GeoFest 2017

The 2017 GeoFest is about to begin, and an exiting range of events from the Geopark partners can be found on our new leaflet. Walks, workshops, outdoor theatre and children’s activities are just some of the events on offer. It all starts this weekend with Fossil Days at Bewdley Museum where you can meet some experts who have brought a range of fossils along and will happily explain to you what they are and answer questions.

You can download the leaflet here – GeoFest 2017 leaflet and stat planning some exciting days and evenings out.

Fossil friendly start to GeoFest 2017

GG FossilsGeoFest 2017 kicks off with a fossil friendly weekend at Bewdley Museum. On Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th May come to the Museum and make your own fossil cast and also see some of the real fossils from the Museum’s collection.

GeoFest 2017

Poster 2017

This year’s GeoFest will take place between Saturday 27 May to Sunday 3 September. Nearer the time we will be sharing details of the exciting events being offered by our partners.

Stunning Landscapes from Space - how satellites see the Geopark

Satellites

An exhibition this summer at Bewdley Museum from 22nd July to 24th September

Space satellites now provide exquisite photographic detail of the Earth’s surface. This exhibition shows the local landscape of hills, rivers and rocks as never seen before. Above is a satellite image of the southern part of Britain using a technique known as ‘false colour’ to enhance the exposed rocks and highlight landscape features. Similar but more local photographs will feature in the exhibition. Satellite images and explanations are being provided by the Geological Remote Sensing Group and associated field scale photos and interpretations are being supplied by Geologists in the Geopark.

Calendar of events

Fungi Foray at Severn Valley Country Park

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Fungi Foray at Severn Valley Country Park

Shropshire Council invites you to the Severn Valley Country Park for a fungi foray. Their rangers will be joined by Jo Weightman of the Herefordshire Fungus Survey Group for this guided walk. It will be a good opportunity to get outdoors, amongst the last of the autumn colours, to find out which of the many fungi on the park can be eaten and which cannot.

On a recent foray held at the country park, 35 different types of fungi were identified. Their names describe them perfectly. Amongst those found were the Oyster which resembles an open oyster shell; the Candle Snuff which looks like a black candle with white smoke rising from the wick; the Orange Peel which mimics small pieces of orange zest and the Turkey Tail which fans out like tail feathers. A number of mushrooms are in season until December so you will be able to see some of the many species on site during the guided walk.

Severn Valley Country Park half term activties

Severn Valley Country Park half term activties

Visitor centre manager Susie Comaish says, “If you would like to know more about fungi or just fancy an enjoyable, interesting walk then why not come along. The park has a wide range of fungi to discover and to top it off; there will be tea and biscuits on offer at the end of the foray in the visitor centre.”

There will be 2 sessions on Friday 13th November at 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.

Places are limited to 15 per session.

Booking and payment in advance are required.

Please call 01746 781192. Adults £4.50 Children £3.00. Price includes a hot drink and biscuits.

“Time: our most precious asset” – a day school on the Malvern Hills

banner-mapA day school with some local field work to celebrate the Bicentenary of William Smith’s first geological map of England & Wales. Hosted by Geopark president and geologist extraordinaire Chris Darmon at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre. 

Saturday, 28 Nov 2015
Price: £25.00 adult, £20.00 under-19 student, including light lunch and refreshments.

Residential field trip in the Geopark

The Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark is pleased to share that Chris Darmon, Geopark president and Down to Earth editor, will be leading a residential field trip in the Geopark during 2016. Please see the advert below for details:

“Earth science learning for all”

Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark
April 29 – May 4 2016

As President of the Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark, I invite you to come and join me as we explore the varied geology of this part of the Heart of England! There are breathtaking views, fine scenery and excellent rocks within the Geopark that extends across 1250 square kilometres and takes in parts of the four counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

In the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark we’ll find outstanding geology that spans 700 million years of Earth’ history. The story begins with Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks and then moves on through sediments of all ages, ending with the Triassic desert sandstones of Bridgnorth. We’ll see geology from a steam rain and even animatronic dinosaurs in the Wildlife Safari Park!

We’ll stay at the centrally located Great Malvern Hotel where we will get well looked after and be able to sample good local food. This is a great opportunity to explore some of the finest geology in England over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

The cost of the 5-night trip is £695.00 per person in a double/twin room and £850.00 for single occupancy.

We expect this trip to book up quickly – so you are advised to contact us soon for a booking form!

Chris Darmon BSc
Course Organiser/Leader

To request a booking form, email: downtoearth@geosupplies.co.uk
or ring: 0114 245 5746

Download information in the October edition of Down to Earth

Fun with Fossils, Rocking Rocks and Magical Minerals

Box of fossils

Box of fossils

Join Worcester City Museum and the ‘Geologist in the Geopark’ to explore the museums wonderful geology collection. This will be an opportunity for you to discover, draw and handle these amazing and ancient specimens.

Family drop in day.

 

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT
Telephone: 01905 25371
E-mail: gallerymuseum@worcestershire.gov.uk
Find the museum: Location map

The Bewdley Civic Society School Project 2015 - an exhibition at Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Museum

This year’s exhibition involves collaborative work with Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre and members of the Abberley and Malvern Hill Geopark.

During the project local geologists offered their expertise to help the learners to identify the stone used in the building of some of the important historic structures in Bewdley. For more infomation about the project click here.

The exhibition runs from 12th September to 31st October at Bewdley Museum, 10am – 4.30pm. Admission to the museum is free!

Geological Inspiration in Textile Art: An Illustrated Talk at Severn Valley Country Park

Crinoids - Silurian reef

Crinoids – Silurian reef

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are delighted to be welcoming Georgia Jacobs for this fascinating look at the use of geology in textile art.

Since retiring from her career as a lecturer in Geography and Geology at Halesowen College, Georgia has been able to develop her love for textile art by gaining a series of qualifications including machine embroidery, silk painting and advanced textile decoration.

As a registered speaker on recreational geology and textile art for the Worcestershire WI, Georgia enjoys exhibiting her textile art as it helps promote public awareness of geology and how the subject can be used as a source of inspiration for artists working in textiles and mixed media.

Georgia’s passion for textile art can be seem in her vast collection of vibrantly coloured, geologically inspired textiles. Her use of different textures and colours to create wonderful shapes and landscapes is very creative and she is able to bring the subject to life through this humorous and interesting talk.

Visitor centre manager Susie Comaish says, “the country park is the perfect setting for this talk. The Severn Valley was carved out 18,000 years ago during the last ice age and is filled with distinctive geological features, some of which Georgia has replicated in her art.” 

The talk will be held in the visitor centre on Thursday 15th October 7.30pm-9pm. Tickets are £3 Adults, £2 Children. Tickets include a hot drink and biscuits. Places are limited so please call 01746 781192 to book.

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