Nature & Environment

Natural history and environmental events in the region.

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

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

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

    Tuesday 27th Feb
    What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
    The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.
    Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Little Moreton Hall Opens for 2018 Season on 10 Feb

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

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

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

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/National Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Candlemas Festival: 19 February – 25 February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    A great day out for all the family, including your dog!

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

    For full details of opening times, see the Tickets page. 

     

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

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

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

    View through a lead window into the courtyard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The south front of Little Moreton Hall

     

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

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

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

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

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

    Sense and Sensibility ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

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

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ⓒ Chapterhouse Theatre Company

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

    QUAD Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival

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

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

    Visitors attending a cinema experience at Hardwick Hall,  Derbyshire.

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018
    11 am to 4 pmTatton Park, Knutsford

    Cheshire East is to host a family day of activities, music and stories to commemorate the First World War.

    The free event will be held in the historic grounds of Tatton Park’s Old Hall, Knutsford, on Sunday 26 August.

    A Soldier’s Story: Tatton Park Remembers will include a range of hands-on activities to help uncover the past by tracing a local soldier and his individual wartime story using historical artefact handling, family history research, craft, creative writing and storytelling.

    Visitors are being encouraged to bring a picnic to the Cheshire East Reflects family concert, which will feature the Staffordshire Military Wives’ Choir, Cheshire’s own Foden’s Band and Sacred Sounds, which tells the story of British India’s involvement in the First World War.

    There will also be readings and introductions from Archdeacon of Macclesfield Ian Bishop, Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Lesley Smetham and Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey.

    Cheshire East Council Leader Cllr Rachel Bailey

    Cllr Bailey said: “This will be a fantastic and also poignant day of events with lots of hands-on activities for families, gripping stories and inspirational music. We are really proud to be one of the few types of council in Britain to have organised a regular programme of commemorative events throughout the four-year period, to remember those who gave their lives.

    “The work that has been done – along with events planned to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War in November – will help ensure that the stories and artefacts, which tell the story of the First World War in Cheshire East, are preserved for future generations.”

    The commemorative event runs from 11am to 4pm, with the concert starting at 1pm. It is free but normal Tatton Park entry charges apply.
    A Soldier’s Story is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and programmed by Tatton Park, which is run by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

    The event is part of the council’s ‘Cheshire East Reflects’ four-year programme of remembrance of the sacrifice by the people of Cheshire East during the First World War.

    This programme has seen participation from residents, community groups and arts organisations, as well as partners including the Imperial War Museum North. More than 25,000 people have attended events, participated in the Cheshire East Reflects programme or received a free schools workshop.

    The final commemoration events, called ‘When the Light Goes Out’, will take place during Armistice weekend in November and will also be free to attend.

    The first will be held in Crewe town centre on Saturday 10 November and will focus on the survivors of the war, which began in August 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918.

    The second event will take place on Sunday 11 November, at Tatton Park, and will be based on the theme of ‘the fallen’. During a formal ceremony to mark the end of the First World War, a commemorative flame, which has been burning at Tatton Park since 2014, will be extinguished.

    Cllr Bailey added: “Cheshire East Reflects has been a thought-provoking programme that has paid poignant tribute to the tremendous courage and sacrifice of Cheshire’s soldiers.

    “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the programme of activities so far and encourage people to attend these events as the centenary commemorations draw to a close.”

    More information, and details of how you can take part, can be found on the Cheshire East Reflects website.

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    Tatton Park, Knutsford

    Cheshire East Council is proudly hosting its first ever Pride in the Park Picnic event at Tatton Park – to celebrate and support the LGBT+ community. 

    The event takes place on Sunday 16 September, in the spectacular gardens of Tatton Park, in Knutsford, and will be open to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment on the day.

    Special guests include Brazilian carnival drum and dance act Juba do Leão, an Abba tribute performance from ‘The Twins’, and performances from Proud Mary’s Choir, Cheshire Rock Choir and Sandbach High School Jazz band and Choir.

    Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic from 10am and will also be able to explore the picturesque gardens of Tatton Park free of charge. This colourful, fun-filled, celebratory event will feature a health and wellbeing marketplace for guests to receive key help and support from organisations such as Body Positive, Transforum Manchester and Diversity Role Models. Cheshire East partner agencies, including Cheshire police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will also attend.

    David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and key sponsor for all entertainment on the day, said: “I am very proud to support this event, which reunites the diversity of communities in Cheshire East. “This event is a huge celebration in the LGBT+ calendar and I am personally committed to ensuring that Cheshire Constabulary works with its partners to eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia across Cheshire.”

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council lead member for equality and diversity, said: “Pride in the Park Picnic will be a fantastic event for all visitors from Cheshire East and beyond and will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate the LGBT+ community by giving something back. “This is just the first of many Pride events we are hoping to host in the future and it’s great that, this year, our Pride in the Park celebration will take place in the beautiful gardens of Tatton Park.”

    Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “Pride events are such vibrant occasions and I know this will be no different. You can expect lots of colour, great celebrations and a day to remember. I’m sure it will be a tremendous success.”

    The Pride in the Park Picnic will be a free event to all visitors, although standard entry fees to the park will apply for vehicle parking. A shuttle bus, supplied by Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned company Transport Service Solutions, will be available on the day to transport people from Knutsford town centre into the park free of charge. To find out more about this event visit the Pride website.

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    Capesthorne Hall, Nr Macclesfield

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    10 am to 3 pmWest Park, Macclesfield

     

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    Crich Tramway Museum offers a great day out for all the family, including your dog!

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

    For full details of opening times, see https://www.tramway.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tickets/