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.

Film in a Week - Star Reach Academy Terra Nova School, on 21 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
This is a fun, interactive holiday club that gives young people the chance to create and star in their own film. Everyone taking part will devise the story and characters for their film. Whilst learning about the chosen topic and the skills required to act for the camera, the week includes lots of drama exercises and games meaning a unique learning experience whilst having fun. Our Film in a week facilitators include drama practitioners, professional film crew and actors who are all fully CRB/DBS checked and the films are made using professional filming equipment. Each young actor will receive their own final edited version of their film.  We are offering a 20% discount to Mums in the know readers that book their place before Friday 20th June For further info email info@starreachacademy.com  or telephone: 03302231513

Garden Week, Jodrell Bank. 1000 - 1700, on 21 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
interactive science show will take place in our beautiful Galaxy Garden. We will be exploring the science behind the garden design, looking at how our universe was born, how it evolved and discovering more about night sky objects such as planets and stars. There will be fun demonstrations and chances for audience participation. Galaxy Garden tours – 11.00am & 2.30pm Wildlife walk - 1.30pm (Monday to Thursday only) Science shows – 12.00pm & 3.30pm Suitable for 5 years upwards. Cost: free event but normal admission applies

Garden Week at Jodrell Bank, on 21 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
Our interactive science show will take place in our beautiful Galaxy Garden. We will be exploring the science behind the garden design, looking at how our universe was born, how it evolved and discovering more about night sky objects such as planets and stars. There will be fun demonstrations and chances for audience participation.Galaxy Garden tours – 11.00am & 2.30pmWildlife walk - 1.30pm (Monday to Thursday only) Science shows – 12.00pm & 3.30pmSuitable for 5 years upwards.Cost: free event but normal admission applies

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.

Giant Spectacular, Memories of August 1914, Liverpool, on 23 July 2014 - 27 July 2014
This summer Liverpool welcomes back some giant sized visitors to roam the streets of the city.  After their unforgettable visit in 2012, Royal De Luxe will return once again as Liverpool hosts one of the UK’s flagship 2014 World War One commemoration events.

Conservation on Show, Manchester Museum. 1300 - 1400, on 23 July 2014 - 23 July 2014
Meet the Museum’s conservation team and gain an insight into techniques used with objects on show in the Whitworth Park: Pleasure, Play & Politics exhibition. Drop-in, free, age 7+

Go on a nature walk at night, Hare Hill. 1915, on 24 July 2014 - 24 July 2014
See the property in a different light. Hear the sounds that are only heard at night. Join the ranger for a night time walk around the property, plus learn about the nocturnal habits of the wildlife in the woodlands and ponds. Put your night vision to the test by looking out for our resident bats and owls and find out why they prefer the night time. Gates open: 7.15pm. Last admission time: 7.30pm Adult £5, Child £2.50 More Information: Emma Hill, 01625 584412, emma.hill@nationaltrust.org.uk

Magic Carpet, Manchester Museum. 1030 - 1230, on 25 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
10.30-11.30 & 11.30 – 12.30 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

Archaeology & Play, Manchester Museum. 1300 - 1430, on 25 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
Get to grips with archaeology and discover what it can tell us about play in the past. See and handle some finds from Whitworth Park and enjoy playing with some replicas of the toys found. Drop-in, free, age 7+

Pirates of Penzance, Dunham Massey. 1900 - 2130, on 26 July 2014 - 26 July 2014
Outdoor opera in the garden. Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment in a show packed full of laughther, romance and a ship-full of memorable songs.

Bushcraft Skills Day at Borrow Pit Meadows, Alsager. 1000 - 1500, on 27 July 2014 - 27 July 2014
This one day introduction and experience will involve such things as: shelter building, fire lighting (using a range of techniques including the art of 'fire by friction'), learning the uses of natural materials to make a range of products, knowledge and information on bushcraft cooking and preparing food, plus a range of other fascinating insights into the 'art' of bushcraft-camping and survival. This is an ideal day for anyone who has watched bushcraft programmes on TV and is keen to try something similar. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £14.50 per person. Suitable for ages 14 or over. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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!

Summer Sport Camp, Withington Girls School. 0930-1530, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Multisport camp for boys and girls to have fun & enjoy tennis, football, netball, basketball, rounders and Kwik  Kricket.  The Sports Camps are led by qualified tennis coach, Matthew  Nichols and former Withington pupil, Jasmin Lane-a karate Black Belt and a qualified football referee.Open to boys and girls aged 6 - 16. £100 for a full week, or £22.50 per day for the first child and £95 per week and £21.50 per day for subsequent siblings.  Children will need to bring a packed lunch and Parents may ‘pick and mix' days and weeks as required • 9.30am -3.30pm • Early drop-off and late pick-up available (8.30am-4.30pm) at a cost of £6 per day. Call 0161 249 3457 for more info or visit website here. To book your place, please  download and print a Registration Form, then send it in to School  with a cheque made payable to Withington  Girls' School for the attention of Mrs P Willis. --

Summer Art & Craft Workshops, Withington Girls School. 0930-1530, on 28 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Organised by Withington Art Department staff, this course offers 5 days of creative fun, experimenting & exploring with lots of  exciting materials. Held in Withington's state-of-the-art Art Studios, each  child will try painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printing and much more!  Children will work towards producing a range of  artwork leading up to their own exhibition on the Friday  afternoon. Open to boys & girls aged 8 - 16, price for full week: £150. Children need to bring a packed lunch. 9.30am -3.30pm. Early drop-off and late pick-up available (8.30am-4.30pm) at a cost of £3 per session or £6 per day. For more info contact 0161 249 3457 or visit the website here.

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.

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
There’s plenty to do at the farm this summer, see milking demonstrations, follow the Little Baa trail, watch the sheep compete in a daily hurdle challenge and much more! Normal opening times and charges apply, for more information click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Decorate our Library Craft Session 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

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

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.

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.

The Rocket Show Jodrell Bank, 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, 3.3Suitable for 5 years upwards. *free event but normal admission applies

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.

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.

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

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  

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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

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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Adult £15, Child £10

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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)

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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