Activities for Children

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

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  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    Thu
    18
    Jun
    2020
    Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535 Enquiries: 07534 920495

    Tickets • can be purchased on the door, subject to demand • can be booked in advance at cinemac.org.uk • can be purchased in advance at the box office in the half-hour before any performance

    Giftcards • can be purchased online at cinemac.org.uk • can be purchased from the box office  in the half-hour before any performance

    Cinebar 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.

    Cinemac Meal Deal The Cinemac Meal Deal with Fina Bar & Grill starts on Tuesday 2nd of April! For just £14 enjoy a delicious Italian meal and a trip to Cinemac! Meal Deal vouchers are available to purchase from the Cinemac Box Office or Fina. You can take advantage of this amazing offer by visiting Fina after one of our early evening shows or before our evening performances. As numbers are limited, please ensure that you call Fina before you visit to reserve your table. Fina’s phone number is: 01625 618744 The Meal Deal with Fina is now ongoing! Please note that the meal deal is only valid for film tickets and it does not include live events.

    Coming soon to Cinemac... Arighi Bianchi Luxury Sofa Seats!

    After listening to customer feedback, we've set out to improve customer comfort and overall enjoyment and are currently installing a luxury seating area with 2 and 3 seater sofas by Arighi Bianchi. You will soon be able to sit back, unwind and relax as they watch the latest film releases on the big screen in ultimate comfort! An Arighi Bianchi 2 person sofa film ticket will be priced at £20, and the 3 person sofa at £30 which is only £2.50 more per person than a standard adult ticket (Tuesday-Saturday). Our new Sofa Seats will be available from 27/01/2020, tickets can be purchased online or atour box office, we strongly recommend booking in advance as these tickets are sure to sell out quickly.

    Silver Screenings Concessions aged 60 & over get a free tea or filter coffee on a Wednesday before 14:30pm. Our Silver Screenings start on Wednesday the 18th of September.

    FILM & EVENT LISTINGS

    Tuesday 21st January LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 11:40

    1917 (15) [2h] 14:40, 17:30, 20:20

    Wednesday 22nd January Cinema Closed

    Thursday 23rd January 1917 (15) [2h] 17:30, 20:20

    Friday 24th January 1917 (15) [2h] 14:45 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:30, 20:20

    Saturday 25th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Sunday 26th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Monday 27th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Tuesday 28th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Wednesday 29th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:00 1917 (15) [2h] 13:45 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 16:30 La Bohème (Opera) 19:45

    Tuesday 28th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Royal Opera House Season 19/20

    Tuesday 25th February: Marston & Scarlett World Premieres (Ballet) 19:15

    Tuesday 24th March: Fidelio (Opera) 19:15

    Wednesday 1st April: Swan Lake (Ballet) 19:15 Tuesday 24th April: Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci (Opera) 19:00 Thursday 28th May: The Dante Project (Ballet) 19:15 Thursday 18th June: Elektra (Opera) 19:45    

    Available to book now:

    February 4th: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL - 19:00 February 9th: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL - 14:00

    National Theatre Live

    Thursday 20th February: National Theatre Live: CYRANO DE BERGERAC 19:00 Thursday 21st May: National Theatre Live: THE WELKIN 19:00

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

     

  • Tue
    25
    Feb
    2020
    10.30 am to 5 pmMacclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield

    It’s back!  The ECHO Annual Pancake Race for 2020.

    Last years event was the best yet with 20 teams participating, but organisers hope to beat this in 2020. As well as the coveted trophy for the overall winner, they’ll be giving away a prize for the best fancy dress.

    The race will take place on Tuesday 25th February, outside the Town Hall in Macclesfield.  Registration will be from 10:30am and the first race heat will start at 11am.  All races are expected to finish around 12:30pm.

    So get your trainers on and start practising!  Its a short course from the Town Hall down Mill Street to the entrance to the Grosvenor Centre.  Its a relay race, and you must stop half way and toss your pancake (pan and pancake provided for you – quality will be improved after last years disasters!)

    Entrance per team of 4 people is £20.  Multiple teams from the same company/organisation can participate, but each team must pay the fee.

    Payment can be made via this justgiving link. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/echopancake2020

    If you are not able to pay via this link please let the organisers know. You will also need to email ecn-tr.ECHOHospitalCharity@nhs.net, to confirm that you would like a team in the race and what your team is called.

    This year the charity is raising money for a patient transport minibus.

    As with many other hospitals, Macclesfield has experienced very busy periods in recent years and at peak times has faced challenges finding enough beds for all patients who need them. Last year, East Cheshire NHS Trust which runs the hospital launched a campaign called ‘HelpingFlo’ which aimed to raise awareness of how members of the public and staff can help free up hospital beds via a fictitious patient called Flo.

    Building on the success of this campaign, the trust’s charity ECHO is now aiming to raise funds for a wheelchair-accessible minibus which will help return patients like Flo, many of whom may be elderly and reliant on public transport, to return home when they no longer require hospital care but may not be able to get home easily themselves, often due to the availability of family and friends and other transport and mobility issues.​

    If teams or members of the public would like to donate to the fundraising, it can be done via the justgiving link above, or by donating at the cash office at MDGH.  All proceeds will go toward the minibus.

    The race is supported by East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield Town Council, Silk 106.9, and Macclesfield Castle Rotary.

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshiren

    Transitions Dance Company returns with a brand new triple bill of short, innovative dance works by specially commissioned choreographers H2DANCE, Cameron McMillan and Elisa Pagani.

    Through an intriguing lens tinted by humour, beauty and physicality, this diverse programme explores matters which resonate with society today, performed by a company of outstanding, international dancers at the start of their stellar careers.  

    There will be a post-show Q&A.

    “Ferociously talented dancers.” LondonDance

    “A fine ensemble…if you get the chance to see them, grab it.” British Theatre Guide

    “Talented, meticulously trained and hungry for success. ” Culture Whisper

    https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/boxoffice/ticket/433392

    https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/creative-innovation/transitions-dance-company

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2020

    Macclesfield is gearing up to welcome back The Macclesfield Bikeathon event once again which proved popular in the town for almost 20 years.

    The Bikeathon which is funded by Macclesfield Town Council, returned to the town in 2019 and saw a fantastic 189 riders taking part. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 16th May and will raise money for local charity Just Drop In.

    There will be 3 route options with varying distances including a 12-mile family ride which heads north out of Macclesfield, along the Middlewood Way towards Poynton where the route joins the road and heads south back towards Macclesfield.

    The second ride is a 33-mile route around the beautiful Cheshire Plain with its quiet hedgerow lined lanes. The route heads west from Macclesfield towards Jodrell Bank then North towards the feed station at Great Warford Baptist Church. Then it goes onto Alderley Edge and Mottram St Andrew before returning to Macclesfield town centre.

    For those looking for a more challenging ride, there is a 64 mile route on offer which heads towards Tatton Park, through more country lanes to Byley where the route turns for home, past the refreshment stop and the final push back to Macclesfield to collect finishers goodies.

    The rides will all start and end in Market Place in the town centre. Here there will be lots of family activities and stalls to enjoy.

    The event is being organised by Darren Allgood from Allgood Cycling who said ‘Organising the Bikeathon is such a rewarding experience. We get to work with brilliant local people generating community spirit and promoting health and fitness while raising money for local charity Just Drop In. Get on your bikes for a great cause!

    Helena Gowler, Community Engagement Officer for Macclesfield Town Council which is funding the event commented that ‘Last year, the town council supported the return of the Bikeathon and it was great to see so many people taking part. The Council is delighted to be involved with the event again. This year there is the added bonus of a community event in the town centre which we are really looking forward to. Making physical activity the fun and easy option is important to the town council and the Bikeathon is a perfect fit with this.’

    The Bikeathon will support local charity Just Drop In which provides support to young people in Macclesfield.

    Ann Wright, Chief Executive Officer for Just Drop In commented that ‘This is a fabulous community event which we are terrifically proud to be involved in. It’s great to see so many people coming together to ride and have fun, while raising money to help others in their community. With the growing demand for emotional and mental health support, all the funds raised will go towards providing free counselling support to local young people.’

  • Fri
    22
    May
    2020
    Mon
    25
    May
    2020
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Treat your family to Geronimo fun at Arley Hall from just £3 per person!

    At Geronimo HQ we are always thinking of ways to make our festival as inclusive as possible for all of our families. Being the largest children’s festival in the UK, and one of the only events to include most activities within the price of the ticket, the challenge for Geronimo was on. Hold on to your hats, we are holding a groundbreaking social experiment and we are going to give your family the opportunity to be a part of it!

    Pay what you can afford

    Yes, you read that right: our social experiment is pay what you can afford. For limited time only, we will be offering a block of day-only ticketspriced from £3, £5, £10, you just choose the ticket you feel you can reasonably afford. The aim behind it is to allow every family the chance to come along to spend quality time together, we know that raising children can be expensive.

    The reduced-price tickets will be released for sale at 10am on Saturday 22nd February 2020, we are expecting these to sell out very quickly before the prices go back to the standard cost - don’t miss out. But be quick – when they’re gone they’re gone!

    You will be able to buy yours by heading over to our website www.geronimofest.com as soon as they are released. An additional car parking ticket cost of £10 does apply.

    What’s Geronimo Fest all about?

    If you haven’t heard already, Geronimo is the UK’s premier all-in-one children’s festival. We love Arley Hall, and every year we spend our late May Bank Holiday there with our Geronimites and their families. Our mission is to give all families an amazing fun-filled and magical weekend to enjoy with their children and we have put together a festival which creates memories for a lifetime and you don’t have to just stay for a day, if you want to make a weekend if it, check out our camping package on the website. Please note that these tickets aren’t included in the social experiment prices.

    Amazing fun and activities in the Cheshire countryside

    With over 100 activities included in your entrance ticket you’ll need to arrive early. Do your kids love crafting? We’ve got that. They love climbing and parkour? We’ve got that too. We have 2 amazing circuses with a 1,600-seater arena, fantastic bands and TV superstars headlining our main stage, skilled motorcycle displays, jousting, kids’ entertainers, dancers, music, archery, a brass band, graffiti skills, dinosaurs, dolls, shetland pony racing, fort building, the Gruffalo, just to name a handful. You can find the itinerary on the website www.geronimofest.com

    Our Geronimo families love it and every year there is more to discover, and more memories to make! Keep checking back at our website to find out what new activities we’ve added - there is always something for everyone!

    Are you an artist? Would you like to join Geronimo?

    We are looking for artists from around the UK who are family-friendly and would like to join us in creating the biggest Geronimo Fest yet. If you would like to be part of our social experiment, get in touch with us now through our website. www.geronimofest.com We would love to hear from you!

    Where can I get my tickets to Geronimo Fest 2020?

    Simple. Head over to www.geronimofest.com at 10am on Saturday 22nd February 2020 when the tickets are released. They are strictly limited so if you snooze, you lose. We don’t want you to miss out - put the date in your diary now!

    See you in the fields - Geronimo Chief

    www.geronimofest.com

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2020
    Wed
    17
    Jun
    2020
    Clay House Farm, Flittogate Ln, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HJ

    The Royal Cheshire Show 2018 has to be one of the best ever – in fact there’s so much going on you’ll be hard pressed to cram everything in during one single day.

    The family-friendly event celebrates the agricultural heritage ingrained within the local community and with exhibitions, mouth-watering demonstrations and exhilarating performances, the Show promises visitors a great day out in the heart of Cheshire’s countryside.

    Paul Hannam – The Quad Bike Stunt Show

    This year, the Delamere Dairy Main Ring will feature quad-bike stuntman, Paul Hannam, from North Devon, who will put on a stellar display of precision riding, multiple roll stunt quad and trick riding.

    Delamere Dairy Main Ring - Royal Cheshire County Show 2019

    Visitors will also be able to experience the excitement of a day at the races condensed into Shetland Pony size with the second headline Delamere Dairy Main Ring attraction, “The Shetland Pony Grand National”.

    If you’re looking to entertain family, friends or clients a Royal Cheshire County Show VIP Marquee will fit the bill perfectly. Brand new for 2020, just four spacious 3m x 3m VIP Marquees will be available to hire for up to eight people. Prominently positioned facing the main ring with a small private garden area, the marquees will provide the perfect entertainment package. 

    The Show plays host to hundreds of competition classes for livestock, including pigs, cattle, sheep and dairy goats, as they all compete for the many coveted trophies available. Classes are also available for light and heavy horses, show jumping, rare breeds of livestock, poultry, pygmy goats, pigeons, cavies, rabbits and dogs.

    Amongst a jam-packed schedule of competitions, The Agri-Centre is a must-see experience for those who wish to learn how food is produced by Cheshire farmers with local farmers feeding calves, holding milking and sheep shearing demonstrations, along with many other presentations including veterinary care, butchery, ice cream making and bread making. 

    Trade Stands – Royal Cheshire County Show 2019

    After a successful Show debut in 2019, the Market of Makers is back for visitors to explore the very best unique, artisan and home-made products crafted by an array of skilful creators including artists, musicians, bakers, producers, designers and creators.

    Jean-Christophe Novelli

    Inside the Roberts Bakery Food Live Theatre, visitors can watch multi-Michelin star and 5/5 AA Rosette winning Chef, Author and Restaurateur, Jean-Christophe Novelli put on a mouth-water demonstration of culinary expertise. Ticketholders will also be able to taste Cheshire’s finest locally sourced produce inside the Roberts Bakery Hall which hosts local, regional and national producers and purveyors of fine food under two huge marquees.

    Rob Davenport, Show Director of The Royal Cheshire County Show, commented: “We are proud to organise this fantastic event which attracts a crowd of thousands annually from across Cheshire and beyond to experience the many interesting and fascinating aspects of farming and rural life. This year, guests will be able to browse unique handcrafted products at the Market of Makers, watch exhilarating attractions inside our brand-new VIP Marquees and view mouth-watering culinary demonstrations by our celebrity chefs – it’s all about The Royal Cheshire County Show!”

    To find out more information, or to book tickets for The Royal Cheshire County Show, please visit https://www.royalcheshireshow.org/ticket-enquiries/

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2020
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Crewe Town Council are the main sponsors of the LGBT+ community in Cheshire East which will take place at Queens Park, in Crewe, on Saturday 20 June 2020.

    Pride in the Park welcomes people from Cheshire East and beyond, offering family-friendly entertainment and activities, a vibrant parade and a dedicated marketplace of LGBT+ organisations to help offer advice and information for visitors.

    This celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing marketplace for visitors to receive key help and support from organisations such as Body Positive, Transforum Manchester and Diversity Role Models. Cheshire East partner agencies, including Cheshire police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, will also attend.

    Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “We are delighted Crewe Town Council has made the decision to again get involved with Pride in the Park 2020. Putting on such a major event for the LGBT+ community, which last year attracted 5,000 visitors, would not be possible without the generous and enthusiastic support of Crewe Town Council and other sponsors, partners and community organisations.”

    “Pride in the Park continues to grow and already there is a real sense of excitement among all those involved for the event next year. Everyone is really looking forward to the big day.”

    Councillor Tom Dunlop, chair of Crewe Town Council's community plan committee, said: “Crewe Town Council is incredibly proud to once again be a part of Pride in the Park coming in to 2020, as we celebrate both the equality and diversity of our local communities, by continuing our support for the LGBT+ community - not only in Crewe but around the country.”

    “I attended the event in 2019, and had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people who had travelled from far and wide to attend the event, which was held in our beautiful Queens Park - and I am so pleased that the event will be returning to the park this year. The atmosphere was fantastic, the parade was awash with vibrancy and colour, the performers all did an outstanding job, the crowd were happy – and the weather was mostly good too!”

    Other sponsors who have signed up to support Pride in the Park include Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, HSL Compliance and Cheshire East Council's arms-length company Ansa Environmental Services.

    To find out more about this event, visit: www.prideinthepark.com or for details of sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathryn Bradley at kathryn.bradley@cheshireeast.gov.uk