GeoWeek is a new initiative that aims to promote 'active geoscience' via a nine-day 'week' of fieldwork activities taking place across the UK between 4 and 12 May 2019.

GeoWeek seeks to introduce as many members of the public to geoscience as possible, mainly through outdoor activities such as urban, rural or coastal fieldwork.

Check out the BGS website that lists all the events across the UK.

Geology of building stones

The Stone of 'The Auld Grey Town' - Kendal.

Wednesday 8th May 2019 2.00 - 4.00pm

What is the story of the building stone? What is it like? How did it form? How old is it?  Starts at kendal Parish Church. 20 different types of stone and introduces the marine wildlife of a third of a billion years ago.

A Westmorland Geological Society event.

Please book: anne@macksmith.com

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Kendal Museum geological collections.

Tuesday 7th May 2019 10.30 - 12.30

A fascinating collection of rocks, minerals and fossils. A rare opportunity to examine some of the specimens usually kept in the store. Demonstration of the new digital resource.

A joint event between Kendal Museum & Westmorland Geological Society.

Please book: anne@macksmith.com

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Trowbarrow family geology and geocache walk.

Sunday 5th May 2019

11.00 -12.30 &  2.00 - 4.00pm

The walk is suitable for all the family, and will last about 90 minutes. We'll see some amazing rocks and fossils and think about how different the climate was here around 300 million years ago. You'll also get an opportunity to try out geocaching, a world-wide outdoor treasure-hunting activity, using a phone GPS to find boxes hidden in the quarry.

Cumbria GeoConservation and Westmorland Geological Society as part of National GeoWeek and the Go WILD! in Arnside & Silverdale project.

Please book: info@arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk

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"Rock On" geology stall.

Sunday 12 May 2019  from 1pm

Tullie House, Carlisle will have an exciting range of rocks, minerals and fossils on the galleries for people to see and handle from Cumbria and beyond. Whether it is the teeth of extinct, huge reptiles (ichthyosaurs) or mammoths, amazingly beautiful minerals including the fun sounding plumbogummite, or iconic rock types such as Shap granite, there will be much to see from our nationally significant geology collections. Some 300 million years of evolutionary history is locked away in the landscapes of Cumbria.

Event organised by Tullie House Carlisle.

Cost: Free with Annual ticket (£10 for Annual ticket)

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Fire and Ice in Borrowdale, Lake District, Cumbria - rocks and landscapes

Friday 10 May 2019, 10:00am

This is the story of volcanoes, island arcs, plate tectonics and earthquakes. Some context will be given so that the story can be appreciated as part of a longer history of the Lake District’s evolution. We will look at an ancient volcanic "bomb" at close quarters!
Also the more recent story of the Ice age shaping the volcanic rocks into the crags, fells and valleys we see today.

Event organised by Cumbria GeoConservation

Cost: Free

Please book: stephen@mott.me.uk

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A Guided Geo-Walk into the Coppermines Valley, Coniston.

Monday 6th May 2019, 10.00 am. Finishing between 2 and 3pm.

Meet: Entrance of Ruskin Museum, Coniston, LA21 8DU.

During the walk we’ll learn about the dramatic events that took place around 500 million years ago that formed our mountains, and the glacial processes that shaped the landscape we see today. We’ll get up close to some rock and minerals, and learn about the mining and quarrying that dominated in this valley for 400 years.

Event organised by Cumbria GeoConservation

Cost: Free

Please book:  text or email before Friday 3rd May. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

07988 883418 / carolinagoodship@mac.com

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The Skiddaw Aureole

Sunday 5th May 2019,  10.00am

Meet: Blease Rd Car Park, Threlkeld; NY302257

Skiddaw and much of the Northern Lake district are formed of sedimentary mudstones that have been compressed and altered to produce a shaly ‘slate-like’ rock. But around Skiddaw itself the rocks have been further modified as a result of the intrusion of the Skiddaw granite. The walk will explore the altered rocks as we approach the contact zone. As we progress along the track, we will find minimally altered mudstone then, as we pass a small gill the rock changes and there is haematite staining and white needle-like crystals of andalusite in the grey matrix. Further along at the bridge over Roughten Gill the rock is much harder (it is hornfelsed). Walking up over rough ground alongside the gill we will eventually find an outcrop of the granite itself in the streambed.

Event organised by Cumbria Geoconservation

Cost: Free

Please book:  jmlackie@gmail.com

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GeoWeek in Cumbria is supported by the following organisations:

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