Over the last six years our annual Pick & Play events have developed into well established and much loved days of collective community activism. We’ve welcomed many hundreds of participants and collectively we’ve both spread the word about the ongoing litter problem as well as collecting many hundreds of kilos of rubbish from the Peak District National Park.
But, we really wanted to keep the momentum going in between and so, after various meetings, diary checking and excited discussions, in 2019 we trialled our Peak Mountaineering Pick & Play Summer Tour. It was a fantastic success and so we will be running the events again this summer.
The idea is simple. Participants join us for an evening outdoor activity but, while you are out and about, we’ll also be asking that you spend a little of the evening collecting rubbish around the venue. It is an easy way to make a huge difference, meet like minded people and have lots of fun doing it.
As always, the events are completely free, you’ll be looked after by fully qualified instructors and all litter collecting and activity equipment will be provided – all you need to bring is yourselves and suitable clothing. Each event is being sponsored by one of the many fantastic
We are limiting places for each event to 12 people so please don’t delay in contacting us if you are able to come along for one or more of the sessions. Together we can make a difference both by cleaning up the Peak District National Park and by spreading the word. Details on what we have running this Summer is available via the ‘What’s on Offer’ tab and our Frequently Asked Questions section should answer any other queries.
We will send out exact meeting details and any other vital information once people have booked a place and will try and help out anyone travelling by public transport (we can usually pick up and drop off from local train stations). Infact, we strongly encourage people travelling to the events by public transport.
Families are welcome to attend (and very much encouraged), but children under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent at all times. Please, come and pick…..and play……with us!
What's On Offer?
The dates we have set for summer 2021 are;
Thursday 22nd July – Climbing at Lawrencefield (6-9pm)
Thursday 26th August – Orienteering at Burbage North (6-9pm)
Thursday 22nd July – Surprise View Car Park, A6187, Grindleford, Derbyshire, S32 1DA – 6pm
Thursday 26th August – Burbage Bridge, Ringinglow Road, Hathersage, S32 1BR – 6pm
Here are a list of questions clients frequently ask about our Pick & Play and Pick & Play Summer Tour events. We hope you’ll find the info you need but, if there’s something you want to know that we haven’t covered, please call or email us and we’ll be more than happy to help. Infact, if you’ve thought of it then the chances are other people have too – so we’ll add it to the list!
What equipment is provided and do I have to pay to use it?
We supply all the technical equipment you’ll need for the activities and litter collection equipment is provided by the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers.
Can I definitely do the activity I want?
For our Summer Tour events the numbers are capped and each evening focusses on one activity, so everyone will be able to do the activity they have selected. For our main Pick & Play event we will try very hard to ensure everyone is able to do their first choice activity but we also have to ask people to be flexible – some activities have to run to a set ratio and many get filled quickly. We hope you’ll understand.
Do I need insurance?
We have professional indemnity insurance and we are all lucky enough to have free access to mountain rescue services and healthcare. You may still consider it worthwhile purchasing your own personal accident insurance.
What about under 18s?
We welcome participants of all ages to our Pick & Play events. Please note that under 18s must be accompanied for the duration of the course by a parent or guardian.
I want to one activity and my under 18 wants to do something different. Is that okay?
Unfortunately not. It is a legal requirement that a parent or legal guardian accompanies any under 18’s for the duration of the event. If you want to sit and watch while they do the activity that is fine – but you must be in attendance at the activity site.
Will you give my details to other people?
All information supplied to us remains completely confidential and we will never pass it on to third parties.
Do you provide lunch?
We will have access to water and hot drinks (tea and coffee) will be available free of charge. We usually have some biscuits available too. We ask that participants bring lunch and any other refreshments along with them.
What if I need to cancel my booking?
We appreciate that things crop up and you might find yu can’t join us. That’s no problem. The only thing we ask is that, because these events are always overscribed, that you let us know as soon as possible so we can allocate your place to someone else.
Can you guarantee good conditions?
Unfortunately we can’t control the weather. However, we run our events at a time of year when we hope the weather will be favourable and we’ve never had to cancel. We do reserve the right to change or cancel the itinerary for safety reasons if required, but it would need to be quite extreme weather – a bit of wind and rain certainly won’t stop play! Please do be sure to follow the kit list that comes with your Joining Instructions and come prepared for all the ‘interesting’ weather the UK has to offer.
What about transport arrangements?
We ask you to provide your own transport to and from the venue and car parking will be available free of charge. We can usually collect you from a local station or bus stop if you are travelling via public transport, but please do let us know in advance if you want help with this. Infact, we love people travelling to us by public transport!
How do you try to reduce your environmental impact?
We are passionate about protecting the natural environment and, of course, that’s what these events are all about. Please take the time to read our Environment Page.
How fit do I need to be?
It goes without saying that arriving fit and well is important if you want to get the most out of the event, but many of the activities can be set at different challenge levels so there is something for all ages and fitness levels. Please contact us in advance if you need more guidance.
Does the venue have disabled access?
We always strive to be as inclusive as possible, but the nature of the event means that the terrain we operate in cannot be made suitable for wheelchairs or people with limited mobility. Please contact us in advance if you need more guidance.
Are toilets available at the venue?
Toilets are available at the main event site but please be aware that some of the activities take place some distance from the site and toilets aren’t available at many of these.
Toilets are not available at several of our Summer Tour venues. Please check with us in advance if you need further information.
Do you need to know about medical conditions?
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know before the activities if it is any type of condition that could cause an emergency. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.