Arts & Crafts

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

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  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
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    Feb
    2020
    Macclesfield Silk Museum, Old Park Lane, Macclesfield

    Launch of New Display of Macclesfield’s Ancient Egyptian Treasures at The Silk Museum

    16 February 2019 - 2020

    A ring belonging to Tutankhamun, a statuette of Queen Tiye - one of the most important queens in Egyptian history, and the mummy case of a significant female temple worker called Shebmut, are just some of the stars in a new display that sheds new light on Macclesfield’s own Marianne Brocklehurst and her remarkable collections.

    This new display at The Silk Museum will be officially opened by Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East, at 11.30am on 16th February 2019 and runs until 2020.

    The new display explores the connection between Macclesfield’s silk industry and Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections.   John Varney, Chair of The Silk Heritage Trust, said, ‘We are thrilled that the new research carried out by the museum’s curatorial team, has shown that many objects are even more significant than we thought; and this new display puts many more objects on show so that local people can enjoy more of this important heritage for the town’.

    Marianne was the daughter of silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst, Macclesfield’s first MP.  Her family’s wealth and social standing provided the resources for Marianne to travel extensively in Europe and the Middle East.  In 1873-74 Marianne, along with her companion Mary Booth, her nephew Alfred and servant George, made an epic voyage up the Nile.  Throughout this trip Marianne kept a personal diary illustrated with lively watercolours that captures life on the Nile through the eyes of this remarkable Victorian woman.

    Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth were life-time companions and were generally referred to as The MBs.  They were unconventional women for their time – as a couple they seem to have been uncompromising and determined in their life and work. They collected various objects on their travels around Egypt, but they seem to have had a particular interest in items with a connection to Ancient Egyptian women.   On their first trip, they collected the mummy case of a female temple worker, a scarab commemorating the marriage of a non-royal woman to the king, and the scarab of a king’s daughter. Perhaps it was intentional that the MBs, two unusually independent Victorian women, collected so many objects that bear the names, titles and likenesses of unusually independent Ancient Egyptian women.

    A Family Open Day takes place at The Silk Museum on 16th February 2019

    11am Welcome & Speeches John Varney, Chair, Silk Heritage Trust and Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East 11.30am onwards: Come and see the unique diary and notebooks that Marianne Brocklehurst made of her incredible adventures

    Learn more about the Tutankhamun Ring and other amazing treasures in the collections

    Mummification and Mask-making: Free Family Activities in the School Room

    New Makers’ Place Meet the brilliant craftspeople making unique handmade gifts + demonstrations and craft activities All day: New Silk Shop Exquisite silk products – perfect for gifts for all occasions PLUS Egyptian inspired jewellery and souvenirs Coffee and Cake, The Jacquard Café generously supplied by the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage with thanks to Bollington Co-op The Silk Museum admission is now Give What You Can. All donations welcome to support our work.

    Grateful thanks to Cheshire East Council for very generously supporting the new displays and the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage

    To find out more about Macclesfield Museums visit

    www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk

    To find out more about Marianne Brocklehurst visit

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Brocklehurst

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    Thu
    31
    Oct
    2019
    11 am to 5 pmLittle Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Pottage, cucumber pickled in verjuice, salted fish and marchpane flowers will all feature on the ‘menu’ for the 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall.

    Tudor ‘gentlewomen’ at the stunning timber-framed mansion near Congleton will describe what was on the table when the Moreton family, their friends and servants sat down to eat in the sixteenth century.

    At various times during the year, you will be able to sample items such as those Tudor pickles, gingerbread and beerbread; all made according to recipes which have survived. You can have a go at making butter and discover how cheese and other foods were prepared. These products were the staples of a diet which the Tudors believed kept them healthy in body and mind.

    Anna Massey, from the Hall, said, ‘Food is fascinating. People are always asking us how different it was in Tudor times.’

    You will be able to investigate the basics: Pottage was a cheap stew made with grain and vegetables and eaten by servants and farm workers. Wealthier people added some meat, but that was turning it into a luxury dish.

    You can follow the trends: Verjuice, which adds some really sharp acidity to meat and vegetables, is becoming fashionable again today. Now, it is made from pressed grapes, but the Tudors were more likely to use pressed crab apples.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Beer was different too,because it was made without hops. Beer was very important. It was the everyday drink for everyone – including the children- because water was not always clean enough to be safe. Again, beer was definitely on the prescription for a healthy life.

    Brewing was a job for the women of the house, alongside butter and cheese-making. Anna said, ‘If you have never tried using a wooden or earthenware churn and a wooden plunger to make butter, you will find it a bit of a challenge. Queen Elizabeth was not the only tough lady in Tudor times!’

    She added, ‘Discovering about foods appeals to people of all ages. We’re sure our young visitors will have just as much fun as their parents and grandparents investigating it and, because food  is closely linked to health, we will also look at other Tudor ideas on healthy living, including the herbs and flowers they used in ‘remedies’ for all types of ailments.

    ‘You may also like to join one of our very popular free guided tours to learn about the history of this wonderful old house and the family who built it, or just explore this magnificent and extremely wonky building for yourself.’

    The 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall begins a few weeks later than in previous years.  During the winter the National Trust has completely re-wired the Hall, at a cost of more than £200,000.

    The work involved laying 9000 metres of cable and included installation of a state-of-the-art fire alarm and security system. The project will help to secure the future of this very special 500 years old building.

    Little Moreton Hall opens for the 2019 season on Saturday 30 March and is then open Wed-Sun, 11am – 5pm.

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

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    Jun
    2019
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    Jun
    2019

    Wednesday 5 June

    Story of a Heath

    Heathlands have a rich human and natural history. Enjoy a stroll discovering Lindow Common and our shared heritage. Birds and plants are a focus. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 05/04/2019                             

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Lindow Common SSSI car park opposite Boddington Arms, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5NQ (SJ834814)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes
    Booking: Get tickets for Story of a Heath
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Wildlife and Historical Walk – Event)


    Thursday 6 June

    Evening Walk with Nature: Birds of Tegg's Nose 

    An evening walk in the woodland and scrub around Tegg's Nose Country Park looking for the area's spring migrants especially pied flycatcher and common redstart.

    Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Ian Taylor and Alan Brereton from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Information: 01260 275248 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
    (Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Saturday 8 June

    Family Bushcraft Day

    Join Bushcraft expert Peter, from Red Oak Bushcrafts, for a really fascinating and packed day learning bushcraft skills. From shelter building techniques and filtering water through to lighting fires using natural materials (there’s more to it than just rubbing two sticks together!). These are just some of things you’ll experience.

    You will be amazed at just what you can achieve with nature’s help. This day is a fantastic opportunity to forget the frantic modern world and to tune out of Wi-Fi and tune in to nature. A fun and fascinating day for all the family to enjoy.

    Booking in advance is essential. Adult and 1 Child - £50, Family of 4 - £85 (2 x Adults, 2 x Children), Family of 4 - £70 (1 x Adult, 3 x Children), Additional Child £15.

    Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Meeting point: Borrow Pit Meadows. Roadside parking by Alsager Recycling Centre, Hassall Road, Alsager, Cheshire, ST7 2SJ (SJ787567)
    Leaders: Red Oak Bushcrafts
    Booking / Information: Emailed Oak Bushcrafts or visit the Red Oak Bushcrafts website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)

    Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

    Run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-marathon runner, Dan Mayers. RSC is a personal training club, for those who prefer being outdoors to training in a gym. We follow a 12-month seasonal training programme to cover ALL angles for stronger, injury free running.

    No running experience required in this foundation training session, and no obligation to join.

    This session aims to deliver some key skills towards making your journey into running fitness an easier one.

    • How to warm up / cool down effectively
    • Overview of how to use stretches and strength training
    • Running posture and how to protect the joints
      Breath control
    • Running uphill (optional)

    Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

    Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers
    Booking: Get tickets for Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session
    Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Sunday 9 June

    Rossmill Working Party

    Help keep your local park looking good and learn new skills by joining the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and balsam bashing. Please bring your own gardening gloves.

    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Rossmill, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0EJ (SJ789853)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Roger Brereton
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)


    Wednesday 12 June

    Countryside Taster Day

    Outdoor excitement and challenge for ALL people with disabilities. Activities such as archery, climbing and crafts suitable for all abilities. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £2 per person.

    Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: The Bollin Valley Partnership
    Booking: 01625 374790 by 11 June
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

    Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks

    A chance to experience the thrills of climbing in this introductory climbing session with Moorland Adventure. Suitable for anyone over the age of 9. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £15.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Windgather Rocks, Side End Lane, Kettleshulme, SK23 7RF (SJ995777)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Suitable for anyone over the age of 9 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)


    Friday 14 June

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - June – Bollington

    The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

    However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

    Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

    Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
    Meeting point: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - June
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)

    Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park with Northern Realist

    If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops with classically trained artists Christopher Clements & Kieran Ingram, will guide you through everything you need to know. Both Kieran and Christopher are professional artists, Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

    You’ll learn an approach which will enable you to interpret and arrange the tones and colours of the landscape allowing you to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

    Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery! All equipment is provided but you're welcome to bring your own, a list will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £59.

    Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
    Booking:  Get tickets for Plein Air Painting - June
    Information: Email Northern Realist or visit the Northern Realist website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Saturday 15 June

    Printmaking Workshop – Lino and Monoprinting

    At Macclesfield Riverside Park there is a wealth of inspiration for images from wooded areas to wildflowers and the lovely River Bollin. Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson hope to encourage others to look more closely at these surroundings and explore them on paper, producing their own response in print.

    Both linocut and monoprinting will be offered and the course is suitable for complete beginners or those who are looking for further exploration of the media. Each participant should have a finished print at the end of the day.

    Work completed on previous course is available to see on  Ann Robertson’s website.

    This course is repeated on the 15 September 2019.

    Booking and payment in advance is essentialAll participants must be 16 years or olderCost £45.

    Participants will need to bring their own lunch but tea; coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

    Time: 9.45am to 4.15pm
    Meeting point: 
    Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson
    Booking:
    Get tickets for Printmaking Workshop
    Information:
    Ring 07791 504971 or email Patty Callaghan
    (Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16)


    Thursday 20 June

    Orienteering for All – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    An evening event held by Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC). Courses suitable for everyone, beginners and experienced orienteers. Families and groups welcome. Instruction available. There is a charge for this event. Adults £5, Children £2.

    Time: Registration from 5.30pm. Start times from 6.00pm until 7.00pm. Courses close 8.15pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club
    Information: Email MDOC, ring 0161 445 0902 or visit the MDOC website
    (Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


    Friday 21 June

    Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe

    Come and enjoy the stunning views from Cheshire’s second highest peak on this strenuous 5.5km (3.5 mile) walk. Bring a warm drink, to have whilst we rest at the top, and hopefully enjoy a spectacular sunset. Please also bring a torch / head torch and warm clothes for the summit.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 21/04/2019

    Time: 8:30pm to 11:00pm
    Meeting point: Clough House Car Park, Wildboarclough, SK11 0BE (SJ987699)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Booking:  Get tickets for Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Please bring a torch / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Saturday 22 June

    Riverside Park Bioblitz

    This is the second annual Bioblitz at Macclesfield Riverside Park. Join experts discovering the birds, wildflowers, minibeasts and water life that can be found within the park.

    Drop-in activities throughout the day include butterfly walks, pond and river dipping, environmental art, wildlife stands, refreshments and much more……

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership, Mersey Rivers Trust & Cheshire East Council
    Information:  Visit the Mersey Rivers Trust website or email Mersey Rivers Trust
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult /  Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for any age/  Wildlife walk / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade)

    Introduction to Foraging – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    A chance to learn the basics of foraging and discover edibles all around us, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

    After arriving, at the visitor centre, we will go through the basics of foraging. Then we head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. During the Forage your forager will introduce you to a number of edible species giving you tips on harvesting and correct identification. Whilst doing this you will have the opportunity to taste a range of pre-made wild food tasters from chutneys to jams.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £25 per adult, children 16 or under go free (One free child place per paying adult).

    Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Foraging - Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 07999 992615
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

    Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth

    Celebrate the solstice with Greenwood Growth and enjoy traditional rituals with others as the Sun turns South. Use herbs and flowers to make a crown; build a Witch and decorate the trees . Share a feast cooked over the fire and enjoy stories drawn from folklore.

    This is suitable for people of all ages, Stay for the whole session or drop in as you walk through the magnificent woodland.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult, (up to three accompanied children free of charge with each adult ticket).

    Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Greenwood Growth
    Booking:  Get tickets for Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth
    Information: 07801 655272
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing

    Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

    Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

    Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Sunday 23 June

    Balsam Blitz One

    The first in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Ashley Mill Bridge, Ashley, Altrincham (SJ767857). Parking available at Ashley Mill Lane WA14 3PY (SJ769854)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Folklore Walk

    Join Bollin Valley Ranger Euan on a leisurely wander around Rossmill exploring the Countryside folklore of what is discovered on the day.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 23/04/2019

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Crossroads of Rossmill Lane and Carrwood, Rossmill, Hale Barns, WA15 0EL (SJ789853)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Euan Murray
    Booking:  Get tickets for Folklore Walk
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing/ Easy walking grade)

    Balsam Blitz Two

    The second in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of the Carrs. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, The Carrs Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing Again

    Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a second daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

    Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

    Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing Again
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Wednesday 26 June

    Fancy a Paddle - One

    A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the beautiful Rudyard Lake. The event is delivered by Moorland Adventure. Full instruction equipment and buoyancy aids will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be older than 8 years old and be "water confident". Cost £15 per person.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Fancy a Paddle - One
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 29 June

    Ramble with the Rangers – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join East Cheshire Ramblers and the Rangers for a circular 9.8km (6 mile) guided walk, from Tegg’s Nose Country Park, while looking out for signs of wildlife and enjoying the landscape. Booking in advance is essential.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 29/04/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: East Cheshire Ramblers and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Booking: Get tickets for Ramble with the Rangers
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate to Strenuous walking grade / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

  • Tue
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    Jun
    2019
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    Jun
    2019
    The Cheshire Showground, Clay House Farm, Knutsford

    The regions most prestigious agricultural event – The Royal Cheshire County Show – is back with a jam-packed summertime Show held to celebrate the very best of rural Cheshire.

    The Cheshire Show, held annually at Clay House Farm in Knutsford, is a family-friendly event organised by The Cheshire Agricultural Society to celebrate the agricultural heritage ingrained within the local community. The Show promises ticket holders a great day out in the Cheshire countryside, with an amazing line-up of exhibitions, demonstrations and new, exhilarating performances.

    The Show plays host to hundreds of livestock classes, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, as they all compete for the many coveted trophies available. The Agri – Centre is also a must-see experience for those who wish to learn how food is produced by our 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.

    Emily Sellars-Rooney takes control of a tractor at Cheshire Show 2018

    This year’s Roberts Bakery Live Theatre welcomes celebrity chefs including Rosemary Shrager, Luis Troyano and Sean Wilson, who will be showcasing many mouth-watering culinary demonstrations. Ticket holders 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.

    For an audience which wants to escape the hustle and bustle by enjoying musical performances, The Roberts Bakery Band will be making their Show debut performing around the Showground on Tuesday 18th June. The band will be playing a broad range of popular music to entertain an audience of all ages, with musical renditions including Queen and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

    This year’s Main Ring, sponsored by Delamere Dairy, will host an action-packed performance by Big Pete & the Grim Reaper Monster Trucks, where the 7.5tonn Trucks will wow crowds by jumping up to 15ft in the air, crushing everything in their path. Also taking centre stage in the Main Ring will be the International Dzhigitovka Show, an unparalleled performance of horsemanship and daring skill showcased by the Cossack Trick Riders, National Squad Dzhigitovka Competitors and World Championship Performers.

    Show Director of the Cheshire Agricultural Society CIO, Rob Davenport comments; “The Cheshire Show is the county’s largest agricultural event, held to pioneer Cheshire’s farming heritage, culinary talent and fantastic produce.

    “We are proud to organise such an extravagantevent for the public to enjoy each year, and this year’s Show promises exciting new attractions to suit an audience of all ages, including lots of thrilling performances and celebrity guests!”

    To book your tickets for the Cheshire Show, held at Clay House Farm, Tabley, Knutsford on 18th June and 19th June, please visit: https://royalcheshireshow.ticketsrv.co.uk/home

    Cheshire Show 2017

  • Fri
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    2019
    Macclesfield - various locations

    Jon Tilley left the landscape industry after 20 years, seven RHS Gardens at Tatton and Hampton Court and a Gold medal in 2011.

    The idea of a garden festival came to Jon to pass his love of gardens to the next generation with a festival based in Macclesfield.  In 2017 the first Macclesfield Garden Festival was held with the assistance of Jon Tilley’s friends from RHS Tatton, Andy Walker and Clive Scott.

    Jon Tilley, festival director said:
    “We did judge the gardens, with Professor John Hyatt from Liverpool John Moores University chairing the judging committee, but we broke away from the RHS pursuit of excellence and gave the winning prize to the garden with the most soul. Kath Moore a local landscape professional took top spot. The most important thing for the festival would be encouraging as many schools and colleges as possible to take part in the festival.”

    The first year of the festival had mixed results, with amazing art installations, an excellent floral design tent and five great show gardens. But, the visitor numbers were not as high as they had hoped. To improve on this, this year’s festival will bring more diverse groups into the festival. From primary schools and high schools, through to allotment associations and a great mix of artists and musicians. The festival will also include a World Fashion Event to go with this year’s theme of geography and travel.

    Nine primary schools are building gardens along with one high school. The schools are creating art installations 16ft high and 4ft wide that will be installed on the town hall pillars. McCann Manchester, a global advertising agency who won ‘TV advert of the Decade’ is offering a weeks placement as a prize in the arts competition.

    Jon continued:
    “We are really excited to welcome Reaseheath Horticultural College this year, who will be entering a garden design and floral art display. They were really impressed at the number of schools taking part and saw the potential of the festival to enlist budding garden designers and landscape professionals into our industry.”

    Macclesfield Garden Festival 2019 will take place from Friday 21 June to Sunday 23 June at Christ Church Gardens on Great King Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6PN.

    There will be gardens, music, arts including a 2 diameter ‘Plastic Planet’ created by King’s School’s art department, and a Mid Summer Wassail, and plenty things to buy.

    Tickets are only £4 and half of that is available as vouchers to spend at the festival food vendors, bars and nursery stalls.

    To keep up-to-date on Macclesfield Garden Festival click here.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield

    Comic event MACC-POW! returns for its 4th year bigger, bolder and brighter than before.

    Within the programme for the town’s Barnaby arts festival – MACC-POW! takes place in the Town Hall on Saturday 22nd June 2019.

    As in previous years, selected classic cartoons will be showcased on the day.

    A truly unique event for both comics and Macclesfield.

    See you in June… MACC-POW!!

    Full details: http://www.maccpow.co.uk

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield & Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield

    Saturday June 22nd sees the 4th MACC-POW! Macclesfield’s celebration of comics – returning to the Town Hall in Macclesfield – where creators from all around the world will be offering visiting comic book fans a great day celebrating comic art.

    This year will be the fourth ad the biggest one yet. In addition to a feast of funny book creators such as returning heroes Lew Stringer, Tor Freeman, Emmeline Pidgen and David Leach, MACC-POW! will welcome new names such as Hannah Berry (crowned comics laureate at last year’s Lakes international comic art festival) and Flimsy Kitten creator Rachael Smith, alongside Muppets and Popeye artist Roger Langridge plus Beano chums Nigel Parkinson and Hunt Emerson!

    There’ll also be a great line-up of diverse up-and-coming talent exhibiting their work, some for the first time, getting the chance to show visitors the rich mix of just what a comic can look like.

    With that in mind, organiser Marc Jackson, has been running a weekly comics class at Tytherington High School where a small group of promising talent have been creating a comic that they will be bringing to the event – giving them their first taste of showcasing their work.

    A full program of events to enjoy during the day includes an opportunity to chat with Star Wars adventures writer/artist Nick Brokenshire (live from a wedding via Skype) talking about working on Star Wars comics. Jacob Phillips (ace colourist and son of the mighty Sean Phillips) will be conducting Dynamic life drawing outside the Town Hall along with neighbourhood Spider-Man! Plus there’ll be live panels and live drawing challenges for some of the creators.

    This year the Macclesfield O2 shop will b offering visitors the chance to try out iPad pros and iPencils throughout the day and running a competition with a first prize of an assortment of goodies including an iPencil.

    Additional support comes from The Phoenix comic who have donated 100 back issues for the 3rd year in a row, Comics Scene who have done the same and you can pick up an exclusive copy of To the Death from Simon Furman and Geoff Senior.

    On the morning of the event, between 9.30 and 11.30am, comic artist Jessica on Paper will be in residence at Macclesfield Library offering a ‘Just ask Jessica’ drawing challenge where you can sit and draw with her and challenge each other to create something on the spot.

    MACC-POW! is a totally free and totally inclusive event for all ages. Those new to comics can discover this amazing world and those well versed, get chance to chat and be inspired by their heroes.

    MACC-POW! (http://www.maccpow.co.uk) is a free inclusive event for all ages.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Cheshire East Council will once again be hosting its Pride in the Park event this summer, in celebration of the LGBT+ community.

    Ahead of this celebration, Cheshire East Council is calling on businesses to invest in diversity and get their brand seen, by supporting the event and becoming a sponsor for Pride in the Park 2019.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a large commercial organisation, small-to-medium enterprise, community group or individual, there are many ways that you can give your backing to this major event in the Cheshire East calendar. Supporting this event sends a strong message that your business genuinely cares about and supports the community, and the positive change that Pride represents.

    This year the event will take place from 2pm-8pm on Saturday 29 June at Queens Park, Crewe, and will be free to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly entertainment and performances on the day.

    Confide in Kylie – a Kylie Minogue tribute act, has been confirmed as one of the key headline acts so far, with further acts yet to be announced.

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, champion for equality and diversity said: “Once again this will be a fantastic event for all members of Cheshire East’s LGBTQ+ community and our very welcome visitors from further afield. Your business can be part of this really memorable day, and you will gain very positive brand- recognition for your company by supporting Pride.”

    Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “I have no doubt that this year’s event will be even bigger than last years, and I’m so pleased that this is becoming an annual celebration in our borough. With equality, diversity and inclusion a huge priority for Cheshire East Council and for our communities, we are looking forward to working with businesses to make a huge success of Pride in the Park 2019.”

    There are a range of sponsorship packages available to those who are interested in getting involved, starting at a violet package for £300, up to a red package for £10,000.

    If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email pride@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

    To find out more about the sponsorship packages available, visit http://www.prideinthepark.com/become-a-sponsor/

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    29
    Jun
    2019
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    Dec
    2019
    Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Congleton CW12 4SD

    Contemporary art installation inspired by indoor Tudor tennis secrets

    A new contemporary art installation, by artist Hilary Jack, is set to launch on the weekend of the country’s most celebrated event for tennis lovers, Wimbledon. But visitors to Little Moreton Hall in Congleton will notice a lack of grass courts and an unfamiliar setting for the much-loved game.

    The newly commissioned art work titled Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found during restoration work in the historic Long Gallery at the 16th century property.

    For the installation, Hilary Jack has collected over a thousand used tennis balls, gathered from Wimbledon and other tennis clubs all over the country. Working with film, Hilary has highlighted the topography of the Long Gallery while revealing the historic use of the space. To accompany the audio-visual installation, the Tudor tennis balls will also be on display for the first time in years.

    The Long Gallery was built in the 17th century as a demonstration of wealth by the ambitious Moreton family.  Long galleries were popular in this era as spaces for sociability and exercise as well as reflecting the status of the family.  Since the 1970s, five Tudor tennis balls have been discovered behind the Tudor panelling in the gallery as conservation work and maintenance has been taken place in the room and revealed clues about how it was used. It was these unique finds from a time gone by that have inspired Gathering.

    Hilary says: “I’ve visited Little Moreton Hall many times and have always been interested in how the environment has affected the appearance and architecture of the building over time.  On a recent visit, I overheard one of the guides explaining that the discovery of some Tudor tennis balls behind wood panels had confirmed the suspicion that a form of tennis had been played in the Long Gallery. As an artist I’m interested in the politics of place and I often work with found objects, so this triggered the idea for Gathering.  I hope that when visitors encounter the artwork it will elicit a response and prompt further enquiry into the history of Little Moreton Hall and the people who lived there.”

    Hilary works across media in research-based projects, often working with found objects in sculptural installations and public interventions. Hilary has worked with many heritage galleries, and historic sites on large scale commissions and exhibitions. Her research-based practice has an activist element, focussing on the politics of place while drawing out social and historic elements of a specific site.  Hilary has exhibited across the UK and Internationally. Her work is in a number of private and public collections including recent acquisitions for Manchester Art Gallery and The Government Art Collection. Hilary is currently exhibiting No Borders, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of Open Air 2019.

    Catherine Newbery, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager for the North at the National Trust says: “Hilary Jack is an interesting and established artist who has visited Little Moreton Hall many times, so when we received her proposal for the Long Gallery we were all really excited to find out more.  Little Moreton Hall is a beautiful building and art works and commissions like this help us bring the people who lived here to life and help our audiences make connections to their own lives.  As we are launching the commission around the Wimbledon tennis tournament I’m looking forward to the atmosphere the art work creates.”

    Gathering opens at Little Moreton Hall on 29 June, to coincide with Wimbledon, and ends on 3 November 2019.  For more information visit, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall

    Little Moreton Hall is a remarkable survivor from the Tudor era.  It is a timber-framed moated manor house that sits just south of Congleton.  Free guided tours are available for visitors to learn the history of the Hall and its inhabitants, and Tudor gentlewomen bring the Hall to life with demonstrations and activities.

    Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found at the 16th century property. Image © Steve Llse

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    Tuesday 2 July

    Poynton Wildlife Wander

    A leisurely walk enjoying the wildlife and countryside of Poynton, from Jacksons’ Brickworks Local Nature Reserve to Poynton Park and along the Poynton inclines.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 02/05/2019

    Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Jacksons’ Brickworks Car Park, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TY (SJ945844)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
    Booking:  Get tickets for Poynton Wildlife Wander by 28 June
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Easy walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)


    Wednesday 3 July

    Balsam Blitz Three

    The third in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Meeting at the Co-Operative store, Vicarage Lane, Bowdon, WA14 3BE (SJ760861)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Fancy a Paddle - Two

    A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the beautiful Rudyard Lake. The event is delivered by Moorland Adventure. Full instruction equipment and buoyancy aids will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be older than 8 years old and be "water confident". Cost £15 per person.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Fancy a Paddle - Two
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 6 July

    National Meadows Day

    A morning stroll around Dane-in-Shaw Pasture Site of Special Scientific Interest and along the Biddulph Valley Way looking at summer wildflowers and the creatures that rely on them for their survival.  With local naturalist Jack Swan and the Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service.

    National Meadows Day is an annual event taking place on or around the first Saturday of July.  The vision is for people to celebrate National Meadows Day in their own city, village, parish, wildlife reserve, allotment or farm all over the UK.

    Booking in advance is essential. Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 06/05/2019.

    Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Henshall Hall Drive (park on road just before canal), Congleton, CW12 3TA (SJ876622)
    Leaders: Local naturalist Jack Swan and the Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Booking:  Get tickets for National Meadows Day by 4 July
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event / Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance)


    Sunday 7 July

    Heathland Heritage

    A stroll looking at the international significance of our heathland resource, its history and its wildlife. Interesting plants are a feature of this walk. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 07/05/2019                             

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Lindow Common SSSI car park opposite Boddington Arms, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5NQ (SJ834814)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes
    Booking: Get tickets for Heathland Heritage
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Wildlife and Historical Walk – Event)

    Balsam Blitz Four

    The fourth in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Ashley Mill Bridge, Ashley, Altrincham (SJ767857). Parking available at Ashley Mill Lane WA14 3PY (SJ769854)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Balsam Blitz Five

    The fifth in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of the Carrs. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, The Carrs Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)


    Wednesday 10 July

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - July – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

    However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

    Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

    Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - July
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Friday 12 July

    Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park with Northern Realist

    If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops with classically trained artists Christopher Clements & Kieran Ingram, will guide you through everything you need to know. Both Kieran and Christopher are professional artists, Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

    You’ll learn an approach which will enable you to interpret and arrange the tones and colours of the landscape allowing you to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

    Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery! All equipment is provided but you're welcome to bring your own, a list will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £59.

    Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
    Booking:  Get tickets for Plein Air Painting - July
    Information: Email Northern Realist or visit the Northern Realist website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Saturday 13 July

    Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

    Run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-marathon runner, Dan Mayers. RSC is a personal training club, for those who prefer being outdoors to training in a gym. We follow a 12-month seasonal training programme to cover ALL angles for stronger, injury free running.

    No running experience required in this foundation training session, and no obligation to join.

    This session aims to deliver some key skills towards making your journey into running fitness an easier one.

    • How to warm up / cool down effectively
    • Overview of how to use stretches and strength training
    • Running posture and how to protect the joints
      Breath control
    • Running uphill (optional)

    Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

    Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers
    Booking: Get tickets for Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session
    Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Wednesday 17 July

    Fancy a Paddle - Three

    A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the Caldon Canal. The event is delivered by Moorland Adventure. Full instruction equipment and buoyancy aids will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be older than 8 years old and be "water confident". Cost £15 per person.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Deep Hayes Visitor Centre, Deep Hayes Country Park, Park Lane, Nr. Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7JS (SJ960534)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Fancy a Padddle - Three
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance)


    Saturday 20 July

    Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course – Macclesfield Riverside Park

    A full day of foraging and wild food cookery, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

    After our initial meeting we will go through some keys to help you in the correct identification of what we’re about to find. Along with your very own foragers baskets we will head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. James Wood, your forager, will give you tips on correct identification, potential look-alike species as well as a vast range of edible possibilities that the species can provide us with. Take all of this in whilst enjoying a large range of pre-made wild food tasters from jams to pickles, syrups, chutneys, cordials, alcohol infusions and salt pickles. You will then take on the role of the forager, harvesting a range of wild and fresh ingredients.

    On returning to our venue we will have a quick break whilst sorting through and cleaning up our ingredients. Then we start on the cookery side of our course, you will be guided through the process of chopping, boiling, baking and mixing our wild ingredients to create a delicious meal for us all to enjoy.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £60 for adults, £30 per child (under the age of 16, use the discount code ‘child’ to get this reduced price).

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking:  Get tickets for Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course - Macclesfield Riverside Park
    Information: 07999 992615
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Sunday 21 July

    Boggy Doodles: Discover the Joy of Green Sketching

    Learn a new and relaxing approach to sketching outdoors that will help you enjoy and appreciate all the wonderful scenery and nature at Tegg’s Nose Country Park with fresh eyes. Suitable for all ages and artistic abilities — no ’talent’ or experience necessary.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £16. All equipment provided.

    Time: 1.00pm to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Local artist Dr Ali Foxon
    Booking: Get tickets for Boggy Doodles - July
    Information:
    Visit the Boggy Doodles website, ring 07940 573206 or email Dr Ali Foxon
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Wednesday 24 July

    Introduction to Climbing at The Roaches

    Another chance to experience the thrills of climbing in this introductory climbing session, with Moorland Adventure. Suitable for anyone over the age of 9. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £15.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: The Roaches, Roach Road, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8UB (SK00416212)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Climbing at The Roaches
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Suitable for anyone over the age of 9 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)


    Saturday 27 July

    Tegg's Nose Butterfly Walk

    Family wildlife walk around the top of Tegg's Nose Country Park to look for and learn more about some of the park's resident butterfly species and, if we are lucky, seeing the scarce local speciality, namely, the Wall butterfly.

    Booking and payment in advance essential. Adults £3, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 27/05/2019

    Time: 11.00am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Tim Ward and Julia Harding from Butterfly Conservation and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Butterfly Walk
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge / Bring binoculars if you have them / Healthy & Wildlife Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

    Batty about Bats

    Bats are one of the UK's most misunderstood animals. Come and dispel a few myths and find out more about these fascinating creatures as we take a short stroll at the Carrs Park, Wilmslow. Please bring a torch.

    Time: 9.00pm to 10.00pm
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James and the Friends of the Carrs
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please leave your dog at home / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Sunday 28 July

    Tegg’s Nose Rocks! – Geology Walk

    Join Geologist Kate Riddington and Tegg’s Nose Country Park Ranger Martin James to explore the geological history of the park and wider Cheshire Plain.

    We will walk the ‘Tegg’s Nose Rocks!’ trail and help you to spot evidence of recent Ice Ages or ripples from a river flowing some 325 million years ago! It's easy walking, with lots of interesting geology to explore.

    Suitable for accompanied children over the age of 7. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £3, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 28/05/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Geologist Kate Riddington and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Rocks! - Geology Walk
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Easy walking grade / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 7 / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

    Tegg’s Nose Bilberry Pick

    Healthy, organic, tasty and free. Bilberry, blueberry, blaeberry, whin; whatever you want to call them they grow wild all over Tegg’s Nose Country Park and all you have to do is bring a container and get picking.

    James Wood, from Totally Wild UK, will be on hand to explain the best places to look and will provide more information about where to source great local food. He’ll also be showing you how to make your own bilberry jam!

    There is no charge to join us to pick bilberries during the event but if you would like to participate in the jam making please book a place for the event so we can ensure we have enough jam pans, jars and sugar. Cost for jam making £1.00 per person.

    Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James and James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking for jam making: Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Bilberry Pick Jam Making
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 5 / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Bring a packed lunch / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

    Newgate Nature Reserve Butterfly Walk

    Family wildlife walk around Newgate Nature Reserve to look for and learn more about some of the site's resident butterfly species. Booking and payment in advance essential. Adults £3, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 28/05/2019

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Newgate Nature Reserve, Newgate, Wilmslow, SK9 5LL (SJ827811)
    Leaders: Tim Ward from Butterfly Conservation and Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Nik Ginn
    Booking:  Get tickets for Newgate Nature Reserve Butterfly Walk by 24 July
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them /  Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Wednesday 31 July

    Oakhanger Project Activities for All (A4A)

    Inclusive activity days for all the family at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve with the Oakhanger Project.

    Have fun and learn new skills. Have a go at canoe and kayak; join the Nature trail and get den building. Booking in advance is essential. Cost £10 (Reductions for 2 or more children in a family).

    Event repeats on the following dates: 7, 21 and 28 of August.

    Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Oakhanger Project container, corner of the car park, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Oakhanger Project Team
    Booking / Information: 0799 993 2963 or email the Oakhanger Project
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)