Talks & discussions

  • Sat
    Mash Guru, 5 Backwallgate, Macclesfield SK11 6LQ

    Drag Queen Cabaret and Catwalk Competition with the lucky winner crowned with a ‘Bespoke Tiara’

    A Midsummer Night’s Queen is a drag queen cabaret and catwalk competition inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Taking place at Mash Guru the event will provide a safe space for everyone to come together and celebrate the art of drag queens, whether you want to participate or simply watch.

    There will be a well-lit dressing room area upstairs at Mash Guru, Macclesfield with rails of clothes, wigs, jewellery and shoes in the frocks and locks area. The aim is to invite guests who are new to drag to dress up and gain expert advice from the more experienced queens.

    Your host for the evening will be accomplished drag queen Nana Nancy, who will compere the evening with her humour as the queens sashay down the catwalk lip-synching, dancing or singing encouraged to show their talents.

    The event is supported by Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester’s newest hotel from the Bespoke Group, Bespoke Accessories by Lady Sharon Farley Mason, Macclesfield Pride and The Zebra Partnership.

    Prizes for the winner of the event are:

    • An overnight stay at the amazing Hotel Brooklyn in Manchester city centre the newest venue in the Bespoke portfolio. It’s round the corner from the Palace Theatre, close to China Town, Canal St and the Village.
    • A gorgeous tiara from Lady Sharons collection, the Zebra Partnership award winning photographer in residence will do a photoshoot in the hotel as a keepsake.

    Additional tickets for participants and audience on 31 July are now available, £10 in advance please book here .  Online tickets available until 6pm Friday 30 July.

  • Sat
    8 am to 6 pmThe Royal Cheshire Showground, Clay House Farm, WA16 0JF

    After the easing of Covid-19 restrictions on the 19th July, it’s perfect timing for The 2021 Royal Cheshire County Show which is back with a bang on Saturday 31st July.

    Organised events now being able to take place is welcome news indeed for the Cheshire Agricultural Society who have organised another fantastic show for the local community to enjoy.

    Last year saw the cancellation of the Cheshire Show as we know it as the event went virtual. Now, after a year away from the showground, the Cheshire public is set to reunite for a much-anticipated day out in the countryside and there’s a whole host of things to look forward to.

    With the majority of attractions being out in the open air, guest safety continues to remain a priority, so there will be plenty of hand sanitiser dispensers situated around the showground.


    Royal Cheshire Show 2018 Cattle Competition Winner

    With a programme as packed as ever, whether you’re a foodie, an adrenaline junkie, animal obsessed or a self- confessed shopaholic, there is an attraction (or ten) for you!

    There are appearances from celebrity chefs, Paul Hannam’s quad bike stunt show and various animal competition classes to enjoy including Heavy Horses, Dairy Goats and Jacob Sheep.

    Plus, plenty of local businesses will be there with their fine products and services for you to sample and try!

    If you’re a music maestro, you’re in for a treat as the brilliant Roberts Bakery band will be taking centre stage at the main ring from 6pm-8pm. The Sandbach-based Band has recently celebrated its 40-year partnership with Cheshire Show principle partners, Roberts Bakery, and have become Show favourites over the years.

    After many months without being able to enjoy live music, it’s going to be a welcome return for many and a fantastic end to what is sure to be a great day out.

    Show Director, Rob Davenport, said, “The Royal Cheshire County Show is now in its 181st year and I think it’s fair to say that this year in particular the great Cheshire public will be looking forward to a fantastic show and a great family day out. We’ve got some wonderful attractions lined up along with a few surprises. We can’t wait to welcome everyone through the gates on July 31st!”

    A shuttle bus will run from Knutsford Rail Station to the Cheshire Showground and this is free for those with prebooked tickets. Click here for details:

    For those travelling by car, the postcode to enter into your Sat Nav is WA16 OJF.

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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


  • 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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