Arts & Crafts

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

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  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018
    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.
    Expenses
    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.

  • 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.

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    Thu
    31
    May
    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
    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.

     

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    The Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Cwilt Cymru is a group of individual quilt artists, all living in, or with a connection to Wales. This is their third joint collection to be exhibited.

    The title of the exhibition, Cynefin, loosely translated means “a place or time where we instinctively feel we belong or feel most connected, a habitat; to be familiar with or accustomed to.” This unique layered Welsh word is pronounced ‘kerrnevin’.

    Each artist has interpreted the theme in their own way to produce related contemporary textile pieces.

    Included in entry to The Silk Museum, or £2 to visit just the exhibition.

  • 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

  • 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).

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018
    Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    Mottram St Andrew village hall

    Renowned botanical watercolour artist, Billy Showell, a key member of the Society of Botanical Artists, will be paying a visit to Mottram St Andrew village hall on May 3rd and 4th where she will host a two day painting class.

    There are still a few places left please call Simon on 07860613385 for more details or email Billy at billyshowell@live.co.uk

     

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    Mon
    28
    May
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Justin Fletcher and Mr. Bloom return to the biggest Children’s Festival in the UK

    Geronimo Festival has announced their exciting 2018 headliners and families are in for an entertainment packed weekend.

    Children’s TV Megastar, Justin Fletcher returns to Geronimo this year and will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 26th May. The ever-popular C-beebies star will be on-hand to keep young children and their families entertained on stage during his afternoon performance.

    Youtube teen stars, Max and Harvey will be joining the star line up for 2018 and cementing Geronimo’s place as the premier children’s UK festival.

    On Sunday, children are in for another treat as Mr. Bloom takes to the stage introducing his 40 minute show which features his amazing four-piece band. The hilarious duo, Cook and Line will also be hosting their brilliant slapstick Pirate Show and don’t forget that there is a whole host of other performers and activities to enjoy!

    For the very first time at Geronimo; the world famous Gandey’s Circus with their 1,200 seater big top, will definitely be one of the attractions you shouldn’t miss! In addition, there'll be a 130 ft big wheel, we look forward to seeing your pics from the top!

    Simon Goldman, Geronimo Festival organiser commented:

    ‘Announcing our headline acts is always a really exciting time for us this year we have our best line-up yet. Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom are Children’s TV royalty and always keep the children (and their parents!) enraptured. This year acts will take to the stage in the afternoon so that everyone gets a chance to come along and have fun at the main stage.’

    Taking place from 25th - 28th May 2018, Geronimo is returning to the stunning Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire which is set over acres of land ensuring not only more attractions but also a top-notch campsite. The duration of the event has also been extended to four days so that more families can take advantage of everything the show has to offer.

    Dubbed ‘Glastonbury for Kids’, Geronimo has something for every member of the family whatever their age and full details of attractions can be found at the website www.geronimofest.com. We haven’t forgotten the adults either, Bathing under the Sky are providing excellent spa facilities and we have also provided a crèche so that parents can have some “me time”.

    Simon continued:

    ‘Our Early Bird Tickets offer is available until the end of January and it’s the perfect time to book – not only can families can take advantage of lower prices but they can also make sure they get to see their child’s favourite TV stars.’

    Tier 1 family tickets available from just £25 per person throughout January. As an added incentive, early birds who purchase Tier 1 tickets will receive a free wristband for the Victorian Fun Fair.

    You can bring your own tent, caravan or motor home or simply let Geronimo take the hassle out of camping with their range of themed tents available to suit families whatever their size.

    For further information about the Geronimo Festival and to book tickets, please visit www.geronimofest.com

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Spectacular floral displays in the magnificent Floral Marquee, specialist plant nurseries and garden accessories. Gardener’s Question Time sessions on both days and guided tours of the gardens with Lord Ashbrook and Hall & Gardens entry
    all included in your ticket!

    There are also delicious food demonstrations by the students from Leeds City College as well as mouth watering cakes and pastries. Creative Crafts provide an excellent gifts marquee with over 50 traders, a live jazz band play around the show in the morning and Lymm concert band play in the afternoon in the East Garden infront of the Hall.

    Local schools take part in our Garden Challenge and create outstanding themed flower beds. Facepainting and children's rides as well as ice-cream will also be at the show.

    With an audience of over 5000, there is plenty to enjoy, classic cars are on display in front of the Hall and the countryside marquee hosts The Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and coppice fencing demonstrations as well as the dry stone wall association and bees from Norton Priory.

    Dont forget that entry to the Hall & Gardens is included in your ticket price, so if you want time away from the crowds and entertainment you can stroll in the peace of the gardens.

    Parking FREE. There is a FREE buggy service running throughout the day and a plant creche is available.

    Pre-book your tickets at discount prices using the link below or call Sue on 01565 777 353 Ext 20.  Tickets bought can be used on either Saturday or Sunday,
    the show opens 10am - 5pm.

    Adults (prebooked) £11.50 gate price £16.50
    Concessions (prebooked ) £10.50 gate price £14.50
    Group prices for 15+ are available.