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Fieldtrip to Sellar Open Cast Coal Pit, South Wales

These are the main ROCKWATCH EVENTS coming up in the months ahead.

All Rockwatch events are open to Rockwatch members so why not take advantage and join today!

Select one of the following links to find out more about our events.

Rockwatch Events Listing

brown bullet27 - 31 July - 13th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip to the Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East Sussex
brown bullet5 Aug -Rockwatch fieldtrip to the Hertford Museum
brown bullet12 Aug - Red Rocks Day, Sidmouth
brown bullet25 Aug - Ware Museum, Hertfordshire
brown bullet3 Oct - Jurassic Fossil Hunt near Chedworth, Gloucestershire
brown bullet12-18 Oct- Sidmouth Science Festival
brown bullet7 Nov - Festival of Geology, London

Member Alert!! There may also be 2 further fieldtrips. One to the Cotswold Water Park during September and one in Leicestershire during October.

Other events for members to enjoy

Please bear in mind that these events have not been organized by Rockwatch and you need to get in touch with the group involved to find out more details and to book

brown bulletGeologists' Association Lectures, London
brown bullet18-20 Sept - Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Rotunda Musum
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William Smith Bicentinary

brown bullet17 Oct - Liverpool Geological Society
brown bulletHull Geological Society
brown bulletWhite Cliffs Countryside Partnership as part of their Green Gang programme
brown bulletDorset Geologists’ Association Group

brown bullet25 Oct - Manchester Geological Association
brown bulletTill 31 Aug - GEOFEST 2015

brown bulletHidden Horizons – of Yorkshire
brown bulletGeology Walks at West Runton, Norfolk
brown bulletUK Amateur Fossil Hunters
brown bullet5 Sept - Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show

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Rockwatch Events

13th Annual Rockwatch Residential Fieldtrip to the Jurassic World Heritage coast of Dorset and East - Monday 27 July – Friday 31 July

Further exploration of the Jurassic Coast and nearby quarries with Rockwatch’s Susan Brown, Richard Edmonds of the World Heritage Coast, Alan Holiday and Barry Cullimore of Leeson House. This year we will be looking at Fossils in the service of Man. Stay at Leeson House Field Studies Centre with its excellent facilities. Cost: Adults £285, first child £190, subsequent children £125 – covers all costs during stay including local transport. Numbers limited. Only over 7s. Book through the Rockwatch Office.

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Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, Hertford, Herts SG14 1DT
Wednesday 5 August 10.30 – 3.30

Join Susan Brown and Rockwatch at the Hertford Museum for a ‘hands on’ session with rocks and fossils. A great day out for the family! Further details: www.hertfordmuseum.org or phone 01992 582686 or hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com

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Red Rocks Day 12 August 10.00 – 4.00

Red Rocks Day at the Sidmouth Museum, Hope Cottage, Church Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LY

Various children’s activities. Volcano demonstration, plaster casting, talks about rocks and fossils and a mineral display. Special exhibitions of rocks, fossils and minerals with talks by the museum’s and guest geologists. You’ll have the chance to dig for fossils in the sand. Suitable for all ages. Free entry. For more details contact: 01395 516139

sidmouth@devonmuseums.net www.devonmuseums.net

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Ware Museum, The Priory, High St, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9AL - Tuesday 25 August 11.00 – 3.30

www.waremuseum.org.uk 01920 487848
Rockwatch will be running ‘drop in’ activities all day at this delightful local museum. Come along and race trilobites, make a Jurassic diorama and have a go at other geo-crafts! Free event. No booking required. Bring sandwiches and have a picnic!

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Jurassic Fossil Hunt near Chedworth, Gloucestershire
On Saturday 3 October at 11.00 – 3.00

Join Susan Brown and Mark Baggott for a day of Jurassic fossil hunting near Chedworth Gloucestershire. PROMPT start at 11.00 end 3.30. Possible overnight accommodation for those who have to travel any distance.

Further details on registration. Booking essential with the Rockwatch office. £5 per family.

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Sidmouth Science Festival 12 – 18 October

Sidmouth Science weekend has a Family Fun Day of activities on Saturday 17 October. Members of the Rockwatch team will be there when the Sidmouth St John Ambulance Hall becomes a Geoscience Arena for the day. Come and enjoy a wide range of displays, activities, demonstrations, short talks - good fun for the whole family, with activities for children. More details:


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Saturday 7 November 10.30 – 4.30

University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

A day of geological family fun! Stalls and displays as well as four lectures. Visit Rockwatch in the Discovery Room to race trilobites, make a Jurassic diorama, sift sand for sharks’ teeth, make your own fossils and more. Bring your mystery rocks and fossils to be identified. FREE EVENT. No need to book – just come along. Suitable all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. There is also a Photographic Competition which you can enter and win big prizes! Details of the day and the photographic competition:


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Other events for Rockwatch Members to enjoy

Please bear in mind that these events have not been organized by Rockwatch and you need to get in touch with the group involved to find out more details and to book.

For adults, but may Geologists' Association Lectures, Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0DU (opposite Fortnum and Mason). For adults, but may be of interest to older Rockwatchers. Doors open 6.00, lectures promptly at 6.30. Free with Mem. Card.

Fri 2 October: The Rock that wouldn’t stay still; an introduction to salt by Dr Chris Jackson
Fri 11 December: The largest airspace shutdown since WW11: Volcanic ash prediction and its challenges! By Dr Helen Dacre

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Yorkshire Fossil Festival at the Rotunda in Scarborough
Fri 18 - Sun 20 September:
Friday primarily a schools day, but also open to the public. For more details: www.yorkshirefossilfestival.org or email Samantha Brown samantha.brown@smtrust.uk.com

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William Smith Bicentinary
In 1815 William Smith published the first edition of his Geological Map of England and Wales showing the location of coal, iron ore, clays and other raw materials. Described as ‘A work of genius planned and executed single handed’ its bicentenary is celebrated all over the country.


Sun 9 August: ‘Geology in the Cemetery’

A guided walk round York Cemetery where ‘William Smith’s nephew and niece, John and Ann Phillips are buried. You’ll see different types of stone (some with fossils evident) used on graves, then there’s a short talk in the Cemetery chapel, by Dr Liam Herringshaw about John Phillips. The walk fee (£2.50) includes tea and cake (marble cake and rock buns!)

http://yorkcemetery.org.uk/guided-walks-and-events.html or contact
Yorkshire Museum

Walk-on Geological Map in the Museum Gardens, York In early September a walk-on representation of the Yorkshire section of William Smith's 1815 map will be installed in Museum Gardens, York. http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/

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Liverpool Geological Society
Sat 17 Oct: 'Campus and Cathedral Treasure Hunt'. Start tune of 10.00 tbc.

A chance to see the range of building stones (sediments, igneous and metamorphics) that have been used in the construction and refurbishment of the University of Liverpool and the adjacent Metropolitan Cathedral. Participants are invited to join as a team or as individuals. Bring a picnic lunch or feed at one of several nearby cafes. In the afternoon there may be some guided tours. No charge - all welcome. Times and details to be confirmed.

More information nearer the time - visit the lgs website www.liverpoolgeologicalsociety.org/ or contact Jim Marshall isotopes@liv.ac.uk

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Hull Geological Society

Sat 29 August: Roadshow at Hornsea Museum East Riding of Yorkshire HU18 1AB open to the public from 11 am until 3pm. Admission free.

For further information: phone 01482 346784 or email: m.j.horne@hull.ac.uk

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White Cliffs Countryside Partnership as part of their Green Gang programme

The Geology of Folkestone Warren and Fossil Foray
Saturday 29 August at 3:00pm

The Geology of Folkestone Warren and Fossil Foray
Sat 29 August at 3:00 A short walk introducing the local geology and fossils, explaining the look of the landscape around East Wear Bay. Duration approx. 1½ hours visiting the beach so sturdy footwear required. Suggested donation: £2.00. Led by Andy Temple, GeoConservation Kent & Kent Geologists' Group for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806). MEET: Outside Restaurant (The Pavilion), Wear Bay Road, Folkestone (TR 239 364). More details: carolegeoff@btinternet.com

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Dorset Geologists’ Association Group
Fossil and Mineral Fair at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1AS.

Saturday 15 August 10.00-16.00
Dealers, societies and members stalls. Plenty of (pay) parking, café in hall. Children welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Free admission. For more details contact heldon47@btinternet.com or 01300 320811.

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Manchester Geological Association

Sun 25 Oct: The Fred Broadhurst Memorial Field Trip - half-day trip to see the Building Stones of the Trafford Centre, a shopping experience on the south section of the M60 Manchester ring road. For more details contact: outdoors@mangeolassoc.org.uk

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Till Monday 31st August

The Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’s annual three month long celebration of its geology, landscape and associated heritage.

‘Fossils of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’ exhibition at Bewdley Museum until the 6 Sept. Walks, talks and children’s activities linked to the exhibition.
8 August: Gloucester Cathedral Discovery Day. Find out about the various rock types used in the cathedral building, their properties, and the environments and creatures that existed when they were formed; attempt the geocache treasure hunt or take a tour of some of the more unusual and beautiful rocks used in various carvings and features around the cathedral.

Walks, talks, and children’s activities along with ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions and demonstrations exploring the geology, landscape, history, archaeology and wildlife of the Geopark. Various venues.

For details: AMHG@outlook.com / 07547 481440

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Hidden Horizons – of Yorkshire
Become a Yorkshire Coast Explorer with Hidden Horizons. Something for all the family along the Yorkshire Coast from rock-pooling trips, to fossil hunts and dinosaur walks. Experienced leaders show you the amazing secrets hidden on the coast from 180 million year-old fossils and Jurassic dinosaur footprints to the creatures who call it come today!

Phone Will Watts on 07964 759433 or will.watts@hiddenhorizons.co.uk www.hiddenhorizons.co.uk

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Geology Walks at West Runton, Nr Cromer, Norfolk
Geology Walks in six different areas of North Norfolk led by Martin Warren. Walks a mix of distances and challenges so maybe check first. Children 8+ Tickets £3.00. There will be an outing of the life-size walking model of the West Runton Mammoth, at West Runton itself on 30 August. No further details at present. For details phone: 01263 513543 or Martin’s website and email:



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UK Amateur Fossil Hunters
Fossil Hunts throughout the year for all ages, adults and families.

The Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show is held on the first Saturday of September every year in the ideally suited Lyndhurst Community Centre with fifty-six tables of mineral, fossil and geology related displays, for the enjoyment of our visitors, and also with many dealers in fine specimens, crystals and jewellery amongst others.

The event is free to Rockwatcher members.

For details: UKAFH website

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2015 Hampshire Mineral & Fossil Show
Saturday 5th September

For details: see website

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For more information and to book places please email the Rockwatch office: rockwatchatga@btinternet.com

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