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Mendip Rocks! Festival Events Listing 2018

Fri 6th July to Wed 31st October

Geological 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, arts workshops, stone carving, geology field visits and more. The festival finale day includes inspiring geology talks to discover "Geo Resources in our Lives" in Wells Museum. For information phone SESC: 01749 840156. All events listed on www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/events/ and booked via Eventbrite. Donations/fees payable on the day of event.

Schools Event

Friday 6th July - 9.30-3pm "Rock on Mendip at Burrington Combe"

Day of educational hands on fun for local schools in the Combe, provided by the festival team and Butterfly Conservation. (Invited schools only - Burrington, Blagdon and Shipham Primary schools booked on four classes 110 children - Yr2,3,4,5 &6).

Family Funday

Saturday 7th July - 10am-4pm "Rock On Mendip at Burrington Combe"

Family fun - learn how Burrington Combe and the Mendips were made, make a piece of limestone rock, fossil fun, geo time trail, pebble painting, cave art using natural pigments and hunt in the limestone grassland for bugs and butterflies.

Bring in fossils for identifying and view the Mendip Rock box.

Parking in lower car park of Burrington Combe/Burrington Inn. BS40 7AU. No booking needed.

Guided Walk

Thursday 26th July 10am-12.30pm

"A Story in Stone" Wells Building Stone Heritage Guided walk

A walk around the City of Wells led by geologist Doug Robinson, to see the range of building stones, all from the Mendip AONB on the city's doorstep and which tell of a 200 million year journey across the planet. Find out more of their formation and use in the wonderful local buildings. Meet outside Wells Museum, Wells Cathedral Green BA5 2 UE. Some cobbled footpaths, dogs on leads, for 15yrs+. Donations £3pp. Max 15.

Guided Walk

Tuesday 31st July - 2pm-4pm

Fairy Cave Quarry Botany and Geology walk. A survey walk with botanist Liz McDonnell, (Somerset Rare Plants Group) and Dr Gill Odolphie (Somerset Earth Science Centre), to discover the plant life that has evolved to colonise the disused limestone quarry which is now a SSSI. Parking: On lane side & in private carpark on Limekiln Lane, Stoke St Michael, ST65734753. Max 15.

Minibus Tour

Thursday 2nd August - 10am-12noon or 2pm-4pm

Whatley Quarry Tours with Somerset Earth Science Centre (SESC).

A minibus tour to see the vast working quarry at Whatley with dramatic exposures of carboniferous limestone. For 16yrs+ Charge £5 pp. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Limited places Max 10. Parking at SESC, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU for tours. Info: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156.

Guided Walk

Friday 3rd August - 10am-1pm

Pen Hill Geo Walk "The southern slopes of Pen Hill -
200 million years of geology on Wells doorstep" Walk part 1

A walk led by geologist Doug Robinson tracing ~ 200 million years of Earth history from the Carboniferous to Jurassic periods, from the southern tropics across the equator into desert settings then invasion by the Jurassic seas. Route is ~ 4.5 km with overall elevation gain of ~ 130 m. Walk along public footpaths and ~ 100m along narrow road, with no footpath. Meet in Milton/Split Rock quarry, Wells (ST 5389 4709) (Max 15 places). Parking along upper part of Milton Lane between ST 5413 4694 and ST5425 4668; do not to park on actual lane or block gateways - beware large stone blocks are hidden in grass verge on west side of lane.

Family Funday

Sat 4th August - 10am-4pm "It's A Blast at Westbury Quarry"

Open day to discover how the quarry has been restored for wildlife and is now used for explosive safety research by Alford Technologies.
Enter the prize draw for your chance to "push the button" to blow up an old car. - safely controlled by expert Nigel Taylor. Also children's wildlife, rock and fossil fun. Geology tour and wildlife walks.

Parking in carpark on site, off Stancombe Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip, BA5 1HT.

Refreshments available. Please book - tickets for blast on door.

Minibus Tours

Tuesday 7th August - 10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm

Torr Works Quarry, Frome.

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

Join the team at SESC for a minibus tour of one of the UK's largest working Limestone Quarries, at Torr Works, near Frome. Book for AM/PM tours, boots,waterproofs,long sleeves & no shorts please. Car parking at SESC. £5pp. 16 years + only. Max 10. Info: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156.

Guided Walk

Friday 10th August - 10am-1pm

Pen Hill Geo Walk part 2

A walk led by geologist Doug Robinson tracing ~ 200 million years of Earth history from the Carboniferous to Jurassic periods, from the southern tropics across the equator into desert settings then invasion by the Jurassic seas.

Walk of ~ 4.5 km with elevation gain of ~ 165 m. Walk along public footpaths, roadside including A39 and crossing of this trunk road. Meet on footpath at junction of North Rd and Little Entry lane, Wells (ST 5536 4627). Parking close to start point available along Ash Lane (ST 5486 4646), or College Road (ST 5510 4628). (Max 15 places).

Guided Walk

Sunday 12th August - 2pm-4pm

"Mendip Lead Mining" - Guided walk with Richard Frost of the Mendip Society to 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. Max 25

Minibus Tour

Tues 14th August - 10-12noon or 2-4pm.

Batts Combe Quarry Tour - a Limestone Legacy

A guided tour with Hanson's UK to view inside this Burrington Oolite quarry, a mineral very valuable as a pure limestone for animal feed, toothpaste and many industrial fillers. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Meet at Batts Combe Quarry office car park, Warrens Hill, Cheddar, BS27 3LR. Limited 10 places. Charge £5pp. Book am or pm tour.

Guided Tour

Saturday 18th August - 2.15pm-5pm.

Banwell Bone Caves Tour- "Geological aspects of Banwell Caves and Follies" £15pp, (children under 16 free), tea/cake available. A chance to see early 19th Century follies and pleasure garden with unique bone cave, follies & grottoes not often open to the public. Banwell Caves, Banwell Lane, BS29 6NA. Limited places 20 max.

Family Event

Friday 24th August - 2-4pm

Fossil Fun Friday at Writhlington, Radstock

Join the team from Somerset Earth Science Centre for some fossil hunting fun on the coal heaps left behind from coal mining and now a geological reserve. Wear suitable clothes,boots, bring collecting bags,snacks/drinks & hammers, goggles provided. Meet: Radstock car park near Museum, on Waterloo Road, Radstock BA3 3EP. Max places 30.

Family Event

Wednesday 29th August 10am-4pm

Family Fossil and Rocky Funday

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

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 picnic lunch. Boots/waterproofs for quarry tours -book on arrival. Info: 01749 840156

Guided Tour

Saturday 1st September - 2.15pm-5pm.

Banwell Bone Caves Tour- "Geological aspects of Banwell Caves and Follies" £15pp, (children under 16 free). Tea/cake available. A chance to see an early 19th Century pleasure garden with unique bone cave and follies/grottoes, not often open to the public. Banwell Caves, Banwell Lane, BS29 6NA. Limited places 20.

Guided Walk

Thursday 6th Sept - 2pm-4pm

"Mendip Lead Mining" - Guided walk with Richard Frost of the Mendip Society to 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. Max 25.

Guided Tour

Saturday 8th September - 2.15pm-5pm.

Banwell Bone Caves Tour- "Geological aspects of Banwell Caves and Follies" £15pp, (children under 16 free). Tea/cake available. A chance to see an early 19th Century pleasure garden with unique bone cave and follies/grottoes, not often open to the public. Banwell Caves, Banwell Lane, BS29 6NA. Limited places 20.

Art Workshop

Monday 10th September - 2pm-4.30pm

"Sketching the Quarry Faces at Fairy Caves" Adults workshop at Fairy Cave Quarry, Limekiln Lane, Stoke St Michael.

Guided by art tutor, 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. Parking: On lane side & in private carpark on Limekiln Lane, Stoke St Michael, ST657347. Limited places 12. £10pp. Info: 01749 840156

Quarry Open Day

Sat 15th September - 10am-3pm (times tbc)

Stancombe Quarry, near Bristol, Stancombe Lane, Flax Bourton BS48 3QD

Family event "Open Doors Day" Chance to visit an operational quarry, and see behind closed doors. No need to book. www.tarmac.com/stancombe-quarry/

Talk

Tues 18th September - 7.00-8.30pm

"Mendips Natural Resources" Peter Thomas Lecture Theatre, Wells Cathedral School (WCS), The Liberty, Wells BA5 2ST

A talk by Geologist David Rowley from WCS to discover more about Mendip's unique geo resources. Parking available at WCS. Tickets £3 donation. Max 40.

Workshop

Sat 22nd Sept - 10am-4pm

Stone Carving Workshop with Tanya Josham at Somerset Earth Science Centre, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.

Carve a piece of Bath stone for your garden, using traditional tools. Materials £20, drinks and tools provided. Bring lunch/wear boots. Max 10, booking essential.

Film Night

Friday 28th September - 6pm-8.30pm tbc
"Night at the Rockface" - Rock climbing film projected on the Rockface
At the Rockface Café, Cheddar.
Join us for private film viewing with light refreshments, pizza and ice cream included in ticket. Bring own bottle. £15 pp. Weather dependent. Limited numbers - 45, booking essential.

Guided Walk

Sunday 30th Sept - 10.00am to 2pm

Charterhouse History and Blackdown Industrial Archaeology Walk

Join Dr Andrew Newton to discover the fascinating history of the Mendip Lead and other history on this walk of ~ 6miles. Drinks/waterproofs. Parking at AONB Car Park, Charterhouse Activity Centre, ST505 556. Max 25.


Guided Walk - Earth Science Week Event


Saturday 13th Oct - 2pm-4.30pm
Burrington Combe Geo Walk - explore the carboniferous series rocks in the Combe with Dr Peter Hardy.
Geo walk to discover the geological history of the Burrington rocks, from oldest to youngest carboniferous rocks as we walk up the Combe.
Parking in lower car park of Burrington Combe/Burrington Inn. BS40 7AU. Max 15.

Guided Walk - Earth Science Week Event

Sunday 14th Oct - 1pm-4pm

"Somerset Coal Field walk Radstock": Middle Pit & Clandown walk with the Mendip Society. A walk with Richard Frost around the industrial remains of the Somerset Coal Field. Remains of old mines, batches & railways. Some moderate climbs/descents, stiles, may be muddy in places. Parking near to Radstock Museum, BA3 3EP. Walking boots/shoes, approx. 5 miles. Max 25. Donations £3pp.

Minibus Tour - Earth Science Week Event

Tues 16th Oct - 10-12noon or 2-4pm.

Batts Combe Quarry Tour - A Limestone Legacy

A guided tour to with Hanson's UK to view inside this Burrington Oolite quarry, a mineral very valuable as a pure limestone for animal feed, toothpaste and many industrial fillers. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Meet at Batts Combe Quarry office car park, Warrens Hill, Cheddar, BS27 3LR. Limited places, 10 per tour. Charge £5pp. Book am or pm tour.

Minibus Tour - Earth Science Week Event

Thursday 18th Oct - 10am-12 noon, & 2pm-4.00pm

Halecombe Quarry Geology Tour - Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU.

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. Charge £5 pp. Wear boots, long sleeves, no shorts, safety wear provided. Limited places 10 per tour. Parking at SESC, for minibus tour. Please arrive 15 mins prior to start promptly.

Info: Gill Odolphie 01749 840156

Family Event - Earth Science Week event

Sunday 21st 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. Refreshments. Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve, ST 520484. Car park on Priddy to Wookey road. No need to book.

Talks
Sunday 28th Oct - 9.30am - 4pm

Mendip Rocks! Festival Finale at Wells Musuem "Geo Resources in our lives".
A day of inspiring talks and lunch, celebrating the finale of Mendip Rocks 2018.

Speakers include: Prof Chris King "Mining for Diamonds" Doug Robinson (Bristol University) - "Wells City Building Heritage - a 350 million year old story" "Mendip Aggregate, past, present & future of quarrying" Eddie Bayley (Aggregate Industries Geologist). tbc. Other speakers tbc

Also: Local fossil collections on display and view the "Mendip Rocks! Box".

Raffle

£15 to include ploughman's lunch, tea and cake. Max 60.

Family Event

Tues 30th Oct 10.30am-12 noon
Fossil & Rocky Roadshow at Burnham Library
Family fun session, stories and learn about rocks and fossils with Somerset Earth Science Centre team.

Booking recommended email: bhmlib@somerset.gov.uk Phone 0300 123 2224

All booking/event details on AONB website: www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/events/

www.facebook.com/MendipRocks/

www.earthsciencecentre.org.uk

www.themendipsociety.org.uk

Adel Avery

Mendip Rocks! Festival Coordinator

01749 840156

adel@earthsciencecentre.org.uk