Children's Events Reviews

TINY! WILD AND WONDERFUL - Stone and Water

Tucked between the playground and the train in the Pavilion gardens we found the creative hive that Stone and Water had set up to encourage mainly children to ‘stop, think and make some weird, wild, wonderful and simply fantastic creatures’. I took along a small person to help me review this event which was aimed at children but proved just as immersive for people of all ages.

Stone and Water had provided some physical props in the form of castles, towers and magical trees, scattered around the area to inspire adventures for the creatures we made. They also provided inspiration for the creation of the hand/finger puppets that would have those adventures, as well as for lots of shiny glittery things to add to them. Little fingers and hands were carefully helped to fix in place the materials that would help bring alive the imaginary creatures in their heads.

From the conversations around the event shelter, it was clear that for many families this is now a regular feature of their Fringe, and they come back year after year to be inspired to have a magical adventure.

If you missed this this year do look out for other Stone and Water children’s events in the area and of course at the Fringe next year!

Sarah Wilks

THE HUNGRY MONSTER AND OTHER STORIES - Rebecca Huff

What a charming event this was; a relaxing, delightful storytelling session to delight the young and not so young.

In the intimate, enfolding atmosphere of Scriveners Bookshop, author Rebecca Huff tells her story, The Hungry Monster, and around this story weaves a series of songs and stories that encourage her audience can join in. She’s a warm, friendly figure and her tales are great fun, involving simple puppet characters that also charm her audience. It’s a very inclusive session, with Rebecca making her young audience feel very welcome and adjusting her delivery to suit the attention spans of those in attendance.

I’m well past the age-group that it’s aimed at, but I found it just as delightful as it’s younger audience. Being Carnival day, there was a small turnout for this first performance, but I hope that more people come to the second performance on 20 July, as it’s a lovely, calming way to pass the time.

Robbie Carnegie

THE GREAT BUXTON BILBERRY BUMBLEBEE HUNT - BCHT and Friends of Buxton Station

Orange is the colour of the Fringe and also the main colour of Bilberry bumblebees – so a perfect blend. To help raise awareness of the decline of this bee and the importance of doing what we can to preserve and help all bees BCHT and Friends of Buxton Station have arranged a trail around the town.

Knitted bees, made by U3As Knit and Natter group, have been hidden around the town - each accompanied by a little information or fact about a bee and a letter. Collect all the letters to spell out a message. No spoilers from me!

A trail always provides a good opportunity to get to know a new place or see a familiar place in a new way. There are twenty to find and it’s all quite centrally contained between Spring Gardens and the Market Place, so easily done – and plenty of places to dodge out of the occasional rain shower!

Advertised as a children’s event – and it’s a great way to keep the wee ones entertained and active – with the added incentive of the opportunity to win a prize. But nothing to stop you doing it without a child in tow.

Trail maps can be collected from The Pump Rom, and there is also the opportunity to do some bee-related crafts and colouring.

Maria Carnegie