Activities for Children

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

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form


  • Wed
    10 am – 3 pmThe Space Centre, 15-17 Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sku 7NN
  • Wed
    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.

  • Sat
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    Tis’ soon the season to embrace the festive spirit and where better to celebrate Christmas than in the magical grounds of Tatton Park? Known for its family offering and festive traditions, they’ve pulled together a number of top events for this Christmas.

    Father Christmas at the Farm

    For the believers in all of us, visitors can meet Father Christmas and his reindeer, Prancer and Dancer. Music from choirs and brass bands accompany a children’s entertainer and storyteller and everyone can have a go at making their own magic reindeer feed. Tickets are available at £7.00 for adults and £6.50 for children (0-15) including a gift. No pre-booking necessary.

    Farm dates and times:

    Sat 1 and Sun 2 Dec – 11am until 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    Sat 8and Sun 9Dec – 11am until 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    Sat 15 and Sun 16Dec - 11am until 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    Sat 22and Sun 23 Dec - 11am until 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    The ‘Food Glorious Food’ Christmas Mansion

    Enter a magical Christmas Mansion inspired by the theme of ‘Food Glorious Food’. Discover the impressive state rooms and servants quarters decorated to celebrate seasonal fayre: experience a traditional Egerton family feast in the dining room, follow the jelly sweet path as it twists through the gingerbread village and enjoy the scents of oranges and cinnamon in the scullery. Help the servants with their Christmas food preparations and don’t forget the ‘sprout spotting’ trail for little ones! Festive treats and music will accompany your visit.

    Mansion prices, dates and times:

    Adult £10, Children (ages 4-15) £6

    Tuesday 27 Nov to Sun 2 Dec, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    Tuesday 4 Dec to Sun 9 Dec, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)*

    Fri 14 Dec to Sun 16 Dec, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    Fri 21 Dec to Sat 22 Dec, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    Sun 23 Dec, 1pm – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm

    *Fri 7 Dec 11am – 6pm (last entry 5.30pm)

    Festive Friday – Friday 7 December

    Join other revellers for a jam-packed day of festivities, shopping and food! Pick up those last minute gifts in Tatton's popular Christmas Gift Fair, light Father Christmas' route with lanterns as he pays a special visit to the Stableyard and don't forget to bring your Christmas list to put in the special Santa post box!

    Tatton's Food Glorious Food Mansion, specialty shops and restaurants are all open later than normal - finish off your evening with a winter warming dish or a festive afternoon tea with fizz!

    Festive Friday times:

    Gift Fair 11.30am – 6pm
    Lantern Parade 6pm onwards
    Mansion 11am – 6pm (last entry 5.30pm)

    Stableyard shops and restaurants 10am – 7.30pm

    Christmas Gift Fair Weekend

    With over 40 stalls in the atmospheric Tenant’s Hall, the popular shopping fair offers a wide range of unique gift ideas, food and drinks – perfect for those last minute presents! Free entry.

    Gift fair dates and times:

    Fri 7 Dec, 11:30am – 6pm

    Sat 8 Dec and Sun 9 Dec, 10am – 4pm

    Northern Chamber Orchestra – Fri 14 Dec, 7pm

    This year the nationally acclaimed NCO will delight audiences with a mixture of popular classical music and festive favourites for all the family to enjoy! A visit to the ‘Food Glorious Food’ Christmas Mansion and refreshments before the evening performance is included. Visit for tickets, or call 0161 247 2220.

    Macclesfield Male Voice Choir – Sat 15 Dec, 7pm

    Presenting a programme of well-known male voice numbers and Christmas classics, the fabulous Macclesfield Male Voice Choir return to Tatton Park by popular demand. Included in the ticket is a visit to the ‘Food Glorious Food’ Christmas Mansion and refreshments prior to this evening concert. Visit for tickets.

    Christmas Carols in the Stableyard – Sun 23 Dec, 3-4pm

    Sing-a-long to your favourite carols with the brilliant King Edwards concert band and choir. Pick up last minute gifts and enjoy warming winter food and drink in the Stableyard. For a truly magical Christmas experience visit the Farm and Mansion first to complete the festive fun.

  • Tue
    Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535

    Enquiries: 07534 920495

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    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 RedWillow Macclesfield starts on Tuesday 4th December!
    Meal Deal vouchers are available to purchase from the Cinemac Box Office or RedWillow bar.
    You can take advantage of this amazing offer by visiting Redwillow after one of our early evening shows or before our evening performances.
    As numbers are limited, please ensure that you call RedWillow before you visit to reserve your table.
    RedWillow’s phone number is: 01625 830718

    Please note that the meal deal is only valid for film tickets and it does not include live events.

    Tuesday 4 December

    PETERLOO (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 8.00

    Wednesday 5 December
    PETERLOO (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 8.00

    Thursday 6 December
    PETERLOO (12A) [2hrs 35mins] 12.30
    National Theatre Live: ANTONY & CLEOPATRA 7.00

    Friday 7 December
    RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK IT RALPH 2 (PG) [1h 50m] 5.15, 8.00

    Saturday 8 December
    RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK IT RALPH 2 (PG) [1h 50m] 2.30, 5.15, 8.00

    Sunday 9 December
    RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK IT RALPH 2 (PG) [1h 50m] 2.30, 5.15, 8.00

    Monday 10 December
    BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A) [2h 15m] 8.00

    Tuesday 11 December
    BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A) [2h 15m] 8.00

    Wednesday 12 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 1.00

    Thursday 13 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 8.00

    Friday 14 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 4.45, 8.00

    Saturday 15 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 1.30, 4.45, 8.00

    Sunday 16 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 1.30, 4.45, 8.00

    Monday 17 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 4.45, 8.00

    Tuesday 18 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 4.45, 8.00

    Wednesday 19 December
    Live From The London Palladium: THE KING & I (12A) 1.00

    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 4.45, 8.00

    Thursday 20 December
    AQUAMAN (12A) [2hrs 25mins] 4.45, 8.00

    National Theatre Live

    Tuesday 15 January: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD 7.00

    Thursday 31 January: I'M NOT RUNNING 7.00

    Royal Ballet Live

    Tuesday 19 February: DON QUIXOTE 7.15

    Tuesday 21 May: TRIPLE BILL 7.15

    Tuesday 11 June: ROMEO & JULIET  7.15

    Royal Opera Live

    Tuesday 22 January: THE QUEEN OF SPADES 6.45

    Tuesday 5 February: LA TRAVIATA 6.45

    Tuesday 2 April: FORZA DESTINO 6.15

    Tuesday 30 April: FAUST 6.45


    All listed films and live by satellite events now bookable at


  • Fri

    Welcome to East Cheshire Hospice news

    We have had such an amazing year so far for support and fundraising at East Cheshire Hospice for our 30th Anniversary celebration. We now have a few more festive events planned to round off the year in style!

    Light up a Life

    Christmas can be a really hard time for those who have lost someone, so each year we hold a special service dedicated to those we have lost. Providing an opportunity to remember and reflect. This year we are opening up the service for all to attend on Saturday 8th December from 3pm at St Michaels Church in Macclesfield Town Centre, please do join us.

    You can also dedicate a bauble to any lost loved ones, which will then be hung from the Christmas Tree in the Hospice Chapel throughout the festive period. If you would like to do this, please click here to make a donation and dedicate a bauble.

    Pinches Community Christmas Carols

    One of our big supporters this year, Pinches Medical, are hosting a Christmas Carol Concert at the bandstand in South Park on Friday 21st December in support of us here at East Cheshire Hospice from 5.30 - 8pm. Please go along to this wonderful festive event to support us and Pinches Medical. There will be donation buckets available at the concert if you would like to support our fundraising efforts.

    What's on

    Here are some of the events coming up over the coming month in support of the Hospice. If you'd like to know more, please just click on the event name.

    Family Christmas Bingo - 7th December

    Accordion Concert - 7th December

    Christmas Market & Fun Day - 10th December

    Pinches Community Christmas Carols - 21st December

    Christmas Raffle - 22nd December

    Great Langley Duck Race 2018 - 26th December

    Snowman Sprint - Throughout December

    Volunteers needed!!

    There are a few great volunteering opportunities at events over this festive period.

    • Sunday 9th December 2018 - Tatton Yule Yomp - 8am to 2pm: Marshalls
    • Friday 21st December 2018 - Pinches Community Carol Concert - 5.30pm to 8pm: Bucket Collectors & Stall Holders
    • Friday 21st December 2018 - Tesco, Hibel Road - 10am to 12noon: Bag Packers

    If you would like to help and volunteer at any of these events, please contact Lisa on

    For more information about anything mentioned in this email, please contact the fundraising team on 01625 433477 or email We hope to see you at an event very soon!

  • Fri

    If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas, look no further than the National Trust.

    See historic houses decked out for the season in the style of centuries gone by, or stroll through frosty winter gardens covered in sparkling lights.

    For or something a bit different this year, check out the Regency-inspired celebrations at Lyme, or head to Dunham Massey’s amazing illuminated garden.  After that, warm yourself with the knowledge that each magical day out supports the National Trust’s work as a charity looking after special places for future generations to enjoy.

    Here are the National Trust’s pick of the best places to feel festive in the North West this year:

    Christmas illuminations at Dunham Massey ©National Trust Images/Mike King

    Dunham Massey

    Festive lights in the night
    Until 30 December, see website for times.

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Dunham Massey, and the gardens are all aglow with light. This is the second year of Dunham’s biggest and brightest festive event, and there are plenty of new surprises in store. Follow the sparkling path as it winds through the woods to see the canopy illuminated with shards of light and hung with snowflakes and sparkling baubles – not to mention the spectacular water feature finale. Afterwards warm up with your favourite winter tipple, or enjoy some toasted marshmallows around one of the fire pits while the aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air.

    Price: Adult £16.50, child aged 516 £10 (under 5s free), family (2 adults & 2 children) £50. Additional charge for refreshments. Booking essential via the website.

    The house illuminated for Christmas at Dunham Massey ©National Trust Images/Mike King


    A Regency Christmas
    Friday–Monday until 24 December, 11am–3pm

    If you think a month of festivities at Christmas is a modern phenomenon, think again.

    During the Regency, the season was celebrated over six weeks of revelry and parties. Experience a Regency style Christmas, with each room of the house setting the scene for a different celebration. From Stir Up Sunday and St. Nicholas Day all the way through to Twelfth Night, get in the festive spirit with dancing, singing and decorations.

    Family visitors at Speke Hall, Liverpool, at Christmas ©National Trust Images/Mike King

    Speke Hall

    Decking the hall – Victorian style
    Until 9 December, see website for times and dates

    Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Christmas with carols, sugar mice making, Christmas trails and traditional decorations. Head to the weekend market and pick up the perfect gift with a chance to join the tinsel toddle or bring your four-legged friend for the rudog dash.

    Little Moreton Hall

    Tudor traditions
    8–16 December

    Start your visit with a warm spiced drink and ginger biscuit while you explore the dazzling Yuletide decorations. At the weekends, the Great Hall will come to life with live music, choir singing, storytelling and jesters, a fitting way to honour the grandeur of a Tudor Christmas.

    Visitors exploring the garden in winter at Quarry Bank Mill ©National Trust Images/Mike King

    Quarry Bank

    Once upon a winter’s day…
    Until 6 January

    Get lost in traditional stories at Quarry Bank this Christmas.  Explore the mill, gardens and houses to re-discover festive classics such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and The Snow Queen, or head to the Apprentice House for a special Christmas tour.  Afterwards, cosy up in the mill and garden cafés with a hearty stew or warming hot chocolate or indulge in all your festive favourites, from mince pies to gingerbread men.

    Rufford Old Hall

    Start a new festive tradition
    Until 16 December, see website for times and dates

    Soak up the atmosphere in the Tudor Great Hall and listen to live music, join in with carol singing or put on your dancing shoes and join Regency Rejigged for lively Victorian dances.  You can also learn how Rufford’s decorations are made at a special workshop, with a guided tour of the house and festive lunch to get inspiration before making your own wreath to take home.

    Tatton Park

    Food, glorious food
    Until 23 December, see website for times and dates

    Enter the magical Christmas Mansion, decorated with fresh foliage and colourful decorations inspired by the theme 'Food Glorious Food'. Special lighting and seasonal music adds to the festive atmosphere as you work your way through enchanting rooms - from the grandeur of the state rooms through to the servants' quarters. There's even a special festive treat awaiting you at the end.

    Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without presents for loved ones and National Trust gifts are packed with feel-good appeal. Pick up the perfect gift for foodies such as Bucks Fizz marmalade, exclusive to the National Trust, or the Book of Scones for the bakers in your life. Give a gift for nature too with a nesting pocket, made from natural fibres so each one is as unique as the person it’s for. 100% of the profits from every sale in the shops help the Trust look after the special places in its care, for ever, for everyone and for many more Christmases to come.

  • Sat
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    A new recruit has just joined the cast rehearsing Dick Whittington at Buxton Opera House.  He’s six foot tall, tanned and just loves being in the kitchen.

    No, it’s not another wannabe Paul Hollywood.  The new arrival is a giant, inflatable sausage, custom made for this year’s pantomime.  This eye-popping special effect is needed for a comic cookery scene that goes disastrously wrong, but when CTP Pantomimes Company Stage Manager Vernon Marshal rang round hire firms trying to find a suitable prop, all the inflatables offered were too small.

    “The sausage escapes from the oven during cooking and gradually gets bigger and bigger,” says writer/director Philip Dart. “It’s a traditional gag that always brings the house down, but the joke only works if the sausage is really big.  We didn’t want to disappoint audiences, so we decided to commission our own, custom-made version.”

    Unfortunately, however, the commissioning process didn’t go as smoothly as Philip had hoped.  “The manufacturer sent us a picture when the inflatable was finished, but instead of looking like sausage that had just come out of the oven, it looked more like a hotdog.  We had to ask them to paint it again to make it look as real as possible.”

    The end result is a 2 metre long British banger that promises to make a real impact when it emerges from the stage ‘oven’.   It’s just one of the hilarious comedy scenes audiences can expect when they book for Dick Whittington, starring James Holmes (‘Clive’ from the BBC comedy series Miranda) and Gabrielle Green (‘Katrina’ from CBBC’s award-winning drama series Wolfblood).

    Dick Whittington is here 8 - 30 December.

    Tickets are priced at £19.50- £23. Discounts are available.

    To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit:

  • Sun
    Macclesfield Leisure Centre, Fallibroome Road, Macclesfield

    Organise your group to enter a team or two and make a splash for charity?

    Have a target for your New Year resolutions!   The 50/50 swim is designed to raise funds for your and our community charities.

    Details are at www.macclesfieldcastlerotary or call Alec  on 01625 420209.

    Come along and have a whale of a time!

    This 20th Annual Macclesfield Castle Rotary Swimathon takes place at Macclesfield Leisure centre on Sunday 17th March 2019.

    Teams of 4 – 6 are encouraged to enter and swim for 45 minutes and raise funds for their and Rotary charities.

    Team Spearings at Rotary Swimathon 2018