Education

If you have an educational event taking place in and around Macclesfield – publicise it here.

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    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.

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    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

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    Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

    Hill is the story of one Derbyshire Hill, told in photography, sculpture, poetry, film and song. Photographer Kate Bellis, poet Lucy Peacock, songwriter and musician Carol fieldhouse, film maker Gavin Repton and sculptor Sally Matthews have been working with the Hill for over 18 months, and their work forms both an exhibition and a book.

    The story is in four parts:

    On the Hill tells of the farming families who earn their living rearing sheep and cattle on the hill, a working life that is set by the seasonal changes to the landscape around them.

    Under the Hill focusses on the Hill's network of disused mines, and on its quarries - still an important part of the local economy.

    Shelter of the Hill tells of the various communities around the Hill and of the events and ordinary moments that aren't really ordinary at all. Kate has used some of her earlier work in this chapter as well as recent images to tell a human story of continuity and change on the Hill.

    Above the Hill explores the marks and features of the hill from above ground, and tells of the importance of the Hill to the people who live there.

    Lucy's writing, Carol's songs and Gavin's filmscape will give atmosphere, sound, spoken word and a unique sense of place to the project.

    Sally's sculptures, paintings and sketches will bring to life the spirit of the animals that live on the hill with a rawness and beauty that comes from the hill itself.

    This is a special project to tell the story of one Derbyshire Hill, its people, their voices and the sounds of the landscape and the animals that tread its contours. A story at a point in time, which is millions of years in the making.

    For more information about the artists, see the links below:

    http://www.hillproject.uk

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    The Tytherington Club, Macclesfield

    An adult-only, part-time 14 week course you will explore four different media: Drawing, Painting with Watercolour, Acrylics, and Oil Pastels, highlighting their individual characteristics, learning the basic techniques and secrets needed to create beautiful pieces of original art.

    All courses are designed to be fun for absolute beginners, who have never picked up a brush before, through to Improvers.

     

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    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.

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    Redbank House, Cheetham Hill

     

    The spinal carriages are the repairs to the spinal carriage and wheelchair loans that DL used to provide for free to disabled adults and children.

    Disabled Living - one of Manchester’s oldest charities - is delighted to announce the official launch of its brand new exhibition From Donkeys to Innovators.  Opening on Tuesday 10 April at the charity’s Redbank House in Cheetham Hill, this celebration of the charity’s rich history – told through rarely seen archive images, blogs, newly commissioned films and historical documents - pays homage to the charity’s remarkable legacy. This permanent display will have several public open days throughout the year in which these often unheard voices, unique stories and changing experiences of disabled people from across the UK can be shared and preserved.

    Actress Cherylee Houston, best known for playing Coronation Street’s Izzy Armstrong since 2010, has narrated and appears in one of three new films specially commissioned for the exhibition. This particular film – to be screened at the exhibition launch - gives a unique platform and a voice to young disabled people who talk about their experiences and hopes for the future. The film has also been made primarily by the young people themselves, over a training weekend in which they learned editing and filming skills. It also afforded them the opportunity to meet with and interview older people with disabilities to create a film in which two generations compare and discuss the differences and challenges of living with disabilities. The additional two films chart and bring to life the charity’s past up to the present day.

    The sun ray room (wired domes with children lying under lights) is a facility offered at the Marple Orthopaedic Hospital hospital and was built into the last extension.
    The Open Air Wards were also built at the Marple Hospital at the same time as the sun ray room. It was believed as the best treatment for conditions such as TB.

    Rare archive images are also going on display to showcase the charity‘s extensive timeline, its name changes and the varied roles it has played in enhancing the lives of thousands of people of all ages with disabilities from across the country. From the introduction of the first ever wheelchair loan service in 1903, to the opening of Peacefields in Marple, a children’s respite holiday home in 1913 that developed into the Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital, to its first residential home for disabled adults in North Wales in 1949 – these largely unseen photographs will illustrate how Disabled Living has played an integral and vital role in both the UK’s social history – from its early beginnings as the Band of Kindness and Children’s Help Society - and also in the support of disabled children and adults’ independence.

    An unfortunate fire in 2009 resulted in the loss of many of the organisation’s precious archive materials. But true to the charity’s indomitable spirit and survival instinct, and invaluable support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Disabled Living has been able rebuild its heritage. It has spent much of its past 120th anniversary year of 2017, running events and opportunities in order to create From Donkeys to Innovators.  These events have enabled past and present services users, volunteers, employees,  and partner organisations to come forwards with their stories, experiences, archive materials and images so that they can be both preserved and featured in this brand new exhibition. All archive material will be saved and safely maintained in Manchester Central Library’s Archives+.

    Debra Evans, Chief Executive of Disabled Living, comments: “Disability heritage has been very poorly documented in the past, and whilst improvements are being made, it is still very much a hidden heritage. We are so proud of all we have achieved since launching 120 years ago and that through this exhibition, we can finally show off the many lives we have supported and enhanced over the years. There are incredible stories from of the individuals involved both past and present with Disabled Living which up until now have remained untold or largely unheard.  So it is really great we can launch this exhibition to celebrate and share our heritage, preserving it for the future and demonstrating what a great impact the charity has had, and hope it will continue to have, in years to come.”

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    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

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    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

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

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

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

     

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    10 am to 3.30 pmNicholson Art Gallery, Stockwell Street, Leek

    Above: Foundation Degree students in Creative Art & Design Practice prepare for the Astound Exhibition.

    A regular fixture of Staffordshire Moorlands Arts calendar, the art and design entrepreneurs from Leek School of Art, part of Buxton & Leek College, will be displaying their work at Astound 2018, a contemporary art exhibition at the Nicholson Art Gallery in Leek. Now in its ninth year, this exciting exhibition showcases the talent and creativity of the students studying on the Foundation Degree in Creative Art & Design Practice.

    Founded in 1868 with a single tutor, Leek School of Art has gone from strength to strength and now occupies new buildings equipped with state of the art technology, part of Buxton & Leek College’s Stockwell Street campus.

    Current art and design students learn practical techniques such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass and textiles alongside the entrepreneurial skills needed to compete as a professional artist in Britain’s expanding creative industries.

    Final year, mature student, Marie Keane, who is just completing her work for the exhibition, is delighted with the course:

    “Although I’m not local, I was recommended to study for the Foundation Degree at Leek School of Art because it’s a part-time course that’s both affordable and accessible for mature students.”

    She added: “The course is well structured, and teaching and technical staff are supportive and very knowledgeable. Combining ‘hands on’ practice with art history, critique and theory has really made me think. On the practical side, my newly learnt skills have already enabled me to enjoy some commercial success as a printmaker.”

    Current art and design students learn practical techniques such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass and textiles.

    Astound 2018 has a wide range of work on show. Margaret Yates, 3rd year student, is exhibiting her 3D installation and textile work inspired by her family heritage, in particular her grandmother, paying tribute to and celebrating the lives of workers in the textile industry past and present. Margaret’s belief is that, ‘despite hardships, life is shot through with joy and colour’ and she has explored this through textiles and natural dyeing.

    Michelle Hart’s Bee

    Michelle Hart also a 3rd year student, has used dry point etching techniques, with inspirations drawn from the bees and flowers in the Staffordshire Moorlands to produce prints, ceramics and soft furnishings. Michelle has been motivated by wanting to raise awareness of the threat to our Bees: “Without bees, our economy and the future wellbeing of our children and grandchildren are at risk. 13 bee species have become extinct in the UK since 1900 and a further 35 are on the threatened species list. Please help to save the bees!”

    The artwork on sale is produced by 25 students studying on all three years of part-time Foundation Degree and the event has been sponsored by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council with additional support from local businesses.

    The Astound exhibition opens on Saturday 19 May and runs until Saturday  9 June  2018.  Doors open from 10am, with last entry at 3.30pm.  The Nicholson Gallery is closed on Sundays and Bank holidays.

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    Talented young dancers are invited to sign up to take part in juvenile chorus auditions for Dick Whittington at Buxton Opera House on Saturday 9th June.

    Each year eager youngsters aged between 9 and 15 gather in Buxton to show off their dance skills, hoping to win a chorus role in the theatre’s highly acclaimed Christmas pantomime.  The invitation to audition is open to anyone from the Midlands region: applicants from Chesterfield, Leek, New Mills, Macclesfield, Manchester and Stockport have previously appeared at the town’s stunning Grade II listed theatre, alongside local dancers from Buxton and the nearby villages.

    Dick Whittington stars James Holmes from the popular BBC comedy Miranda and Gabrielle Green (‘Katrina’ from CBBC’s drama series Wolfblood). Choreographer Lily Howkins will return for a second year, holding weekend sessions in October and November before intensive rehearsals begin on 17thNovember. Two teams of ten children will then share performances between 8th and 30th December.

    Lily Howkins has created dance numbers for West End shows and music videos and she has also choreographed three pantomimes at London’s Greenwich Theatre. She will be looking for 20 juvenile dancers with strong technical ability. Those selected will need permission to take some days off school. All dancers must be over 4’ 8” (1.422m) in height and aged between 9 and 15 (regrettably children who reach the age of 16 on or before 30th December 2018 will not be eligible).

    Applicants can download a registration form from the Buxton Opera House website https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/learning-participation/juvenile-chorus-buxton-opera-house-pantomimeor telephone the Learning and Participation Officer Lucy Jones on 01298 72050. Parents should email info@scenethreecreative.co.uk if they have any questions about the audition process.

    Auditions for Dick Whittington are on Saturday 9 June between 1.30pm- 4.30pm (dependent on age range) Tel: 01298 72190 or visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

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    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.

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    Various locations

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

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

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    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
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    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

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    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.

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    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

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

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

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