Activities for Children

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

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  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    See http://www.ilovemacc.com/2017/11/13/whats-on-at-cinemac-54/ for hotlines to trailers

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535
    Enquiries: 07871 422937

    Our auditorium Bar is now regularly open 30mins before selected performances (usually at 5.00/5.30 and 7.30/8.00 screenings, subject to the films being shown, and at live by satellite events). Tea, coffee, prosecco, wine, beer and spirits are available and may be taken into the auditorium.

    Tuesday 14 November to Thursday 14 December

    Rave reviews for the National Theatre's production of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical FOLLIES.

    We're delighted to welcome Mark Lawson and BBC Radio 4 at Cinemac Macclesfield for NTLive on Thursday 16 November 7pm. They'd like to hear from you and record your vox pop after the show!

    Tuesday 14 November
    Paddington 2 (PG) 5.30, 8.00

    Wednesday 15 November
    Paddington 2 (PG) 12.00, 2.15

    Thursday 16 November
    Paddington 2 (PG) 2.00, 4.15
    National Theatre Live: Follies  7.00

    Friday 17 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30, 8.00

    Saturday 18 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  3.00, 5.30, 8.00

    Sunday 19 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  12.30, 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

    Monday 20 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30, 8.00

    Tuesday 21 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30, 8.00

    Wednesday 22 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30, 8.00

    Thursday 23 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30, 8.00

    Friday 24 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30
    Murder on the Orient Express (12A) 8.00

    Saturday 25 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30
    Murder on the Orient Express (12A) 8.00

    Sunday 26 November
    Olaf's Frozen Adventure & Frozen (PG) 2.30

    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30
    Murder on the Orient Express (12A) 8.00

    Monday 27 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30
    Murder on the Orient Express (12A) 8.00

    Tuesday 28 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30
    Murder on the Orient Express (12A) 8.00

    Wednesday 29 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  12.00
    Murder on the Orient Express (12A) 2.15

    Thursday 30 November
    Paddington 2 (PG)  5.30
    Murder on the Orient Express (12A) 8.00

    Friday 1 December
    Breathe (12A)  5.15

    Bad Moms Christmas (15) 8.00

    Saturday 2 December
    Paddington 2 (PG) 3.00
    Breathe (12A)  5.15
    Bad Moms Christmas (15) 8.00

    Sunday 3 December
    Paddington 2 (PG) 3.00
    Breathe (12A)  5.15
    Bad Moms Christmas (15) 8.00

    Monday 4 December
    Breathe (12A)  5.15
    Bad Moms Christmas (15) 8.00

    Tuesday 5 December
    Loving Vincent (12A)  4.15

    Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker 7.15

    Wednesday 6 December
    Loving Vincent (12A)  5.30
    Bad Moms Christmas (15) 8.00

    Thursday 7 December
    Loving Vincent (12A)  4.15
    National Theatre Live: Young Marx 7.00

    Friday 8 December
    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15) 5.30

    The Death of Stalin (15) 8.00

    Saturday 9 December
    cinema closed

    Sunday 10 December
    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15) 5.30
    The Death of Stalin (15) 8.00

    Monday 11 December
    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15) 5.30
    The Death of Stalin (15) 8.00

    Tuesday 12 December
    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15) 5.30
    The Death of Stalin (15) 8.00

    Wednesday 13 December
    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15) 12.00
    The Death of Stalin (15) 2.15
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A) 12.00 midnight

    Thursday 14 December
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (12A) 4.15, 7.30

    All films now bookable at cinemac.org.uk

  • Sun
    26
    Nov
    2017
    The Space Centre 15-17 Mill Lane, Macclesfield SK11 7NN

    Space4Autism are holding a Christmas Market on Sunday 26th November

    Crafts, candles, cakes, plants and lots more ideas for your Christmas gifts.

    Click on image to enlarge

    http://www.space4autism.com

    Space4Autism was set up in 2005, by a group of parents, to provide much needed support for families struggling to cope with the lack of professional services. From a meeting of parents once a month and now with a membership of over 600 families, they have moved into much bigger premises on Mill Lane in Macclesfield. The new premises will house the 300+ activities each year they now provide and it is planning to incorporate an Autism friendly cafe, a retail area and a huge sensory room.

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017
    Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017
    Little Moreton Hall, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4SDe

    Ready for Yuletide. Tudor gentlewoman Anna Fielding decorates Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/ National Trust

    If you like pre-Christmas celebrations with fun, music and all the razzmatazz, or if you prefer something more peaceful, Little Moreton Hall has the answer, Tudor-style.

    For the first time, the timber-framed mansion near Congleton will be open five-days-a-week during most of December for a Yuletide Festival.

    At weekends, jesters, musicians, singers and a storyteller will bring life and humour to the hall, which will be ‘dressed for Christmas’ with seasonal decorations and a Tudor feast laid out on its massive ‘board’ table.

    During weekdays, visitors will see some Tudor-style cooking, be able to sample some items of Tudor food, and explore in detail the way Yuletide was celebrated in the sixteenth century.

    Rebecca Alexander, Little Moreton Hall’s Visitor Operations Manager, said: “Our weekend celebrations on the run-up to Christmas have always been a big draw, but until two years ago Saturdays and Sundays were our only open days in December.   Last year, we experimented by opening on Fridays too, so that people who wanted to see the hall’s decorations and the Tudor feast in a quieter atmosphere could do just that. Visitors really enjoyed the experience and spent a lot of time chatting to our staff and volunteers."

    "It was so successful that this year we decided to extend those ‘quieter’ days to Wednesdays and Thursdays as well. We think we are now catering for everyone. Some may like to try the weekday and the weekend experience. We can certainly assure everyone of a warm welcome, at least as far as hospitality is concerned. Temperatures are a different matter. Whichever day you choose to come; wrap up in some warm clothes!”

    Little Moreton Hall is currently closed. It will open for Yuletide from 29 November to 17 December (Wed-Sun). Opening hours are 11am-4pm.                                     

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

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    10.30 am to 3.30 pmQuarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 4LA

    Visitors are being invited to help plant 2,400 bulbs in a border next to Quarry Bank’s historic glasshouse.

    Acting Head Gardener Ann Gaughan (pictured above) said it would be a great opportunity for the public to put their green fingers to good use on November 30.

    “The vinery border really came into its own this summer and this planting will make sure it gets a good start in spring,” she said. “It will be lovely for people to plant the bulbs and then come back to see them bloom in April and May.”

    The border runs parallel to the glasshouse, which reopened in Quarry Bank’s upper garden in February after more than a year of restoration. Herbaceous plants grew in it over the summer, but the public will be planting types of tulips including white triumphator and maja.

    On the volunteering days visitors will be provided with a trowel and kneeling mat and will be able to plant as many or as few bulbs as they would like.

    “It can be quite a therapeutic job in the garden,” said Ann. “It’s also satisfying because you can imagine what a good show you are going to get in spring.”

    In recent years the gardens at Quarry Bank have been transformed thanks to generous donors and funders including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    They’re now looking better than ever and Ann said the glasshouse would offset the spring planting beautifully. “It looks stunning when the sun hits the glasshouse with the border in full bloom,” she said.

    To help with the planting visit between 10.30am and noon or 2pm to 3.30pm on November 30.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    Areey Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

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  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    9.30 am to 1 pmSt Michael's Church, Market Place, Macclesfield

    The Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle are holding a Charities Bazaar where you'll find any number of ideas for Christmas gifts.

    There'll be a variety of stalls, stands and festive fair from many local charities

    Coffee, tea and early breakfasts will be available.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NAe

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  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018
    Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale M33 7ZF

    Waterside announces Christmas show: Raymond Briggs’ The Bear

    Based on the book by Raymond Briggs

    Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles

    Click on image to enlarge

    Following hugely successful Christmas shows Moominland Midwinter and Underneath a Magical Moon, Waterside in Sale is delighted to announce this year’s Christmas show: The Bear by Raymond Briggs, presented by Pins & Needles Productions.

    Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear's lap? Or ride on its back? Have you ever tried to give a bear a bath? Or clear up its poo?! Looking after a bear is exhausting stuff.

    One night when she's fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into Tilly's bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.

    With dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of laughs, The Bear is an unforgettable experience for the whole family and a perfect introduction to theatre. So come join Tilly and her great big white friend on a wild and magical adventure.

    This heart-warming and humorous wintry tale is brought to you by Pins and Needles - the team behind the hugely successful Father Christmas – who are delighted to be bringing to life another of Raymond Briggs' much-loved storybooks.

    Darren Adams, Arts Centre Manager of Waterside says: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Pins and Needles to Trafford, with their magical production of The Bear this Winter.  At Waterside, we are proud to continually offer a high-quality extensive programme of performance and visual arts, with events for families and young people at the heart of that.  As a result, our Christmas productions are always carefully hand-picked to really enchant our young audiences.“

    Emma Earle, Director of The Bear and Co-Artistic Director of Pins & Needles says: ‘We’re really looking forward to bringing The Bear to Waterside and are sure it will delight Manchester audiences as it did up and down the country on its critically-acclaimed tour last year. It’s fantastic to be returning to the area, following our performances of Mr Popper’s Penguins at The Lowry two years ago.’

    The Bear runs from Thursday 7 December until Saturday 6 January, with schools and public performances (times vary – click here for a full breakdown) and is recommended for children between 3 and 11.

    Preview performances: Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December.

    British Sign Language (BSL) performances: 9 & 22 December

    Relaxed Performance: 22 December

    Thursday 7 December ‘17 – Saturday 6 January ‘18

    (times vary) £16.50 / £14.50 / £12.50

    Schools: £10 - 1 teacher free with every 9 students booked

    Age recommendation: 3 – 11 years

    0161 912 5616

    watersideartscentre.co.uk

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  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    Wed
    20
    Dec
    2017
    Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Devas Street, Manchester M15 6JA

     

    Siege of Christmas Image ⓒ Joel Chester Fildes

    The festive season is once again under threat and your mission - should you choose to accept  – is to enter the depths of the fortress like Contact Theatre and embark on an immersive theatrical adventure to end the Siege of Christmas.

    Following last year’s sell-out production, Contact and Slung Low have joined forces once again to present this high-octane, energetic and family friendly promenade piece, The Siege of Christmas, running from Wednesday 13 – Wednesday 20 December 2017.

    Siege of Christmas Image ⓒ Joel Chester Fildes

    Armed with individual sets of headphones from which instructions and clues are delivered, the action kicks off from the theatre’s main entrance. Join your hosts who will lead the way on this frenetic and fun—filled festive assignment throughout the building’s many spaces, transformed into a winter wonderland. Fusing team work with tinsel, this interactive and innovative, fast-paced Christmas show will delight thrill seekers of all ages and highlight the great work Contact continues to produce with its Young Company – for many of whom this marks their first professional engagement.

    So what are you waiting for – book your tickets, don your trainers, grab your headphones and get searching – for militant mince pieces, rapping wrapping paper and other unexpected seasonal surprises await you. And Christmas won’t be Christmas until the Siege has ended...

    The Siege of Christmas has been devised by the award-winning Contact Young Company and Leeds-based theatre company Slung Low, who recently produced the epic Flood as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

    Alan Lane, Director at Slung Low says: “We were overwhelmed by the audience response to The Siege of Christmas and the chance to revisit it and work again with the excellent Contact Young Company is one we’re really excited about.”

    The Siege of Christmas takes place from Wednesday 13 – Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. Tickets are on sale now priced £13, £7 concessions and £5 for under-10s in person at the box office, by phone on 0161 274 0600 and securely online at Contactmcr.com. Group booking offers are available and performances have been scheduled for schools and other groups.

    Siege of Christmas Image ⓒ Joel Chester Fildes

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    2 pm to 6.30 pmThe Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Want to give your presents some added sparkle and originality?

    Come along to our shopping bonanza and we’ll help you bling up your Christmas wrapping with amazing bows and boxes.

    Either bring a present to wrap or maybe buy something in our fantastic gift shop or Makers' Place?

    You could even treat yourself to something special while you’re here!

    We’ll be open late, until 6.30pm, so it’s an ideal chance to fit in some extra shopping – you won’t find the unique things we sell on the high street!

    Free, donations welcome

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