Days out & Local interest

Ideas for a day out in or around Macclesfield.

If you have an event or destination you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form

 

  • Mon
    30
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    Old Sunday School and Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Miss Marianne Brocklehurst (1832-1898); Unknown artist; Silk Heritage Trust

    A special exhibition celebrating Macclesfield’s own Marianne Brocklehurst and her collections will open at The Old Sunday School on 30 October. MBs’ Trip Up the Nile focuses on the diary and watercolours of Marianne’s trip to Egypt in 1873-74 and highlights the treasures she brought back to the town. Marianne was the daughter of silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst, and along with her companion Mary Booth, her nephew Alfred and servant George they made an epic voyage up the Nile.

    The exhibition focuses on these fascinating characters. Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth (collectively known as the MBs) shared their Cheshire home together in Wincle; they were travelling companions and are buried side by side in the churchyard there. When they sailed the Nile, they renamed their boat ‘Bagstones’ after the home they built at Wincle. Marianne recorded their adventures with talent and wit in her diary and filled sketchbooks with pen and ink drawings and delicate watercolours of the sights they saw.

    Alfred’s main objective was to “bag a crocodile”, but he was quite happy to shoot at anything that moved! George was the practical one of the party, picking up the language, dressing in local costume and dancing along to the drumming and singing of their crew! They also travelled alongside writer Amelia Edwards, who went on to form the Egyptian Exploration Fund; Marianne and Mary set up a local branch at Macclesfield.

    The star piece of the exhibition will be the mummy case of ‘Shebmut’, which Marianne smuggled back to Cheshire after burying the actual mummy it held on the banks of the Nile!

    The exhibition coincides with another at The Atkinson in Southport, Adventures in Egypt, which features the collections of female explorer, Anne Goodison of Bootle, who met Marianne on her travels. Macclesfield Museums have loaned some Brocklehurst items to The Atkinson for their display, including some of Marianne’s watercolours.

    The Egyptian collection’s permanent home is at West Park Museum, but the MBs’ Trip Up the Nile exhibition will be the first time the collection has been brought together and directly interpreted with Marianne’s words and pictures, really bringing to life the character of this fascinating woman.

  • 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.

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    Mon
    31
    Dec
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    The Gardener’s Kitchen is open daily and serves deliciously fresh lunches and utterly indulgent sweet treats and freshly baked cakes and pastries. We’ve got something for everyone, including a scrumptious childrens menu bound to keep the rumbling tummies at bay and of course our famous afternoon teas, perfect for any occasion or celebration.
    We’ve also got especially tasty offers on throughout the week, see below to learn more!Weekends
    At the end of the week we all need a break – so come visit us and we’ll look after brunch! Whether you want perfectly poached eggs and pancetta or our sweet fluffy pikelets,
    we’ve got it covered.Curry Wednesday
    Variety is definitely the spice of life here at the Gardener’s Kitchen as every Wednesday we have a perfectly spiced curry on offer with all the extras.

    Pie Thursday
    There’s nothing more comforting than a proper pie and every Thursday we serve this pastry classic with an ever changing range of sumptuous fillings.
    Our eyes are firmly on the pies!

    Fish and Chip Friday
    Most people say TGIF where as our team like to shout “Thank God It’s Fish Friday” from the rooftops! Our chips are rustic and hand cut, our fish is fried in a local Cheshire beer batter and it’s served with our homemade lemony pickle.

    Next time you visit Arley Hall & Gardens, be sure to visit us too!

    The Gardener’s Kitchen is open from 10am – 5pm. Please note our hearty brunch is only served at the weekend from 10.00am – 11.30am.

  • 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

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    A great day out for all the family, including your dog!

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

    For full details of opening times, see the Tickets page. 

     

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018
    Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018
    Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY

    Of the several gardens, open to the public, within a fifteen minute drive of Macclesfield the National Trust’s Hare Hill Gardens between Prestbury and Alderley, must be one of the best – and wonderful place to spend a few hours – or even a whole day enjoying a picnic.

    The rhododendrons may be beginning to fade but continue to provide a colourful backdrop.

    At this time of year between Spring and Summer – the gardens are in a transition – the rhododendrons and azalea flowers fading – the wisteria and summer buds slowly awakening – but despite this the all pervading beauty and tranquility is quite breathtaking.

    Forthcoming events at Hare Hill Gardens include:

    An evening walk with the Head 
    Tue 05 Jun 2018
    + 1 other date
    18:00-20:00
    Join Head Gardener Emma Hill for an evening exploration of the beautiful gardens at Hare Hill, includes drink and canapés.

    Tai Chi in the Walled Garden
    Thu 07 Jun 2018
    + 16 other dates
    14:00-15:00
    Join a Tai Chi class in the tranquil setting of the walled garden

    The Brocklehursts of Hare Hill
    Mon 18 Jun 2018
    11:00-12:00
    + other times
    Find out more about the influential family who owned Hare Hill and the tragic story behind the statues in the walled garden.

    Horse Power at Hare 
    Mon 25 Jun 2018
    + 29 other dates
    10:30-16:30
    Watch heavy horses in action in the garden this summer

    Walk with the Ranger: June
    Mon 25 Jun 2018
    14:00-16:00
    Join the Hare Hill Ranger for an insight into Ranger life

    Walk with the Ranger: July
    Mon 23 Jul 2018
    14:00-16:00
    Join the Hare Hill Ranger for an insight into Ranger life

    Hare Hill Gardens, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY
    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill

    All images ⓒ ilovemacc.com 2018

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    The Silk Museum, Old Park Lane, Macclesfield

    'The Macclesfield of America' - Paterson, New Jersey
    The Silk Museum, 9 June - 22 September 2018

    Hundreds of Maxonian families emigrated to the U.S. city and built a successful silk industry there, and the towns marked their special relationship in WWI with an exchange of flags, a ceremony that is being repeated this year to mark 100 years since the Armistice.
    This free exhibition ties in with the Barnaby Festival Roots/Routes theme.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    Various locations

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding fire station open days in 2017 and you're encouraged to take your family and friends along to these free events. Open days

    • Crewe fire station open day - 9th June from 10am-4pm
    • Knutsford fire station open day - 23rd June from 11am-4pm
    • Alsager fire station open day - 1st July, time tbc
    • Winsford station open day - 21st July from 11am-3pm
    • Runcorn fire station open day, 22nd July, time tbc
    • Frodsham fire station open day - 28th July from 11am-3pm
    • Wilmslow fire station open day - 4th August, time tbc
    • Northwich fire station open day - 11th August, time tbc
    • Macclesfield fire station open day - 12th August, 12noon-4pm
    • Tarporley fire station open day - 18th August, time tbc
    • Penketh fire station open day - 25th August, time tbc
    • Warrington fire station - 2nd September, time tbc
    • Birchwood fire station - 8th September, time tbc
    • Lymm fire station - 15th September, time tbc
    • Congleton fire station - 22nd September, time tbc

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

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

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

    View through a lead window into the courtyard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The south front of Little Moreton Hall

     

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    Macclesfield Slik Museum, Old Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

    Renowned artist Zarah Hussain returns home to launch Barnaby Festival at The Silk Museum with an exhibition of her work entitled Invisible Threads

    Invisible Threads will run at The Silk Museum, 16 June – 22 September

    Free admission during Barnaby Festival, every day Saturday 16 June – Saturday 23 June.

    Macclesfield-born artist Zarah Hussain has created a new light sculpture, Invisible Threads, commissioned for the Barnaby Festival.

    Many items in The Silk Museum’s collection illustrate the connections between Macclesfield’s silk industry and India, and last year’s Inspired by Indiaexhibition celebrated the design influences reflected in the work of Macclesfield School of Art students. For the Barnaby Festival, a newly-commissioned artwork will further explore and celebrate these links.

    Zarah Hussain’s distinctive colourful artwork combines painting and hand-drawn Islamic geometry with high tech digital art, animations and even interactive apps. She has won acclaim with high-profile exhibitions and numerous commissions; the Barnaby Festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase her exciting work.

    Invisible Threads is a fusion of Zarah’s Indian heritage and Macclesfield roots. Her Kashmiri grandfather emigrated to Macclesfield to work in textiles; her parents also worked in the trade, her mother adding fringe to silk scarves. The “invisible threads” linking her family and Macclesfield’s silk industry with India have inspired her piece.

    Zarah has created an immersive installation made of 3D shapes and programmable LED lights with multiple colourways. Visitors will enter a darkened room to experience the almost hypnotic changing patterns of light and colour.

    Invisible Threadswill launch the Barnaby Festival in a special event on Friday 15 June, then the exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 16 June.

    The exhibition is free to visit during the Barnaby Festival (every day from Saturday 16 to Saturday 23 June, including Sunday 17 June); charges apply to visit the rest of The Silk Museum (children free).

    From Monday 25 June to Saturday, admission will be included in the entry price to The Silk Museum (£4.50/£4 concessions/children free), or you can visit just the Special Exhibition for £2 (children free)

    Another special exhibition will be on show at The Silk Museum linked to the Barnaby Festival: Paterson, New Jersey – 'The Macclesfield of America' The Silk Museum, 9 June – 22 September 2018.

    The centre of America's silk industry, Paterson, New Jersey is known as 'Silk City USA'. As part of this year's Barnaby Festival, tying directly in with the theme of Routes/Roots, The Silk Museum on Park Lane will be hosting an exhibition highlighting the close historic ties between Macclesfield and Paterson, and those who made the journey to start a new life there.

    The silk industry in Paterson was founded by a Bollington man, John Ryle, whose older brothers ran a successful silk mill in Macclesfield. In 1839, Ryle sailed to America and within a few years had his own mill in Paterson. His success led to others from Macclesfield moving to Paterson to open mills there and by the 1870s business was booming, as opposed to Macclesfield where it was on the decline. Hundreds of families emigrated there to continue working in the silk industry.

    The Silk Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission to the Paterson exhibition is free, admission charges apply if you wish to visit the rest of the museum.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018
    Dunham Massey,

    Escape to Dunham Massey’s garden this summer for outdoor entertainment the whole family will enjoy.

    Chapterhouse Theatre is returning to this National Trust place with three exciting open air performances to enjoy. Go on an adventure with Sherlock Holmes on Saturday 14 July, enjoy an evening of regency romance with Sense and Sensibility on Sunday 22 July and head down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Saturday 4 August.

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Head to the beautiful Northumbrian countryside with Sherlock Holmes as his legendary nemesis awaits the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

    Sense and Sensibility ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Travel back in time as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Take a trip down the rabbit hole and join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters from the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family.

    QUAD Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival

    Return to the garden at the end of the summer for QUAD’s Outdoor Film Festival. Spend the evening under the stars watching classic films in the perfect summer setting. Choose from Moulin Rouge on Friday 31 Augustand Top Gun on Saturday 1 September.

    Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge captures the spirit of the Bohemian revolution sweeping the underworld of Paris. At the Moulin Rouge, the rich and poor are one, being entertained by the dancers. Christian (Ewan McGregor), a young English writer starts a love affair with the star courtesan Sabine (Nicole Kidman). Top Gun takes us into the danger zone with Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards starring as fighter pilots Maverick and Goose. Maverick’s cocky demeanour push him to compete for the Top Gun trophy against fellow pilot Iceman (Val Kilmer).

    Visitors attending a cinema experience at Hardwick Hall,  Derbyshire.

    Booking is essential for all outdoor theatre and cinema events. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

     

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018
    Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018
    Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield SK11 9DL

    Check out the day splits for bluedot festival 2018. bluedot takes place from 19th – 22nd July at Jodrell Bank, near Macclesfield.

    The Flaming Lips close the first day, followed by headline slots from Future Islands on Saturday 2st July, and The Chemical Brothers on Sunday 22nd July.

    Getting to bluedot festival is easy. Just 30 minutes by car from Manchester City Centre, or 20 minutes by train from Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield Station. Or 10 minutes from Manchester Airport. Trains from London are direct to Macclesfield taking just 2 hours.

    Day tickets are now available via Skiddle and cost £59.75 + BF.

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    Waterside Arts Centre, Sale M33 7BS

    Following the success of its first ever Refract festival last summer - Waterside is today delighted to announce the exciting and eclectic line-up for Refract:18.  Promising ten jam-packed days of the very best in summer programming, Refract:18 is bursting with experiential performance, live music, comedy, theatre and family events inviting you to see things differently at Trafford’s vibrant arts venue.

    Refract:18 runs from Thursday 19 to Saturday 28 July, bringing together a carefully curated programme, jilted from convention, for audiences of all ages.  Expect the unexpected, from miniature theatre in a magical canvas dome, a pop-up cabaret club, mini music festival for kids and arts and craft meets silent disco as well as music from cult British band Tankus the Henge, an immersive gig from multi-instrumentalist Minute Taker and Manchester’s finest Reggae pop outfit Jeramiah Ferrari.

    Kicking off Refract:18 is award-winning PanGottic’s catupultastic evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage in Long Shot while later in the festival Cabaret From The Shadows sees the theatre transformed into a pop up cabaret club for one night only to present this hilarious, mischievous, sexy and unnerving show.

    Music lovers are in for a treat with Manchester’s most exciting genre weaving group – Jeramiah Ferrari. The North West based band has forged a superb reputation for live sets, fusing styles of reggae, rock, ska and pop to make a truly memorable and essential new sound. Singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Minute Taker (Ben McGarvey) also makes his Refract debut with his immersive show. Inspired by imaginative artists such as Kate Bush, David Bowie, Tori Amos and Bjork, McGarvey creates haunting piano songs with multi-layered ethereal vocals, distorted electronic beats and otherworldly synthscapes. Rock, Funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms unite on stage with Tankus the Henge.  Combining wild showmanship, stories of wonder and musical dexterity, this live musical experience is something to behold.

    Laughs a plenty are also on offer at this year’s Refract:18 with all tastes catered for. Queer cabaret mayhem is guaranteed with Mother’s Ruin and we will see comedy mixed with musical madness in Showstopper!  – The Improvised Musical, a brand new musical created from scratch and performed live from audience suggestions.

    Families with kids big and small can enjoy a bumper programme of theatre, crafts, puppetry, music and more, including Our Kids Social’s Make, Do & Bop who will bring us silent disco fun to let imaginations run wild!

    For arty adults with a penchant for doodling, grab a pen, or a brush and get your creative juices flowing in Overdrawn , a free and one-off interactive art event.  Lovers of art can also experience re:cast - a series of art installations around Waterside’s spaces during the festival.

    Darren Adams, Producer of Refract and Manager of Waterside comments: We are absolutely thrilled to present our second Refract festival bringing more artists and performers to our venue, presenting a bold and ambitious programme. Our inaugural festival last year drew in over 20% of new audiences and welcomed many of our loyal visitors to experience unexpected and innovative work. Building on last year’s success we’re delighted with the quality and diversity of the Refract:18 line-up.

    Waterside are offering a lucky few the chance to join the Refraction Club to enjoy discounted tickets, special offers on drinks and other special events.  More information at refract.org.uk.

    Tickets go on sale from today, Thursday 5 April 2018.

     

    Thursday 19 July  –  Saturday 28 July

    Ten days of experiential performance, music and events that challenge you to see things differently.

     DAY ONE

     PanGottic presents

    LONG SHOT

    Thu 19 July 19:00

    £10 / £8

    Join us for a catapultastic evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage, as one man’s belief in the near impossible is put to the test. Part non-verbal circus performance, part behind the scenes ‘making of’, Long Shotwill have you on the edge of your seat. Or hiding behind it. Either way, it’s going to be a blast.

    Age 7+ | 55 mins

    DAY TWO

    MESSY PLAY

    Fri 20 July

    11:00 – 12:00 for toddlers; 1.30-2.30 for babies 3 months +

    £5 / £4 Family Club members

    Art-based messy play babies and toddlers.

    Age 3 months – 3 yrs

    MOTHER’S RUIN

    Fri 20 July 20:00

    £12 (with gin & tonic) / £10 (ticket only)

    Outrageous and fiercely entertaining night of cabaret mayhem. A top bill of subversive Queer artists present everything from comedy, music, drag and poetry to the unpredictable!

    Age 16+

    In the Chambers

    TANKUS THE HENGE

    Fri 20 July 20:00 doors

    £12 adv / £10 OTD

    Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe.

    A standing event in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY THREE

    REFRACT ART CLUB

    Sat 21 July 10:00 – 12:00

    £2.50 / £1 Family Club members

    Have fun with optical illusions. Cut out and colour a collection of optical illusions and create your own, on paper.

    Age 4+

    Knaive Theatre presents

    WAR WITH THE NEWTS (PREVIEW)

    Sat 21 Jul – Sun 22 July 18:30

    £12 / £10

    Produced in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Square Chapel Arts Centre & Waterside.

    Based on an original 1930s novel, set in the hull of a fishing vessel, the plot follows the unfurling of events after the discovery of an intelligent race of newts, who are shipped around the globe as cheap substitutes for human labour.

    This piece is site-specific - the venue will be announced ahead of the show

    MINUTE TAKER

    Sat 21 July 20:00

    £10

    Alternative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben McGarvey creates haunting piano songs with multi-layered ethereal vocals, distorted electronic beats and otherworldly synthscapes in an immersive show.

    In the Chambers

    CABARET FROM THE SHADOWS

    Sat 21 July 21:00

    £12

    Political, comic, sexy and strange, Cabaret From The Shadowsis a kaleidoscope of dark comedy, satire and live music, pulling you through a crazy hall of mirrors. Tonight no subject is taboo.

    Age 16+ | 60 mins

    Cabaret in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY FOUR

    Artful Playground presents

    MINIFEST

    Sun 22 July 13:00 & 14:30

    Free event

    Minifest will have family members of all ages up on their feet having a lovely, jolly, musical party together! With original songs written especially to stimulate young imaginations and encourage physical activity, played by the brilliant Artful Playground Band, you are treated to a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Rock and Roll, to Gypsy Jazz, to Rap! So bring your Mini ones and get some festival vibes – no wellies required! – and we’ll do the steam train conga ‘till we drop!

    On the Plaza

    Mumblecrust Theatre presents

    THE TALE OF THE COCKATRICE

    Sun 22 July 13:30 & 15:30

    £9 | £7

    “Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory, a hideous creature awakens. The deadly Cockatrice is born”. Breath-taking puppetry and spine-tingling live music in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old.

    Age 5 – 12 years (and upwards) | 60 mins

    In the Chambers

    DAY FIVE

    Tmesis Theatre presents

    HAPPY HOUR

    Mon 23 July 19:30

    £14 | £12

    The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? A poignant, fast paced, comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success. Can we learn to be happy?  The ‘happiness industry’ would have us think so...

    Age 13+ | 70 mins

    In the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY SIX

    Superfanpresents

    STUNTMAN

    Tue 24 July 20:00

    £14 / £12

    A new performance about movie violence and masculinity. It is an intensely physical, funny, and tender duet by two men who wrestle with their relationship to violence – both onscreen and off. Stories of real-life experiences of violence are interwoven with exaggerated, high-octane stunt fights, movement, and (fake) blood.

    Age 14+ | 55 mins

    In the Chambers

    DAY SEVEN

    Mimika Theatre presents

    SMALL WORLDS

    Wed 25 July 10:15, 11:45, 13:15, 14:45

    £7 / £6

    Extraordinary theatre inside a magical canvas dome. Meet five characters - a bug, a goose, a fox cub, a cat and a six year old girl - and watch their wordless stories unfold. Unforgettable visual theatre, using puppetry, miniature landscapes and original animated film and music.

    Age 5 – 11 | 60 mins

    DAY EIGHT

    OVERDRAWN

    Thu 26 Jul 19:00 – late

    Free

    An interactive art event with established artists, illustrators and designers from Manchester.  Expect pound portraits, calligraphy, local artists drawing live, humorous prompts and much more! Grab a pen…we’re getting creative together!

    In the Chambers

    SHOWSTOPPER – THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL!

    Thu 26 July 19:30

    £18 / £15

    Direct from the West End, a brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results.

    Age 12+ | 90 minutes plus interval

    In The Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY NINE

    MAKE, DO & BOP

    From Our Kids Social

    Fri 27 July 10:30 & 13:30

    £6

    A two channel silent disco will have all your favourite summer time hits to set the mood with all the latest kids’ pop for them to bop along to.  Plus there is creative arts and crafts to whisk your imaginations away to the sea-side, let your family innovation flow and your community relationships grow!

    All Ages | Each session lasts 90 mins

    Standing event in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    Gag Reflex Management presents

    ROB KEMP: THE ELVIS DEAD

    Fri 27 July 20:00

    £12

    The multi-award-winning EdFringe cult hit is back. Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in Tennessee, to witness the classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley.

    Age 14+ | 60 mins

    In the Chambers

    JERAMIAH FERRARI

    Fri 27 July Doors 20:00

    £10 adv / £12 OTD

    ‘A unique force and a live sensation that never disappoints’ The Mancunion

    Manchester’s most exciting genre weaving group!  North West based Jeramiah and have forged a superb reputation for live sets, fusing styles of reggae, rock, ska and Pop to make a truly memorable and essential new sound.

    Jeramiah grew up on a diet of Bob Marley, The Police and Michael Jackson. Expect a great calypso-ska style dancing party at any Jeramiah Ferrari Show!

    Standing event in the Robert Bolt Theatre

    DAY TEN

    Tessa Bide presents

    PERFECT

    Sat 28 July 11:30 & 14:30

    £9 | £7

    A young boy waits for the birth of his new baby sister... He can’t wait to run and jump with a new playmate. The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with puppetry, live music, animation and physical theatre from the award-winning Tessa Bide.

    Age 5 – 9 | 50 mins

    In the Chambers

    THROUGHOUT REFRACT

    Until Sat 18 August

    RE:CAST

    A series of art installations have been specially commissioned for Refract:18. Katie Nelson’s and Grace Igoe‘s exhibition showcases new and recent ceramic work posing questions on social and political issues in the Lauriston Gallery, while other sound and digital art commissions will be installed in around different spaces at Waterside from 19 July.  The call out for these commissions opens on Thursday 5 April.

    Lauriston Gallery and other spaces at Waterside

    Waterside

    Waterside is a thriving and vibrant destination for performance, culture and events in the heart of Sale in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

    Waterside opened in 2004 and has built a strong reputation for delivering high quality and engaging work, ranging from family theatre, interactive arts activity, performance, live music and regular comedy as well as high profile visual arts exhibitions.

    The space houses a main auditorium (the Robert Bolt Theatre), a versatile conference and studio performance space (the Chambers), three exhibition spaces and a number of studios, meeting and workshop spaces, all used by a variety of different groups.

    The Lauriston Gallery (our main exhibition space) is open to the public six days a week and is free to visit.

    The venue is funded by Trafford Council and supported by Arts Council England, Manchester Airport, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lauriston School Trust.

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018
    Macclesfield RUFC, Priory Park, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 4AF.

     

    Following on from it’s huge success in 2017, there’ll be something for everyone at the second Macclesfield Festival – on 21st July 2018 – including a feast of live music, family entertainment and much, much more.

    Ge your tickets today and save money.

    Tickets & info http://www.macclesfieldfestival.co.uk

    To get involved info@macclesfieldfestival.co.uk
    For traders pitches info@macclesfieldfestival.co.uk
    Local performer’s info@macclesfieldfestival.co.uk

    Marketing marketing@macclesfieldfestival.co.uk

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/macfest/Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/macclesfieldfestival/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/macfestsk10

    Ticket prices will be more on the day so it is advisable to buy now. Be part of Cheshire’s No1 family festival!

    https://macclesfieldfestival.co.uk/home

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018
    Peover Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 9HW

    Put a note in your diary for the Cheshire Game and Angling Fair – this year being held on Sunday 5th August, 2018.

    Established in 1984, Cheshire Game and Angling Fair is one of the North West best yearly outdoor shows. The Cheshire Game & Angling Fair is located at Peover Hall, Knutsford on the A50 with the postcode WA16 9HW

    There is something for everyone involved or interested in Game, Angling, Equestrian, Dog training and much much more.

     

    It's a fantastic day out for the whole family.

    There's so much on show and we hope to see you on the day.

    Log onto Cheshire Game & Angling Fair website here: Welcome

     

  • Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018
    Rode Hall, Church Lane, Scholar Green ST7 3QP

    With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together.

    Underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, the most bonkers competition in the land, it takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.

    Explore what’s in store here… And keep your ears to the ground for more adventures and surprises to be revealed each month.

    http://www.justsofestival.org.uk/attractions-2/

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    Tatton Park, Knutsford

    Cheshire East Council is proudly hosting its first ever Pride in the Park Picnic event at Tatton Park – to celebrate and support the LGBT+ community. 

    The event takes place on Sunday 16 September, in the spectacular gardens of Tatton Park, in Knutsford, and will be open to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment on the day.

    Special guests include Brazilian carnival drum and dance act Juba do Leão, an Abba tribute performance from ‘The Twins’, and performances from Proud Mary’s Choir, Cheshire Rock Choir and Sandbach High School Jazz band and Choir.

    Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic from 10am and will also be able to explore the picturesque gardens of Tatton Park free of charge. This colourful, fun-filled, celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing marketplace for guests to receive key help and support from organisations such as Body Positive, Transforum Manchester and Diversity Role Models. Cheshire East partner agencies, including Cheshire police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will also attend.

    David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and key sponsor for all entertainment on the day, said: “I am very proud to support this event, which reunites the diversity of communities in Cheshire East. “This event is a huge celebration in the LGBT+ calendar and I am personally committed to ensuring that Cheshire Constabulary works with its partners to eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia across Cheshire.”

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council lead member for equality and diversity, said: “Pride in the Park Picnic will be a fantastic event for all visitors from Cheshire East and beyond and will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate the LGBT+ community by giving something back. “This is just the first of many Pride events we are hoping to host in the future and it’s great that, this year, our Pride in the Park celebration will take place in the beautiful gardens of Tatton Park.”

    Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “Pride events are such vibrant occasions and I know this will be no different. You can expect lots of colour, great celebrations and a day to remember. I’m sure it will be a tremendous success.”

    The Pride in the Park Picnic will be a free event to all visitors, although standard entry fees to the park will apply for vehicle parking. A shuttle bus, supplied by Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned company Transport Service Solutions, will be available on the day to transport people from Knutsford town centre into the park free of charge. To find out more about this event visit the Pride website.

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    Sun
    14
    Oct
    2018
    Weston Rd, Stafford ST18 0BD

    Cagiva - Image ⓒ Mortons Media Group Ltd

    For the first time in the 40 year history of Cagiva, a stunning display of eleven of the fire engine red racers will be displayed in one place, at the Carole Nash Classic Mechanics Show, held in Stafford on October 13-14.

    Cagiva - Image ⓒ Mortons Media Group

    The machines, part of the collection owned by Dean Simpkins and his father Martyn, are all genuine factory racers, ridden by some of Grand Prix racings greatest riders, including the Eddie Lawson and John Kocinski 500cc race winning bikes.

    After agreeing the deal with Dean Simpkins at Donington Park, the show organiser’s Associate Director Malc Wheeler said “This is something very different, and special for the show. I am genuinely excited about this display and can’t thank Dean and Martyn enough for making it possible for people to enjoy this incredible collection.”

    Paolo Bianchi on a 125cc Sanvenero - Image ⓒ Mortons Archive

    In addition to the machines on display, there will also be two former factory riders, Jon Ekerold and Pier Paolo Bianchi at the show. South African Ekerold won the 1980 350cc World Championship, on a privateer Bimota Yamaha, against the might of the Kawasaki factory team and their ace rider Anton Mang. An old skool all-rounder Jon also won the Ulster Grand Prix and finished runner up in the Isle of Man TT twice.

    Jon Ekerold on a 500cc Cagiva - Image ⓒ Mortons Archive

    Jon Ekerold was a factory Cagiva rider in 1982 and the machine he rode forms part of the display.

    Pier Paolo Bianchi is a three-time World Champion winning the FIM World title in the 125cc class in 1976 and 77, and for the third time in 1980. He was a factory rider for Cagiva in 1988 and the machine he raced is part of the display.

    Bianchi and Ekerold will be interviewed on stage throughout the weekend by compere Steve Plater, alongside the show’s third Guest of Honour, racing legend Terry Rymer.

    The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show at Stafford is the biggest classic bike show in the world of its kind. It’s packed with thousands of classic machines and is the natural home for bike clubs to meet and show off their motorcycles.

    Discounted advance tickets for the show are now on sale, with a one-day adult pass costing just £12. Tickets will also be available on the gate, priced at £14 each. Under 12s tickets are £3 in advance or £4 on the day and parking is free.

    For more information visit classicbikeshows.com

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    Crich Tramway Museum offers a great day out for all the family, including your dog!

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

    For full details of opening times, see https://www.tramway.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tickets/