Nature & Environment

Natural history and environmental events in the region.

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019
    Dunham Massey, Woodhouse Ln, Altrincham WA14 4SJ

    What small changes are local people doing to make a big difference to nature? A new photography exhibition at one of Greater Manchester’s largest green spaces, Dunham Massey, lets you get up close and personal with those who are doing their bit for nature every day.

    From Saturday 29 June – Sunday 3 November the walls inside the hall at the National Trust attraction will display the faces of people who are doing their bit to look after nature every day. The photographs in Local Lives: Small Change, Big Difference have been captured by Manchester based photographer Jan Chlebik. Inspiring stories include those of Justine Lord, Richard Pennington and Jean Caldwell amongst eighteen others, with visitors encouraged to join the conversation about what small changes they would make to look after something they care about.

    Justine Lord, by ⓒ Jan Chlebik

    Justine Lord has been a volunteer ranger at Dunham Massey for several years, and after spending lots of her time outdoor when younger, she takes pride in giving back to nature in her varied role – whether this is through monitoring the wild butterflies and bumblebees, or looking after the deadwood ecology in the deer park.

    Richard Pennington by ⓒ Jan Chlebik

    Richard Pennington, Farmer, has been influential in the redevelopment of Yew Tree Farm on the wider Dunham Massey estate. New hedgerows, trees and ghost ponds have been returned to the farm leading to an improved natural habitat and increased numbers of rare birds and mammals, including hares.

    Jean Caldwell by ⓒ Jan Chlebik

    Jean Caldwell is a resident of Sale and does her bit for nature by planting and maintaining flowers in an alleyway near her house. The daffodils, snowdrops, bluebells, ferns and even nettles create a home for insects and wildlife amongst urban life. As a community space, the alleyway evolves year on year as people come together to add their own plants into the mix. Jean says, ‘I hope the impact of creating a pleasant alleyway from a virtually impassable space has brought colour and a smile or two to the lives of those who walk through on a daily basis. The topiary Teddy Bear is certainly a hit with the children, even if some of them insist it’s Peppa Pig!’

    Fresh air is recognised as having medical benefits today, and medical professionals recognise the positive effects this can have on mental health and wellbeing. A 2016 study by Natural England showed that 1 in 9 children had not set foot in a natural environment over the past year. Jessica Webb, Visitor Experience Manager at Dunham Massey says, ‘During the First World War, when Dunham became the Stamford Military Hospital, Sister Bennett was an advocate of ‘the fresh air cure’ and soldiers often recuperated outdoors in the garden or on the moat. Today Dunham is one of Greater Manchester’s primary green spaces and provides an escape from city life to thousands of people a year. What better place to host an exhibition showing everyday people who are doing their small bit for nature. We hope visitors will be inspired to think about what they can do to make a big difference to nature both today and for future generations.

    The exhibition opens at a topical time, with looking after our environment being high on the agenda globally as well as locally. In 2019 Trafford Council is playing a leading role in the Great British Spring Clean, the UK’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign. Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the campaign gives an opportunity for thousands of local residents to do a small part to make a positive difference, including removing tonnes of litter and rescuing thousands of plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans for recycling. Sir David Attenborough, who featured in Dunham Massey’s Faces of Change portrait exhibition earlier in the year, has also been credited with raising awareness of the environmental impact of single use plastics and having a positive impact on changing people’s behaviour.

    Local Lives: Small Change, Big Difference can be seen in the house at Dunham Massey from Saturday 29 June – Sunday 3 November. (House open Saturday – Wednesday. Normal admission applies. See nationaltrust.org.uk/Dunham-Massey for full details).

    For more information on Local Lives: Small Change, Big Difference at Dunham Massey visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/features/local-lives-small-change-big-difference-at-dunham-massey

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    15
    Dec
    2019
    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

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    Oct
    2019
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    Oct
    2019

    Tuesday 1 October

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - October

    A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

    Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking: Get tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - October
    Information:
    07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)

    Down the Mines! – October

    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: 01/08/2019

    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! - October
    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)


    Monday 7 October to Friday 11 October

    Bollin Valley Partnership Schools Week

    Varied half day school based workshops themed on wildlife, nature the countryside. Using the skills and talents of local educators and both Cheshire East Council and Bollin Valley Rangers. Booking in advance is essential. Bookings taken from early September.

    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers & colleagues
    Booking and Information: 01625 374790 or email the Bollin Valley Partnership
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Saturday 12 October

    Astbury Mere – its history and landscape

    Astbury Mere was once a busy industrial quarry. Today it is one of Cheshire’s most popular recreational destinations. Find out how this transformation took place and how the local community continues to care for their local park.

    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: 12/08/2019

    Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matthew Axford
    Booking: Get tickets for Astbury Mere - its history and landscape by 10 October
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge)


    Sunday 13 October

    Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    A 2-hour extreme outdoor fitness session for those wanting something a bit different as part of their fitness regime! The session will involve a warm up and cool down with running, steps, hill sprints along with a variety of intense exercises!

    The class is not for the faint-hearted (suitable for intermediate to advanced fitness level attendees) but for those wanting a challenge and who like being in the outdoors in a fantastic country park! Suitable for anyone over the age of 18.Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £12.50.

    Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking:  Get tickets for Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session at Tegg's Nose Country Park
    Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Suitable for anyone over the age of 18 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)


    Wednesday 16 October

    Meres, Canals, Ways and Edges

    A 16km (10 mile) circular walk, starting from Astbury Mere Country Park along the Macclesfield Canal to the Biddulph Valley Way and back via Congleton Edge and local Public Rights of Way. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £4, children 16 or under go free.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 16/08/2019

    Time:
    10.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Cal Sherratt
    Booking:  Get tickets for Meres, Canals, Ways and Edges by 14 October
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate to strenuous walking grade / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring a packed lunch)


    Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November

    Tegg’s Nose Country Park Halloween Trail

    Some spooky visitors are visiting the park this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? Buy a map from the Tegg's Nose Tea Room for 50p, and get searching around the top of the park.

    Each map purchased entitles you to a 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg's Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail.

    Time: Maps available to purchase between 9.00am to 5.00pm between the 19th of October and 3rd November
    Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service & Tegg's Nose Tea Room
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)

    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Halloween Trail

    Some spooky visitors are visiting the Nature Reserve this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? Pick up a map from the visitor centre and get searching around the park.

    Time: Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 19th of October and 3rd November
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Information: 01477 534115
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event)


    Saturday 26 October

    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: Email Red 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)

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Ghostly Goings-on

    If you've ever looked up at the starry night sky and been enthralled by what you've seen, join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for an evening of astronomy. There will be a general talk, from members of the group, suitable for all levels of knowledge, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and engage in some guided observing.

    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.

    Observing highlights – The evenings highlights are Saturn, star clusters and Milky Way.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 26/08/2019

    Time: 7.30pm to 11.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Booking:  Get tickets Tegg's Nose Star Party - Ghostly Goings-on
    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 27 October

    Halloween Happenings

    Bring a pumpkin, knife and nightlight to craft a lantern for a spooky walk down the Park. Seasonal crafts and activities with the Bollin Valley Rangers, spooky dress optional. Particularly suited to younger children (aged 6 to 10 years old). Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4 per child.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 27/08/2019

    Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Emma Houghton and Euan Murray
    Booking:  Get tickets for Halloween Happenings by 24 October
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone between the ages of 6 and 10 / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Monday 28 October 

    Spooky Trip Down the Mines!!!

    Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived and worked there..... Do you dare???

    You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. 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: 28/08/2019

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
    Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773)
    Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club
    Booking: Get tickets for Spooky Trip Down the Mines!!!
    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)


    Tuesday 29 October 

    Spooky Trip Down the Mines Again!!!

    Another chance to join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived and worked there….. Do you dare???

    You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. 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: 28/08/2019

    Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
    Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773)
    Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club
    Booking: Get tickets for Spooky Trip Down the Mines Again!!!
    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)

    Woodland Wizards at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Set out on a woodland quest with Nature Stuff. Look for Dragon footprints and Dragon eggs and help make magic potions and a giant fire breathing dragon! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    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 Woodland Wizards at Tegg's Nose Country Park
    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 / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


    Wednesday 30 October

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - October – Poynton 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: Poynton Park, South Park Drive, Poynton, SK12 1BR (SJ924842)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - October
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)

    Halloween Hoot at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Join Nature Stuff for spooky outdoor games, Halloween challenges and fangtastic fun for families. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    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 Halloween Hoot at Brereton Heath LNR
    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 / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


    Thursday 31 October

    Halloween Hoot at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join Nature Stuff for spooky outdoor games, Halloween challenges and fangtastic fun for families. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    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 Halloween Hoot at Tegg's Nose Country Park
    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 / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Sat
    19
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    2019
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    31
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    2019
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    Pick a pumpkin or two at the Farm this Autumn!

    It’s possible that the tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates back as far as the Celts, who wanted to light the way for good spirits to visit their homes as part of their autumn celebrations – so they carved vegetables such as turnips and pumpkins and placed a light inside.

    The same tradition forms part of the Autumn festivities at Tatton Park this October, as we celebrate pumpkin growing, carving and eating at the Farm!

    We have a series of events dedicated to the most famous of autumn squashes, so whether you’re looking to attract good spirits with your pumpkin lanterns or simply find delicious ways to eat them, there’s sure to be something for you!

    On Saturday 19 October we’re holding a Pumpkin Supper – a chance to dig in and tuck in! You’ll choose your own pumpkin fresh from the field, then it’s off to our Clydesdale Barn for a delicious three course pumpkin themed menu – and we’ll provide the recipes so that you can recreate the delicious dishes back home.

    The cost is £25 per person, including a three course meal, entry to the Farm and Tatton Park. The supper starts at 5pm, and there’s access to the Farm from noon.

    We’re also holding a series of ‘Pick Your Own Pumpkin’ days on 19/20 and 27/28 October, when you can come down to the Farm to choose your perfect pumpkin! Once you’ve picked your favourite, join us for a refreshing pumpkin juice and a yummy pumpkin muffin and learn how to create a  warming pumpkin soup – and we’ll provide you with the recipes too so you can make them at home. And of course you’re welcome to take your pumpkin with you ready to carve for Halloween – don’t forget to share your pictures with us!

    The events start at 10.45 and cost £12 – children attending must be aged five and above owing to the nature of the cooking activities.

    For more information on either event and to book places please call 01625 374 428.

    Or for another chance to find the perfect pumpkin, join us on 28-31 October at ‘The Pumpkin Patch’. You can meet all your Farmyard favourites then choose a pumpkin, fresh from the field – so prepare to get your hands dirty! Once you’ve picked your perfect pumpkin, you’re welcome to take it home to carve for Halloween – and we’d love to see your lanterns, so don’t forget to share your pictures with us, and be entered our pumpkin competition!

    Numbers are limited, so please visit tattonpark.org.uk to book your place. Pumpkin picking times are 11.30 and 1.30 daily, and prices are £10 per person (includes pumpkin, Farm entry and park entry).

    These activities are outdoors, and areas of the farm are cobbled so good footwear is essential!

    The Farm at Tatton Park is open from 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm).

    Find more information at http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/autumnadventures

  • Sat
    19
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    2019
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    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition

  • Mon
    21
    Oct
    2019
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    25
    Oct
    2019
    Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ

    Owing to extensive flooding at Lyme at the end of July, the Sensory theatre performance ‘Told in Gold’ will be held at Dunham Massey between Monday 21st October and Friday, 25th October, 2019

    Parts of Dunham Massey's gardens will be transformed into a mysterious maze of giant set pieces, including a birds nest big enough for dozens of people to enter, as part of an all-new outdoor theatre experience for families.

    The Lost Words: Told in Gold is a fully immersive and interactive show, and just one of several events at Lyme this year based on Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris’s beloved and award-winning children’s book of poems and illustrations. The Lost Words was written to counteract words of nature disappearing from children’s vocabularies, words such as acorn, otter, magpie and heather. The book  aims to bring these words back into the minds and imaginations of children, and ensure that interest in and care of wild spaces isn’t lost to future generations.

    The theatre company behind The Lost Words: Told in Gold have previously performed at Just So and Woodlands Festivals with another work based on the book, entitled Seek, Find, Speak. They will be giving an exclusive preview of Told in Gold as part of Manchester Festival of Nature at Heaton Park on 30 June, but Lyme will be hosting the first full experience.

    The Lost Words: Told in Gold, has been created as a fully sensory experience for children aged 4+, and is also designed to be an accessible experience for visitors with with visual impairments, SEN or autism. Spoken sections will be performed in Makaton (simplified sign language).

     

  • Fri
    25
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    2019
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    26
    Oct
    2019
    Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Congleton CW12 4SD

    If the approach to Halloween makes you nervous, Little Moreton Hall is offering a unique opportunity to see how the Tudors warded off witches and other spooks.

    On two evenings before the end of October the ancient timber- framed building near Congleton will be the setting for special torch-lit tours, highlighting mysterious marks which were designed to protect the Moreton family and their friends.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Kate Picker, from the Hall, said, “Dark evenings will provide the ideal atmosphere to explore the strange and sometimes slightly sinister patterns inscribed on the hall’s timber frame in various parts of the building. We will also be looking at just what the Moretons were so desperate to keep out. Some of the marks were intended to trap witches. Others were designed to deter them.”

    “Those include the candle flame marks which were burned into the oak beams throughout the building. They were fairly common in Tudor houses, but Little Moreton Hall has more than 250 of them! They are nearly all close to windows, doors and fireplaces; anywhere that might be an access-point for a witch.”

    “Daytime visitors can see these marks at any time, but the spooky aura of the hall at night will provide a real insight into why the Moreton family- and the Tudors in general- took witches seriously. The tours will be led by our costumed Tudor gentlewomen, carrying lanterns, which will add to the atmosphere.”

    “The tours are a special event, with an entry charge for everyone, and we suggest they are suitable for people over 12 years old. Our daytime activities for Hallowtide, from 26 October to 3 November, include some creepy stories which are suitable for younger children, apple games and the chance to make salt-dough charms.”

    “During that week our regular house tours, which are always very popular, will be available or visitors can simply explore this wonderful old house for themselves.”

    The torch-lit tours are on Friday 25 October and Saturday 26 October at 6.00pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, and 7.30pm.

    The cost is £12 per head.

    Pre-booking is essential. Book online or call 0344 249 1895.

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

  • Sat
    26
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    2019
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    31
    Oct
    2019
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    Family fun and magical adventure will be casting a spell over the spookiest corner of Tatton Park this Halloween as interactive performance group ‘Rusticus’ present a unique,  all-new experience in the atmospheric grounds of Tatton’s  medieval Old Hall.

    The ‘Great Wizards Gathering’ follows Arch-wizard Fumblefoot on his mission to fight off the dragons that are trying to destroy this medieval village. Willing apprentices and their grown-ups are needed to help ward off the fearsome beasts!

    This fun, two-hour family-friendly adventure takes place in the oldest part of the Tatton estate, close to a disappeared medieval village, whose humps and hollows show where houses once stood.

    During your quest, follow Wizard Fumblefoot and his spooky friends to discover the history and folklore of the buildings and grounds.  Professor Sidebottom will teach all apprentices wicked wizardry skills such as wand-making, spell-casting and broomstick flying whilst Dr Cabbageleaf will take a Potions class on dragon bogey and frozen fire making to help defeat the mighty creatures!

    Do you dare to join them? 

    There are 4 gatherings each day from Saturday 26 to Thursday 31 October, and tickets cost £10 per person. Pre-book your tickets online and receive FREE car entry (which is usually £7).

    Limited Tickets for magical beings only available from the Tatton Park website at www.tattonpark.org.uk/halloween

    Watch our Halloween video teaser here!
    Follow the story online #oldhallhalloween

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    2019
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    2019

    Friday 1 November

    Woodland Wizards at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Set out on a woodland quest with Nature Stuff. Look for Dragon footprints and Dragon eggs and help make magic potions and a giant fire breathing dragon! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child.

    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 Woodland Wizards at Brereton Heath LNR
    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 / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)


    Sunday 3 November

    Bodge It

    Drop in at any point during the afternoon to learn about the traditional skill of using a pole lathe. Watch as logs are turned into chair legs.

    Time: Any time between 12.30pm and 3.30pm
    Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge)


    Tuesday 5 November

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - November

    A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

    Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking: Get tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - November
    Information:
    07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)


    Sunday 10 November

    Poynton Park Tree Wander

    Come and learn about our native trees and how to identify them on a short walk around Poynton Park. 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: 10/09/2019

    Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Poynton Park Car Park, South Park Drive, Poynton, SK12 1BR (SJ924842)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
    Booking: Get tickets for Poynton Park Tree Wander by 8 November
    Information:
    01625 383700
    (Easy walking grade / 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 / Wildlife Walk - Event)


    Saturday 16 November

    Hedgelaying for Beginners

    Hedgelaying is the traditional way to maintain a boundary hedge. This hands on event will introduce you to the basic hedge laying techniques and to the different tools required to complete the job. Suitable for anyone over the age of 14. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £25.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 16/09/2019

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Glebe Farm, Astbury, Congleton, CW12 4RQ (SJ847615)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matthew Axford
    Booking: Get tickets for Hedgelaying for Beginners by 13 November
    Information: 01260 297237 or visit the Glebe Farm website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 14 / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Please leave your dog at home)


    Sunday 24 November

    Rossmill Working Party

    Help keep your local park looking good and learn some 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.

    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)


    Saturday 30 November

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - November – Higher Poynton

    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: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
    Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
    Booking: Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - November
    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)

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    2019

    Tuesday 3 December

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - December

    A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

    Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Booking: Get tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - December
    Information:
    07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge)


    Wednesday 4 December

    Crafting at Christmas

    A great chance to make some Christmas decorations to impress your family and friends. Suitable for all skill levels! Full instructions will be given on how to make simple decorations or gifts from willow and other natural materials.

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

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 04/10/2019

    Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Emma Houghton and Nik Ginn
    Booking: Get tickets for Crafting at Christmas by 1 December
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Sunday 8 December

    Meet the Longhorns

    This is a unique event with a chance to come and see the Bollin Valley Partnership’s Longhorn cattle. You will meet all the bulls, cows and calves at close quarters in their winter housing at Styal and find out how and why we use the Longhorns to manage our country parks.

    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: 08/10/2019

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Oakwood Farm, Styal Road, Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4HY (SJ841829)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership
    Booking: Get tickets for Meet the Longhorns by 4 December
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Easy walking grade)


    Saturday 14 December to Sunday 29 December

    Tegg’s Nose Country Park Elf Hunt

    The Elves are on the loose in the park! Can you find them all and collect their names? Pick up a map from the Tegg's Nose Tea Room for 50p and get searching around the top of the park.

    Each map purchased entitles you to a 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg's Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail.

    Time: Maps available to purchase between 9am to 5pm between the 14 of December until 29 December
    Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service & Tegg's Nose Tea Room
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)

    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Elf Hunt

    The Elves are on the loose in the park! Can you find them all and collect their names? Pick up a map from the visitor centre and get searching around the park.

    Time: Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 14 of December and 29 December
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Information: 01477 534115
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event)


    Saturday 14 December

    Father Christmas at Tegg’s Nose Country Park – 14 December

    Visit Father Christmas, in his festive grotto at Tegg's Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, this winter.

    To book your tickets please first choose your preferred 10 minute time slot. To ensure that Father Christmas gets to see all of his visitors please arrive promptly for your booked time slot. For example if you have booked time slot 10.00am - 10.10am, please arrive at 10.00am at Father Christmas's grotto in the visitor centre and let one of our helpful Elves know you are here.

    While you are waiting enjoy a hot chocolate, tea, coffee or festive treats which are available to buy from Tegg's Nose Tea Room next to the grotto. After your visit why not buy a 'Elf Hunt' map from the Tea Room and explore the park looking for Father Christmas's little helpers.

    Each child will receive a small treat from Father Christmas to take away.

    Cost: Single child ticket for 10 minute slot is £6, 2 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £11 or 3 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £16. Maximum of 2 accompanying adults per booking. Booking and payment in advance is essential. 

    Tickets will be available to purchase 4 months prior to event date: 14/08/2019

    Time: Bookable 10 minute slot between 10.00 and 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Father Christmas and his Elves
    Booking: Get tickets for Father Christmas at Tegg's Nose Country Park - 14 December
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Suitable for accompanied children between the ages of 1 and 12)


    Sunday 15 December

    Father Christmas at Tegg’s Nose Country Park – 15 December

    Visit Father Christmas, in his festive grotto at Tegg's Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, this winter.

    To book your tickets please first choose your preferred 10 minute time slot. To ensure that Father Christmas gets to see all of his visitors please arrive promptly for your booked time slot. For example if you have booked time slot 10.00am - 10.10am, please arrive at 10.00am at Father Christmas's grotto in the visitor centre and let one of our helpful Elves know you are here.

    While you are waiting enjoy a hot chocolate, tea, coffee or festive treats which are available to buy from Tegg's Nose Tea Room next to the grotto. After your visit why not buy a 'Elf Hunt' map from the Tea Room and explore the park looking for Father Christmas's little helpers.

    Each child will receive a small treat from Father Christmas to take away.

    Cost: Single child ticket for 10 minute slot is £6, 2 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £11 or 3 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £16. Maximum of 2 accompanying adults per booking. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 4 months prior to event date: 14/08/2019

    Time: Bookable 10 minute slot between 10.00 and 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Father Christmas and his Elves
    Booking: Get tickets for Father Christmas at Tegg's Nose Country Park - 15 December
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Suitable for accompanied children between the ages of 1 and 12)


    Saturday 21 December

    Yuletide with Greenwood Growth

    Join Greenwood Growth as we mark the shortest day of the year with traditional crafts and activities in the middle of the woods. Create foraged wreaths, food and decorations fit for a Winter Ball. Eat, drink and feel merry.

    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: 10.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Greenwood Growth
    Booking: Get tickets for Yuletide 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)