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.

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018
    Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Drifts of snowdrops are one of the joys of this time of year and we have now opened The Grove and Woodland Walk so that you can admire what's there!

    After several years of planting and splitting of the drifts we are expecting our
    best ever display.

    Several paths have been created to help you navigate some of the areas left damp by recent weather, appropriate footwear and clothes are recommended.

    The Grove and Woodland Walk are open every day from 10am to 4pm. Entry to Arley is £5 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £2 for children.

    The Gardener's Kitchen Cafe is also open.

    CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER OPENING INFORMATION

  • 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.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    Wed
    13
    Jun
    2018
    Teggs Nose Country Park
     

    Starting this April in Teggsnose Wood - Greenwood Forest School. Every Wednesday, during term time, this friendly Forest School aims to link people of all ages and abilities to their immediate natural environment. Greenwood believe in making learning fun and encourage risk taking to develop confidence, resilience and emotional intelligence.

    Typical activities include exploring, games, swings and ropes, physical challenges, tool use, nature crafts, environmental awareness, foraging, shelter building while leaving no sign within the countryside. Suitable for ages 2+.

    To book or to find out more ring 07801 655272
    or email Greenwood Growth.

  • 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

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    Capeshorne Hall, Congleton Rd, Siddington, Macclesfield SK11 9JY

    Pet & Dog Social Media App Bauwow has joined forces with the Merseyside Beagle Club to hold a world record attempt for the largest single breed dog walk. Beagleandia will be held at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield, raising over £10,000 for the Beagle Welfare and Unite to Care charities.

    The current world record is held by a group of 783 Yorkshire terriers from Mexico City. The Beagleandia event has already reached the maximum capacity for the event venue, with 1180 adult beagles confirmed to attend the event, accompanied by 2,500 humans. Provided the rules are followed and the evidence is lodged, the current record should be broken by a considerable margin (full rules can be found here http://bauwowworld.com/events/beaglelandia-beagle-world-record-2/). The event itself will also have stalls, shows and entertainment to amuse the dogs and crowds alike.

    Bauwow founder and Beagleandia co-organiser Peter Curtis commented: “As proud parents of a Beagle we hope the event will promote responsible dog ownership as well as connect dog lovers from across the UK and promote the wonderful work of Beagle Welfare and Unite to Care charities. The fact that we are aiming to break the single breed dog walk record is a massive bonus and we are feeling very confident about our attempt”.

    The main aims of Beagle Welfare are:

    • The prevention of maltreatment and cruelty to beagles and to encourage responsible ownership of beagles throughout Great Britain
    • To rehome beagles from owners are unable to look after them
    • To provide advice and guidance to beagle owners
    • To encourage responsible breeding of Beagles throughout Great Britain

    Unite to Care works tirelessly to end the use of animals for research. Beagles are particularly elected to be used in research due to their placid and tolerant nature.

    Bauwow is a pet social media app with over 30,000 members sharing content and experiences with their special canine friends on a daily basis. Bauwow recently announced an exclusive partnership with dog microchip record provider Petlog, to allow dog and cat owners to manage their pet’s microchip details within the app and help reunite lost pets as quickly as possible. Download the app now http://onelink.to/s26zbc

    The Beagleandia event is taking place at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield between 10am-4pm on Sunday 22nd April.

    Video from last year’s event can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1iPTWKS_BE&t=64s

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

     

    Enjoy huge carpets of bluebells, birdsong and many other wild flowers in the magnificent Big Wood which is not normally open to visitors. Walk by the Lake to see many kinds of water birds. Learn the history of this ancient agricultural estate. Return through The Grove, Arley’s beautiful woodland garden in full springtime glory.

    Walks last approx. 1¾ hrs on footpaths through woods & fields and are lead by experienced guides.

    Saturday 28th April / Sunday 29th April 11am & 2pm
    Sunday 6th May / Monday 7th May 11am & 2pm

    Booking is essential. All visitors should wear waterproof clothing and footwear. Unfortunately the walks are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

    Adults £8 Children (5-16) £2
    (Entry to the Hall & Gardens is an additional fee.)

    Parking FREE - dogs welcome on a lead

    Book tickets online or call 01565 777353 Ext 20.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018
    Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

     

    Enjoy huge carpets of bluebells, birdsong and many other wild flowers in the magnificent Big Wood which is not normally open to visitors. Walk by the Lake to see many kinds of water birds. Learn the history of this ancient agricultural estate. Return through The Grove, Arley’s beautiful woodland garden in full springtime glory.

    Walks last approx. 1¾ hrs on footpaths through woods & fields and are lead by experienced guides.

    Sunday 6th May / Monday 7th May 11am & 2pm

    Booking is essential. All visitors should wear waterproof clothing and footwear. Unfortunately the walks are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

    Adults £8 Children (5-16) £2
    (Entry to the Hall & Gardens is an additional fee.)

    Parking FREE - dogs welcome on a lead

    Book tickets online or call 01565 777353 Ext 20.

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    Mon
    28
    May
    2018
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    Justin Fletcher and Mr. Bloom return to the biggest Children’s Festival in the UK

    Geronimo Festival has announced their exciting 2018 headliners and families are in for an entertainment packed weekend.

    Children’s TV Megastar, Justin Fletcher returns to Geronimo this year and will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 26th May. The ever-popular C-beebies star will be on-hand to keep young children and their families entertained on stage during his afternoon performance.

    Youtube teen stars, Max and Harvey will be joining the star line up for 2018 and cementing Geronimo’s place as the premier children’s UK festival.

    On Sunday, children are in for another treat as Mr. Bloom takes to the stage introducing his 40 minute show which features his amazing four-piece band. The hilarious duo, Cook and Line will also be hosting their brilliant slapstick Pirate Show and don’t forget that there is a whole host of other performers and activities to enjoy!

    For the very first time at Geronimo; the world famous Gandey’s Circus with their 1,200 seater big top, will definitely be one of the attractions you shouldn’t miss! In addition, there'll be a 130 ft big wheel, we look forward to seeing your pics from the top!

    Simon Goldman, Geronimo Festival organiser commented:

    ‘Announcing our headline acts is always a really exciting time for us this year we have our best line-up yet. Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom are Children’s TV royalty and always keep the children (and their parents!) enraptured. This year acts will take to the stage in the afternoon so that everyone gets a chance to come along and have fun at the main stage.’

    Taking place from 25th - 28th May 2018, Geronimo is returning to the stunning Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire which is set over acres of land ensuring not only more attractions but also a top-notch campsite. The duration of the event has also been extended to four days so that more families can take advantage of everything the show has to offer.

    Dubbed ‘Glastonbury for Kids’, Geronimo has something for every member of the family whatever their age and full details of attractions can be found at the website www.geronimofest.com. We haven’t forgotten the adults either, Bathing under the Sky are providing excellent spa facilities and we have also provided a crèche so that parents can have some “me time”.

    Simon continued:

    ‘Our Early Bird Tickets offer is available until the end of January and it’s the perfect time to book – not only can families can take advantage of lower prices but they can also make sure they get to see their child’s favourite TV stars.’

    Tier 1 family tickets available from just £25 per person throughout January. As an added incentive, early birds who purchase Tier 1 tickets will receive a free wristband for the Victorian Fun Fair.

    You can bring your own tent, caravan or motor home or simply let Geronimo take the hassle out of camping with their range of themed tents available to suit families whatever their size.

    For further information about the Geronimo Festival and to book tickets, please visit www.geronimofest.com

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Appeal for walkers to take on Macclesfield challenge for children’s hospice

    Walkers are being asked to pull on their boots to tackle the three highest peaks of Macclesfield to raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

    A choice of two routes is on offer, both starting from Tegg’s Nose Country Park. The strenuous 13.6 mile route, with a walking time of approximately six hours, takes in the famous Cheshire Three Peaks of Macclesfield - Tegg’s Nose, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor.

    SimTravaTeam, Francis House Cheshire 3 Peaks, 2017

    Winding through the scenic Macclesfield countryside, the walk encompasses Trentabank and Lamaload Reservoir and offers gorgeous views from all three summits. The route covers steep terrain and requires a good level of fitness.

    Maps are provided and flags direct walkers across the hillsides and forests, with checkpoints providing water and fruit for tired limbs.

    Organisers Francis House Children’s Hospice, provides respite care to children and young adults with life-limiting conditions and support for their families from its base in Didsbury, Manchester.

    More than 130 people participated in the event last year, with the option of a shorter 6.5 mile walk through woodland and moorland. The children’s hospice is keen that families and schools sign up to take part this year. The shorter walk is nonetheless challenging and is not suitable for pushchairs.

    Last year’s event raised over £14,300 and proved popular with many businesses entering teams.

    The Francis House Cheshire Three Peaks Walk takes place on Sunday June 10.

    Registration fees apply. Anyone wishing to register can visit www.francishouse.org.uk/cheshire-three-peaks/ or call Francis House on 0161 443 2200.

    Walkers on Francis House Cheshire Three Peaks sponsored walk

    Watch the video here:

  • 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
    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.