Thursday, 2 August 2012

Family events in August!

activities revolved round these little, folding puppet theatres
with tiny ( 5 cm tall) figures
August has begun with some exciting activities. 


I keep hoping to fidn time to think, and plan and maybe even add soemr eflective postings to this blog. But no.


Our "Exploring With Stories" project is up and running away with everything. ("Our"? - Stone and Water, a community art and celebration group in Buxton...we do wild, silly and moving activities...) We were at the National PlayDay celebrations in Leek (well done, Erica and the Staffordshire Moorlands team!). Making little folded puppet theatres and new stories to tell in these, we worked with more than 100 people over the day. Today, (Thursday 2nd) I worked with visitors to SureStart centres in Buxton, using similar activities and rummaging around in flowerbeds to find bits and things to help us tell stories which ended up with sneezing heroes, a flying carpet, a knight looking for flowers and a hero who had a quiet and peaceful time in the woods!
Martin's Olsson's images added extra excitement life to ideas



1. Tuesday  28th August 2012
Away with the Faeries, Goblins and Trolls
Where: Padley Gorge on the National Trust's Longshaw Estate near Hathersage
Meet at the Granby Barn Interpretation centre on the B6521

Times: 11 am - 1pm or 2pm - 4pm
Costs: no cost for activities, car parking charges may apply
No booking is needed: just turn up and join in

What is happening: we'll explore the atmospheric landscapes of Padley gorge, looking for secret places, troll baths and goblin houses. We'll make puppets, build faerie homes and monster lairs and invent stories to tell each other

2. Wednesday 29th August 2012
Into the woods
Where: Buxton Country Park, Poole's Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton SK17 9DH
Times: 10.30 - 12.30, 1.30 - 3.30
Costs: no cost for activities, car parking charges may apply

What is happening: as explorers, naturalists and storytellers, we'll explore the woods: identifying trees, finding the animals that live there, using art and science and stories to understand the secret lives of trees


3. Friday 31st August 2012
Run Away To Adventure
Where: Buxton Country Park, Poole's Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH
Times: morning  and afternoon sessions
Costs: no cost for activities, car parking charges may apply


What is happening: making dens deep in the woods! Stranded on a desert island? Lost in the forest? Cast away…we'll make the dens we'd like to survive in - woodland shelters, hidden dens, foraging, planning and telling the dreadful tales of how we got stranded here

Places are limited on "Run Away to Adventure" and need to be booked: call 07791 096857 or email stoneandwater@btinternet.com,  to reserve a place and receive further details




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