Days out & Local interest

Ideas for a day out in or around Macclesfield.

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    2021
    8 am to 8 pmThe Royal Cheshire County Show ground is situated at Tabley, near Knutsford on the A556, approximately 1.5 miles from Junction 19 of the M6. WA16 0JF

    The Royal Cheshire County Show is a grand celebration of everything we know and love about farming and the countryside.

    One of the most highly anticipated agricultural shows in the country, The Cheshire Agricultural Society has announced that after last year’s virtual show, the summer spectacular is set to return and will take place on Saturday 31st July 2021, for one day only – and tickets are now live and available to purchase!

    An exciting line-up of attractions will be taking place at the one-day show including competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and performances. And rest assured, your old Royal Cheshire County Show favourites are set to be making an appearance!

    The exhilarating Quad Bike Stunt Show will be making a welcome return, showcasing precision riding, nail-biting tricks and jumps and the unforgettable multiple-roll stunt. Also back for 2021 is the world-renowned Sheep Show, a fun and educational ‘Miss World of Sheep’ featuring the famous dancing beauties in the ‘Sheep Show Hustle.’

    The Young Farmers will again be joining in with their traditional Tug-O-War competition and infamous float extravaganza and visitors will be able to enjoy an array of livestock exhibits and of course some retail therapy in the wonderful Cheshire Farmer’s Market.

    As always, there’ll also be opportunities to celebrate local cuisine at the Roberts Bakery Food Village and the traditions of rural communities at The Village Green.

    There’ll also be plenty of opportunities for competing on 31st July with competitions so far including Heavy Horses, Pygmy Goats, Dairy Goats and Honey.

    After an uncertain year, the show promises ticketholders a great day out in the Cheshire countryside!

    Due to restrictions, this will be a strictly members and ticketed event with limited tickets available for purchase.

    For initial trade stand and sponsorship enquiries, please contact the show office on info@royalcheshireshow.org or call 01565 650 200.

    In addition to the public event, The Cheshire Agricultural Society is planning to hold the much-anticipated annual Light Horse and Dog competitions on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd, which will be held behind closed doors, due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

    Both the Light Horse and Dog competition schedules are now live on the website!

    This is the first year that the show is set to take place at the weekend, making the event far more accessible for many, which will be music to a lot of ears! The Cheshire Agricultural Society looks forward to welcoming competitors and visitors alike to this unique celebration of rural life in our beloved county.

    For all initial competition enquiries, please contact Rob Davenport (Show Director) on rdavenport@royalcheshireshow.org or call the Show office on 01565 650 200

    http://www.royalcheshireshow.org

     

  • Sat
    28
    Aug
    2021
    Sun
    29
    Aug
    2021
    NEC Birmingham

    A CELEBRATION OF GLORIOUS GARDENS

    At BBC Gardeners' World Live Special Edition, this August

    Following on from the sell-out success of last month's first ever BBC Gardeners' World Spring Fair, which took place at Beaulieu in Hampshire, sights are now firmly set on a return to the NEC in August for the Special Edition of BBC Gardeners' World Live.

    In 2021, this key event features later in the gardening calendar than usual, running from August 26-29, with a host of outdoor features including inspirational Show Gardens and expert advice from much loved presenters Monty Don, Carol Klein and Adam Frost of the BBC2 programme, on the My Gardeners' World Stage.

    BBC Gardeners' World Live Special Edition will also showcase an incredible array of beautiful blooms and perfect plants to browse and buy, from quality nurseries in the Floral Marquee and Plant Village.

    Show Gardens will be packed with innovative ways to transform outdoor spaces and Beautiful Borders show that even the most compact areas can be transformed into an oasis.

    A brand-new House of Plants feature, in the centre of the Floral Marquee, will celebrate the joy of houseplants and how they can bring style to any space.

    There's lots for little ones too in the Family Gardening section, with ideas to get everyone involved from growing your own food to weaving willow and there will be toe-tapping entertainment from Marella Cruise performers at The Bandstand, with plenty of tasty treats to enjoy in the pop up BBC Good Food Market.

    SHOW GARDENS

    Glorious gardens will inspire and encourage visitors to have a go at home with plenty of great ideas to take away.

    What Lies Beneath, a collaboration between The APL and Professor David Stevens will give a unique eye-level cross-section of the foundations and underlying structures that underpin a great garden, giving visitors a glimpse on what lies beneath...

    The garden will give an insight into the important role of landscape companies and the landscaping process that is vital to a gardens' success but often invisible and misunderstood.

    On Your Bike by Hana Leonard with Armstrong Landscapes Ltd is inspired by cycling. The striking artistic vision will bring recycling, upcycling and cycling all together in one place.

    The Lilian Prime Garden by Darren Purdy, Sue Arthur and Derby College will offer a thoughtful interpretation of the journey that people who live with Multiple Sclerosis take to finding peace and happiness.

    Nature's Resilience, designed by Moska Design and Seedology, will celebrate the power of plants to heal, calm, awaken the senses, spark imagination and bring joy, with a space jam-packed with plants offering a host of therapeutic properties for the mind, body and soul.

    A VERY BRITISH AFFAIR: APL AVENUE

    Five APL Avenue Show Gardens, the size of a typical UK back garden, will take inspiration from quintessential^ British themes.

    Earthstone Landscapes Ltd draws on the drama of James Bond with a sleek, modern, sweeping design that focuses on creating a dazzling spot to dine outdoors in true Bond style.

    Gunns & Roses' design looks towards the British manufacturing industry to create a brutalist, contemporary space that uses herbaceous borders to soften large concrete blocks.

    Outdoor Creations will take the Great British Allotment to a new level with a garden bursting with tasty treats for humans and pollinators alike.

    TAW Garden Landscapes is inspired by woodland to create a secluded space with a nod to British drizzle in a dripping moss wall.

    Teasels Landscapes will bring the British coast to Birmingham with a beach garden including a pebble beach, upturned boat, driftwood and fisherman's hut.

    BEAUTIFUL BORDERS

    More than 20 Beautiful Borders will celebrate flower power with creative designs that demonstrate just how gardens, and gardening, can uplift the spirits, from mental wellbeing to biodiversity, community projects to inspiration for children.

    The designers of the Borders will show how plants are true multi-taskers, they help wildlife, bring communities together and can also be great to eat too!

    FLORAL MARQUEE & PLANT VILLAGE

    Hosting one of the largest floral marquees in the country, nurseries from across the UK will put on a dazzling display of colour and scent. Carnivorous plant nursery Shropshire Sarracenias will be exhibiting at the show for the first time, with a selection of their vast range of plants.

    The Plant Village presents further high-quality nurseries displaying their most perfect specimens to browse and buy from.

    BBC GOOD FOOD MARKET

    A tasty mix of artisan food and drink producers from the BBC Good Food Show will bring the flavour of summer to the Show with street food and seasonal specials to sample and purchase.

    From tispy tarts to cracking cookies and sizzling spices to specialist tea blends there'll be something suitable for every palate.

    For more information please visit bbcgardenersworldlive.com

     

  • Sat
    28
    Aug
    2021
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    Aug
    2021
    Chester Racecourse

    This year’s Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival will take place at Chester Racecourse from the 28-30th August and not in its usual Easter timeslot. It will be one of the first big events to take place in Cheshire, after release from lockdown and aims to be light at the end of the Covid tunnel. With messages of positivity and hope in mind, Taste Cheshire has chosen Claire House Children’s Hospice as its Charity for the 2021 event. 

    Tickets and info: www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk

     

  • Thu
    23
    Sep
    2021
    Sun
    03
    Oct
    2021
    10.30 to 5 pmMacclesfield Town Hall

    The largest volunteer run art fair in the country returns to Macclesfield Town Hall from

    23 September – 3 October 2021 with a host of new and established artists raising funds for

    East Cheshire Hospice.

    To ensure that you get news and updates please click here to sign up to our arts newsletter, ‘Frame’.

    For full details of exhibiting artists, if you’d like to get involved, or just find out more please

    visit www.theartfair.org.uk.

  • Fri
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    Nov
    2021
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    Dec
    2021
    Chester Zoo, Caughall Road, Upton by Chester CH2 1LH

    The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is back for another MAGICAL year, and is set to be as enchanting as ever.
    Join us as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and plenty of Christmas cheer!🎄⛄️
    Escape to fantastical worlds, each different from the last, that will take you on an illuminating journey like no other! Be immersed in this magical and uniquely Chester Zoo evening event, giving you the chance to see the zoo in a whole new light. Let your imagination run wild, and discover incredible spaces, each filled to the brim with colourful animal lanterns, spectacular costumed characters and Christmas scenes. 🎅🛷
    Child tickets start from £11
    Adult tickets start from £13
    Children aged 2 and under enter free of charge
    Selected dates are available from Friday 12 November – Thursday 23 December, with timed tickets that give entry every 15 minutes from 4pm to 8.15pm.
    Have questions? Check our FAQ page here: https://www.chesterzoo.org/.../the-lanterns-at-chester-zoo/
  • Sat
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    2022
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    Apr
    2022
    9.30 am to 4.30 pmBowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1SN

    The Manchester Bike Show due to take place on 11th & 12th September 2021 has been postponed – again!

    Hopefully The Manchester Bike Show will now take place on 2nd and 3rd April 2022, at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, Stretford, Manchester, M17 1SN

    Organisers of The Manchester Bike Show said: "Once again find ourselves between a rock and a hard place with regard to running or postponing the show. On the first two occasions when the show was postponed at EventCity in March 2020 and March 2021 the decision to postpone was fairly clear cut and taken out of our hands on each occasion by both the government and the venue.

    "The latest decision to postpone was much less clear cut especially given the government’s decision to open up the economy on 19th July. The majority of the main manufacturers/dealers were booked in to attend on 11th / 12th September as were a good number of trade exhibitors and clubs, plus advance tickets were selling well and we were looking forward to a good show.

    "However, we have been contacted by a number of dealers informing us that they will no longer be attending the September show for two main reasons. Firstly against a background of rising Covid cases the dealers don’t want to put their employees at any greater risk than necessary and equally these same employees, who are mostly young, are reluctant to put themselves into that situation anyway.

    "Secondly there is currently a supply issue in both the car and motorcycle industry whereby the dealers have already sold out of the stock they were holding pre-pandemic and they can pre-sell any stock they can currently get their hands on, so there seems little point in going to all the effort of organising a stand with nothing to put on it. These dealers all assure me that new stock will be on the way by the end of 2021 and they will all be present when the show comes back to Bowlers on 2nd / 3rd April 2022.

    "We are well aware that we could have gone ahead irrespective of the withdrawal of key exhibitors but we are not prepared to sacrifice the reputation of the event for short term financial gain. Hopefully you will support us in this decision and we look forward to seeing everyone again at Bowlers in April 2022."

    TICKETS
    Advance tickets for the show at Bowlers on 2nd and3rd April 2022 will be available to purchase from Ticketline shortly.
    Keep an eye on the Manchester Bike Show’s Buy Tickets page for updates.
    Any tickets purchased for the March 2020 show at EventCity and September 2021 show at Bowlers will be valid for entry to the April 2022 show at Bowlers.

    TRADE EXHIBITORS
    The organisers are in the process of contacting those exhibitors who had booked space at the September 2021 show at Bowlers to give them first option on space in April 2022. Once this process has been completed they will throw the floor plan open to other exhibitors.

    CLUBS & PRIVATE ENTRIES
    The organisers are also in the process of contacting those clubs and individual entries regarding transferring their bookings to the new date in April. If you do not fall into this category and wish to book into the April 2022 show please email info@manchesterbikeshow.com to express your interest.