Arts & Crafts

Arts & craft related events happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.

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  • Tue
    7:30 pmThe Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.

    Tuesday 23rd Jan
    Vintage tools and other unusual items with John Hambleton.
    An entertainment in the form of a talk and a quiz about articles from the past.

    Tuesday 27th Feb
    What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
    The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.
    Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

    Tuesday 27th Mar
    The impact of Macclesfield’s Mayors in the Great War: Joseph Whitmore, Edwin Crew and Joseph Frost a talk by Peter Ramsden.

    Tuesday 24th Apr
    Tiptoe though the Tombstones a talk by Rina Tillinger.
    Uncovering poignant & quirky gravestone inscriptions and epitaphs many of which are local. £70+expenses from Chester

    Tuesday 22nd May
    Family History Top Tips a talk by Jean Ingram.
    Tuesday 26th Jun
    Reminiscences of Parkside Hospital a talk with many illustrations by Dennis Whyte.

    Tuesday 24th Jul
    A visit to King’s School with a chance to see the school and their archives.

    Tuesday 28th Aug
    The Munificent Sir John Leigh - the 'rags to riches' story of how his father (also John Leigh) developed into a leading cotton waste merchant a talk by Leslie Turner.
    Leslie talks about the closure and exhumation of 20,000 bodies from one of Manchester's top cemeteries, the horrors of the First World War, a story of landscape gardener Thomas H Mawson, the boll weevil and something about some of England's grand estates.

    Tuesday 25th Sep
    AGM & Talk about the FHSC website by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    Tuesday 23rd Oct
    From copper to velvet; Havannah Cheshire's deserted village a talk by Ian Doughty. Havannah was one of the first industrial villages to be built. For over 200 years the village’s powered mills were used in the manufacture of copper sheet and brass wire, the spinning of silk, the production of Havannah cigars and of velvet. In the early 20th Century Havannah became a deserted village.

    Tuesday 27th Nov
    Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area - an illustrated talk by Peter Braun covering the history of Dunham Hall, the families, royal claims, intrigue, executions, power, passion and scandal.

  • Wed
    The Tytherington Club, Macclesfield

    An adult-only, part-time 14 week course you will explore four different media: Drawing, Painting with Watercolour, Acrylics, and Oil Pastels, highlighting their individual characteristics, learning the basic techniques and secrets needed to create beautiful pieces of original art.

    All courses are designed to be fun for absolute beginners, who have never picked up a brush before, through to Improvers.


  • Sun
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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

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

  • Sat
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Visitors stood on the bridge over the moat on the south front of Little Moreton Hall.

    Standing in front of the black and white frontage of Little Moreton Hall you’re easily transported back to a bygone era when this time capsule of the past would’ve been bustling with Tudor life. However, this year Little Moreton Hall will be revealing a side to its past that’s a little closer to home and showing that it wasn’t just the Tudors who lived at the National Trust property.

    View through a lead window into the courtyard

    From Saturday 9 June to Sunday 28 October a never-before-seen area of the house will open to visitors for the very first time.

    Over the last ten years, National Trust staff have come to call this unique building not only their place of work but also their home.

    New exhibition ‘The Other Side of the Hall’ will tell the stories of four families from the twentieth century who lived here, from a young couple to new parents. Visitors will discover more about these modern inhabitants and what it was like to live in a wonky Tudor house in an era when boxy new builds and high rise flats are all the rage.

    One of the Hall’s previous occupants, Anna Roberts explains “It was a huge privilege to live somewhere like this and be one of the very few people in Little Moreton Hall’s rich history able to call this hidden gem my home. It was such a novel experience and one which will stay with me throughout my life. I’m thrilled to be sharing my story alongside others who lived here and invite visitors in to see this other side of the hall for the first time. In an age where we tend to look very far back in time in historic building it’s great to reveal a more modern side to the past which is still very much in living memory among those who work here today."

    The spaces have been recreated to reveal more about the occupants who lived here and will include an introduction this recent side of its history with video interviews, as well as personal photographs of the previous occupants who lived here.

    Although modern life has occupied Little Moreton Hall and continues to rush by on the busy road outside, Little Moreton Hall survives very much as a Tudor time capsule with quirky charm and homely intimacy.

    As Rebecca Alexander, a previous occupant of the Hall and current employee explains, “Even though the Hall itself has changed very little in the last 500 years, it has been the home of many life changes and memory making moments including engagements, new born babies and festive celebrations.”

    Through the four stories of staff who have recently lived at Little Moreton Hall, the new exhibition will tell the modern story of this remarkable Tudor survivor and give a unique perspective on the conservation of the Hall and what it means to work for the National Trust.

    The Other Side of the Hall from 9 June – 28 October 2018.  Normal admission charges apply for the property.

    Entry is by timed ticket only and can be collected from the Welcome Building upon arrival.

    For more information visit or call 01260 272018.  

    The south front of Little Moreton Hall


  • Sun
    Lyme Hall, Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR, UK

    To Stop Her Mouth – a contemporary art installation exposes an 1800’s scandal that shocked society

    A new audio artwork at Lyme in Disley tells the story of a scandal from its Regency past – which resulted in a high profile court case and turned into the media frenzy of the age.

    From Sunday 16 September to Sunday 4 November visitors to the National Trust attraction in Stockport will experience the true story of heiress Ellen Turner who was abducted from her school at 15 years old and coerced into marriage by a fortune hunter – a man she’d never met before. In its day Ellen’s abduction, and the subsequent trial, rocked 1800s society with her character and behaviour scrutinised both inside the courtroom and outside through the extensive press coverage of the trial. Lyme’s former owner, Thomas Legh, was a magistrate at the trial and later went on to wed Ellen Turner.

    The new installation titled ‘To Stop Her Mouth’ uses Ellen’s only recorded words spoken at the trial of her abductor, Edward Gibbon Wakefield. The National Trust commissioned Creative Industries Trafford (CIT) and Waterside Arts to creatively produce the successful Live at Lyme project in 2017, and this work continues the partnership.

    CIT and Waterside Arts have worked with North West based company Filament, audio producer Joel Clements and designer Lis Evans to deliver unique creative content for this immersive audio experience as part of the Trust New Art programme, which seeks to connect people to places through contemporary art across the National Trust properties.

    Filament’s Sarah Richardson says: “We knew the story of Ellen Turner’s abduction was a fascinating one but as we explored it further it struck us how her experience reflects the experiences of many other women, and men, who stand to give evidence. In the run up to the trial Ellen’s character and behaviour were scrutinised by the defence, the press and the public, and yet aged only 16 she stood in front of a crowded courtroom to tell her version of events. We are excited to be creating a piece of work that will enable Ellen’s words to be heard once again. We hope To Stop Her Mouth will help visitors to better understand this remarkable story from Lyme’s past.”

    The experience takes place in the house at Lyme, the very place where Ellen lived with Thomas Legh as his first wife. Visitors will listen to six short snippets of conversation as they move through the house, following Ellen’s abduction journey via Scotland to France. Part of the experience also allows visitors to listen in as Mr Scarlett, the defence for Ellen’s abductor, gathers evidence which he hopes will stop her mouth and prevent her from standing as a witness. The piece finishes in the Saloon, where visitors will take a seat as a juror to hear some of Ellen’s compelling evidence and determine Edward’s guilt.

    Pamela Pearson, Visitor Experience Manager at Lyme says: “Last autumn we worked with Creative Industries Trafford and Waterside Arts to tell a number of stories from Lyme’s Regency past. This year we wanted to cast a light on Ellen’s story and we were delighted to have the opportunity again to work in partnership with such a creative team, as well as new artists, to make this a reality. We hope the experience connects people with this powerful story and they get a real sense of the public scrutiny Ellen faced.”

    After her trial, Ellen’s life continued to be one of tragedy. She went on to marry Thomas Legh, owner of Lyme and magistrate at Wakefield’s trial, when she was 16. Ellen’s first pregnancy did not reach full term but she and Thomas became parents to their only surviving child, Ellen Jane, on 20th February 1830.  Ellen became pregnant again but sadly the son she was carrying was stillborn. Shortly after his birth, Ellen died on 17th January 1831 when she was just nineteen years old.

    Catherine Newbery, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager at the National Trust says: “Ellen’s story is one of intrigue and was very much the tabloid headline of its time, but it’s one we don’t currently share with our visitors at Lyme. By working with artists we’re able to tell this powerful story in an entirely new way and connect our visitors to the personal sides of these special places through different art forms. ‘

    ‘To Stop Her Mouth’ opens at Lyme on Sunday 16 September 2018 and ends Sunday 4 November. For more information visit:

  • Sun
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    Crich Tramway Museum offers 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 

  • Sat
    12 noonMarket Place, Macclesfield

    Macclesfield’s countdown to Christmas will begin with the big switch on event held on Saturday 1st December from 12pm.

    Local bands will be providing stage entertainment and there will also be Christmas market stalls, a craft fair, a chance to visit Father Christmas in his Town Hall grotto until 3:30pm, face painting, carol singers, children’s entertainment, a Father Christmas parade and a fantastic firework display following the switch on at 5pm.