Activities for Children

Activities and events for children happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.

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  • Thu
    Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ

    From fairytale trails that lead to musical happenings on the lawn, to evening theatre and cinema against the backdrop of the gardens, Dunham Massey’s summer programme

     is full and inviting. Bring your friends and family together in nature to make lasting memories in the great outdoors.

    Nestled between the vibrant city of Manchester and the beginnings of rural Cheshire, Dunham Massey offers a 300-acre deer park, extensive gardens, a historic Georgian house, and a welcoming café and shop, the perfect day out for those looking for local natural and historic beauty.

    Dunham Massey is cared for by Europe's largest conservation charity – the National Trust. All funds raised through visits to programmed events help ensure the

    National Trust can conserve and care for Dunham Massey for everyone, forever.

    For tickets and additional details:


    Mog’s Remarkable Adventures at Dunham Massey

    Dunham Massey Park and Gardens, 28 May – 20 Jul, 10am – 4pm

    Included with admission to the park and gardens, free to National Trust members.

    Licensed by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

    Spring into a nature trail adventure with Judith Kerr’s beloved Mog the Forgetful Cat.

    Step into the world of Mog and follow the trail around Dunham Massey’s Park and Gardens. Leap across the lawn, use your paws to perfect the balance beam and keep your beady cat’s eyes on the lookout for a giant cat flap.

    Mog’s Remarkable Adventures is the perfect family-friendly event for everyone looking for outdoor activities this summer.


    Tours at Dunham Massey

    If you’re keen to dig deeper into Dunham Massey’s past and present, learn more about the families who lived here, or want to know how we care for Dunham today, our daily tours are a great place to begin.

    All three tours are presented by our hugely knowledgeable group of dedicated volunteers and are dependent on availability, please call 0161 941 1025 for on-the-day timings and further information.

    Tours are included with admission to the park and gardens and are free to National Trust members.

    Park Tour

    Did you know that Dunham’s park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Dunham’s herd of fallow deer have grazed the land for nearly 1000 years? The park tour offers you the opportunity to get to know more about the key facts and histories connected to the parkland, its buildings and seasonal ecology.

    Garden Tour: Dunham Massey’s Gardens are abloom in all seasons. From its woodland areas with winding paths and meadows to the formal parterre and beds that accentuate the walls of the 300-year-old Georgian House – there are always floral displays to enjoy. Garden tours showcase seasonal highlights and give insight into the practicalities of caring for this special place.

    Mill Tour (launching mid-June):

    Dunham Massey’s Mill has a long and varied history. Learn about the building’s historical use during its time as a corn and sawmill, and discover how we care for this working mill building today. A tour for the senses, see the wheel turning and hear the machinery whir.


    A Fairy-tale Summer at Dunham Massey

    Dunham Massey Park and Gardens, 23 Jul – 7 Sep, 10am – 4pm

    Included with admission to the park and gardens, free to National Trust members.

    Calling all children, adults, fairies, trolls and royalty... there is magic afoot - a fairy-tale summer inspired by the whimsy and sentiment that only childhood fairy tales can bring, is coming to Dunham Massey!

    At the heart of Dunham’s fairy tales programme lies a self-led family trail of discovery and imagination. Whether you’re a climber like Jack and the beanstalk, or a carer like

    Red Riding Hood, join some of the characters from best-loved fairy tales in considering the morals and meanings connected to nature and the great outdoors.

    From stringed-musical happenings on the lawn, to cosy literature-laden children’s stories in the Orangery, daily activities and events add that little bit of fairy dust to the proceedings.  Don’t miss a  special one-off performance of Cinderella in the Dunham Massey Gardens on Saturday 13th August (see full listing below.)

    For the latest announcements related to A Fairy-tale Summer, follow Dunham Massey on Facebook and Instagram


    21st Century ABBA

    Dunham Massey Gardens, Sat 9th July, 7pm. Gardens open from 6pm.

    In partnership with Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

    An evening of ABBA in the beautiful surroundings of the Dunham Massey Gardens! Enjoy hit after hit of the ABBA songs you know and love from Waterloo,

     Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Super Trouper to many, many more. 21st Century ABBA faithfully recreates all the greatest hits of one of the world’s most famous group combining stunning vocals, live musicians, and glittering costumes.

    Floor blankets and low-backed seating is welcome and recommended. Food and drink will be available  to purchase onsite.



    Dunham Massey Gardens, Sat 13 Aug, 6.30 - 8.30pm. Gardens open from 5.30pm.

    In partnership with Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

    In an enchanted kingdom and a faraway land, magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best-loved of all fairy tales. Full of song, mirth and summer joy; the traditional Cinderella story takes on new life under the atmospheric, August evening sky.

    Follow Cinderella on the journey of a lifetime to a magical ball where nearly anything is possible, especially before midnight. Children are invited to dress as their favourite fairy tale characters and join in with the midsummer ball dance.

    Picnics welcome from 5.30pm. Picnic blankets or low-backed seating welcome and recommended. Food and drink will be available  to purchase onsite.


    West Side Story (12A)

    Dunham Massey Gardens, Fri 19th Aug, 9pm. Gardens open from 7.30pm till 11.30pm.

    In partnership with Adventure Cinema.
    Suitable for ages 12+.

    Enjoy West Side Story this summer against the backdrop of Dunham Massey Gardens.

    Set in 1950’s New York, West Side Story is a tale of forbidden love and rival gangs. A battle for control of the city streets become complicated when the Jets and the Sharks are connected through an unexpected spark of romance. An adaptation of the hugely popular musical, this 2021 cinematic production was years in the making.

    Floor blankets and low-backed seating is welcome and recommended. Food and drink will be available  to purchase onsite.

    Mamma Mia! (PG)

    Dunham Massey Gardens, Sat 20th Aug, 9pm. Gardens open from 7.30pm till 10.45pm.

    In partnership with Adventure Cinema.

    Based on the songs of pop group ABBA, with additional music composed by ABBA member Benny Andersson, Mamma Mia! is musical, romantic, comedy film that features a cast of many famous faces. The story follows the antics of a young bride-to-be who invites three men to her upcoming wedding, with the possibility that any of them could be her father! A joyful film that encompasses the vibrancy and upbeat vibes of ABBA’s extensive catalogue.

    Floor blankets and low-backed seating is welcome and recommended. Food and drink will be available  to purchase onsite.

    Rocketman (15)

    Dunham Massey Garden, Sat 21 Aug, 9pm. Gardens open from 7.30pm till 11pm.

    In partnership with Adventure Cinema
    Suitable for ages 15+.

    A biographical cinematic drama based on the life and music of Elton John, Rocketman is jam-packed with hits from across his six-decade career. From John’s early days studying at the Royal Academy of Music, through his musical partnerships and most celebrated moments, expect to accompany the world-renowned singer through the highs and lows of his life so far in this award-winning film.

    Floor blankets and low-backed seating is welcome and recommended. Food and drink will be available  to purchase onsite.

    LATER THIS YEAR: Autumn 2022 at Dunham Massey

    Dates, times and further details to be released in summer.

    New Wave project

    (Event name TBC), part of Heritage Open Days, 10th and 11th Sepyember.

    As part of Heritage Open Days, Dunham Massey will hold a new and bold event, designed and delivered by young people, for young people. We’re on the search for young, creative minds that are interested in event planning, aged between 18 and 25, and are ready and willing to take on a new challenge. For applications and further information view the opportunity on the National Trust's Volunteering website. 

    Rut Walks

    Sep/Oct 2022

    This autumn, Dunham Massey's popular early morning rut walks are back.

    Mog’s Remarkable Adventures return to Dunham Massey!

    Autumn 2022

    Judith Kerr’s Mog the Forgetful Cat invites families, friends and children of all ages to follow an autumnal trail that combines fascinating facts about animal habitats with the opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly event during the colourful  autumnal season.


  • Fri
    Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Cinemac Listings

    Elvis hasn’t left the building… yet! Elvis will be on our screen all next week!

    Looking for something to do with the younger ones this week? Look no further! Gru & his Minions are back on the big screen, see what mischief they’ve been getting up to in Minions: The Rise Of Gru!

    Friday 1st July
    Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U) 1h 30m
    15:00, 17:15
    Elvis (12A) 2h 40m

    Saturday 2nd
    Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U) 1h 30m
    10:45, 13:00, 15:15, 17:30
    Elvis (12A) 2h 40m

    Sunday 3rd
    Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U) 1h 30m
    10:45, 13:00
    Macc Pow Special: Batman (1966) 1h 45m

    Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U) 1h 30m
    Elvis (12A) 2h 40m

    Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th
    Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U) 1h 30m
    15:00, 17:15
    Elvis (12A) 2h 40m

    Wednesday 6th
    Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U) 1h 30m
    15:00, 17:15
    Elvis (12A) 2h 40m

    Thursday 7th
    Minions: The Rise Of Gru (U) 1h 30m
    15:00, 17:15
    Elvis (12A) 2h 40m

    Tickets can be booked online at:

    Tickets can also be purchased from the box office up to 30 minutes before each performance.

    Book Online

  • Sat
    Arley Hall & Gardens Northwich Cheshire CW9 6NA

  • Wed
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Tatton show will be held this year on 20-24 July.

    As in previous years, the world class show will be featuring spectacular gardens and displays, and the very latest in gardening and horticulture to inspire everyone to grow.


    Tickets and gift vouchers for the 2022 RHS Shows make the perfect Christmas gift for those with a passion for plants, love the outdoors or looking for a fabulous day out with family and friends.

    Tickets for the RHS Shows can be purchased online and gift vouchers are available for RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park – visit to purchase and for more details.


  • Fri
    4 pm and 7 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    A Touch of West End magic is coming to Buxton

    Platform 3 in association with Buxton Opera House and Buxton International Festival is delighted to announce that their first-ever Summer School will take place this August. The first production will be MATILDA JR.

    Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA JR is adapted from the full-length musical and features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The show first opened in London’s West End in 2011 and made its Broadway premiere in 2013.

    MATILDA JR tells the story of a young girl who has hidden talents which she uses to help her school friends. Wickedly funny, this story celebrates children as individuals, encourages children to support one another and acknowledges that children have the right to be “a little bit naughty”.

    Platform 3 has been granted the rights to the 60-minute Broadway version of this hugely popular musical. The Summer School involves a fortnight rehearsing the show, culminating in two public performances at The Pavilion Arts Centre.

    MATILDA JR will be directed by Allie Spencer, Platform 3’s Learning and Engagement Manager together with the Platform 3 creative team, Musical Director Tom Newall and Movement Director Kerry Allsop.  Allie’s directing credits include The Wind in the Willows, Bugsy Malone, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Animal Farm and The Princess and the Frog.

    Kerry is Platform 3’s Resident Choreographer. With an MA in Dance Making and Performance, Kerry runs the Platform 3 Contemporary Youth Dance Company and is starting a new piece this week for Buxton Opera House’s Making Space. She most recently choreographed all the dance content for the Platform 3 Launch on the Buxton Opera House stage.

    Tom is an orchestral and choral conductor as well as Musical Director. Having worked regularly with RNCM, Leeds Conservatoire and Opera North, he made his debut at Buxton International Festival conducting The Orphans of Koombu. Tom is currently running Burbage after-school singing club and is conducting the oratorio “Our Future in your Hands” for this year’s Buxton International Festival.

    They will be joined by the theatre’s technical and backstage team, who will be sharing their wealth of expertise.

    The Summer School provides a valuable opportunity to learn all about how a musical is put together from script to stage – and have lots of fun along the way.

    Allie Spencer explains:
    “I’m really excited about MATILDA JR being Platform 3’s first Summer School.  It’s a fabulous story with wonderful songs that teach children and young people valuable messages about standing up for themselves and one another, and how they are not too young to make a difference in the world. The Summer School will be a lot of fun – a chance for the participants to learn new skills, improve their existing ones, make new friends – and have the opportunity to perform MATILDA JR at the end of the fortnight.”

    MATILDA JR is a shortened version of the West End production, featuring all the well-known songs and characters but edited down for young people to perform. It’s going to be a very exciting fortnight and I can’t wait to work with Tom, Kerry and the young people who apply to take part. “

    The Summer School is open to young people aged between 9 – 16 and costs £220 per child.  Some bursaries are available.

    The Summer School is presented by Platform 3, the Learning and Engagement initiative shared by Buxton Opera House and Buxton International Festival. Platform 3 offers a wide range of activities for all ages, with weekly group activities, school events, holiday fun and more.

    Platform 3's Production of Matilda JR:
    Book by Dennis Kelly
    Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

    This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe

    Orchestrations and Additional Music by Chris Nightingale


  • Fri
    Rode Hall Estate, Church Lane, Scholar Green ST7 3QP

    The Just So Festival will return to North Rode for a weekend of mischief, magic and mayhem in the great outdoors this August.

    The family festival, which will run from Friday 19 – Sunday 21 August 2022 at the Rode Hall Estate near Congleton, Cheshire will include live music from Hope & Social, K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade, Theo Mizú & Banda, outdoor arts performances Heliosphere, The Swings, Street Cat Strut and This Is Your Trial, as well as a midnight feast, campfire stories, a silent disco, and more!

    The festival layout will have a shake-up with the introduction of some brand new areas , including The Inky Deep full of aquatic antics and fishy goings-on. It joins beloved festival areas such as The Spellbound Forest, home of the legendary Just So campfire, Footlights where you can find brilliant live bands, and Peekaboo with activities for the tiniest Just So-ers.

    Tickets are on sale now at where you’ll also find a full programme of the weekend’s events.

    And Just So wouldn’t be the same without its finest traditions, from the fiercely competitive Carnival of the Animals to the magical midnight feast.