public events in October:
Apples, wheels, steam and scarings
Creeping Toad is out and about and all over the place in the next few weeks. Come and join me somewhere and celebrate the natural
and unnatural richnesses
of this autumn
Light up the woods
|in Plas Power a year or two agao|
Plas Power Woods, Wrexham
Mixing lanterns, with woodland storytelling, campfire warmth and the thrill of wandering through a wood at night. You will find me deep in the woods, on a log by a stream telling stories of enchanted owls, tree-magic and occasional bears. This event is becoming a hugely popular annual event. Tickets are limited and advance booking is needed!
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Another regular feature and another annual delight. Join us for an afternoon of delicious apples, orchards, stories, art, and baking apples and potatoes in the fire. Bring your own apples and you can scrunch them into the juice - bring your own chutneys and swap them or their recipes. I am here to tell stories and lead some Museum moments: we’re collecting apple thoughts and orchard stories.
12 – 4pm
Just come and enjoy an afternoon deep in the dale
Dove Valley Centre, Under Whitle, SK17 0PR (between Longnor and Sheen)
Monday 24 11am-3pm
The Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, DE4 3RP
Get inspired by the landscape of Cromford Mills and High Peak Junction and sketch, scribble or draw your favourite bits onto our big drawing. Using a variety of materials, we’ll work together to create an amazing picture, 20 metres or more long, that tells the story of this special place: the birthplace of the factory system in the valley that changed the world. Part of Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days.
An event for the Big Draw
Calacas: make your own tiny Day of the Dead characters
Green Man Gallery, Buxton
In the final days before Hallowe’en, join me for an afternoon with tiny skeletal people. Inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead ideas, we’ll make little skeletal people doing everyday things…there may be skeleton footballers, musicians, ladies in ball gowns, gentlemen in tophats and tails – or ladies in tophats and gentlemen in ballgowns…who knows what way the bones will inspire us!
Green Man Gallery, Buxton (Hardwick Square south, , SK17 6PY
Cost £6.00 (accompanying adult free – but adults could always book a place and make their own Calacas!)
Drop in in person, or call: 01298 937375 (card payment).
And if you survive that, you might like to call in for
Boggarts and Freetings: spooky stories for Hallowe’en week
Still on Tuesday 25th and still at the Green Man Gallery, between 5 and 6pm (more or less), £3 a ticket and stories for laughter, shock, delight and dismay and a nice shiver or two for the arrival of winter!
Booking details as above
Wednesday 26th October
Ilam, National Trust
Explore the secrets of the skulls, learn to read the clues hidden in eyesockets, teeth and the bony curves of zygomatic arches and sagittal crests. Meet some skulls, draw some bones, take your own bone-folder home. (Bring your own mystery bones with you, if you like to baffle us – only nothing too drippy and messy, thank you!)
Buxton Museum’s Pop-up Museum will be there too, so come and see some of the Treasures of the Peak and talk to museum experts…
I’ll be there at the bony end of things!
National Trust, Ilam
11am – 3pm. a family event, these sessions are free but car parking charges may apply
No booking needed – just turn up and join in
Thursday 27 October, 11am-3pm
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton SK17 6BE
Draw, colour, collage, etch and sketch your way around Pavilion Gardens as we celebrate the Big Draw in Buxton. Collect some materials from us by the Pavilion, then get exploring around the gardens and see what inspires your artwork. If it’s raining, there’s plenty to do and draw inside - from the wonderful winter garden to the bustle of the cafe and gallery.