Talks and Discussions

Seminar, conference or just an informative evening, if it’s happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas, this is the place to tell our readers.

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

 

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2023
    Tue
    14
    May
    2024
    Macclesfield Library

  • Wed
    24
    Jan
    2024
    Thu
    31
    Oct
    2024
    Delamere Forest

    Forestry England celebrate 25 years of The Gruffalo with an exciting forest adventure.

    Forestry England’s Delamere Forest is thrilled to announce a year-long celebratory trail launching on 24th January, to mark the 25th anniversary of the award-winning picture book, “The Gruffalo”.

    Since 2014, the collaboration between Magic Light Pictures and Forestry England has enchanted families in England, immersing them in the magical world of the Gruffalo within the nation’s deep dark woods.

    To mark this remarkable milestone, Delamere Forest is inviting families from across England to join in the festivities and celebrate the Gruffalo’s 25th birthday on an exciting new trail experience.

    The Gruffalo’s 25th birthday trail is going to be a big party in the forest! As part of the adventure, families will be encouraged to work together to search for missing party items whilst enjoying fun and games along the trail. Participants will also learn about the intricate ways plants and animals look after each other.

    Available at 26 forest sites from 24th January, the trails will boast five large activity panels, two of which will include interactive elements. In addition, visitors can expect 15 smaller spotter panels, where they can search for missing party items. Five rubbing stations will also be scattered along the trail, adding an artistic touch to the adventure.

    For those looking to enhance their experience, an accompanying trail pack will be available to buy on-site for just £4. These will include a festive party headband to get you into the party spirit, an activity leaflet for curious minds, stickers, pencils and crayons to get creative, and a woven Gruffalo sew-on patch as a cherished keepsake.

    This fantastic celebratory trail is set to captivate Gruffalo fans of all ages, offering a memorable and educational experience amidst the beauty of our fabulous forests. Mark your calendars for 2024, as the Gruffalo’s 25th birthday promises to be an adventure you won’t want to miss.

    For more information and updates on this exciting new trail, visit https://www.forestryengland.uk/gruffalo-party-trail

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2024
    Sun
    31
    Mar
    2024

    It may not feel like it, but Spring is round the corner!

    The days are getting longer and brighter, and yesterday Ranger Martin heard his first Skylark singing above the fields at Tegg’s Nose Country Park in Macclesfield.

    The bird song is definitely becoming more obvious, as we walk around our countryside sites, and as it’s National Nest Box Week it’s a great time to clean out your bird boxes, or put up some more homes for wildlife in your own garden!

    Click the link above for some great ideas and tips on how to make your garden friendlier for native wildlife.

    It’s also a fantastic time to get out and enjoy the countryside as we transition from Winter to Spring.

    Get your tickets booked ASAP so you don’t miss out!

    Last Chance to Book

    Sunday, 25th February – Hedge-laying for Beginners Again

    Hedgelaying is the traditional way to maintain boundary hedges. This hands on event will introduce you to basic hedge laying techniques and the different tools required to complete the job.

    Booking and payment in advance essential. Cost £25. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16.

    Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Meeting point: Stirling Close Conservation Area, Congleton, CW12 4US
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matthew Axford
    Information: 01260 297237
    (Bring a packed lunch / Places limited – please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event)

    Book tickets for Hedgelaying for Beginners Again

    Wednesday, 28th February – Battling the Birch

    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. All equipment is provided but please bring gloves and wear sturdy boots as the terrain is rough.

    Booking in advance is essential. Suitable for anyone over the age of 10.

    Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Meeting point: Lindow Common Car Park, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5LR (SJ833814)
    Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Nik Ginn
    Information: 01625 374790
    (Bring a packed lunch / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy walking grade / Partial accessibility – level or ramped access / Partnership event / Places limited – please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife walk / Event).

    Book tickets for Battling the Birch

    March 2024 Events

    Tuesday, 5th March – Outdoor Fitness Class at Astbury Mere Country Park

    Are looking for a fitness class during the week that’s outside and you can bring your child?

    Open to everyone even if you are wanting to add extra training to your week or wanting to get fit after having a child in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No matter what fitness level you are the class can be tailored to suit all abilities.

    The sessions vary each week depending on numbers and the weather. They can include full body toning, cardio sessions, core work and flexibility.

    Suitable for anyone over the age of 18. No booking necessary, just turn up and pay as you go £6 per person.

    This event repeats every Tuesday morning of the month.

    Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
    Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, Congleton, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
    Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
    Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
    (Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Healthy walk – Event / Partnership event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge for this event).

    Saturday, 16th March – Tegg’s Nose: Stargazing Evening – March

    If you’ve ever looked up at the starry night sky and been enthralled by what you’ve seen then join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for an evening of astronomy. There will be talks suitable for all levels of interest, including photos of the sky and astronomical objects, with opportunity to ask questions and (if the weather is clear) to observe the sky with MaccAstro’s guidance and to see celestial objects through their telescopes.

    You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes if you wish. Be prepared for dark outdoor conditions and night temperatures.

    Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

    Observing highlights: If the weather is clear, there may be the opportunity to see The Moon and Jupiter through a telescope, and the possibility of seeing constellations, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters which, along with the talks, will give more understanding about the night sky and how to observe it with your own eyes.

    Time: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
    Information: 01625 374833
    (Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy walking grade / Full accessibility – level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Partnership event / Places limited – please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event).

    SOLD OUT

    Sunday, 17th March – Chainsaw carving at Hare Hill, National Trust Gardens

    Drop in any time between 11.00am and 3.00pm to watch talented chainsaw carver, Ranger Ed, carve a native creature from a wind-blown tree. Take time to enjoy the gardens and drop back in to see the carving progress.

    If you are a National Trust member please remember to bring your card, if you are not a member, current National Trust charges will apply to gain entry to the garden.

    Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Meeting point: Hare Hill Garden National Trust, Prestbury Road, Over Alderley, SK10 4PY
    Leader: Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
    Information: 01625 383700
    (Car parking charge / Easy walking grade / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Partnership event / Please leave your dog at home).

    Wednesday, 20th March – Battling the Birch Two

    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. All equipment is provided but please bring gloves and wear sturdy boots as the terrain is rough.

    Booking in advance is essential. Suitable for anyone over the age of 10.

    Time: 10:00am 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
    (Bring a packed lunch / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy walking grade / Partial accessibility – level or ramped access / Partnership event / Places limited – please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife walk / Event).

    Book tickets for Battling for Birch Two

    Saturday, 23rd March to Sunday, 14th April – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Easter Hunt

    Ranger Mark’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? 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 23rd of April and 14th April
    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).

    Saturday, 23rd March to Sunday, 14th April – Tegg’s Nose Country Park Easter Hunt

    Ranger Martin’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? Collect a map from the visitor centre and get searching around the top of the park.

    Please bring a pen / pencil with you. Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 23rd of March and 14th April.

    Time: Maps available to purchase between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 23rd of March and 14th April
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
    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, 30th March – Operation Recall at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

    Cheshire Police, the RSPCA and Naturewatch Foundation have come together to create Operation Recall.

    The initiative aims to raise awareness of livestock worrying and help to prevent future incidents.

    Come and visit officer’s from Cheshire Police’s Rural Crime Team and staff from Naturewatch Foundation, at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, to learn about the project and what we can all do to protect livestock, your dog and how we can work together to try and reduce the devastating effects of Livestock Worrying and Attacks.

    Find out more about Operation Recall at the Naturewatch Foundation website.

    Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
    Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
    Leaders: Cheshire Police, the RSPCA and the Naturewatch Foundation
    Information: Naturewatch Foundation website
    (Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy walking grade / Full accessibility – level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing).

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2024
    Sun
    21
    Apr
    2024
    Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD

    Motorcycle Racing and TV presenter Guy Martin has captivated audiences worldwide for years… and this April it will be the crowds at Stafford who get to see him live on stage.

    Martin has been lined up as star guest at the International Classic MotorCycle Show for the Sunday of the two-day event.

    Taking place at Stafford County Showground on April 20-21, the show has become famous for being THE place to see thousands of fabulous bikes, hundreds of trade and club stands plus the vast autojumble. Billed as ‘the Big One’ in the event calendar, it is the perfect place for Martin to shares stories ranging from his daring exploits on the Isle of Man TT, to his captivating engineering challenges; showgoers can certainly look forward to an unforgettable experience!

    Exhibition manager, Nick Mowbray said: “Guy Martin has become a beloved figure in the world of motorcycles, with his charismatic personality and impressive career. I am sure this really will be a date for the diary!”

    More details of the event and Martin’s appearance will be released in the coming weeks…. keep up to date by visiting www.classicbikeshows.com

  • Thu
    25
    Jul
    2024
    Sun
    28
    Jul
    2024
    The Royal Cheshire Show show ground, Clay House Farm, Flittogate Ln, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HJ

     

    At DubbedOut Festival 2024 on Saturday you'll be Dancing in the Moonlight to the legends that are TOPLOADER!

    The main stage will also play host to one of the biggest Boy bands of the 90s. EAST 17.Rave Royalty K-KLASS will be taking the roof off with a full live band. And Kelly Llorenna famed for fronting N-TRANCE will set you free!

    Friday will be all your favourite tracks from a host of Tribute artists and bands including FLEETWOOD SHACK, OASIS SUPERNOVA, ABBA REBJORN and ROBBIE WILLIAMS!

    We've also brought back your favourites. SCRATCH, THE LILACS, STANLEYS, SKA FOUNDATION, THAT BRITPOP BAND, MARK FRITH, SI RILEY and We've added a few extra belters with SOUL FEDERATION and THE COVERS BAND.

    We've a lot more to announce in the coming weeks.

    Get yourself registered on the DubbedOut website and watch for that ticket release on the 2nd of February!

    See you in the fields

    TICKET LINE