Education

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

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form

 

  • Tue
    22
    Jan
    2019
    Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 pmSalvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, beginning at 7.30pm.

    Non members are very welcome.

    Admission £2.

    2019
    22nd January    
    Using Quarter Sessions Administrative Records for Family History a talk by Claire Moores.

    26th February
    Macclesfield: A Women's Town a talk by Allan Stevenson.
    The talk is based on his heritage walk around Macclesfield, highlighting nuggets of Macclesfield history alongside stories of the contribution women have made to the town.

    26th March   
    What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
    The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters. Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

    23rd April
    What did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon.

    28th May
    The FHSC website a talk by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    25th June  
    A visit to Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.

    23rd July
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal a talk by Shan Bristow

    27th August
    A forgotten Congleton suffragette a talk by Olivia Smedley.
    The subject is Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy  (1833 – 1918).

    24th September  
    AGM & Display of WWII memorabilia with short talks by members.

    22nd October
    Not Forgotten a talk by Geoff Archer
    How, why, for whom, and by whom, were local war memorials produced.

    26th November   
    Quarries, mines & the Macclesfield Canal a talk by David Kitching.  The construction of the canal allowed industries to reach existing markets more easily and also encouraged expansion to new markets.

    December     No Meeting.

    email: macclesfield@fhsc.org.uk
    tel: 01625430467
    web: https://www.fhsc.org.uk

     

  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019
    Tue
    03
    Dec
    2019
    The Lecture Theatre, Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield

    February 2019 – December 2019

     

    Date Topic Speakers
    5th  February 2019

     

     

    Managing common general surgical emergencies Mr Usman Khan, Consultant General Surgeon, ECNHST
    5th  March 2019

     

     

    Diabetes in children Dr Surendran Chandrasekaran,

    Consultant Paediatrician, ECNHST

     

    2nd  April 2019

     

     

    Recognising, managing and treating deep venous thrombosis (DVT) Dr Imran Ansari,

    Consultant Acute Care Physician

    7th May 2019

     

     

    What’s new in  HIV and AIDS Dr Nalini Mahto,

    GU consultant, ECNHST

    4th  June 2019

     

     

    Dealing with Dupuytren’s disease of the hand Mr Jochan Fischer,

    Consultant Upper Limb consultant, ECNHST

    2nd  July 2019

     

     

    Looking after children with epilepsy Dr Kirsten Wolffsohn, Consultant Paediatrician
    3rd September 2019

     

     

    How Serious is Intensive Care Dr David Banks,

    Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care

    1st October 2019 Antenatal screening for congenital anomalies - myths and facts Dr Mandira Hazra

    Consultant Obstetrician

    12th  November 2019

     

     

    Are my palpitations serious? Dr Stuart Russell,

    Consultant Cardiologist

    3rd December 2019

     

     

    TBA Dr Andrew Marchetti,

    Consultant Anaesthetist

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020
    Macclesfield Silk Museum, Old Park Lane, Macclesfield

    Launch of New Display of Macclesfield’s Ancient Egyptian Treasures at The Silk Museum

    16 February 2019 - 2020

    A ring belonging to Tutankhamun, a statuette of Queen Tiye - one of the most important queens in Egyptian history, and the mummy case of a significant female temple worker called Shebmut, are just some of the stars in a new display that sheds new light on Macclesfield’s own Marianne Brocklehurst and her remarkable collections.

    This new display at The Silk Museum will be officially opened by Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East, at 11.30am on 16th February 2019 and runs until 2020.

    The new display explores the connection between Macclesfield’s silk industry and Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections.   John Varney, Chair of The Silk Heritage Trust, said, ‘We are thrilled that the new research carried out by the museum’s curatorial team, has shown that many objects are even more significant than we thought; and this new display puts many more objects on show so that local people can enjoy more of this important heritage for the town’.

    Marianne was the daughter of silk manufacturer John Brocklehurst, Macclesfield’s first MP.  Her family’s wealth and social standing provided the resources for Marianne to travel extensively in Europe and the Middle East.  In 1873-74 Marianne, along with her companion Mary Booth, her nephew Alfred and servant George, made an epic voyage up the Nile.  Throughout this trip Marianne kept a personal diary illustrated with lively watercolours that captures life on the Nile through the eyes of this remarkable Victorian woman.

    Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth were life-time companions and were generally referred to as The MBs.  They were unconventional women for their time – as a couple they seem to have been uncompromising and determined in their life and work. They collected various objects on their travels around Egypt, but they seem to have had a particular interest in items with a connection to Ancient Egyptian women.   On their first trip, they collected the mummy case of a female temple worker, a scarab commemorating the marriage of a non-royal woman to the king, and the scarab of a king’s daughter. Perhaps it was intentional that the MBs, two unusually independent Victorian women, collected so many objects that bear the names, titles and likenesses of unusually independent Ancient Egyptian women.

    A Family Open Day takes place at The Silk Museum on 16th February 2019

    11am Welcome & Speeches John Varney, Chair, Silk Heritage Trust and Cllr Lesley Smetham, The Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East 11.30am onwards: Come and see the unique diary and notebooks that Marianne Brocklehurst made of her incredible adventures

    Learn more about the Tutankhamun Ring and other amazing treasures in the collections

    Mummification and Mask-making: Free Family Activities in the School Room

    New Makers’ Place Meet the brilliant craftspeople making unique handmade gifts + demonstrations and craft activities All day: New Silk Shop Exquisite silk products – perfect for gifts for all occasions PLUS Egyptian inspired jewellery and souvenirs Coffee and Cake, The Jacquard Café generously supplied by the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage with thanks to Bollington Co-op The Silk Museum admission is now Give What You Can. All donations welcome to support our work.

    Grateful thanks to Cheshire East Council for very generously supporting the new displays and the Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage

    To find out more about Macclesfield Museums visit

    www.macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk

    To find out more about Marianne Brocklehurst visit

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Brocklehurst

  • Mon
    25
    Feb
    2019
    Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    Hare Hill Gardens, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4PY

    Walk with the Experts

    Mon 25 Feb 2019
    14:00-15:30
    Enjoy an informative seasonal tour of Hare Hill with one of our gardeners or rangers

    Spring Bird Walk

    Tue 19 Mar 2019
    13:00-15:00
    Would you like help identifying a nuthatch from a tree creeper?

    Walk with the Experts

    Mon 25 Mar 2019
    14:00-15:30
    Enjoy an informative seasonal tour of Hare Hill with one of our gardeners or rangers

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Sat 06 Apr 2019
    + 16 other dates
    10:30-16:00
    Follow the nature-themed clues to solve the puzzle and win a chocolate prize

    Walk with the Experts

    Mon 22 Apr 2019
    14:00-15:30
    Enjoy an informative seasonal tour of Hare Hill with one of our gardeners or rangers

    Wind in the Willows trail

    Sat 25 May 2019
    + 99 other dates
    10:30-16:30
    Follow the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger this summer at Hare Hill. 111 years ago, twin brothers Charles and Patrick Brocklehurst might have re-enacted the tales as they played in their gardens at Hare Hill, and you're invited too.

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill

  • Tue
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    Mar
    2019
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    Jun
    2019

    March 2019

    Tue 12

    Our Disappearing Swifts. What Can We Do? - Tanya and Edmund Hoare

    Location: United Reformed Church
    Park Green
    Macclesfield
    There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
    Disabled access is available
    Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

    Tanya and Edmund are swift enthusiasts and part of the national and international swift network. They set up a local swift group in Cumbria, Sedbergh Community Swifts, whose aim is to preserve these iconic birds that give such delight in summer as they swoop around our rooftops in towns and villages.
    They have a colony of swifts nesting in the eaves of their cottage, with cameras installed, and their talk will include video clips of many aspects of swift behaviour. The latest research on their remarkable migration and their incredible aerial lifestyle will also be presented. Sadly these amazing birds are in serious decline and the reasons for this, and what can be done to help, will be discussed. Unless awareness is raised of the threats they face we could be in danger of losing our swifts altogether.

    Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

    Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Thu 28

    Special event - Coffee Morning

    Location: Gawsworth Methodist Community Hall
    Congleton Road
    Gawsworth
    Macclesfield
    Postcode: SK11 9QZ (Google map)

    Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits at Gawsworth Community Hall. A selection of homemade cakes and preserves will be available to purchase as well as the usual bird food.
    All welcome

    Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

    Price: Entry is free - £1 for coffee/tea and biscuits.

    Telephone: 01625 617384

    E-mail: sales@macclesfieldrsph.org.uk

    April 2019

    Tue 9

    Birds: their hidden world - Peter Holden

    Location: United Reformed Church
    Park Green
    Macclesfield
    There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
    Disabled access is available
    Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

    Peter was on the RSPB staff for more than 40 years. Initially he ran the RSPB's junior membership, during which time he devised the Big Garden Birdwatch. Later he headed the RSPB's volunteer programme. He has co-authored more than a dozen books, including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds. In the 2009 New Year's Honours list he was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation.
    The talk, based on aspects of his book of the same title looks at British birds and their amazing lives with the sort of information that most bird books leave out. He looks at their adaption and aspects of reproduction: from the secretive time of acquiring a territory and building a nest to their highly developed social behaviour and the roles of the different sexes. He will also consider the purpose of bird song, by listening to common examples, and will explore the mystery of mechanical sound used by a few familiar species. Finally, he will consider, if left to their own devices, how long can these birds survive in the wild.

    Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

    Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Tue 16

    Walk with Nature: Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve

    Location: Homebase car park, Lyme Green Retail Park, SK11 0TA
    LR Grid Reference SJ913712, WGS84 N53.23756, W2.13152
    Latitude/longitude: 53.23756,-2.13152 (Google map)

    Join us on the boardwalk of Macclesfield's closest nature reserve. We will be looking for woodland birds and early summer migrants.
    Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
    Leaders: Alan Brereton 01625 615628 and Ian Taylor 01260 275248

    Time: 8.00 am to 10.30 am

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    Thu 18

    Walk with Nature: Northwich Flashes

    Location: Witton Mill Car Park
    off Old Warrington Road
    Northwich LR Grid reference SJ663747, WGS84 N53.26864, W2.50630
    Follow signs for 'Household Waste Site', then pass the waste site entrance to access the car park over the bridge on your left.
    Latitude/longitude: 53.26864,-2.50630 (Google map)

    Join us for a morning walk around Neumann's and Ashton's Flashes searching for early spring migrants. Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
    Leaders: Ian Taylor 01260 275248 and Ray Evans 01625 432635.

    Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Thu 25

    Walk with Nature: Three Shire Heads

    Location: Meet at Sparbent lay-by on the A54 Congleton to Buxton road.
    LR Grid Reference SK001692, WGS84 N53.21966, W1.99952

    Latitude/longitude: 53.21966,-1.99952 (Google map)

    Join us to search for ring ouzel and summer plumaged golden plover where the counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire meet.
    Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
    Leaders: Ray Evans 01625 432635 and Alan Brereton 01625 615628

    Time: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Fri 26

    Elan Valley Weekend away

    Location: The Elan Valley lies west of Llandrindod Wells and backs on to the RSPB's Carngaffallt Reserve.

    Our Spring Weekend Away in 2019 will be a departure from our previous ones. Instead of organising the weekend ourselves we are going on one organised by the Elan Valley Lodge in mid-Wales. We will arrive on Friday 26th, stay two nights with birding on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, before leaving for home later on that Sunday.
    The weekend break will include:
    • 2 x nights bed and full breakfast
    • Two days packed lunches with a wide selection of sandwich fillings.
    • Three course evening meals Friday and Saturday.
    • Tea and coffee throughout our stay with homemade cake Friday and Saturday afternoon.
    • Licensed honesty bar with selection of wines and beers.
    • Local expert guide for Saturday & Sunday who will plan the days to suit our party and the weather conditions.
    We will be looking out for red kite, peregrine falcon, merlin, ring ouzel, raven and dipper as well as the many species found in the old oak woodlands, including redstart, pied and spotted flycatcher, wood warbler, lesser spotted woodpecker and hawfinch.

    The space situation is that all rooms are now taken, but if you would like to go on the waiting list in case of any cancellations, please contact Graham Palmer (see below).

    Time: We will arrive on Friday 26th, stay two nights with birding on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, before leaving for home later on that Sunday.

    Price: The cost of the two-night weekend break is £177 per person with no single supplement.

    Booking essential

    Telephone: 01625 420179

    E-mail: graham@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Tue 30

    Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at the Brickworks

    Location: Meet at Jackson's Brickworks Car Park, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton
    LR Grid Reference SJ947844, WGS84 N53.35616, W2.08068

    Latitude/longitude: 53.35616,-2.08068 (Google map)

    Join us for a Dawn Chorus walk around the former Jackson's Brickworks on the Middlewood Way. We will listen and look for the area's resident birds as well as early spring migrants including chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and garden warbler
    Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing
    Leaders: Ray Evans 01625 432635 and Ian Taylor 01260 275248 with Cheshire East Ranger, Peter Dowse

    Time: 6:00 am to 8:00 am

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    May 2019

    Thu 2

    Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

    Location: Meet at Trentabank Reservoir Visitor Centre car park, Macclesfield Forest, Macclesfield SK11 0NE.
    LR Grid Reference SJ962713, WGS84 N53.23738, W2.05907.
    Latitude/longitude: 53.23738,-2.05907 (Google map)

    Come and join us along with members of the Macclesfield Lifestyle Group and Rossendale Trust to see the herons, cormorants and possibly mandarin ducks at Trentabank Reservoir.
    This session will only require walking from the car park to the reservoir viewing point. Any ability or mobility welcome, telescopes will be available to assist viewing of the birds.
    The weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
    Leaders: Abercrombie 07775 904683 or Lydia Taylor 01260 275248

    Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Thu 2

    Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

    Location: Meet at Errwood Hall car park, Goyt Valley
    LR Grid Reference SK012748, WGS84 N53.27053, W1.98317
    NB Access to Goyt Valley from Erwood Dam end only.
    Latitude/longitude: 53.27053,-1.98317 (Google map)

    An early morning walk in the Goyt Valley looking for our less frequently seen spring migrants - pied and spotted flycatcher, common redstart, tree pipit and listening for cuckoo.
    Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
    Leaders: Alan Brereton 01625 615628 and Ray Evans 01625 432635 with Cheshire East Ranger, Paul Hughes.

    Time: 7.00 am to 10.00 am

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Tue 14

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and MEMBERS' DIGITAL IMAGES and VIDEOS

    Location: United Reformed Church
    Park Green
    Macclesfield
    There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
    Disabled access is available
    Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

    The annual general meeting will be followed by slides from our members.

    Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Wed 29

    Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

    Location: Meet at Trentabank Reservoir Visitor Centre car park, Macclesfield Forest, Macclesfield SK11 0NE.
    LR Grid Reference SJ962713, WGS84 N53.23738,W2.05907.

    Latitude/longitude: 53.23738,-2.05907 (Google map)

    We are pleased to offer a second opportunity to join us along with members of the Macclesfield Lifestyle Group and Rossendale Trust to see the herons, cormorants and possibly mandarin ducks at Trentabank Reservoir.
    This session will only require walking from the car park to the reservoir viewing point. Any ability or mobility welcome, telescopes will be available to assist viewing of the birds.
    The weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
    Leaders: Abercrombie 07775 904683 or Lydia Taylor 01260 275248

    Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    June 2019

    Thu 6

    Evening Walk with Nature: Tegg's Nose Country Park

    Location: Meet at Tegg's Nose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley.
    LR Grid Reference SJ945718, WGS84 N53.24349, W2.08290

    Latitude/longitude: 53.24349,-2.08290 (Google map)

    An evening walk in the woodland and scrub around Tegg's Nose looking for the area's spring migrants, especially pied flycatcher and common redstart.
    Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
    Leaders: Ian Taylor 01260 275248 and Alan Brereton 01625 615628 with Cheshire East Ranger, Martin James.

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Read more at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/macclesfield/events/#ESGqiOPpLBayIkJr.99

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    Thu
    31
    Oct
    2019
    11 am to 5 pmLittle Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Pottage, cucumber pickled in verjuice, salted fish and marchpane flowers will all feature on the ‘menu’ for the 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall.

    Tudor ‘gentlewomen’ at the stunning timber-framed mansion near Congleton will describe what was on the table when the Moreton family, their friends and servants sat down to eat in the sixteenth century.

    At various times during the year, you will be able to sample items such as those Tudor pickles, gingerbread and beerbread; all made according to recipes which have survived. You can have a go at making butter and discover how cheese and other foods were prepared. These products were the staples of a diet which the Tudors believed kept them healthy in body and mind.

    Anna Massey, from the Hall, said, ‘Food is fascinating. People are always asking us how different it was in Tudor times.’

    You will be able to investigate the basics: Pottage was a cheap stew made with grain and vegetables and eaten by servants and farm workers. Wealthier people added some meat, but that was turning it into a luxury dish.

    You can follow the trends: Verjuice, which adds some really sharp acidity to meat and vegetables, is becoming fashionable again today. Now, it is made from pressed grapes, but the Tudors were more likely to use pressed crab apples.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Beer was different too,because it was made without hops. Beer was very important. It was the everyday drink for everyone – including the children- because water was not always clean enough to be safe. Again, beer was definitely on the prescription for a healthy life.

    Brewing was a job for the women of the house, alongside butter and cheese-making. Anna said, ‘If you have never tried using a wooden or earthenware churn and a wooden plunger to make butter, you will find it a bit of a challenge. Queen Elizabeth was not the only tough lady in Tudor times!’

    She added, ‘Discovering about foods appeals to people of all ages. We’re sure our young visitors will have just as much fun as their parents and grandparents investigating it and, because food  is closely linked to health, we will also look at other Tudor ideas on healthy living, including the herbs and flowers they used in ‘remedies’ for all types of ailments.

    ‘You may also like to join one of our very popular free guided tours to learn about the history of this wonderful old house and the family who built it, or just explore this magnificent and extremely wonky building for yourself.’

    The 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall begins a few weeks later than in previous years.  During the winter the National Trust has completely re-wired the Hall, at a cost of more than £200,000.

    The work involved laying 9000 metres of cable and included installation of a state-of-the-art fire alarm and security system. The project will help to secure the future of this very special 500 years old building.

    Little Moreton Hall opens for the 2019 season on Saturday 30 March and is then open Wed-Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhallor call 01260 272018.

  • Wed
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    May
    2019
    Fri
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    May
    2019

    Wednesday 1 May

    Poynton Coppice Wildflower Walk

    A short 1.2km (0.75 miles) stroll around Poynton Coppice looking at coppicing and how the spring flowers benefit.

    Booking in advance is essential. Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 01/03/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
    Meeting point: Poynton Coppice Car Park, Shrigley Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TF (SJ943827)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Booking: Get tickets for Poynton Coppice Wildflower Walk
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Easy to Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)

    A Feast of Flowers

    A morning walk, along the Biddulph Valley Way and through Dane-in-Shaw Pasture Site of Special Scientific Interest, looking for spring wildflowers and hearing of some of their uses and folklore. Booking in advance is essential.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 01/03/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Henshall Hall Drive (park on road just before canal), Congleton, CW12 3TA (SJ876622)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Cal Sherratt
    Booking: Get tickets for A Feast of Flowers by 29 April
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate walking grade / Healthy and Wildlife Walk - Event)


    Thursday 2 May

    Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

    An early morning walk in the Goyt Valley looking for our less frequently seen spring migrants - pied and spotted flycatcher, common redstart, tree pipit and listening for cuckoo.

    Time: 7.00am to 10.00am
    Meeting point: Errwood Hall car park, Errwood Reservoir, Goyt Valley, SK17 6GT (SK012748)
    Leaders: Alan Brereton and Ray Evans from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Information: 01625 615628 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
    (Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Sunday 5 May

    SECOS Dawn Chorus

    To celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day, South East Cheshire Ornithological Society (SECOS) in association with Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service are hosting a Dawn Chorus Walk at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. Booking in advance is essential.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 05/03/2019

    Time: 7.00am to 9.00am
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: John Thompson from SECOS and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Mark Arnold
    Booking: Get tickets for SECOS Dawn Chorus
    Information: 01477 534115
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Bring binoculars if you have them / Places limited - please book in advance / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Healthy & Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Wednesday 8 May

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - May – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

    However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

    Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking: Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - May
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Friday 10 May

    Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park with Northern Realist

    If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops with classically trained artists Christopher Clements & Kieran Ingram, will guide you through everything you need to know. Both Kieran and Christopher are professional artists, Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

    You’ll learn an approach which will enable you to interpret and arrange the tones and colours of the landscape allowing you to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

    Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery! All equipment is provided but you're welcome to bring your own, a list will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £59.

    Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
    Booking: Get tickets for Plein Air Painting - May
    Information: Email Northern Realist or visit the Northern Realist website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Saturday 11 May

    Introduction to Foraging – Macclesfield Riverside Park

    A chance to learn the basics of foraging and discover edibles all around us, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

    After arriving we will go through the basics of foraging. Then we head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. During the Forage your forager will introduce you to a number of edible species giving you tips on harvesting and correct identification. Whilst doing this you will have the opportunity to taste a range of pre-made wild food tasters from chutneys to jams.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £25 per adult, children 16 or under go free (One free child place per paying adult).

    Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking: https://totallywilduk.co.uk/foraging-events/foraging-courses-intro-to-foraging/
    Information: 07999 992615
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event)

    Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

    Run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-marathon runner, Dan Mayers. RSC is a personal training club, for those who prefer being outdoors to training in a gym. We follow a 12-month seasonal training programme to cover ALL angles for stronger, injury free running.

    No running experience required in this foundation training session, and no obligation to join.

    This session aims to deliver some key skills towards making your journey into running fitness an easier one.

    • How to warm up / cool down effectively
    • Overview of how to use stretches and strength training
    • Running posture and how to protect the joints
      Breath control
    • Running uphill (optional)

    Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

    Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Dan Mayers
    Booking: Get tickets for Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session
    Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Sunday 12 May

    Come and Try It Day at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join Moorland Adventure, in a beautiful countryside setting, to try a number of exciting and varied activities. There will be many different things for you to experience during the day including Climbing, Abseiling, Archery and Buschraft. Minimum age for Abseiling is 8. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £18 per person.

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking: Get tickets for Come and Try It Day at Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 01625 573615
    (There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy walking grade / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)

    Dog Behaviour Clinic with Vic Barlow, the Dogfather

    Many owners of otherwise obedient dogs have trouble maintaining behaviour on walks. Dogs that will come when called in the garden often go deaf when they meet other dogs. Walking quietly to heel is often a problem in a more distracting outdoor environment.

    During this short outdoor behaviour class, at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Vic will demonstrate, in a more natural environment, how to transfer good obedience work into the real world and also essential techniques for dealing with livestock encountered during walks in the countryside.

    Following this free session there is the option of a short paid ‘one to one’ training session with Vic (Cost £10 - any funds raised will be donated to Animal Support Volunteers).

    Booking in advance is essential. Please email Vic Barlow to also book a ‘one to one’ session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Local Dog Trainer Vic Barlow
    Booking: Get tickets for Dog Behaviour Clinic
    One to One dog training booking: Email Vic Barlow to book your session
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Tuesday 14 May

    Spring Wildlife of Bollington

    A leisurely morning walk around the footpaths of Bollington enjoying the varied wildlife in the area. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 14/03/2019

    Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
    Booking: Get tickets for Spring Wildlife of Bollington by 10 May
    Information:
    01625 383700
    (There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)


    Wednesday 15 May

    Walk around Mottram St Andrew

    An 8km (5 mile) walk around Mottram, with Ranger Ed, enjoying the views from Alderley Edge.

    Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £4.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 15/03/2019

    Time: 9.30am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Bulls Head Pub, Wilmslow Road, Mottram St. Andrew, SK10 4QH (SJ880785)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Booking: Get tickets for Walk around Mottram St Andrew
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Bring binoculars if you have them)


    Sunday 19 May

    Boggy Doodles: Discover the Joy of Green Sketching

    Learn a new and relaxing approach to sketching outdoors that will help you enjoy and appreciate all the wonderful scenery and nature at Tegg’s Nose Country Park with fresh eyes. Suitable for all ages and artistic abilities — no ’talent’ or experience necessary.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £16. All equipment provided.

    Time: 1.00pm to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Local artist Dr Ali Foxon
    Booking: Get tickets for Boggy Doodles - May
    Information:
    Visit the Boggy Doodles website, ring 07940 573206 or email Dr Ali Foxon
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Thursday 23 May

    A Spring Evening in Kerridge

    A 6km (4 mile) walk exploring the footpaths of Kerridge on this historical walk and enjoy the views from Kerridge ridge.

    Part of the 2019 Bollington Walking Festival.

    Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
    Meeting point: Jackson Lane, Kerridge, Bollington, SK10 5BE (SJ935773)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Strenuous walking grade / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring binoculars if you have them)


    Tuesday 28 May to Friday 31 May

    Moorland Adventure May Half-Term Kids Activity Club

    A great way to experience some varied exciting activities in the countryside with local experts Moorland Adventure! Based at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, each day focuses on different activities and it will give you a taste of adventure! Suitable for anyone between the ages of 8 and 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential. All day 3 participants must be "Water confident".

    Day 1 – Tuesday 28 May – Archery and Bushcraft
    Day 2 – Wednesday 29 May – Climb and Abseil
    Day 3 – Thursday 30 May – Kayaking and Canoeing
    Day 4 – Friday 31 May - Orienteering and Problem Solving

    Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 4 days for a reduced price of £120.

    Activities run from 9.00am to 4.00pm but to allow for maximum flexibility, you can drop off your child from 8.30am and collect at any time between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

    Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you each day or you can purchase a packed lunch option (including sandwich, drink and snack) from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room on days 1, 2 and 4, for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions on days 1, 2 and 4.

    Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm each day
    Days 1, 2, and 4 Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Day 3 Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking: Get tickets for Moorland Adventure May Half-Term Kids Activity Club
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Suitable for anyone between the age of 8 and 16 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge)


    Tuesday 28 May

    Wellies in the Wild – Pond Dipping for Grown Ups – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Grown-ups grab your wellies and join Nature Stuff on a special pond dip session. Whether you are keen to rekindle your childhood memories of exploring nature or are a complete beginner, this session is designed for you! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Pond Dipping for Grown Ups
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Down the Mines! – May

    Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a trip down the old copper mines of Alderley Edge. Helmets with lamps provided, but please wear old clothes. Some crawling involved. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 28/03/2019

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
    Meeting point: National Trust Alderley Edge Car Park, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773) – access via lane next to Wizard Restaurant
    Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club
    Booking: Get tickets for Down the Mines! - May
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


    Thursday 30 May

    Wellies in the Wild – Bug Hunting and Stream Dipping for Grown Ups - Tegg's Nose Country Park

    Grown-ups grab your wellies and join Nature Stuff on a special bug hunting and stream dipping session. Whether you are keen to rekindle your childhood memories of exploring nature or are a complete beginner, this session is designed for you! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult per session. 

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Bug Hunting and Stream Dipping for Grown Ups
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Wildlife Walk – Event)


    Friday 31 May

    Wellies in the Wild – Bug Hunting for Grown Ups – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Join Nature Stuff on a special bug hunting session for grown ups. Whether you are keen to rekindle your childhood memories of exploring nature or are a complete beginner, this session is designed for you! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Bug Hunting for Grown Ups
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)

  • Sun
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    Christ Church, Great King Street, Macclesfield

    Local singer, Coral Roberts, will be performing at Christ Church – the historic town centre church – during open day on Sunday May 26th 11.00am to 4.00pm. Performances at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Entry is free of charge

    urther information email: theroenaissanceproject@gmail.com or tel: 07967 585 335

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    Wednesday 5 June

    Story of a Heath

    Heathlands have a rich human and natural history. Enjoy a stroll discovering Lindow Common and our shared heritage. Birds and plants are a focus. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 05/04/2019                             

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Lindow Common SSSI car park opposite Boddington Arms, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5NQ (SJ834814)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes
    Booking: Get tickets for Story of a Heath
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Wildlife and Historical Walk – Event)


    Thursday 6 June

    Evening Walk with Nature: Birds of Tegg's Nose 

    An evening walk in the woodland and scrub around Tegg's Nose Country Park looking for the area's spring migrants especially pied flycatcher and common redstart.

    Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Ian Taylor and Alan Brereton from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Information: 01260 275248 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
    (Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


    Saturday 8 June

    Family Bushcraft Day

    Join Bushcraft expert Peter, from Red Oak Bushcrafts, for a really fascinating and packed day learning bushcraft skills. From shelter building techniques and filtering water through to lighting fires using natural materials (there’s more to it than just rubbing two sticks together!). These are just some of things you’ll experience.

    You will be amazed at just what you can achieve with nature’s help. This day is a fantastic opportunity to forget the frantic modern world and to tune out of Wi-Fi and tune in to nature. A fun and fascinating day for all the family to enjoy.

    Booking in advance is essential. Adult and 1 Child - £50, Family of 4 - £85 (2 x Adults, 2 x Children), Family of 4 - £70 (1 x Adult, 3 x Children), Additional Child £15.

    Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Meeting point: Borrow Pit Meadows. Roadside parking by Alsager Recycling Centre, Hassall Road, Alsager, Cheshire, ST7 2SJ (SJ787567)
    Leaders: Red Oak Bushcrafts
    Booking / Information: Emailed Oak Bushcrafts or visit the Red Oak Bushcrafts website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)

    Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

    Run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-marathon runner, Dan Mayers. RSC is a personal training club, for those who prefer being outdoors to training in a gym. We follow a 12-month seasonal training programme to cover ALL angles for stronger, injury free running.

    No running experience required in this foundation training session, and no obligation to join.

    This session aims to deliver some key skills towards making your journey into running fitness an easier one.

    • How to warm up / cool down effectively
    • Overview of how to use stretches and strength training
    • Running posture and how to protect the joints
      Breath control
    • Running uphill (optional)

    Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

    Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers
    Booking: Get tickets for Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session
    Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Sunday 9 June

    Rossmill Working Party

    Help keep your local park looking good and learn new skills by joining the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and balsam bashing. Please bring your own gardening gloves.

    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Rossmill, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0EJ (SJ789853)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Roger Brereton
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)


    Wednesday 12 June

    Countryside Taster Day

    Outdoor excitement and challenge for ALL people with disabilities. Activities such as archery, climbing and crafts suitable for all abilities. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £2 per person.

    Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: The Bollin Valley Partnership
    Booking: 01625 374790 by 11 June
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

    Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks

    A chance to experience the thrills of climbing in this introductory climbing session with Moorland Adventure. Suitable for anyone over the age of 9. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £15.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Windgather Rocks, Side End Lane, Kettleshulme, SK23 7RF (SJ995777)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Suitable for anyone over the age of 9 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)


    Friday 14 June

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - June – Bollington

    The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

    However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

    Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

    Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
    Meeting point: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - June
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)

    Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park with Northern Realist

    If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops with classically trained artists Christopher Clements & Kieran Ingram, will guide you through everything you need to know. Both Kieran and Christopher are professional artists, Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

    You’ll learn an approach which will enable you to interpret and arrange the tones and colours of the landscape allowing you to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

    Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery! All equipment is provided but you're welcome to bring your own, a list will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £59.

    Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
    Booking:  Get tickets for Plein Air Painting - June
    Information: Email Northern Realist or visit the Northern Realist website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Saturday 15 June

    Printmaking Workshop – Lino and Monoprinting

    At Macclesfield Riverside Park there is a wealth of inspiration for images from wooded areas to wildflowers and the lovely River Bollin. Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson hope to encourage others to look more closely at these surroundings and explore them on paper, producing their own response in print.

    Both linocut and monoprinting will be offered and the course is suitable for complete beginners or those who are looking for further exploration of the media. Each participant should have a finished print at the end of the day.

    Work completed on previous course is available to see on  Ann Robertson’s website.

    This course is repeated on the 15 September 2019.

    Booking and payment in advance is essentialAll participants must be 16 years or olderCost £45.

    Participants will need to bring their own lunch but tea; coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

    Time: 9.45am to 4.15pm
    Meeting point: 
    Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson
    Booking:
    Get tickets for Printmaking Workshop
    Information:
    Ring 07791 504971 or email Patty Callaghan
    (Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16)


    Thursday 20 June

    Orienteering for All – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    An evening event held by Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC). Courses suitable for everyone, beginners and experienced orienteers. Families and groups welcome. Instruction available. There is a charge for this event. Adults £5, Children £2.

    Time: Registration from 5.30pm. Start times from 6.00pm until 7.00pm. Courses close 8.15pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club
    Information: Email MDOC, ring 0161 445 0902 or visit the MDOC website
    (Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


    Friday 21 June

    Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe

    Come and enjoy the stunning views from Cheshire’s second highest peak on this strenuous 5.5km (3.5 mile) walk. Bring a warm drink, to have whilst we rest at the top, and hopefully enjoy a spectacular sunset. Please also bring a torch / head torch and warm clothes for the summit.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 21/04/2019

    Time: 8:30pm to 11:00pm
    Meeting point: Clough House Car Park, Wildboarclough, SK11 0BE (SJ987699)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Booking:  Get tickets for Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Please bring a torch / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Saturday 22 June

    Riverside Park Bioblitz

    This is the second annual Bioblitz at Macclesfield Riverside Park. Join experts discovering the birds, wildflowers, minibeasts and water life that can be found within the park.

    Drop-in activities throughout the day include butterfly walks, pond and river dipping, environmental art, wildlife stands, refreshments and much more……

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership, Mersey Rivers Trust & Cheshire East Council
    Information:  Visit the Mersey Rivers Trust website or email Mersey Rivers Trust
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult /  Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for any age/  Wildlife walk / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade)

    Introduction to Foraging – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    A chance to learn the basics of foraging and discover edibles all around us, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

    After arriving, at the visitor centre, we will go through the basics of foraging. Then we head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. During the Forage your forager will introduce you to a number of edible species giving you tips on harvesting and correct identification. Whilst doing this you will have the opportunity to taste a range of pre-made wild food tasters from chutneys to jams.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £25 per adult, children 16 or under go free (One free child place per paying adult).

    Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Foraging - Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 07999 992615
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

    Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth

    Celebrate the solstice with Greenwood Growth and enjoy traditional rituals with others as the Sun turns South. Use herbs and flowers to make a crown; build a Witch and decorate the trees . Share a feast cooked over the fire and enjoy stories drawn from folklore.

    This is suitable for people of all ages, Stay for the whole session or drop in as you walk through the magnificent woodland.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult, (up to three accompanied children free of charge with each adult ticket).

    Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Greenwood Growth
    Booking:  Get tickets for Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth
    Information: 07801 655272
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing

    Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

    Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

    Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Sunday 23 June

    Balsam Blitz One

    The first in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Ashley Mill Bridge, Ashley, Altrincham (SJ767857). Parking available at Ashley Mill Lane WA14 3PY (SJ769854)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Folklore Walk

    Join Bollin Valley Ranger Euan on a leisurely wander around Rossmill exploring the Countryside folklore of what is discovered on the day.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 23/04/2019

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Crossroads of Rossmill Lane and Carrwood, Rossmill, Hale Barns, WA15 0EL (SJ789853)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Euan Murray
    Booking:  Get tickets for Folklore Walk
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing/ Easy walking grade)

    Balsam Blitz Two

    The second in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of the Carrs. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, The Carrs Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing Again

    Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a second daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

    Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

    Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing Again
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Wednesday 26 June

    Fancy a Paddle - One

    A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the beautiful Rudyard Lake. The event is delivered by Moorland Adventure. Full instruction equipment and buoyancy aids will be provided.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be older than 8 years old and be "water confident". Cost £15 per person.

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
    Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
    Leaders: Moorland Adventure
    Booking:  Get tickets for Fancy a Paddle - One
    Information: 01625 573615
    (Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 29 June

    Ramble with the Rangers – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join East Cheshire Ramblers and the Rangers for a circular 9.8km (6 mile) guided walk, from Tegg’s Nose Country Park, while looking out for signs of wildlife and enjoying the landscape. Booking in advance is essential.

    Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 29/04/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: East Cheshire Ramblers and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
    Booking: Get tickets for Ramble with the Rangers
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate to Strenuous walking grade / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

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    Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Congleton CW12 4SD

    Contemporary art installation inspired by indoor Tudor tennis secrets

    A new contemporary art installation, by artist Hilary Jack, is set to launch on the weekend of the country’s most celebrated event for tennis lovers, Wimbledon. But visitors to Little Moreton Hall in Congleton will notice a lack of grass courts and an unfamiliar setting for the much-loved game.

    The newly commissioned art work titled Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found during restoration work in the historic Long Gallery at the 16th century property.

    For the installation, Hilary Jack has collected over a thousand used tennis balls, gathered from Wimbledon and other tennis clubs all over the country. Working with film, Hilary has highlighted the topography of the Long Gallery while revealing the historic use of the space. To accompany the audio-visual installation, the Tudor tennis balls will also be on display for the first time in years.

    The Long Gallery was built in the 17th century as a demonstration of wealth by the ambitious Moreton family.  Long galleries were popular in this era as spaces for sociability and exercise as well as reflecting the status of the family.  Since the 1970s, five Tudor tennis balls have been discovered behind the Tudor panelling in the gallery as conservation work and maintenance has been taken place in the room and revealed clues about how it was used. It was these unique finds from a time gone by that have inspired Gathering.

    Hilary says: “I’ve visited Little Moreton Hall many times and have always been interested in how the environment has affected the appearance and architecture of the building over time.  On a recent visit, I overheard one of the guides explaining that the discovery of some Tudor tennis balls behind wood panels had confirmed the suspicion that a form of tennis had been played in the Long Gallery. As an artist I’m interested in the politics of place and I often work with found objects, so this triggered the idea for Gathering.  I hope that when visitors encounter the artwork it will elicit a response and prompt further enquiry into the history of Little Moreton Hall and the people who lived there.”

    Hilary works across media in research-based projects, often working with found objects in sculptural installations and public interventions. Hilary has worked with many heritage galleries, and historic sites on large scale commissions and exhibitions. Her research-based practice has an activist element, focussing on the politics of place while drawing out social and historic elements of a specific site.  Hilary has exhibited across the UK and Internationally. Her work is in a number of private and public collections including recent acquisitions for Manchester Art Gallery and The Government Art Collection. Hilary is currently exhibiting No Borders, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of Open Air 2019.

    Catherine Newbery, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager for the North at the National Trust says: “Hilary Jack is an interesting and established artist who has visited Little Moreton Hall many times, so when we received her proposal for the Long Gallery we were all really excited to find out more.  Little Moreton Hall is a beautiful building and art works and commissions like this help us bring the people who lived here to life and help our audiences make connections to their own lives.  As we are launching the commission around the Wimbledon tennis tournament I’m looking forward to the atmosphere the art work creates.”

    Gathering opens at Little Moreton Hall on 29 June, to coincide with Wimbledon, and ends on 3 November 2019.  For more information visit, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall

    Little Moreton Hall is a remarkable survivor from the Tudor era.  It is a timber-framed moated manor house that sits just south of Congleton.  Free guided tours are available for visitors to learn the history of the Hall and its inhabitants, and Tudor gentlewomen bring the Hall to life with demonstrations and activities.

    Gathering takes its inspiration from the discovery of a handful of Tudor tennis balls found at the 16th century property. Image © Steve Llse