Days out & Local interest

Ideas for a day out in or around Macclesfield.

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

 

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    Arley Hall & Gardens Northwich Cheshire CW9 6NA

     

    Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience – for further details Click Here

    Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience will make its debut in the beautiful woodland at Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire, U.K. As evening falls, mesmerising lights will transform the landscape into a magical outdoor trail for families to enjoy. As visitors make their way through the woodland, and follow the illuminated path, they will discover wonderful surprises, some of their most favourite moments from the Forbidden Forest, and encounter mystical creatures such as Hippogriffs, centaurs, unicorns, Nifflers – and many more.

    Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is suitable for the whole family to enjoy and provides a huge amount for fans of all ages to see and do, giving them the opportunity to experience the magic of the wizarding world in a brand-new way. From discovering the wondrous and beautiful forest come to life, enjoying a wide range of delicious food and drinks at a lively and seasonally themed village; to perusing the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home – it promises to be a special evening to remember!

    The outdoor experience has been created by Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment in partnership with award-winning theatrical designers and experiential creators, Thinkwell and their partners Unify and leading entertainment discovery platform Fever.

    JANUARY

    The Gardens are open everyday this year including New Years Day.

    Sunday 16th Wedding Open Day

    Come along and see the magnificent Hall set up for a wedding, it can be as grand or as intimate as you would like. Chat to the Arley staff who will be able to answer any questions you may have about any part of your special day. There are various locations at Arley where you can get married, from inside The Hall, in the Gardens in our award winning double herbaceous border or in the historic Cruck Barn, its your choice. You can see them all at this open day.

    A selection of our recommended suppliers will be here, each supplier has worked with Arley before and so we know by recommending them you will get an excellent service. If you are not familiar with the format of a wedding ceremony, together with the Cheshire East Registrars you can go through the main points so you will know what to expect.

    If you book your special day at Arley with us before the end of January 2022 we will offer current venue hire rates. After January the rates will then rise.

    Opening from 10.00am to 3.00pm. No booking necessary, free entry and free parking.

    Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd Hall Open

    Entry to the Hall will be from 10am – 3pm (last entry 2.30pm). Adult £6, Child (4-16) £2, Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) £15. No need to book.

    PLEASE NOTE: Hall entry is only available as an upgrade after paid garden entry.

    FEBRUARY

    Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th Hall Open

    Entry to the Hall will be from 10am – 3pm (last entry 2.30pm). Adult £6, Child (4-16) £2, Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) £15. No need to book.

    PLEASE NOTE: Hall entry is only available as an upgrade after paid garden entry.

    MARCH

    Friday 18th – Sunday 20th Galloway Antiques Fair

    Galloway Antiques Fair will be taking place at Arley this weekend – for further details Click Here

    Saturday 19th Discover Tree Climbing

    Be brave and take part in this exciting day at Arley, suitable for young and old! – for further details Click Here

    Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th Hall Open

    Entry to the Hall will be from 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Entry price to be confirmed. No need to book.

    PLEASE NOTE: Hall entry is only available as an upgrade after paid garden entry.

    Sunday 27th Spring Plant Fair

    Organised by Plant Hunter Fairs there will be a good selection of plant nurseries selling plants for every garden – for further details Click Here

    APRIL

    Monday 11th Arley Gardens Open as Part of NGS

    All admission from the gardens being open today goes to the National Gardens Scheme – for further details Click Here

    Sunday 17th Discover Tree Climbing

    Be brave and take part in this exciting day at Arley, suitable for young and old! – for further details Click Here

    MAY

    Daily Garden Sculpture Trail

    Look out for this exciting trail around the gardens, running until the end of August. Details will be released soon.

    JUNE

    Saturday 11th Discover Tree Climbing

    Be brave and take part in this exciting day at Arley, suitable for young and old! – for further details Click Here

    Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th Arley Garden Festival

    Plant nurseries, garden accessories, garden tours by Lord Ashbrook, Question Time marquee, schools gardening challenge, countryside marquee, food fair, craft fair, live music and garden entry included. Full details will be released in January

    Open 10am – 5pm.

    JULY

    Saturday 9th NMC Outdoor Charity Concert

    Outdoor concert in aid of the Neuro Muscular Centre, Winsford, Cheshire. – for further details Click Here

    Thursday 21st Walled Garden Theatre – War of The Worlds

    Enjoy an evening of entertainment outside in The Walled Garden as The Pantaloons act out the story of The War of The Worlds. – for further details Click Here

    AUGUST

    Thursday 18th Walled Garden Theatre – As You Like It

    Enjoy an evening of entertainment outside in The Walled Garden as The Lord Chamberlains Men act out the story of As You Like It. – for further details Click Here

    Friday – Monday 26th- 29th Geronimo Family Festival

    This exciting family festival has every type of entertainment for every age of child, you can camp or glamp, visit for the day or the weekend. – for further details Click Here

    SEPTEMBER

    Look out for more details of our Antiques Fair, Fairy Tales Day and The Great British Food Festival in September.

    OCTOBER

    Look out for more details of our Guided Mushroom Walks, Halloween Garden Trails and Wedding Open Day in October.

    NOVEMBER

    Look out for more details of our Shopping Spectacular in November.

    DECEMBER

    Friday – Thursday 2nd- 8th Christmas At Arley

    The Hall will be decorated with fresh flowers and foliage from the gardens by local florists and colleges. Floral Demonstrations will be taking place as well as wreath making courses. The Gardener’s Kitchen Café will be serving delicious festival food and mulled wine and mince pies will be available.

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    https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/walks/macclesfield-walks-cheshire-7258448

    https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/walks/cheshire-peak-district-walks-7224436

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    https://www.alltrails.com/england/cheshire/macclesfield

    https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/walks/cheshire-peak-district-walks-7224436

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    There’s a definite feeling of seasonal change in the air as the Rangers patrol the sites we manage across Cheshire East. The unsettled weather comes at a time when the Rangers begin their conservation management planning for the months ahead.

    As autumn and winter set in the habitat management work kick up a gear. These quieter months, for wildlife, mean that any work undertaken will cause less disturbance so you will often see Rangers and contractors on site undertaking large projects.

    On top of this work, the Countryside Ranger Service have some spooktacular events for you to sign up for this month.

    Take a look below for all the Ranger Service events taking place across Cheshire East this October and Halloween season!

    Plus scroll to the very bottom of this email to learn about how you can join the Cheshire East People’s Panel to receive £150 of shopping vouchers

    Tuesday, 4th October – Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class

    Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster ClassA fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley. Pram Fit takes place every Tuesday, join us for your first taster class for FREE (further sessions are £6 each week).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 childcare 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!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
    Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (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)

    Sunday, 9th October – Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    A 2-hour extreme outdoor fitness session for those wanting something a bit different as part of their fitness regime! The session will involve a warmup and cool down with running, steps, hill sprints along with a variety of intense exercises!The class is not for the faint-hearted (suitable for intermediate to advanced fitness level attendees) but for those wanting a challenge and who like being in the outdoors in a fantastic country park! Suitable for anyone over the age of 18. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £15.00.Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Suitable for anyone over the age of 18 / Places limited – please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)
    Book tickets for Extreme Outdoor Fitness at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Tuesday, 11th October – Heathland management – Conservation in action – Four

    Lindow Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which means we have to manage it to maintain its special heathland qualities. Unless we manage the self-seeding trees, the area will quickly revert to woodland and not the endangered lowland heathland we are protecting.Help the rangers to clear the birch trees from the site and make birch bundles for use on other sites as riverbank protection.Booking in advance is essential by 6th of October. Suitable for anyone over the age of 10.Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Lindow Common Car Cark, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5LR (SJ833814)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Nik Ginn
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited – please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 10 / Partial accessibility – level or ramped access / Bring a packed lunch / Strenuous walking grade)
    Book tickets for Heathland Management

    Sunday, 16th October – Bitesize Gritstone Trail – Walk 10 – Mow Cop to Nick i’ th’ Hill

    Sample some of the finest walking in Cheshire on these bitesize circular walks along parts of the Gritstone Trail, the 56km / 35 mile trail through Cheshire’s Peak District.Part 10 of a series of 11 walks exploring sections of the Gritstone Trail. A 10km (6 mile) circular ramble starting from one of the Gritstone Trail’s most prominent landmarks.Booking and payment in advance essential by the 13th October. Cost £5. Suitable for anyone over the age of 10.Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Mow Cop National Trust car park, High Street, Mow Cop, ST7 3PA (SJ856573)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matthew Axford
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited – please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 10 / Moderate walking grade / There is a charge for this event)
    Book tickets for Bitesize Gritstone Trail – Walk 10

    Tuesday, 18th October – Willow Spiling – Conservation in Action – Five

    By creating small living willow fences along the edge of the Bollin we are managing the erosive potential of the river and improving the river habitat. Help ranger Jim and volunteers from the Mersey Rivers Trust using materials grown on site.Booking in advance is essential by 13th October. Please wear wellies. Suitable for anyone over the age of 13.Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Jim Middlemass
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited – please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 13 / Partial accessibility – level or ramped access / Bring a packed lunch /Moderate walking grade)
    Book tickets for Willow Spiling

    Saturday, 22nd October to Sunday, 30th October – Tegg’s Nose Country Park Halloween Trail

    Tegg's Nose Country Park Halloween TrailSome spooky visitors are visiting the park this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? 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.Please bring a pen / pencil with you and 50p in cash for the map.Time: Maps available to purchase between 9.00am to 5.00pm between the 22nd of October and 30th October
    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)

    Saturday, 22nd October to Sunday, 30th October – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Halloween Trail

    Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Halloween HuntSome spooky visitors are visiting the Nature Reserve this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? Pick up a map from near the visitor centre and get searching around the park.

    Time: Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 22nd of October and 30th October
    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)

    Sunday, 23rd October – Bitesize Gritstone Trail – Walk 11 – Mow Cop to Kidsgrove

    Sample some of the finest walking in Cheshire on these bitesize circular walks along parts of the Gritstone Trail, the 56km / 35 mile trail through Cheshire’s Peak District.The final part of a series of 11 walks exploring sections of the Gritstone Trail. A 10km (6 mile) ramble from the man-made folly of Mow Cop to the southern terminus of the Gritstone Trail in Kidsgrove.Booking and payment in advance essential by 20th October. Cost £5. Suitable for anyone over the age of 10.Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
    Meeting point: Mow Cop National Trust car park, High Street, Mow Cop, ST7 3PA (SJ856573)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service Matthew Axford
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited – please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 10 / Moderate walking grade / There is a charge for this event)
    Book tickets for Bitesize Gritstone Trail – Walk 11