Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Mendip Rocks! Programme

Mendip Rocks! Programme

Somerset Earth Science Centre have published their huge programme. I will be putting the individual events onto the Calendar. In the meantime here is the programme in it entirety. These events should be booked via www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk and if any charges due, these are paid at the venue.

They also have events for Earth Science Week, itemised separately.


2019 Mendip Rocks! Programme – 10th August to 20th October

Key Family Events:
“It’s a Blast at Westbury QuarrySat 10th Aug – launch day 10-3.30pm. Stancombe Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip, near Wells.  (Mendip Society, AONB, SESC & Danielle Schreve, Peter Hardy Geo tour at 11am and 2pm, Botany walk at 2pm,  Mendip Cave Rescue & Butterfly Conservation)  Blast demolition of a small car, raffled before midday. Refreshments.
Fossil Funday & 10th Anniversary Open day at SESC , Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU  Wed 21st Aug- 10am-4.30pm.  Fossil id, crafts/arts, quarry visits. & Peter Hardy/Simon Carpenter.  To include Art Exhibition of Somerset artists inspired by Mendip and Somerset Geology.
Burrington Combe Family Fun Wed 28th Aug 11am – 4pm. AONB/SESC & Peter Hardy fossils.
“Explore Ebbor Gorge”Sun 20th Oct 10am-4pm “(Earth Science Week) - SESC Rocks/fossil activities.  AONB stand & Mendip Society – Making the Mendips activities & festival finale event.

Festival Walks & talks:
Botany & Geology Walks –Liz McDonnell /P Hardy– Westbury Sub Mendip Quarry 10th August  11am & 2pm
Kilmersdon Coalfield Walk – Richard Frost – Wed 14th Aug 1-4pm Meet Radstock Museum, parking in town.
Blackmoor Lead Mining walk Richard Frost Sun 18th Aug 2-4pm. Parking at Blackmoor Reserve Car Park.
Exploring Fairy Cave Quarry walk and Armchair caving talk at SESC Thurs 22nd August 2pm - 5.30pm. Parking on Limekiln Lane, midway between Stoke St Michael and Oakhill, by edge of Fairy Cave Quarry.  Walk will be followed by a short slideshow at SESC by Peter Glanville and refreshments.
The Ancient Springs of Wells Geo Walk- Doug Robinson – Sat 24th August – 10.30am-12.30pm.  Meet Tor Hill Lane, Wells ST554 458.  Parking in Wells or on B3139 in layby.
Burrington Combe – Deserts, Mountains & Seas Geology walk - Wed 28th Aug, 2.30pm – Peter Hardy.  Meet in lower carpark, by toilets.
The History and Hydrogeology of the Mendip’s precious water resources – a Talk and tour by Mike Sumbler of Bristol Water.  Sat 7th Sept, 2pm   Chew Stoke Pumping Station, BS40 8.
“The Buried Treasure of Fairyland” A film premiere presenting Fairy Cave Quarry  Fri 20th Sept, 7-9pm at Priddy Village Hall 7-9pm
Banwell Bone Cave Tours – 14th & 28th Sept, 2pm- 5pm.  Eventbrite tickets only, pay on day at caves £15 refreshments provided.  Parking at The Caves, Bridewell Lane, Banwell.
Fossil Fun at Writhlington, Radstock– Sat 21st Sept – SESC/Simon Carpenter –2-4pm. Parking on Waterloo Road,and town centre. Meet opposite Radstock Museum.
“What Lies Beneath” Walk to explore Priddy caves above ground with Peter Glanvill – Weds 25th Sept, 2pm.  Walk approx. 3.5miles.  Meet village hall, parking on the Green.

Mendip Quarry Tours: booking essential/pay on day £5pp.  (Wear or bring boots, and no shorts please, safety wear provided).
·         Batts Combe, Cheddar – Tues 13th Aug 10.00am & 2pm. Meet at Batts Combe Quarry reception.
·         Moons Hill – SESC Open Day – 21st Aug. 10am-4pm (4 Tours).(inc Somerset Art Works “Marking Time” Exhibition & family fossil crafts and fossil identification by experts)
·         Torr Works, Frome – Thurs 12th Sept 10am. Meet at SESC for minibus tour
·         Halecombe, Leigh on Mendip – Wed 2nd Oct 10am & 2pm. Meet at SESC for minibus tour.

Mendip Rocks Art Exhibition: “Marking Time” at SESC 15-21st August, not Sunday 18th 10am-4pm. Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.
Mendip and Somerset geology inspired artworks to celebrate 10th Anniversary of Somerset Earth Science Centre opening.  10% proceeds to Mendip Rocks.    Artworks from Melanie Deegan & Watchet Art group (7 artists), Jennie Thomas, David Parfitt, Christina White and other local artists. Art workshops with some artists on Weds 21st August during SESC Anniversary open day.  Works include; watercolours, acrylics, print making, photography and 3D sculpture in the grounds at SESC.  Refreshments available for sale.

(Stakeholders only invited Fri afternoon private view on 16th to celebrate SESC’s 10th anniversary


Earth Science Week Events 12-20 October  specialist Geo lectures & walks:

·         Beacon Hill: Geology, scenery & archaeology walk –Dr Doug Robinson
Sat 12th Oct 10am-12.30pm.  Meet at SESC to car share 9.45am, or parking in gateway of Beacon Hill Woods. ST637461.

·         10th Anniversary Geo Lecture Day at SESC – Prof Iain Stewart (Plymouth Uni), Dr Ania Losiak (Exeter Uni), Prof Tony Watts (Oxford Uni) & Prof Mike Benton, James Ronan (Bristol Uni) and others.
 Sat 12th October - 12.45pm for 1pm-5pm Tickets to include tea and cake. £20pp (pay on the door).  Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.

·         Blackdown to Shute Shelve geo walk – Tony Watts (Oxford Uni)
Sun 13 Oct – 2.00-4.30pm, meet in lower car park of Burrington Combe, by Burrington Inn. BS40 7AT.

·         From Rock to Tap – How Cheddar gets its water – Walk and tour of Cheddar Treatment Works with Mike Sumbler (Bristol Water).
 Wed 16 Oct – 10.30am-12.30pm. Meet at Upper Pond in Cheddar Gorge.

·         Explore Ebbor Gorge Open DaySun 20 Oct – 10am-4pm. Fun event for families and for all to discover how the gorge was formed, guided walks by Prof Danielle Schreve – Gully Cave dig to learn about early mammals that lived in the last ice age & rare palaeontological finds.  Family activities provided by Mendip AONB, SESC, The Mendip Society, SW Heritage Trust and National Trust.   Refreshments.  Parking at the reserve near Wookey Hole, Wells. ST520 484.

ALL EVENTS TO BE BOOKED via Eventbrite link: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk  details 01749 840156.

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