Nature & Environment

Natural history and environmental events in the region.

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  • Sat
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    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

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    10 am to 4 pmTatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    It’s scarecrow time again! February half-term marks the return of the best-dressed scarecrows in town at Tatton Park!

    This year’s theme is inspired by Heroes and Villains.  Tatton Park’s education and gardening teams have put together a fun-to-follow scarecrow trail – and some great activities too.

    Head Gardener Simon Tetlow says, “It’s that time of year again, and we are busy recruiting new scarecrows. It’s a tough selection process for these ragged and scruffy characters – but we have to find out who is the best at the job!”

    There are 30+ scarecrows in all, scattered throughout our 50 acres of beautiful Gardens. It’s a challenge to find them all, and especially to follow the trail and match up our famous pairs of Heroes and Villains. See if you can you spot them all and create your own special selfies!

    Fancy making a scarecrow of your own? You’ll find all the materials you need in the Fig House, and our education team will be popping in from time to time to offer help and suggestions. Later on, if your scarecrow is man (or woman) enough to hold together, your creation will join the others on display.

    Simon says that scarecrows are a valuable addition to any vegetable garden. “They are traditional aids to deterring garden invaders such as crows, pigeons, and even pesky squirrels. These can do a lot of damage to young plants especially.”

    Scarecrows have a long history, and are used in many parts of the world. In Japan, they have become an art form all to themselves, and on the island of Shikoku there is a village with only 35 inhabitants – but more than 350 scarecrows.

    Scarecrow Festivals are held in various places throughout Britain, often with specific themes. Not everyone sticks to the basic name of ‘scarecrow’. On the Isle of Skye they are knows as Tattie Bogals, in Berkshire, you’d be looking for a Hodmedod, in Somerset a Mommet, in Sussex a Mawkin, and in Scotland a Bodach-rocals (meaning ‘old man of the rocks’).

    At Tatton we just stick to ‘scarecrow’. Come and meet them!

    Open every day from Saturday, 16 February to Sunday, 24 February 2019, 

    10am to 4pm (last entry 3pm)

    Walkers, cyclists and booked coaches can enter the Park free of charge. A £7 vehicle Park entry charge applies for all visitors who arrive by car, minibus or motorbike. There is a Garden entry fee of £7 per adult, £5 for a child 4-15 years, and £19 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children. National Trust and RHS members have free entry to the Gardens.

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    Tuesday 5 March

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - March

    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 - March
    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! – March

    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.

    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! - March
    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)


    Saturday 9 March

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - March – 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 - March
    Information: 07593448403
    (Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)


    Saturday 16 March

    Introduction to Map Reading

    A simple introduction to the use of maps for exploring the English countryside. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 8.Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10.

    Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
    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 Introduction to Map Reading by 14 March
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / 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 8 / Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 23 March

    Spring Equinox with Greenwood Growth

    Feed your spirit with Greenwood Growth and others as we welcome lengthening nights and the arrival of Spring. Work with natural materials and create a Spring posy; decorate eggs using natural plant dye; and plant seeds for health. Share a feast cooked over the fire and enjoy stories drawn from folklore.

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

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

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


    Sunday 24 March

    Tythy Tidy

    Join local groups, Tytherington High School and the Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers on a mission to rid the area of litter.

    Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Tytherington High School, Manchester Road, Tytherington, SK10 2ED (SJ917747)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access / Refreshment stop - opportunity for refreshments)


    Saturday 30 March

    Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course – Macclesfield Riverside Park

    A full day of foraging and wild food cookery, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

    After our initial meeting we will go through some keys to help you in the correct identification of what we’re about to find. Along with your very own foragers baskets we will head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. James Wood, your forager, will give you tips on correct identification, potential look-alike species as well as a vast range of edible possibilities that the species can provide us with. Take all of this in whilst enjoying a large range of pre-made wild food tasters from jams to pickles, syrups, chutneys, cordials, alcohol infusions and salt pickles. You will then take on the role of the forager, harvesting a range of wild and fresh ingredients.

    On returning to our venue we will have a quick break whilst sorting through and cleaning up our ingredients. Then we start on the cookery side of our course, you will be guided through the process of chopping, boiling, baking and mixing our wild ingredients to create a delicious meal for us all to enjoy.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £60 for adults, £30 per child (under the age of 16, use the discount code ‘child’ to get this reduced price)

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK
    Booking: Get tickets for Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course
    Information: 07999 992615
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


     

    Sunday 31 March

    Boggy Doodles: Discover the Joy of Green Sketching

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

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

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

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    March 2019

    Tue 12

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

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

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

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

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

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Thu 28

    Special event - Coffee Morning

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

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

    Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

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

    Telephone: 01625 617384

    E-mail: sales@macclesfieldrsph.org.uk

    April 2019

    Tue 9

    Birds: their hidden world - Peter Holden

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

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

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

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

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Tue 16

    Walk with Nature: Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve

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

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

    Time: 8.00 am to 10.30 am

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    Thu 18

    Walk with Nature: Northwich Flashes

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

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

    Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Thu 25

    Walk with Nature: Three Shire Heads

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

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

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

    Time: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Fri 26

    Elan Valley Weekend away

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

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

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

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

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

    Booking essential

    Telephone: 01625 420179

    E-mail: graham@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Tue 30

    Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at the Brickworks

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

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

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

    Time: 6:00 am to 8:00 am

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    May 2019

    Thu 2

    Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

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

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

    Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Thu 2

    Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

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

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

    Time: 7.00 am to 10.00 am

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Tue 14

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and MEMBERS' DIGITAL IMAGES and VIDEOS

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

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

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

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    Telephone: 01625 615628

    E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

    Wed 29

    Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

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

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

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

    Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

    June 2019

    Thu 6

    Evening Walk with Nature: Tegg's Nose Country Park

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

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

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

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Price: Free, all welcome.

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

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    This year, show your mum just how special she is on a day out with the National Trust. Spend some precious time together surrounded by glorious gardens and beautiful houses, and make Mother’s Day even more memorable.

    Whether you choose to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, take a springtime stroll or make your very own gift, you can really show mum just how special she is.

    And while you create new traditions together, you’ll also be helping the National Trust care for these special places for years to come.

    Here are some of the top locations to spend an unforgettable day:

    Lyme
    Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March, 1.30–4.30pm

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with afternoon tea, including a glass of bubbly, sandwiches, soup and a selection of sweet treats.  Afterwards, take a gentle stroll through the elegant Rose Garden, Ravine Garden or the luxurious herbaceous borders next to the reflecting lake, where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet in the BBC’s much-loved production of Pride and Prejudice. Normal admission charges apply plus £24.95 for afternoon tea, booking essential on 01663 761400.

    Speke Hall
    Sunday 31 March, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

    Tuck into a delicious late morning brunch or traditional afternoon tea in the Stables Tea-room, complete with a glass of fizz, followed by a walk in the blooming spring gardens with our head gardener.  As you explore, don’t miss ‘The Bell Tree’, Serena Korda’s sculptural sound installation inspired by the bluebells that carpet the woodland floor around the house. Normal admission charges apply, plus £25 for brunch/afternoon tea, booking essential on 0151 427 7231.

    Quarry Bank
    Sunday 31 March, 10.30am – 5pm

    Treat your mum to a day out at Quarry Bank.  Pop into recently re-opened mill or look around the mill owners’ house and the apprentice house to discover how the industrial community at Quarry Bank lived and worked.  Then wander through the picturesque gardens that rise up the banks of the river valley to take in the colourful bulbs in bloom or the exotic plants and fruit growing in the restored glasshouse. Normal admission charges apply.

    Rufford Old Hall
    Sunday 31 March, 11am4pm

    Enjoy afternoon tea in the Victorian tea-room with your mum then take a stroll through the daffodils and bluebells in the gardens and woodland or head indoors to be wowed by the Tudor Great Hall, with its furniture, weapons, armour, tapestries and the huge carved oak screen. Normal admission charges apply, plus additional charge for afternoon tea.

    Dunham Massey
    Sunday 31 March, 11am–5pm

    Explore the beautiful gardens at Dunham Massey looking for daffodils and other signs of spring, head into the house to come face to face with portraits from the National Portrait Gallery's collection of people who've shaped the way we think or feel about green spaces and nature today, including David Attenborough and Beatrix Potter, and then tuck into a tasty lunch in the restaurant - they’ll even do the washing up! Normal admission charges apply.

    Tatton Park
    Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March

    Take a seat at the Gardener’s Cottage where an extra special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is being served. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival before tucking into a menu of sandwiches and savouries using estate-reared produce and home baked cakes and pastries.  You’ll even receive a gift of Tatton’s handmade fudge for your mum to take home. Normal admission charges apply plus £24.95 for afternoon tea, booking essential at www.tattonpark.org

     

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    Tuesday 2 April

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - April

    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 - April
    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)


    Saturday 6 April to Sunday 28 April

    Tegg’s Nose Country Park Easter Hunt

    Ranger Martin’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? 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 6 April and 28 April
    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 Easter Hunt

    Ranger Mark’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them 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 6 April and 28 April
    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 / Partnership event)


    Saturday 6 April

    Introduction to Nordic Walking - April – 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 - April
    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)


    Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April

    Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club – Week One

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

    Day 1 – Monday 8 April – Archery and Orienteering
    Day 2 – Tuesday 9 April – Bushcraft and Environmental Art
    Day 3 – Wednesday 10 April – Climb and Abseil
    Day 4 – Thursday 11 April - Cave and Scramble
    Day 5 – Friday 12 April - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

    Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 5 days for a reduced price of £150.

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

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

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


    Friday 12 April

    Outdoor Experience Disability Day - April 

    For families of children with disabilities to try some new activities out in the fresh air. Children and parents/carers can cycle using adapted bikes and try out other activities such as orienteering, archery, pond dipping and much more. A partnership event with Everybody Sport & Recreation.

    Registration: 10.45am to 11.00am. Please come early to register for activities and book a time slot.
    Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leaders: Everybody Sport and Recreation, Astbury Mere Trust and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    Booking: Get tickets for Outdoor Experience Disability Day by 10 April
    Information: Ring 07506 317055 or email Everybody Sport and Recreation
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge)


    Saturday 13 April

    Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Moon Watch

    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 Moon is at 1st Quarter and is the main feature of the evening, although Mars is also visible. Viewing the Moon at this phase allows many features to be seen with a range of telescopes.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 13/02/2019

    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 for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Moon Watch
    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)


    Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April

    Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club – Week Two

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

    Day 1 – Monday 15 April – Archery and Bushcraft
    Day 2 – Tuesday 16 April – Climb and Abseil
    Day 3 – Wednesday 17 April – Caving
    Day 4 – Thursday 18 April - Orienteering and Problem Solving

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

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

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

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


    Monday 15 April

    Wellies in the Wild - Spring Pond Safari – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Grab your wellies and your sense of adventure to join Nature Stuff on a special springtime Pond Safari. We’ll be hunting out signs of spring and learning all about life in the pond. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Spring Pond Safari - 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 / Wildlife Walk – Event)


    Tuesday 16 April

    Wellies in the Wild – Spring Stream Safari - Tegg's Nose Country Park

    Grab your wellies and your sense of adventure to join Nature Stuff on a special springtime Stream Safari. We’ll be hunting out signs of spring and learning all about life in the stream. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Spring Stream Safari - 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 / Wildlife Walk – Event)

    Orienteering for All – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

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

    Time: Registration from 5.30pm. Start times from 6.00pm until 7.00pm. Courses close 8.15pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club
    Information: Email MDOC, ring 0161 445 0902 or visit the MDOC website
    (Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


    Wednesday 17 April

    Easter Eggsplorer at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Solve the eggs-quiz-ite scrambled eggs challenge, make your very own bird's nest and collect Easter eggs, to take home, on the ‘Signs of Spring Treasure Trail’.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Easter Explorer 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)

    Oakhanger Project Easter Taster Day

    An opportunity to have a go at canoeing and kayaking; join the Nature trail or try Orienteering with the Oakhanger Project Team at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.

    Booking in advance is essential. Cost £5.00 (Reductions for 2 or more children in a family).

    Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Oakhanger Project container, corner of the car park, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Oakhanger Project Team
    Booking / Information: 0799 993 2963 or email the Oakhanger Project
    (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)

    Easter Eggstravaganza!

    Join the Bollin Valley Rangers on an afternoon of Eastery fun for the under 10’s. Making crafts with natural materials that we will find whilst on a wander down into the valley. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

    Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 17/02/2019

    Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leader:
    Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
    Booking:  Get tickets for Easter Eggstravaganza by 14 April
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Especially suitable for 5-10 year olds / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


    Thursday 18 April

    Easter Eggsplorer at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

    Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Solve the eggs-quiz-ite scrambled eggs challenge, make your very own bird's nest and collect Easter eggs, to take home, on the ‘Signs of Spring Treasure Trail’.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50 per child per session.

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point:
    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
    Booking: Get tickets for Easter Eggsplorer 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 / Wildlife Walk – Event)


    Saturday 27 April

    Salt Line Tree Wander

    Join the Salt Line Ranger for a walk along the Salt Line Tree Trail. This is a gentle walk along the Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows with regular stops to look at and discuss various trees. We will look at different species and talk about their shape and form and how to recognise them, as well as discussing the uses of the timber and myths and folklore connected with the different species.

    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: 27/02/2019

    Time: 10.30am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Salt Line car park, Hassall Road, near Hassall Green, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 4XT (SJ775582)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Alistair Wright
    Booking:  Get tickets for Salt Line Tree Wander by 25 April
    Information: 01260 297237
    (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 / Wildlife Walk - Event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Easy walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


    Sunday 28 April

    Carrs Working Party and Clean-up - April

    Help keep your local park looking good by joining the Friends of the Carrs and the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and litter picking. Feel free to join us for an hour or for the full day. Light refreshments provided.

    Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


    Tuesday 30 April

    Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at the Brickworks

    Join us for a Dawn Chorus walk around Jackson's Brickworks Local Nature Reserve. We will listen and look for the area's resident birds as well as early spring migrants including chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and garden warbler.

    Time: 6.00am to 8.00am
    Meeting point: Meet at Jacksons’ Brickworks, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton SK12 1TY (SJ945844)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse and Ray Evans and Ian Taylor from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group
    Information: 01625 432635 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
    (Easy walking grade / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)

    Early Birds Walk

    Bring your binoculars for an early morning stroll through the Carrs with bird expert Paul Hughes. We will be looking at woodland and river birds making use of the park before most people arrive.

    Time: 7.30am to 9.30am
    Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road , Wilmslow SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes and Friends of the Carrs
    Booking:  Get tickets for Early Birds Walk
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Wildlife Walk – Event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access / Partnership event)

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    Tatton Park, Knutsford

    Have some eggs-tra special fun at Tatton Park this Easter!Looking for some great ideas for fun family activities this Easter Bank Holiday weekend? Tatton Park is the ideal place to go, for a fabulous programme of Egg-Chanted Easter Fun. Children of all ages will find masses to do over the whole weekend, from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April.

    Plan your day around the trails in the Mansion, Farm and Gardens, with chocolate treats for all those who complete the trails. The Stableyard will be buzzing with activity so let the children choose their favourites from everything on offer.

    A great start would be to follow the Little Red Riding Hood trail along Dairy Wood Way. This little girl has lost her Easter eggs - can you help her to find them? Watch out for the Big Bad Wolf who might be hiding anywhere amongst the trees!

    There’s someone else planning mischief at the Farm. A cunning fox really wants to catch the Gingerbread Man. Can you help him escape? There’ll be tastings of scrumptious gingerbread to keep you going, and you’ll meet our friendly farm animals as you follow the trail, including our fluffy recently hatched chicks.

    There’s also a special ‘Make your Own Gingerbread’ workshop at the Farm on Thursday 18 April, where you can learn how to make your own gingerbread cookies to take home.

    In the Mansion, follow the Fairy Godmother’s trail and see if you can solve each Fairy Tale clue. Search for them in the grand state rooms and servants’ quarters to help identify the famous fairy tales and claim your chocolate prize. Whilst the children are captivated by the magic, the adults can take in the opulent surroundings of this impressive neo-classical former Egerton family home, where history comes to life.

    Perfect for Easter, there will be egg-citing egg and spoon races in the Gardens, along with egg-straordinary egg rolling competitions! Spot Rapunzel and her beautiful golden hair in the Tower Garden, and look out for the secret fairy doors at the bottom of special garden trees. Can you spot them all? There’ll also be intriguing storytelling sessions to spark everyone’s imaginations.

    If you’re feeling peckish head for the Stableyard, where you’ll be spoilt for choice. Sit outside the Stables Restaurant if the weather’s warm, and enjoy delicious dishes made from Tatton Park estate reared produce. Or visit the award-winning Gardener’s Cottage tea room, with its new Spring menu. Afternoon tea could be your special treat this Easter.

    The Stableyard will be alive with activities, and whatever time of day you arrive, there’ll be lots going on. There are magic and puppet shows and a Victorian carousel to spin around on. You might be lucky enough to meet your favourite fairy tale character and snap a quick selfie of the two of you. Show off your new glitter tattoo in the picture!

    All the Stableyard shops will be open to tempt you with great seasonal displays and some carefully-chosen Easter goodies.

    Anyone in the family who wants a peaceful moment or two, or simply to take in the sheer beauty of the fresh English springtime, will be able to find their own perfect place to recharge their batteries in the beautiful Gardens or picturesque Parkland.

    Egg-Chanting delights for everyone – guaranteed.


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    Wednesday 1 May

    Poynton Coppice Wildflower Walk

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

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

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

    A Feast of Flowers

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

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

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


    Thursday 2 May

    Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

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

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


    Sunday 5 May

    SECOS Dawn Chorus

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

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

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


    Wednesday 8 May

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

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

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

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

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


    Friday 10 May

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Saturday 11 May

    Introduction to Foraging – Macclesfield Riverside Park

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

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

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

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

    Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Sunday 12 May

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

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

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

    Dog Behaviour Clinic with Vic Barlow, the Dogfather

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

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

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

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

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


    Tuesday 14 May

    Spring Wildlife of Bollington

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

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

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


    Wednesday 15 May

    Walk around Mottram St Andrew

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

    Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £4.

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

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


    Sunday 19 May

    Boggy Doodles: Discover the Joy of Green Sketching

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

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

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


    Thursday 23 May

    A Spring Evening in Kerridge

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

    Part of the 2019 Bollington Walking Festival.

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


    Tuesday 28 May to Friday 31 May

    Moorland Adventure May Half-Term Kids Activity Club

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Tuesday 28 May

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

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

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

    Down the Mines! – May

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

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

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


    Thursday 30 May

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

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

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


    Friday 31 May

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

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

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

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Cheshire East Council will once again be hosting its Pride in the Park event this summer, in celebration of the LGBT+ community.

    Ahead of this celebration, Cheshire East Council is calling on businesses to invest in diversity and get their brand seen, by supporting the event and becoming a sponsor for Pride in the Park 2019.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a large commercial organisation, small-to-medium enterprise, community group or individual, there are many ways that you can give your backing to this major event in the Cheshire East calendar. Supporting this event sends a strong message that your business genuinely cares about and supports the community, and the positive change that Pride represents.

    This year the event will take place from 2pm-8pm on Saturday 29 June at Queens Park, Crewe, and will be free to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly entertainment and performances on the day.

    Confide in Kylie – a Kylie Minogue tribute act, has been confirmed as one of the key headline acts so far, with further acts yet to be announced.

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, champion for equality and diversity said: “Once again this will be a fantastic event for all members of Cheshire East’s LGBTQ+ community and our very welcome visitors from further afield. Your business can be part of this really memorable day, and you will gain very positive brand- recognition for your company by supporting Pride.”

    Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “I have no doubt that this year’s event will be even bigger than last years, and I’m so pleased that this is becoming an annual celebration in our borough. With equality, diversity and inclusion a huge priority for Cheshire East Council and for our communities, we are looking forward to working with businesses to make a huge success of Pride in the Park 2019.”

    There are a range of sponsorship packages available to those who are interested in getting involved, starting at a violet package for £300, up to a red package for £10,000.

    If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email pride@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

    To find out more about the sponsorship packages available, visit http://www.prideinthepark.com/become-a-sponsor/