Days out & Local interest

Ideas for a day out in or around Macclesfield.

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  • Tue


    The Gardens, Grove, Woodland Walk, Chapel, Picnic Area,  Adventure Play Zone, Gardener's Kitchen Cafe, Betty Ridge Exhibition and the Gift Shop are now all open daily 11am - dusk from November to February and 11am - 5pm March to October.

    A fabulous opportunity to see the changing colours and planting in the gardens as they move through the seasons.

    The Hall will also be open on Sundays 12noon - 3pm from November to February and Sundays, Tuesdays and Bank Holidays 12noon - 5pm March to October.

    Visit the website for prices:

    FREE parking, dogs welcome on a lead.

    (Please note we are closed on 24th December 2016 - 2nd January 2017.)

  • Sun


    Exhibitions at The Silk Museum

    4th Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition

    Until 21 January 2017

    Now a well-established part of the Macclesfield Art scene, artists from around the area submit a stunning array of artwork in different media for this highly regarded exhibition. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the Visitors’ Choice Award!


    11 February-2 June 2017 

    Artist Yvette Hawkins uses silk to draw upon the rich traditions of her UK and South Korean heritage. INHABIT will include a silk sculpture woven by Yvette and 10,000 silk worms.

    Exhibitions at The Old Sunday School

    Souvenirs from Home 

    9 January-2 February

    This display brings together work produced in the Home Ground touring project; the Devon Guild of Craftsmen travelled to six towns in the UK whose football clubs have nicknames linked to their traditional craft industries. Artwork was created by football supporters and other groups. Artist Zoe Hillyard worked with them in Macclesfield.

    Home Front Vintage

    6 February-29 March

    During World War II the British Military produced escape maps on silk. After the war these maps were sold off to be re-used and made into clothing. This display explores the story of the maps and includes original items from the 1940s and 50s. In addition, Sara Jane Murray of Home Front Vintage showcases items she has made with maps in the spirit of ‘make do and mend’.

    Riot and Rebels!

    3 April-24 June

    Did you know Macclesfield had a riot? A potato riot! And what about the visit of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the town in 1745? To celebrate the newly-acquired Joseph Wright portrait of John Stafford, who was there with the rebels in 1745, and to tie in with the re-enactment of the Macclesfield potato riot on 13 April 2017, staff and pupils at Fallibroome Academy are collaborating with other schools from the Silk Alliance to take these events as inspiration to create an exciting new display.

    Activities at The Silk Museum

    Craft Workshops:

    A Touch of Frosty Craft 

    Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February: 10am-12.30pm

    It’s February and it’s still chilly, so help reflect the season by creating your own Jack Frost snow scenes, with a bit of glitter to make it sparkle!

    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years. Booking essential. Call 01625 612045

    Now you see it…

    Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April: 10am-12.30pm

    Take an adventure into camouflage and create some fantastic ‘now you see it’, ‘now you don’t’ artwork!

    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years. Booking essential. Call 01625 612045

    Victorian Jack in a Box

    Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June: 10am-12.30pm

    Take a look at some Victorian toys and then make your own special Jack in a Box.

    £6.50 per child, 6-12 years. Booking essential. Call 01625 612045

    Family drop-in sessions:

    Weave an Easter Egg Basket

    Thursday 6 April: 1.30-3.30pm

    Use some silk weaving techniques to create your own decorated Easter baskets – you may be lucky and find some eggs to put inside.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Full of the Joys of Spring

    Thursday 13 April: 10.30-12.30pm, 1.30-3.30pm

    Join in with this inspiring craft session creating your own Spring collage out of recycled materials.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Wonderful Creepy Crawlies

    Thursday 1 June: 1.30-3.30pm

    Make a selection of beautiful and boggle-eyed bugs!

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Activities at The Old Sunday School

    Craft workshops:

    Football Flags Textile Workshop

    Saturday 28 January: 11am-1pm or 2-4pm

    Join artist Zoe Hillyard to make a silk flag to celebrate living in Macclesfield and the Silkmen. Suitable for all ages and abilities and materials are provided.

    £3 per person, booking essential, call 01625 613210 or pop in to The Old Sunday School shop 

    Home Front Silk Maps Crafts

    Saturday 18 February: 1-3.30pm

    Discover more about the history of the silk escape maps with Sara Jane Murray of Home Front Vintage, then make a brooch from a piece of an original map to take home.

    £5 per person, 14+ years, booking essential, call 01625 613210 or pop in to The Old Sunday School shop 

    Family drop-in sessions:

    Home Front Silk Map Making

    Wednesday 22 February: 1.30-3.30pm

    Take a look at our display about the silk escape maps made in World War II and then create your own map, print it onto silk and make it into something new. There will also be some code breaking tasks for you too! In partnership with Sara Jane Murray of Home Front Vintage.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Easter ‘Hare-ing’ Around

    Wednesday 5 April: 1.30-3.30pm

    You’ve heard of the Easter Bunnies, well these are their faster cousins! Make your own fantastic hare inspired artwork.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Potato Print Art

    Wednesday 12 April: 1.30-3.30pm

    Instead of throwing potatoes like the rioters in 1812, use them to create some colourful art to take home!

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    All Boxed Up

    Wednesday 31 May: 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Join in some ‘box magic’ and turn a small box into something ‘fantabulous’ to store your treasures in.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Activities at West Park Museum

    Special event: 

    Discover a WWI Soldier at West Park Museum

    Tuesday 21 February: 2-4pm, family drop-in

    Discover what a Great War soldier carried in the trenches, what he ate, how he kept clean, his work, leisure and what weapons and protection he had. You can even make your own model biplane if you like!

    Free activity, £1 for the biplane kit

    Family drop-in crafts:

    Egyptian Amulet

    Tuesday 4 April: 2-4pm

    Be inspired by Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections and make your own amulet to take away.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    King Tut’s Tomb

    Tuesday 11 April: 2-4pm

    The Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun had a fabulous tomb and mummy case filled with wonderful things. Make your own recreation of his last resting place.

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Panda Bears’ Picnic

    Tuesday 30 May: 2-4pm

    Celebrate Macc Panda’s return to West Park Museum and make your own panda mask. Bring your own snacks along to have a panda bears’ picnic!

    £3 per activity pack, no need to book

    Events for Adults at The Silk Museum

    Alteration Challenge

    Saturday 28 January: 10am-4pm

    Stella Vincent will help you revamp a wardrobe favourite or recycle a charity shop bargain. You will need a sewing machine, an item of clothing, fabrics and embellishments that you may find useful. You do not need to be an experienced dressmaker, just have flair and imagination.

    £20. To book, contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or

    Experimentation and Fun with Free Machine Embroidery 

    Saturday 11 February: 10am-4pm

    Anne Davies will introduce you to the fun you can have with free machine embroidery. You will need a sewing machine which drops its feed dogs to allow free stitching.

    £20. To book, contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or

    Calligrapher for the Day

    Saturday 18 March: 10am-4pm

    Vivien Lunnis introduces a taster day for anyone interested in fine lettering. Using pen patterns and letters you will be able to make a bookmark by the end of the day.

    £20. To book, contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or

    The Story of Silk Study Day

    Saturday 1 April 


    This study day will explore the magic of silk, its uses and its histories. Dr Katherine Wilson of the University of Chester will discuss the history of luxury fabrics, from the medieval period to the time when silk was mass produced in Macclesfield Mills. Emily Wilkinson will hold a practical workshop on silk and creativity, using silk as its inspiration. You will also meet the artist Yvette Hawkins and discover more about her art installation INHABIT. The day includes a tour of Paradise Mill and around the Silk Museum with the opportunity to see some of the textile collections usually kept in store. The Museum and Mill will be closed to the public, so study day participants have exclusive access to the buildings.

    £20, including lunch and refreshments. To book telephone 01625 613210 or pop into the Old Sunday School. For more information contact Professor Deborah Wynne

    This event is jointly organised by the University of Chester and the Silk Museum

    Friends’ Talks at The Old Sunday School

    Curious Cures: Medical Remedies at their Worst

    Wednesday 11 January, 7.30pm

    Discover bizarre cures of the past with Lyndon Murgatroyd.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    African Batik

    Wednesday 8 February, 7.30pm

    Batik history and techniques with Anne Mason and Margaret Hickson.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    John de Macclesfield

    Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm

    Discover John de Macclesfield, 1351-1422, with writer and historian Jane Laughton.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    Friends’ Quiz Night

    Wednesday 12 April, 7.30pm

    Make up your own team of four or come along on the night and make new friends.

    £4/£3 members, pay on the door 

    Venue Addresses/Opening Times/Costs/Access Details

    The Old Sunday School

    Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Bank Holidays

    Admission Free

    Access: Step free access to ground floor, lift to first floor meeting rooms and second floor Cinemac, stairs to basement displays

    The Silk Museum

    Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

    Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm (until 31 March), 10am-4pm (from 3 April), closed on Sat 1 April, open 12-4pm Bank Holidays

    Museum Admission, including special exhibitions: £4.50, £4, children free

    Admission to Special Exhibition only: £2, Open Art Exhibition: Free

    Access: Steps at the main entrance to the museum, step free access available on request, step-free access around ground floor, lift to first floor special exhibition gallery

    Paradise Mill

    Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

    Open: Mon-Sat. Guided Tours at 12 noon (until 31 March) at 11.45am, 1pm, 2.15pm (from 3 April) Tours at 1pm, and 2.15pm on Bank Holidays, closed on Sat 1 April

    Mill Tour: £5, £4.50, children free

    Access: 3 flights of stairs, if you need to use the lift then please speak to a member of staff when booking your ticket

    Joint Visit Silk Museum and Paradise Mill: £8, £7

    West Park Museum

    Prestbury Road, Macclesfield SK10 3BJ

    Open: Weds-Sun, 1-4pm (until 31 March) Tues-Sun, 1-4pm (from 1 April), Closed on Bank Holidays

    Admission Free

    Access: Step free access

  • Sun
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire


    Sunday 18 June 2pm & 7pm

    The Peak District Music Centres' (PDMC) bands, orchestras and choirs will be returning to Buxton Opera House for their hugely popular annual Gala Concerts in June.

    Over 300 of the area’s young musicians will perform well-known classics, movie hits and even a touch of jazz.

    There'll also be performances from local primary school children involved in the Derbyshire City & County Music Partnership Wider Opportunities programme.

    Renowned for their standards of excellence, the PDMC ensembles range from elementary level through to the more advanced players in Peak District String Orchestra, Peak District Wind Band and Peak District Big Band, many of whom are involved in the Derbyshire City & County Youth Orchestra and Wind Band. Their precision and youthful exuberance are guaranteed to lift the spirit.

    Tickets for Peak District Music Centres Gala Concert are £5-£8 for the 2pm performance and £6.50-£9.50 for the 7pm performance. Students and Children receive £1 off.

    To book, call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or buy online.

  • Wed
    10 am to 6.30 pmTatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire


    From 19 to 23 July, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will return to Cheshire’s spectacular 1,000-acre deer park for one of the North’s calendar highlights. The Great Garden Party will play host to spectacular Show Gardens, Water Gardens, Back to Back Gardens, and an array of Grow-Your-Own inspiration.

    This RHS Young Designer of the Year competition will return once again to give young inspiring garden designers, aged 28 years and under, the chance to kick-start their careers and gain exposure at a prestigious RHS Flower Show. A constant nurturer of young talent, RHS Tatton acts as a platform for inspirational new designers to get a head start in horticulture, with many going on to design at other Shows, such as Hugo Bugg and Sam Ovens, who went on to exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

    In addition, the much loved Back-to-Back Gardens, which returned to RHS Tatton in 2015 after a three year absence, will showcase clever designs ideal for small spaces, inspiring visitors to get stuck in and transform their own green spaces at home.

    A host of other Show favourites, such as the RHS National Flower Bed Competition and much-loved Cheshire Gardens of Distinction, will also feature, along with live demonstrations from some familiar faces in the Feast Theatre and amazing Great British Allotments exhibits.

    The ever-popular Ladies Day will also be hosted at the show on Friday 21 July, offering a range of rousing talks from inspiring women in horticulture and a botanically influenced fashion show.

    With all of this, as well as some amazing local exhibitors, visitors are sure to have a great day out at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

    For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website:

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