Out & About

Out and about

Creeping Toad public events and training courses

join us for a springing time
join us for a springing time

Most Toad workshops are in schools and for groups which are not really open to general public participation, but I do a lot of public events and some training courses which eager visitors are (often) welcome to join

Public events: a wide range of activities here – listed below with themes, times and any restrictions as to what is going on. In general, if you need more information contact me or the organisers, for bookings where needed, contact the organiser. Where I can, I’ll put links to the relevant organisation

Shadow puppets

New workshop for schools, museums, libraries, etc 

A chance to play with light and shade, experiment with design and animation, colour and translucence…a shadow puppet workshop might lead to the atmosphere of projected rotating landscapes or the delightful chaos of a flight of dragons

what might we have…

dragons cavorting over a large screen

birds, fish and landscapes rotating across walls and ceiling

tearing sticking and playing with colour

articulated shapes walking, running, swimming….


Charges: £280 a day

Fee includes storyteller’s fee, travel and materials. Can be paid on the day or I can invoice you. Workshops need 90 mins – 2 hours (1 class at a time) – ideal for 2 sessions in a day and a final performance

Activities can be adapted to suit groups from P1 through to Secondary

For further information: visit the Creeping Toad website at


To book: contact Gordon directly at


or by telephone: mobile: 07791 096857

Training courses: these are cheerful skills-based days aimed at teachers, environmental educators, playworkers and anyone working with groups. Again, for more information contact me or the organisers, for bookings or payment contact the organisers

This list will change month by month and I’ll try to keep it updated as information and plans reach me

Primroses-02 April

Wednesday 8th

First Signs of Spring: pop-up card-making workshop


Buxton Museum, Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6DA

Tel: 01629 533540

Join me for a seasonal morning. Celebrating new growth, wriggling tadpoles, flowers, nests, and the first ducklings down in the ponds, we’ll take our favourite moments of spring and turn them into pop-up cards

  • Free, materials provided
  • No booking needed, just come along and join in – allow at least 30 minutes for your making
  • If you are 7 years old or less please bring a grown up with you, please

 Low-Rosehip dew


Derbyshire Literature Festival

2 days with the Festival

Sunday 10th

A wander along the canalbank, telling stories and watching for wildlife

Morning and afternoon sessions

Canal walk details


Saturday 16th

Wild times and brave adventures

I’ll be telling some Derbyshire stories and as a group we’ll be inventing some new ones!

Alfreton (morning) and South Normanton (afternoon) libraries

Weekend of 22 – 25th

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

The display from our Leek: once, now and next project will be on display in this arts-collective gallery in Buxton, with a day of public activities on Sunday 24th (details to be confirmed)

Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton SK17 6PY (behind the museum)

Newt, GC

Monday 25th

All sorts of small creatures

an art and storywalk telling tales of beetles, beasts and birds, inventing new ones like “why do slugs have slime” and “who paints the butterflies”. As our stories grow, we’ll make new animals out of leaves, twigs and other materials that we find”.

Ness Gardens, Wirral, morning and afternoon sessions

Bookings needed: details will be released in April

Ness Gardens


Wednesday 27th

The Lost Castles of Buxton

invent the house (castle, palace, hovel, cottage or dungeon) you might have lived in 1000 years ago in medieval Buxton! Pop-up houses, castles and whatever! Another day with our Leek: once, now and next project, display on show as well

10 -12 and 1 -3

Buxton Museum, Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6DA

  • Free, materials provided
  • No booking needed, just come along and join in – allow at least 45 minutes for your making
  • If you are 7 years old or less please bring a grown up with you, please



Saturday 6th

The Great Plant, Bug and Butterfly hunt

a Biodiversity Day in The Staffordshire Moorlands

Times and details still to be confirmed but I’ll be there along with other members of the Leek: once, now and next team, telling stories, putting up a display and doing some hands-on art activities to celebrate the richness of the Staffordshire Moorlands

This event has been going for some years now and is always a lovely start to summer – come and join us!

Dove Valley Centre

Toad training courses are designed to offer you hands-on experience and mess, a chance to try things out, make mistakes, try again, meet people, share ideas, explore underlying principles and give yourself time to do some of the step-back-and reflect things that we so rarely manage to do during our day-to-day work

Time for glue, imaginations, inspirations and wild and rewarding days! Flex those elbows, wiggle those fingers and give your inspiration a boost!

Next training courses will be in October and November 2015: details to follow

capturing landscapes



stories can grow out of anything…..


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