Event Diary

Important events

Manchester Children’s Book Festival (MCBF), on 26 June 2015 - 05 July 2015
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival (MCBF) will, this year, see its first outing as an annual event. There is another jam packed programme of events to keep kids of all ages happy, and happily reading, this summer. Taking over venues all around Manchester from 26th June – 5th July, the 2015 festival will borrow its theme of ‘Time Travel’ from the hilarious, and hugely successful, Compton Valance series of books by author and TV presenter, Matt Brown. Matt, himself, will be on hand as part of the MCBF Family Fun Day on Saturday 27th, to put Compton fans through their paces, with time traveling quizzes, code-breaking and generally saving the universe. Find out more about the events that will be happening here.

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.)

Summer Activities at the Farm, Tatton Park., on 28 June 2015 - 28 August 2015
Join us for action packed activities including meeting the newly hatched chicks and ducklings, 'Don't wake the beastie' honey trail, regular farm fact talks, maize maze and the highly entertaining sheep racing! Plus weekend storytelling with our resident storyteller Elizabeth Morris. Normal attraction entry charges; park car entry charge £5. For more information on what's happening when please see here. More information on opening times here.

One Magnificent City: Vintage on the Dock, Albert Dock. 1000 - 2100, on 04 July 2015 - 05 July 2015
Vintage on the Dock is an event featuring as part of the finale weekend of Liverpool’s One Magnificent City Celebrations on 4th and 5th July. Playing homage to the 175 years of Cunard and transatlantic links with America, Vintage on the Dock a bijou vintage festival celebrating the decades of cool culture throughout British history. Find out more about what's on here.

Tatton Park Stars and Stripes American Car Show, 1000 - 1600, on 04 July 2015 - 05 July 2015
One of the UK's premier events for lovers of all things American! Huge Find `n' Chrome cars from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s including Muscle cars from all eras to the very latest models! Corvettes, Mustangs, Cadillacs, Hot Rods, Custom Cars and more plus the famous Wall of Death. Over 100 memorabilia, American lifestyle and general trade stalls. Live music.`Wild West Shoot Out' and lots more entertainment for all the family. 10am - 4pm. Adult £7.50, children (10 - 15 years) £5, under 10's FREE. For more information visit www.cheshireautopromotions.co.uk or call 01565 723863

Rainow Village Scarecrow Festival From 12:00, on 04 July 2015 - 18 July 2015
From 12.00 noon on 4th - 18th July the village will be littered with dozens of scarecrows for everyone to enjoy, the theme is down on the farm. Tea and cakes will be available

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

Wilmslow Show, 11am - 5pm, on 05 July 2015 - 05 July 2015
The 103rd Wilmslow Show will be held in the grounds of Wilmslow High School featuring classic car show, funfair, dog show, craft stalls and competitions with full bar and catering outlets. Entrance £5 for adults, £2.50 children and concessions, £12 family ticket, under 5's free.

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.

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield 18:30, on 05 July 2015 - 05 July 2015
An innovative, spectacular and fun performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, at Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9RN. Shipwrecks, love triangles, women disguised as men, long lost brothers, silly squires, confused Countesses – all Shakespeare’s most absurd, yet brilliant, comedic devices are brought to bear on Illyria and characters such as Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch, Olivia and Viola. Prepare for a great summer evening of entertainment, that’s bound to keep the blood pumping and the mood merry, thanks to Oddsocks usual musical approach to marriages, mischief and a myriad of plot twists!   Tickets: Adults £18, Children £10

Teddy bears picnic, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, on 08 July 2015 - 08 July 2015
Everybody welcome to bring their favourite teddy and bring a picnic. At the Donkey Sanctuary Manchester. Wednesday 8 July 2015, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, £2 per person.

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 39 Steps, Quarry Bank. 1900 - 2200 (Must Book in Advance), on 10 July 2015 - 11 July 2015
Be prepared to be thrilled, astounded and amazed (and that's just at the costume changes) as 4 actors take on 139 roles in this comic adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film. The Wilmslow Green Room will perform this Olivier winning comedy outdoors in the Quarry Bank Garden. Booking Essential 01625 445 845. Please bring your own seating or picnic blankets. Low seating only so as not to obstruct views to the stage. Warm clothing and waterproofs advised. Picnics welcome. There is a ramp path down from the car park to the Mill Yard and a path to the Garden. Please note that it is a long walk to the performance area. Gates open: 6pm. Adult £15, Child £9. Find out more here.

Hazel Grove Carnival, Torkington Park, Torkington Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 4RQ, 1000-1800, on 11 July 2015 - 11 July 2015
Funfair and Events start at 10am. Hazel Grove Carnival is launching an exciting new competition this year and you can enter by creating miniature gardens in seed trays, boxes or similar small containers. Entrants will be invited to bring their Miniature Gardens to the north Marquee (ask a steward for directions) for the judging final on Saturday July 11th 2015 10:30am, with the help of Imagine FM. £1 to enter. Ruth Clemens, finalist on the first series of the BBC Great British Bake will be our guest Judge for the Hazel Grove Bake off. Rules and Categories to follow, in the interim please feel free to contact us for more information using our contact form. Carnival starts at 1pm at Highfield Road, Hazel Grove. At 2.30pm prepare to be amazed as you get hands on with magnificent birds of prey in our range of truly incredible flying experiences. Hazel Grove Pet show at 3pm promises to entertain us this year with all sorts of beautiful, funny and cute animals. This your chance for to you to show of your pets and let them strut their stuff. To participate in this event all you have to do is come along to the Meado Arena where there will be multiple categories in the show. Categories include; Best dressed pet, Scruffiest pet, Best decorated pet house, Best exotic Animal, Best talent or trick and Best waggyest tail award. Live Band & Dance Competition hosted by Imagine FM 3pm. Come and join us on the 2 main arenas to watch the bands and dance troupes perform. For event updates or more details please see the website here.  


Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival, on 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival will be back at the Runway Visitor Park for its 7th year. This spectacular event attracts over 15,000 visitors from across the UK. With a giant craft and transport memorabilia Fair displayed beneath the wings of the worlds most iconic aircraft, Concorde, which will be open for tours throughout the weekend. In addition to this there will be over 500 classic cars on display, hot air balloons, Spitfire Display team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Children's amusements and play ground, Ringway in wartime exhibition, 1940's entertainers and re enactors to name but a few attractions. Located in front of the Runway at Manchester Airport, which has over 700 aircraft movements per day, including the worlds largest passenger aircraft the A380, there will be commentary throughout the day of aircraft movements by Air Traffic Controllers. Along with live music, great food & drink. A great day out for the whole family at a unique venue - the home of Concorde! The event runs from 09.00 to 17.00 throughout the weekend Entry is charged at £5 per person, with under 3's admitted for free, this includes free on site parking. Concorde & Nimrod Tours are subject to availability, and are charged per person.

Apprentice Adventure baby and toddler sessions, Quarry Bank. 1000 - 1100, on 11 July 2015 - 11 July 2015
Bring your little ones along to our free sessions with special storytelling just for them. Booking Not Needed. In the Apprentice Adventure exhibition gallery inside the Mill. Find out more here.

Cheshire A Cappella Singing Day, 10am - 3pm, on 11 July 2015 - 11 July 2015
Calling all women aged 18 and over who love to sing! Come and join us at our A CAPPELLA APPETISER workshop and learn about fabulous 4-part harmony singing with Cheshire A Cappella Saturday July 11th 2015 10am-3pm Morley Green Club, Wilmslow, SK9 5NT All abilities very welcome! Contact Hilary Pinnock 07975 927423

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

Dogs in the garden, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1700, on 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
Dogs are allowed to bring their owners attached to a lead into the garden this weekend. Bring your dog with you to explore the magnificent gardens at Lyme. Well behaved dogs are welcomed one weekend every month. It is just asked that you keep them on a lead and under control. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for more details.

Waterside Food and Craft Market, The Lowry Outlet., on 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
The open-air market will host around 30 stalls; transforming the Centre’s outdoor space into a bustling market place. Offering the finest seasonal produce from around the county and even further afield, selling everything from artisan breads to hand-made chocolates, local cheeses, and award-winning sausages, organic drinks and traditionally created real ales. An abundance of crafts will also be on offer, including handmade gifts, homewares, jewellery and seasonal goods and plants. Find out more here.

Stamford Hospital Garden Fete, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
When Dunham was the Stamford Hospital there were two garden fetes held. Bring a picnic to our fete and enjoy playing some traditional games, listen to the brass band, and try your luck at a range of amusements. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Find out more here.

Rare Breeds Weekend at the Farm, Tatton Park. Farm Opening times - 1200 - 1700, on 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
The Farm is a Rare Breed approved conservation centre, so come along and meet Myrtle the Middle White and all of her piggy friends and help promote and raise awareness of these endangered breeds. Normal farm opening times and prices apply. Normal attraction charges; park car entry charge £5. Find out more here.  

Experiment! Jodrell Bank, 1400 - 1630, on 11 July 2015 - 11 July 2015
Children aged 8 – 11 year olds (some experiments may not be suitable for younger children) can test can test, trial and try out a range of experiments on a Saturday afternoon. This is a ticket event, online booking will be available here soon. In the meantime please call 01477 571766 to book your ticket. £5 per person. Find out more here.

The Macclesfield Castle Rotary Jog, Kings School Playing Fields, Macclesfield, on 12 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
The Macclesfield Castle Rotary JOG on Sunday 12th July is all about children, family and friends having an hour out walking, jogging , hopping, skipping around a playing field to play together and raise funds for your and Rotary charities.  This might be the start of a marathon career but begin in a small way and come along and join in the fun with our Jaunty Jog!! Please go to our web site www.macclesfieldjog.org.uk and register today and book an hour in your diaries. Contact:07770 512421

WFA Summer Holiday Football Course, on 13 July 2015 - 01 September 2015
Pownall Hall School - Monday 13th July - Tuesday 1st September Boys and Girls aged 4-12, all abilities welcome Venue - Pownall hall School, Carwood Road,Pownall Park, Wilmslow, SK9 5DW Times - Full day 9.00am - 3.30pm, Half Day 9.00 am - 12.30pm & 12.30pm.- 3.30pm Early drop off 8am, late pick up - 4.30pm Prices - Full day ; £20, Half day £10, Early & late pick up £3 Half price discount for siblings Every Friday is Sarafina Pizza Day, Free pizza at lunchtime for the all dayers! Registration - Simply turn up, register and pay on the day! Flexible booking available What to bring - Footwear and clothes suitable for outdoor football. Snacks and non fizzy drinks. Pack lunch if you're staying for the full day. Pitch - Grass. Indoor available if bad weather occurs.

Contact - 07792 791 382/ 01625 529 764 erik@academyfootball.co.uk www.academyfootball.co.uk
 

Hare Hill Walk to Health, 1100 - 1300, on 15 July 2015 - 15 July 2015
Join us for an invigorating walk through Hare Hill estate. Walks will last 1 - 2 hours over mixed terrain with some stiles. Paths could be muddy, care needed. More Information: Emma Hill, 01625 827534,emma.hill@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking. Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Suitable for Groups. Stout footwear essential, dress accordingly for the weather, bring a drink if required. Hare Hill car park. Dogs on leads welcome. Children accompanied by adults welcome. We will be walking through fields that may contain livestock, please keep dogs on leads at all times. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Stiles may be encountered. Find out more here.

Walking to Health - Lantern and Garden Walk, Lyme Park. 1030 - 1200, on 16 July 2015 - 16 July 2015
A moderate 3 mile walk, taking in the Fallow Deer Sanctuary, the Lantern and ending with a visit to the Garden. Keep active and improve your health by joining an experienced Lyme Park volunteer on a guided walk. These easy to moderate walks take in beautiful scenery and explore lesser known areas of the Park. Vehicle charge applies, NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Please ensure you wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing. Meet at the Information Kiosk in the car park. Dogs on leads welcome. Find out more here.

Foodies Festival, Tatton Park, 10am - 6pm, on 17 July 2015 - 19 July 2015
Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink returns to Tatton Park on the 17th, 18th & 19th July for its sixth consecutive year. Each year the ever-growing festival sees tens-of-thousands of visitors flock from the surrounding areas to feast on a vast array of culinary activities, making Foodies Festival the social event of the summer. We have top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre. A new Tasting Theatre is an exciting addition to the festival with masterclasses designed by bloggers and experts introducing festival-goers to the latest foods and flavours including Raw Food, Japanese Soul and Vegan. Local experts will also guide visitors through Oyster Shucking, Mushroom Foraging and Bee Keeping. The Cake & Bake Theatre is a confectionary paradise for passionate bakers with 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making, Sugar-Crafting and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and ingredients. Visitors to the festival can look forward to toasting Foodies’ big year in the Wine and Champagne Theatre where experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe will guide you through this season’s best bubblies from the south coast and around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole joins the festival to host masterclasses in the Beer Theatre beer tasting & tutoring as well as a food & beer matching . A new Feasting Tent at the heart of the festival becomes the social hub, where visitors will enjoy eating with chefs, friends and family at long banqueting tables. Another exciting addition this year is the Vintage Tea Tent that will hold daily tea dances. A new Chilli Food Market will excite those with a love for spicy foods with a range of chilli growers and artisan producers of sauces, sweets and jams. For those who can handle the heat a Chilli Eating Challenge takes place at 5pm daily. Foodies Festival tickets are on sale now – we look forward to seeing you at the festival! Click here to buy tickets

Illyria Outdoor Theatre - The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Tatton Park. Commences 3pm (doors open 2:30pm), on 19 July 2015 - 19 July 2015
Bored of his chores, left on his own, the sorcerer’s apprentice has a bright idea, waves his wand and ….whoosh!… a broom magically starts to fetch water for him. But as the bath fills he realises he doesn’t know the spell to make the broom stop. In desperation he saws it in half - but this is just the start of everything spiralling out of control! Starts at 3pm (doors open 2:30pm) at the Old Hall. Tickets prices: Adult £11, Child (ages 5-15) £7, Family £32 (2 adults, 2 children). Call 01625 374400 to book. Find out more here.

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.

RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park. 1000 - 1830, on 22 July 2015 - 26 July 2015
Set in magnificent parklands, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a celebration of the best in gardening with a vibrant carnival atmosphere. A spectacular day out, not just for plant lovers, but for friends and family too. PLEASE NOTE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 22nd IS AN RHS MEMBERS-ONLY DAY Save when you book tickets in advance here.

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

Treacle Market, Macclesfield Market Place 10:00 – 15:30, on 26 July 2015 - 26 July 2015
Treacle market prides itself on it's high quality, interesting and  unusual stalls. Including Arts, Antiques, Crafts, Food and Drink stalls. Free entry. Find 150 plus stalls of all things delicious, hand crafted and Vintage in Macclesfield’s handsome cobbled Marketplace and streets around at the mid Summer Treacle Market. Further information: www.treaclemarket.co.uk      

Dogs Trust Manchester Fun Day, Heaton Park 1100 - 1600, on 26 July 2015 - 26 July 2015
Head to Heaton Park on the 26th July from 11am until 4pm, for The Manchester Dog's Trust Fun Day! There will be lots of exciting events for all the family, including your furry friends. The aim of the day is to help raise essential funds and awareness for the Dogs Trust, find out more about the charity here.

Weave it! Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 27 July 2015 - 31 July 2015
Weave a basket to keep your favourite things safe. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here. Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Summer Family Fun, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 27 July 2015 - 31 July 2015
Come along to Dunham for a range of exciting activities for families to enjoy together. Normal admission applies. Limited availability may apply to some activities. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Find out more here.

Viking Morning, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1230. Must be prebooked, on 29 July 2015 - 29 July 2015
A fun filled morning exploring life in a Viking settlement. Experience outdoor cooking, storytelling, shelter building and animal tracking. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets here. Cost £10

Viking Morning at Tatton Park, 10.30am - 12.30pm, on 29 July 2015 - 29 July 2015
A fun filled morning exploring life in a Viking settlement. Experience outdoor cooking, storytelling, shelter building and animal tracking. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Contact Tatton Park Telephone 01625 374428 Cost £10

Survival Skills, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1230. Must be prebooked, on 30 July 2015 - 30 July 2015
Ever wondered if you could survive in the wilderness? Build a shelter, track wild animals, play games of stealth and learn about wild foods. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets here.

Thursday Summer Fun, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1500, on 30 July 2015 - 30 July 2015
Have fun in the outdoors with our rangers and tick off some of the 50 things! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here.

Get Sporty at Lyme/ Xplorer (Garden), Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 30 July 2015 - 30 July 2015
Try your hand at some new sports in the garden and our orienteering Xplorer trail. Fun taster activities for families. Join in and have fun. Held on the lawn. Garden entry fee applies. 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. Start your sporty adventure in the ticket office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for families. Games and Xplorer orienteering route are accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

Dig the City, Manchester, on 31 July 2015 - 06 August 2015
Dig the City, the UK’s biggest urban gardening festival and summer party has revealed the spectacular Show Gardens and green installations taking over Manchester city centre from Friday July 31st – Thursday August 6th. The event has lots happening for people of all ages, find out more here.

Mini Masterpiece, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 31 July 2015 - 31 July 2015
Paint your own watercolour, inspired by Lyme's garden. Garden admission applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Pop into the ticket office to find out where they will be getting arty in the garden. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Accessible for buggy and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

Buxton Family Festival, multiple venues in Buxton, times vary, on 01 August 2015 - 16 August 2015
For the second year running, the Buxton Family Festival will be showcasing the very best that Buxton has to offer. With a huge variety of outdoor adventures and indoor activities in the jam-packed 16-day programme, from hiking, zorbing and underwater fun to arts & crafts, movies and the circus, there’s certainly something for everyone this summer!

Day out with Thomas, East Lancashire Railway. 0900 - 1645, on 01 August 2015 - 02 August 2015
All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to meet you at East Lancashire Railway. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, Shake hands with The Fat Controller, Take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station. The entrance price includes all the above and much more including: Meet Thomas, Percy, Mavis, Bulgy and Diesel, Live scenarios including the Troublesome Trucks, Pottery workshop, Magic show,  Circus workshop and Punch & Judy, Face painting. Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August 2015

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.

Xplorer orienteering (Park), Lyme Park. 1000 - 1200, on 01 August 2015 - 01 August 2015
A great introduction to orienteering and how to use a map. Family fun exploring the park, find the markers and complete the challenge! Using a simple map, families can be active in the outdoors, be closer to nature and learn new skills too! 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 near the car park, look out for our gazebo. Dogs on leads welcome. Suitable for families. Find out more here.

Handforth Paddock Fair, on 01 August 2015 - 01 August 2015
Free Punch and Judy Shows, Owls, train rides, Peppa Pig, stalls, entertainment and much more. Free admission and free parking! From 11am-4pm at the Paddock Handforth

Guided Walk - Family Wildlife, Dunham Massey. 1100 - 1300, on 01 August 2015 - 01 August 2015
Bring all the family to discover Dunham's deer and other wildlife on a summer walk around the park. Limited availability, please collect a token from visitor reception beforehand. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Please wear suitable clothing for the weather and stout footwear. Meet at the Clock Tower at 11.00am. The walk lasts approximately two hours at a gentle pace. Dogs on leads welcome. The walk is free of charge (car parking £6 for non-members). Find out more here.

Volkswagen Northwest Car Show, Tatton Park. 0900- 1600, on 02 August 2015 - 02 August 2015
he largest gathering of Volkswagens, both air and water cooled, in the North of England. From Beetles to Golfs, Beach Buggies to Camper Vans, this year we celebrate 30 years of Tatton Park VW Show. Hundreds of specialist trade stands, auto-jumble, Concours d'elegance with massive car club displays & huge VWs For Sale area. Children's rides and entertainment plus much more on the day. A great family day out! 9am - 5pm (last entry 4pm). Adults £7.50, Children under 16 free, park car entry charge £5. Visit vwnw.co.uk or email Contact 0161 3391124 or info@vwnw.co.uk. Car entry charge applies.

KA-POW! Storytelling Workshop, Tatton Park. 1000 - 1300. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, on 02 August 2015 - 02 August 2015
Join local playwright, Matthew Gabrielli, to learn how fairy tales are made into films. This workshop will help you start writing your own story. Suitable for children aged between 11 and 17.£15 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets here

Sail Away, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 03 August 2015 - 07 August 2015
Build a mini raft and see if it will float! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here.

Summer Family Fun, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 03 August 2015 - 07 August 2015
Come along to Dunham for a range of exciting activities for families to enjoy together. Normal admission applies. Limited availability may apply to some activities. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Find out more here.

Below Stairs Apprentice, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 03 August 2015 - 03 August 2015
Explore a life below stairs and find out how Edwardian Lyme ticked. Polish the silver, learn deportment and become the perfect servant. House admission applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Your adventure starts in the Ticket office. Children of any age welcome. Find out more here.

Myth and Magic Morning, 10.30am - 12.30pm, on 04 August 2015 - 04 August 2015
Visit the Old Hall at Tatton Park for a spellbinding morning of myth and magic. Hear lots of fantastic tales, explore the amazing power of plants by mixing up some potions and make your own willow wand to take home. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Cost £12

Myth and Magic Morning, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1230. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, on 04 August 2015 - 04 August 2015
Visit the Old Hall for a spellbinding morning of myth and magic. Hear lots of fantastic tales, explore the amazing power of plants by mixing up some potions and make your own willow wand to take home. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets here.

Den Building, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 04 August 2015 - 04 August 2015
Come and help build a den for yourself or an animal. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and mud as you build dens in the woods. Parking charge applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at the information centre in the car park. Suitable for primary age children. Find out more here.

Junior Longbow, 10.30am - 12.30pm, on 05 August 2015 - 05 August 2015
  Join us at the atmospheric Old Hall at Tatton Park to try your hand at archery. Learn the art of longbow, try on armour and experience the life of a young Medieval archer. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Cost £18

Junior Longbow, Tatton Park, 1030 - 1230. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, on 05 August 2015 - 05 August 2015
Join us at the atmospheric Old Hall to try your hand at archery. Learn the art of longbow, try on armour and experience the life of a young Medieval archer. £18. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets here.

A Day in the Life of a Victorian Servant, Tatton Park 10.30am - 12.30pm, on 06 August 2015 - 06 August 2015
Step back in time and join Mrs Cork, Housekeeper to Earl Egerton,  to become a servant.Get involved in the day-to-day running of the Mansion, including tasks such as polishing, making beds, baking scones and scrubbing floors. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Cost £12

A Day in the Life of a Victorian Servant, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1230. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, on 06 August 2015 - 06 August 2015

Step back in time and join Mrs Cork, Housekeeper to Earl Egerton, to become a servant. Get involved in the day-to-day running of the Mansion, including tasks such as polishing, making beds, baking scones and scrubbing floors. Minimum age: 8. £12 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets here.
 

Thursday Summer Fun, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 06 August 2015 - 06 August 2015
Have fun in the outdoors with our rangers and tick off some of the 50 things! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here.

Paper Sculpture, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 12:30 -15:30, on 06 August 2015 - 06 August 2015
Use your imagination to create sculptures from paper. Suitable for ages 11- 16. Session costs £6.50. Adults do not need to accompany. Activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ  

Paper Sculpture, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 12:30 -15:30, on 06 August 2015 - 06 August 2015
Use your imagination to create sculptures from paper. Suitable for ages 11- 16. Session costs £6.50. Adults do not need to accompany. Activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ  

Get Sporty at Lyme/ Xplorer (Garden), Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 06 August 2015 - 06 August 2015
Try your hand at some new sports in the garden and our orienteering Xplorer trail. Fun taster activities for families. Join in and have fun. Held on the lawn. Garden entry fee applies. 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. Start your sporty adventure in the ticket office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for families. Games and Xplorer orienteering route are accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

City Scapes, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 10:00 – 12:00, on 07 August 2015 - 07 August 2015
Create a city scene with fun 3D props. Activities are suitable for ages 6-11 and adults do NOT need to accompany. The activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ  

Create some wild art, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 07 August 2015 - 07 August 2015
Calling all budding artists. Be inspired by nature, create your own piece of wild art to take home from leaf printing, collaging and bark rubbing. Parking and garden 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. Start your wild art adventure in the ticket office. All ages welcome. Find our more here.

Apprentice Adventure baby and toddler sessions, Quarry Bank. 1000 - 1100, on 08 August 2015 - 08 August 2015
Bring your little ones along to our free sessions with special storytelling just for them. Booking Not Needed. In the Apprentice Adventure exhibition gallery inside the Mill. Find out more here.

Handforth Paddock Fair, on 08 August 2015 - 08 August 2015
Free Punch and Judy Shows, Owls, train rides, Peppa Pig, stalls, entertainment and much more. Free admission and free parking! From 11am-4pm at the Paddock Handforth

Dogs in the garden, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1700, on 08 August 2015 - 09 August 2015
Dogs are allowed to bring their owners attached to a lead into the garden this weekend. Bring your dog with you to explore the magnificent gardens at Lyme. Well behaved dogs are welcomed one weekend every month. It is just asked that you keep them on a lead and under control. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for more details.

The Taming of the Shrew, Dunham Massey. 1900 - 2200 (Must Book in Advance), on 08 August 2015 - 08 August 2015
Enjoy one of Shakespeare's earliest and most controversial comedies brought to life by Illyria in the atmospheric setting of Dunham Massey's Garden. Booking Essential 0844 249 1895. Booking fee applies (5% of transaction value)Booking Fee Applies. Seating is not provided so please bring your own low backed seating or picnic blankets. Picnics welcome. Warm clothing and waterproofs advised. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for children aged 8+ Gates open at 6pm for picnics, play starts at 7pm. Seating is not provided so please bring your own low backed seating or picnic blankets. Find out more here.

Viking Sunday at the Old Hall, Tatton Park. 1200 - 1700, Last entry 1600, on 09 August 2015 - 09 August 2015
Renowned for their authenticity and humour as well as television and film work, the Vikings of Middle England invade Tatton's Old Hall once again. Experience skirmish and domestic life. Have a go at archery (small charge). Try on armour. Falconry demonstrations and a performance of ‘Nasty Norman Justice’. Storytelling. Open 12pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Adult £6, Child £4, Family £16, park car entry charge £5. For more information please see here.

Fun Dog Show at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1200 - 1700, last entry 1600, on 09 August 2015 - 09 August 2015
10 novelty classes including Saddest Eyes,Waggiest Tail and Scruffiest Dog plus a fun agility course (try it if you’re fit enough). ‘Show Champion’ trophy to be won and rosettes to 6th place. 12 noon start. £2 entry fee per class plus normal park entry charges. Find out more here.

Make Believe at Lyme, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600, on 10 August 2015 - 10 August 2015
Dress up as a soldier on the family stage, a servant in the butler's rooms or stroll around in Edwardian finery. House and vehicle admission 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. Go to the ticket office to start your adventure. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. All ages welcome. Find out more here.

Making Music! Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 10 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
Create your own instrument and make noise like the machines! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find our more here. Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Summer Family Fun, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 10 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
Come along to Dunham for a range of exciting activities for families to enjoy together. Normal admission applies. Limited availability may apply to some activities. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Find out more here.

Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival, on 11 August 2015 - 12 August 2015
Pop over to Manchester Airports Runway Visitors Park (Off A538 Wilmslow Road, Near Romper Pub) WA15 8WQ. The event will attract over 15,000 visitors over the weekend. Admission this year has been reduced to £5 per person and children under 3yrs are FREE Car Parking is REE throughout the weekend, you can stay all day! Over 500 classic cars, hot air balloons, craft fair, model aircraft, vintage aircraft fly in, model railway displays, concorde and nimrod tours, aviation paraphernalia sale, live music, Manchester Airport Displays, Ringway in War time exhibition, Commentary of Aircraft Movements,Vintage commercial vehicles, Open Top Buses, Aircraft Displays, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Flying Display, Spitfire Display Team, Trade Stands, Childrens entertainment, High level  Photographic vantage points, Free entry into Concorde Hangar , and much much more...

50 Things to do before you're 11 & 3/4, Hare Hill. 1000 - 1600, on 11 August 2015 - 16 August 2015
A week of fun things to do in the garden! Create some wild art... Make a grass trumpet... Hunt for bugs.. Discover what's in a pond.. .Go bird watching.. .Hold a scary beast... Just some of the things to tick off your list! Update your 50 Things booklet with stickers as you complete each activity. (Booklets and stickers available free from the kiosk). These are self-led activities - materials and instructions provided at each activity station. More Information: Peter Moffat, 01625 827534, peter.moffat@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Suitable for Groups. Most activities will be outdoors - please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Children of all ages most welcome! Dogs on short leads welcome, except in the walled garden (dog park available) Find out more here.

Children's Cycling Boredom Busters, Tatton Park, 10am - 1.30pm, on 11 August 2015 - 11 August 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. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Cost £10  

Children's Cycling Boredom Busters, 1000 - 1330. Prebooking Essential, on 11 August 2015 - 11 August 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. £10. Book tickets Here.

Underwater Minibeasts, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600, on 11 August 2015 - 11 August 2015
Grab a net and find out what lives under water at Lyme 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. Bring your own net, buy one from our Timber Yard Shop or borrow one of ours. Ask for directions in the information hut or please follow the signs from the car park towards the knott car park to find our rangers at the pond. All ages welcome. Find out more here.

Hieroglyph Bookmarks, West Park Museum, Macclesfield, 14:00 – 16:00, on 11 August 2015 - 11 August 2015
Discover the secret language of the Ancient Egyptians and make your own bookmark to take home. The activities are suitable for all ages and adults MUST accompany children. Session costs £2.00. Address: West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BJ

Nature Walk at Night, Hare Hill. 1830 - 2130, on 11 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
Discover what goes on in the garden as twilight falls. A chance to see what the birds, bugs, bees and bats get up to at night! Our volunteers will be on hand with moth traps, bat detectors and other things designed to show you how wildlife adapts to night-time. Part of 50 Things to do before you're 11 & 3/4. https://www.50things.org.uk/ More Information: Emma Hill, 01625 827534, emma.hill@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Evening event outdoors - please dress accordingly. Gate opens at 6.30 pm. Children of all ages are welcome. Dogs on short leads are welcome, except in the walled garden (dog park provided) Find out more here.

Garden Tour 2015, Hare Hill. 1000 - 1200, on 12 August 2015 - 12 August 2015
Meet in the car-park for a relaxed seasonal wander around the garden with one of our gardeners. They'll be on hand to show you the seasonal highlights, talk you through the plans for the garden and of course, help with any questions you may have. More Information: Peter Moffat, 01625 827534, peter.moffat@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet in the NT car-park by the stewards hut. Dogs on leads welcome. Children welcome. The paths are suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Find out more here.

Viking Morning, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1230. Prebooking essential, on 12 August 2015 - 12 August 2015
A fun filled morning exploring life in a Viking settlement. Experience outdoor cooking, storytelling, shelter building and animal tracking. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. £10. Find out more here.

Thursday Summer Fun, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 13 August 2015 - 13 August 2015
Have fun in the outdoors with our rangers and tick off some of the 50 things! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here.

Texture Art Workshop, Silk Museum, Macclesfield,12:30 -15:30 £6.50, on 13 August 2015 - 13 August 2015
Investigate techniques to create texture when painting. Suitable for ages 11- 16. Session costs £6.50. Adults do not need to accompany. Activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ  

Get Sporty at Lyme/ Xplorer (Garden), Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 13 August 2015 - 13 August 2015
Try your hand at some new sports in the garden and our orienteering Xplorer trail. Fun taster activities for families. Join in and have fun. Held on the lawn. Garden entry fee applies. 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. Start your sporty adventure in the ticket office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for families. Games and Xplorer orienteering route are accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

Brilliant, Beautiful Birds, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 10:00 – 12:00, on 14 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
Make 2D and 3D birds with a mixture of materials and feathers! Activities are suitable for ages 6-11 and adults do NOT need to accompany. The activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ

Mini Masterpiece, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 14 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
Paint your own watercolour, inspired by Lyme's garden. Garden admission applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Pop into the ticket office to find out where they will be getting arty in the garden. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Accessible for buggy and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

Brookside Old Time Fun Fair, on 15 August 2015 - 16 August 2015
Jump on the miniature railway at the main station and alight at Country Fair Halt. Once you walk onto the the little fairground you will step back in time with rides from the 1930's-1960's with traditional games and music from summer long ago. London Road North, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1BY

Waterside Food & Craft Market, The Lowry Outlet, on 15 August 2015 - 16 August 2015
The open-air market will host around 30 stalls; transforming the Centre’s outdoor space into a bustling market place. Offering the finest seasonal produce from around the county and even further afield, selling everything from artisan breads to hand-made chocolates, local cheeses, and award-winning sausages, organic drinks and traditionally created real ales. An abundance of crafts will also be on offer, including handmade gifts, homewares, jewellery and seasonal goods and plants. Find out more here.

Illyria Outdoor Theatre - The Three Musketeers, Tatton Park. Commences 6:30pm (doors open 6pm), on 15 August 2015 - 15 August 2015
All for One and One for All! Young D’Artagnan is desperate to join Athos, Porthos and Aramis as an elite Musketeer of the King’s Guard. But are his swashbuckling credentials sufficient? Find out as the fearless four survive the schemes of Cardinal Richelieu and cross swords with the deadly Milady de Winter. This production, specially adapted for international award-winning Illyria, is sumptuously costumed, fast-moving, and suitable for all ages 8+. Commences 6:30pm (doors open 6pm) at the Old Hall. Tickets prices: Adults £11, Child (ages 5-15) £7, Family £32 (2 adults, 2 children). Call 01625 374400 to book. Or online tickets here - (small processing fee for online tickets)

Marvellous Magnets, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 17 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
Make a nature print magnet to stick on the fridge. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here. Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Summer Family Fun, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 17 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
Come along to Dunham for a range of exciting activities for families to enjoy together. Normal admission applies. Limited availability may apply to some activities. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Find out more here.

Below Stairs Apprentice, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 17 August 2015 - 17 August 2015
Explore a life below stairs and find out how Edwardian Lyme ticked. Polish the silver, learn deportment and become the perfect servant. House admission applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Your adventure starts in the Ticket office. Children of any age welcome. Find out more here

Go Batty! Quarry Bank. 1930 - 2100, on 17 August 2015 - 19 August 2015
Head along the River Bollin to find out about the night time residents of Styal estate. Includes a bat biscuit. Booking Essential 01625 445 845. Find out more here. Adult £5, Child £2.50.

Boredom Busters Nature Day, Tatton Park, 10am - 1pm, on 18 August 2015 - 18 August 2015
Join the Ranger's to hunt for mini beats in Tatton's ponds and woodlands. Take a trailer ride to your destintation and get a closer look at the deer. Minimum age: 5 Please note that children MUST be accompanied by an adult. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Cost £8

Boredom Busters Nature Day, Tatton Park, 1000 - 1300. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, on 18 August 2015 - 18 August 2015
Join the Ranger's to hunt for mini beats in Tatton's ponds and woodlands. Take a trailer ride to your destintation and get a closer look at the deer. Minimum age: 5 Please note that children MUST be accompanied by an adult. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, £8. Book tickets here.

Estate Apprentice, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 18 August 2015 - 18 August 2015
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 appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Ask for directions at the information hut, follow the signs. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. All ages welcome. Find out more here.

Survival Skills, Tatton Park, 10.30am - 12.30pm, on 19 August 2015 - 19 August 2015
Ever wondered if you could survive in the wilderness? Build a shelter, track wild animals, play games of stealth and learn about wild foods. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Cost £10  

Survival Skills, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1230. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, on 19 August 2015 - 19 August 2015
Ever wondered if you could survive in the wilderness? Build a shelter, track wild animals, play games of stealth and learn about wild foods. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. £10 Book tickets here.

Hare Hill Walk to Health, 1100 - 1300, on 19 August 2015 - 19 August 2015
"Join us for an invigorating walk through Hare Hill estate. Walks will last 1 - 2 hours over mixed terrain with some stiles. Paths could be muddy, care needed." More Information: Emma Hill, 01625 827534, emma.hill@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Suitable for Groups. Stout footwear essential, dress accordingly for the weather, bring a drink if required. Hare Hill car park. Dogs on leads welcome. Children accompanied by adults welcome. We will be walking through fields that may contain livestock, please keep dogs on leads at all times. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Stiles may be encountered. Find out more here.

Thursday Summer Fun, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 20 August 2015 - 20 August 2015
Have fun in the outdoors with our rangers and tick off some of the 50 things! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here.

Material Magic, Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 12:30 -15:30, on 20 August 2015 - 20 August 2015
Design and make your own scarf. Suitable for ages 11- 16. Adults do not need to accompany. Session costs £6.50. Activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ  

Get Sporty at Lyme/ Xplorer (Garden), Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 20 August 2015 - 20 August 2015
Try your hand at some new sports in the garden and our orienteering Xplorer trail. Fun taster activities for families. Join in and have fun. Held on the lawn. Garden entry fee applies. 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. Start your sporty adventure in the ticket office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for families. Games and Xplorer orienteering route are accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

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.

Children Around the World, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 10:00 – 12:00, on 21 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
Decorate large paper figures in traditional costumes from around the world. Activities are suitable for ages 6-11 and adults do NOT need to accompany. The activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ  

Create some wild art, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 21 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
Calling all budding artists. Be inspired by nature, create your own piece of wild art to take home from leaf printing, collaging and bark rubbing. Parking and garden 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. Start your wild art adventure in the ticket office. All ages welcome. Find our more here.

Mr Stink, Dunham Massey. 1830 - 2100, on 21 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
Watch the colourful characters from the celebrated David Walliams story come to life in Heartbreak's adaptation of Mr Stink in the Garden at Dunham Massey. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Essential 0844 249 1895. Booking fee applies (5% of transaction value)Booking Fee Applies. Seating is not provided so please bring your own low backed seating or picnic blankets. Picnics welcome. Warm clothing and waterproofs advised. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for children aged 5+ Gates open at 5.45pm for picnics, play starts at 6.30pm. Seating is not provided so please bring your own low backed seating or picnic blankets. Find out more here.

Spooky spaces, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600, on 24 August 2015 - 24 August 2015
Have you ever wondered what might be lurking behind closed doors or under the floors at Lyme Hall? We will be opening some hidden doors and telling the tales of our spooky spaces. House admission applies. NT members free. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Come to the ticket office to start your adventure. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. All ages welcome. Find out more here.

Circus fun, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 24 August 2015 - 28 August 2015
Create your own Victorian circus character. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here. Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Summer Family Fun, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 24 August 2015 - 28 August 2015
Come along to Dunham for a range of exciting activities for families to enjoy together. Normal admission applies. Limited availability may apply to some activities. More Information: Dunham Massey, 0161 941 1025, dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk. Find out more here.

Animal tracking, Lyme Park. Various Time See Below, on 25 August 2015 - 25 August 2015
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. 12pm - 12:45 pm, 1pm - 1:45 pm, 2pm - 2:45 pm. 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 the rangers at the information hut. All ages welcome. Find out more here.

Learn about & make a Scarab Beetle, West Park Museum, Macclesfield 14:00 - 16:00, on 25 August 2015 - 25 August 2015
Discover the importance of the scarab beetle to the Egyptians and make your own to take away. The activities are suitable for all ages and adults MUST accompany children. Session costs £2.00 Address: West Park Museum, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BJ

Children's Watercolour Workshop, Tatton Park, 10.30am- 12.30pm, on 26 August 2015 - 26 August 2015
  Learn the basics of watercolour painting and create your own masterpiece to take home. All course materials are provided. Wear old clothes. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets via: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/learn/learning_for_all/learning_for_all.aspx Cost £20

Children's Watercolour Workshop, Tatton Park. 1030 - 1230. Pre-booking essential, on 26 August 2015 - 26 August 2015
Learn the basics of watercolour painting and create your own masterpiece to take home. All course materials are provided. Wear old clothes. Minimum age: 8 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Book tickets here £20

Amazing Changing Patterns! The Old Sunday School Macclesfield, 13:30- 15:30, on 26 August 2015 - 26 August 2015
Design a Kaleidoscope. The activities are suitable for all ages and adults MUST accompany children. Session costs £2.00 Address: Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT  

Thursday Summer Fun, Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1600, on 27 August 2015 - 27 August 2015
Have fun in the outdoors with our rangers and tick off some of the 50 things! Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Find out more here.

Poster Design, Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 12:30 -15:30, on 27 August 2015 - 27 August 2015
Look at the history and artistic styles of poster design and create a poster to take home using printing and mixed media. Suitable for ages 11- 16. Session costs £6.50. Adults do not need to accompany. Activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ  

Native American Inspired Art, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 10:00 – 12:00, on 28 August 2015 - 28 August 2015
Make small scale Tee-pees and Totem Poles to take home. Activities are suitable for ages 6-11 and adults do NOT need to accompany. The activities MUST be booked in advance on (01625)613210 due to limited places. Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ    

Get Sporty at Lyme/ Xplorer (Garden), Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 28 August 2015 - 28 August 2015
Try your hand at some new sports in the garden and our orienteering Xplorer trail. Fun taster activities for families. Join in and have fun. Held on the lawn. Garden entry fee applies. 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. Start your sporty adventure in the ticket office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for families. Games and Xplorer orienteering route are accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

Mini Masterpiece, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 28 August 2015 - 28 August 2015
Paint your own watercolour, inspired by Lyme's garden. Garden admission applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Pop into the ticket office to find out where they will be getting arty in the garden. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Accessible for buggy and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

Kiddy Cook, Tatton Park, 10.00am - 12.00pm, on 29 August 2015 - 29 August 2015
Pick seasonal produce in the Gardens and the cook up a storm in the Victorian Mansion. Perfect for aspiring young chefs. Book via Nikki Geddes on 07976619648 or Hale@kiddycook.co.uk Cost £22

English Country weekend at the Farm, Tatton Park. Normal entry times, on 29 August 2015 - 31 August 2015
A terrific celebration of English country life. Visit the farm for a weekend of traditional English fayre and fun. Take part in the egg and spoon race or show your strength in the Farm's tug of war. Meet our resident Shire horses and don’t miss their fabulous ridden displays. There'll be sheep racing, sheep dog demonstrations on the Sunday and morris dancing. Traditional stalls include local ice-cream and cheeses, old fashioned sweets and Tatton’s own produce. Gain an insight into traditional country crafts with spinning and dry stone walling demonstrations. A great day out! Normal opening times & charges apply. Daily programme varies - see here for more information.

Den Building, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 01 September 2015 - 01 September 2015
Come and help build a den for yourself or an animal. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and mud as you build dens in the woods. Parking charge applies. NT members free. All ages welcome. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Booking Not Needed. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at the information centre in the car park. Suitable for primary age children. Find out more here.

Get Sporty at Lyme/ Xplorer (Garden), Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 02 September 2015 - 02 September 2015
Try your hand at some new sports in the garden and our orienteering Xplorer trail. Fun taster activities for families. Join in and have fun. Held on the lawn. Garden entry fee applies. 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. Start your sporty adventure in the ticket office. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Suitable for families. Games and Xplorer orienteering route are accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Find out more here.

Xplorer orienteering (Park), Lyme Park. 1000 - 1200, on 05 September 2015 - 05 September 2015
A great introduction to orienteering and how to use a map. Family fun exploring the park, find the markers and complete the challenge! Using a simple map, families can be active in the outdoors, be closer to nature and learn new skills too! 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 near the car park, look out for our gazebo. Dogs on leads welcome. Suitable for families. Find out more 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

Dogs in the garden, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1700, on 12 September 2015 - 13 September 2015
Dogs are allowed to bring their owners attached to a lead into the garden this weekend. Bring your dog with you to explore the magnificent gardens at Lyme. Well behaved dogs are welcomed one weekend every month. It is just asked that you keep them on a lead and under control. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for more details.

Macmillan Cycletta, Tatton Park, on 27 September 2015 - 27 September 2015
Ladies only cycle ride in Tatton Park, Distances range from 20km, to 150km, and there is a kids version of the event on the day as well. Registrations are open now, and there is a discount on at the moment- 5 places for the price of 4. https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=RegisterAdd1&EventDesqID=11534&OrgID=2106

Xplorer orienteering (Park), Lyme Park. 1000 - 1200, on 03 October 2015 - 03 October 2015
A great introduction to orienteering and how to use a map. Family fun exploring the park, find the markers and complete the challenge! Using a simple map, families can be active in the outdoors, be closer to nature and learn new skills too! 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 near the car park, look out for our gazebo. Dogs on leads welcome. Suitable for families. Find out more here.

Dogs in the garden, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1700, on 10 October 2015 - 11 October 2015
Dogs are allowed to bring their owners attached to a lead into the garden this weekend. Bring your dog with you to explore the magnificent gardens at Lyme. Well behaved dogs are welcomed one weekend every month. It is just asked that you keep them on a lead and under control. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for more details.

Xplorer orienteering (Park), Lyme Park. 1000 - 1200, on 07 November 2015 - 07 November 2015
A great introduction to orienteering and how to use a map. Family fun exploring the park, find the markers and complete the challenge! Using a simple map, families can be active in the outdoors, be closer to nature and learn new skills too! 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 near the car park, look out for our gazebo. Dogs on leads welcome. Suitable for families. Find out more here.

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