Activities for Children

Activities and events for children happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.

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  • Wed
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    2017
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    31
    Dec
    2018
    10 am – 3 pmThe Space Centre, 15-17 Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sku 7NN
  • Sat
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    2018
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    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Sweet smell of the Tudors! Gentlewoman Anna Fielding with a nosegay of lavender, rosemary and bay, at Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Little Moreton Hall Opens for 2018 Season on 10 Feb

    Not just the sights and sounds but the smells of the 16th Century will be featured at Little Moreton Hall during 2018.

    When the hall re-opens on 10 February, ‘Welcome to the 16th Scent-ury’ will focus on the aromas of Tudor times, with a special ‘You Smell’ trail appealing particularly to families. You will be able to sample the aromas of herbs such as tansy, lady’s bedstraw and meadowsweet; rich spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ‘grains of paradise’, and some exotic Tudor perfumes.

    But not everything will be idyllic.  Odours of sweat and damp wool, the smell of the privvy and the stench of rough, harsh tobacco will also be part of the experience.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/National Trust

    Anna Fielding, from the Hall, explained, ‘Country life in Tudor times involved a lot of hard physical toil. And you were dressed in heavy wool clothes. So some perspiration would be inevitable. You also tended your animals, undertook gruelling work in the dairy and had ‘interesting’ ideas about waste disposal.

    We would probably not be very happy about some of the smells wafting round. Even some of the perfumes favoured by the Tudors would not be to our taste.

    On the other hand, the Tudors would feel people today give off the scent of harsh chemicals. Sixteenth century ideas of keeping clean and of the way bodies interacted with the environment were not the same as ours. The smells we like or dislike would be different to those the Tudors felt strongly about and the reactions people had to various smells of everyday life in the past can give us a real insight into their way of thinking.

    ‘This wonderful old house is the ideal setting to explore those different attitudes and discover the way people really lived in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  Last year we looked at the way the Tudors slept. Visitors had a great time discovering the rules and guidelines the Tudors followed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Once again, their ideas were different from ours.’

    Another feature of the new season at Little Moreton Hall will be Candlemas, a religious festival which centred on taking a candle to church to have it blessed.

    From 10 February you will be able to make your own candle and take in the aromas of beeswax and incense. Then, from Monday 19 February to Sunday 25 February dozens of artificial candles will bring a warm glow to the principal rooms of the hall.

    Little Moreton Hall is open seven days a week from 10 to 25 Feb, then Weds – Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    Candlemas Festival: 19 February – 25 February

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhall or call 01260 272018.

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
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    31
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    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    The Gardener’s Kitchen is open daily and serves deliciously fresh lunches and utterly indulgent sweet treats and freshly baked cakes and pastries. We’ve got something for everyone, including a scrumptious childrens menu bound to keep the rumbling tummies at bay and of course our famous afternoon teas, perfect for any occasion or celebration.
    We’ve also got especially tasty offers on throughout the week, see below to learn more!Weekends
    At the end of the week we all need a break – so come visit us and we’ll look after brunch! Whether you want perfectly poached eggs and pancetta or our sweet fluffy pikelets,
    we’ve got it covered.Curry Wednesday
    Variety is definitely the spice of life here at the Gardener’s Kitchen as every Wednesday we have a perfectly spiced curry on offer with all the extras.

    Pie Thursday
    There’s nothing more comforting than a proper pie and every Thursday we serve this pastry classic with an ever changing range of sumptuous fillings.
    Our eyes are firmly on the pies!

    Fish and Chip Friday
    Most people say TGIF where as our team like to shout “Thank God It’s Fish Friday” from the rooftops! Our chips are rustic and hand cut, our fish is fried in a local Cheshire beer batter and it’s served with our homemade lemony pickle.

    Next time you visit Arley Hall & Gardens, be sure to visit us too!

    The Gardener’s Kitchen is open from 10am – 5pm. Please note our hearty brunch is only served at the weekend from 10.00am – 11.30am.

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    2018
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    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    April
    15th, Sunday Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity Dog Walk – to register Click Here
    22nd, Sunday Spring Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    28th & 29th, Saturday & Sunday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    May
    6th & 7th, Sunday & Monday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks
    – to book tickets Click Here
    11th, 12th & 13th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, 27th & 28th, Saturday – Monday Geronimo Family Festival – to book tickets Click Here

    June
    2nd & 3rd, Saturday & Sunday NGS The Old Parsonage tickets will be released soon
    8th, Friday Houghton Weavers Summer Picnic – to book tickets Click Here
    16th & 17th, Saturday & Sunday Rough Runner – to book tickets Click Here
    23rd & 24th, Saturday & Sunday Garden Festival – to book tickets Click Here
    28th – 1st July, Thursday – Sunday Spirit of the Horse – to book tickets Click Here

    July
    8th, Sunday Fairy Tales & Trails Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Saturday NMC Outdoor Concert on the Park – to book tickets Click Here
    19th, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, Thursday The Arley Summer Soiree – tickets will be released soon

    August
    5th, Sunday NGS Arley Hall & Gardens normal daily entry price applies
    23rd, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Tempest – to book tickets Click Here
    25th, 26th & 27th, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Caravan & Camping Rally – to book tickets Click Here

    September
    9th, Sunday Autumn Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    15th, Saturday Firework Champions – to book tickets Click Here
    22nd & 23rd, Saturday & Sunday The Great British Food Festival  – to book tickets Click Here
    28th, 29th & 30th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here

    October
    7th, Sunday Wedding Open Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Sunday Mushroom Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    November
    13th & 14th, Tuesday & Wednesday Shopping Spectacular – to book tickets Click Here

    December
    1st – 6th, Saturday – Thursday Christmas Floral Extravaganza - tickets will be released soon

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018
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    2018
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    A great day out for all the family, including your dog!

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

    For full details of opening times, see the Tickets page. 

     

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018
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    Aug
    2018
    Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

     

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535
    Enquiries: 07871 422937

    Our auditorium Bar is open 30mins before screenings (subject to the film being shown, and at live by satellite events). Tea, coffee, prosecco, wine, beer and spirits are available and may be taken into the auditorium.

    Friday 8 June
    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (12A) [2hrs 10mins] 5.00, 8.00

    Saturday 9 June & Sunday 10 June
    SHERLOCK GNOMES (U) [1hrs 26mins] 11:45
    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (12A) [2h 10mins] 2.00, 5.00, 8.00

    Monday 11 June
    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (12A) [2hrs 10mins] 5.00, 8.00

    Tuesday 12 June
    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (12A) [2hrs 10mins] 1.00, 3:45
    Royal Ballet Live: SWAN LAKE 7.15

    Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 June
    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (12A) [2hrs 10mins] 5.00, 8.00

    Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June
    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (12A) [2h 10mins] 2.00, 5.00, 8.00

    Monday 18 to Thursday 21 June
    JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (12A) [2hrs 10mins] 5.00, 8.00


    Now bookable:

    Friday 20 July until Thursday 26 July
    MAMMA MIA 2: HERE WE GO AGAIN! (PG) [2hrs] 2.30, 5.15, 8.00

    Friday 27 July until Thursday 2 August
    MAMMA MIA 2: HERE WE GO AGAIN! (PG) [2hrs] 5.15, 8.00

    Live by Satellite:
    Royal Ballet Live: SWAN LAKE Tuesday 12 June, 7.15

    Silk Museum exhibition / Barnaby Festival screening :
    'Paterson, New Jersey - The Macclesfield of America'
    PATERSON (15) Friday 22 June, 2pm

    Live by Satellite:
    Royal Ballet Live: SWAN LAKE Tuesday 12 June, 7.15

    ROYAL OPERA HOUSE SEASON 2018 / 2019
    NOW BOOKABLE

    Royal Ballet MAYERLING
    Royal Ballet LA BAYADERE
    Royal Ballet THE NUTCRACKER
    Royal Opera THE QUEEN OF SPADES
    Royal Opera LA TRAVIATA
    Royal Ballet DON QUIXOTE
    Royal Opera LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
    Royal Opera FAUST
    Royal Ballet MIXED TRIPLE BILL
    Royal Ballet ROMEO & JULIET

    All listed films and live by satellite events now bookable at cinemac.org.uk

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018
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    Jul
    2018
    Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY

    Of the several gardens, open to the public, within a fifteen minute drive of Macclesfield the National Trust’s Hare Hill Gardens between Prestbury and Alderley, must be one of the best – and wonderful place to spend a few hours – or even a whole day enjoying a picnic.

    The rhododendrons may be beginning to fade but continue to provide a colourful backdrop.

    At this time of year between Spring and Summer – the gardens are in a transition – the rhododendrons and azalea flowers fading – the wisteria and summer buds slowly awakening – but despite this the all pervading beauty and tranquility is quite breathtaking.

    Forthcoming events at Hare Hill Gardens include:

    An evening walk with the Head 
    Tue 05 Jun 2018
    + 1 other date
    18:00-20:00
    Join Head Gardener Emma Hill for an evening exploration of the beautiful gardens at Hare Hill, includes drink and canapés.

    Tai Chi in the Walled Garden
    Thu 07 Jun 2018
    + 16 other dates
    14:00-15:00
    Join a Tai Chi class in the tranquil setting of the walled garden

    The Brocklehursts of Hare Hill
    Mon 18 Jun 2018
    11:00-12:00
    + other times
    Find out more about the influential family who owned Hare Hill and the tragic story behind the statues in the walled garden.

    Horse Power at Hare 
    Mon 25 Jun 2018
    + 29 other dates
    10:30-16:30
    Watch heavy horses in action in the garden this summer

    Walk with the Ranger: June
    Mon 25 Jun 2018
    14:00-16:00
    Join the Hare Hill Ranger for an insight into Ranger life

    Walk with the Ranger: July
    Mon 23 Jul 2018
    14:00-16:00
    Join the Hare Hill Ranger for an insight into Ranger life

    Hare Hill Gardens, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY
    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill

    All images ⓒ ilovemacc.com 2018

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    2018
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    2018
    Various locations

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding fire station open days in 2017 and you're encouraged to take your family and friends along to these free events. Open days

    • Crewe fire station open day - 9th June from 10am-4pm
    • Knutsford fire station open day - 23rd June from 11am-4pm
    • Alsager fire station open day - 1st July, time tbc
    • Winsford station open day - 21st July from 11am-3pm
    • Runcorn fire station open day, 22nd July, time tbc
    • Frodsham fire station open day - 28th July from 11am-3pm
    • Wilmslow fire station open day - 4th August, time tbc
    • Northwich fire station open day - 11th August, time tbc
    • Macclesfield fire station open day - 12th August, 12noon-4pm
    • Tarporley fire station open day - 18th August, time tbc
    • Penketh fire station open day - 25th August, time tbc
    • Warrington fire station - 2nd September, time tbc
    • Birchwood fire station - 8th September, time tbc
    • Lymm fire station - 15th September, time tbc
    • Congleton fire station - 22nd September, time tbc

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
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    24
    Jun
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    As part of Arley Hall's annual Garden Festival, now in its 24th year, local school's are being invited to take part in a Schools Garden Challenge where ten local schools create a garden.

    This year Gabriel Ash are sponsoring the Schools Garden Challenge and will be donating a first prize of a red cedar, upright coldframe, ideal for overwintering small delicate plants and growing plants from seed.  Gabriel Ash will be at the show this year and will organize with the winning school when is best for them to deliver and install this maintenance free cedar cold-frame.

    The public will be asked for their favourite flowerbed – with a token given to them when they enter the show.  The winning school will receive a free child admission ticket to Arley for use during 2018.

    Arley's aim is to encourage children to think and learn about the natural environment in which they live. Flowerbeds can include topics such as biology, geography, art/design and conservation.  Practical working skills and working together as a team will be important elements of this project.

    Timescale
    Schools would need to begin thinking about their garden now, ready for planting your seeds for your garden soon after Easter and have clear ideas on its theme and the plants to be grown. Competitors are welcome to visit Arley to talk with their head Gardener, Gordon Baillie and discuss any thoughts or ideas.

    Children are free to come to the Garden Festival as are the teachers involved in this project.  Adult entry is £11.50 and Concession £10.50 if booked in advance and £16.50 adult and £14.50 Concession on the day.  This includes entry to the Hall & Gardens as well as the show.

    Tickets are available online at www.arleyhallandgardens.com/events/2018-06.

    Each year the show attracts many nurseries and plant specialists as well as horticultural accessories with guided garden tours by Lord Ashbrook also taking place during the day.  Children’s entertainment including animals from Stockley Farm, face painting, trampolines, rides and of course ice cream will be all taking place along with live jazz music and a food fair.

     For further details email: helen.begent@arleyhallandgardens.com
  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
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    24
    Jun
    2018
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal

    The National Trust Children’s Book Festival is returning on 23 – 24 June 2018, and this year is hosted by Quarry Bank in Styal, Cheshire. Following two highly successful years at Wray Castle in the Lake District, the festival is on the move and is set to be bigger and brighter than ever.

    Visitors to Quarry Bank will be able to meet their favourite children’s authors and illustrators at the two day festival where there will be talks, book signings and workshops. Highlights include a chance to meet Axel Scheffler, the creator of Pip and Posy and illustrator of The Gruffalo and Stick Man on Saturday 23 June. There’ll be live drawing and storytelling and perhaps even a surprise guest or two as Axel introduces the latest adventures of best friends Pip and Posy.

    Visitors at the National Trust Children's Book Festival, 2016, at Wray Castle, Cumbria

    On Sunday 24 June, the festival will present the world premiere of Alex T. Smith’s Claude on TV. The bestselling books are launching as a TV series on Disney Junior in June, and this will be an exclusive opportunity to see an episode of Claude, meet Alex T. Smith and find out all about his brand new detective character, Mr Penguin.

    Other appearances include model making workshops with animators from Aardman Animations; Tracey Corderoy, author of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam; Benji Davies, the author and illustrator behind The Grotlyn, The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island; Harriet Muncaster, creator of the Isadora Moon series, and interactive storytelling sessions.

    Katie Bond, Children’s Publisher for the National Trust, says “We’re very excited to bring the Children’s Book Festival to Quarry Bank and we’ve put together an action-packed weekend with some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. Everything that we do at the National Trust helps us to look after special places for generations to come, so it’s great to be able to host the festival at Quarry Bank and find new ways to engage families through stories and imagination.”

    Visitors at the National Trust Children's Book Festival, 2016, at Wray Castle, Cumbria

    Across the festival weekend, Quarry Bank will be running story-themed family activities, inspired by the authors who are appearing at the festival. With activities including dressing up, craft activities and interactive games, there’ll be plenty for the whole family to get stuck into. Visitors can also delve deeper into Quarry Bank’s own story with the Journeys of the Imagination trail that will be running from 5 May – 28 October 2018. Journeys of the Imagination follows the tales of six remarkable travellers who journeyed to and from Quarry Bank, drawing on the wealth of stories hidden within the archives.

    “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Children’s Book Festival in 2018,” says Suzanne Bowling, Visitor Programming Officer at Quarry Bank. “We’ve taken inspiration from all the authors and illustrators who are appearing and put together a host of activities for families to connect to the stories and characters featuring at the festival. It’s a weekend not to be missed for bookworms of all ages.”

    Visitors reading books in the second-hand bookshop at The Argory, County Armagh.

    Tickets for author and illustrator workshops must be booked in advance. Additional activities are included in the Quarry Bank admission price (free for National Trust members). For the full festival line-up and to book tickets visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank