The UK's Nationwide Geology Club for Children

Coronavirus COVID-19 Virus – Rockwatch Events
Mar25

Coronavirus COVID-19 Virus – Rockwatch Events

In line with Government advice on dealing with the COVID-19 virus, Rockwatch has very reluctantly decided to suspend its fieldtrips and other planned events until further notice. In view of this we will not be publishing our usual Events booklet with the latest issue of the magazine. We are very sorry to have to disappoint our many Rockwatch club members and families who book onto these events – we’re disappointed too – but the...

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Rockstar and Young Writer 2020 Competition Now Open!
Mar24

Rockstar and Young Writer 2020 Competition Now Open!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s Rockstar and Young Writer Competition for 2020 is now officially open for entrants! It’s a great way to spend some time while you are home-based during the Coronavirus pandemic and to enjoy putting your creation together. You could be in with a chance of winning some wonderful prizes too! Check out our tips page for some handy hints on what to do, and Download the Rockstar...

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Rockstar Competition 2020 Coming Soon!
Mar18

Rockstar Competition 2020 Coming Soon!

Details of this year’s Rockwatch Rockstars and Young Writers Competitions for 2020 are being finalised and will be announced very soon. With schools about to close, there will be many young people eager to fill their time with interesting and resourceful things to do so why not have a think about what you could do to enter this year? You could be one of this year’s winners!

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Rocky Roadshow in Norwich on Saturday 29 February – 2020
Feb16

Rocky Roadshow in Norwich on Saturday 29 February – 2020

Come along and join us at the Rocky-Fossil Roadshow in Norwich on Saturday 29 February from 11.00 till 3.00. There will be displays including local fossil finds, wire wrapping, faceting, tumble polishing, silver smithing, stacking photography, enamelling and more.  Rockwatch will be there with fossil plaster casting.  Suitable for all ages.  Just come along! The day is being organized by the Norfolk Mineral and Lapidary...

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Issue 83 of the Rockwatch Magazine: published Dec 2019
Dec10

Issue 83 of the Rockwatch Magazine: published Dec 2019

Issue 83 Contents List: published Dec 2019 2019-Rockstar-winners ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 2019 ROCKSTAR WINNERS Rockstar Competition Entries and winners Blowholes – a Total Blast! How they’re formed, how they work Beneath the City’s Surface A model full of surprises Phone Age Minerals Use of minerals, now and in the future Going with the flow How Snowdon arrived in Essex! Fabulous Fossils in Morocco...

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Issue 82 of the Rockwatch Magazine
Jul28

Issue 82 of the Rockwatch Magazine

Issue 82 Contents List: published July 2019 ABSOLUTELY MARBLEOUS ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 ABSOLUTELY MARBLEOUS Summer Inspiration Our full summer programme of events to come Morocco – it’s just like Devon Familiar sights in far-off places New Light on Mass Extinction What Happened 66 mya? Discovering Mary Anning’s Fish-Lizard Volunteer’s detective work pays off Bird’s Feet and Dogs Too!...

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Plumbing the Depths of the Kimmeridge Clay Lecture
Apr03

Plumbing the Depths of the Kimmeridge Clay Lecture

Rockwatchers may be interested to go to a talk on Plumming the Depths of the Kimmeridge Clay. It’s part of the Keith Palmer Lecture Series & PESGB Stoneley Lecture Series. The talk will be given by Dr Steve Etches MBE & Professor Alice Roberts. Find out more on the Lapworth Museum website or download the event flyer. When: 15 May 2019 — 18:00pm Venue: Wodensborough Ormiston Academy, Hydes Road,...

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Rockwatch Magazine Issue 81
Mar28

Rockwatch Magazine Issue 81

Issue 81 Contents List: published March 2019 BEACH GEOLOGY ON THE MOVE ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 6 BEACH GEOLOGY ON THE MOVE Rockwatch treading new ground Our first trip to the newly refurbished Lapworth Museum Fossils of the North Star Explorations in a remote Arctic island Braving Greenland’s Elements Students embark on a mapping adventure Probing Mighty Minster’s Stonework York Minster’s geological...

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Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 80
Dec01

Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 80

Issue 80 Contents List: published December 2018 the-silly-thief ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 THE SILLY THIEF Rockstardom! This year’s Rockstar competitions Earth inside out What goes on under our planet’s surface Cut, colour and stick your own 3D geology Have fun making a geology box Alien planets Where rocks are not what they seem Stone’s fossil secret cracked open How children’s game led to fossil finds When fossils come...

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Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 79
Jul01

Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 79

Issue 79 Contents List: published July 2018 four-go-wild-in-greenland ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 FOUR GO WILD IN GREENLAND Getting into hot water Finding geothermal energy Braided rivers What they are, where to find them Cornwall’s special agates The rocks that make wonderful jewellery Spotting the earliest forms of life Fossil finds from the deep Precambrian Seafaring surprises in landlocked rocks Peak District...

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Book the Annual Residential Fieldtrip and Get First Year of Rockwatch Membership for Free!
May06

Book the Annual Residential Fieldtrip and Get First Year of Rockwatch Membership for Free!

Over time our residential fieldtrip to Dorset has become something of an annual pilgrimage for Rockwatchers. It’s a time when members come together with the Rockwatch Team and fellow experts and have a full daily programme in the summer exploring some of the most precious geological sites that Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline has to offer and a number of fun evening activities. These are not just any old geological  sites, but as...

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Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 78

Issue 78 Contents List: published February 2018 SETTING OUT TO SOLVE AN AMMONITE MYSTERY Rockwriter entry. THE WORLD’S SMALLEST GEOLOGISTS? Bacteria and geology! GEOLOGY IN THE MAKING New Zealand’s dynamic North Island. MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING A GEOLOIST How one Rockwatch reader made a career. A BOAT TRIP TO ROBBEN ISLAND Rockwriter entry. AFRICAN GOLD Mining in Ethiopia. SIX DAYS OF FOSSIL HISTORY A visit to Biddulph...

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Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 78
Mar10

Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 78

Issue 78 Contents List: published March 2018 african-gold ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 AFRICAN GOLD SETTING OUT TO SOLVE THE AMMONITE MYSTERY Rockwatch entry THE WORLD’S SMALLEST GEOLOGISTS Bacteria and geology! GEOLOGY IN THE MAKING New Zealand’s dynamic North Island MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING A GEOLOGIST How one Rockwach reader made a career A BOAT TRIP TO ROBBEN ISLAND Rockwriter entry AFRICAN GOLD Mining in...

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What’s in the latest issue of the Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 77
Feb21

What’s in the latest issue of the Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 77

Rockwatchers should all have the latest issue of the magazine by now – and, on the cover, is the winning entry for our Rockstar Competition 2017. Jake Perrett, age 13, made a Seismometer to detect earthquakes! Remarkable – as were lots of the other entries. Time to get thinking, but don’t panic yet – you have till September to send your entry in! More content highlights to follow!  

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

Fieldtrip 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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Jurassic fossil hunt in Dorset – Saturday 24 March 2018
Jan17

Jurassic fossil hunt in Dorset – Saturday 24 March 2018

Don’t miss a great opportunity to hunt for Jurassic fossils with Bob Chandler, an expert on the geology of the Dorset area with Rockwatch on Saturday March 24 from 10.30am-3.30pm. Find out more and book a place!

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Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 76
Aug15

Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 76

Issue 76 Contents List: published August 2017 british-geology-is-in-the-post ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 British Geology is in the Post HOW WORMS HELP US EAT ROCK CHEMICALS! What Charles Darwin’s research revealed. DINOSAURS OF CHINA Spectacular discoveries go on show. THE FOOTSTEPS OF APOLLO Walking on the Moon. CONTINENTS – THE OLDEST ROCKS ON EARTH Working out billions of years of history. ON THE LIP OF...

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Holidays nearly over but still time to enter our Rockstar Competition!
Jul03

Holidays 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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Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 75
Apr01

Rockwatch Magazine: Issue 75

Issue 75 Contents List: published April 2017 baseballs-magic-mud ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 BASEBALLS MAGIC MUD FIELD TRIPS TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS Check the Events Booklet enclosed with every issue of the magazine and register early using our new online event booking service for Rockwatch trips you want to go on. You then get the chance to collect your own fossils, rocks and minerals and can start your own fabulous...

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Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 74
Jan25

Rockwatch Magazine – Issue 74

Issue 74 contents list: published December 2016 heart-to-heart ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 HEART TO HEART FOSSILS GALORE Check out some of the trips we’ve been on or, better still, join us on some of the new trips and find your own fabulous fossils. Register early online and check for trips in the Events Booklet issued with each issue of the magazine and on the website. ROCKSTAR EXCELLENCE See some of the stunning...

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Rockwatch supports Dinosaurs at Barnes Dino Days
Oct18

Rockwatch supports Dinosaurs at Barnes Dino Days

Rockwatch are proud to be supporting Dinosaurs at Barnes – ‘Dino Days’ Hosted by The Dinosaur Society and  WWT London Wetland Centre at The London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT Friday 28 October – A Conference on dinosaurs with speakers talking about evolution, physiology and palaeogeography.  (This would be suitable for older Rockwatchers who can register at the student price)...

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Rockwatch Competition Prizegiving 2016
Oct10

Rockwatch Competition Prizegiving 2016

Winners of this year’s Rockstars and Rockwatch Young Writers Competitions came along to a special Prizegiving event on Friday 28 October 2016 at the Anglo American HQ in London.  They were delighted to receive their prizes and are already planning their entriees for next year!  Hope you are too! Thanks to Anglo American Group Foundation for hosting this special occasion....

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Join Rockwatch at the Sidmouth Science Festival
Oct10

Join Rockwatch at the Sidmouth Science Festival

Rockwatch is taking part in the Sidmouth Science Festival on Saturday 15 October 2016! This is a free event so there’s no need to book! We hope you’ll join us for some hands-on geology and enjoy the exhibitions and talks on offer there. Time: 11.00am – 4.30pm Where: Masonic Hall What’s on: GeoSpectacular! Hands-on, exhibitions and talks including

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Sneak Peak of Whitman’s Hill Quarry Fieldtrip

If you’re booked to come along to the Whitman’s Hill Quarry fieldtrip on Saturday 24 September then you’re in for a treat! As a sneak peak, read this fantastic featured write up about last year’s visit on The Earth Heritage Trust’s website. We look forward to another great visit with Rockwatch members. Not signed up yet? There are still a couple spaces left but hurry to book your place! Read the write up...

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