Nature & Environment

Natural history and environmental events in the region.

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

  • Tue
    01
    Jun
    2021
    Mon
    23
    Jun
    2031
  • Mon
    10
    Jan
    2022
    Sat
    31
    Dec
    2022
    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.

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2022

    Visit fourteen glorious gardens around Goostrey

    Sunday 12th June 2022

    11:30am -5:30pm


    Welcome to the first ever Goostrey Open Gardens event! All ticket sales will raise valuable and badly needed funds for East Cheshire Hospice.

    The gardens range in size, setting and style from sweeping lawns to colourful courtyards and everything in between. Your map and brochure will help you decide which gardens you would like to visit and there are plenty to inspire and delight you. These gardens are private and we can’t thank the owners enough for offering to share them with us. Many gardeners are also hosting their own mini events, demonstrations, refreshment stalls and plant sales. Children are also very welcome and there is something for them to spot in every single garden! Once you have purchased your tickets you will have access to a brochure including full details of the event.

    Included in your ticket is a map with each garden location, any hazards, and a brief description of the garden.

    • Entrance to each garden is by ticket, sold with accompanying brochure and map.
    • Plant sales, flower arranging displays, herb talks, children’s activities, refreshments available in many gardens.
    • Please cycle or walk between the gardens if possible. No dogs except guide dogs.
    • All children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

    If you live in Goostrey and would like to open your garden in 2023 please contact Clare on 07966 160079 or Julie on 07766 224831.

    Tickets


    Adult £8.50
    Children £3.00

    To purchase a ticket please fill out the form below or you can buy tickets in person from:

    – The Trading Post, Booth Bed Lane, Goostrey, CW4 8LP

    – Goostrey News, 85 Main Road, Goostrey, CW4 8LP

     

     

    goostreygardens

    www.goostreyopengardens.co.uk

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2022
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2022
    N.E.C., Birmingham B40 1NT

    Hot on the Spring Fair’s heels, the flagship Show, BBC Gardeners’ World Live, heads into its 30th year at the NEC from 16 to 19 June.

    This significant year also marks the BBCs centenary, making it a joint celebration!

    A host of features within the Floral Marquee will be inspired by popular BBC programmes, from The Repair Shop to Antiques Roadshow and a Peaky Blinders feature created by Alex Froggatt (Platinum Award winner at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019).

    Frances Tophill will present her first ever Show Garden with a strong sustainability theme, along with the APL Avenue Show Gardens, Beautiful Borders, and more.

    A full line-up of Gardeners’ World presenters includes Monty Don, Adam Frost and Joe Swift, joined by Alan Titchmarsh, with four stages packed with tips and advice around the Show.

    The BBC Good Food Show Summer also returns, having taken a break in 2021, with wall-to-wall food, drink and famous faces including Dame Mary Berry.

  • Fri
    17
    Jun
    2022
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2022
    Venues across Macclesfield

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2022
    Wed
    22
    Jun
    2022
    The Royal Cheshire County Showground, Tabley, Cheshire

    The Royal Cheshire County Show will be back in the summer of 2022 – bigger and better than ever.

    This year’s show will feature TV favourites Simon Rimmer and Jean- Christophe Novelli as two of four fabulous celebrity chefs heading up the culinary attractions on June 21st and 22nd this summer.

    The annual family-friendly show, organised by The Cheshire Agricultural Society, celebrates the county’s agricultural heritage with a wide range of trade stands, food stalls and farmers’ markets, competition classes for horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and dairy goats and attracts up to 100,000 visitors.

    Simon Rimmer will showcase his culinary expertise with three demonstrations in the Roberts Bakery sponsored Food Live Theatre on Tuesday 21st June.

    Co-presenter of C4’s popular Sunday Brunch, Simon has written five successful books and is chef/owner of 16 restaurants in the North West of England, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

    Simon commented, “I’m really excited to be returning to the Royal Cheshire show this year. It’s a great event and I’m looking forward to showcasing my recipes and cooking with some of the wonderful local produce on offer!”

    Also set to make a return is Jean-Christophe Novelli who will be talking to the Food Live Theatre audience on Wednesday 22nd June.

    Visitors to this year’s Show can also expect an excitement-packed Main Ring with the Paul Hannam Quad Bike Stunt Show, Shetland Pony Grand National, Gauntlet Bird of Prey display and grand finale of the Cheshire Young Farmer’s Float Competition.

    The Show’s competition programme will be back to pre-pandemic levels, with the return of all the Show Jumping classes.

    Further attractions will include the hilarious and educational Sheep Show and the Countryside Live Arena will showcase a range of traditional rural life and skills with the Agri-centre providing an educational journey from plough to plate, demonstrating where our food really comes from.

    The Cheshire Agricultural Society continues to support local farming, agricultural and rural related businesses with donations to the Cheshire Federation of Young Farmers, Churches Together in Cheshire, North West Air Ambulance charity and Cheshire County Scouts Council at the charities recent AGM.

    Rob Davenport, Royal Cheshire County Show Director, said, “After the uncertainty of the last couple of years, we’re really excited to see the Show return to its full capacity this summer. From mouth-watering demonstrations from our celebrity chefs to all the exciting attractions you can expect to see in the Main Ring and beyond, there’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy.”

    Tickets and memberships are available online now with early bird prices held until the end of March, so get your tickets now for a Right Royal day out in Cheshire!

    Further information and tickets from https://www.royalcheshireshow.org 

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2022
    St Rocco's Hospice to East Cheshire Hospice & The Cottons Spa to East Cheshire Hospice

    This brand new and challenging event collaborates with St Rocco’s Hospice, working jointly to reach individual Hospice fundraising goals.

    The Hospice to Hospice Hike takes place on Saturday 2nd July and offers two challenges:

    1. The FULL marathon hike; from St Rocco’s Hospice to East Cheshire Hospice
    2. The HALF a marathon hike; starting at The Cottons Spa and Hotel, Knutsford and finishing at East Cheshire Hospice.

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2022
    Sun
    24
    Jul
    2022
    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 www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events to purchase and for more details.

     

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2022
    Sun
    21
    Aug
    2022
    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 www.justsofestival.org.uk 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.