Things to do in the Summer Holidays

Date: 25th June 2017
Published by: Andrea Paterson

Wondering how to entertain the children during the school holidays?

Here are a few ideas ......

....and please get in touch if you know of anything else locally that we can advertise!

Summer Activities at Nest in the Woods Adlington *** Events at Bollington Library *** Summer Activities at the Leisure Centre ***Swimming Courses *** Butterfly Walk *** Teggs Nose Rocks *** Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt *** Minibeasts Mission *** Down the Mines *** Mess Around Happimess Extravaganza *** Macclesfield Museums *** Summer Crafts at Riverside Park *** Multisports Courses at Club AZ *** Pearson Sports Academy at Tytherington High School *** Moorland Adventure Outdoor Activities *** National Trust Property Events *** Jodrell Bank *** Tumble Tots at Macc Leisure Centre *** MAC *** Other Ideas

Summer Activities at Nest in The Woods Adlington

Tuesdays - Parent and Child Drop in Session

10am-12pm £5 per child.

"No need to book. Just come when you can.

We play outside pretty much whatever the weather, so plenty of layers and robust waterproof outerwear and wellies are a must as we are invariably quite muddy.

So what do we do? Well, all sorts! We play on the play trail, balance and jump off logs, watch worms, build dens, play games, do nature crafts, create muddy morsels in the mud kitchen, make music and tell stories…. and lots of other things……and we always have a campfire with hot snacks and drinks.

Babies in slings are very welcome, but the wood is not very buggy friendly."

Saturday August 5th Family Forest School Family Forest School is suitable for everybody, children, young people and adults.

Monthly Saturday group incorporates tool use, fire lighting, cooking, nature games, survival and bushcraft skills along with a snack, drink and toasted marshmallows.
This fun way of learning about the outdoors develops and improves self confidence and self esteem and gives children and families the opportunity to play out in nature while learning some valuable and transferable skills. It’s quality time outdoors together: sharing and learning together and having fun.
There will often be something to take home, whether a whittled knife, a home made woodland artefact, a musical instrument or a piece of environmental art.
This is play in the woods as a family but also a bit more structured as people come regularly and build up skills and increase their understanding of nature over a period of time. We still pack in a fair bit of outdoor play, though. £5 per person

Family Forest School runs right throughout the year, giving us great opportunities to notice and explore the changing seasons. The sessions are drop in but need to be pre-booked with only 24 hours notice.

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Bollington Library

Summer Reading Challenge Starts 1st July to 9th September. Theme this year is Animal Agents. Children to read a total of 6 books and in return they will receive a collector’s card and stickers.

Children’s Event: Marc Jackson, Cartoonist,

Friday 28th July 2-3.30pm. Tickets are £5 per child.

Suitable for primary aged children and above, please call 01625 378266 for more information.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited.

Children’s Events: All events are suitable for primary aged children and above, please call 01625 378266 for more information and to book places. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited.

Wednesday 2nd August: Visit From Chester Zoo, 10.45-11.45am, No Charge, Need To book.

Tuesday 8th August: Lego Club with a Special Guest Appearance by Emily the local PCSO, 4-5pm, No Charge, drop in.

Thursday 10th August: Drop in Crafts with Traditional Games to Play, 2-4pm,£1

Friday 11th August : Children’s Monthly Book Club, 3.45-4.45pm Suitable for children aged 7 and above, No Charge, Need to book.

Thursday 17th August: Animations In Minecraft, 1 hour slots from 10am until 3.30pm, No Charge, Need to book

Wednesday 23rd August: Fun Science & Secret Messages Workshop, 11.30-12.30pm, £3, Need to Book

Thursday 29th August: Drop in Crafts: Junk Modelling and Decorate a Biscuit, 2-4pm, 50p per activity.

Regular Weekly Events: Story Time at 10am on Tuesdays and Rhyme Time at 10am on Wednesdays and Fridays. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers these sessions are free and will continue throughout the school holidays.

More information and to book your place on any of the activities tel 01625 378266 or email Back to Top.

Summer Activities at Bollington Health and Leisure

The sessions consist of outdoor mixed games (weather permitting) followed by an hour in the pool all conducted by centre staff.

Sessions are for primary school age children 5-11 years and run at 10.00am -12 noon or 2.00pm – 4.00pm every day from 24th July to 1st September

For more information and to book call the centre on 01625 574 774

or email

Sessions cost £6.00 or £25.00 when you book five

Crash Courses at Bollington Health & Leisure

Swimming lessons at Bollington Health & Leisure are not just about weekly sessions; we also have two types of ‘crash course,’ where swimmers swim every day for a week.

You can either undertake regular crash courses, taught by our teachers and following our usual scheme of work or you can book on a teacher training course, where trainee teachers progressing to their next level of qualification need swimmers to help.

Regular crash courses are a great way to boost swimmers that are struggling with a certain skill,

have reached a plateau in their progress or just want to swim even more.

Program of Crash Courses If you want to find out Public Swimming Times Click Here

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Teggs Nose Butterfly Walk

Saturday August 5th


A wildlife walk around the top of Tegg's Nose Country Park to look for and learn more about some of the park's resident butterfly species and, if we are lucky, seeing the scarce local speciality, namely, the Wall butterfly.

Adults £3, children 16 or under go free.

Booking in advance essential.

Ideal for families and accompanied children / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge / Healthy & Wildlife Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments

Teggs Nose Rocks

Sunday August 6th

10am -12.30pm

Join Geologist Kate Riddington and Tegg’s Nose Country Park Ranger Martin James to explore the geological history of the park and wider Cheshire Plain.

We will walk the ‘Tegg’s Nose Rocks!’ trail and help you to spot evidence of recent Ice Ages or ripples from a river flowing some 325 million years ago! It's easy walking, with lots of interesting geology to explore. Suitable for anyone over the age of 7.

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

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Teggs Nose Bilberry Pick

Sunday August 6th


Healthy, organic, tasty and free. Bilberry, blueberry, blaeberry, whin; whatever you want to call them they grow wild all over Tegg’s Nose Country Park and all you have to do is bring a container and get picking.

James Wood, from Totally Wild UK, will be on hand to explain the best places to look and will provide more information about where to source great local food. He’ll also be showing you how to make your own bilberry jam!

There is no charge to join us to pick bilberries during the event but if you would like to participate in the jam making please book a place for the event so we can ensure we have enough jam pans, jars and sugar. Cost for jam making £1 per person.

Meet at Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP

Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Wednesday 9 August

Join Nature Stuff for a family adventure walk hunting out clues in search of Teddy's Golden Treasure.

Learn about nature and wildlife in a hands-on, fun-packed session for families.

Please bring along a teddy or cuddly toy to help on our Treasure Hunt.

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Cost £6.50 per child.

Summer Crafts at Riverside Park

Thursday 13 July

Willow Crafts


Join the Bollin Valley Rangers on an evening of willow weaving. Try your hand at a number of different projects including bird feeders and platters.

No experience necessary as full instructions will be given.

Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 12.

Cost £8.

Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Tuesday August 15th

Summer Fun

Making use of the abundance of space and natural materials in Riverside Park we will be running activities and crafts depending on what we find. Great fun for parents and children alike!

Particularly suited to younger children (aged 6 to 10 years old). Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4 per child.

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Minibeast Mission at Teggs Nose

Tuesday August 15th

Your Mission - if you choose to accept it - is to join Nature Stuff to track down the 'Most Wanted' Minibeasts. Use minibeast mugshots and a variety of tracking techniques to complete your assignment.

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Cost £6.50 per child.

Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Down the Mines

Tuesday August 15th

Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a trip down the old copper mines of Alderley Edge. Helmets with lamps provided, but please wear old clothes. Some ladder climbing and crawling involved.Suitable for adults and children over 6.

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Cost £7.50. 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Meeting point: Picnic area outside Wizard Tea Rooms, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge Back to Top.

Messy Play Happimess Extravaganza

Come along and play at our Mess Around Happimess Extravaganza in Bollington at 10.30am Bollington Civic Hall on Friday 18th August.

Join our colourful wonderland, with magical messy activities set to raise hairs, and spark imaginations! At Happimess, kids can enjoy activities such as pizza making and cup cake decoration, get messy with glitter sparkle spaghetti and our mud kitchen. Even entertain with our king karaoke and diamond disco. You and your little ones are sure to find your messy place at Happimess.The event is suitable for children aged 6 months (or sitting unaided) to 5 years old. What makes us special is everyone is welcome to join in including older siblings up to the age of 10, who can participate in the Big Kids Create & Make Corner which include Arts, Crafts and Junk modelling activities to keep them busy!

£10 per child (£5.50 per sibling) More info and to book

Macclesfield Museums

West Park Museum Workshop

Tuesday August 1st Make your own Pharoah Headdress

No booking necessary! 1.30-3.30pm £3 per person

The Old Sunday School Workshops

Wednesday August 2nd Animal Plaques

Some people have flying ducks on their walls, but today you can make your own Animal Head wall plaque!

Family drop-in session, no need to book! 1.30-3.30pm £3 per person

Wednesday August 9th Arrr Shipmate!

Avast me hearties! Make a pirate hat, eye-patch and flapping parrot, and go on a treasure hunt to uncover a bar of gold.

Family drop-in session, no need to book! 1.30-3.30pm £3 per person

Wednesday August 16th Printed Parachutes

Decorate your own miniature silk parachute, attach your airman and watch him drift to a soft or crash landing!

Family drop-in session, no need to book! 1.30-3.30pm £3 per person

Wednesday 23rd August Recycled Music

Make your own kazoo, shaker and tambourine out of recycled materials, then make music wherever you go!

Family drop-in session, no need to book! 1.30-3.30pm £3 per person

Wednesday August 30th 3-D Dinosaurs

Discover the world of dinosaurs and create your own to take home!

Family drop-in session, no need to book! 1.30-3.30pm £3 per person

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Visit Paradise Mill and step back into 1930's industrial Macclesfield. Take a tour with one of our knowledgeable tour guides and discover a typical day at the Mill. See 26 restored Jacquard looms and watch as they weave their magic!

Please be aware that entrance to Paradise Mill is by guided tour only - tours run 11.45am, 1pm and 2.15pm (Monday to Saturday) and 1pm and 2.15pm on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Due to regulations we can only take a certain number of people on tours in Paradise Mill. We often have large groups visiting us and it is best to check which tours are available before planning a visit.

Pearson Sports Academy at Tytherington High School

This summer, Monday to Friday, 8.40am - 3.30pm, we are running the academy sports camps at Tytherington School.

Four action packed weeks of multi sports, football and futsal fun will be available for 4 to 12 year olds. Please find all the details of our exciting summer programme below.

Multi sports is a fantastic week of fun and varied sporting activity. Dodgeball, Basketball, Tennis, Football, Futsal are just a few of the exciting sports we deliver and when you add a whole host of high octane fun running games to the mix you know your child is going to have a great time.
Pearson Sports Academy October Camps Dates 2017

Week 1- 31st July - 4th August - Multi Sports - 8:30am - 3:30pm (Late Stay: 5.30pm Finish) TYTHERINGTON SCHOOL
​Week 2 - 7th to 11th August - Multi Sports - 8:30am - 3:30pm (Late Stay: 5.30pm Finish) TYTHERINGTON SCHOOL
Week 3- 14th - 18th August - FOOTBALL CAMP ONLY - 8:30am - 3:30pm (Late Stay: 5.30pm Finish) TYTHERINGTON SCHOOL
Week 4- 21st- 24th August - Multi Sports - 8:30am - 3:30pm (Late Stay: 5.30pm Finish) TYTHERINGTON SCHOOL

​ 3 days 1st Aug to 3rd Aug
​ 3 days 9th to 11th Aug
​ 4pm to 5.30pm (10yrs to 14yrs)

£12 Per Half Day
£20 per day
​Late Stay Option: An additional £8 per day
10% Sibling Discount Available
​or take advantage of our great value all inclusive Summer Pass offer of £180

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Multisports Courses at Club AZ

ClubAZ - Mulberry's and Hulleys at AstraZeneca
These are very popular multi-sport camps for boys and girls aged 4-14. ClubAZ Mulberry's is in Alderley Edge and ClubAZ Hulley's is in Macclesfield. Both camps have been excellently attended for the past two decades.

Places are limited, based on a first-come first-served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The course starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. As multi-sport suggests, the children will partake in a huge variety of sports and fun games. There will also be inflatables, crafts and loads more exciting activities. Below are the dates for courses at AstraZeneca for the current year.

5 DAYS = £90.00
4 DAYS = £75.00
3 DAYS = £60.00
2 DAYS = £40.00
1 DAY = £20.00

Summer Courses

Mon 24 Jul 2017 - Fri 28 Jul 2017
Mon 31 Jul 2017 - Fri 4 Aug 2017
Mon 7 Aug 2017 - Fri 11 Aug 2017
Mon 14 Aug 2017 - Fri 18 Aug 2017
Mon 21 Aug 2017 - Fri 25 Aug 2017
Tue 29 Aug 2017 - Fri 1 Sep 2017

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Moorland Adventure Activities

A great way to experience some varied exciting activities in the countryside with local experts Moorland Adventure! Each day focuses on different activities and will give you a taste of adventure!

Suitable for anyone between the ages of 8 and 16.

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Activities run from 9.00am to 4.00pm but to allow for maximum flexibility, you can drop off your child from 8.30am and collect at any time between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you each day or you can purchase a packed lunch option (including sandwich, drink and snack) from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room on days 1, 3 and 5, for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions on days 1, 3 and 5.

Please Click on the week you are interested in for full details

Week 1

Day 1 – Monday 14 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 2 – Tuesday 15 August - Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 3 - Wednesday 16 August - Archery and Bushcraft
Day 4 - Thursday 17 August - Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 5 - Friday 18 August - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 5 days for a reduced price of £150.

Week 2

Day 1 – Monday 21 August – Archery & Orienteering
Day 2 – Tuesday 22 August - Climb and Abseil
Day 3 - Wednesday 23 August - Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 4 - Thursday 24 August - Bushcraft and Environmental Art with Anne Humberstone (International Artist)
Day 5 - Friday 25 August - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 5 days for a reduced price of £150.

Week 3

Day 1 – Tuesday 29 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 2 – Wednesday 30 August - Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 3 – Thursday 31 August - Archery and Bushcraft
Day 4 – Friday 1 September - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 4 days for a reduced price of £120.

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Tumble Tots Holiday Classes at Macclesfield Lesiure Centre

Tumble tots is the UK’s leading National Active Physical Play Programme for children aged 6 months to 7 years

We will be running holiday classes on Tuesday 1st Thursday 3rd, Wednesday 16th & Friday 18th August at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. Why not come along and give it a try.

We provide fun, but challenging, classes which are tailored to the age of your child. These are designed to build their self-assurance, general motor skills and social awareness.

Classes are split into different age groups to provide maximum enjoyment and development opportunities:
- Tumble Tots (6 months to walking; walking to 2 years; 2 to 3 years; 3 years to school age)
- Gymbobs (school age to 7 years)

For full details of class times visit our website or contact Megan on 07814 020 095 Email:

Lyme Park

Events at Lyme Park during the summer holidays.

Admission charges apply

Skylarks Forest School

Fridays 7th,14th, 21st, 28th July. Come and explore the natural world through the seasons. There are opportunities to create, make and play in a private, walled woodland with Skylarks Forest School.

Our sessions run 10am -2pm and include creative, exploratory activities in the mornings. Lunch is around our campfire and we offer hot chocolate and a campfire snack. Afterwards there is a tool use session where children can learn how to use woodland tools safely.

Fridays are available for individual children and their parents/carers.

£20 for the first child, £10 for additional siblings, babies are free. Booking Essential.

Daily: 22nd July - 3rd September

Building Adventure

Thomas Legh loved and transformed Lyme during the Regency era. He was one of the first Europeans to travel the far reaches of the Nile. In this unique exhibition Warren Elsmore and his team of artists have created LEGO® models based on the sights Thomas would have seen on his travels. Find more of the LEGO® models on a trail in the house and garden, with the opportunity to play and build your own designs too! £1 per trail - please remember to bring cash for this.

Soft Archery - 25th July to 30th August (1-3.15pm)

Become an archer to rival Robin Hood.

Take part in our archery event and get tips and training to improve your aim. Half hour sessions run at 13:00, 13:35, 14:10, & 14:45

Tickets 50p per person available from the ticket office.

Summer of Sport -

Badminton , Orienteering, Golf, Rounders, Family Cycling. Please see the website for dates and details.

Quarry Bank Mill

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The Worst Children's Jobs in History 10.30-4.30

From catching rats to cleaning the loos (you really don't want to know what a gong scourer is, trust us), there were some pretty icky jobs during the industrial revolution.

Muck in at t'Mill

Can you stoke a steam engine. move muck from under a mule or carry a can? Find out which worst mill job is for you at Quarry Bank.

Bob in Sessions

Monday - Join the Ranger team for a Nature walk.

Tuesday - Join the Garden team for a Glasshouse or Garden tour.

Wednesday - Join the Power team for a tour on Power Yesterday & Today.

Thursday - Join the Mill team for a tour on the machinery behind the industrial revolution.

Friday - Join the Heritage team for a tour of Styal village and learn about the lives of the workers


Behind the scenes - Machines 15th July, 19th August 2-4pm

One Saturday a month we invite you join us as we look at the Mill and its machinery in more depth. Led by our expert team, this is a real opportunity to find out more about this fascinating place.

Visit the website for full What's On dates and times

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Hare Hill Admission Charges Apply

The Smartest Giant in Town Friday August 11th 6-8pm

Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs, friends and family to enjoy this wonderful open-air production!

George was the scruffiest giant in town. But one day, when he sees a shop stocking giant-size clothes, he decides it's time to update his image. Folksy's musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson's wonderful book will be filled with puppetry, colourful characters and songs, that will have you clapping and singing along!

Adult £13.50
Child £8.00
Concession £10.00

Booking details Call Folksy Theatre 01698 854409

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Jodrell Bank

Admission Charges Apply

From Sputnik to Supernovae

31st July – 1st September, weekdays only, including Bank holiday Monday
11:30 and 14:30

Join us at Jodrell Bank this summer as we celebrate 60 years of the Lovell Telescope in our brand new live science show.

In this whistle-stop tour of space science, you’ll discover the incredible story of the almighty Lovell telescope from its ‘first light’ in 1957, through to its ground-breaking research into pulsars and supernovae today.

Along the way, you’ll discover how the Lovell tracked Sputnik 1 and monitored the landing module of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and you’ll get to explore the telescope’s more elusive and secretive work during the cold war.

Full of fun experiments and interactive demonstrations, Jodrell Bank’s fun and fact-packed live science shows are perfect for all the family.

FREE with general admission

Admission can be booked in advance online here and Science Show places can be reserved up to the day before by phoning 01477 571766

The Jodrell Jubilee!
Daily Drop-in Activity
31st July – 1st September, daily, including weekends and Bank holiday Monday 11:00-16:00

Drop in to help us celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Lovell telescope!

Have a go at some science-themed games, watch amazing live demonstrations, and take part in fun activities. You’ll learn all about the Lovell telescope and how it works in the process!

Meet the Expert Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August 13:00

Here’s your chance to meet one of our resident science and astronomy experts. You’ll get to find out about their work and have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted the answers to.

All ages welcome, but shows are recommended for ages 7+.

Visit for more information and to plan your day

Macclesfield Activity Centre

MAC is open during the half term holidays. They are based on Goodall Street. SK11 7BD.

Tel 01625 569556

Please see their own website for opening hours or like them on Facebook

Main activity is roller skating.

Skating costs £5 per session plus £1 for skate hire

Sessions last 1 hour and 45 minutes starting at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm (and 6pm Fri, Sat).

If you’re not confident on the rink, though, don’t fret—they also have table games like table tennis, table football, air hockey and pool. No need to pay extra to play on them, either!

Please note that children from 4-11 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult for the duration of their stay! Those under the age of 4 will not be permitted to skate!
After all that excitement, you’ll need a sit down at the café. Drown your sorrows in a cold drink and a snack if you lost and celebrate with one of their delicious snacks and a cold drink if you won!

Other Ideas

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Please get in touch if you are organising any childrens activities during the school holidays.

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