Event Diary

Important events

The Goal Post is collecting used football boots, on 20 March 2014 - 01 May 2014
The Goal Post has teamed up with Boots2Brazil and they are aiming to distribute 5,000 pairs of boots to disadvantaged children in Brazil whilst raising £25,000 for vital NSPCC projects in the UK. Backed by Alan Shearer, and part of a wider fundraising campaign to support the NSPCC’s vital work here in the UK, Boots2Brazil needs parents and children to root around for any unwanted and no-longer used football boots hiding at the back of their cupboards. Have a rummage around and pop into the Goal Post with your used boots during shop hours, Monday-Saturday 930-1730. Please call 01625402077 for more details.  

The "50 things" Challenge, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600., on 24 March 2014 - 26 May 2014
Celebrate the 2014 launch of "50 things to do before you're 113/4", by trying some of the 26 things you can do at Lyme, how many can you do in one day?

The Revolution Manchester Show, MOSI. Various Times., on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Shows last 15 mins, starting at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Manchester built our world. With explosions, flying and even dancing, we'll show you how. One problem: we'll need your help. This interactive, fun show tells the story of how science and industry came together in Manchester, shaping our lives today.

Power: From Muscle to Machine, MOSI, 1100 - 1600, on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
People have created, harnessed and used Power for centuries. This Easter at MOSI, discover how machinery – from the extremely big to the rather small – has pumped, dragged, crackled,, whizzed and sparked Manchester into life. From interactive shows and locomotive races to record-breaking transatlantic flights and machine demonstrations - there is something for everybody in this celebration of all things massive, muscley and mechanical.

Nature's Stage. Eureka! 1000 - 1700, on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Wake up – it’s springtime! Come and join us to watch nature’s stage spring into life across our galleries. Join us on a bear hunt, see what happens when the Spring Fairy brings sleepy nature back to life and take a walk in the Eureka! jungle. Includes storytelling and animal handling on certain days.

Helter Skelter in Barton Square
, 1000 - 2000, on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Helter Skelter in Barton Square
 Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 April
 Our traditional wooden Helter Skelter is back and takes pride of place in Barton Square this Easter. It promises an exhilarating ride for children and grown-ups alike - as well as a great photo opportunity! One slide: £1.50 Two slides: £2.00
 Opening times: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm 
Sunday 11am-6pm

Victorian Carousel in Barton Square
, 1000 - 2000, on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014

Victorian Carousel in Barton Square
 - Back by popular demand this Easter is our beautiful Victorian Carousel in Barton Square. It’s a real treat for children of all ages so hop on board! Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm
, Sunday: 11am-6pm. 
£2 per person

Flying Forces, MOSI. 1130 - 1600, on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Shows start at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm - duration 30 minutes. What happens when you throw a grown up out of a plane? Can cats fly!? And have you ever seen an egg parachute!?!? Follow the flight path of local hero Jack Alcock as he tries to overcome the forces of nature to complete his record-breaking transatlantic journey in our fun and fascinating new science show.

The Rainhill Trials Railway Race Game, MOSI. 1100 - 1600, on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Drop in any time from 11am - 4pm. Line up your loco, attach a balloon and use wind power to race it down the track. Will you win and possibly change history?

Engine Demonstration, MOSI. Various Times., on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of real operational steam engines that powered mills all over the North West and helped to shape our world. Find out how they work and learn about the amazing history of power in this fascinating, in-depth demonstration of one of the many engines on display in our Power Hall. 11am - 11.30am 12.30pm - 1pm 2.30pm - 3pm 3.30 - 4pm

Manchester Mills, MOSI. Various Times., on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
This thunderous demonstration of historic mill machinery will show you how cotton is processed from its raw state to the finished product - a piece of calico cloth. Go back in time to the working mills of 150 years ago and experience the deafening sounds of the mill machines. 11.30am - 12pm 1.30pm - 2pm 3pm - 3.30pm

Engineer Eric's Difficult Day, MOSI. Various Times., on 05 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
This is a lovely event for the kids to enjoy and get involved with the team at MOSI - Forgetful Fireman Fred needs our help. Learn how a steam engine works and help Fred take his big test in this fun and interactive show. Just don’t let Engineer Eric know. 12:00 - 12:20 14:00 - 14:20

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

Manchester City Easter Egg Hunt, on 16 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Manchester City Football Club is offering visitors to its award winning Stadium and Club Tour an eggstra special treat during the Easter Holidays. Until Sunday 27 April 2014, visitors will be able to take part in a special Player Egg-Head Hunt to celebrate Easter.  In addition to the interactive 90 minute behind the scenes tour of the Etihad Stadium, 11 Player Egg-Heads have been hidden at various points of the tour for fans to find. Guests who find all 11 Egg-Heads will be entered into a draw to win match tickets, signed player shirts and an Easter Hamper courtesy of sponsors, Harvey Nichols. The club will also be displaying the Capital One Cup trophy for fans to get their photographs with.  A new digital Dream Team function also allows fans to try their hands at football management, by choosing from their favourite players from Manchester City – whether that’s Mike Summerbee, Richard Dunne or Vincent Kompany – to form their ideal starting eleven. Fans can then receive a digital copy of their chosen line-up to share with their social networks. Visitors will also be able to live the life of a player on a matchday as they visit the home dressing room before picturing themselves emerging to a roaring crowd as they walk out of the players’  tunnel. They can then take their seats in the dugouts and dream of the moment they’re called upon by Manuel Pellegrini.  Guests will also get to visit the press conference room and warm up area to complete the full match day experience.* The tour runs every hour from 10.30 – 15.30, seven days a week**. Admission for adults is £14.00, £10.00 for concessions (u16s, over 65s) Under 4s go Free. Visit www.mcfc.co.uk/tours to keep abreast of limited edition versions of the tour.

Mars Exploration, Jodrell Bank. Various Times, on 22 April 2014 - 25 April 2014
Become a Martian for the day and take part in some hands on experiments. Explore the surface of Mars, discover more about the largest volcano in the solar system and investigate if life really could exist on the planet! Suitable for 5+, children may need adult assistance to be able to complete some of the experiments. Drop in activity 11am - 4pm Planet Path Backpacks If you fancy an outdoor adventure why not borrow one of our backpacks and complete our fun educational challenges. Backpacks contain a map, instruction sheet and activities to try as you stop at each planet along the way. Particularly suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years. Activities are free. Normal admission applies

Hugless Douglas, Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF, 1130 & 1430, on 24 April 2014 - 24 April 2014
Little Cubs aged  3 - 7 years old will love this heartwarming tale, but grown-up bears will have lots of fun, too. Join Douglas in this happy new show, full of laughter, sing along songs and plenty of opportunities to join in!  For ages 3 – 7 years. Running time: 55 mins.  Tickets £7.50 / £5.50

Under 5's Story Time, National Football Museum 10.30-11.30, on 25 April 2014 - 25 April 2014
Join us in the storytelling corner of the Discovery Zone for a fun interactive story session combined with puppetry developed especially for under-5s and their grown-ups. £2

Starlight Walk, Capesthorne Hall. 1830 - 1100, on 25 April 2014 - 25 April 2014
The Starlight Walk will take you on a journey; use your candle to light the way, carry your pebble of remembrance along the route, and your personalised paper lantern will welcome you back to the Field of Celebration.  This year there will be a festival theme; wellies, waterproofs and sunglasses are standard accessories for the night, and prizes will be awarded to those embracing the festival dress code. With an earlier start time and a choice of distances to walk, the whole family can enjoy the evening. Gates open at 6.30pm and there will be live entertainment, fun activities, and lots of opportunities to remember family and friends.

Styal 5K Run Saturday, April 26 10:00 AM, on 26 April 2014 - 26 April 2014
Styal Primary School are raising much needed funds for a new football pitch with a 5K run, and all monies generated from this run will be put towards this project. We think this is a fantastic fund raising initiative and we’re going to be signing up ourselves! The 5k run will take you through Styal Village and the surrounding woodland. £10.00 to enter and includes a sausage sandwich (or vegetarian option) and a hot drink. Please download the registration form here and post it to Claire Holliday, Styal Primary School, Altrincham Road, Styal SK9 4JE or drop it into the school office along with your £10 fee (cheques payable to Parents of Styal).  The more registration forms we have in advance will help us plan the amount of food we need etc… For more information, please visit the school website here or call the main office on 01625 383 253.

Little Sports Coaching Free Session, on 26 April 2014 - 26 April 2014
FREE session this week at our football for 3-5 year old sessions. Our ‘Football for 3-5s’ programme have been designed to introduce children to the exciting world of football through structured yet FUN SESSIONS! - See more at: http://www.littlesportscoaching.co.uk/schemes/football-3-5s#sthash.NLEeuKwL.dpufFind out more here for info and contact info:

Seedy Saturday, on 26 April 2014 - 26 April 2014
10am-1pm, 26 April 2014 Once again we invite you to take part in our seed and seedling swap event at the Community Garden and Orchard on Gravel Lane.  There is an opportunity to bring along surplus vegetable seeds and seedlings to swap for someone else’s surplus!  Also refreshments and activities.

Kids Allowed Cheadle Royal Open Day, 1000-1300, on 26 April 2014 - 26 April 2014
Come and have a leisurely look at the amazing facilities and meet the fabulous team.  To have a chat or arrange a visit, call 0870 750 1021 or Email info@kidsallowed.com 

Newborn Photo Workshop, Shrigley Hall, on 26 April 2014 - 26 April 2014
Are you due a baby in the next week or so? If so we have a great opportunity for you. On Saturday 26th April 2014 at the Shrigley Hall Hotel & Country Club in Macclesfield we have space for newborn models. The session is completely free and an amazing opportunity to have images of your newborn. The babies have to be under 14 days old on the day of the workshop. This is so that the photographer can capture those sleepy, curled up positions and create beautiful works of art for you. This session is being run by Sarah Wilkes Photography. You can view her amazing work on her website here www.sarahwilkesphotography.co.uk The session is free to parents and you will receive a minimum of three high resolution images on disc with full permission to print and of course post on Facebook and emails. Refreshments will be available throughout the day too. You will be required for approximately 2/3 hours and will need to sign a model release form. Please contact Sandra or Sarah at Newborn Baby Posing Limited at sales@newbornbabyposing.co.uk if you would like to register your interest. We will then send you through some more information on how the day is run.

Open Studio: Shapes, IWM. Various Times., on 26 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
11am - 12.30pm and 2-3.30pm. Learning Studio. Follow the tale of a group of shapes who discover how much better things can be when we all get along. Hear their story and be inspired to create your own vibrant pattern with jolly, joined up shapes.

Big Saturday: Plants, Poisons, Platypuses. Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 26 April 2014 - 26 April 2014
Come along and bring all the family to a day of discovery. Find out more about the adaptations and characteristics plants and animals use to survive and how humans have learned from nature. Meet scientists and get hands on and do some experiments of your own. Get crafty and create your own paper creatures to take away. Drop-in, family, free

The Garden in Wartime, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600, on 26 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
Learn about the role of gardens in supplementing wartime food rations and sow some heritage seeds of your own to take home.

The Frog and The Princess, The Lowry Theatre, Various Times, on 27 April 2014 - 27 April 2014
What happens when a Princess won’t be friends with a Frog, just because of what he is? A funny, poignant puppetry re-telling of this traditional tale by the Brothers Grimm, exploring friendship and difference, The Frog & The Princess is a delight for all the family. Using brilliantly manipulated puppets, storytelling and humour, this co-production between Rene Baker and Norwich Puppet Theatre explores the meeting of cultures. As the Frog and the Princess undergo an emotional journey from rejection to friendship they discover that deep down they are not so very different after all!

Baby Explorers, Manchester Museum. 1030 - 1345, on 29 April 2014 - 29 April 2014
Baby Explorers 29 April, 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) Booking Essential - Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free.

May Day, Little Moreton Hall. 1100 - 1700, on 01 May 2014 - 05 May 2014
Join us for a celebration of springtime as we decorate and dance around the may pole. 

kidsunlimited Open Day, on 02 May 2014 - 02 May 2014
We’re holding a UK-wide open day on Friday 2nd May between 9am and 5pm. It’s a great opportunity to meet our team and discover how we create an environment where your child will have boundless opportunities to learn through imagination, creativity and play. Register on the day for your chance to win one of five iPads*. We will also load a couple of educational apps to aid your child’s development. Click here to register

A Day Out With Thomas and Friends, East Lancashire Railway, Bury 9.45-3.45pm, on 03 May 2014 - 05 May 2014
Thomas  is coming to the East Lancashire Railway and you are invited to join us for a day of fun and games with the really useful engine! Come and see Thomas and his friends on: Saturday 3 – Monday 5 May 2014 Trains start running at 9am with the Fat Controller officially opening the event at 9:45am at Bury Bolton Street Station, and closing it at 3:45pm. There will be loads of fun interactive activities for you to get involved in. For booking information and activities during the weekend click here 

Plasticine Jurassic Experience, Eureka! 1000 - 1700., on 03 May 2014 - 05 May 2014
Join us this May Bank Holiday for a Plasticine Jurassic experience! Make, mould and have a roarsome prehistoric adventure. Learn how to create your own. Plasticine dinosaurs in the Plasticine free play area. Help us to create a Jurassic Plasticine Landscape. Take part in a dino-hunt. Mini Squidgems. There will also be other activities and competitions to win some great prizes all weekend, PLUS every child gets to take home a free gift of a Plasticine Dinosaur Squidgem! Plus… Meet a walking talking dinosaur from the Jurassic experience!

Family Workshop, Knowsley Safari Park. 1000 - 1200., on 03 May 2014 - 04 May 2014
Activities include: - learning how to health check a range of reptiles and invertebrates. Learning how animals are trained - up close bird of prey experience and meet the sea lion and trainer. Possibly have elephant house tour but I need confirmation of this from the animal division.  Enclosure design competition between families. Certificates and badges for families on completion.

Kites at the Cage, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600, on 03 May 2014 - 05 May 2014
Enjoy a mass kite flying session at the cage. Please bring your own kite and show off your skills.

How Cold My Toes, Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF, 1430, on 03 May 2014 - 03 May 2014
From the seed-sprouting vitality of spring to the frosty frozen fingers of winter, this enchanting piece of dance theatre takes you on a magical journey through the seasons. Both children and adults will be captivated by the combination of Travelling Light’s renowned brand of performance, music and design with amazing urban choreography.  Winter’s never been this hot, summer’s never been this cool… Ages 2-5.  60 mins Tickets £7.50 / £5.50

Tudor May Day Festival, Speke Hall. 1200 - 1600, on 04 May 2014 - 04 May 2014
Celebrate spring in Tudor style. Join in an authentic May Day festival with music and entertainment. Children’s crafts £1..

Family Fun Day at Reddish Vale Farm, on 05 May 2014 - 05 May 2014
Join in the Fun on the Farm for Mr Jeepers Creepers!

A Victorian May Day, Quarry Bank Mill. 1100 - 1600., on 05 May 2014 - 05 May 2014
Celebrate May Day at the Mill with entertainment and music including a Punch and Judy and a traditional Maypole.

Step into Formby’s Footprints, Formby. 1000 - 1400, on 08 May 2014 - 08 May 2014
Join our experts and take a peek at the lives of Formby’s prehistoric hunter gatherers. £10 

History Wardrobe, Gawthorpe Hall. 1900 onwards., on 08 May 2014 - 08 May 2014
Discover Georgian fashion. £12.

Experitots: Things That Fly, MOSI, Liverpool Road Castlefield Manchester M3 4FP. 1000-1130, on 09 May 2014 - 09 May 2014
These popular activity sessions for under 5s take place in our hands-on science gallery, Experiment, with a different topic each month. Fun, creative activities, puppets and storytelling help toddlers get the most out of this gallery. Booking recommended as these sessions are popular. £3 for one child & one adult.  For more information visit www.mosi.org.uk  

Poynton Methodist Preschool Baby Boot Sale, 9.00-12.30, on 10 May 2014 - 10 May 2014
The ever popular table top sale. Full details here. Poynton Methodist Church Hall, Civic Car Park, Off Park Lane, Poynton.

Lady Barn House Open Morning, Cheadle. 1000-1200, on 10 May 2014 - 10 May 2014
Lady Barn House School, Cheadle (3-11yrs)  Lady Barn House School is a popular independent, co-educational preparatory school in Cheadle, which boasts a record testament to generations of skilled and dedicated teachers. The same principles govern our work today and the School enjoys an outstanding reputation for academic excellence, a rich sporting and cultural life and compassionate pastoral care. Come and see us on our Open Morning from 1000-1200 on 10th May. For further information please get in touch Telephone: 0161 428 2912/ Email: info@ladybarnhouse.stockport.sch.uk/ Website- click here

Animal Sanctuary Wilmslow Sponsored Dog Walk, on 11 May 2014 - 11 May 2014
Sunday, May 11, 11:00 The Humane Education Society Wilmslow is inviting all dogs and their owners to sign up for their annual sponsored dog walk on Sunday 11th May 2014 to raise much needed funds for Wilmslow Animal Sanctuary. The walk will start at 11am from the Ship Inn, Styal and take in some of the beautiful Cheshire countryside that is on our doorstep, including the National Trust property itself at Styal. There is an option of 2 circular routes; a 6 mile or a shorter, 3 mile walk, both offering an ideal opportunity to enjoy being outdoors with your furry friend whilst supporting a local animal sanctuary who desperately need funds to continue their work. Refreshments will be available at the sanctuary but you are welcome to bring your own along for yourself and your dog. In addition, there will be doggie bags for each dog and prizes to be won. It will be a lot of fun! Entry fees are £5 per adult, with concessions for seniors and children. If you would like to join us, please email Gail Bagshaw at dentalnurse@woodcroftvets.com or you can print out this form and send it with a cheque addressed to Gail Bagshaw RVN, Handforth Veterinary Centre, 174 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Cheshire.

Evening Tour of the Gardens, Quarry Bank Mill. 1900 - Onwards, on 14 May 2014 - 14 May 2014
Join the Head Gardener for a fascinating walk through this once-secret garden. Adult £8.

The Vicar of Dibley, Regent Theatre, Stoke, various shows, on 15 May 2014 - 17 May 2014
Staffordshire's Stage Productions bring the hit TV series The Vicar of Dibley to the stage in this brand new production. All of your favourite characters from the hugely popular TV series - Alice, Hugo, Owen, Jim, David and of course Geraldine, will be onstage to create an evening of laughs. When the ancient vicar of Dibley dies suddenly, the parishioners are surprised to find that the Bishop has appointed a woman in his place. The hit BBC sitcom busts onto the stage to follow Geraldine as she battles to win over the sceptical parish council and celebrate the wedding of Alice Tinker and Hugo Horton. A stage play by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Performed by a company of non-professional actors with kind permission of Richard Curtis & Tiger Aspect Productions and supporting Comic Relief.

Stockport Creative Festival, 16-18th May, on 16 May 2014 - 18 May 2014
The Stockport Creative Festival will have brightly coloured balloons along the route - don’t forget if you have mobility problems the 300 bus will be able to take you to the variety of activities, including drop-in's, tea, cake, the National Big Dance, entertainment and craft markets, game development course, guest appearance by the Headlander Festival tour bus, Cool Club Vibe at Stockport Art Gallery, and art workshops. View full details in our article here.

Concert: Tudor Melodies, Rufford Old Hall. 1900 onwards., on 16 May 2014 - 16 May 2014
Hear music from Tudor times by Tapestry of Music . Tickets £14.

Dunham Massey Rose Queen, Dunham Massey. 1315 - 1600, on 17 May 2014 - 17 May 2014

With a theme of Heros & Villains this year the Dunham Massey Rose Queen parade will certainly cut a dash through this picturesque village. With Maypole Dancing, Morris Men, Stalls & sideshows there's something for all the family at this event. Parade leaves at Dunham Massey hall at 1.15pm to walk to Dunham Massey village hall for the crowning ceremony.

The Artisan Market, Wilmslow Town Centre, 1000-1600, on 18 May 2014 - 18 May 2014
Over 100 of the very finest food, drink, art & craft stall holders, music, entertainment and activities. Situated in the centre of Wilmslow on Grove Street & Bank Square SK9 1NZ

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

Feast of the Farewells, Whirlgig Woods. Full Weekend Event, on 23 May 2014 - 25 May 2014
This looks like an amazing event, aimed particularly at families with children aged 6+ who love adventure.  "Wild Rumpus has teamed up with fresh air adventurers Canopy to create a boutique, theatrical getaway unlike any other. Out-door mayhem, stories and family time is what we do best.  So whisk your loved ones up and away to the Whirligig Woods for an unforgettable weekend in our storybook accommodation."

Pinocchio, The Atkinson, Southport, 1130 & 1430, on 24 May 2014 - 24 May 2014
Follow Pinocchio and his grasshopper friend as they set out on an adventure – to find some fun! Now…if only his nose would just stay still!  Hiccup Theatre join forces with acclaimed writer for children Michael Rosen (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) to bring Carlo Collodi’s classic tale to life in a sparkling new version. Suitable for age 3+ and their families.  Adults £7.50, children £5.50 + £2 transaction fee.

Scarecrow Festival, Quarry Bank Mill. 1100 - 1600., on 24 May 2014 - 01 June 2014
fGet set for some ‘Styalish’ scarecrows taking over the estate! Follow the scarecrow trail through the gardens, grounds and village. 50p per trail.

50 thing’s to Do, Rufford Old Hall. 1100 - 1600, on 24 May 2014 - 01 June 2014
50 thing’s to Do activities

Chris and Pui Roadshow, The Lowry, Various Times, on 25 May 2014 - 25 May 2014
See Chris and Pui from Show Me Show Me live on stage! CBeebies’ favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for all the family. Poor Old MacDonald has recklessly lost his animals! Please help Chris and Pui find them and meet Incy, Humpty, the Duke of York, King Cole and – “oh my woolly word!” – Little Bo Peep along the way. You are invited to bring your teddies or favourite character toys but please hang on to them! Sing, laugh and join in with Chris and Pui.

Adlington Hall Plant Fair, on 25 May 2014 - 25 May 2014
Saturday 25th May 10:30am-4:00pm Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, SK10 4LF £3 entry to fair and historic gardens

Family Fun Day at Reddish Vale Farm, on 26 May 2014 - 26 May 2014
Join in the fun on the farm with the special birds of prey family fun day

Dead Good Day Out, Macclesfield. 1100 - 2100, on 26 May 2014 - 26 May 2014
A brilliant family day out in Macclesfield, held at West Park. The day has been designed with children and teens in mind, with entertainment thrown in for mum and dad. On Bank Holiday Monday 26th May, Macclesfield’s family fun day is reborn as Dead Good Day Out! There will be something for everyone, a seriously fun packed day for all the family. For the price of one ticket you’ll have an all inclusive full day of activities and entertainment.

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It, Dunham Massey, WA14 4SJ, 1200-1600, on 27 May 2014 - 28 May 2014
Join us in the garden and tick off one of your '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' - plant some delicious veg to take home. Free event - normal admission prices apply.

Mini Scarecrow workshops, Quarry Bank Mill. 1230, 1330 & 1430, on 27 May 2014 - 29 May 2014
Tues 27 & Thurs 29 May, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm Make your own mini scarecrow at one of our popular workshops. Child £3.

Be Gorgeous Shopping and Pampering Evening, on 29 May 2014 - 29 May 2014
'Be Gorgeous' is the ultimate 'Ladies night out', filled with pampering, shopping and cocktails. This year we are holding the event in partnership with 'The best of Manchester' and in aid of the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Charity. Its a great ladies night out and great chance to pick up the latest beauty secrets, sample treatments, find your next handbag or even stock up your wardrobe just in time for summer with a fantastic fashion show by SOS Bramhall.  The event will be held on Thursday, May 29th from 19:00 - 22:00, tickets are just £4 and include a welcome cocktail and a lucky number roulette voucher with, each ticket sold will also include a donation to the charity. (Please note you must be over 18 to attend the event and provide a valid photo-id)

Homes for Wild Animals, Dunham Massey, WA14 4SJ, 1200-1600, on 29 May 2014 - 29 May 2014
Join us in the garden to find out how to make wild animal homes. Garden ticket required.

Sherlock Holmes Family Mystery Evening, Gawthorpe Hall. 1800 - Onwards, on 29 May 2014 - 29 May 2014
Question the suspects, search the building for clues and solve a crime! A murderous jewel thief has issued a challenge to the world's greatest detective solve the killer's puzzle before he or she strikes again! Who is innocent and who is guilty? Only by uncovering the clues will you find out for sure! £10 adult £5 child.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Dunham Massey. 1200 - 1600., on 31 May 2014 - 01 June 2014
Bring your teddy bear and a picnic to the garden today and enjoy the brass band.

Evenings in the garden, Dunham Massey. Open until 2000, on 01 June 2014 - 30 June 2014
Every Wed and Fri in Jun, garden open until 8pm (last entry 7.30pm) Make the most of the longer evenings, bring a picnic and enjoy the garden in a different light.

Gruffalo's birthday party picnic, Delamere Forest., on 07 June 2014 - 07 June 2014
Head to Delamere forest or just your local forest and celebrate The Gruffalo’s anniversary with a big birthday forest picnic – click here to sign up for a free party pack.

Cycle the Asparagus Route, Formby. 1000 - 1230., on 07 June 2014 - 07 June 2014
Get on your own bike or hire one for our cycling events. We’ll head into Formby village with stops to catch up and learn some fascinating facts along the way. £5.  £6 to hire         

Preparing for Midsummer, Little Moreton Hall. 1100 - 1700, on 11 June 2014 - 20 June 2014
Midsummer was a time to give thanks for the sunshine and water that nourished the crops. Help us get ready for the celebrations on the 21 & 22 June.

Music in the Garden, Dunham Massey, WA14 4SJ, 1200-1600, on 14 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
Relax on the lawn with a picnic and enjoy music in our beautiful garden. Free event, normal admission prices apply.

Insight into Armour, Rufford Old Hall. 1100 - 1600., on 14 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
Treat Dad to a close look at Rufford’s armour this Father’s Day

Beer & Bulbs, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600., on 14 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
Purchase bulbs from the thousands that flowered at Lyme. Tasty beer and delicious locally made food on sale for a Father’s day treat.

Music in the Garden, Dunham Massey. 1300 - 1600, on 14 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
Relax with a picnic and enjoy music in our beautiful garden

The Sooty Shoe, Regent Theatre, Stoke, 2 shows, on 15 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
Izzy Wizzy let's get busy - it’s The Sooty Show! Direct from CITV, Sooty heads into town in a fabulous new show to delight the whole family. Joining the nations favourite bear will be Sweep, Soo and Sooty's TV partner Richard Cadell  - who will be attempting to keep Sooty from getting up to mischief! Boy will he have his hands full! It's Sooty's birthday party and things aren't going to plan. Sooty and Sweep get messy baking the birthday cake and will Soo ever decide which dress to wear? Special party guests include legendary Sooty favourites Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake. So join in with all the fun and games at Sooty's Birthday Party! There's also a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show. A spectacular mix of magic, music and mess - guaranteed giggles for Sooty fans old and new! Don't miss it!

Congleton Food & Drink Festival 10-4pm, on 15 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
It is Congleton annual Food and Drink Festival in the town centre

Den Building, Lyme Park. 1300 - 1500, on 15 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
Enjoy an afternoon of fun and mud building dens in the woods.

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Walkden Gardens, Marsland Rd, Sale, M33 3EL, 1600, on 15 June 2014 - 15 June 2014
Come with us as Peter Pan brings the dastardly villain, Captian Cook, to justice.  This open air show by Heartbreak Productions will start at 4pm.  Please bring something to sit on!  Tickets £12/£8 concessions. Family Ticket £35.  Tickets from Sale Waterside Arts Centre box office.  Tel: 0161 912 5616 or online from www.watersideartscentre.co.uk  

Cheshire County Show, 17& 18th June, on 17 June 2014 - 18 June 2014
It is the Cheshire Show at Clayhouse Farm, Flittogate Lane, Tabley on 17th & 18th June. An action-packed couple of days have been planned for all the visitors. Click here for visitor info. Click here to purchase tickets.

Teddy Bears Picnic, FREE event, on 19 June 2014 - 19 June 2014
It's the annual Teddy Bears Picnic in Congleton Park. Bring your teddy and a picnic and join in the fun. Lots of entertainment and things to do. *If the weather forecast is bad updates will be posted on facebook for an indoor venue.

Headlander Festival, on 21 June 2014 - 23 June 2014
Following last year’s resounding success, the Headlander festival returns to Bramhall for its second year! 75 acts have signed up to provide 80 hours of live music…..tipped to be yet another sell out event. Taking place on 21st and 22nd June, Headlander draws together crowds from across the northwest to enjoy family-friendly festival fun without the mud including family fun days, at what looks set to be one of the region’s leading family music and entertainment experiences. Doors open 12 noon on Saturday 21st June with free car parking and the Summer Breeze camping field on hand for families who want to make a break out of the weekend. click here for ticket info

Headlander Festival at Stockport RUFC, on 21 June 2014 - 22 June 2014
Headlander is one of the best music festivals’ in South Manchester, taking place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June 2014 at Stockport RUFC. After the great success of last year’s event, 2014 festival will be bigger and better. Headlander Festival is a family event providing great facilities and entertainment for the whole family. Their chosen charities for 2014 will be Millies Trust & OXFAM. The festival will host the finest bands / artist’s from the Manchester music scene & beyond , with over 80 hrs of music, 75 bands/ acoustic artists / DJ Sets across 4 stages performing Rock, Indie, Blues, Reggae, Jazz and Acoustic.

Party at the Carrs, Wilmslow, 1000-1600, on 22 June 2014 - 22 June 2014

Family Sports Festival, Poynton Leisure Centre, on 28 June 2014 - 28 June 2014
An opportunity for people to try out new sports, take on new challenges and be awarded for taking part. More information to follow.

Gatley Festival, on 28 June 2014 - 06 July 2014

Daily events (TBC) and Gatley Carnival Parade and fun day - Sunday 6th July

Heald Green Community Festival, on 28 June 2014 - 28 June 2014
The next Heald Green Community Festival will be held on Saturday 28th June 2014 at the Heald Green Community Hall and field off Outwood Road. The festival offers something for all the family from a fairground to donkey rides, from Go-Karts to a Bucking Bronco, from delicious cooked food from around the world to afternoon tea.  At the festival you can find more about your community, visit stalls offering a range of goods and you can try the many competitions from Tombola to the Coconut shy. You will also be able to listen to a variety of music from light classical to Jazz. FREE ENTRY!

Family Fun Day & Aircraft Fly In, City Airport, Liverpool Road Eccles Manchester M30 7SA, from 1000, on 13 July 2014 - 13 July 2014
Join us for a great Family Day Out! This year, see our airport in action. Featuring a Fun Fair, exhibits, classic cars, birds of prey, emergency vehicles, live singing, bar and much more. Several Flying Schools will be offering Flying Lesson and Pleasure Flight gift vouchers available on the day at special prices.. Why not have a go? In 2013 we raised over £5000 for the children’s charity, Sparks. Many thanks to all who attended, and the exhibitors who helped make this event a great success. We had over 60 aircraft flying in to visit on the day – including a fly past by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight!   The 2014 event promises to be even bigger and better with plenty of action in the air and on the ground – so keep the date free for a great day out!  

Poynton Summerfest, Park Lane 11.30-16.30, on 13 July 2014 - 13 July 2014
It promises to be every bit as good as last year’s, with much interest already being shown by local stallholders, live bands and other interested parties. More information to follow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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