Talks and Discussions

Seminar, conference or just an informative evening, if it’s happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas, this is the place to tell our readers.

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form


  • Wed
    Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street, Macclesfield


    Macclesfield Quakers hold meetings twice a month.

    You're invited to join us for Meeting for Worship at the beautiful King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel.

    The Quaker Way is firmly based in the belief that everyone has equal access to the Divine.

    Simple, silent group communion with the Divine - however it is thought of - is at the core of the British Quaker Way.

    There is no service and no priest, just the willingness to directly experience the Sacred as a group, rather than through a mediated service or personal meditation.

    During this simple yet rich worship, anyone may be deeply moved by the Spirit to speak, enriching the silence rather than interrupting it.

    Meeting for Worship begins at 2.30pm for one hour, followed by refreshments and informal discussion.

    The chapel provides a wheelchair ramp for access from the street, a loop system for the hearing impaired, and accessible toilet facilities. There is ample car parking across the road."

    Quaker Meeting for worship is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the Unitarian Chapel on King Edward Street from 2.30-3.30pm.

    Contact Jill Maguire on 01625 432437 or email

  • Thu
    Macclesfied Library, Jordangate (side entrance in Brunswick Street(

    Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2018-2019 season costs £20 per person which covers entry to all meetings.

    For those not wishing to become members a guest fee of £5 is payable on the door for each meeting. 18 year-olds and under are admitted free.

    Programme of Meetings 2018-2019

    Thursday 13th September 2018
    Where the Wild Winds Are
    Writer and traveller Nick Hunt spoke to the society about his first book in 2016. He returns to start our season with a talk based on his second book. Where the Wild Winds Are is the story of following Europe’s winds.

    Tuesday 16th October 2018
    The Elephant in the Room: Donald Trump, Republicans and Conservatives
    The elephant in the room is big, orange and noisy. Jon Herbert is a senior lecturer at Keele University’s Research Institute for the Social Sciences. He has a particular interest in the American Presidency and the US government as a whole.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 15th November 2018
    Why Edit Literary Texts?
    Marcus Walsh was a Professor of English literature at Birmingham and Liverpool Universities. A literary editor by profession and inclination, he has edited works by Christopher Smart and Jonathan Swift. Currently he is a General Editor and volume editor for the OUP Writings of Alexander Pope.

    Tuesday 17th January 2019
    Mary Shelley and the Romantic Self
    Mary Shelley shared the Romantic era’s fascination with what makes a human self. In this talk Fiona Sampson, author of the acclaimed biography In Search of Mary Shelley, explores the Romantic ideas through the prism of Shelley’s life and work, including her novel Frankenstein.

    Thursday 14th February 2019
    Aka-doctor from Ba-light visits Remote Nepal Village
    Sarah Clarke is an independent optometrist based in Macclesfield. In March 2018 she visited Rukumkot in Western Nepal with a backpack full of donated glasses and a tenuous connection to the surgeons at Rapti Eye Hospital. “I was only planning to visit my daughter ... I got a little carried away.”

    Wednesday 13th March 2019
    The Ethical Roboticist
    Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England at Bristol, co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and is visiting professor at York. Alan is an advocate for robot ethics, actively engaged in the development of new ethical standards for robots.

    Wednesday 10th April 2019
    James Watt and Industrial Britain
    2019 is the 200th anniversary of steam engine pioneer James Watt’s death. Dr Malcolm Dick is director of the Centre for West Midlands History at Birmingham University, and he has published books on Joseph Priestley, Matthew Boulton and John Baskerville.

    Tuesday 7th May 2019
    The Scottish Clearances: Journeying to the Land of Freedom
    Fleur Houston has ancestral roots in the Scottish Highlands. She is a graduate of Aberdeen, Oxford and Cambridge universities and a minister of the United Reformed Church. Her book, You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself: the Bible, Refugees and Asylum, draws on her extensive experience of refugee issues.

  • Tue
    7:30 pmSalvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, beginning at 7.30pm.

    Non members are very welcome.

    Admission £2.

    22nd January    
    Using Quarter Sessions Administrative Records for Family History a talk by Claire Moores.

    26th February
    Macclesfield: A Women's Town a talk by Allan Stevenson.
    The talk is based on his heritage walk around Macclesfield, highlighting nuggets of Macclesfield history alongside stories of the contribution women have made to the town.

    26th March   
    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.

    23rd April
    What did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon.

    28th May
    The FHSC website a talk by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    25th June  
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal a talk by Shan Bristow.

    23rd July
    A visit to Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.

    27th August
    A forgotten Congleton suffragette a talk by Olivia Smedley.
    The subject is Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy  (1833 – 1918).

    24th September  
    AGM & Display of WWII memorabilia with short talks by members.

    22nd October
    Not Forgotten a talk by Geoff Archer
    How, why, for whom, and by whom, were local war memorials produced.

    26th November   
    Quarries, mines & the Macclesfield Canal a talk by David Kitching.  The construction of the canal allowed industries to reach existing markets more easily and also encouraged expansion to new markets.

    December     No Meeting.

    tel: 01625430467


  • Tue
    The Lecture Theatre, Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield

    February 2019 – December 2019


    Date Topic Speakers
    5th  February 2019



    Managing common general surgical emergencies Mr Usman Khan, Consultant General Surgeon, ECNHST
    5th  March 2019



    Diabetes in children Dr Surendran Chandrasekaran,

    Consultant Paediatrician, ECNHST


    2nd  April 2019



    Recognising, managing and treating deep venous thrombosis (DVT) Dr Imran Ansari,

    Consultant Acute Care Physician

    7th May 2019



    What’s new in  HIV and AIDS Dr Nalini Mahto,

    GU consultant, ECNHST

    4th  June 2019



    Dealing with Dupuytren’s disease of the hand Mr Jochan Fischer,

    Consultant Upper Limb consultant, ECNHST

    2nd  July 2019



    Looking after children with epilepsy Dr Kirsten Wolffsohn, Consultant Paediatrician
    3rd September 2019



    How Serious is Intensive Care Dr David Banks,

    Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care

    1st October 2019 Antenatal screening for congenital anomalies - myths and facts Dr Mandira Hazra

    Consultant Obstetrician

    12th  November 2019



    Are my palpitations serious? Dr Stuart Russell,

    Consultant Cardiologist

    3rd December 2019



    TBA Dr Andrew Marchetti,

    Consultant Anaesthetist

  • Sat
    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

    To find out more about Marianne Brocklehurst visit

  • Mon
    Hare Hill Gardens, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4PY

    Walk with the Experts

    Mon 25 Feb 2019
    Enjoy an informative seasonal tour of Hare Hill with one of our gardeners or rangers

    Spring Bird Walk

    Tue 19 Mar 2019
    Would you like help identifying a nuthatch from a tree creeper?

    Walk with the Experts

    Mon 25 Mar 2019
    Enjoy an informative seasonal tour of Hare Hill with one of our gardeners or rangers

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Sat 06 Apr 2019
    + 16 other dates
    Follow the nature-themed clues to solve the puzzle and win a chocolate prize

    Walk with the Experts

    Mon 22 Apr 2019
    Enjoy an informative seasonal tour of Hare Hill with one of our gardeners or rangers

    Wind in the Willows trail

    Sat 25 May 2019
    + 99 other dates
    Follow the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger this summer at Hare Hill. 111 years ago, twin brothers Charles and Patrick Brocklehurst might have re-enacted the tales as they played in their gardens at Hare Hill, and you're invited too.

  • Tue

    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
    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
    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)

  • Sat
    Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ

    Staff at Dunham Massey in Altrincham have been busy adding the finishing touches to a new exhibition which will bring some new faces to the walls of the Georgian House. The final portraits are being hung in place by conservation staff, and the frames displaying portraits from the National Portrait Gallery are being given a final polish before they go on display this weekend.

    Champions of the natural world, from the 19th century to the present day, will be celebrated in the new exhibition opening at the National Trust attraction on 23 March 2019.

    All images ⓒ National Trust Images/Dave Jones

    The exhibition, ‘Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions’ is a partnership between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery drawing on portraits from the Gallery’s collection. It will focus on individuals who have transformed the way we perceive, experience and aim to protect the natural world.

    Featured sitters include environmental activists, scientists, poets, politicians, campaigners, gardeners and broadcasters who have affected how we interact with our environment.

    The exhibition includes outstanding paintings, sculptures, photographs and recent commissions.

    Gardeners from Gertrude Jekyll to Bob Flowerdew will feature, as well as key figures of the Romantic movement such as William Wordsworth, and early radicals and reformers William Morris and Octavia Hill.

    More recent figures include animal welfare and agriculture campaigners Linda McCartney and Prince Charles, and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. These are complemented by images of people at the forefront of conservation and research, including Jane Goodall and James Lovelock.

    In each case, the exhibition will chart the sitters’ importance in our evolving understanding of the natural world and how best to protect it.

    All images ⓒ National Trust Images/Dave Jones

    Visitors to the exhibition at Dunham Massey will see objects from its very own collection that link the family from Dunham Massey to the sitters, including Gilbert White and Octavia Hill. The exhibition will also feature a film documenting young people’s thoughts about the environment today and shows how they young people were involved in selecting which ‘Nature’s Champions’ made it onto the walls of Dunham Massey for the display.

     Jessica Webb, Visitor Experience Manager at Dunham Massey says:

    “The ‘Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions’ exhibition will invite visitors of all ages to discover or learn more about some of the leading historical and current day figures who have played a key role in promoting and protecting the natural world. We’re delighted to be bringing some of these notable faces to the walls of Dunham Massey as part of our year-long programme celebrating nature and those who care for it.”

    After the exhibition leaves Dunham Massey in early June, it will be followed by a photography exhibition featuring the faces of local people who are doing their bit for nature every day. ‘Local Lives: Small Change, Big Difference’ opens from 29 June and will  also invite visitors to think about what matters to them when it comes to caring for nature and greenspaces, and what they’d fight to protect.

    The exhibition part of the National Trust’s year-long programme People’s Landscapes, a series of events and activities that will explore landscapes where people came together to seek dramatic social change.

    For more information on ‘Nature’s Champions’ at Dunham Massey visit

    For more information on the National Portrait Gallery visit

  • Thu
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Sally is one of the UK’s most successful touring acts and has been wowing audiences across the country for the past 10 years. Sally’s jaw-dropping show has attracted amazed reviews from theatre goers and psychic fans. The messages from beyond come thick and fast.

    Funny, entertaining, touching, sometimes heart-breaking, often controversial; the 10 year anniversary tour showcases the phenomenal ability of the nation’s best loved medium. Sally says ‘The shows will be psychic dynamite and although they are undoubtedly entertaining, there is also a very serious side, which is to give audience members messages of hope and love from the other side’.

    £25 (discounts available)

    Buxton Opera House

    To book, call the Box Office on 01298 72190        

  • Sat

    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:

    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.

    Lyme Hall, Cheshire

    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.

    Visitors relaxing in the Lower Garden at Quarry Bank, Cheshire.

    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.

    Enjoy family adventures in the Midnight Garden at Dunham Massey this summer ⓒ National Trust Katie Clayton

    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