Arts & Crafts

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

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  • 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.


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

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

    Father Christmas at the Farm

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

    Farm dates and times:

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

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

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

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

    The ‘Food Glorious Food’ Christmas Mansion

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

    Mansion prices, dates and times:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Festive Friday – Friday 7 December

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

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

    Festive Friday times:

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

    Stableyard shops and restaurants 10am – 7.30pm

    Christmas Gift Fair Weekend

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

    Gift fair dates and times:

    Fri 7 Dec, 11:30am – 6pm

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

    Northern Chamber Orchestra – Fri 14 Dec, 7pm

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

    Macclesfield Male Voice Choir – Sat 15 Dec, 7pm

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

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

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

  • Fri

    Welcome to East Cheshire Hospice news

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

    Light up a Life

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

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

    Pinches Community Christmas Carols

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

    What's on

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

    Family Christmas Bingo - 7th December

    Accordion Concert - 7th December

    Christmas Market & Fun Day - 10th December

    Pinches Community Christmas Carols - 21st December

    Christmas Raffle - 22nd December

    Great Langley Duck Race 2018 - 26th December

    Snowman Sprint - Throughout December

    Volunteers needed!!

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

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

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

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

  • Fri

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

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

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

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

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

    Dunham Massey

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Speke Hall

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

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

    Little Moreton Hall

    Tudor traditions
    8–16 December

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

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

    Quarry Bank

    Once upon a winter’s day…
    Until 6 January

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

    Rufford Old Hall

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

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

    Tatton Park

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

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

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