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5th year of comedy night raises the roof in Eyam


This week the Eyam Mechanics Institute opened its doors to GEP’s fifth official Comedy Night.

This year, due to overwhelming interest the decision was made to extend our run and put on a second show.

Rob Rouse hosted as audiences were entertained by award winning comedians Phil Nicol, Helen Rutter and Brennan Reece as they used the opportunity to preview new material before they head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A mixture of stand up, story-telling and comedy drama was presented over the two nights and the audiences laughed and cried along with the hilarious and sometimes moving performances.

Over 140 people braved the heat to join us and helped us raise £1427.20 which will go a huge way to helping playgroup next year.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to putting the nights on, special thanks to Rob, Helen, Phil and Brennan.

Keep your eyes peeled for information on the next Eyam Comedy Fringe Festival!


Advent Spiral 2016


Advent Spiral Monday 5th December 4-5.30pm £2 per child

This is a magical event that provides an opportunity for a moment of pause, peace and reflection, before the onslaught that is Christmas. Hosted by the National Trust at the Moorlands Visitor Centre, it is truly a magical time.

Entering the room in silence each child is given a candle and invited to light a candle from the centre of the room, and place it on the spiral. Carols are sung and families from the community come together for a chance to be.

A really special event for Christmas.  Join us this year to enjoy the magic!

When: 5 December 2016. Time 4 – 5.30
Where: Moorlands Discovery Centre. Longshaw Estate. S11 7TZ.  A truly magical introduction to the advent season.
Who: Open to everyone. £2 per child.
Please park in the main Longshaw car park and follow the lanterns through the woods. Please bring a torch – the path is very dark.

This is a magical event and a beautiful start to the Christmas season.

Here is what others say about the event.  We do hope you can join us 🙂

Wild Wood Experience 2016

It’s that time of year again….changing leaves, cold, clear crisp days and the Wild Wood Experience at the Longshaw Estate.

Following on from last years success  – we were voted the best attraction on the day! – we are again hosting the Forest School.  Last year people joined us in bread making, butter churning, fire starting, animal disk making, playing on the seesaw or just enjoying some quiet time under the gazebo reading and colouring.

Come along and join us – who knows what forest school fun we will get up to!

Event/Booking Details


Flexi Schooling from Castleton C of E Primary School

Castleton C of E Primary, a school local to Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup, are offering a limited number of part time school places to families considering an alternative approach.

The preferred deadline date for applications is 30th September 2016

For more details, please read Castleton C of E Primary Flexi Schooling or visit the school’s website:

Sir William Hill Climb

On Friday 9th September GEP is putting on a cycle time trial up the Sir William Hill, it’s a beast! 1.77km (that’s 1.1miles) and climbs a whopping 200m (650feet) in that distance.  That’s an average gradient of 11%.

Last year we saw some incredible performances from club cyclists and total newcomers alike. Pit yourself against the best, and then kick back with the delights of the Friday evening festival.

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Great news is the race is being sponsored by our most local cycle shop shop High Peak Cycles (Calver and Glossop). Check out their fab gear:

They have generously provided race prizes of £50, £20 and £10 vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd women and men.

And they have funded the production of our fab event T-shirts (designed by one of our dads). There will be children’s sizes available too! Here is a sneak preview of the fab event T-shirts, on sale for £10.


You can meet High Peak Cycles at their stall at the event festival where they will be showcasing their kids bikes and other goodies.

Thank you High Peak Cycles!

HPCycles Logo with numbers

Other local bike shops and businesses are also supporting us with some fantastic random spot rider prizes. Please check out our Face Book page for details as they come in….:

Hill Climb Entry

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Cost: Entry is £10, which includes a medal and entry to the festival for you and your family (you’ll have to buy your food and beer as we can’t include that in the price!).


16:30     Bike fair and Hill Climb festival at the Sir William Hotel, BBQ fired up. Registration opens.

17:30     First rider starts.

19:00     Registration closes.

19:30     Sir William Hill Climb finishes.

20:00     Hill Climb Prize Giving at the Sir William Hotel. Bike fair and BBQ close.

23:00     Festival finishes.