Gardening & Horticulture

Gardening events happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.

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  • Sat
    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 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 or call the Show office on 01565 650 200


  • Sat
    NEC Birmingham


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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


  • Sat
    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:


  • Fri
    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.
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