Days out & Local interest

Ideas for a day out in or around Macclesfield.

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  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2020
    Thu
    09
    Apr
    2020
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6HS

    If you want to witness the wonders of nature this spring, head to Tatton Park’s Farm between 2-9 April and share the excitement of Lambing Week.

    Will you be lucky enough to see a lamb being born?

    Elly Edwards, Farm Assistant, works hard throughout the winter months to synchronise the ewes to all lamb at roughly the same time.  She told us “Lambing is our favourite time of year – a sure sign that spring has sprung. The 2-9 April is going to be a very busy week at the Farm and we cannot wait! Nothing is nicer than new born lambs. Come down that week and you may be lucky enough to see a live birth.”

    The results of our sheep scanning are in!

    Elly explains that the Farm uses the same technology as hospitals, when scanning pregnant women. “The results of our sheep scanning are in and we are very pleased. We are expecting 41 lambs in total – six singles, 16 sets of twins and even one set of triplets! Now we have this information, we can give the expectant ewes the correct care and feed for the number of lambs they are carrying, to ensure the best possible results for all the animals.”

    Want to learn more about Lambing?

    Throughout Lambing Week, Farm staff share their expertise with visitors twice a day, giving informative talks at the lambing shed. Learn how they spot the signs of lambing and how they look after sheep during this extra special time.

    Times and prices for Lambing Week:

    • Thursday 2 – Thursday 9 April
    • Closed on Monday
    • Farm open 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm)
    • Normal Farm admission applies: £8 per adult, £6 per child, £21 for a family*
    • National Trust members enjoy half price entry to the Farm
    • Parkland vehicle entry £7 (including NT members)

    *2 adults and up to 3 children

    Secrets of the Lambing Shed 9 April

    Join Tatton Park’s resident sheep expert, Elly Edwards, to discover the secrets of a successful lambing period, meet our ewes and new born lambs and help out during one of our favourite times of year on the Farm. Suitable for both adults and children aged 12 years old and above. Thurs 9 April, 10:00am – 12:00pm. Price: £18 (includes park and farm entry). To book visit tattonpark.org.uk/events or call 01625 374428

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2020
    Sat
    11
    Apr
    2020
    Macclesfield Town Centre

    There’s a new and egg-citing – and completely free – event taking place on the two Saturday’s before Easter – 4th and 11th April.

    Mrs Greenfingers has a lovely garden (in the town centre), with a vegetable patch filled with carrots, lettuce, green beans … everything a rabbit can dream for!

    The naughty White Rabbit has been raiding the garden, but luckily, Mrs Greenfingers has a good idea for distracting the bunny from eating all her veggies – she’s enlisted the rabbit and a friendly fox for an Easter Trail and created maps and puzzles that will hopefully keep them busy.
    There’ll be eggs hidden throughout her garden in the town centre and her animal friends have been challenged to find them with the help of a local children.

    There’s a tasty carrot at the end for the White Rabbit, a tasty egg for the Fox – and a chocolate treat for every child who joins the fun!

    Trails start and end in St Michael’s church yard and set off at 11 am, 1pm and 2:30 pm on both dates.

    The event has been organised by Macclesfield Town Council.

    Cllr Sarah Bennett-Wake, Community Champion for Macclesfield Town Council said ‘We know it can be tricky sometimes to find things for children to do in the school holidays. We hope that the egg hunt being completely free will allow families to enjoy a fun few hours together in the town centre.”

  • Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    10 am to 2 pmChrist Church, Great King Street, Macclesfield

    Clear out your clutter, bag a bargain and help raise funds to keep Christ Church open.

  • Fri
    24
    Apr
    2020
    Adlington Hall, Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield SK10 4LF

    Walking together in memory of lost loved ones

    The East Cheshire Hospice annual memory walk will take place on Friday 24th April at a new location!

    This year this inspirational event will be hosted at the beautiful Adlington Hall. The route will be a little shorter, but you can still walk it as many times as you like, taking in the picturesque grounds of Adlington Hall while you reflect and remember, until the route closes at 9pm.

    Sign up now and start fundraising in memory of your loved ones.

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    https://vimeo.com/382033398

  • Fri
    08
    May
    2020
    12 noon to 4 pmMacclesfield South Park

    When Friday 8th May was declared a national bank holiday to allow families to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, plans began for a celebration concert in South Park.

    On Friday 8th May 12-4pm, the South Park bandstand will come alive with the sounds of wartime music and performances. Stalls and themed family activities will surround the bandstand. There will be free face painting on offer and the concert is completely free to enjoy.

    The iconic La Petit Frog will be there on the day serving crepes and drinks or you can bring your picnic, pitch up on the grassed area near the bandstand and enjoy the show!

    Macclesfield Academy have very kindly offered the use of their car park for visitors to the event.

    Along with the music event in South Park, The Cheshire Villages Great War Society will be staging a Tribute Exhibition at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May to commemorate the Ladies and Gentlemen of Macclesfield who perished in WW2. There will also be limited information of those who fought and returned.

    The hall will be open from 10am until 5pm each day. Admission is free and there will be refreshments available.

    These events are being organised in partnership between Macclesfield Town Council, Macclesfield Royal British Legion, the Cheshire Villages Great War Society and the Macclesfield Veterans Breakfast Club.

    Judy Higginson Secretary of the Macclesfield branch of the Royal British Legion said The branch are honoured to be part of the VE Day Celebrations. On the 8th of May we will be remembering the Men and Women of Macclesfield who didn’t come home. ‘We will remember them’.

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2020
    Wed
    17
    Jun
    2020
    Clay House Farm, Flittogate Ln, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HJ

    The Royal Cheshire Show 2018 has to be one of the best ever – in fact there’s so much going on you’ll be hard pressed to cram everything in during one single day.

    The family-friendly event celebrates the agricultural heritage ingrained within the local community and with exhibitions, mouth-watering demonstrations and exhilarating performances, the Show promises visitors a great day out in the heart of Cheshire’s countryside.

    Paul Hannam – The Quad Bike Stunt Show

    This year, the Delamere Dairy Main Ring will feature quad-bike stuntman, Paul Hannam, from North Devon, who will put on a stellar display of precision riding, multiple roll stunt quad and trick riding.

    Delamere Dairy Main Ring - Royal Cheshire County Show 2019

    Visitors will also be able to experience the excitement of a day at the races condensed into Shetland Pony size with the second headline Delamere Dairy Main Ring attraction, “The Shetland Pony Grand National”.

    If you’re looking to entertain family, friends or clients a Royal Cheshire County Show VIP Marquee will fit the bill perfectly. Brand new for 2020, just four spacious 3m x 3m VIP Marquees will be available to hire for up to eight people. Prominently positioned facing the main ring with a small private garden area, the marquees will provide the perfect entertainment package. 

    The Show plays host to hundreds of competition classes for livestock, including pigs, cattle, sheep and dairy goats, as they all compete for the many coveted trophies available. Classes are also available for light and heavy horses, show jumping, rare breeds of livestock, poultry, pygmy goats, pigeons, cavies, rabbits and dogs.

    Amongst a jam-packed schedule of competitions, The Agri-Centre is a must-see experience for those who wish to learn how food is produced by Cheshire farmers with local farmers feeding calves, holding milking and sheep shearing demonstrations, along with many other presentations including veterinary care, butchery, ice cream making and bread making. 

    Trade Stands – Royal Cheshire County Show 2019

    After a successful Show debut in 2019, the Market of Makers is back for visitors to explore the very best unique, artisan and home-made products crafted by an array of skilful creators including artists, musicians, bakers, producers, designers and creators.

    Jean-Christophe Novelli

    Inside the Roberts Bakery Food Live Theatre, visitors can watch multi-Michelin star and 5/5 AA Rosette winning Chef, Author and Restaurateur, Jean-Christophe Novelli put on a mouth-water demonstration of culinary expertise. Ticketholders will also be able to taste Cheshire’s finest locally sourced produce inside the Roberts Bakery Hall which hosts local, regional and national producers and purveyors of fine food under two huge marquees.

    Rob Davenport, Show Director of The Royal Cheshire County Show, commented: “We are proud to organise this fantastic event which attracts a crowd of thousands annually from across Cheshire and beyond to experience the many interesting and fascinating aspects of farming and rural life. This year, guests will be able to browse unique handcrafted products at the Market of Makers, watch exhilarating attractions inside our brand-new VIP Marquees and view mouth-watering culinary demonstrations by our celebrity chefs – it’s all about The Royal Cheshire County Show!”

    To find out more information, or to book tickets for The Royal Cheshire County Show, please visit https://www.royalcheshireshow.org/ticket-enquiries/

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2020
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Pride in the Park postponed - further details here

    The line-up for Cheshire East Council’s Pride in the Park 2020 event has been announced and there are some big acts leading the way, as it moves into its third year.

    The headline act for the event at Queens Park, Crewe on Saturday 20 June, is Bang Bang Romeo. The Doncaster three piece supported Pink last year on her European tour playing in front of huge crowds throughout the summer and recently released their debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’

    Bang Bang Romeo

    Sam Callahan will also be appearing on the day at Queens Park. Sam was an X Factor finalist on the tenth series of the talent show and has become more and more involved in the  LGBT+ scene having performed at Pride events around the world. He’s also enjoying a prolific modelling career and has been on the front cover of Gay Times twice.

    Danny Beard is another big crowd-puller who will be at this year’s Cheshire East event. He is a performer, singer and cabaret artist who made his name as Drag Idol winner in 2015 before going on to be a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent the following year.

    Councillor Jill Rhodes Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “It’s brilliant news to be having all these top quality acts performing at our Cheshire East Pride event in Crewe and I know that residents and visitors will come in their numbers to support the day.”

    There will also be DJs, a magician and an opportunity for an open mic competition winner to appear at the Queens Park Pride event.

    The council’s first open mic event for Pride will be held at Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse on Thomas Street in Crewe on Sunday 29 March from 3pm. That event will be compered by William Read, who himself enjoyed success as part of the group ‘The Showbears’ on Britain’s Got Talent.

    Anyone can come along and have a go, it doesn’t matter what your act is!

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council member equality champion, said: “I’m really looking forward to Cheshire East Pride mark three. Following on from two previous successful events I am sure this year’s will be even better. I am particularly excited to see that we are attracting a crop of current stars to our event.”

    Visit the Pride website for more details of the event. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Bradley

     

  • Fri
    28
    Aug
    2020
    Mon
    31
    Aug
    2020
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    We realise that we are in a period of massive uncertainty and we all need to look forward to brighter, special days to share with groups of friends and family – so we are offering these tickets with NO RISK! We have contingency dates in place so if the festival moves your tickets are still valid! 

    For 48 hours only we’re offering a block of day-only tickets priced from £5, £7, £10, £25 each, just choose the ticket you can reasonably afford!

    These tickets will be on sale from 10 am Sat 28th March 2020.

    Tickets are expected  to sell out fast so head over to the Geronimo website as soon as they are released.  A car parking ticket at a cost of £10 applies (for a car with up to 7 passengers).

    If for any reason the festival has to be postponed we have the Aug bank holiday as our back up date and your tickets will just transfer or a full refund will be available!

    This offer is strictly day-only tickets. WHEN THEY’RE GONE – THEY’RE GONE!

    The HUGE itinerary is on the Geronimo website - keep checking back as new acts are being added all the time!

    See you there! www.geronimofest.com

  • Sat
    05
    Sep
    2020
    11 am to 11 pmCapeshorne Hall, Congleton Rd, Siddington, Macclesfield SK11 9JY

    After a first outing in 2019, Hide&Seek Festival returns to the grounds of Capesthorne Hallin Macclesfield, Cheshire on Saturday 5th September, with a line-up of dance music royalty.

    On the Hide&Seek Festival 2020 line up are titan French trio Apollonia and countryman Jeremy Underground, as well as certified dance music greats including Sonja Moonear and Raresh.

    Further names on the bill include, VOIGT.MAS, Ingi Visions, Detroit Swindle and Gene On Earth.

    Following on from last year’s debut event, organisers have promised bigger and better things, and festival-goers can expect entirely new stage concepts for this year as the event continues to build.

    The festival’s location, in the grounds of Capesthorne Hall Estate in Cheshire countryside, promises to host a unique, breath-taking experience that puts you at one with nature and music.

    You can find Hide&seek Festival tickets here.