The UK's Nationwide Geology Club for Children

Lapworth ‘behind the scenes’ on Saturday 16 February
Feb06

Lapworth ‘behind the scenes’ on Saturday 16 February

The Lapworth Museum of Geology has over 250,000 specimens and Rockwatchers are lucky to have been invited on a ‘behind the scenes’ tour to see many of it’s hidden treasures!

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Festival of Geology 2018
Nov15

Festival of Geology 2018

Fabulous Festival with lots of young geologists!  Rocks, fossils, minerals, microscopes and Moon rocks – what more could you ask!  If you didn’t make it – put it in your diary for next year when it will be on Saturday November 2nd.  Make it a firm date!

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Rockstar Competition Winners!
Nov15

Rockstar Competition Winners!

Wonderful entries again this year and it was a great day at Anglo American for the presentations.  Thank you all for sending such superb entries and if you didn’t win – better luck next year!

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5 Days to go!  Join us for the Festival of Geology this Saturday
Oct30

5 Days to go! Join us for the Festival of Geology this Saturday

The Festival of Geology, the largest free festival of it’s kind in London, is this weekend.  Come along and see the Moon Rocks, attend a lecture, go on a geology trail and visit the stands of displays, rocks, fossils and minerals. All completely free from 10.30 – 4.00 Saturday 3 November at Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

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Festival of Geology Saturday 3 November – 2018
Oct09

Festival of Geology Saturday 3 November – 2018

Come along to the Festival of Geology on Saturday 3 November at University College London. It’s organized by the Geologists’ Association and is a fabulous day of talks, walks and activities.  Lots to see and do with exhibitors and traders coming from all over the country.  Fossils, minerals and rocks galore!  And a ‘special’ this year is a presentation of the Moon Rocks which are on loan from the Science and...

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The Rock Exchange in Bakewell on 13 & 14 October – 2018
Oct09

The Rock Exchange in Bakewell on 13 & 14 October – 2018

The Rock Exchange, which takes place this weekend in the Peak District, is considered to be on of the country’s major Mineral and Fossil Fairs. There will be over 70 stalls with a huge variety of rocks, minerals, fossils and gemstones.  Something for everyone. It’s open on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 till 5.00. Admission is £2.00 for adults and accompanied children are free. There is also disabled access and free...

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Sidcup Lapidary Show on Saturday October 6 2018
Sep17

Sidcup Lapidary Show on Saturday October 6 2018

Our Rockwatch fieldtrips are over for the year but that doesn’t mean you have to stop going out and having fossil fun! The Sidcup Lapidary and Mineral Show is on Saturday October 6 from 10.00 till 4.00 and it’s a great opportunity to have a look at crystals, rocks, minerals, fossils and more.  Apparently there is even a Gold Mine!  Fun for all the family with something for all ages and budgets. Admission free!  And...

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Holiday nearly over but still time to enter our Rockstar Competition!
Aug23

Holiday nearly over but still time to enter our Rockstar Competition!

Just a few more weeks to go but you still have lots of time to get creative and enter our Rockstar Competition! Every year we run a competition for Rockwatchers to encourage you to hone your skills and interests in geology by sending us something geological. For the under 16’s we invite entrants to submit a geological creation of their choosing. This might be an animation, a piece of artwork, a model, a story or a geological...

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Rockwatching at Cayton Bay in Yorkshire on Tuesday 28 August – 2018
Aug23

Rockwatching at Cayton Bay in Yorkshire on Tuesday 28 August – 2018

Explore the fabulous area of Cayton Bay on the Yorkshire Coast with Will Watts and the Hidden Horizons team.  Cayton Bay has a fantastic mix of Middle and Upper Jurassic rocks plus glacial erratics from all over Northern Europe, a collector’s dream! Will Watts, a long time friend of Rockwatch, has been involved in this area of the country for a few years now and he and the team are able to show you where to look, identify your...

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Geology Photographic Competition!
Jul26

Geology Photographic Competition!

Time to get those cameras clicking!! The Geologists’ Association is running a Photographic Competition and you can all enter.  Even though most of the entries come from adults, children can take the most amazing photographs.  A few years ago the first prize went to a Rockwatcher!!  He photographed this amazing piece of amber with an insect embedded in it. The prizes are £100, £50 and £25 and one of them could be yours! The...

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Wonderful Wales!  Great Rockwatch trip to Pembrokeshire!
Jul26

Wonderful Wales! Great Rockwatch trip to Pembrokeshire!

The tiny city of St David’s was the centre for an amazing trip to Pembrokeshire.  A weekend fieldtrip with lots of geology, old slate quarries and sunshine! Check out the Events and try and come along on a fieldtrip.  There’s a fabulous one to Cayton Bay in Yorkshire on 24th August!  Otherwise check the list and see if you can come to any.

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Book now!  Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – 30 July to 3 August 2018
Apr23

Book now! Dorset Residential Fieldtrip – 30 July to 3 August 2018

A wonderful week of geology on the stunning Dorset Jurassic Coast. Beach hunts. Quarry forages. Star gazing. Perfect for families and children over 7. Staying at the Leeson House Study Centre near Swanage. Prices for the week – including all meals and transport during the visit (you will even be met at Wareham station if you come by train!): Adults (over 18s) £320 First child £225 Second child £145 Fabulous opportunity to...

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Rockstar Competition time 2018!
Apr22

Rockstar Competition time 2018!

Prizes galore! The Rockstar Competition 2018 is now open and entries are being worked on! You will have received an entry form with the last magazine, but if you’ve lost it you can download one or email us to get another at hello@rockwatch.org.uk The prizes are great and you can enter with anything geological – be as imaginative and as accurate as you can. A crossword, a sewing project, a sculpture, an expedition...

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Pembrokeshire weekend for Rockwatchers!
Apr09

Pembrokeshire weekend for Rockwatchers!

Rockwatchers are off to explore Pembrokeshire! A great weekend fieldtrip exploring the St David’s peninsula on 14 and 15 July. Lots of geology with sedimentary and igneous rocks (Precambrian and Ordovician), quaternary landfalls and insights into climate change. A great fieldtrip but lots of walking so for over 10s only.  

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Fabulous fieldtrip to see the Ichthyosaurs in Street, Somerset
Feb20

Fabulous fieldtrip to see the Ichthyosaurs in Street, Somerset

Rockwatchers had a really fabulous time on a private tour of the Alfred Gillet Museum in Street, Somerset. The Museum houses some of the finest Ichthyosaur fossils in the country and we had the benefit of experts showing us around. Thank you to everyone involved! And if you missed the trip, look out for the next Events Leaflet coming out next month and make sure you book early.

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Rockwatch with the Ichthyosaurs in Somerset
Feb20

Rockwatch with the Ichthyosaurs in Somerset

A great time was had by all! Rockwatchers were introduced to the Ichthyosaur fossils at the Alfred Gillet Museum in Street, Somerset. Experts took them on a private tour to see some of the best Ichthyosaur fossils in the country!

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Trip to see Somerset’s Ichthyosaur fossils – Saturday 17 February 2018
Jan30

Trip to see Somerset’s Ichthyosaur fossils – Saturday 17 February 2018

Join Rockwatch on our fieldtrip to see the Ichthyosaur fossils in Street, Somerset on Saturday 17 February 2018 from 10.30am to 3.30pm. This will be a private tour of the Alfred Gillet Collection. Find out more and book a place!

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Essex Gem and Mineral Show – Saturday 17 February – 2018

Gemstones, Fossils, Minerals, Jewellery, Books – The Essex Gem and Mineral Show has something for all of you! Stalls in two halls so lots to see. It’s at the North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row, Romford RM5 3QJ on Saturday 17 February from 10.00 till 4.00.Free Parking and refreshments available. Entry is £2 for adults and children are free.

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Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 77
Nov20

Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 77

Issue 77 Contents List: published November 2017 star-performers ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 STAR PERFORMERS STAR PERFORMERS Rockstar and Rockwriter competitions. ON THE TRAIL OF QUAKES Seismometer history. MODEL WAY TO SELL DINOSAURS Dinosaur miniatures auctioned off. UNLOCKING WENLOCK’S SILURIAN TREASURES Unlocking limestone fossils. LOOKING INTO THE LANDSCAPE Sketching to capture your surroundings. ENJOYING STREET...

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Pliosaurus! at Bristol Museum now until 18 February
Nov10

Pliosaurus! at Bristol Museum now until 18 February

Great news! The exhibition ‘Pliosaurus!’ at Bristol Museum has been extended till 18 February, 2018 So travel back 150 million years, dive in and come face to face with the biggest and fiercest of all underwater beasts! It’s a ‘pay what you think’ exhibition. Visit then pay what you think it’s worth on leaving! Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Queens Road Bristol BS8...

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Rockwatchers at the Festival of Geology
Nov10

Rockwatchers at the Festival of Geology

Rockwatch had a great time at the Festival of Geology last weekend at UCL, London. Loads of you can and lots of you helped as well. It was really good to see you all – thanks for making the event such a success! Put it in your diaries now for 2018 – first Saturday of November. See you...

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Festival of Geology on 4th November
Oct31

Festival of Geology on 4th November

A great geological day out for all the family at the Festival of Geology at UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT Activities, displays, demonstrations, walks and talks – and entrance is free! Something for everyone. Just turn up. Open from 10.30 till 4.30 See you there

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Dinosaur Babies at the National Museum Cardiff – till 5th November
Oct23

Dinosaur Babies at the National Museum Cardiff – till 5th November

Find out all about dinosaur family life! The National Museum of Wales is hosting the world’s most amazing finds of dinosaur eggs and embryos. It includes dinosaur skeletons and replicas, touchable models and details about how they looked after their babies. You can also learn to identify the different dinosaur eggs. The exhibition is on till November 5th and charges apply. For details...

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Join us at the Festival of Geology on November 4th!
Oct08

Join us at the Festival of Geology on November 4th!

Come along to the Festival of Geology at University College London on November 4th for a day of activities, displays, talks and geological fun. There are lots of children’s activities including fossil microscopic workshops! The day runs from 10.30 till 4.30 and entrance is free! And there are things going on to interest every age. Displays by geological groups from all over the country, a photographic competition and talks by...

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