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
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    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.

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Drifts of snowdrops are one of the joys of this time of year and we have now opened The Grove and Woodland Walk so that you can admire what's there!

    After several years of planting and splitting of the drifts we are expecting our
    best ever display.

    Several paths have been created to help you navigate some of the areas left damp by recent weather, appropriate footwear and clothes are recommended.

    The Grove and Woodland Walk are open every day from 10am to 4pm. Entry to Arley is £5 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £2 for children.

    The Gardener's Kitchen Cafe is also open.

    CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER OPENING INFORMATION

  • 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.

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
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    31
    May
    2018

     

    West Park Museum

    Macclesfield Museums have got a range of activities to keep the kids happy over the holidays - February half term, Easter and May half term. There is something new to do at each of our venues every time: Tuesdays at West Park Museum (Prestbury Road), Wednesdays at The Old Sunday School (Roe Street), and Thursdays at The Silk Museum (Park Lane). Find out more at www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk

    POM POM PANDAS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 20 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make your own adorable panda figure based on our own Macc Panda.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN EXPLORERS
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 21 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Meet explorer Marianne Brocklehurst and discover some Egyptian artefacts. Then just like Marianne create your own sketch book and diary to record your expedition!
    £3 per person

    The Silk Museum

    LET’S PRINT
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 22 February, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    To celebrate the work of Macclesfield’s Charles Tunnicliffe, have a go at a range of different printing techniques.
    £5 per person

    CARTOUCHE CREATIONS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 3 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make a ‘carved’ tablet with your name in hieroglyphs out of air-hardening clay.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN CROCODILES
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 4 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Victorian explorers often tried to bring back crocodiles as souvenirs of their adventures. Make the figure of Sobek, the Egyptian God of the Nile, who was depicted as a Nile crocodile and then make a climbing crocodile snapping at the explorers’ heels!
    £3 per person

    Old Sunday School

    UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 5 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Take a look at some small objects under the microscope, make them big to see their detail, then think of one of your favourite things and create it in miniature to fit into a matchbox. Decorate the matchbox and you have a tiny artwork to take away!
    £5 per person

    PROFESSOR MACE AND HIS AMAZING PANDA MEDALS
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 10 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Meet Professor Mace, explore some of his amazing discoveries and work with his assistant David to cast your own panda medal in tribute to our Macc Panda.
    £3 per person

    THE KNIGHT’S QUEST
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 11 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Celebrate St George’s Day by taking on the Knight’s Quest, making your own helmet and shield before going in search of the dragon.
    £3 per person

    STORYBOOK FINGER PUPPETS
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 12 April, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Macclesfield’s Charles Tunnicliffe illustrated lots of story books, particularly featuring animals and birds. Make a family of finger puppets to illustrate your own story.
    £5 per person

    ANUBIS MASK
    West Park Museum
    Tuesday 29 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Make a mask of the Egyptian Jackal, or Dog-Headed God Anubis.
    £3 per person

    EGYPTIAN SCARABS AND AMULETS
    The Old Sunday School
    Wednesday 30 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    Create an Egyptian scarab complete with your own secret inscription along with an amulet to protect you in the ‘afterlife’.
    £3 per person

    WACKY MACHINES
    The Silk Museum
    Thursday 31 May, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in
    As part of our Jacquard Legacy project, make your own wacky machine combining some lowtech recycling with a little bit of technology.
    £5 per person

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
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    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.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    The Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Cwilt Cymru is a group of individual quilt artists, all living in, or with a connection to Wales. This is their third joint collection to be exhibited.

    The title of the exhibition, Cynefin, loosely translated means “a place or time where we instinctively feel we belong or feel most connected, a habitat; to be familiar with or accustomed to.” This unique layered Welsh word is pronounced ‘kerrnevin’.

    Each artist has interpreted the theme in their own way to produce related contemporary textile pieces.

    Included in entry to The Silk Museum, or £2 to visit just the exhibition.

  • 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

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    10 am to 1.30 pmTownley Street Chapel, Macclesfield

    The inaugural TEDxMacclesfield will showcase speakers tackling some of humanity’s biggest questions with humour, optimism and insight. The event takes place on Saturday 28th April at Townley Street Chapel, Macclesfield and will include up to eight short talks in the spirit of TED, the international non-profit organisation devoted to 'Ideas Worth Spreading'. Speakers will be filmed and the talks are then made available to a global online audience of 10 million subscribers through the TEDx YouTube channel.

    The speakers, who all have a connection with Macclesfield, will talk for 10-12 minutes each and champion an innovative idea they are passionate about. The intention is to showcase the talent and expertise in the town and give a platform to some unheard voices. Talks will be solution focused, non-political non-religious and will cover a diverse range of topics. Ideas include the challenges facing the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope project being managed from Jodrell Bank, lessons for living with mental illness, why the outdoors helps us think creatively and how we can help make the fashion industry more sustainable.

    Organisers Lynne Jones and Jude D'Souza hope the talks will spark discussion, make new connections and start conversations across the community.

    Jude D’Souza is a writer who organises cinema and spoken word events in the town through Entropy Events: “There's been a growth in arts, culture and entertainment in the town over the last 7 or 8 years which has invigorated Macclesfield and raised its profile as a destination. We want to build on that renaissance and and tap into the many amazing ideas bubbling under the surface here to show how they can change lives”.

    Lynne Jones is a journalist and producer and was one of the founders of Barnaby Festival. "It's been really exciting meeting some of the interesting folk living or working in Macclesfield who care passionately about what they do and have ideas they want to shout about. We've pulled together a great team of volunteers to organise and steward the event and we're really grateful to the businesses who are supporting us financially or with in-kind support.”

    The conference will be hosted by Geoff Bird, a producer and reporter with BBC Radio who lives in Macclesfield. Alongside the talks will be live performances and videos of TED talks.

    TEDx is an independently organised event under licence from TED. Tickets for this first event are limited by the licence to 100 and cost £19 with a limited number at £14 for 18-29 year olds. Tickets will be sold online and the organisers expect demand to be high. For information about how to get tickets go to www.TEDxMacclesfield.com.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    Tue
    08
    May
    2018
    Silk Road, nr Bollington, Macclesfield

     

    The UK’s biggest and most spectacular Big Top show, Gandey's Circus is coming to Macclesfield with an action-packed star-studded production for the whole family – with a cast of over 30 all new acts never before seen in the UK.

    Raising the bar sky-high and smashing expectations to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the creation of circus, The Greatest Showmen will be staged in the fully-heated 1500 seat Theatre Big Top, on the Silk Road, nr Bollington, Macclesfield – complete with state of the art theatre-standard lighting and sound equipment.

    For the first time in many years a host of international stars – from Colombia, Cuba, Kenya, France, Portugal and the UK – are assembled in one glittering production proudly presented by HAYLEY and MARISKA, the fourth generation of the Cheshire based GANDEY family’s circus dynasty.
    It is thrills and laughter all the way as Gandeys Circus takes to new heights a heritage of entertaining the entire family – from the youngest member to the oldest.
    Guaranteed to have the audiences on the edge of their seats are three of the world’s greatest aerial acts, including the sensational award-winning high-wire walkers – THE GERLINGS. They will risk life and limb performing a four-person-high human pyramid without any safety wires or nets. Their act won medals at both the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival and the Wujiao International Circus Festival in 2017.
    Be prepared to hold your breath as THE GERLINGS perform another of their electrifying dare-devil acts – the DOUBLE WHEEL OF DEATH! Not just one… but two rotating arms with steel mesh pods at either end containing jumping, leaping, balancing acrobats performing both inside and outside their pods.
    Performing high in the roof of the Big Top, THE CUBAN FLYERS will attempt the legendary near-impossible triple somersault.
    But the excitement doesn’t end once the artistes return to the solid ground of the circus ring. The entertainment continues thick and fast with a high speed award-winning juggling act like you have never seen before. From Portugal – the astounding ROGERIO GONCALVES.
    Taking BMX biking to the ultimate level, the breath-stopping agility of DENIS and ANNA – creating one of the most stunning acts ever seen on two wheels.

    The adrenaline-fuelled action of the KENYAN ACROBATS as they tumble, somersault, balance and limbo; unimaginable feats of dexterity, strength and awe-inspiring gymnastics from MANUEL on the ACROBATIC POLE; and the totally madcap and hilarious mayhem created by Europe’s leading female clown ANDREEA DELBOSQ; all accompanied by lavish dazzling musical routines to rival West End productions and so much more.

    https://www.facebook.com/oliver.wiggett/videos/10155991370915853/UzpfSTU4NDI0MDExNDk4NTQyMjoxNjQ4MzY4NTk1MjM5MjMw/ Showmen tour promo 2018

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    10 am to 4 pmMaccesfield town centre

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    Full details bollingtonbrewing.co.uk

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018
    Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

     

    Enjoy huge carpets of bluebells, birdsong and many other wild flowers in the magnificent Big Wood which is not normally open to visitors. Walk by the Lake to see many kinds of water birds. Learn the history of this ancient agricultural estate. Return through The Grove, Arley’s beautiful woodland garden in full springtime glory.

    Walks last approx. 1¾ hrs on footpaths through woods & fields and are lead by experienced guides.

    Sunday 6th May / Monday 7th May 11am & 2pm

    Booking is essential. All visitors should wear waterproof clothing and footwear. Unfortunately the walks are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

    Adults £8 Children (5-16) £2
    (Entry to the Hall & Gardens is an additional fee.)

    Parking FREE - dogs welcome on a lead

    Book tickets online or call 01565 777353 Ext 20.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    Tatton Park

    Active Cheshire is thrilled to announce the launch of PlayFest 2018 - a spectacular event inspiring businesses, schools and communities to get together, compete, get active, play, and have fun.

    This major event will take place on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Cheshire’s prestigious Tatton Park.

    Every ticket sold will raise funds to support the work of one of the country’s best loved charities; the British Red Cross.

    The event offers a full day of activities from 9am-4pm centred around the Play to Win Competition Zone, where more than 1000 competitors will release their inner child, as they race on the world’s longest inflatable assault course – at over 1000ft long!

    PlayFest 2018 will not only provide an opportunity for teams to showcase their physical prowess and build team spirit, but also to raise funds for a great cause.

    Active Cheshire CEO, Anne Boyd said “We are delighted to announce launch of PlayFest 2018, which will celebrate the importance of active play – at home, in community and of course, in the workplace.” Anne continues, “With increasing concerns relating to sedentary lifestyles and huge decline in physical activity within the workplace, PlayFest 2018 is all about encouraging participants to play together and get active in a fun way.”

    Early bird tickets prices are available now at just £280 per team of 8 people – that’s just £35pp incl vat (which includes a donation to the British Red Cross, support from the Active Cheshire Team and a Competition Pack for all entrants). Please note that parking will be charged separately by the venue.

    Team spots are limited, so if you want to secure your place to be recognised as Cheshire & Warrington’s most Active Workplace. Call Fraser now on 01606 330212 or visit www.activecheshire.org/playfest

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    Mon
    28
    May
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Justin Fletcher and Mr. Bloom return to the biggest Children’s Festival in the UK

    Geronimo Festival has announced their exciting 2018 headliners and families are in for an entertainment packed weekend.

    Children’s TV Megastar, Justin Fletcher returns to Geronimo this year and will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 26th May. The ever-popular C-beebies star will be on-hand to keep young children and their families entertained on stage during his afternoon performance.

    Youtube teen stars, Max and Harvey will be joining the star line up for 2018 and cementing Geronimo’s place as the premier children’s UK festival.

    On Sunday, children are in for another treat as Mr. Bloom takes to the stage introducing his 40 minute show which features his amazing four-piece band. The hilarious duo, Cook and Line will also be hosting their brilliant slapstick Pirate Show and don’t forget that there is a whole host of other performers and activities to enjoy!

    For the very first time at Geronimo; the world famous Gandey’s Circus with their 1,200 seater big top, will definitely be one of the attractions you shouldn’t miss! In addition, there'll be a 130 ft big wheel, we look forward to seeing your pics from the top!

    Simon Goldman, Geronimo Festival organiser commented:

    ‘Announcing our headline acts is always a really exciting time for us this year we have our best line-up yet. Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom are Children’s TV royalty and always keep the children (and their parents!) enraptured. This year acts will take to the stage in the afternoon so that everyone gets a chance to come along and have fun at the main stage.’

    Taking place from 25th - 28th May 2018, Geronimo is returning to the stunning Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire which is set over acres of land ensuring not only more attractions but also a top-notch campsite. The duration of the event has also been extended to four days so that more families can take advantage of everything the show has to offer.

    Dubbed ‘Glastonbury for Kids’, Geronimo has something for every member of the family whatever their age and full details of attractions can be found at the website www.geronimofest.com. We haven’t forgotten the adults either, Bathing under the Sky are providing excellent spa facilities and we have also provided a crèche so that parents can have some “me time”.

    Simon continued:

    ‘Our Early Bird Tickets offer is available until the end of January and it’s the perfect time to book – not only can families can take advantage of lower prices but they can also make sure they get to see their child’s favourite TV stars.’

    Tier 1 family tickets available from just £25 per person throughout January. As an added incentive, early birds who purchase Tier 1 tickets will receive a free wristband for the Victorian Fun Fair.

    You can bring your own tent, caravan or motor home or simply let Geronimo take the hassle out of camping with their range of themed tents available to suit families whatever their size.

    For further information about the Geronimo Festival and to book tickets, please visit www.geronimofest.com

  • 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.

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Appeal for walkers to take on Macclesfield challenge for children’s hospice

    Walkers are being asked to pull on their boots to tackle the three highest peaks of Macclesfield to raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

    A choice of two routes is on offer, both starting from Tegg’s Nose Country Park. The strenuous 13.6 mile route, with a walking time of approximately six hours, takes in the famous Cheshire Three Peaks of Macclesfield - Tegg’s Nose, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor.

    SimTravaTeam, Francis House Cheshire 3 Peaks, 2017

    Winding through the scenic Macclesfield countryside, the walk encompasses Trentabank and Lamaload Reservoir and offers gorgeous views from all three summits. The route covers steep terrain and requires a good level of fitness.

    Maps are provided and flags direct walkers across the hillsides and forests, with checkpoints providing water and fruit for tired limbs.

    Organisers Francis House Children’s Hospice, provides respite care to children and young adults with life-limiting conditions and support for their families from its base in Didsbury, Manchester.

    More than 130 people participated in the event last year, with the option of a shorter 6.5 mile walk through woodland and moorland. The children’s hospice is keen that families and schools sign up to take part this year. The shorter walk is nonetheless challenging and is not suitable for pushchairs.

    Last year’s event raised over £14,300 and proved popular with many businesses entering teams.

    The Francis House Cheshire Three Peaks Walk takes place on Sunday June 10.

    Registration fees apply. Anyone wishing to register can visit www.francishouse.org.uk/cheshire-three-peaks/ or call Francis House on 0161 443 2200.

    Walkers on Francis House Cheshire Three Peaks sponsored walk

    Watch the video here:

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    As part of Arley Hall's annual Garden Festival, now in its 24th year, local school's are being invited to take part in a Schools Garden Challenge where ten local schools create a garden.

    This year Gabriel Ash are sponsoring the Schools Garden Challenge and will be donating a first prize of a red cedar, upright coldframe, ideal for overwintering small delicate plants and growing plants from seed.  Gabriel Ash will be at the show this year and will organize with the winning school when is best for them to deliver and install this maintenance free cedar cold-frame.

    The public will be asked for their favourite flowerbed – with a token given to them when they enter the show.  The winning school will receive a free child admission ticket to Arley for use during 2018.

    Arley's aim is to encourage children to think and learn about the natural environment in which they live. Flowerbeds can include topics such as biology, geography, art/design and conservation.  Practical working skills and working together as a team will be important elements of this project.

    Timescale
    Schools would need to begin thinking about their garden now, ready for planting your seeds for your garden soon after Easter and have clear ideas on its theme and the plants to be grown. Competitors are welcome to visit Arley to talk with their head Gardener, Gordon Baillie and discuss any thoughts or ideas.

    Children are free to come to the Garden Festival as are the teachers involved in this project.  Adult entry is £11.50 and Concession £10.50 if booked in advance and £16.50 adult and £14.50 Concession on the day.  This includes entry to the Hall & Gardens as well as the show.

    Tickets are available online at www.arleyhallandgardens.com/events/2018-06.

    Each year the show attracts many nurseries and plant specialists as well as horticultural accessories with guided garden tours by Lord Ashbrook also taking place during the day.  Children’s entertainment including animals from Stockley Farm, face painting, trampolines, rides and of course ice cream will be all taking place along with live jazz music and a food fair.

     For further details email: helen.begent@arleyhallandgardens.com
  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
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    24
    Jun
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Spectacular floral displays in the magnificent Floral Marquee, specialist plant nurseries and garden accessories. Gardener’s Question Time sessions on both days and guided tours of the gardens with Lord Ashbrook and Hall & Gardens entry
    all included in your ticket!

    There are also delicious food demonstrations by the students from Leeds City College as well as mouth watering cakes and pastries. Creative Crafts provide an excellent gifts marquee with over 50 traders, a live jazz band play around the show in the morning and Lymm concert band play in the afternoon in the East Garden infront of the Hall.

    Local schools take part in our Garden Challenge and create outstanding themed flower beds. Facepainting and children's rides as well as ice-cream will also be at the show.

    With an audience of over 5000, there is plenty to enjoy, classic cars are on display in front of the Hall and the countryside marquee hosts The Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and coppice fencing demonstrations as well as the dry stone wall association and bees from Norton Priory.

    Dont forget that entry to the Hall & Gardens is included in your ticket price, so if you want time away from the crowds and entertainment you can stroll in the peace of the gardens.

    Parking FREE. There is a FREE buggy service running throughout the day and a plant creche is available.

    Pre-book your tickets at discount prices using the link below or call Sue on 01565 777 353 Ext 20.  Tickets bought can be used on either Saturday or Sunday,
    the show opens 10am - 5pm.

    Adults (prebooked) £11.50 gate price £16.50
    Concessions (prebooked ) £10.50 gate price £14.50
    Group prices for 15+ are available.

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal

    The National Trust Children’s Book Festival is returning on 23 – 24 June 2018, and this year is hosted by Quarry Bank in Styal, Cheshire. Following two highly successful years at Wray Castle in the Lake District, the festival is on the move and is set to be bigger and brighter than ever.

    Visitors to Quarry Bank will be able to meet their favourite children’s authors and illustrators at the two day festival where there will be talks, book signings and workshops. Highlights include a chance to meet Axel Scheffler, the creator of Pip and Posy and illustrator of The Gruffalo and Stick Man on Saturday 23 June. There’ll be live drawing and storytelling and perhaps even a surprise guest or two as Axel introduces the latest adventures of best friends Pip and Posy.

    Visitors at the National Trust Children's Book Festival, 2016, at Wray Castle, Cumbria

    On Sunday 24 June, the festival will present the world premiere of Alex T. Smith’s Claude on TV. The bestselling books are launching as a TV series on Disney Junior in June, and this will be an exclusive opportunity to see an episode of Claude, meet Alex T. Smith and find out all about his brand new detective character, Mr Penguin.

    Other appearances include model making workshops with animators from Aardman Animations; Tracey Corderoy, author of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam; Benji Davies, the author and illustrator behind The Grotlyn, The Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island; Harriet Muncaster, creator of the Isadora Moon series, and interactive storytelling sessions.

    Katie Bond, Children’s Publisher for the National Trust, says “We’re very excited to bring the Children’s Book Festival to Quarry Bank and we’ve put together an action-packed weekend with some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. Everything that we do at the National Trust helps us to look after special places for generations to come, so it’s great to be able to host the festival at Quarry Bank and find new ways to engage families through stories and imagination.”

    Visitors at the National Trust Children's Book Festival, 2016, at Wray Castle, Cumbria

    Across the festival weekend, Quarry Bank will be running story-themed family activities, inspired by the authors who are appearing at the festival. With activities including dressing up, craft activities and interactive games, there’ll be plenty for the whole family to get stuck into. Visitors can also delve deeper into Quarry Bank’s own story with the Journeys of the Imagination trail that will be running from 5 May – 28 October 2018. Journeys of the Imagination follows the tales of six remarkable travellers who journeyed to and from Quarry Bank, drawing on the wealth of stories hidden within the archives.

    “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Children’s Book Festival in 2018,” says Suzanne Bowling, Visitor Programming Officer at Quarry Bank. “We’ve taken inspiration from all the authors and illustrators who are appearing and put together a host of activities for families to connect to the stories and characters featuring at the festival. It’s a weekend not to be missed for bookworms of all ages.”

    Visitors reading books in the second-hand bookshop at The Argory, County Armagh.

    Tickets for author and illustrator workshops must be booked in advance. Additional activities are included in the Quarry Bank admission price (free for National Trust members). For the full festival line-up and to book tickets visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    1 pm to 5 pmGawsworth County Primary School, Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth

    Gawsworth Primary School PTA would like to invite everyone to attend the annual Rose Queen Fete being held on 23rd June, 2018.

    Organisations/clubs/councils are invited to walk in the procession – meeting at the Scout Hut on Church Lane at 12:45 for a 13:00 start.

    Organisers very much welcome the inclusion of the many local village groups and would like to see as many as possible represented – in the form of running a stall or advertising stand on the day, a fabulous way for you to promote yourselves and recruit new members.

    We are hoping that people will be excited to hear about the wider village activities.

    Contact Cathy Jackson (Gawsworth PTA ) cathyaustin@hotmail.com for further details.

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    10 am to 4 pmTown Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield

    Comic event MACC-POW! returns for its 3rd year bigger, bolder and brighter than before.

    Within the programme for the town’s Barnaby arts festival – MACC-POW! takes place in the Town Hall on Saturday 23rd of June 2018.

    This year’s line-up sees no less than 35 creators from around the world, including MACC-POW! veterans lovable Lew Stringer and perky Paul Grist, alongside David Leach, Nick Brokenshire, Laura Howell, Ilya, Emmeline Pidgen, Missed Deadline magazine, Marc and Nancy Jackson, Dick Vincent, Jessica on Paper, Rick Eades, Dr Sarah, Joe Matthews, Lyndon White, Ken McFarlane, Laura Crow, Jim Boswell, Nick Prolix, James Chapman, Colin Mathieson (Accent UK) Chris Askham, Christine Pym, Noemie Pounder, Dan Whitehead, 15 year old cartoonist Harrison Smith, Sarah Spendlove, Fox Hat and Macclesfield and Sale and Stockport’s comic shops The Nerds of Valhalla and WOW comix!

    MCC-POW! will also welcome its first two international guests – Barcelona based Spanish cartoonists Lorenzo Montatore and Genie Espinosa – supported by friends from the Lakes international comic-art festival bringing their unique styles of cartooning to our already full to bursting line-up.

    2017 Observer comic prize winner, Tor Freeman, will be in conversation on the day in the Cartoon-a-room along with U.S. Cartoonist Jess Smart Smiley – who will be running a drawing workshop live from his studio in Utah!

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

    Missed Deadline editor Jessica Kemp will be in conversation with Lew Stringer and David Leach – talking about their careers and celebrating 50 years of comic events in the UK.

    MACC-POW! will see the launch of a brand-new digital comic for children on the day, more info in the coming months!

    This year the buzz for the event will commence early – one seeing Dennis and Gnasher cartoonist Nigel Parkinson visit Macclesfield’s library on June 21st, to launch the Summer reading challenge (this year themed around the Beano, finally connecting libraries and reading to comics!!)

    A truly unique event for both comics and Macclesfield.

    See you in June… MACC-POW!!

     

     

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    10 am to 5 pmArley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    We are inviting you to join us at the Arley Garden Festival, which this year will be celebrating its 24th year. The Festival, which regularly attracts 5,000 visitors, has become one of the highlights of the horticultural year in the North West and follows the
    Cheshire Show.

    Once again there will be a Floral Marquee and a wide variety of plant nurseries as well as Garden tours throughout the day lead by Lord Ashbrook and Gordon Baillie our Head Gardener, there will also be a Gardening Question Time session on both days and other interesting talks in the Question Time marquee.

    There will be garden accessories, Creative Crafts will host a marquee, food traders will be in our historic Cruck Barn as well as down to the hall and our ‘Arley Bakes’ cooking demonstrations of bakery products and techniques will run throughout the day. There will be a brass band playing in the afternoon for you to sit and enjoy and a jazz band will be playing around the showground during the morning.

    In the Countryside Marquee visitors will be able to enjoy Stick Making, Coppice Fencing and Dry Stone Wall demonstrations. Classic cars will be infront of the Hall.

    The Schools Garden Challenge is this year sponsored by Gabriel Ash who will be donating a red cedar, upright coldframe, delivered and assembled as 1st prize!  The flowerbeds will be judged on the Saturday morning with a public vote taking place over the weekend, enabling all visitors to vote for their favourite flowerbed.

    It’s a great family day out with children’s entertainment including face painting and children’s rides and trampolines as well our own  Adventure Play Zone complete with
    zip wire!

    Book your tickets below, prices include entry to the Hall & Gardens.
    Prebooked Adult: £11.50 On the Day £16.50
    Prebooked Concession: £10.50 On the Day £14.50
    Children (0-16) FREE
    Groups (15+) £9 prebooking required email Margaret Rowland-jones margaretrj@arleyhallandgardens.com or call on 01565 777 353 ext 30.

    Cash back available, free parking, dogs welcome.

  • 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.

  • 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/