Event Diary

Important events

Banardo's Big Toddle, Chester Zoo, on 19 May 2015 - 22 May 2015

The Big Toddle is the UK’s biggest charity event for children aged 0 - 5. Toddlers are getting ready to take part in this short sponsored walk and have great fun with their friends at Chester Zoo. Find out more about the event here and the fab video to help get the little ones warmed up and ready to go for the event.


The Lost Festival, Burrs Country Park, Bury. 1600 - 2100, on 22 May 2015 - 25 May 2015
The Lost Carnival is an immersive theatre experience that invites families to step into a world unlike any other. It will appear in Burrs Country Park in Bury on the evenings of 22/23/24/25 May 2015. The carnival will be open from 4-9pm, with the audience entering on timed tickets. Tickets cost £10 per person (under 3s go free). Carnival goers should dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Tickets will go on sale on 20th January. To keep up to date with news of the Lost Carnival, visit www.thelostcarnival.org.uk

Geronimo ! - Fantastic Family Fun at Tatton Park, on 23 May 2015 - 25 May 2015
This May Bank Holiday (23/24/25)  it's time for Geronimo! at Tatton Park, the largest children's festival in the north-west with hundreds of activities for children from 0-12. Watch live shows on our "Geronostage" explore our Themed Woodlands and Build a Den. Watch a Circus, Ride a Donkey, Swing through the Trees, enjoy a thrilling BMX bike display, zip down our High Wires if you Dare! Go wild in our Adrenaline Zone or get arty in our Craft Marquees. Enjoy storytelling, shows and sandpits. Bounce around in our Inflatable Village or hit the dance floor with our Zumba and Ballet workshops. Children of all ages can have fun in our Survival School and get up-close to cuddly creatures in the Petting Zoo. Tickets priced from £16 per person for a one-day ticket. Family tickets available.

Sing a long Frozen, Victoria Hall, Stoke on Trent 11:30 and 15:00, on 23 May 2015 - 23 May 2015
Experience a screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna, together with live host and magic moments fun pack so that you can interact with the movie. The host will show you how to use the prop pack and then just sit back and 'Let it Go' - YOU, the audience, are the stars! Remember to dress up as your favourite character for the fancy dress competition and be a Snow Queen for the day or Olaf the snowman, the coolest iceman ever! Age recommendation: 5+ Child Ticket from £12.90, Adult Ticket from £16.90  

Amazed by Science Tatton Park, on 23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
Join us this half term and bank holiday weekend as we celebrate science, technology and engineering at Tatton Park as part of Cheshire’s Amazed By Science Festival 2015. Be inspired by Tatton’s rich heritage of past achievements and endeavours, whilst exploring how science is still relevant to us today, helping us maintain and conserve Tatton Park’s historic, built and natural features both now and for future generations. Normal attraction entry prices apply. Call for more information 01625 374400.

May Half Term at MOSI, 1000 - 1700, on 23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015

#HookedOnMusic at May Half Term, Silent Disco – Revolution Manchester – 11.20am; 12.20pm; 1.20pm; 2.20pm, #HookedonMusic Quiz – Revolution Manchester – 11am; 12pm; 1pm; 2pm; 3pm. Jungle Disco – 1830 Warehouse – 11.30am; 12.30pm; 1.30pm. 2.30pm

Suitable for all ages. Free – drop in - no need to book. Find out more here - www.mosi.org.uk


Half term fun on the farm 1000 - 1700, on 23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
Fun and games and all the daily activities running at Stockley Farm over the May Holidays, Including their Stockfest festival for the Family on the 23rd and 24th.

Create it, Make it! At Eureka! 1000 - 1700, on 23 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Tinker, take apart, fix and make – if you can imagine it, you can make it! Create it: Make it at Eureka! Get hands-on, creative and crafty this May half term with a range of activities to get you creating and making! Normal Admission rate apply.

Bee Backpacks at Jodrell Bank, 1000 - 1700, on 23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
A backpack and trail for visitors to follow around the gardens,  exploring the life of a bee and carrying out bee-themed activities along the way. Available to borrow throughout the day. Free but normal admission applies.

Half Term At National Football Museum, Open Mon-Sat 10-5 & Sun 11-5, on 23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
National Football Museum have lots on this half term! Kick-off the week with free Skills Sunday sessions on 24th May where the kids can learn fun footy skills with professional coaches at 1200 & 1300. For younger  children try Tot’s FC on 26th May at 1030 or Baby Moves on 28th May at 1030 & 1330. Plus throughout the week, kids can dress up in retro kit, inspired by Ladybird classic ‘The Story of Football’, or meet the characters featured in a WW1 exhibition, as they perform their stories live. And perky pooch Pickles the Dog will be out and about for photos, give-aways and have a go at his very own Pickles’ trail! Skills Sunday, Tots FC and Baby Moves places need booking in advance- visit the website here to find out more and to reserve your places http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whats-on/

Big Saturday: Statues from Easter Island, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 23 May 2015 - 23 May 2015
Come along to Manchester Museum and find out more about the monumental stone statues (or ‘moai’) of Rapa Nui (named Easter Island by European explorers). Discover the role the statues played in the lives of the islanders, how they were quarried and transported across the island, and what they mean. Learn some archaeology skills, meet experts, enjoy hands-on craft activities, and explore our Making Monuments on Rapa Nui exhibition. All this and more…

Scarecrow Festival, Quarry Bank Mill 1200 - 1600, on 23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
This year's Scarecrows will be familiar to all those who love a good story! Find them all on the scarecrow trail which leads through the garden, grounds and Styal Village. (50p per trail). (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for open and closed days. 

Stockport Town Centre Classic Vehicle Show, on 24 May 2015 - 24 May 2015
from 10am-4pm at Stockport Market Place over 60 classic cars and over 30 iconic landmark motorcycles,  best in show awards presented by the Mayor of Stockport and Robinson Brewery day wagon. Local attractions including Stockport Dungeon, vintage shops, St Marys Church and some of the regions finest pubs and cafes.

Space Science Special 1100 - 1600, on 24 May 2015 - 24 May 2015
An opportunity to talk to Jodrell Bank’s astronomers about their work with some of the world’s most amazing telescopes.  Visitors could find out about the Sun, Planets, Stars, Galaxies and the Big Bang and see actual Moon rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts. Free but normal admission applies.

The Basil Brush Show, Lowry Theatre. Various Times, on 24 May 2015 - 24 May 2015
Come and join in the mayhem, along with Mr Stephen who is continually interrupted by naughty uncontrollable Basil!! A show for all the family and you’ll also be able to meet Basil and Mr Stephen after the show. So in Basil's words.."Boom Boom!! "

Fun Day Celebration, on 24 May 2015 - 24 May 2015
Join us at Funtime Kids from 1.00-5.00pm to celebrate winning 'Best Soft Play Centre' as voted for by YOU in the MITK awards 2015!! Discounted entry at only £2.50 per child with face painting*, bouncy castle* and fun interactive sessions provided by Music Bugs, Diddidance, Activate Fun and Talking Tots *additional charges apply    

One Little Word, The Lowry Theatre, Various Times, on 24 May 2015 - 25 May 2015
A beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play. We meet two characters who play together – exploring a new space, new objects, dressing up and taking turns - but struggles arise when one of them wants to be the ONLY Captain of the ship! Find out more and book tickets here.

The Big Telescope Science Show at Jodrell Bank, Various Times, on 25 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Our interactive science shows will explore the workings of our very own big telescope! Through live demonstrations we’ll look to discover why it is so big and how it can ‘see’ things that we can’t. Shows at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. Please book in advance by phoning 01477 571766.

Half term: Rapa Nui statues, Manchester Museum, 1100 - 1600, on 25 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Visit the Museum’s Making Monuments on Rapa Nui exhibition, and find out more about the monumental stone statues (or ‘moai’) of Rapa Nui (named Easter Island by European explorers). Discover the role they played in the lives of the islanders, how they were quarried and transported across the island, and what they mean. Create statues of your own inspired by objects in the exhibition, including Moai Hava, a statue collected from Rapa Nui in 1868, on loan from the British Museum.

Big Saturday: Dig it, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 25 May 2015 - 25 May 2015

Roll up your sleeves and bring your explorer’s hat and take part in a variety of activities for all the family that explore archaeology past, present and future. Wander around the Museum’s galleries and see what treasures you can find. Part of the Festival of Archaeology 2015. Price: Drop in, free, families

Scarecrow Spoon Puppets, Quarry Bank Mill. 1200 - 1600, on 25 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Come and make a scarecrow spoon puppet inspired by the Scarecrow Festival! Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Art in the Garden at Dunham Massey, 1200 - 1600, on 25 May 2015 - 25 May 2015
Let your artistic side loose and get crafty in the garden. Make tissue paper roses to celebrate Dunham's blooming rose garden. Garden ticket required. Free event, normal admission charges apply. Find out more here.

Children's Cycling Boredom Busters, Tatton Park. 1000 - 1330, on 26 May 2015 - 26 May 2015
Explore farmland trails and woodland single tracks with the Rangers. Learn the fundamentals of off-road skills (including a bike safety check) and then explore the park! Bring a packed lunch. Bike helmets are compulsory. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Tatton Park. Telephone - Telephone - 01625 374428. Timings - Timings - 10.00am - 1.30pm. Cost - £10

Children's Fun Tours, Runway Visitor Park, see times and booking info below, on 26 May 2015 - 28 May 2015
Children's Fun Tour this May Half term, book now to avoid disappointment! Children taking part in our Fun Tour will have the opportunity to board a real aircraft, whilst learning about the different job roles that help ensure that Manchester Airport runs smoothly 365 days of the year. Around 1 hour of the tour will be held in the cabin of our Monarch DC10 aircraft. The remainder of the tour takes place outside at the Runway Visitor Park where we will spend time on our viewing mounds to observe the aircraft taking off & landing on the runways in front of us, movements on the airfield and visit some of our own aircraft housed at the Park. Spaces are limited so click here for more information on dates & booking https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/Rwvp/Purchase?cmd=entryPoint1

Under 5 activity- Sceince Stories at Jodrell Bank 1030 and 1130, on 26 May 2015 - 27 May 2015
Science themed interactive story time for the under 5’s combined with activities and craft. 10.30am – 11.30am each day. Free but normal admission applies.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum 1100 - 1430, on 26 May 2015 - 26 May 2015

11am-2.30pm. Sensory play and interactive story sessions for babies who aren't walking yet. Every other Tuesday 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm (except half term school holidays when there are drop-in sensory play sessions 11am-2.30pm). Price: Free, drop-in

Xplorer at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, 1200 - 1500. (Must Book in Advance), on 26 May 2015 - 26 May 2015
‘Explore the park, find the markers, complete the challenge, have fun together’ No experience of map reading is necessary; Xplorer is perfect for children as they can run around in a safe and friendly environment, having 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. Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653) Leaders: Everybody Sport and Recreation and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Mark Arnold. Booking: Book online for Xplorer at Brereton Heath LNR via EventbriteInformation: 01477 534115. (Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)  

Storytelling at Dunham Massey, 1200 - 1600, on 26 May 2015 - 27 May 2015
Join storyteller Helen Stewart in the dairy for tales and stories for all the family. Stories at various times between 12noon and 4pm. House & garden ticket required. Find out more here.

Minibeast Mission At Teggs's Nose Country Park, Macclesfield, Morning & Afternoon Sessions., on 27 May 2015 - 27 May 2015
Your Mission - if you choose to accept it - is to join Nature Stuff to track down the 'Most Wanted' Minibeasts. Use minibeast mugshots and a variety of tracking techniques to complete your assignment. BOOKING AND PAYMENT IN ADVANCE IS ESSENTIAL. Cost £6 per child per session. Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718) Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators Booking: Book online for Minibeast Mission via Eventbrite For more information call: 07870804413  

Birdwatching for beginners at Tatton Park, 0800 - 100, on 27 May 2015 - 27 May 2015
Learn how to watch birds, where to find them, plus advice on equipment and fieldcraft. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL 01625 374428, cost £10. Find out more here.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt! Tatton Park. 1030 - 1200, on 27 May 2015 - 27 May 2015
Bring your teddy bear and join us in Tatton's Gardens for a morning of story, rhyme and song. Suitable for families with children aged 6 and below. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Contact Tatton Park. Telephone - 01625 374428. Timings - 10.30am - 12.00pm. Cost - £6 per child, adults free of charge

Journey Sticks at Dunham Massey, 1200 - 1600, on 28 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Journey sticks have been used for centuries to record an experience or tell a story. Create a journey stick to remember your day out at Dunham Massey. Follow the trail around the garden and collect things to decorate your journey stick. Garden ticket required. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk

Magic Carpet, Manchester Museum. 1030 - 1230, on 29 May 2015 - 29 May 2015

10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm. Story making and activity sessions. For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings). Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before from 2pm), free, under 5s and their families/carers

Craft & Food Fair, Little Morton Hall, Congleton, on 30 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
This is the halls first food & craft fair showcasing local suppliers of crafts and food.    

Tatton Park Classic Car Spectacular, 0900 - 1600, on 30 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
The 29th year for one of Britain's best and most popular classic car events. Around 2,000 classic, performace and vintage cars are on show and around 80 of Britain's top club displays including Jaguar, Lotus, Mercedes Benz, MG, Triumph and all the classics of yesteryear. Massive two-day Cheshire autojumble with specialist and general trade stand area of around 200 stalls along with the ever popular Car Mart. Light entertainment with children's rides, refreshments and bar also available. 9am - 4pm. Adults £7.50, children (10 - 15 years) £5, Under 10's FREE. For more information visit www.cheshireautopromotions.co.uk or call 01565 723863. Find out more here.

Sheep Shearing at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1200 - 1700 (Last Entry 1600), on 30 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
See our sheep being sheared at Tatton Home Farm by local sheep shearer, David Norcott, ready for the start of summer. Contact - Tatton Park. Telephone - 01625 374400. Timings - 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm). Cost - normal entry price; park car entry charge £5

Teddy Bears Picnic at Dunham Massey, 1200 - 1600, on 30 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
Bring your teddy bear and a picnic to the garden today and enjoy games and a brass band. Garden ticket required, don't forget to collect your tickets at the visitor centre before heading to the garden. Event is free of charge, normal admission charges apply. Find out more here.

Treacle Market, Macclesfield Market Place 10:00 – 15:30, on 31 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
Treacle market prides itself on it's high quality, interesting and  unusual stalls. Including Arts, Antiques, Crafts, Food and Drink stalls. Free entry.

Formby's Footprints Walk, on 02 June 2015 - 02 June 2015
Discover the fascinating story of Formby's prehistoric footprints and search for traces on the foreshore with one of our archaeology experts. More Information: event information, please e-mail, formbyevents@nationaltrust.org.uk Event details - Booking Essential on-line £5. Click here for ticketsNormal Admission Charges Apply. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and the terrain. Meet by the notice board on Victoria Road. Dogs on leads welcome. Children aged 12 and over welcome. To find out more, as tickets sell out quickly please see here.  

Toddler tales, Manchester Museum, 1030 - 1130, on 04 June 2015 - 04 June 2015
Come and join us in our cosy corner and pull up a cushion. Enjoy great stories, songs and other fun activities. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5. Find out more here.

Outdoor Art Club, The Whitworth - Manchester. 1000 - 1130 (Advanced Booking), on 06 June 2015 - 06 June 2015
Outdoor Art Club On Saturday 6 June. 10am - 12pm. Free On the first Saturday of each month A workshop that brings art, nature and creativity together that takes place come rain and shine. These sessions are all about art and getting creative in the great outdoors - in the Whitworth Park - whatever the weather. Developed in partnership with environmental and natural heritage organisations, the Outdoor Art Club is a place where art and nature come together. Come dressed and prepared for rain and shine! Suitable for ages 8+. Free, but please book in advance. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-art-club-tickets-15648069798

Family Open Day at Avro Golf Club Woodford, on 06 June 2015 - 06 June 2015
Join the fun from 11am-3pm Old Hall Lane, Woodford, SK7 1RN. Free chipping and putting competitions, par 3 challenge for golfers, free golf coaching, face painting, bouncy castle, tri golf for kids, wii golf and all day BBQ For more info call 07949 323397 or email openday@avrogolfclub.co.uk

Dragon tales, John Rylands Library. 1100 - 1200, on 06 June 2015 - 06 June 2015
Head along to The John Rylands Library and hunt out the Library’s mythical beasts before settling down for stories! Find out more here.

Macclesfield fundraising walk with Francis House Children’s Hospice, on 07 June 2015 - 07 June 2015

There are 2 walks to choose from. The more adventurous can undertake a 13.75 mile walk around the Macclesfield Forest.  The circular route starts at Tegg’s Nose Visitor Centre car park, visiting the Peaks via Trentabank, The Cat and Fiddle and Lamaload Reservoir. There is also the option for a shorter gentler 6.4 mile walk following the same route as the longer walk for the first 3 miles to Trentabank, before returning to Tegg’s Nose through the forest itself. Places are still available and registration is £20.00 per person (under 16’s free).  To join please call the fundraising department on 0161 443 2200. To find out more please see here.

 

Fun Day at Wilmslow Animal Sanctuary 11.00 - 16.00, on 07 June 2015 - 07 June 2015
Wilmslow Animal Sanctuary can’t wait to welcome supporters and the local community to their Fun Day once again on Sunday 7th June. Last year their first Fun Day raised £3,500 and was a brilliant success which they hope to repeat again this year. The Fun Day is a great day out for all the family especially the little ones. Throughout the day there will be lots of fun and games such as a Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and a large variety of stalls including a BBQ and other refreshments. Why not invite family and friends along to enjoy the many stalls, attractions and entertainment. There will also be a visit from Spongebob! The Animal Sanctuary simply would not be able to operate without the generous support of their followers and the local community so please come along and join in the fun.

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. 1030 - 1345, on 09 June 2015 - 09 June 2015
10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm: 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 11am-2.30pm). Book on 0161 275 2648 (Bookings will be taken a week in advance from 2pm), free. 1-1.45pm: Drop-in, free sensory play session (no need to book for this afternoon session).

Autism Friendly Early Opening: See, make & do at Manchester Museum. 0915 - 1030, on 13 June 2015 - 13 June 2015

Bramhall Festival 5k Fun Run 11.00, on 13 June 2015 - 13 June 2015
Organised by Bramhall Runners. Race Registration from 10am at Hillbrook Grange, Ack Lane East, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 2BY. NO PARKING AT HILLBROOK GRANGE. Race Start - Bramhall Lane South, Outside Bramhall Library 11AM. Finish in the Grounds of Hillbrook Grange . Prizes for 1st , 2nd, 3rd Male & Female, Also U18, 1st Male and Female. U12’s MUST be accompanied by an adult IF LOCAL PLEASE WALK OR CYCLE. THE VILLAGE WILL BE VERY BUSY AND SOME ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.  Entry Is a Donation (£5 Recommended). Entry Form here.

Big Wild Rumpus, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 11.00, on 13 June 2015 - 13 June 2015
This summer, fans of all ages are being invited to join The Big Wild Rumpus which is a national celebration of the classic book, Where the Wild Things Are… Be prepared to roar your terrible roars and gnash your terrible teeth! Find out more here.

Manchester Day 2015, City Centre, 1200 - 1600, on 14 June 2015 - 14 June 2015
2000 performers will bring Manchester to life with colours sound and movement with this years theme titled 'Game On' The event lasts from 12-6pm with the parade starting at 1pm. The city centre will be filled with performances, decorations and food and drink street stalls

David Walliams' Mr Stink, Walkden Gardens, Sale. From 1600., on 14 June 2015 - 14 June 2015
Mrs Crumb (or “Croooombe” as she would have it) is throwing a garden party for her high-achieving daughter, Annabelle. Desperate to appear as posh as possible, Mrs Crumb has organised sweet stalls, croquet and old fashioned party games with the aim to impress everyone. All ages are invited to come along, join in the organised fun and get to know the Crumb family and their community. The performance will go ahead rain or shine.  Please bring something to sit on and bring a picnic! £12/£8/Family Ticket £35 Sunday 14 June 2015, 4pm, Walkden Gardens, Sale. Find out more here.

Experitots - Materials, Museum of Science and Industry. 1030 - 1200, on 19 June 2015 - 19 June 2015
These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! We focus on a different topic each month. Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival, on 20 June 2015 - 04 July 2015
The Wilmslow Rotarty are back for another year of Scarecrow fun. From the 2oth of June - 4th July you will Scarecrows around the town for the annual Scarecrow Festival . Its free, fun and bigger On  Saturday 27th June head into Wilmslow for the parade and watch Rosie and Robin the Giant scarecrows with the famous Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band  

Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival, on 20 June 2015 - 04 July 2015
Wilmslow Rotary presents this years Scarecrow Festival From June 20th - July 4th you will find the town has been taken over by scarecrows! On Saturday 27th June join in with Rosie and Robin the town scarecrows in a parade with the famous Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band Its free , fun and bigger than ever this year

Family Fun Day with Appearence from Peppa Pig and George, All day event., on 20 June 2015 - 21 June 2015
Two very special guests are visiting East Lancashire Railway this June and August. Don’t miss the opportunity to see everyone’s favourite piggies, Peppa and George, appearing at intervals on each day. There will also be a whole host of family friendly activities happening up and down the railway line. Your one-time ticket grants you unlimited access to all of the events and attractions all day, as well as free travel on the trains! Visit the website to find out more and book your tickets!

Family Fun Weekend with Peppa Pig and George, on 20 June 2015 - 21 June 2015
Mums in the Know have had loads of fab days out at East Lancashire Railway in Bury and this June looks set to be another great opportunity to visit with Peppa Pig & George being there too! Find out more about this fun event here

Family Fun Weekend with Peppa Pig and George, on 20 June 2015 - 21 June 2015
Two very special guests are visiting the East Lancashire Railway this Summer. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet everyone’s favourite piggies, Peppa and George, who will be appearing on 20 – 21 June. There will also be family friendly activities happening along the line including magic show, circus skills workshop, petting farm, plus much more, and tickets also include free train travel. For more information and to book tickets online saving 10% visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk.

Headlander Festival, Stockport RUFC, Bramhall, on 20 June 2015 - 21 June 2015
After the great success of last year’s event, Headlander 2015 festival will be bigger and better. Headlander Festival is a family event providing great facilities and entertainment for the whole family. More details to follow soon.

Race for Life at Tatton Park, on 20 June 2015 - 21 June 2015
It’s time to take the fight to cancer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. We need an army of ‘mums in the know’ women to join forces this year and take part in our 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events across the country to help beat cancer sooner.  Join the fun at Tatton Park for Race for life Pretty Muddy, 5K or 10K and you can show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink. Find out more and register here

Cinema on The Carrs, on 20 June 2015 - 20 June 2015
Wilmslow's first ever 'Cinema on the Carrs'  ( more details to follow )

Party on The Carrs, on 21 June 2015 - 21 June 2015
Free Community event held at The Carrs Park , Wilmslow Town Council is organising and funding another Party on the Carrs event thsi year The event will have  live entertainment, community stalls and refreshments provided by local businesses. Entrance to the event is free and all visitors are invited to being along a picnic and enjoy the entertainment. More details to follow

Cheshire County Show, on 23 June 2015 - 24 June 2015
As ever The Cheshire Show  are planning another action-packed couple of days for their visitors .If you want to experience and celebrate all that is great and good about the countryside then the Cheshire County Show is the only place to be as it brings together the many interesting and fascinating aspects of farming and rural life in Cheshire. A great family day out

The Handforth MayFest, Meriton Road Park 11.00 - 17.00, on 25 June 2015 - 25 June 2015
Handforth MayFest 2015 Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2015 from 11am until 5pm A community event organised by Friends of Meriton Road Park this is set to be a great family day out with plenty of good old fashioned fun! Stalls, tombola, junior go-karts, inflatables and much more. Free entertainment including live music from local artists. Refreshments from various  food vendors and a licensed bar

Early Opening Early Birds, Manchester Museum. 0900 - 1000, on 27 June 2015 - 27 June 2015

Are you and your young children up with the Larks and excited to get out and about and exploring? Come along to our early opening for early birds. Enjoy self-led tours, object handling and craft activities. The Nature’s Library and Live Animals (Vivarium) galleries will be open at 9am - you can explore the rest of the Museum from 10am. Price: Drop-in, free, families with children under 5s and their older siblings

The Breastfeeding Festival, Salford Royal Hospital, 1000 - 1700, on 27 June 2015 - 28 June 2015

The Breastfeeding Festival is about celebrating, promoting and normalising breastfeeding. We have some amazing speakers lined up, talking about a wide range of breastfeeding topics, including tongue tie, alcohol and drugs, breastfeeding past a year and much more. There will be many fabulous stalls, a sling library and lots of children’s activities. All the family are welcome! Only £10 for a day ticket, £15 for the weekend, only one ticket needed per household. See Facebook, Twitter and our webpage for further details and link to buy tickets. Facebook – TheBreastfeedingFestival#BFFestManc, http://breastfeedingfestival.com


Teddy Bears Picnic in Gatley, 1130 - 1400, on 27 June 2015 - 27 June 2015
Teddy Bears Picnic - Gatley Green – 11.30am - 2pm Children and Adults bring along your teddy and join us at the teddy Bears picnic on Gatley Green. Includes at 12noon and 1pm Magic Show performances by “Amazing Stephen”, Ice cream van, Face painting and other stalls. Entry is free but small charge for some childrens activities.

The Gruffalo, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1630, on 27 June 2015 - 31 August 2015
Follow The Gruffalo's footsteps around Lyme's garden and see original artwork by Axel Scheffler. Enjoy a gruffalo's picnic (bring your own) every Wednesday, with storytelling in the garden at 12 noon. Open every day 11am-4.30pm. Vehicle & garden entry applies, NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk (Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Suitable for Groups. Wear your best gruffalo costume to scare the staff. Your adventure starts in the Ticket Office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children of all ages welcome. The gruffalo trail in the garden is accessible to buggies and wheelchair users.)

The launch of the Gruffalo at Lyme Park, 1100 - 1630, on 27 June 2015 - 27 June 2015
Oh help! Oh no! It's a gruffalo! Meet the illustrator of the Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler, in the garden. Follow the gruffalo's footsteps around Lyme's garden and see original artwork by Axel Scheffler. Enjoy the gruffalo's picnic (bring your own) with storytelling in the garden from 12 noon. Vehicle & garden entry applies, NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Not Needed, Normal Admission Charges Apply. Wear your best gruffalo costume to scare the staff. Your adventure starts in the Ticket Office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children of all ages welcome. The gruffalo trail in the garden is accessible to buggies and wheelchair users.

Big Saturday: Ancient Greeks, Myths and Monsters, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 27 June 2015 - 27 June 2015

Discover more about the Ancient Greeks. With activities for all the family and objects from the Museum’s collections. Ancient Greek Costume Optional! Price: Drop in, free, families

Gatley Festival Fun Day, 1130 - 1700, on 05 July 2015 - 05 July 2015
Gatley Hill Scholes Field - Open 11.30am to 5pm (parade arrives 12.45pm) Featuring The crowning of the Gatley Royalty at 1.15pm Free entertainment all day, Dance groups, Fire-eaters, Interactive Falconry display (3.30pm), Gatley Festival Prize Draw at 4pm. Fairground rides / Food and Drinks, Trade. Craft and charity stalls. Free Entry

The Manchester Airshow, 1200 - 1600, on 05 July 2015 - 05 July 2015
Incredible flying displays with over 10 acts to create an exciting aerial show from 12-4pm including a full display by the Battle of Britain memorial flights Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane planes. Lots to see and do with the family with static aircraft displays on the ground, a fun fair, exhibits, classic car display and a bird of prey exhibition plus emergency service vehicles to explore.

Experitots - Big Machines, Museum of Science and Industry. 1030-1200, on 10 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! We focus on a different topic each month. Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

The Tale of Mr Tumble, 1030 and 1400. Must be pre-booked, on 11 July 2015 - 19 July 2015
Manchester International Festival has invited Justin Fletcher to create The Tale of Mr Tumble, a very special new show for children and their families in the glorious and intimate surroundings of Manchester's Opera House on selected dates between the 11th July and 19th July. To find out more and book tickets please see here.

French Food Festival 2015 Altrincham 11:00-23:00, on 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
6pm to 11pm on Saturday 11th July at Bowdon Rugby Club, Clay Lane, Altrincham WA15 7AF. Bastille Day celebration and a ticketed evening event with a sit down 3 course French meal, drink, live entertainment and a spectacular firework display.  11am – 7pm on Sunday 12 July, at Stamford Park, Queens Road, Altrincham WA15 1HD. The Main Event will be a free, family celebration of French culture and food at Stamford Park.  There will be a wide range of sumptuous French food and drink, a range of entertainment for children and families including vintage French cars, French storytelling, a magician, a puppet show and a junior rugby tournament in celebration of the Rugby World Cup.  The event is organised entirely by volunteers and French enthusiasts. Website: www.altyfrenchfestival.co.uk www.facebook.com/AltyFrenchFest      Twitter: @AltyFrenchFest

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum, 1030 - 1345, on 21 July 2015 - 21 July 2015

Tues 21 Jul, 10.30-11.15am, 11.30am-12.15pm & 1-1.45pm. 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 11am-2.30pm). Price: free. Visit - www.manchester.ac.uk/museum for booking details.

Race for Life 5K event Chester Racecourse, on 26 July 2015 - 26 July 2015
It’s time to take the fight to cancer at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. We need an army of ‘mums in the know’ women to join forces this year and take part in our 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events across the country to help beat cancer sooner.  Join the fun at Chester Racecourse for Race for life  5K  and you can show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink. Find out more and register here

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, 10am, 1pm and 4pm, on 01 August 2015 - 02 August 2015
Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter on an enchanting journey through the Magical Kingdom. With actors, masks and colourful costumes. At Manchester Opera House on August 1st and 2nd 2015.

Just So Festival, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, on 21 August 2015 - 23 August 2015
Step aboard for a weekend of adventure beyond your wildest dreams! It promises to be an experience of old fashioned fun, where you and the family can explore your creative side 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 see here.

Wilmslow Motor Show, on 12 September 2015 - 12 September 2015
Its back in 2015 bigger and better. A great day out in Wilmslow town centre the Wilmslow Motor Show 2015 will provide an opportunity for you to look at over 33 luxury top-end cars. More details to follow

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