School

Warslow, SK17 0JP

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

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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

Rock guitar and apples….

Apple Day

Dove Valley Centre,

14th October 2018

early for apples maybe…

An applyfish, not to be trifled with

Small feet flapping on a tablecloth,

small hands wave with fruity good cheer,

an angel flutters wings

and a strawberry fish and an Appllyfish* swam together through the waters of the Dove….

 

This was a Creeping Toad event for Stone and Water, I do hope no-one was expecting sensible….

 

There was a musician, a musical apple, who couldn’t play but who could hold his guitar and head bang dramatically……

 

We were at Apple Day at the Dove Valley Centre. A celebration of old orchards and new trees, a wonder of cakes and apple juices. Apple Days are almost always lovely events. This one was wet. Very wet and very cheerful with about 80 people over the afternoon coming to taste and test apple cakes, sip apple juice and help crush the apples that arrived in bags and boxes and baskets from trees across the Moorlands and the High Peak.

 

Quietly, there was also a chance to think “owl”, to watch images, to talk about help and listen to their stories, to see what any of us could do to support these beautiful, mysterious ghosts of field, meadow and open moor

 

And I was there to tell stories and lead people astray…so we did

 

There will be some film of our assorted puppets posted shortly

 

the strawberry fish, very rare, very wiggly

Apple Rock Star, one day

 

(* like a jellyfish but freshwater and probably tastier)

 

This event was a combined one with partners including Stone and Water’s Summer Excitements! project and Buxton Museum and Art Gallery’s BM125 project

The next Summer Excitements! activity will be posted on this blog soon

The next BM125 activity will appear on the Creeping Toad and Buxtom Museum pages soon

Leaf-wolves and danger-rabbits

Leaf-wolves and Danger-rabbits

Corbar Woods, Buxton

light through the leaves

Corbar Woods are one of the oldest woodlands in Buxton. For Victorian visitors there were walks and elegant arbours, curving bridges and beautiful vistas. All that is gone, but the older heart of the wood remains with some wonderful trees, bluebells in spring and a whole community of the strange and dangerous. There are soul-suckers in these woods. There are leaf-wolves, toothed birds and beech-vampires. There are hunting rabbits and glittering eyes keeping watch, spinning gently under the canopy. But there are beautiful angels too and occasional fairies

So take a walk through Corbar and who knows what will trip you up…..

 

 

With many thanks to all our artists and makers, to visitors and enthusiastic dogs,

and everyone who came and just joined in on Saturday 15th September

A Summer Excitements! event in conjunction with Buxton Civic Association and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

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

https://goyt-valley.org.uk/directions/

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!

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

 

Field, flowers, fruit and picnics

Fields, flowers and fruit

A day of art and picnics

Dove Valley Centre, Staffordshire

Tuesday 4th September

 

Join the Stone and Water team at the Dove Valley Centre for a relaxed session making the most of late summer sunshine (we hope!)

early for apples maybe…

At this beautiful setting in the Upper Dove Valley, there will be time to walk if you want to, and wander if you will, to look at flowers, hope for butterflies, watch the ravens wheeling overhead, examine the apples ripening in the orchard and draw, write, scribble, print or sew the things you have discovered.

 

There will be artists to help but this will be a relaxed day without lots of formal teaching. Bring a picnic and spend a day on the farm.

 

butterflies still on the nettles?

Where: Dove Valley Centre, Under Whitle, Sheen, nr Longnor, SK17 0PR

When: Tuesday 4th September

Times: 11am – 3pm

What to bring: your own picnic, a raincoat (just in case – there is indoor space as well!), a smile

What we’ll provide: art resources and helpful artists, friendly people to talk to, warm spaces, refreshments and a wonderful location!

Finding DVC: the centre is signposted on the road between Sheen and Longnor/ Postcode: SK17 0PR

 

Parking: the track down the hill is steep but drive down to dale floor (past the farm and keep going)

Or park just inside the gate off the Sheen road and have a gentle stroll down to join us!

Cost: the event is free and no booking is needed – but it would help us a lot if we know you are coming!

 

Contact: if you have any questions, contact Gordon at stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

turn discoveries into artwork