Talks & discussions

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2022
    Tue
    23
    May
    2023
    Macclesfield Library, Brunswick Street entrance

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  • Mon
    31
    Oct
    2022
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    Dec
    2022
    Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ

    Late Autumn to Christmas 2022  Dunham Massey’s extensive parkland and gardens are full of recognisable and colourful autumnal highlights. Crisp days are made for enjoying fallen leaves along accessible, tree-lined paths. Statement colour from seasonal plants sits bright against autumn skies, and when wet weather comes, the historic buildings hold stories and history every age can enjoy and appreciate.

    Children will love seasonal trails with Judith Kerr’s ‘Mog the Forgetful Cat’, adults can join educational deer walks guided by expert Rangers, and there’s plenty of Christmas events to help families enjoy a festive experience in nature.

    Bring loved ones together and make lasting memories in the great outdoors.

    FAMILY TRAIL

    Mog’s Autumnal Adventures at Dunham Massey
    Dunham Massey Park and Gardens, until Wed 16th Nov, 10am – 4pm
    Included with admission to the park and gardens, free to National Trust members.
    Licensed by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
    Pull on your boots and button up your jacket – Judith Kerr’s beloved ‘Mog the Forgetful Cat’ is back for an educational journey of autumnal wonder at Dunham Massey. Join Mog to learn about the habitats and homes of Dunham’s special creatures and critters as you follow the family-friendly trail.

    Leap like a cat through beautiful autumnal colour in the park, listen out for a special musical moment in the gardens, and curl up in the book nook to enjoy story time and rest busy paws. Don’t forget to spot the fallow deer with your keen cat’s eyes and use your cat-like balance at the North Park’s natural play Log Pile.

    IN THE HOUSE

    The Textile Trail
    Dunham Massey House, until end of October, Sat to Wed, 12noon – 4pm.
    Included with admission to the House, free to National Trust members.

    From the fragile and delicate 300-year-old Chapel Silk bearing the Booths of Warrington coat of arms, to Lady Jane Grey’s 1920’s tiered evening dress, the varied selection of textiles on display offers a glimpse into historic clothing and soft furnishings.

    Some of these items are among the most delicate in the Dunham Massey collection and are exhibited rarely to protect them from the damaging effects of light and dust.

     

    OCTOBER HALF TERM

    Storytime with Mog
    Dunham Massey Orangery in the Garden, Mon 24th to Fri 28th Oct, 11am / 1pm / 2pm.
    Included with admission to the park and gardens, free to National Trust members.

    This October half term, when the need to rest tired paws calls, join our storytellers on a journey into the world of Mog. Balancing, climbing, purring and prancing, a cat’s adventure in nature can be full of fun, wonder and new experiences.

    Curl up cosy in our Orangery to hear a tale of Mog’s adventures with one of our lovely storytellers.

     

    GUIDED WALK

    The Rut and the Roar: A Seasonal Deer Walk
    Dunham Massey Park, Wed 26th, Thu 27th and Fri 28th Oct, 8am -10am
    TICKETS: £20 per person, age 14+ only, The Roar and the Rut: A Seasonal Deer Walk | National Trust

    When the early morning October sun rises, before the Dunham Massey gates open, the fallow deer make their presence known…  In this very special event, you’re invited to walk in the boots of those that care for Dunham’s deer every day – the Dunham Massey rangers.

    Find out why Dunham’s deer are ecosystem engineers of a landscape they have been part of for almost 1,000 years. Discover why sustainable management and protection of the herd is integral to the conservation of this special place. And, if you‘re lucky, uncover the marks of rival bucks and hear seasonal rutting bellows.

    This two-hour immersive experience is concluded with a breakfast sandwich (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available) and a hot drink of tea or coffee.
    Please note: Sturdy, weather appropriate clothing and footwear are essential. The route will cross rugged land which is not accessible via wheelchair or mobility scooters. For an accessible tour that includes facts about the fallow deer, find out more about Dunham’s Park Tours on 0161 941 1025.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVENT: ILLUMINATED TRAIL

    Christmas at Dunham Massey – the magical, after dark, illuminated trail
    Dunham Massey Park and Gardens, Fri 18 Nov to Mon 2 Jan, from 4pm onwards.
    TICKETS: Christmas at Dunham Massey | National Trust

    Christmas at Dunham Massey is an after dark, illuminated and immersive trail through nature that has become an icon of the North West Christmas calendar.

    Brand new installations include giant, colour changing lilies and a multi-coloured, wooded laser garden, while the much-loved larger than life sparkly Dunham deer and an inviting tunnel of light return.

    Enjoy time together with friends and family alongside dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour. Watch flames flicker in the fire garden and be sure to watch for a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

    Our crew of talented street food vendors bring delicious tempting treats – complete your walk under the stars with a perfectly festive spiced winter latte or hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows.

    Your very merriest Christmas starts here. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVENT: FAMILY TRAIL

    Mog’s Christmas Trail at Dunham Massey
    Dunham Massey Park and Gardens, Sat 19th Nov to Sun 8th Jan, 10am – 4pm.
    Included with admission to the park and gardens, free to National Trust members.
    Licensed by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

    This interactive, daytime family trail is based on the antics and escapades from Judith Kerr’s beloved book ‘Mog’s Christmas’ and is ideal for families with younger children.

    Mog is confused by Christmas and decides to hide on the roof. There are so many busy people, and trees indoors… Can you deliver Mog safely down the chimney and play your part in helping Mog find Christmas comfort?

    This shorter trail encourages little legs with growing imaginations to discover trail points around the Dunham Massey Visitor Centre, historic Stables and nearby, accessible parkland.

     

    CHRISTMAS EVENT: STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE

    Seasonal Stories: Mog’s Christmas Experience
    Dunham Massey Stables, from 25th Nov, for dates and times, check the website.
    TICKETS: Recommended for children aged 6 and under, and their accompanying adults. Children: £10 (includes gift, children’s hot choc and cookie), Adults: £5, Babes in arms: Free (no gift or refreshments included), Seasonal Stories: Mog’s Christmas Experience | National Trust

    Join us in this immersive seasonal story telling of Judith Kerr’s ‘Mog’s Christmas’ in the historic Stables building.

    Expect an interactive reading at a beautiful location, a special Mog themed gift, and a hot chocolate and cookie for children, in an event designed especially for little ones. Access to the parkland and parking is included for all who attend.

    Combine the festive feels of Christmas with a family day in nature in this literature inspired seasonal experience.

    For calmer session dates with reduced capacity, visit the Dunham Massey website.

     

    TOURS

    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, the daily tours are a great place to begin.

    All three tours are presented by a 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? This 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 (seasonal timings): 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.  From January to March additional tours run each weekday specifically focussing on the Winter Garden – one of the largest in Britain.

    Mill Tour (March – October): 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.

  • Tue
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    Nov
    2022
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    Nov
    2022

    Winter is almost upon us, but Cheshire East’s countryside sites are still providing some stunning views.

    We’ve been blessed with some amazing sunsets and misty mornings, such as the one above, recently captured at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve by Ranger Mark Arnold.

    As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, the Ranger Service are coming to the end of its 2022 event programme but don’t worry we’ve still some great events for you to enjoy next month.

    Take a look at all the Ranger Service events taking place across Cheshire East this November.

    During 2022 our colleagues from the Bollin Valley Partnership are celebrating its 50th year of countryside management in the River Bollin catchment. They have undertaken a number of special projects to mark this achievement and one of these has been to produce a timelapse video of the Bollin Valley Way. This is primarily to showcase the stunning scenery and contrasting landscapes of the long-distance walking trail but also allows us to share the trail with people with mobility issues who can’t normally access footpaths.

    Tuesday, 1st November - Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class

    A 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)

    Tuesday, 1st November - Birdwatching - Understanding More About Autumn Birds with Nature Stuff - Tuesdays

    Get more out of your birdwatching - join Tina from Nature Stuff for a five-week Birdwatching Course.
    Suitable for beginners, improvers and those wanting to learn more about bird identification, behaviour and conservation.

    The course will visit different locations each week. As well as identification tips and field craft the course will cover topics such as bird habitats and adaptations. Sessions will examine the environmental issues facing local bird populations and how wildlife habitat management practice can address them – new topics and issues considered every session!

    Enjoy getting out into local green spaces and understanding more about our wild birds. 2-hour sessions on the following Tuesday mornings - November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

    Booking and payment for all five sessions, in advance, is essential. Total cost £65.

    (Please note a minimum number of enrolments are required for the course to run. In the event of course cancellation full refunds will be given).

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point for first session (November 1st): Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Booking: Book tickets for Understanding More About Autumn Birds - Tuesdays
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

    Book tickets for Understanding More About Autumn Birds - Tuesdays

    Wednesday, 2nd November - Birdwatching - Understanding More About Autumn Birds with Nature Stuff - Wednesdays

    Get more out of your birdwatching - join Tina from Nature Stuff for a five-week Birdwatching Course.
    Suitable for beginners, improvers and those wanting to learn more about bird identification, behaviour and conservation.

    The course will visit different locations each week. As well as identification tips and field craft the course will cover topics such as bird habitats and adaptations. Sessions will examine the environmental issues facing local bird populations and how wildlife habitat management practice can address them – new topics and issues considered every session!

    Enjoy getting out into local green spaces and understanding more about our wild birds. 2-hour sessions on the following Wednesday mornings - November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.

    Booking and payment for all five sessions, in advance, is essential. Total cost £65.

    (Please note a minimum number of enrolments are required for the course to run. In the event of course cancellation full refunds will be given).

    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Meeting point for first session (November 2nd): Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Booking: Book tickets for Understanding More About Autumn Birds - Wednesdays
    Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
    (Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

    Book tickets for Understanding More About Autumn Birds - Wednesdays

     

    Tuesday, 8th November - Rhody Bashing - Conservation in Action - Six

    Book tickets for Rhody Bashing - Conservation in Action - Six

    Rhododendron ponticum is an invasive non-native species that is extremely harmful to healthy woodland habitat. We are in the process of removing this plant from Tytherington wood by physically uprooting it.

    The work is heavy, the breaks enjoyable. Help ranger Jim and volunteers from the Mersey Rivers Trust to remove this invasive plant from Tytherington Wood.

    Booking in advance is essential.

    Booking in advance is essential.

    Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm
    Meeting point: Roadside parking, Dorchester Way, Tytherington, Macclesfield, just south of Walton Heath Drive, SK10 2UG (SJ910757)
    Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Jim Middlemass
    Booking: Book tickets for Rhody Bashing - Conservation in Action - Six by 3rd November
    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 / Bring a packed lunch / Strenuous walking grade)

    Book tickets for Book tickets for Rhody Bashing - Conservation in Action - 6

    Saturday, 26th November - Chainsaw Carving in Macclesfield Forest

    Watch Ranger Ed carve a native creature from a tree stump sourced from Macclesfield Forest.

    Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm
    Meeting point: Trentabank Ranger Station, Macclesfield Forest, Standing Stone Road, Langley, Cheshire, SK11 0NS (SJ962711)
    Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)