Category Archives: Events

Term dates 2017-18

Autumn term

Wednesday 6th September to Friday 20th October

Half term

Monday 30th October to Tuesday 19th December

Spring term

Wednesday 3rd January to Friday 16th February

Half term

Monday 26th February to Friday 23rd March

Summer term

Monday 9th April to Wednesday 23rd May (BH Monday 7th May)

Half term

Monday 4th June to Friday 20th July (inset day Friday 15th June)

Check out our Special Events Calendar too – Apple day, Advent spiral and Woodland nativities are all happening this term.




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 🙂

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!

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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.


Friends of GEP Craft Evening

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On the evening of Thursday 16th July 7-9pm there will be a craft evening at the allotments in Grindleford exclusively for all the Friends of Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup.

It’s a drop in evening, so come and go as you please on the night, but please RSVP that you will be joining us.

If you would like to join us for this event, but aren’t yet a Friend of GEP you’ve still got time to join!  You can find out how here

Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup is a charity and so we need to raise funds in order to keep going! The Friends of scheme is a way of you donating £10 plus one hour volunteer time or £15 annually to help us keep going.

Wild Wood Experience 2015

Grindleford and Eyam playgroup are proud to once again be running the drop in forest school at the Longshaw Estate Wild Wood Experience, on 13 August.



Come along and try your hand at some typical forest school activities like : firelighting, cooking and crafts.

For more information on how to get tickets visit

Hope to see you there. 


Coppice Day, Sunday 02.03.14


Thanks to staff and volunteers, the playgroup tent at Coppice Day, was a hive of activity and creativity. Dream catchers were woven and clay boggarts emerged from the earth.

The event is run by Transition Hope Valley and the National Trust. Both organisations have provided input into playgroup over the past year, and I am hugely grateful for it! It was an absolute pleasure, to be able to be part of this special time.

Knicker-pecker stools, heather brooms, stories, delicious food and lovely company all went to creating a really great day.

When I asked my children which part of the day they had enjoyed most, my three year old replied the toilet! And indeed the compost loo was a pleasure to use!

Highly recommend the whole event for next year!