Days out & Local interest

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  • 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

    https://www.tramway.co.uk

     

  • 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

     

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    Lyme Hall, Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ‘To Stop Her Mouth’ opens at Lyme on Sunday 16 September 2018 and ends Sunday 4 November. For more information visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme/features/to-stop-her-mouth

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    Capesthorne Hall, Nr Macclesfield

  • 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

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    10 am to 3 pmWest Park, Macclesfield

     

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    10 am to 3 pmMacclesfield West Park

    Above: Mayoress Heather Schofield and Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Adam Schofield

    On Saturday 13th October 10am-3pm, there will be an outdoor play themed event in West Park – Welly Walk and Nature Needs You.

    The free event which is organised by Macclesfield Town Council, is designed to encourage outdoor play throughout the cooler seasons. It was held for the first time last year and was so popular that Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers asked if they could combine their annual event Nature Needs You with the Welly Walk.

    Helena Gowler, Community Engagement Office for Macclesfield Town Council commented that ‘Autumn is a great time of year for families to get outside and play. This event will hopefully inspire more people to pull on their wellies and spend some time trudging through the fallen leaves and having fun outside throughout the colder weather’.

    This year, there is an addition of a storytelling tepee den, complete with soft cushions and fairy lights to create a cosy atmosphere for children listening to Enid Blyton inspired tales. There will also be a mini forest school, marshmallow toasting, den building, a static bush craft display, birds of prey, storytelling, birdwatching, creepy crawlies and a Welly Wander around the park. The Welly Wander will involve locating clues around the park and carrying out a small activity to help see the wonder in the great outdoors. Families can drop in at any time during the event to collect their clue sheet.

    Tina Hanak, Group Leader for Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explores said ‘The Team at Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers are really enthusiastic about joining forces with Welly Walk. We are keen to help families with children of all ages make strong, positive connections to the natural world.’

    ‘Our Nature Needs You event is all about helping the public to take positive action to help the wildlife in our own backyards and gardens. There’ll be loads of free hands-on activities to inspire families to give nature a home. From making bee homes and wildflower seed bombs, to helping construct nest boxes for birds and planting native trees, there’ll be something for everyone.’

    The area to the side of West Park café will be used for the event.

    Queries should be directed to Macclesfield Town Council on 01625 374142 or admin@macclesfield-tc.gov.uk

     

  • 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