Nature & Environment

Natural history and environmental events in the region.

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  • Tue


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

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

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

    Visit the website for prices:

    FREE parking, dogs welcome on a lead.

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

  • Tue

    Summer Holiday Fun at Macclesfield Museums - Makeshop Macc Family Activities and Events

    Tuesdays at West Park Museum, Wednesdays at The Old Sunday School, and Thursdays at The Silk Museum throughout August

    Pharaoh’s Headdress, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 1 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Be inspired by our Egyptian collections and create your own headdress fit for a Pharaoh. £3 per person


    Animal Wall Plaques, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 2 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Some people have flying ducks on their walls, but today you can make your own Animal Head wall plaque. £3 per person


    Printed Silk Lanterns, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 3 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Inspired by the shape of India’s Taj Mahal and Indian paisley shawls, you can create your own pattern, print onto silk and produce a beautiful flickeringly lit lantern. £5 per person


    Panda Door hangers, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 8 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Come and make a hanger for your bedroom door in the shape of a panda. It could have your name on it or just ‘do not disturb’! £3 per person


    Arrr Shipmate! Pirate Treasure Hunt, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 9 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Make a pirate hat, eye-patch and flapping parrot, and go on a treasure hunt to uncover a bar of gold. £3 per person


    Elephants and Peacocks, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 10 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Come and discover the colourful world of Indian elephants and peacocks with artist Nikki Parmenter! Make your own mixed media peacock feather or elephant using a range of exciting materials. £5 per person


    Cat Mummies, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 15 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    The Egyptians prepared animal mummies as offerings to the gods, cat mummies were believed to represent the war goddess Bastet, so join us to make your own mummified Tiddles. £3 per person


    Printed Parachutes, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 16 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Decorate your own miniature silk parachute, attach your airman and watch him drift to a soft or crash landing! £3 per person


    Magnificent Monsters, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 17 August, 10-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 2.30-3.30pm

    Create your own magnificent monsters and creative creatures with glowing LED eyes in this fun, e-textile workshop. Make your own creation or one inspired by your favourite computer game – get creative with tech this summer! Age 7+, Free, but booking essential, please book on 01625 612045 or book in person at the Silk Museum

    Supported by SHIFT through Arts Council England


    Woven Pandas, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 22 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Have a go at some simple weaving to create your own panda-face hanging. £3 per person


    Recycled Music, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 23 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Make your own kazoo, shaker and tambourine out of recycled materials. £3 per person


    Woven Dream Catcher, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 24 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    In a town once filled with weaving, we invite you to weave some dreams and create your own fabulous dream catcher decorated with ribbons, feathers and beads. £5 per person


    Canopic Jars, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 29 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    When mummifying bodies all the essential organs were removed and placed in canopic jars. Make your own canopic jar to the god Qebehsenuef filled with intestines. £3 per person


    3-D Dinosaurs, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 30 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Discover the world of dinosaurs and create your own to take home. £3 per person


    Elephants and Peacocks, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 31 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Come and discover the colourful world of Indian elephants and peacocks with artist Nikki Parmenter! Make your own mixed media peacock feather or elephant using a range of exciting materials. £5 per person


    The Old Sunday School and Makers’ Place

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

    Admission Free

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


     The Silk Museum

    Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm

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

    Admission to Special Exhibition only: £2

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


    Paradise Mill

    Open: Mon-Sat. Guided Tours at 11.45am, 1pm, 2.15pm

    Mill Tour: £5, £4.50, children free

    Access: 3 flights of stairs, no wheelchair access; if you need to use the lift then please speak to a member of staff when booking your ticket


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


    West Park Museum

    Open: Tues-Sun, 1-4pm (until 12 November), Weds-Sun, 1-4pm (from 15 November), Closed on Bank Holidays

    Admission Free

    Access: Step-free access

  • Sun
    Peover Park, Near Knutsford WA16 9HW

    Since the show began in 1984 the iconic Cheshire Game & Angling Fair has grown to become the premier family attraction across the Cheshire County. Hosted in the stunning grounds of Peover Hall Knutsford overlooking the postcard backdrop of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, new and returning visitors to the annual event can expect an action packed, family-friendly show that will have something to offer the whole family to enjoy.

    As always, the all day action packed Main Ring entertainment will have a great line-up this year. Attractions include welcoming back security dog, falconry, Ferret World & Cyril The Squirrel along with exhibitions from the vintage engine, angling and the Newfoundland Rescue. We all so have all the regular attractions that the shows been built on over the years like the countryside area along with some new additions like the Fun Dog Show & others which will be announced in the coming weeks. We will also be welcoming back many competition classes including Terrier & Lurcher, Farrier competition Gun Dog Scurry and Clay Pigeon & starshot which will be open to everybody in attendance and with trade stands now almost full, there will be countless opportunities for visitors to try, buy and sample just about everything county.


    The Cheshire Game & Angling Fair is the largest one day event in the area which continues to draw record crowds’ year upon year so visitors can expect an exceptional, family fun day out. We can’t wait to see you all there.


  • Sun
    2:30 pmSutton Ex-Serviceman's Club, Sutton, Macclesfield

    Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club will hold its 51st Annual  Flower & Vegetable Show on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

    The Show will again take place, with the kind permission of Peter Barber, in a large marquee on Spooners Flats, Hollin Lane, Sutton.

    I hope that the weather is kind to you in the time leading up to the Show and that your growing season has started well after what has been one of the mildest winters for years.

    It really is a great achievement for a village Show like ours to reach the fantastic “Golden Anniversary” landmark we did last year and as many of you will recall last year was to be my last as show secretary – but how can I walk away from something as magical as our wonderful show.

    I’m sure that the majority of you will now be familiar with the Schedule. It is more or less the same as in previous years with just a few minor changes.

    At the suggestion of the judges our “bunches” of radishes & spring onions now have minimum & maximum numbers and if you have a pumpkin it should now be staged in the any other vegetable class, as we’ve replaced this with “6 beans – not already mentioned in the schedule”.

    After a greatly successful inaugural year we will again be staging the

    “World Lemon Cheese Championship”, will Roger Lomas retain the world title or will we be crowning a new world champion on the afternoon of the show? We’re still looking for bottles of homemade lemonade but you can now also exhibit any other homemade tipple alongside it.

    Special thanks must again go to our friends at Jobling Gowler Solicitors for their wonderful, continued support.

    The scarecrow competition will again take place, please spread the word and try to have a go. This year, like last year, will be an open competition so you can create a “crow” to resemble whatever you want & you’ll find full details later in the schedule.

    The Show really is a friendly village event, and is open to everyone so please try and take part. Let’s hope the sun shines, the village turns out and we have a wonderful day. The marquee will be open to the public from 2:30pm - it takes us until then to finish the judging and write out the certificates for all 135 classes.

  • Sun
    10 am to 4 pmArley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA


    Enjoy a day out browsing the specialist plant nurseries selling unusual plants, shrubs and bulbs and gather great ideas for your garden for the following year.

    Adult entry is £1.50 (£1 if booked online below) both tickets are redeemable against entry to the stunning Arley Gardens. The Gardener’s Kitchen café is open for meals or just delicious tea and cake.

    Parking FREE - dogs welcome on a lead - cash back available.

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