Easter Holiday Club Debrief

Over the last two weeks of Easter holidays GEP has opened up its doors and ran three holiday club sessions. We have been joined by a mix of familiar faces and some new faces from an array of different local villages for a morning of fun up in the forest. Luckily the weather was kind and allowed us to be outside for all three sessions, providing all of the children a chance to enjoy some quality time at our forest school site, making new friends and memories whilst getting pretty muddy!

On the first morning the sunshine shone and the children got creative building dens and painting rocks. Our tree train was ridden and wands were made out of sticks and natural materials.

After the Easter weekend we held our second morning, joined by a slightly smaller but equally as enthusiastic group as the previous week. It was clay morning and everyone really enjoyed making clay ‘boggles’ and other creatures around the site.

Our third and final session was ‘minibeast day’. As a team we conducted a successful minibeast hunt, finding snails, caterpillars, centipede and spiders. This inspired the children to build their very own bug hotel for all of their new friends to stay in. Afterwards the animal care continued as we made bird feeders to take home.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us, we will be confirming dates for Summer holiday club very shortly so stay tuned!

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Thank you Book Barn!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Eyam Book Barn for their generous donation of £138.79 to Playgroup.

Inspired by one of our favourite books, ‘Mix It Up’ by Herve Tullet, we used the money to purchase new equipment that allowed us to explore colours and change.

The changing seasons provides the perfect opportunity to explore natural colours and watch the progression of change. Our new equipment provided opportunity for the children to extend this learning whilst having fun!


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!


Family forest school – a great success

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our family forest school – it was a beautiful Autumn morning and great to get out with friends and family.

Once up at the site the children helped the leaders run through our rules and showed parents how to move safely round the fire circle.

There lots of jobs to be done and we want to thank everyone who helped re-build the climbing frame and balancing beams – popular activities at our weekly sessions.

National Trust rangers joined us for part of the morning and helped clear a patch of rhododendrons to create a new toilet area – great work. The rangers were delighted to see so many families enjoying time in the woods.

The children were busy too – painting with mud and creating an entire menagerie of fantastic beasts from clay and twigs.

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The toasting of marshmallows was a popular way to round off a super morning.

The event raised £70 which will be used to buy new equipment for playgroup.

Look out for details of our Spring and Summer dates.

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.




Water or wine?

Playgroup’s stall proved very popular at the Grindleford Show this year. Every bottle was sold within the hour raising £55 for playgroup funds.


We would like to thank parents and local businesses who contributed wine for the stall:

The Derwentwater Arms, Calver

The Maynard Arms, Grindleford

The Miners Arms, Eyam

The Sir William, Grindleford

Your support is much appreciated.