What's On 2014

Love Outdoors  Love Nature 

 

Muck In Day

Heather Seed Spreading                       

Saturday 18 January, 10am - 12.30pm

Help us to ‘re-paint’ the Eastern Moors in glorious purple by spreading heather seed over Stoke Flat. See the fruits of your labour for years to come as the heather grows and the moorland becomes an even better home for nature. Meet at Haywood car park, near the Grouse Inn. Suitable for all. Just turn up. FREE

 

Family Explorer

A Flying Start

Big Garden Bird Watch (RSPB)

Sunday 19 January, 9am - 12.30pm

Brush up on your bird I.D. skills ready for the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch (BGBW). Have a go at our bird spotter quiz, build a bird box to go in Curbar Woods, watch a bird ringing demonstration (9am), and pick up your free BGBW pack. Meet in Shillito Wood car park. Suitable for all. Just turn up. FREE

 

Muck In Day

Tree Felling & Marshmallow Munching     

Saturday 15 March, 10am - 12.30pm

Help us to make the Millennium Oak Woodland under Curbar Edge a better home for nature, with a morning session of tree felling. Reward yourself with marshmallows toasted on a mini campfire. Meet in the lay-by directly above Curbar village on Bar Road. Suitable for all. Just turn up. FREE

 

Discovery Workshop

Digital Landscape Photography  

Saturday 29 March, 10am - 4pm

With the Eastern Moors as a stunning backdrop, spend the day perfecting your digital landscape photography skills. Ideal for both beginners and more experienced photographers, this hands-on workshop will combine indoor and outdoor tutoring, focusing on composition,light and perspective. Meet at Barbrook Cottage, Big Moor.Suitable for adults and accompanied children 12+ years. Bring a packed lunch and SLR or bridge camera. Booking essential. £45

 

Walk with Additives

Bats in Barbrook Valley                 

Saturday 10 May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Spend the evening in the beautiful Barbrook Valley, searching the skies for bats. Use bat detectors and if you fancy, join us for a game of bat and moth. Meet at Barbrook Cottage, Big Moor. Booking essential. £5 adult, £3 child, £14 family (2 adults, 3 children).

 

Discovery Workshop

Adders on the Moors                      

Saturday 17 May, 10am - 3pm

Discover the fascinating world of adders; where they live and how they survive on the moors. Combining indoor tutoring with a walk on the beautiful Eastern Moors, you will develop your recognition skills, knowledge and surveying techniques. Meet at Barbrook Cottage, Big Moor.  Suitable for adults and accompanied children 12+ years. Bring a packed lunch.  Booking essential. £25 (Free FSC guide).

 

Family Explorer

Bogtastic

Sunday 22 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Join us for a day of bog-bouncing, mini-beast safaris, wildlife spotting and fun peat-based investigations with the National Trust at Longshaw and Eastern Moors team. Meet at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw. Suitable for all the family. Just turn up. £3

 

Discovery Workshop

Snap Happy                                     

Photography for youngsters!     

Saturday 28 June, 10am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 4pm

A fun opportunity to explore basic photography skills.  Learn how to take magical photos in beautiful surroundings. Starting with an outdoor activity session, you will collect natural materials to make into a unique mini sculpture, ready to test your new photography skills. Suitable for any type of camera, you can even use your phone! Meet at Barbrook Cottage, Big Moor. Suitable for 8+ years. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Booking essential. £7.50 per child (2nd child £5.50)

 

Discovery Workshop

Big Knit                

Sunday 13 July, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fast, fun and definitely different; try your hand at Big Knitting; a new approach to a traditional craft, using recycled yarn. Take a stroll through the naturally colourful landscape, to inspire your unique Big Knit creation which you will take home. No complicated stitches make it great for everyone.Meet at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw. Suitable for adults and accompanied children 12+ years. Booking essential. £65(includes lunch).

 

Discovery Workshop

Harvest of Healing

Saturday 19 July, 10am - 2pm

Join us for a fascinating insight into the medicinal uses of sphagnum moss during the First World War, followed by a walk across the moorland in search of sphagnum moss, identifying local species. Meet at Barbrook Cottage, Big Moor.Suitable for adults and accompanied children 12+ years. Bring a packed lunch. Booking essential. £12

 

Orienteering & Map Walk,

South Yorkshire Orienteers

Thursday 14 August, 6pm - 7pm (back by 8pm)

Ever fancied orienteering? Have a go on this multi-level orienteering event for the complete novice to seasoned map & compass orienteer. Courses from 2 to 6 km’s around Curbar Edge will provide something for everyone. Meet at Curbar Gap car park. Suitable for runners, walkers and explorers 8 - 90 years! Clothing and footwear for moorland walking. Email for booking and prices:

bigmoorqueries@southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk

 

Family Explorer 

Wild Wood Experience                         

Thursday 21 August, 10.30am - 3.30pm

A special day of woodland magic and challenges for all ages. Thread your way through the wild woods and secret places of Longshaw. Build a den, have a go at pole-lathing, make nettle string and complete fun and tricky challenges with your family and friends! Bring a picnic or join our BBQ (prices vary). Meet at Wooden Pole car park. Suitable for all the family. Booking essential. 01433 637904.  £5 including adults. Under 5's free.

 

Walk & Wonder

Fungi Foray                

Saturday 20 September, 10am - 2pm

Explore Ramsley Moor looking for moorland and woodland fungi species with expert mycologist Kevin Gilfedder. Discover the beauty of waxcaps, the stories behind the poisonous fly agaric and the multiple uses of bracket fungi.Meet at Shillito Wood car park.  Suitable for adults and accompanied children 12+ years. Booking essential.  £5

 

Walk & Wonder

Moors at War                                     

Saturday 27 September, 10am - 1pm

Discover the important role the moors had to play protecting the cities of Sheffield and Manchester during the World Wars, and how these uplands became essential training grounds. Bring a snack. Meeting point to be confirmed. Booking essential. £5

 

Walk with Additives

Red Deer at Dusk                    

Thursday 9 October, 5pm - 7pm

Walk the stunning Eastern Moors in search of the spectacular red deer during their annual rutting season. As daylight prepares to leave the moorland, look out for the stags as they display to the hinds, and listen out for their atmospheric bellowing. Meet at Haywood car park, near the Grouse Inn.  Suitable for all the family. Booking essential. £5 adult, £3 child, £14 family (2 adults, 3 children).

 

Red Deer Bolving Competition

Saturday 11 October, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Join us for a unique and slightly whacky evening on the Eastern Moors.  Join in or just watch as the bolving competition gets underway during the annual red deer rut.  Another word for red deer bellowing, contestants will try their luck at becoming the Bolving Champion of the Eastern Moors 2014!  Hot soup and children’s activities included. Meet at Barbrook Cottage, Big Moor. Suitable for all the family. Booking essential.  £5 adult, £3 child £14 family (2 adults, 3 children).

 

Walk & Wonder

Red Deer, Love & War                         

Wednesday 15 October, 9.30am - 1pm

Explore the world of love and war during the red deer rut.  Soak up the spectacular views across Big Moor and find out who’s really in charge during this important season.  Meet at Curbar Gap car park. Suitable for adults and accompanied children 12+ years. Bring a snack. Booking essential. £5

 

Walk with Additives

Red Deer Watch                            

Saturday 18 October, 10am - 12pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Join us for a wander  over to White Edge, seeking out red deer in the middle of their action packed rutting season. Find out how to age a stag, what happens to their antlers when the fighting is over and who will get the girl! Suitable for all the family. Meet at Curbar Gap car park. Suitable for all the family.  Booking essential. £3 including adults.

 

Muck In Day

Heather Seed Collection                           

Sunday 2 November, 10am - 12.30pm

Join our task force collecting heather seed from across the moorland, ready to be spread on other areas of the Eastern Moors next year. You will see the fruits of your labour for years to come as the newly grown heather allows other moorland plants to grow too, making the moors a great place for wildlife. Meet at Wooden Pole car park. Suitable for all. Just turn up. FREE

 

South Yorkshire Orienteers Regional Event

Sunday 14 December, 10am12pm

Experience the Eastern Moors with a morning of orienteering. With a choice of courses across Ramsley Moor, the event is suitable for beginners to experienced orienteers. Courses from 1.5km to 7km. Basic map reading skills required. Suitable for runners, walkers and explorers 8 - 90 years! Clothing and footwear for moorland walking. See website for booking and prices. www.southyorkshireorienteers.org.uk