BUXTON: Water and Well Women

BUXTON: Water and Well Women

The Pump Room 60 mins Guided

Workshop Overview

You’re invited to visit the Buxton Pump Room to meet the Well Woman to take, taste and test the water. She needs your help to investigate the famous Buxton Waters.

Pupils will:

  • Meet Mary, an Edwardian Well Woman and learn about who she is and what she does.
  • How people took ‘the waters’
  • Test the waters to see what is so special about it
  • Taste the waters and compare to tap water
  • Gather findings and discuss
  • Learn about the complete prescription of the cure, including exercise,
  • Learn about the key features and history of the town, including the Victorian Pump Room
To find out more and book email learn@buxtoncrescenttrust.org

Curriculum Links


KS2 Study of a site dating from a period that is significant in the locality. Victorians/ Edwardians


KS2 Human and physical geography Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: the water cycle. KS2 Human geography: The distribution of natural resources including minerals and water


Comparing numbers - measuring and comparing data. Using simple sums to work out flow rates.


KS2 Rocks explore different kinds of rocks and soils, including those in the local environment. KS2 States of Matter: identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature


Spoken language - use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas / participate in discussions, presentations, performances, roleplay/improvisations and debates

Workshop Plan



20 minutes

Meet Mary, an Edwardian Well Woman and learn about who she is and what she does.

Learn about how people took ‘the waters’.

20 minutes


Test the waters to see what is so special about it. Test temperature, taste, hardness, flow rate, pH.


5 minutes

Gather findings and discuss results. Reveal which water is the Buxton water!


15 minutes

Learn about the complete prescription of the cure, including exercise, whilst learning about the key features and history of the town with Mary’s exercise regime.

Learn to play the historic ‘Game of Graces’.

Practical information

Below are some useful documents to help you plan your visit. On confirming a booking with us we will email out copies of the below documents along with further information about each activity. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.


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Our suggested themed itinerary

Why not make a full day of your visit to Buxton by combining up to 3 different workshops visiting multiple venues to suit your requirements and learning outcomes.


Drop off at the old Thermal Baths, welcome and safety briefing


Meet Mary the Buxton Well Woman sample, test and and sample the famous Buxton waters


Experience the story of Buxton and its famous water, with a guided exploration of the immersive and interactive Visitor Experience. The 9 rooms of the Visitor Experience are a unique learning environment to discover the story of how Buxton has changed over time. Your pupils can admire amazing architecture and play the interactive Water Cure game. Try on historical hats and fly on a virtual reality hot air balloon trip across the Peak District.

12:00 PM - LUNCH BREAK (Buxton Town)
1:00pm - Roman Buxton (Buxton Museum)

Learn a story of Roman visitors to Buxton, with the Fabula Aquae puppet performance and workshop. Can you help our auxilliary soldier save enough denarii for retirement?

2.30pm - End of day
Collection at the coach park at Poole’s Cavern or a brisk walk back to the train station.

Contact us

Please complete the form below if you have an enquiry. We'll reply as soon as possible, usually no more than 48 hours after receipt. If you'd prefer to email direct please contact us on learn@buxtoncrescenttrust.org


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