Nature & Environment

Natural history and environmental events in the region.

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  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmThe Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.

    Tuesday 23rd Jan
    Vintage tools and other unusual items with John Hambleton.
    An entertainment in the form of a talk and a quiz about articles from the past.

    Tuesday 27th Feb
    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.

    Tuesday 27th Mar
    The impact of Macclesfield’s Mayors in the Great War: Joseph Whitmore, Edwin Crew and Joseph Frost a talk by Peter Ramsden.

    Tuesday 24th Apr
    Tiptoe though the Tombstones a talk by Rina Tillinger.
    Uncovering poignant & quirky gravestone inscriptions and epitaphs many of which are local. £70+expenses from Chester

    Tuesday 22nd May
    Family History Top Tips a talk by Jean Ingram.
    Expenses
    Tuesday 26th Jun
    Reminiscences of Parkside Hospital a talk with many illustrations by Dennis Whyte.

    Tuesday 24th Jul
    A visit to King’s School with a chance to see the school and their archives.

    Tuesday 28th Aug
    The Munificent Sir John Leigh - the 'rags to riches' story of how his father (also John Leigh) developed into a leading cotton waste merchant a talk by Leslie Turner.
    Leslie talks about the closure and exhumation of 20,000 bodies from one of Manchester's top cemeteries, the horrors of the First World War, a story of landscape gardener Thomas H Mawson, the boll weevil and something about some of England's grand estates.

    Tuesday 25th Sep
    AGM & Talk about the FHSC website by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    Tuesday 23rd Oct
    From copper to velvet; Havannah Cheshire's deserted village a talk by Ian Doughty. Havannah was one of the first industrial villages to be built. For over 200 years the village’s powered mills were used in the manufacture of copper sheet and brass wire, the spinning of silk, the production of Havannah cigars and of velvet. In the early 20th Century Havannah became a deserted village.

    Tuesday 27th Nov
    Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area - an illustrated talk by Peter Braun covering the history of Dunham Hall, the families, royal claims, intrigue, executions, power, passion and scandal.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Sweet smell of the Tudors! Gentlewoman Anna Fielding with a nosegay of lavender, rosemary and bay, at Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Little Moreton Hall Opens for 2018 Season on 10 Feb

    Not just the sights and sounds but the smells of the 16th Century will be featured at Little Moreton Hall during 2018.

    When the hall re-opens on 10 February, ‘Welcome to the 16th Scent-ury’ will focus on the aromas of Tudor times, with a special ‘You Smell’ trail appealing particularly to families. You will be able to sample the aromas of herbs such as tansy, lady’s bedstraw and meadowsweet; rich spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ‘grains of paradise’, and some exotic Tudor perfumes.

    But not everything will be idyllic.  Odours of sweat and damp wool, the smell of the privvy and the stench of rough, harsh tobacco will also be part of the experience.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/National Trust

    Anna Fielding, from the Hall, explained, ‘Country life in Tudor times involved a lot of hard physical toil. And you were dressed in heavy wool clothes. So some perspiration would be inevitable. You also tended your animals, undertook gruelling work in the dairy and had ‘interesting’ ideas about waste disposal.

    We would probably not be very happy about some of the smells wafting round. Even some of the perfumes favoured by the Tudors would not be to our taste.

    On the other hand, the Tudors would feel people today give off the scent of harsh chemicals. Sixteenth century ideas of keeping clean and of the way bodies interacted with the environment were not the same as ours. The smells we like or dislike would be different to those the Tudors felt strongly about and the reactions people had to various smells of everyday life in the past can give us a real insight into their way of thinking.

    ‘This wonderful old house is the ideal setting to explore those different attitudes and discover the way people really lived in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  Last year we looked at the way the Tudors slept. Visitors had a great time discovering the rules and guidelines the Tudors followed to ensure a good night’s sleep. Once again, their ideas were different from ours.’

    Another feature of the new season at Little Moreton Hall will be Candlemas, a religious festival which centred on taking a candle to church to have it blessed.

    From 10 February you will be able to make your own candle and take in the aromas of beeswax and incense. Then, from Monday 19 February to Sunday 25 February dozens of artificial candles will bring a warm glow to the principal rooms of the hall.

    Little Moreton Hall is open seven days a week from 10 to 25 Feb, then Weds – Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    Candlemas Festival: 19 February – 25 February

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

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    Mon
    31
    Dec
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    The Gardener’s Kitchen is open daily and serves deliciously fresh lunches and utterly indulgent sweet treats and freshly baked cakes and pastries. We’ve got something for everyone, including a scrumptious childrens menu bound to keep the rumbling tummies at bay and of course our famous afternoon teas, perfect for any occasion or celebration.
    We’ve also got especially tasty offers on throughout the week, see below to learn more!Weekends
    At the end of the week we all need a break – so come visit us and we’ll look after brunch! Whether you want perfectly poached eggs and pancetta or our sweet fluffy pikelets,
    we’ve got it covered.Curry Wednesday
    Variety is definitely the spice of life here at the Gardener’s Kitchen as every Wednesday we have a perfectly spiced curry on offer with all the extras.

    Pie Thursday
    There’s nothing more comforting than a proper pie and every Thursday we serve this pastry classic with an ever changing range of sumptuous fillings.
    Our eyes are firmly on the pies!

    Fish and Chip Friday
    Most people say TGIF where as our team like to shout “Thank God It’s Fish Friday” from the rooftops! Our chips are rustic and hand cut, our fish is fried in a local Cheshire beer batter and it’s served with our homemade lemony pickle.

    Next time you visit Arley Hall & Gardens, be sure to visit us too!

    The Gardener’s Kitchen is open from 10am – 5pm. Please note our hearty brunch is only served at the weekend from 10.00am – 11.30am.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    Thu
    06
    Dec
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    April
    15th, Sunday Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity Dog Walk – to register Click Here
    22nd, Sunday Spring Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    28th & 29th, Saturday & Sunday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    May
    6th & 7th, Sunday & Monday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks
    – to book tickets Click Here
    11th, 12th & 13th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, 27th & 28th, Saturday – Monday Geronimo Family Festival – to book tickets Click Here

    June
    2nd & 3rd, Saturday & Sunday NGS The Old Parsonage tickets will be released soon
    8th, Friday Houghton Weavers Summer Picnic – to book tickets Click Here
    16th & 17th, Saturday & Sunday Rough Runner – to book tickets Click Here
    23rd & 24th, Saturday & Sunday Garden Festival – to book tickets Click Here
    28th – 1st July, Thursday – Sunday Spirit of the Horse – to book tickets Click Here

    July
    8th, Sunday Fairy Tales & Trails Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Saturday NMC Outdoor Concert on the Park – to book tickets Click Here
    19th, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, Thursday The Arley Summer Soiree – tickets will be released soon

    August
    5th, Sunday NGS Arley Hall & Gardens normal daily entry price applies
    23rd, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Tempest – to book tickets Click Here
    25th, 26th & 27th, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Caravan & Camping Rally – to book tickets Click Here

    September
    9th, Sunday Autumn Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    15th, Saturday Firework Champions – to book tickets Click Here
    22nd & 23rd, Saturday & Sunday The Great British Food Festival  – to book tickets Click Here
    28th, 29th & 30th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here

    October
    7th, Sunday Wedding Open Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Sunday Mushroom Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    November
    13th & 14th, Tuesday & Wednesday Shopping Spectacular – to book tickets Click Here

    December
    1st – 6th, Saturday – Thursday Christmas Floral Extravaganza - tickets will be released soon

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    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. 

     

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018
    Mon
    23
    Jul
    2018
    Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY

    Of the several gardens, open to the public, within a fifteen minute drive of Macclesfield the National Trust’s Hare Hill Gardens between Prestbury and Alderley, must be one of the best – and wonderful place to spend a few hours – or even a whole day enjoying a picnic.

    The rhododendrons may be beginning to fade but continue to provide a colourful backdrop.

    At this time of year between Spring and Summer – the gardens are in a transition – the rhododendrons and azalea flowers fading – the wisteria and summer buds slowly awakening – but despite this the all pervading beauty and tranquility is quite breathtaking.

    Forthcoming events at Hare Hill Gardens include:

    An evening walk with the Head 
    Tue 05 Jun 2018
    + 1 other date
    18:00-20:00
    Join Head Gardener Emma Hill for an evening exploration of the beautiful gardens at Hare Hill, includes drink and canapés.

    Tai Chi in the Walled Garden
    Thu 07 Jun 2018
    + 16 other dates
    14:00-15:00
    Join a Tai Chi class in the tranquil setting of the walled garden

    The Brocklehursts of Hare Hill
    Mon 18 Jun 2018
    11:00-12:00
    + other times
    Find out more about the influential family who owned Hare Hill and the tragic story behind the statues in the walled garden.

    Horse Power at Hare 
    Mon 25 Jun 2018
    + 29 other dates
    10:30-16:30
    Watch heavy horses in action in the garden this summer

    Walk with the Ranger: June
    Mon 25 Jun 2018
    14:00-16:00
    Join the Hare Hill Ranger for an insight into Ranger life

    Walk with the Ranger: July
    Mon 23 Jul 2018
    14:00-16:00
    Join the Hare Hill Ranger for an insight into Ranger life

    Hare Hill Gardens, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY
    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill

    All images ⓒ ilovemacc.com 2018

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    Little Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Visitors stood on the bridge over the moat on the south front of Little Moreton Hall.

    Standing in front of the black and white frontage of Little Moreton Hall you’re easily transported back to a bygone era when this time capsule of the past would’ve been bustling with Tudor life. However, this year Little Moreton Hall will be revealing a side to its past that’s a little closer to home and showing that it wasn’t just the Tudors who lived at the National Trust property.

    View through a lead window into the courtyard

    From Saturday 9 June to Sunday 28 October a never-before-seen area of the house will open to visitors for the very first time.

    Over the last ten years, National Trust staff have come to call this unique building not only their place of work but also their home.

    New exhibition ‘The Other Side of the Hall’ will tell the stories of four families from the twentieth century who lived here, from a young couple to new parents. Visitors will discover more about these modern inhabitants and what it was like to live in a wonky Tudor house in an era when boxy new builds and high rise flats are all the rage.

    One of the Hall’s previous occupants, Anna Roberts explains “It was a huge privilege to live somewhere like this and be one of the very few people in Little Moreton Hall’s rich history able to call this hidden gem my home. It was such a novel experience and one which will stay with me throughout my life. I’m thrilled to be sharing my story alongside others who lived here and invite visitors in to see this other side of the hall for the first time. In an age where we tend to look very far back in time in historic building it’s great to reveal a more modern side to the past which is still very much in living memory among those who work here today."

    The spaces have been recreated to reveal more about the occupants who lived here and will include an introduction this recent side of its history with video interviews, as well as personal photographs of the previous occupants who lived here.

    Although modern life has occupied Little Moreton Hall and continues to rush by on the busy road outside, Little Moreton Hall survives very much as a Tudor time capsule with quirky charm and homely intimacy.

    As Rebecca Alexander, a previous occupant of the Hall and current employee explains, “Even though the Hall itself has changed very little in the last 500 years, it has been the home of many life changes and memory making moments including engagements, new born babies and festive celebrations.”

    Through the four stories of staff who have recently lived at Little Moreton Hall, the new exhibition will tell the modern story of this remarkable Tudor survivor and give a unique perspective on the conservation of the Hall and what it means to work for the National Trust.

    The Other Side of the Hall from 9 June – 28 October 2018.  Normal admission charges apply for the property.

    Entry is by timed ticket only and can be collected from the Welcome Building upon arrival.

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

    The south front of Little Moreton Hall

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     For further details email: helen.begent@arleyhallandgardens.com
  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    1 pm to 5 pmGawsworth County Primary School, Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Cash back available, free parking, dogs welcome.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018
    Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018
    Dunham Massey,

    Escape to Dunham Massey’s garden this summer for outdoor entertainment the whole family will enjoy.

    Chapterhouse Theatre is returning to this National Trust place with three exciting open air performances to enjoy. Go on an adventure with Sherlock Holmes on Saturday 14 July, enjoy an evening of regency romance with Sense and Sensibility on Sunday 22 July and head down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Saturday 4 August.

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Head to the beautiful Northumbrian countryside with Sherlock Holmes as his legendary nemesis awaits the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

    Sense and Sensibility ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Travel back in time as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

    Take a trip down the rabbit hole and join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters from the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family.

    QUAD Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival

    Return to the garden at the end of the summer for QUAD’s Outdoor Film Festival. Spend the evening under the stars watching classic films in the perfect summer setting. Choose from Moulin Rouge on Friday 31 Augustand Top Gun on Saturday 1 September.

    Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge captures the spirit of the Bohemian revolution sweeping the underworld of Paris. At the Moulin Rouge, the rich and poor are one, being entertained by the dancers. Christian (Ewan McGregor), a young English writer starts a love affair with the star courtesan Sabine (Nicole Kidman). Top Gun takes us into the danger zone with Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards starring as fighter pilots Maverick and Goose. Maverick’s cocky demeanour push him to compete for the Top Gun trophy against fellow pilot Iceman (Val Kilmer).

    Visitors attending a cinema experience at Hardwick Hall,  Derbyshire.

    Booking is essential for all outdoor theatre and cinema events. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

     

  • Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018
    Rode Hall, Church Lane, Scholar Green ST7 3QP

    With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together.

    Underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, the most bonkers competition in the land, it takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.

    Explore what’s in store here… And keep your ears to the ground for more adventures and surprises to be revealed each month.

    http://www.justsofestival.org.uk/attractions-2/

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    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/