BUXTON: Water and Well Women

From £4/pupil
The Pump Room 60 mins Guided

Workshop Overview

By the beginning of the 20th century Buxton is established as one of the top places in the world to take the cure. But since the start of the war people are coming here for very different reasons. You’re invited to visit the Buxton Pump Room to meet the Well Woman to take, taste and test the water. But she needs your help to investigate the famous Buxton Waters. Why is it here? Is it really different from other waters? If so, what is so special about it? And why are so many people visiting the town to taste it?


Significant historical events, changes, people and places in your own locality (Buxton during the First World War) Local History - the story of Buxton's water.


The water cycle


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


Learning about the rock types which help shape the nature of the water. Working Scientifically - Testing and experimenting on the water, to prove or disprove historical scientific claims. Health and lifestyles through history, learning about how hydration, exercise and nutrition help to keep us well.


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

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 and sample the famous Buxton waters

11:00 AM - 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?

12:00 PM - LUNCH BREAK (Buxton Town / Poole's Cavern)

Travel via coach (or on foot if you’re not too hungry!) to Poole’s Cavern and Country Park to take lunch and prepare for the afternoon’s excitement!

1:15 PM - CHARLIE LIMEBURNER (Poole's Cavern)

Visit Grin Low woods to experience a Gerogian way of life fast disappearing from view. Charlie is a quarrrier and lime burner who lives and works a simple life on the edge of town…

2.15pm - 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 or call direct please contact us on learn@buxtoncrescenttrust.org or 07929 316270


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