Event Diary

Important events

Gruffalo Trails, Delamere Forest., on 11 April 2014 - 01 February 2015
Come and celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. There will be party celebrations and activities throughout the year. Everyone in the family will love a search around the Gruffalo Trail!

Collider, MOSI, Manchester. 1000 - 1700, on 23 May 2014 - 28 September 2014
MOSI will be the first stop in an international tour of the Science Museum’s current and critically acclaimed Collider exhibition. The fascinating exhibition ‘transports’ visitors into the heart of one of the greatest scientific experiments of our time: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Collider presents an immersive blend of theatre, video and sound art to create a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN particle physics laboratory in the first exhibition of its kind, offering the closest experience possible to visiting the famous site itself. NB This event is mainly suitable for OLDER CHILDREN.

SUMMER OPENING OF CONGLETON PADDLING POOL, on 24 May 2014 - 14 September 2014

Congleton Town Council  have announced the 2014 SUMMER OPENING OF CONGLETON PADDLING POOL, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP. It will open daily from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.  Admission is free, but an ‘Honesty Box’ is provided for donations towards the upkeep of this valuable facility.  Designed for Children 11 years and under, all Children must be accompanied by an Adult.  *Please note there is no car parking on Park Road or at Daneside Theatre (Private), please use Town Centre car parks.


Crocodile Joe, Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park. 1000/1130/1330 & 1500., on 13 July 2014 - 30 August 2014
Crocodile Joe’s Wild World will be coming to the Runway Visitor Park on 13th and 26th July as well as 3rd, 10th, 16th, 24th and 30th August. There will be four shows throughout the day on these dates at 1000/1130/1330 & 1500. To experience Crocodile Joe’s Wild World, all you need to do is book a FREE ticket on arrival at the park.  For more information, contact the Runway Visitor Park on 0161 489 3932 or visit the website.

Wonders of the World, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 21 July 2014 - 31 August 2014
Come and get crafty at Manchester Museum this summer. Make junk model creations inspired by the collections. 11am-4pm Drop in, free Mon 21 Jul– Sun 3 Aug - Archaeology (& Ancient Worlds) Mon 4 Aug – Sun 17 Aug - Sealife Mon 18 Aug – Sun 31 Aug - Animal Kingdom

Global Explorer, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 21 July 2014 - 29 August 2014
Travel the world this summer without leaving Manchester! Go back in time and across the globe. Bring the family and set some Manchester Museum World Records of your own.

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawshead. 1030 - 1700, on 23 July 2014 - 02 November 2014
Go ‘On Holiday with Beatrix Potter’. Interactive touchscreen technology can help you discover what curious items Beatrix Potter collected on her holidays around the UK (think birds eggs and cannon balls!) and see how her travels went on to influence some of her most popular tales. Audio extracts from Beatrix’s journals and letters bring her work to life and the children’s quiz helps younger visitors discover some of her classic artwork. For More Information – Telephone: 015394 36355 Email: beatrixpottergallery@nationaltrust.org.uk. Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0NS

Gathering Dust, Collecting Shadows, Acorn Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 23 July 2014 - 02 November 2014
An exhibition designed to evoke the past history of the house and the forgotten lives of the people who have occupied it over the centuries. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Access to the first floor is by stairs. More Information: Acorn Bank, 017683 61893, acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk - Not open on Apple Day, 12 October

Mark Hallet's Fun Drama Week, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Mark Hallett's Fun Drama Week July 28-August 1. There are still a few spaces for 'Mark's Fun Drama Week.' Classes are taking place at Ashdene Primary School for 7-13 year olds. You can book for the whole week or odd days, depending on your needs. Industry professionals will be joining Mark all week, so if you are interested in acting as a career or just fancy coming down for a bit of fun, that's great, too! On Monday, Alison Burrows from Hollyoaks (playing McQueen Kathleen) is running an acting for TV workshop. On Tuesday and Friday Rachel Cardiff who works for The Rio Ferdinand Foundation will be running Dance Workshops (including street dance). Laurie, who runs HAT Management Acting Agency will be running a casting workshop through the week, so if you are looking for an agent, this could be useful! There will also be a special effects make-up workshop, a musical theatre workshop, and Mark himself will be running workshops on audition technique, naturalism, acting for commercials, and you will get great tips and advice throughout the week. For more info please text Mark on 07957132899 or email markhallett@sky.com

Craft and Jewellery Making Days, Congleton. 0900 - 1500, on 28 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
Craft and Jewellery Making Days this summer holidays! The fun days will be held at Mossley Village Hall in Congleton and the following dates are now available to book; Monday 28th July, Tuesday 29th July, Wednesday 30th July. Activities include various styles of dance, craft making, jewellery making, fun games and mini shows and competitions. Available for ages 4+ the days will run from 9am – 3pm. Add your name to the list early for only £18. Contact Yasmine on: Mobile: 07709843306 to reserve your places!

Areyoudancin' Dance, Craft and Jewellery Making Days, Congleton. 0900 - 1500, on 28 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
areyoudancin are also running Dance, Craft and Jewellery Making Days this summer holidays! The fun days will be held at Mossley Village Hall in Congleton and the following dates are now available to book; Monday 28th July, Tuesday 29th July, Wednesday 30th July Activities include various styles of dance, craft making, jewellery making, fun games and mini shows and competitions. Available for ages 4+ the days will run from 9am – 3pm. Add your name to the list early for only £18. Contact Yasmine on: Mobile: 07709843306 to reserve your places!

Everybody Play Summer Holiday Club at Knutsford Leisure Centre (Various Times), on 28 July 2014 - 29 August 2014
Everybody Play (previously Peewee club) Activities include swimming, bouncy castle, arts & crafts, New Age Curling, free play, Nintendo Wii, DVDs, individual and team sports and games. Full info here.

Frozen Summer School at June Rendell School of Dance, 74 Ellesmere Road, Altrincham, WA14 1JD, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Learn tap, ballet, modern dance, drama and singing, working towards a show on the Friday afternoon for friends and family. Week 1: Monday 28 July - Friday 1 August - FROZEN (week 2's theme is TANGLED & will run from 18-22 Aug) Child aged 3-6: £97 / Child aged 7-13 : £112 plus reductions for siblings.   Please call Miss Woodward on 0161 962 7976 for details Summer school times: 3-6 years: 9.15am-1.30pm 7-13 years: 9.15am-4.15pm  

Big Telescopes week, Jodrell Bank. 1000 - 1700, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Radio telescopes, like the Lovell Telescope are powerful devices that scan the sky collecting radio wave data from objects such as galaxies and stars. Our hands on activities will explore why telescopes are so big, what objects they can see and why there are so many different types around the world. Suitable for 5 years upwards. Free event but normal admission applies.

Friendship Knots, Quarry Bank Mill. 1200 - 1600, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Weave a friendship bracelet for your best friend.

Brooklands Tennis Club Holiday Camp, Whitehall Rd, Sale, M33 3NL, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
This holiday camp, run by Oli Jones, is great for all abilities, including lots of games, ball & fitness skills, tennis, squash, racquet rounders, cardio tennis, jail and wipeout & more!   Open to kids aged 5-16 with half day (9am-12pm or 1pm - 4pm) and full day sessions (9am  - 4pm) available and extra wraparound care available for busy parents (8-9am and 4-5pm).   Running Mon - Fri for 5 weeks from 28 July to 29 Aug.  

Members - Full week: £100/ 4 day week: £80/ Single day: £23/ Half day: £13
Non-Members - Full week: £110/ 4 day week: £88/ Single day: £25/ Half day: £15
To book call Caz Yates on 07584 062277 or Oli Jones on 07720 894804 or email caroline.yates@btconnect.com

Trafford Music Service Summer School, Acre Hall Primary School, Irlam Road, Flixton M41 6NA, on 28 July 2014 - 31 July 2014

Open to children from Reception to Year 11, with preschool sessions fro 3-4 year olds also running for an hour each morning. Whether a beginner or experienced musician, the four day course includes group instrumental tuition, group samba percussion, group singing sessions, group ensemble skills sessions or workshops, tuition by professional experienced tutors culminating in a performance on the Thursday afternoon for parents and family to attend.   The 4-day course costs £110 per child with discounts available for siblings and children available for free school meals. There is also a breakfast club and afternoon club available. For more information please call 0161 911 8659 or email music.service@trafford.gov.uk  

Big Telescopes Week, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Radio telescopes, like the Lovell Telescope are powerful devices that scan the sky collecting radio wave data from objects such as galaxies and stars.Our hands on activities will explore why telescopes are so big, what objects they can see and why there are so many different types around the world.Suitable for 5 years upwards.*free event but normal admission applies

Summer activities at the farm, Tatton Park. 1200 - 1700, on 29 July 2014 - 22 August 2014
Milking demonstrations and meet our newly born ducklings and chicks! Learn more about all our new arrivals, listen to storytelling sessions (weekends), watch our sheep compete in the daily sheep hurdle challenge, follow the Little Baa trail, learn more about sheepdogsand search for Floss's lost sheepdog puppies during our Kim Lewis themed activities. Open 12pm - 5pm (last entry 4pm). Normal admission charges apply. Activities vary daily. Check website. Adult £6, Child £4, Family £16 Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Summer Family Fun, Speke Hall. 1200 - 1600, on 29 July 2014 - 31 August 2014
Join us for a summer of fun at Speke Hall. There’ll be a different activity every day we’re open. Try den building, crafts, outdoor games, fun family tours and lots more. More Information: Property Office, 0151 427 7231, spekehall@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed. Closed Mondays.

Viking Morning, Tatton Park, on 30 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
Suitable for 8-12 year olds, become a Viking for the day, exploring typical settlements, outdoor cooking, shelter building and much more! For more information click here.

Mr Tinsel at Hyde Library, on 30 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
FREE magic and puppet show at Hyde Library, Union Street, SK14 1NF 11 am until 11.30 am by Mr Tinsel

50 things to Do, Drop in and Play. 1100 - 1500, on 30 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
Join us, whatever the weather, for Ranger led family fun. A changing programme of, mostly, outdoor activities from among the “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4″ will be offered every Wednesday during school holidays. More Information: Acorn Bank, 017683 61893, acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Wild Art Wednesdays, Allan Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 30 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
Create some wild art using the natural materials in our woodland. Ranger Tips and activity sheets available. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394-35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

Poetry for Everyone, Wordsworth House. Various Times., on 30 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
A 10 minute talk about William’s poetry then write your own! Add your verse to our poetry tree. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to garden, first floor of house and to shop and cafe. Disabled toilet facilities available.

Create some wild art, Alderley Edge. 1345 - 1545, on 30 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
Come along to our picnic area where you'll find lots of interesting things which we've found in our woods and gardens for you to get creative way. This is your chance to be creative but we'll be on hand with some ideas and help if needed.

Garden Apprentice, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 30 July 2014 - 30 July 2014
Come and learn how to tend to a beautiful garden with our gardening team. Water the plants in the garden and learn how to care for them, just like Mr. Addison, the Edwardian Head Gardener. Garden admission applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet in the south front garden. All ages welcome

Tree Climbing, Dunham Massey. Various Times, on 31 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Fancy a different view of Dunham? Instructors from the Great Big Tree Climbing Company can help all ages reach new heights this summer. They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can't be found on the ground and if you're feeling brave take the zip wire back down! Each hour-long session contains a maximum of seven participants. Sessions begin at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal admission charges apply (NT members free). Book with Great Big Tree Climbing Company directly - https://dunhamtreeclimbing.eventbrite.co.uk Minimum age of participants - 6 years

Survival Skills, Tatton Park 1030 - 1230, on 31 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
If you think you can survive in the wilderness, this exciting morning is for you! Build a woodland shelter, track wild animals and much more! From 10.30am – 12.30pm, minimum age is 8, Costs £10. Click here for more information.

Wythenshawe Hall World of Sound event, on 31 July 2014 - 02 August 2014
3 days of creative sound making at Wythenshawe Hall. Free workshops with professional artists and live performances. Free event. Sign up here

Catch a Pastry Fish, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 31 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
Get creative in the Georgian kitchen and make a traditional pastry fish to take home. Craft your fish using our selection of wooden tools and learn some tricks of pastry creation suitable for artists of all abilities! See our full-size fish wrapped in pastry and pick up a copy of this fantastic 18th-century recipe to try at home. Chat with our servants about the techniques of Georgian pastry creation, including how they made some truly monstrous pies and how a giant pasty can be the ideal gift! More Information: Zoe Gilbert, 01900 824805, wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Xplorer at Tegg’s Nose Country Park , Macclesfield. 1200 - 1500, on 31 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
Xplorer is a fun family challenge aimed at primary and pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and guardians. It is an outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour depending on the course. Find out more on the Xplorer website. No experience of map reading is necessary, and Xplorer is perfect for children as they can run around in a safe and friendly environment and will have a great adventure searching for the secret markers. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun and even create family teams! Booking in advance is essential.

Nature Explorers, Allan Bank. 1330 - 1530, on 31 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394 35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 31 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Get Sporty at Lyme Park, 1300 - 1500, on 31 July 2014 - 31 July 2014

Try your hand at some some new sports in the garden. Held on the lawn. Garden entry fee applies. Fun taster activities for families. Join in, have fun! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet in the garden. Suitable for families.


Summer Fashion Evening, Cheadle Hulme School 19.00-23.00, on 31 July 2014 - 31 July 2014
Prosecco reception on arrival and a light summer supper.  Catwalk fashion show and entertainment. Tickets are priced at £18 per person or a table of 8 for £120 and are available from the Hospice Fundraising Office. To reserve some tickets, you can contact Kathryn, directly on 0161 498 3630 or ksexton@sah.org.uk. Click here for more information.

Decorate our Library Craft Session, Wilmslow Library August 1st 10:30-11:15, on 01 August 2014 - 01 August 2014
Join us on Friday 1st August at 10.30 - 11.15am to create a Mythical Maze display for the junior library Suitable for children aged 4-11 Tickets £2 per child

Buxton Family Festival. Various Times, on 01 August 2014 - 17 August 2014

The festival will feature a huge variety of fun activities for all the family: fairs, music, outdoor recreation, markets and much more. The festival kicks off in style with a food, drink and music festival at the Pavilion Gardens. The festival continues with a whole host of fun events occurring throughout Buxton such as: craft making, family camping, wonder trails, zorbing, climbing, BBQs, fairs and much more! After a fun filled and exciting fortnight, the festival draws to a close with the brand new Buxton Show from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August. The show will be a jam packed weekend of entertainment with an agricultural theme. See website for further details!

 

Lammas at the Hall, Little Moreton Hall. 1100 - 1700, on 01 August 2014 - 10 August 2014
The first of August marked the beginning of the harvest and a celebration of the first crop. Join in with the merriment before the hard work really begins. More Information: Little Moreton Hall, 01260 272018,littlemoretonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Suitable for Groups

Nursery Rhyme Trail, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 01 August 2014 - 01 August 2014
Enjoy nursery rhymes? Then why not join our nursery rhyme trail? Come dressed as your favourite character and follow a fun trail around the garden. Garden admission applies. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet in the south front garden. Suitable for pre-school and primary age children. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk

Day Out With Thomas, East Lancashire Railway. From 0945, on 02 August 2014 - 03 August 2014
Choo choo! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is coming to the East Lancashire Railway and you are invited to join in all the fun and games with the really useful engine! Come and see Thomas and his friends on 2nd – 3rd August 2014 and enjoy a ride with Thomas™, meet Sir Topham Hatt, watch the Troublesome Trucks up to no good and join in with all the exciting activities throughout the weekend, including; face painting, balloon modelling, circus workshop, magic shows, Punch & Judy, plus lots more! Book tickets online at http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk or call 0161 764 7790.

Farmyard Petting Zoo, Manchester Airport Runway Visitor's Park., on 02 August 2014 - 02 August 2014
Head along and to the Farmyard Petting Zoo and meet some farmyard friends.

Dig the City, Manchester. Various Times., on 02 August 2014 - 10 August 2014
This year’s Dig the City is all about freedom, fun and family: the festival focuses on a National Trust treehouse (with ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’), den-building, hands-on activities, Family Sundays at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Giant Garden Games, a mini city farm (complete with live animals) and, of course, the return of the welly-booted Peppa Pig.Best of all, everything is free – read the full listings now. – See more here.

Big Saturday: Travel the World, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 02 August 2014 - 02 August 2014
Travel the world this summer without leaving Manchester, travelling back in time and across the globe, enjoying and engaging with the varied inspiring objects you can see at the Museum. Make some fascinating creations of your own and enjoy World Music performances. Drop-in, free

Wythenshawe Together Community Fun Day, on 02 August 2014 - 03 August 2014
11am - 4pm on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd August. Morris dancing, boxing, birds of prey, face painting, dog chipping, cheerleading, karate, ferret racing, brass band and much more!

Family Wildlife Walk, Dunham Massey. 1100 - 1300, on 02 August 2014 - 02 August 2014
Bring all the family to discover Dunham's deer and other wildlife on a guided walk around the park. Collect a token from the visitor centre (spaces are limited) and meet at the Clock Tower at 11.00am. The walk lasts approximately two hours at a gentle pace. Dogs on leads welcome

Handforth Paddock Fair, on 02 August 2014 - 02 August 2014
Handforth Paddock Fair+Peppa Pig 11-4pm The Paddock Handforth sk9 3hq FROZEN performers and a photoshoot, PEPPA PIG 11.30, 1.00pm 2.30pm!!! delicious food, amazing stalls, FREE treasure hunt, pony rides, sand art, gift stalls, miniature railway 5op, RSPCA, tombola, community stalls, oakmere singers and much more  FREE GOODIE BAGS & FREE ADMISSION

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 02 August 2014 - 03 August 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

Zumba Masterclass in Congleton 1930-2100, on 03 August 2014 - 03 August 2014
Get Down and Feel Great with a Zumba Masterclass at Congleton Town Hall. Doors open at 7. Tickets 8£ in advance. 10£ at the door. Two instructors are coming together to give you an amazing masterclass of fresh new routines and moves you'll wanna shake out on the dance floor. NOT TO BE MISSED! Zin Instructors: Aimie Pierre (07855 466 551) & Clare Partridge (07752 635 472)

Family Day, Chester Racecourse, on 03 August 2014 - 03 August 2014
Join us for the 19th annual Family Fun Day on Sunday 3rd August. Clutching BBQs and picnic hampers and with happy smiles on their faces, thousands will make their way onto the open course for a fabulous day of fun. For racegoers and familes it is a fantastic value day out! However, it’s the children who are in for a real treat as this year there will be even more free entertainment for little ones to enjoy. Click here to buy tickets.

Red Rose Woodturning Club, Sizergh. 1100 - 1530, on 03 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
The Red Rose Woodturning Club will provide demonstrations and display woodturning equipment. There will also be a chance to purchase products handcrafted by the Club.

More Information: Anna Singer or Nic Frampton, 015395- 60951, sizergh@nationaltrust.org.uk

Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Tudor Summer Games, Rufford Old Hall. 1100 - 1700, on 03 August 2014 - 03 August 2014
Have a go at cup and ball, skittles and lots of other games from the past. More Information: Rufford Old Hall, 01704 821254, ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Suitable for Groups.

Starting XV Rugby Camps, Terra Nova (Full days), on 04 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
Starting XV Rugby Camps for August 2014 for ages 6 to 16 years old boys and girls Attendees will receive top class coaching from former Sale Sharks coach Rick Spencer, T-Shirt, Rugby Balls, Certificate & Full day visit from Professional player- Terra Nova School Rugby Camps Monday 4th August till Friday 8th August – 3 days £80 or all 5 days £120 Tuesday 26th August till Friday 29th August – 3 days £80 or all 4 days £100 Book online or for more information go to www.startingxv.co.uk or call 07944 829503 Follow on Twitter @starting XV.

The Rocket Show, Jodrell Bank. Various Times, on 04 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
Join us for our explainer-led interactive show exploring how rockets get into space, what would happen if we didn't wear a space suit and watch as we launch some rockets of our own. There will be lots of fun interactive demonstrations along the way. Show times are 11.30, 12.30, 2.30, 3.30. Suitable for 5 years upwards.

Herbs and Hedgerows, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 04 August 2014 - 04 August 2014
Join the servants for a 10-minute talk to find out about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and other plants. From poisonous puddings to nettle cloth, come and learn about bizarre ways the Georgians employed herbs and wild plant. Join us for a ten minute talk that includes surprising uses for nettles, folklore and myths about some common plants and visit the Georgian kitchen. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access available.

Toy Stories, Quarry Bank Mill. 1200 - 1600, on 04 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
Make your own Victorian spinning toy.

Art in the Garden, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 04 August 2014 - 04 August 2014
Let your artistic side loose and get crafty in the garden. Make tissue paper poppies and draw pictures inspired by our First World War scrapbooks. Garden ticket required.

Make Believe at Lyme Park, 1300 - 1500, on 04 August 2014 - 04 August 2014
Dress up as a soldier on the family stage, a servant in the Butler’s Rooms or stroll around in Edwardian and Regency finery.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. 1030 - 1345, on 05 August 2014 - 05 August 2014
Sensory play and interactive story sessions for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions) Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free. 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm.

A handful of Oats, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 05 August 2014 - 05 August 2014
Join us in celebration of how the oat proved to be a staple ingredient in the Georgian Cumbrian diet. Head for the kitchen to try your hand at ‘the daily grind’ of the oats which would in turn be used in the production of clap bread, the forerunner of the modern oat cake. Learn about travelling clap bread makers and experience how clap bread was made over an open fire. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access.

Dunham Detectives - A Stamford Hospital Tale, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 05 August 2014 - 05 August 2014
Come and do some detective work in the garden and discover the story of two people from the Stamford Hospital. Garden ticket required.

Holiday Fun at Bramall Hall, 1315 - 1600, on 05 August 2014 - 05 August 2014
Have some historical fun at Bramall Hall this summer holiday: 5 August - Be a Tudor Builder, 12 August - Kill or Cure, 19 August - Ballroom Paintings*, 26 August - Peek into the Past* Bramall Hall - 1.15pm - 4pm Just drop in, 50p per activity *standard admission applies Contact: 0161 474 2020

Holiday Fun at Bramhall Hall, on 05 August 2014 - 26 August 2014
Have some historic fun at Bramhall Hall this summer holiday 5th Aug - Be a Tudor Builder 12th Aug - Kill or cure 19th Aug - Ballroom Paintings (standard admission applies) 26th Aug - Peek into the past (standard admission applies) Suitable for all ages. 1.15pm-4pm Just drop in, 50p per activity

Underwater Mini Beasts, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 05 August 2014 - 05 August 2014
Who do you think lives in the water in our ponds? Why not come along and find out? Grab a net and find out what lives under water at Lyme Park. Parking charge applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk

Animal Magic Workshop, Wilmslow Library, 6th August 10.00 am or 11.00 am, on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
Animal Magic join us for a very special Animal Workshop, furry creatures, scaly creatures, creatures with lots of legs on Wednesday 6th August 10.00 am  or  11.00 am Suitable for children aged 4-11 Tickets £3.50 per child  

50 things to Do, Drop in and Play. 1100 - 1500, on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
Join us, whatever the weather, for Ranger led family fun. A changing programme of, mostly, outdoor activities from among the “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4″ will be offered every Wednesday during school holidays. More Information: Acorn Bank, 017683 61893, acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Wild Art Wednesdays, Allan Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
Create some wild art using the natural materials in our woodland. Ranger Tips and activity sheets available. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394-35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

Poetry for Everyone, Wordsworth House. Various Times., on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
A 10 minute talk about William’s poetry then write your own! Add your verse to our poetry tree. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to garden, first floor of house and to shop and cafe. Disabled toilet facilities available.

Brilliant Bugs, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1500, on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
Come and explore our garden to discover which creatures we have living in our garden here at Lyme. From butterflies to millipedes, find out which bugs live in the garden and create your own to take home. Garden admission applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wild Art in the Garden, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
Join us in the garden and have a go at making some pictures using natural materials. Don't forget to bring your camera to record your artwork! Garden ticket required.

Free Holiday Fun, Gallery Oldham, 13.00 - 16.00, on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
Head out of Tameside to Gallery Oldham (Oldham Cultural Quarter,, Greaves Street, Oldham  Oldham OL1)  for their Free Holiday Fun Sessions! These are linked to the Galleries exhibitions so please take a look around the galleries beforyou come along. Face painting and craft activities at each session. Most suitable for ages 4–10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all family activities. For further information call 0161 770 4653, email galleryoldham@oldham.gov.uk or visit http://www.galleryoldham.org.uk


Spinners and Thaumatropes, Macclesfield. 1330 - 1530, on 06 August 2014 - 06 August 2014
Keep children occupied this Summer with drop-in activities at the Macclesfield Museum. - Today you can Create Victorian Optical Illusions in our gallery. £2. It will takes place at Macclesfield Silk Museum in the Old Sunday School.

Summer Special rhyme & craft time , WIlmslow Library, 11.00am, on 07 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
For Pre-Schoolers: our favourite songs and rhymes, and fun with a giant collage Thursday 7th August 11.00am Suitable for pre-school children Tickets £2 per child  

Toddler Tales, The John Rylands Library. 1030 - 1130, on 07 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Suitable for ages 0 - 5

Butterflies, Moths and Insects. Macclesfield. 1000 - 1200, on 07 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
Children's Craft Club at Macclesfield Silk Museum - Children will be making 3D models of butterflies, moths and insects using a variety of materials. All Craft Clubs can be booked over the phone on (01625) 612045 and cost £6.50. Booking is essential as there are limited places available.

Catch a Pastry Fish, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 07 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
Get creative in the Georgian kitchen and make a traditional pastry fish to take home. Craft your fish using our selection of wooden tools and learn some tricks of pastry creation suitable for artists of all abilities! See our full-size fish wrapped in pastry and pick up a copy of this fantastic 18th-century recipe to try at home. Chat with our servants about the techniques of Georgian pastry creation, including how they made some truly monstrous pies and how a giant pasty can be the ideal gift! More Information: Zoe Gilbert, 01900 824805, wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

What's in a Pond? Dunham Massey. Various Times, on 07 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
Take a closer look at the creatures swimming around in Dunham's ponds. Join us at the pond at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 or 3.00 for an introduction to the activity.

Xplorer at Brereton Heath LNR, Congleton. 1200 - 1500, on 07 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
Xplorer is a fun family challenge aimed at primary and pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and guardians. It is an outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour depending on the course. Find out more on the Xplorer website. No experience of map reading is necessary, and Xplorer is perfect for children as they can run around in a safe and friendly environment and will have a great adventure searching for the secret markers. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun and even create family teams! Booking in advance is essential.

Nature Explorers, Allan Bank. 1330 - 1530, on 07 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394 35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 07 August 2014 - 07 August 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Brilliant Bugs, Dunham Massey. Various Times, on 08 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
Join us to find out about brilliant bugs. Meet in the garden at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 or 3.00 for an introduction to the activity. Garden ticket required.

Teenage Art Class: Cartoon Art, Macclesfield. 1230 - 1530, on 08 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
Teenage Art Class: Cartoon Art - Write, Design and Draw your own cartoon and comic book. Over the School holidays, Macclesfield Silk Museum runs a variety of workshops aimed at children aged 11-16. Each session runs 12.30pm-3.30pm and costs £6.50. Places can be booked on (01625)613210

Terrific Tales in the Garden, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 08 August 2014 - 08 August 2014
Do you enjoy listening to stories? Fabulous stories told by a professional storyteller. Garden admission applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk


Charity Open Day, Total Fitness, Denmark St, Altrincham, WA14 2DE, on 09 August 2014 - 09 August 2014
Total Fitness is hosting a Ride For Life Open Day in aid of Cancer Research.  There will be a 12 hour indoor cycling challenge, family fun day, kids activities, entertainment, refreshments and the facilities will be open to non-members too.

Tegg's Nose Bilberry Pick, Macclesfield. 1000 - 1300, on 09 August 2014 - 09 August 2014
Healthy, organic, tasty and free. Bilberry, blueberry, blaeberry, whin; whatever you want to call them they grow wild all over Tegg’s Nose Country Park and all you have to do is bring a container and get picking. Alex from Schola Foris will be on hand with foraging expert James Wood to explain the best places to look and will provide more information about where to source great local food. Plus they’ll be showing you how to make your own bilberry jam so please bring a sterilised jar with you to take away a sample! This is a free event but if you would like to participate in the jam making please register for the event so we can ensure we have enough jam pans.

Makers Macc Craft Day, Silk Museum. 1000 - 1500, on 09 August 2014 - 09 August 2014
Makers Days are a great opportunity for local makers and crafters to share their skills with others. Makers are invited to demonstrate different crafts and techniques they use. Visitors are then invited to 'have a go' at a new craft and make something to take home. There are a variety of handmade items on sale too. Event runs 10am-3pm. Free Entry. The event will take place at the Old Sunday School.

Big Top Circus , Manchester Runway Visitors Park., on 09 August 2014 - 09 August 2014
Head to the Manchester Airport Viewing park to visit the Big Top Circus have fun enjoying the show, then learning the skills!

Handforth Paddock Fair, on 09 August 2014 - 09 August 2014
Handforth Paddock Fair+Peppa Pig 11-4pm The Paddock Handforth sk9 3hq FROZEN performers and a photoshoot, PEPPA PIG 11.30, 1.00pm 2.30pm. Delicious food, amazing stalls, FREE treasure hunt, pony rides, sand art, gift stalls, miniature railway 5op, RSPCA, tombola, community stalls, oakmere singers and much more  FREE GOODIE BAGS & FREE ADMISSION. FREE punch and judy shows.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 09 August 2014 - 10 August 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

Viking Sunday, The Old Hall - Tatton Park - 1200 - 1700, on 10 August 2014 - 10 August 2014
The Vikings of Middle England are invading Tatton’s Old Hall again! Get an insight into the life of a Viking, try on armour, try archery and listen to the tales of Middle England. Open 12pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Adult £6, Child £4, Family £16. Car entry £5 applies. For more information go to: http://events.tattonpark.org.uk/viewEvent.aspx?eid=52554&s=635432256000000000&e=635432256000000000

Mission to Mars, Jodrell Bank. 1000 - 1700, on 11 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
Do you have what it takes to complete our Mission to Mars challenge? You will send your mars rover on a journey through the rough terrain. Along the way you will have to tackle some tricky tasks, collect samples and carry out scientific experiments to find out exactly what life it’s like on this red planet. This activity is suitable for children of 7 years upwards. No booking required, drop in session. Free event but normal admission applies Mission to Mars runs for two weeks from 11 to 15 Aug & 18 to 22 Aug

Frozen Event, Brookside Pottery, Poynton 10.00-12.00, on 11 August 2014 - 11 August 2014

Your child will glaze a frozen themed item - choose from a princess photo frame,  castle money box, hand mirror, hair brush or crown trinket box.  There will also be light refreshments, a chance to win a hamper of FROZEN  goodies and  to meet a special guest from the Kingdom of Arenelle! Arrive 10 am for a 10.30 start.  The event will last approx 1.5 hours. Costs £20. Limited to 20 children so booking essential with a £10 non refundable deposit required per child . Call 07946637499 . Mention Mums in the Know and receive 10% off the event.

Herbs and Hedgerows, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 11 August 2014 - 11 August 2014
Join the servants for a 10-minute talk to find out about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and other plants. From poisonous puddings to nettle cloth, come and learn about bizarre ways the Georgians employed herbs and wild plant. Join us for a ten minute talk that includes surprising uses for nettles, folklore and myths about some common plants and visit the Georgian kitchen. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access available.

Make Your Mark, Quarry Bank Mill. 1200 - 1600, on 11 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
Weave your own paper bookmark.

Meet the Servants, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 11 August 2014 - 11 August 2014
Meet the servants and find out about some of their jobs. Normal admission applies, house & garden ticket required

Scooby Doo: The Mystery of the Pyramid, Regent Theatre, various shows, on 12 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
Scooby-Doo and the gang are back by popular demand and with even more Spooky Mystery and fun - this time in the Pyramids... Warner Bros.’ Cartoon Classic Comes to Life! Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne arrive in Egypt where they must solve the mystery of Pharaoh Hatchepsout’s Pyramid.  Easy, you say?  Not if the gang has to deal with mysterious mummies plus the wrath of the Pharaoh who will transform anyone who dares to approach the pyramid... into stone! With hilarious physical comedy, popular tunes and special effects... the whole family will enjoy this 90 minute show... Live On Stage. Zoinks... book early for best seats!

Under 5's Toddle Waddle at Lyme Park. 1000 - 1400., on 12 August 2014 - 12 August 2014
For children under five to raise money via sponsorship for Meningitis Now. It's a great fun event and will include lots of fun activities along the way. We will be toddelling approximately 1k (less than a mile) around Lyme Park as a group.  Please join the event on facebook to receive your sponsor pack! PEPPA PIG WILL BE JOINING IN THE TODDLE!!

50 things activity and play week, Hare Hill. 1000 - 1600, on 12 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
As you wander around our garden, discover a variety of self-led activities to keep you amused and bemused. Cheer along your snail and when the race is over, why not stay to forage for natural things to create your very own artistic masterpiece to take home. Create some music with a grass trumpet or design some Jewellery with our daisies, or if you are brave enough why not dip a net into a pond, or hunt for bugs, who know if you are really brave you could even hold a scary beast. More Information: Emma Hill, 01625 584412, emma.hill@nationaltrust.org.uk

A way with the Fairies, Stamford Park, 11.00 - 15.00, on 12 August 2014 - 12 August 2014
Drop in to Highfield Pavilion Stamford Park, Stamford Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1NJ between 11.00 - 15.00 on 12 August and create fairy houses and hobbit homes, have a go at stone carving and meet the faery folk that live in the woods. See here.

A handful of Oats, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 12 August 2014 - 12 August 2014
Join us in celebration of how the oat proved to be a staple ingredient in the Georgian Cumbrian diet. Head for the kitchen to try your hand at ‘the daily grind’ of the oats which would in turn be used in the production of clap bread, the forerunner of the modern oat cake. Learn about travelling clap bread makers and experience how clap bread was made over an open fire. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access.

Dunham Detectives - A Stamford Hospital Tale, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 12 August 2014 - 12 August 2014
Come and do some detective work in the garden and discover the story of two people from the Stamford Hospital. Garden ticket required.

Holiday Fun at Bramall Hall, 1315 - 1600, on 12 August 2014 - 12 August 2014
Have some historical fun at Bramall Hall this summer holiday: 5 August - Be a Tudor Builder, 12 August - Kill or Cure, 19 August - Ballroom Paintings*, 26 August - Peek into the Past* Bramall Hall - 1.15pm - 4pm Just drop in, 50p per activity *standard admission applies Contact: 0161 474 2020

Estate Apprentice, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 12 August 2014 - 12 August 2014
Ever fancied having a go at working outside at Lyme? Here’s your chance! Have a go at dry stone walling and path laying. Find out how the workers built the 18 miles of wall around the park. Parking charge applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at the Mill pond. All ages welcome.

Down The Mines, Alderely Edge. 1900 - 2130, on 12 August 2014 - 12 August 2014
Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a trip down the old copper mines of Alderley Edge. Helmets with lamps provided, but please wear old clothes. Some ladder climbing and crawling involved. Suitable for adults and children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.

Nature Crafts, Teggs Nose. 1000 - 1230, on 13 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
Come and learn the art of hapa zome (leaf pounding) to make beautiful handcrafted calico items, do some tasty painting, make a picture frame or a beautiful dream catcher. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5. Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm. Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)

50 things to Do, Drop in and Play. 1100 - 1500, on 13 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
Join us, whatever the weather, for Ranger led family fun. A changing programme of, mostly, outdoor activities from among the “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4″ will be offered every Wednesday during school holidays. More Information: Acorn Bank, 017683 61893, acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Wild Art Wednesdays, Allan Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 13 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
Create some wild art using the natural materials in our woodland. Ranger Tips and activity sheets available. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394-35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

Poetry for Everyone, Wordsworth House. Various Times., on 13 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
A 10 minute talk about William’s poetry then write your own! Add your verse to our poetry tree. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to garden, first floor of house and to shop and cafe. Disabled toilet facilities available.

Wild Art in the Garden, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 13 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
Join us in the garden and have a go at making some pictures using natural materials. Don't forget to bring your camera to record your artwork! Garden ticket required.

Nesting Dolls, Macclesfield. 1330 - 1530, on 13 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
Keep children occupied this Summer with drop-in activities at the Macclesfield Museum. This week you can design and make your own set of Russian Nesting Dolls in our gallery. £2. Takes place at the Old Sunday School.

Garden Apprentice, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 13 August 2014 - 13 August 2014
Come and learn how to tend to a beautiful garden with our gardening team. Water the plants in the garden and learn how to care for them, just like Mr. Addison, the Edwardian Head Gardener. Garden admission applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet in the south front garden. All ages welcome

Rachael Lindsay and her Trolls, Wilmslow Library, 14th August at 10.30am,, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Join us on Thursday 14th August at 10.30am at Wilmslow Library when local author Rachael Lindsay will be reading from her popular children’s books and introducing us to the lives and language of her trolls. Signed copies of Rachael’s books will be available to buy on the day. Suitable for children aged 4-11 Tickets £2 per child www.rachaellindsay.com  

Stories Old and New, Bramall Hall., on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
An interactive storytelling session for children aged 3-6 with traditional and new stories. £3 per child, two adults go free with every paying child Booking Essential - Contact: 0161 474 2020

Tree Climbing, Dunham Massey. Various Times, on 14 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
Fancy a different view of Dunham? Instructors from the Great Big Tree Climbing Company can help all ages reach new heights this summer. They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can't be found on the ground and if you're feeling brave take the zip wire back down! Each hour-long session contains a maximum of seven participants. Sessions begin at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal admission charges apply (NT members free). Book with Great Big Tree Climbing Company directly - https://dunhamtreeclimbing.eventbrite.co.uk Minimum age of participants - 6 years

3D Seashore Scenes, Macclesfield. 1000 - 1200, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Pretend you are at the seaside by making a 3D seashore scene. All Craft Clubs can be booked over the phone on (01625) 612045 and cost £6.50. Booking is essential as there are limited places available.

Catch a Pastry Fish, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Get creative in the Georgian kitchen and make a traditional pastry fish to take home. Craft your fish using our selection of wooden tools and learn some tricks of pastry creation suitable for artists of all abilities! See our full-size fish wrapped in pastry and pick up a copy of this fantastic 18th-century recipe to try at home. Chat with our servants about the techniques of Georgian pastry creation, including how they made some truly monstrous pies and how a giant pasty can be the ideal gift! More Information: Zoe Gilbert, 01900 824805, wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Xplorer at Tegg’s Nose, Macclesfield. 1200 - 1500, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Xplorer is a fun family challenge aimed at primary and pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and guardians. It is an outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour depending on the course. No experience of map reading is necessary, and Xplorer is perfect for children as they can run around in a safe and friendly environment and will have a great adventure searching for the secret markers. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun and even create family teams! Booking in advance is essential. Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)

What's in a Pond? Dunham Massey. Various Times, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Take a closer look at the creatures swimming around in Dunham's ponds. Join us at the pond at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 or 3.00 for an introduction to the activity.

Teenage Art Class: Aboriginal Art, Macclesfield. 1230 - 1530, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Over the School holidays, Macclesfield Silk Museum runs a variety of workshops aimed at children aged 11-16. Each session runs 12.30pm-3.30pm and costs £6.50. Places can be booked on (01625)613210 - This week discover aboriginal art techniques and create a painting to take home, using aboriginal techniques.

Nature Explorers, Allan Bank. 1330 - 1530, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394 35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Sand sculptures and sand-castle competition, Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve. 1400 - 1600, on 14 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Show off your artistic talents by creating natural sculptures and sand-castles from sand and shells on our lovely beach. More Information: Neil Forbes – Sandscale Ranger, 01229 462855, neil.forbes@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. We recommend that all participants wear beach shoes or willies unless otherwise stated.

Just So Festival, Rode Hall & Gardens, on 15 August 2014 - 17 August 2014
A weekend of old fashioned fun, explore your creative side with the family through from lantern parades to puppet shows and circus skills, this isn’t a weekend to miss! For more information about the activities and for tickets, click here.

Brilliant Bugs, Dunham Massey. Various Times, on 15 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
Join us to find out about brilliant bugs. Meet in the garden at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 or 3.00 for an introduction to the activity. Garden ticket required.

Mini Masterpiece, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 15 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
Budding artists required! Ever painted with watercolours before? It doesn’t matter whether you have or not, why not come along and have a go? Paint your own watercolour, inspired by Lyme’s garden. Garden admission applies. NT members free More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023,lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet in the south front garden. All ages welcome.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 16 August 2014 - 17 August 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

Shabti Day, West Park Museum Macclesfield. 1330 - 1530, on 16 August 2014 - 16 August 2014
Visit West Park Museum for an egyptian themed craft session. Children aged 6+ can take part in an Egyptian extravaganza! Under take an egyptian themed scavanger hunt around the museum, design and create your own 'shabti' and learn hieroglyphs! It costs £5 and due to limited spaced they MUST be booked over the phone on (01625)613210.

Robin Hood outdoor theatre, Tatton Park. 1830 - 2100, on 16 August 2014 - 16 August 2014
Illyria Outdoor Theatre brings you the traditional performance of Robin Hood, adapted by Oliver Gray and from the earliest Robin Hood ballands pre-dating Chauce

Peter Pan, Dunham Massey. 1830 - 2100, on 16 August 2014 - 16 August 2014
Outdoor theatre in the garden. Fasten your lifebelts for Heartbreak’s adaptation of this classic tale. Help Peter to bring the dastardly villain Captain Hook to justice in this enchanting experience for all the family. Booking Essential 0844 249 1895. Booking fee applies (5% of transaction value) Booking Fee Applies. Bring a picnic and seating. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for children aged 5+ Gates open at 5.45pm for picnics, play starts at 6.30pm. Please note that seats are not provided, please bring chairs or a picnic rug. Unlike in previous years we’re unable to sell hot drinks and ice cream in the garden so please bring everything you need with you.

Mission to Mars, Jodrell Bank. 1000 - 1700, on 18 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
Do you have what it takes to complete our Mission to Mars challenge? You will send your mars rover on a journey through the rough terrain. Along the way you will have to tackle some tricky tasks, collect samples and carry out scientific experiments to find out exactly what life it’s like on this red planet. This activity is suitable for children of 7 years upwards. No booking required, drop in session. Free event but normal admission applies Mission to Mars runs for two weeks from 11 to 15 Aug & 18 to 22 Aug

Herbs and Hedgerows, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 18 August 2014 - 18 August 2014
Join the servants for a 10-minute talk to find out about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and other plants. From poisonous puddings to nettle cloth, come and learn about bizarre ways the Georgians employed herbs and wild plant. Join us for a ten minute talk that includes surprising uses for nettles, folklore and myths about some common plants and visit the Georgian kitchen. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access available.

Name Your Place, Quarry Bank Mill. 1200- 1600, on 18 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
Use decoupage, a Victorian decorating technique to make a name plate for your bedroom!

Meet the Servants, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 18 August 2014 - 18 August 2014
Meet the servants and find out about some of their jobs. Normal admission applies, house & garden ticket required

Go Batty! Quarry Bank. 1930 - 2130, on 18 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
Head along the River Bollin to find out about the night time residents of Styal estate. Includes a bat biscuit. Ages 4+ Booking Essential 01625 445 845 Booking Fee Applies. Adult £5, Child £2.50

Mythical Story and Craft, Wilmslow Library, 14.30, on 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
Join us for an afternoon of mythological tales and crafts, we’ll be making magnets, shields and more Tuesday 19th August 2.30pm Suitable for children aged 4-11 Tickets £2 per child

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. 1030 - 1345, on 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
Sensory play and interactive story sessions for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions) Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free. 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm

A handful of Oats, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
Join us in celebration of how the oat proved to be a staple ingredient in the Georgian Cumbrian diet. Head for the kitchen to try your hand at ‘the daily grind’ of the oats which would in turn be used in the production of clap bread, the forerunner of the modern oat cake. Learn about travelling clap bread makers and experience how clap bread was made over an open fire. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access.

Dunham Detectives - A Stamford Hospital Tale, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
Come and do some detective work in the garden and discover the story of two people from the Stamford Hospital. Garden ticket required.

Holiday Fun at Bramall Hall, 1315 - 1600, on 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
Have some historical fun at Bramall Hall this summer holiday: 5 August - Be a Tudor Builder, 12 August - Kill or Cure, 19 August - Ballroom Paintings*, 26 August - Peek into the Past* Bramall Hall - 1.15pm - 4pm Just drop in, 50p per activity *standard admission applies Contact: 0161 474 2020

Animal Tracking, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
Tick off another activity on your 50 Things list with us as we track animals here at Lyme. Join the rangers on a walk around the park discovering what lives at Lyme. Parking charge applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at the Mill pond. All ages welcome

Storytelling in the Park, West Park Museum Macclesfield. 1400 - 1630, on 19 August 2014 - 19 August 2014
Children of all ages can enjoy a free story telling session at West Park Museum. Join us between 2pm-3pm and 3.30pm-4.30pm for an interactive story telling experience, adults must accompany children. Free. West Park Museum.

Tegg's Nose Games Day, Macclesfield. 1000 - 1300, on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
Have fun in the great outdoors this summer holiday at Tegg’s Nose Country Park. A chance to play some outdoor environmental games while getting to know this beautiful countryside site better! Suitable for children over the age of 5. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

50 things to Do, Drop in and Play. 1100 - 1500, on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
Join us, whatever the weather, for Ranger led family fun. A changing programme of, mostly, outdoor activities from among the “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4″ will be offered every Wednesday during school holidays. More Information: Acorn Bank, 017683 61893, acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Wild Art Wednesdays, Allan Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
Create some wild art using the natural materials in our woodland. Ranger Tips and activity sheets available. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394-35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

Poetry for Everyone, Wordsworth House. Various Times., on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
A 10 minute talk about William’s poetry then write your own! Add your verse to our poetry tree. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to garden, first floor of house and to shop and cafe. Disabled toilet facilities available.

Wild Art in the Garden, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
Join us in the garden and have a go at making some pictures using natural materials. Don't forget to bring your camera to record your artwork! Garden ticket required.

Victorian Art Lesson, Silk Museum Macclesfield. 1330 - 1530, on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
Today you and the family can take part in a victorian style art lesson in the gallery. £2. Takes place at the Old Sunday School.

Victorian schoolroom experience, Macclesfield. 1400 - 1500, on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
Visit Ma'am in the schoolroom at 2pm and 3pm for a lesson you will never forget! Suitable for children and adults - and children must be accompanied. Costs £2.00 for a full lesson. Takes place at the Old Sunday School

The Tempest, Speke Hall. 1900 - 2130, on 20 August 2014 - 20 August 2014
The Pantaloons present a unique and hilarious take on Shakespeare’s tale of shipwrecks, sorcerers and silly servants. More Information: Property Office, 0151 427 7231, spekehall@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Essential 0151 728 5850. Please call between 11am and 5pm to purchase your tickets, or pop into visitor reception. Suitable for Groups "Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chair and wrap up warmly. Even a beautiful summer evening can turn chilly! Please enter through visitor reception and make your way over to the North Lawn. Wheelchair accessible. Please speak to staff on the night if you require a closer drop-off point for passengers. Our buggy will be available to transfer you from Home Farm to the North Lawn."

Symmetrical Workshop, Macclesfield. 1000 - 1200, on 21 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
Children's Craft Club - This workshop will be looking at shapes and symmetry, then children will be asked to create a picture using different shapes.

Catch a Pastry Fish, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 21 August 2014 - 21 August 2014
Get creative in the Georgian kitchen and make a traditional pastry fish to take home. Craft your fish using our selection of wooden tools and learn some tricks of pastry creation suitable for artists of all abilities! See our full-size fish wrapped in pastry and pick up a copy of this fantastic 18th-century recipe to try at home. Chat with our servants about the techniques of Georgian pastry creation, including how they made some truly monstrous pies and how a giant pasty can be the ideal gift! More Information: Zoe Gilbert, 01900 824805, wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Art in the Garden, Dunham Massey, 1200 - 1600, on 21 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
Let your artistic side loose and get crafty in the garden. Make tissue paper poppies and draw pictures inspired by our First World War scrapbooks. Garden ticket required.

Teenage Art Class: Jewellery Making Workshop, Macclesfield. 1230 - 1530, on 21 August 2014 - 21 August 2014
Over the School holidays, Macclesfield Silk Museum runs a variety of workshops aimed at children aged 11-16. Each session runs 12.30pm-3.30pm and costs £6.50. Places can be booked on (01625)613210. During this weeks class you can design and make items of jewellery.

Nature Explorers, Allan Bank. 1330 - 1530, on 21 August 2014 - 21 August 2014
Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394 35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 21 August 2014 - 21 August 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Create Wild Art, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 22 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
Be inspired by nature, create your own piece of wild art to take home. Parking charge applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet by the Mill pond. All ages welcome

The Taming of the Shrew, Walden Gardens, Derbyshire Rd, Sale, M33 3EL, 1900, on 22 August 2014 - 22 August 2014
Folksy Theatre will be performing their open-air production of Shakespeare's 'The Taming Of The Shrew' at Walkden Gardens, Sale.  Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and friends and family to enjoy this wonderful outdoor performance. Pre-booked tickets £8 - £12 (£35 for family ticket) On door tickets £10 - £15.  Set in the rockin' 50's, it's The Shrew as you've never seen it before. This production is filled with live music, large characters and guarantees to have audiences of young and old alike, laughing along.  

Handmade Craft Fair, Life Centre, Washway Rd, Sale, M33 4BP, 1100-1600, on 23 August 2014 - 23 August 2014
Quality items made by artisans and crafters.  Free entry.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 23 August 2014 - 24 August 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

Herbs and Hedgerows, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 25 August 2014 - 25 August 2014
Join the servants for a 10-minute talk to find out about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and other plants. From poisonous puddings to nettle cloth, come and learn about bizarre ways the Georgians employed herbs and wild plant. Join us for a ten minute talk that includes surprising uses for nettles, folklore and myths about some common plants and visit the Georgian kitchen. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access available.

Starting XV Rugby Camps, Terra Nova (Full days), on 26 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
Starting XV Rugby Camps for August 2014 for ages 6 to 16 years old boys and girls Attendees will receive top class coaching from former Sale Sharks coach Rick Spencer, T-Shirt, Rugby Balls, Certificate & Full day visit from Professional player- Terra Nova School Rugby Camps Monday 4th August till Friday 8th August – 3 days £80 or all 5 days £120 Tuesday 26th August till Friday 29th August – 3 days £80 or all 4 days £100 Book online or for more information go to www.startingxv.co.uk or call 07944 829503 Follow on Twitter @starting XV.

A handful of Oats, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 26 August 2014 - 26 August 2014
Join us in celebration of how the oat proved to be a staple ingredient in the Georgian Cumbrian diet. Head for the kitchen to try your hand at ‘the daily grind’ of the oats which would in turn be used in the production of clap bread, the forerunner of the modern oat cake. Learn about travelling clap bread makers and experience how clap bread was made over an open fire. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access.

Keeper of the keys, Quarry Bank Mill. 1200 - 1600, on 26 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
Make yourself a funky fabric key ring!

Holiday Fun at Bramall Hall, 1315 - 1600, on 26 August 2014 - 26 August 2014
Have some historical fun at Bramall Hall this summer holiday: 5 August - Be a Tudor Builder, 12 August - Kill or Cure, 19 August - Ballroom Paintings*, 26 August - Peek into the Past* Bramall Hall - 1.15pm - 4pm Just drop in, 50p per activity *standard admission applies Contact: 0161 474 2020

50 things to Do, Drop in and Play. 1100 - 1500, on 27 August 2014 - 27 August 2014
Join us, whatever the weather, for Ranger led family fun. A changing programme of, mostly, outdoor activities from among the “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4″ will be offered every Wednesday during school holidays. More Information: Acorn Bank, 017683 61893, acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Wild Art Wednesdays, Allan Bank. 1100 - 1600, on 27 August 2014 - 27 August 2014
Create some wild art using the natural materials in our woodland. Ranger Tips and activity sheets available. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394-35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

Poetry for Everyone, Wordsworth House. Various Times., on 27 August 2014 - 27 August 2014
A 10 minute talk about William’s poetry then write your own! Add your verse to our poetry tree. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to garden, first floor of house and to shop and cafe. Disabled toilet facilities available.

Xplorer at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Macclesfield. 1200 - 1500, on 27 August 2014 - 27 August 2014
Xplorer is a fun family challenge aimed at primary and pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and guardians. It is an outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour depending on the course. Find out more on the Xplorer website. No experience of map reading is necessary, and Xplorer is perfect for children as they can run around in a safe and friendly environment and will have a great adventure searching for the secret markers. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun and even create family teams! Booking in advance is essential. Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)

Garden Apprentice, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 27 August 2014 - 27 August 2014
Come and learn how to tend to a beautiful garden with our gardening team. Water the plants in the garden and learn how to care for them, just like Mr. Addison, the Edwardian Head Gardener. Garden admission applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet in the south front garden. All ages welcome

Tree climbing, Dunham Massey. Various Times, on 28 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
Fancy a different view of Dunham? Instructors from the Great Big Tree Climbing Company can help all ages reach new heights this summer. They will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree you will gain an experience which can't be found on the ground and if you're feeling brave take the zip wire back down! Each hour-long session contains a maximum of seven participants. Sessions begin at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Normal admission charges apply (NT members free). Book with Great Big Tree Climbing Company directly - https://dunhamtreeclimbing.eventbrite.co.uk Minimum age of participants - 6 years

Mosaic Workshop, Macclesfield. 1000 - 1200, on 28 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
Macclesfield Silk Museum Children's Craft Club - This workshop will focus on the art of mosaics - children will learn how to create mosaics and then will be asked to create their own mosaic! All Craft Clubs can be booked over the phone on (01625) 612045 and cost £6.50. Booking is essential as there are limited places available.

Catch a Pastry Fish, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 28 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
Get creative in the Georgian kitchen and make a traditional pastry fish to take home. Craft your fish using our selection of wooden tools and learn some tricks of pastry creation suitable for artists of all abilities! See our full-size fish wrapped in pastry and pick up a copy of this fantastic 18th-century recipe to try at home. Chat with our servants about the techniques of Georgian pastry creation, including how they made some truly monstrous pies and how a giant pasty can be the ideal gift! More Information: Zoe Gilbert, 01900 824805, wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Family Fun Day, The John Rylands Library. 1200 - 1600, on 28 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
This free, drop-in family activity day at The John Rylands Library is packed full of fun! You can make your own badge, create a sun-catcher using stained glass colouring, and get physical with some rubber stamping and finger painting, there’s something for all ages! You can even try your hand at a bit of ‘Bookigami’ - the art of folding and crafting with the pages of books!

Xplorer at Brereton Heath, Congleton. 1200 - 1500, on 28 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
Xplorer is a fun family challenge aimed at primary and pre-school children and their parents, grandparents and guardians. It is an outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour depending on the course.

Children's Craft Club: Mosaic Workshop, Macclesfield. 1230 - 1530, on 28 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
This workshop will focus on the art of mosaics, children and teenagers will then be asked to create their own mosaic! Over the School holidays, Macclesfield Silk Museum runs a variety of workshops aimed at children aged 11-16. Each session runs 12.30pm-3.30pm and costs £6.50. Places can be booked on (01625)613210

Nature Explorers, Allan Bank. 1330 - 1530, on 28 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
Pick up your explorer pack and head out into our wild woodland with a National Trust Ranger. More Information: Elaine Taylor, 015394 35143, allanbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking not needed.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 28 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Emperors New Clothes and other stories, King George V Playing Fields , 14.30, on 28 August 2014 - 28 August 2014
Head to King George V Playing Fields (Henrietta Street,  Ashton under Lyne. OL6 8PA)for  Tameside Arts and Events Team open air family friendly theatre production of Emperors New Clothes and other stories! The performances will be accompanied with a workshop and best of all the whole experience is for FREE! Please note that the venue is completely outdoors and care should be taken to dress appropriatelyFor more information see here! 14.30 –    


Magic Carpet, Manchester Museum. 1030 - 1230, on 29 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
Story making and activity sessions. For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings) Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free, under 5s and their families/carers. 10.30-11.30 & 11.30 – 12.30

The Manchester Picnic, Manchester. 1200 - 1900, on 29 August 2014 - 31 August 2014
THREE FULL DAYS OF FOODIE FAMILY FUN! The Manchester Picnic returns to Piccadilly Gardens 29-31 August 2014.  Stalls will be open from 12pm – 7pm each day.

Bare Foot Walk, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 29 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
Do you have tickle-ish toes? Come and find out as you walk around our trail and tick another activity off your 50 Things list. Do you dare to do the bare foot walk? Feel the grass beneath your toes at Lyme. Garden admission applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear suitable outdoor clothing. Meet in the south front garden. All ages welcome.

Stockport Summer Festival, on 29 August 2014 - 31 August 2014
A free festival celebrating the very best of Stockport will take place on Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August. Friday 29th 5pm-10pm Foodie Friday in the Marketplace - enjoy artisan street food and an open air stage with live bands throughout the evening Saturday 30th - Fashion show in Mersey Square with beer and tapas festival from Robinsons Visitors centre Sunday 31st - Family Fun Day in Mersey Square with live music and fun, interactive activities for the whole family

Balloon Modelling, Village Square, Bramhall, on 30 August 2014 - 30 August 2014
Head to Bramhall village square for fun on the fantastic new playground and balloon modelling!

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 30 August 2014 - 31 August 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

Summer Send Off, Miners Arms, Adlington 16.00, on 30 August 2014 - 30 August 2014
Say goodbye to the summer in style.  Bouncy castle, bbq, raffle, charity auction and live music from 18.00.  All to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice.

Tegg's Nose Star Party, Macclesfield. 1930 - 2300, on 30 August 2014 - 30 August 2014
If you've ever looked up at the starry night sky and been enthralled by what you've seen, join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing, with a chance to observe summer constellations and deep sky objects, a twilight sky walk and indoor talks. Come and enjoy the waning crescent Moon and the night sky whilst we help you understand its beauty. Stargazing is weather permitting! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5. Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Rd Macclesfield.

Herbs and Hedgerows, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 01 September 2014 - 01 September 2014
Join the servants for a 10-minute talk to find out about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and other plants. From poisonous puddings to nettle cloth, come and learn about bizarre ways the Georgians employed herbs and wild plant. Join us for a ten minute talk that includes surprising uses for nettles, folklore and myths about some common plants and visit the Georgian kitchen. 11:30 am – 11:45 am and 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access available.

A handful of Oats, Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1530, on 02 September 2014 - 02 September 2014
Join us in celebration of how the oat proved to be a staple ingredient in the Georgian Cumbrian diet. Head for the kitchen to try your hand at ‘the daily grind’ of the oats which would in turn be used in the production of clap bread, the forerunner of the modern oat cake. Learn about travelling clap bread makers and experience how clap bread was made over an open fire. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled/wheelchair access.

50 things to Do, Drop in and Play. 1100 - 1500, on 03 September 2014 - 03 September 2014
Join us, whatever the weather, for Ranger led family fun. A changing programme of, mostly, outdoor activities from among the “50 things to do before you are 11 3/4″ will be offered every Wednesday during school holidays. More Information: Acorn Bank, 017683 61893, acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Highlights of William's childhood garden. Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1200, on 03 September 2014 - 03 September 2014
Meet the head gardener for a special guided tour and see what’s in season. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) , garden, and shop. If it is raining bring along wet weather clothing.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 04 September 2014 - 04 September 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Forest Fairies, Tegg's Nose Macclesfield. 1000 - 1230, on 06 September 2014 - 06 September 2014
Follow the fairy trail, build a beautiful fairy house, make a fairy wand, fairy wings and a beautiful woodland crown to wear as we discover the magical world of the little people that live in the forests. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 06 September 2014 - 07 September 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 06 September 2014 - 06 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 09 September 2014 - 09 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 09 September 2014 - 09 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Highlights of William's childhood garden. Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1200, on 10 September 2014 - 10 September 2014
Meet the head gardener for a special guided tour and see what’s in season. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) , garden, and shop. If it is raining bring along wet weather clothing.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 11 September 2014 - 11 September 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 13 September 2014 - 13 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Baby & Childrens Market, Macclesfield. 1000 - 1200, on 14 September 2014 - 14 September 2014
Our markets provide an excellent opportunity to buy and sell quality pre loved baby and children's items including toys, books, nursery furniture and equipment, clothes and much, much more. Sellers get to keep 100% of their profit on the day and buyers get to purchase quality goods at bargain prices. Our markets are also attended by local business showcasing their unique baby and children's products. Stall Bookings now being taken. Pre loved stalls £12, business stalls from £18. Admission £1, children free. Contact susanne@babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk. 07834686414.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 16 September 2014 - 16 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 16 September 2014 - 16 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Highlights of William's childhood garden. Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1200, on 17 September 2014 - 17 September 2014
Meet the head gardener for a special guided tour and see what’s in season. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) , garden, and shop. If it is raining bring along wet weather clothing.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 18 September 2014 - 18 September 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 20 September 2014 - 20 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 23 September 2014 - 23 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Highlights of William's childhood garden. Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1200, on 24 September 2014 - 24 September 2014
Meet the head gardener for a special guided tour and see what’s in season. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) , garden, and shop. If it is raining bring along wet weather clothing.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 25 September 2014 - 25 September 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Springboard Poynton, on 27 September 2014 - 28 September 2014
A music festival featuring both local and visiting acts of all shapes,  sizes and genres, Springboard Poynton truly is designed to be a melting pot of tastes and culture. More information soon.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 27 September 2014 - 27 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 30 September 2014 - 30 September 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Highlights of William's childhood garden. Wordsworth House. 1130 - 1200, on 01 October 2014 - 01 October 2014
Meet the head gardener for a special guided tour and see what’s in season. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Disabled access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) , garden, and shop. If it is raining bring along wet weather clothing.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 02 October 2014 - 02 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 04 October 2014 - 04 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 07 October 2014 - 07 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 09 October 2014 - 09 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 11 October 2014 - 11 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 14 October 2014 - 14 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 16 October 2014 - 16 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 18 October 2014 - 18 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 21 October 2014 - 21 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 21 October 2014 - 21 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 23 October 2014 - 23 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 25 October 2014 - 26 October 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

Hard at Work for the Wordsworths, Wordsworth House. Various Times, on 28 October 2014 - 28 October 2014
Meet the maid or manservant, hear about their lives and take in a special 20-minute talk. £2 per talk. Booking Advisable 01900 824805. Normal Admission Charges Apply. If it’s raining bring along wet-weather clothing! Check site for talks various times.

A taste of Townend, Toutbeck. 1330 - 1600, on 30 October 2014 - 30 October 2014
From Clap bread to cleaning products dating back to the 17th century. Join us for an afternoon of cooking where we’ll try to recreate some of the recipes. For More Information: Emma Wright, 015394 32628, emma.rudkin@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 01 November 2014 - 02 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 08 November 2014 - 09 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 15 November 2014 - 16 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 22 November 2014 - 23 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop.

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