Things to do in the Summer Holidays
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 *** Butterfly Walk *** Teggs Nose Rocks *** Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt *** Stream Safari *** Bushcraft Adventure Day at Riverside Park *** Down the Mines *** Cinemac *** Macclesfield Museums *** Multisports Courses at Club AZ *** Macclesfield Leisure Centre *** Pearson Sports Academy at Tytherington High School *** Moorland Adventure Outdoor Activities *** National Trust Property Events *** Jodrell Bank *** Other Ideas
Den in the Woods - Our Forest School Holiday Clubs
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout August
9:30am – 3:30pm Age 5+ £25 per session.
Our philosophy is based on the Forest School approach, which puts the child at the centre. Children will develop their independence and resilience, communication skills, their imagination and thinking, teamwork, and of course have loads of fun in the process. The outdoors is the absolute best place for children to be. They are natural explorers and little scientists finding out about the world for themselves with the support of experienced and caring adults. Children will connect with and understand nature, themselves and each other in a deep and meaningful way because the outdoors is such a rich and stimulating environment. They will experience the changes of the seasons and learn about nature first hand, as well as how to look after themselves and each other.
Visit https://nestinthewoods.co.uk/den/ for availablility and to book.
First Saturday of the Month - 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.
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
The sessions are drop in but need to be pre-booked with only 24 hours notice.
Saturday 6th July:
Children’s Summer Reading Challenge Starts.
Theme this year is Space Chase.
All they have to do is read 6 Library books and visit the library regularly over the Summer, collecting special incentives along the way.
Saturday 20th & 27th July: Drop In Lego, 10-12 noon. No need to book, just call in.
Friday 26th July: Drop In Children’s Crafts, 2-4pm £1.00 per craft, drop in.
Tuesday 30th July: Lego Mindstorms: Build and programme our library Lego robot! 10.30-12.30pm or 2.30-4.30pm.
Free but need to book you must be 8+ to attend this activity.
More Holiday Activities to follow.
Children’s 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. These weekly events will continue during the Summer School Holidays.
More information and to book your place on any of the activities tel 01625 378266 or
Saturday July 27th
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.
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
Sunday July 28th
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.
Adults £3, children 16 or under go free. Back to Top.
Sunday July 28th
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
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.
Cost £7.50 per child.
Tuesday August 13th
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.
Cost £7.50. 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Meeting point: Picnic area outside Wizard Tea Rooms, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge Back to Top.
Wednesday August 21st
Mount Cook’s knowledgeable instructors will teach your child the essential skills to survive in the wilderness, whilst keeping the protection of the environment in mind. The group will experience and develop skills such as fire lighting, campfire gadgetry, plant identification, cordage and how to build a shelter. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn a new skill, enhance their ability to work well within a team, and develop an appreciation and sense of respect for the natural world. 9am-4pm Riverside Park. 8-12 years old.
Booking and payment in advance is essential 21st August. Cost £35. Event repeats on Wednesday 28 August.
Fri 19th July 10:30
Fri 26th July 10:30
Baby & toddler friendly screening with the lights on and a reduced volume. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Macclesfield Museums run a number of exhibitions, drop in craft sessions and workshops through the school holidays.
Six Weeks of Summer Holiday Activities
It is West Park Museum ….. but not as you know it. From 25th July the Museum is full of boredom-busting activities for all the family plus special events all summer long.
Come and get involved – tell us a Panda Joke, dress up and get creative, share your museum memories and design your own Lego museum of the future.
Take a fresh look at the Museum collections. In Adventure Corner, discover extraordinary objects from across the globe that have been brought back by Macclesfield explorers. In the Gallery, every picture tells a story and you can add your own … with a twist.
Use the Eye-Spy Trail to spot unusual details hidden in the exhibits.
We are looking at the collections in new ways and we want to know what you think. Many museums have objects with dark stories to tell and West Park Museum is no exception. Come and find out about the Curious Tale of the Panda, the Horrible History of the Scold’s Bridle, or the Puzzle of the Pagoda.
Pandamonium – the Family Festival inspired by our much-loved Panda, takes place from 17th – 25th August. Don’t miss the Panda Picnic and a Special Events Programme that we are running with Barnaby Festival and other partners.
The Silk Museum is open 10 – 4pm Monday – Saturday and we have a range of museum tours on offer during this time.
Please call our Booking team on 01625 612045 for further information and to book your tour.
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! Paradise Mill is currently closed from May 1st – June 30th 2019 for urgent structural repairs.
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.
29th July to the 23rd August we have an action packed, fun filled four weeks of Multisports all at Tytherington School.
New Special events days, guest coaches and individual and team competitions are all part of our sensational plans. Then added to that is the chance to play every sport imaginable, whilst making new friends in top quality indoor and outdoor facilities.
To book or enquire about a place please contact Jordan on 07720 629 690 or message through the Facebook Page
Fun-filled multi-activity children’s sessions during the school holidays!
Our school holiday activities include Family Fun Swims,
Trampolining, Bouncy Castles, Sports, Crafts, Zids Zumba and more!
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
Monday 22 July - Friday 26 July
Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August
Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August
Monday 12 August - Friday 16 August
Monday 19 August - Friday 23 August
Tuesday 27 August - Friday 30 August
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 Click on the week you are interested in for full details
Day 1 – Monday 5 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday 6 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Wednesday 7 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 4 – Thursday 8 August - Climbing and Scrambling at The Roaches
Day 5 – Friday 9 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.
Day 1 – Monday 12 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday 13 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 3 – Wednesday 14 August – Climbing and Scrambling at The Roaches
Day 4 – Thursday 15 August - Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 5 – Friday 16 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.
Day 1 – Monday 19 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday 20 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Wednesday 21 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 4 – Thursday 22 August - Climbing and Scrambling at The Roaches
Day 5 – Friday 23 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.
Day 1 – Tuesday 27 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 2 – Wednesday 28 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 3 – Thursday 29 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 4 – Friday 30 August - 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.
Events at Lyme Park during the summer holidays.
Skylarks Forest School - Fridays
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. email@example.com
The Lost Words - daily
Inspired by the book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris, seek, find and speak words from the natural world that are disappearing from children's vocabulary.Acorn. Ivy. Heather. Explore Lyme to seek out words like these that are disappearing from children's vocabulary. Pick up your Lyme dictionary and Investigate the garden to discover words from Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris' spell book brought to life. Join us in the summer for more children’s activities and discover the wonders of nature all around you. £2.50 per trail
Ranger in Training 29th July - 2nd August
Have you got what it takes to be a ranger? Pick up some new skills as you explore the outdoors with these hands-on activities. £5 age 6+
Mini-Rangers 19th-23rd August
Bring your little ones to explore the sights, sounds and smells of Lyme’s woodland. Age 5 and under £1
Teen Ranger 21st and 23rd August
Learn the skills you need to care for a place like Lyme. Age 13-18 £5
Please see the website for dates and details.
A new family theatre experience comes to Lyme.
Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris' spellbook, The Lost Words, features words from the natural world which have disappeared from the Oxford Junior Dictionary as children spend less time outdoors. Words like ‘broadband’ and ‘chatroom’ have replaced others describing the natural world, like ‘bramble’ and ‘conker’. See the book brought to life in this imaginative performance.
A garden ticket is not required for this performance. Car park charges will still apply (Free for NT members.) £14 adults £10 children family tickets available
Mill Trail: Become a Factory Inspector
Become a factory inspector and have a go at our family trail around the mill created by children’s author Philip Ardagh.
Join factory inspector Augustus Snout and his assistant Scuttle on an inspection of the mill. Have a go at different jobs throughout your journey and experience the dangers of working in a cotton mill.
Pick up your mill trail at the mill entrance. 50p per trail.
Find your Styal
Try your hand at new, exciting skills with the team at Quarry Bank, from forest school fun to crafts in the mill.From the 22nd of July to the 2nd of August, discover exciting new ways to appreciate nature and learn new skills. Take part in bird watching workshops, create some wild art and get folding with origami crafts in the mill.
If you go down to the woods
Connect with trees, discover how they communicate with each other and how they log their experiences. Listen to them, learn from them, love them. From the 5th to the 16th of August, join us for a terrific two weeks of exploring the life of trees. In a fun selection of workshops and activities, find out how trees communicate with each other and size up your age with the rings in their trunks.
Strike a chord
Quarry Bank’s machines and River Bollin form a unique rhythm. Come along this summer and explore new ways to create and enjoy music with us.From the 19th to the 30th of August, we'll be exploring the tuneful side of Quarry Bank. From musical storytelling to the natural rhythms of the surrounding estate, there'll be lots to discover and enjoy.
Every month you can have a go at a wild outdoor activity at Quarry Bank. From pond-dipping to wild art, there's always a new adventure to enjoy.
Wind in the Willows trail
Follow the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger this summer at Hare Hill. 111 years ago, twin brothers Charles and Patrick Brocklehurst might have re-enacted the tales as they played in their gardens at Hare Hill, and we’re inviting you to follow in their footsteps with an interactive, Wind in the Willows trail featuring original images by E.H. Shepard. £1 per trail.
Mister Magnolia Saturday 17th August
Folksy Theatre presents a fun-filled version of a much loved tale
Mr Magnolia has many things, such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some very fat owls learning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur who's a magnificent brute, two sisters who play the flute, and even a swimming pool. But he still only has one boot! Join Mr Magnolia on his wacky adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre's bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction, it's an evening out not to be missed! Based on the book by Quentin Blake.
The Comedy of Errors Friday 30th August
Folky Theatre present Shakespeare's classic tale of mistaken identities.
After being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find them. The other set of twins live in Ephesus, and the new arrivals cause a series of hilarious mistaken identity. Filled with Folksy's wonderful live music, audience interaction and downright silliness! Bring along your friends and family to watch this wonderful production in the magical setting of the walled garden.
- Adult £12
- Child £10
Learn more about Field to Fork and where your food comes from, meet our newly hatched chicks in the hatchery and meet our new arrivals in our daily farmyard facts. See the mill machines running, storytelling, milking and buttermaking and much, much more!
Luna Kids Cinema 24th-28th July
The UK's first open air cinema designed specially for film fans of all ages comes to Tatton Park with great films for big and little kids like. For full listings please visit the website at https://www.lunakidscinema.com/.
Dozens more activities over the school holidays. Please visit the website for full details
Moon rock and meteorites Monday 29th July – Friday 30th August
10am – 5pm (drop-in)
Seeing is believing! Visit Jodrell Bank this summer and have a look at real pieces of the Moon brought back by Apollo astronauts! You’ll also have the chance to hold some space rocks!
Rocket Lab! Monday 29th July – Friday 30th August
11am – 4pm (drop-in)
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zero. We have a lift-off!
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, join us at Jodrell Bank to get involved with our fun and interactive activities all about the science of rockets.
Activities are aimed at adults and children aged 7+. Please note that children must be supervised.
Live Science Show: Mission to the Moon Monday 29th July – Friday 30th August (weekdays only)
11:30am and 2:30pm
Celebrate 50 years since humans first stepped foot on the moon in our brand new live science show.
Fun-filled and fact-packed, our shows include interactive demonstrations and live experiments -perfect for all the family!
Science shows last for 30 – 40 minutes and are aimed at adults and children aged 7+.
Tiny astronauts (Under 7s session) Monday 29th July – Friday 30th August (weekdays only)
11am and 1pm
Join us on a fun-filled rocket trip into space, exploring the Moon and playing lots of games along the way…
Sessions last around 20 minutes and are designed for children aged 7 and under.
Live Beekeeping Demonstrations
Every Thursday, 2nd – 30th August 14:00 -15:30
Watch Jodrell’s Beekeepers at work in a live beekeeping demonstration. You’ll see the fascinating and ancient craft of beekeeping up close and in action at our very own Apiary and the Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions.
Telescope Walking Tours
(Weekdays) 3.15pm (Weekends) 11.45am and 3.15pm
We’ll be hosting our popular Telescope Walking Tours daily for 2019 where you can join one of our friendly Explainers as they take you for a stroll around the base of the impressive Lovell Telescope.
You’ll find out more about how the Grade 1 listed Telescope works, explore its fascinating history and discover some of its ground-breaking research.
Walking Tours last around 45 minutes, will take place indoors if wet, are available on a drop-in basis and are free with general admission. Age 10+
Please get in touch if you are organising any childrens activities during the school holidays.