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MENDIP ROCKS! FESTIVAL EVENTS LISTING 2017 –“ROCKTOBER”

SAT 30TH SEPT – SAT 28TH OCTOBER

 “Rocktober” – a month of events to celebrate the 450 million year geological history of the Mendip Hills provided by the Festival partners: Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Somerset Earth Science Centre (SESC) and The Mendip Society. 

Events for all; cave visits, family fundays, guided walks, tours of working and disused quarries, practical drystone walling, arts workshops, geology field visits and more.  We celebrate the festival finale with a day of inspiring geology talks to discover “Making the Mendips – A Blast from the Past” at Wells Museum.  

Guided Tour – Saturday 16th September – 2.00pm–5pm

FULLY BOOKED Banwell Bone Caves Tour“Geological aspects of Banwell Caves and Follies” 

A chance to see early 19th Century follies and pleasure garden with unique bone cave, follies & grottoes not often open to the public. 

Tea/cake available.

£15 per person (under 16s free), limited places. FULLY BOOKED, waiting list:  here  or phone SESC 01749 840156 

Family Funday – Saturday 30th September9am–4pm

Mendip Rocks! Festival Launch “Rocktober”

Stalls – Mendip Hills AONB/SESC/Mendip Society.  Children’s geology quiz in Museum, Wells Cathedral geology tours, earthcaches, geo time trail, stone carving demonstrations. 

Wells Market Place, Wells Museum and Bishops Palace Moat.   

Donations to Mendip Rocks!  No need to book. 

Guided Tour – Saturday 30th September – 2.00pm–5pm. 

Banwell Bone Caves Tour“Geological aspects of Banwell Caves and Follies”

A chance to see an early 19th Century pleasure garden with unique bone cave and follies/grottoes, not often open to the public. 

Tea/cake available.

£15 per person (under 16s free), limited places. Book:  here  or phone SESC 01749 840156


Practical Task – 
Wednesday 4th October – 10am-3pm

Dry stone walling with the AONB Volunteers.  

Learn the ancient skill of drystone walling with the Mendip Hills AONB Practical Task Volunteers and professional waller Tracy Reynolds. The course will be working on the restoration of a historic boundary wall in the Cheddar Caves Nature Reserve.  Suitable for 16 yrs and over.

Location: Black Rock Gate on the B3135 at the eastern end (top) of Cheddar Gorge.  Grid ref ST482545

Book: Sammy Fraser, Mendip Hills AONB Unit email: mendipvolunteers@gmail.com 01761 462338

Practical Task – Wednesday 4th October – 10.30am-3pm

SWT WorkdayScrub clearance on limestone grassland reserve at Bubwith Acres Reserve, near Cheddar.

Join the Somerset Wildlife Trust volunteers to help conserve the limestone grassland wildflowers, tools provided. 

Location ST486 534.

Book: neil.watson@somersetwildlife.org   01823 652471

Practical Task – Thursday 5th Oct10.30am–3pm

SWT Workday – Scrub clearance on Draycott Sleights nature reserve near Cheddar.

Join the Magnificent Meadows volunteers to help with limestone grassland restoration by clearing scrub.  Tools provided.

Location ST 486 515.

Book: neil.watson@somersetwildlife.org  01823 652471

Minibus Tour – Thursday 5th Oct 10am-12noon or 2pm-4pm

Whatley Quarry Tours

A minibus tour to see the vast working quarry at Whatley with dramatic exposures of carboniferous limestone.  For 16yrs and over.  Waterproofs/boots needed. 

Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.  Parking at SESC for tours.

£5 per person, limited spaces.  Book: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk

Guided Walk – Earth Science Week Event Saturday 7th Oct – 11am-2pm

“Coal Mines and Railways”: Radstock and Kilmersdon walk with the Mendip Society.  

A walk with Roger Moses around the industrial remains of the Somerset Coal Field.  Remains of old mines, railways and the Somerset Coal Canal.  Some moderate climbs/descents, stiles, may be muddy in places, easy return along railway.  Museum open at finish for refreshments.  

Meet at 11am in the car park (opposite Radstock Museum) in Waterloo Road, Radstock (BA3 3EP).

Walking boots/shoes, approx. 5 miles.

 Suggested donation £3  No need to book: details 01179620541.  

Craft WorkshopsEarth Science Week Event  Saturday 7th Oct10am-3pm

Knitting and Felting Fossils Workshop

Fun workshops to knit ammonites and belemnites or make needle felted fossils.  Tools and materials provided, to take home.

Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.  Children over 10yrs. 

£10 per person.  Book: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk

 Guided Walk – Earth Science Week Event  Sunday 8th Oct – 2-5pm.

“The Mendip Islands” – Geology walk to Vallis Vale, nr Frome with David Wright

Discover the story of geological time, identify the fossils in the rocks at the amazing De la Beche Unconformity and see the hidden remains of a fossil beach near Hapsford.   Suitable for children over 10yrs/adults/amateur geologists.  

Meet: Car park off Elm Lane at Egford, BA11 3JA  car parking for 12 cars, Grid Ref ST757485    Bring boots/waterproofs/drinks.  

Suggested donation £3   Book: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk. 

Minibus Tour – Earth Science Week Event  Monday 9th Oct – 1pm-3.30pm

Halecombe Quarry Geology Tour

A rare chance to see inside this working limestone quarry and explore the rock exposures with Dr Ian Brewer, Senior Geologist with Tarmac.  For 16yrs and over. 

Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.   Waterproofs/boots needed.  Limited places. Parking at SESC.

£5 per person.  Book: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk.

Guided Walk – Earth Science Week Event  Tuesday 10th Oct – 1pm-3pm

Asham Quarry botany and geology walk.  

A walk with botanist Liz McDonnell, (Somerset Rare Plants Group) and Dr Gill Odolphie (Somerset Earth Science Centre), to discover the plantlife that has evolved to colonise the disused limestone quarry which is now within a SSSI. 

Parking: On lane side off Bulls Green link road.   Grid reference ST716461 is situated SW of Chantry and west of Nunney, near Frome.  

Suggested donation £3  Book:  Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk.

Meeting and Geology Field Visit – Earth Science Week Event  Wednesday 11th Oct – 11am-4.00pm

Somerset Geology Group Open Meeting & Field Visit to Tedbury Camp Local Geological Site.

All welcome to come along to learn about SGG’s and SERC’s new project to review all Local Geological Sites (LGSs) throughout Somerset and how you can volunteer.   Followed by a geological field visit to Tedbury Camp nr Frome, for a practical demonstration of how a site’s value is assessed.  Tea/coffee provided, bring lunch and boots/waterproofs if staying for whole day. 

Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.  Parking – drive into right gate of Wainwright’s quarry, parking at top of car park.  Car share/mini bus to field site with SESC/SERC team.   

Suggested donation £3   No need to book, no geological experience needed.

 Guided Walk/Geology Field Visit – Earth Science Week Event  Thursday 12th Oct – 3.30pm–4.30pm

“Wells Cathedral Green – A Story in Stone” Guided walk with Cathedral School geologist David Rowley. 

A walk around Cathedral Green to see range of building stones from Jurassic, Triassic, Carboniferous and Devonian, to learn about their formation and use in the Cathedral and local buildings. 

Meet outside Wells Museum, Wells Cathedral Green BA5 2 UE.  Some cobbled footpaths, dogs on leads. 

Suggested donation £3  Book: here or phone SESC on 01749 840156 

Talk – Earth Science Week Event  Friday 13th Oct – 7pm-9pm

“The History of Caving in the Mendips” by Dr Andrew Newton (AONB) & Rob Harper (RGS)

An illustrated talk looking at the development of cave exploration as a sport as distinct from commercial or industrial interests, with particular reference to the Mendips.

Charterhouse Centre, Charterhouse on Mendip BS40 7XR.  Parking in Charterhouse Centre car park.

Suggested donation £3  Book: here or phone SESC on 01749 840156 

Guided Walk – Earth Science Week Event  Saturday 14th Oct – 10.30am-1.00pm

Geocaching walk at Burrington Ham

An introduction to geocaching with Jen Harley of the Mendip Society and a guided walk around Burrington Ham to find some geocaches.  We will be using GPS receivers (bring own if have one) and Smart Phones, (you can download a free introductory app Geocaching (Groundspeak) from the App or Play store) Bring drinks & waterproofs/boots.

Meet at Burrington Combe Upper car Park.   ST490 580 (N 51° 19.193 W 002° 44.060)   Rough terrain/steep slopes. 

Suggested donation £3, limited places.  Book: here or phone SESC 01749 840156

Minibus Tour  Tuesday 17th Oct – 10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm

Torr Works Quarry Tours

Join the team at Somerset Earth Science Centre for a minibus tour of one of the UK’s largest working Limestone Quarries, at Torr Works, near Frome.  Morning/afternoon tours, boots/waterproofs needed.

Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.  Car parking at SESC. 16 years + only.  Max 10 in group

£5 per person.  Book: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 gill@earthsciencecentre.org

Practical Task  Wednesday 18th Oct – 10.30am-3pm

SWT Workday – Coppicing at Cheddar Woods. 

Join the Somerset Wildlife Trust volunteers to help conserve the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designated for its Tilio-Acerion forests with slopes/screes and ravine features and also an important site for plants such as Wild Service Tree, Whitebeam & Purple Gromwell which all prefer a lime rich soil.  Tools and training provided. Bring drinks/lunch.

Book: neil.watson@somersetwildlife.org  01823 652471

Guided Walk  Wednesday 18th Oct – 3.15pm-4.45pm.

Tor Hill Geological Mapping Walk, Tor Woods, Wells.

An exploration of the geology of Tor Hill on the edge of Wells with Cathedral School geologist David Rowley. The geological structure & rock types of Tor Hill will be looked at on a walk involving steep hills, stiles, and brambles.   We will provide clipboards/clinometers and hand lens.  

Meet outside Wells and Mendip Museum, Cathedral Green.

Suggested donation £3  Book: here or phone SESC 01749 840156

Guided Walk  Friday 20th Oct – 2pm-4pm

“Mendip Lead Mining” – Guided walk with Richard Frost of the Mendip Society.

Discover the history of this fascinating industry on Charterhouse.  Parking at Blackmoor Car Park (along lane to left of Charterhouse centre). Some uneven ground/stiles.   Boots/waterproofs. 

Grid reference: ST505556.

 Suggested donation £3   No need to book.

CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST Family Event  Sunday 22nd Oct – 10am–4pm

“Explore Ebbor Gorge” Family Funday

Fun packed family day of ‘sand pit fossil digs’, story-telling, guided walks to gorge and caves and much more to reveal the reserve’s unique geology and rare archaeological finds. With Mendip Hill’s AONB, SESC, The Mendip Society and Natural England.  Family activities/rocks and fossils. 

Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve, ST 520484. Car park on Priddy to Wookey road.

Donations to Mendip Rocks!  Booking for guided walks only, Ella Hayden:  01458 860120 ella.hayden@naturalengland.org.uk

Family Event  Wednesday 25th Oct 10am-3pm

Family Fossil and Rocky Funday

Painting fossils, making clay fossils, explore the Mendip Rocks and tour inside a working Mendip quarry to see the oldest Mendip Rocks.  Discover the “Step back in time geological trail in the woods” All welcome. Car parking at SESC.  Refreshments available, bring own lunch.  Boots/waterproofs for quarry tours.

Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.

Suggested donation £3   No need to book.  Info: gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk 01749 840156

Family Event  Thursday 26th Oct 10am-12.30pm

“Fun at Fairy Cave Quarry” Children’s Outdoor Art workshop at Fairy Cave Quarry, Limekiln Lane, Stoke St Michael.

Rocky themed art workshop, painting with soils and make clay creatures. Fairy Cave quarry is disused, not often open to the public. 

£5 per family.  Book: gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk 01749 840156

 Art Workshop  Thursday 26th Oct 2pm-4.30pm

“Sketching the Quarry Faces at Fairy Caves” Adults workshop.

Fairy Cave Quarry, Limekiln Lane, Stoke St Michael.  Guided by tutor Danny Markey, be inspired to draw the dramatic rock faces of the disused quarry, responding in charcoal & paper or bring art materials of your choice.  Quarry rarely open to the public, limited places. .

£10 per person.  Book: gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk 01749 840156

Family Event  Friday 27th Oct 10.30am-12 noon

Fun Fossil Friday at Burnham Library

Family fun session, stories and learn about rocks and fossils with Somerset Earth Science Centre team.

Suggested donation £3   Booking recommended email:  bhmlib@somerset.gov.uk Phone 0300 123 2224

Family Event  Friday 27th Oct 2pm-3.30pm

Fun Fossil Friday at Cheddar Library

Family fun session, stories and learn about rocks and fossils with Somerset Earth Science Centre team.

Suggested donation £3   Booking recommended email: chelib@somerset.gov.uk Phone 0300 123 222

Talk  Saturday 28th Oct – 9.30am – 4pm

Mendip Rocks! Festival Finale at Wells Museum “A Blast from the Past”- celebrating the 450 million year history of the Mendip Hills.

A day of inspiring talks and lunch, celebrating the finale of Mendip Rocks 2017 at Wells Museum, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE

Speakers include:

Prof Chris King – “The Mendip Earthquakes”

Dr Martin Whiteley “Step back in Geological time in the East Mendips”

Nigel Taylor – “The Wookey Hole Cave dig to reveal the deepest passages in Mendip Caves”.

Prof Danielle Schreve – “Ice Age Beasts and where to find them?”

Les Davies MBE

Also: Local fossil collections on display and view the “Mendip Rocks! Box”.  Somerset Geology Group – Information on the project to review Somerset’s Local Geological sites.   

Raffle and Children’s Wells Museum Geology Quiz draw.

£15 to include ploughman’s lunch, tea and cake.  Book: here or phone SESC 01749 840156

NEW DATE  Guided Walk  Sunday 5th November – 2pm-4pm  NEW DATE

“A Tale of Two Quarries” A walk around Fairy Cave and Cooks Wood disused quarries near Stoke St Michael. 

This walk led by Terry Gifford of The Mendip Society explores the afterlives of two abandoned quarries, one of which is being developed as a holiday location, Cookswood Retreat, and the other, Fairy Cave Quarry, is closed for use only by climbers and cavers, together with its wildlife.  Some uneven ground, boots/waterproofs.  Suitable for families.

Meet at Stoke St Michael Recreation ground car park, off Frog Lane, ST 661472.

Suggested donation £3  Book: here or phone SESC 01749 840156

 

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