Activities for Children

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

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  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    Mon
    31
    Dec
    2018
    10 am – 3 pmThe Space Centre, 15-17 Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sku 7NN
  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    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.

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    Feb
    2018
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    2018

     

    West Park Museum

    Macclesfield Museums have got a range of activities to keep the kids happy over the holidays - February half term, Easter and May half term. There is something new to do at each of our venues every time: Tuesdays at West Park Museum (Prestbury Road), Wednesdays at The Old Sunday School (Roe Street), and Thursdays at The Silk Museum (Park Lane). Find out more at www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk

    POM POM PANDAS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 20 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make your own adorable panda figure based on our own Macc Panda.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN EXPLORERS
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 21 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Meet explorer Marianne Brocklehurst and discover some Egyptian artefacts. Then just like Marianne create your own sketch book and diary to record your expedition!
    £3 per person

    The Silk Museum

    LET’S PRINT
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 22 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    To celebrate the work of Macclesfield’s Charles Tunnicliffe, have a go at a range of different printing techniques.
    £5 per person

    CARTOUCHE CREATIONS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 3 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make a ‘carved’ tablet with your name in hieroglyphs out of air-hardening clay.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN CROCODILES
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 4 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Victorian explorers often tried to bring back crocodiles as souvenirs of their adventures. Make the figure of Sobek, the Egyptian God of the Nile, who was depicted as a Nile crocodile and then make a climbing crocodile snapping at the explorers’ heels!
    £3 per person

    Old Sunday School

    UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 5 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Take a look at some small objects under the microscope, make them big to see their detail, then think of one of your favourite things and create it in miniature to fit into a matchbox. Decorate the matchbox and you have a tiny artwork to take away!
    £5 per person

    PROFESSOR MACE AND HIS AMAZING PANDA MEDALS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 10 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Meet Professor Mace, explore some of his amazing discoveries and work with his assistant David to cast your own panda medal in tribute to our Macc Panda.
    £3 per person

    THE KNIGHT’S QUEST
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 11 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Celebrate St George’s Day by taking on the Knight’s Quest, making your own helmet and shield before going in search of the dragon.
    £3 per person

    STORYBOOK FINGER PUPPETS
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 12 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Macclesfield’s Charles Tunnicliffe illustrated lots of story books, particularly featuring animals and birds. Make a family of finger puppets to illustrate your own story.
    £5 per person

    ANUBIS MASK
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 29 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make a mask of the Egyptian Jackal, or Dog-Headed God Anubis.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN SCARABS AND AMULETS
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 30 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Create an Egyptian scarab complete with your own secret inscription along with an amulet to protect you in the ‘afterlife’.
    £3 per person

    WACKY MACHINES
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 31 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    As part of our Jacquard Legacy project, make your own wacky machine combining some lowtech recycling with a little bit of technology.
    £5 per person

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    Mon
    31
    Dec
    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.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    Wed
    13
    Jun
    2018
    Teggs Nose Country Park
     

    Starting this April in Teggsnose Wood - Greenwood Forest School. Every Wednesday, during term time, this friendly Forest School aims to link people of all ages and abilities to their immediate natural environment. Greenwood believe in making learning fun and encourage risk taking to develop confidence, resilience and emotional intelligence.

    Typical activities include exploring, games, swings and ropes, physical challenges, tool use, nature crafts, environmental awareness, foraging, shelter building while leaving no sign within the countryside. Suitable for ages 2+.

    To book or to find out more ring 07801 655272
    or email Greenwood Growth.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    Thu
    06
    Dec
    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
    16
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Apr
    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.

    Monday 16 to Sunday 29 April

    Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 April
    ISLE OF DOGS (PG) [1hr 41mins]  5.30
    A QUIET PLACE (15) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Thursday 19 April
    ISLE OF DOGS (PG) [1hr 41mins]  3.00
    A QUIET PLACE (15) [1hr 30mins] 5.30
    GREASE (PG) [1hr 45mins] 8.00

    Friday 20 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  5.30
    LOVE, SIMON (12A) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  3.00, 5.30
    LOVE, SIMON (12A) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  5.30
    LOVE, SIMON (12A) [1hr 30mins] 8.00

    Thursday 26 April
    PETER RABBIT (PG) [1hr 34mins]  5.15
    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 7.30

    Friday 27 April
    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 4.15, 7.30

    Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April
    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 1.00, 4.15, 7.30

    Coming Soon:
    SHERLOCK GNOMES
    THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
    DEADPOOL 2  
    Advance tickets available from Thursday 19 April

    Live by Satellite:
    Royal Ballet Live: MANON Thursday 3 May, 7.15
    National Theatre Live: MACBETH Thursday 10 May, 7pm
    Royal Ballet Live: SWAN LAKE Tuesday 12 June, 7.15

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

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    10 am to 5 pmSandbach town centre

    This year new elements of the show are promising to make it the best ever!

    In addition to the usual displays of vehicles (including lorries, buses, military, steam, cars, motorbikes and trikes), the arts exhibition, music festival and Fodens band – this year we will be joined by the TruckTown Art Festival, performed by SparepArts artists, funded by the Arts Council of England.

    Visitors will see a multitude of transport themed performers. On Saturday this will include the construction of the displays as well as the actual festival on the Sunday, during both days younger visitors will be encouraged to join in.

    Sunday will be a full day of events from 10 am till 5 pm with the Grand Finale being the parade of SparepArts Street Artists from the High Street to the Commons Car Park.

    This will be very much a family event with something for everyone – come and enjoy a great weekend – keep up to date by following us on Facebook (Sandbach Transport Festival).

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    Capeshorne Hall, Congleton Rd, Siddington, Macclesfield SK11 9JY

    Pet & Dog Social Media App Bauwow has joined forces with the Merseyside Beagle Club to hold a world record attempt for the largest single breed dog walk. Beagleandia will be held at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield, raising over £10,000 for the Beagle Welfare and Unite to Care charities.

    The current world record is held by a group of 783 Yorkshire terriers from Mexico City. The Beagleandia event has already reached the maximum capacity for the event venue, with 1180 adult beagles confirmed to attend the event, accompanied by 2,500 humans. Provided the rules are followed and the evidence is lodged, the current record should be broken by a considerable margin (full rules can be found here http://bauwowworld.com/events/beaglelandia-beagle-world-record-2/). The event itself will also have stalls, shows and entertainment to amuse the dogs and crowds alike.

    Bauwow founder and Beagleandia co-organiser Peter Curtis commented: “As proud parents of a Beagle we hope the event will promote responsible dog ownership as well as connect dog lovers from across the UK and promote the wonderful work of Beagle Welfare and Unite to Care charities. The fact that we are aiming to break the single breed dog walk record is a massive bonus and we are feeling very confident about our attempt”.

    The main aims of Beagle Welfare are:

    • The prevention of maltreatment and cruelty to beagles and to encourage responsible ownership of beagles throughout Great Britain
    • To rehome beagles from owners are unable to look after them
    • To provide advice and guidance to beagle owners
    • To encourage responsible breeding of Beagles throughout Great Britain

    Unite to Care works tirelessly to end the use of animals for research. Beagles are particularly elected to be used in research due to their placid and tolerant nature.

    Bauwow is a pet social media app with over 30,000 members sharing content and experiences with their special canine friends on a daily basis. Bauwow recently announced an exclusive partnership with dog microchip record provider Petlog, to allow dog and cat owners to manage their pet’s microchip details within the app and help reunite lost pets as quickly as possible. Download the app now http://onelink.to/s26zbc

    The Beagleandia event is taking place at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield between 10am-4pm on Sunday 22nd April.

    Video from last year’s event can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1iPTWKS_BE&t=64s

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

     

    Enjoy huge carpets of bluebells, birdsong and many other wild flowers in the magnificent Big Wood which is not normally open to visitors. Walk by the Lake to see many kinds of water birds. Learn the history of this ancient agricultural estate. Return through The Grove, Arley’s beautiful woodland garden in full springtime glory.

    Walks last approx. 1¾ hrs on footpaths through woods & fields and are lead by experienced guides.

    Saturday 28th April / Sunday 29th April 11am & 2pm
    Sunday 6th May / Monday 7th May 11am & 2pm

    Booking is essential. All visitors should wear waterproof clothing and footwear. Unfortunately the walks are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

    Adults £8 Children (5-16) £2
    (Entry to the Hall & Gardens is an additional fee.)

    Parking FREE - dogs welcome on a lead

    Book tickets online or call 01565 777353 Ext 20.