Things to do in the Summer Holidays

Date: 25th June 2018
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!

Holiday Club *** 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 *** Stream Safari *** Minibeasts Mission *** Down the Mines *** Mess Around Supermess *** Cinemac *** Macclesfield Museums *** Multisports Courses at Club AZ *** Pearson Sports Academy at Tytherington High School *** Moorland Adventure Outdoor Activities *** National Trust Property Events *** Jodrell Bank *** Other Ideas

Holiday Club

Funtime Holiday Club at St Gregory's School

Wednesday 25th July to Friday 24th August.


Play, games, sports, arts, crafts amd much more.

For rates and more information

click here

Summer Activities at Nest in The Woods Adlington

Tuesdays - Parent and Child Drop in Session

10am-12pm £5 per child.

"Our Tuesday morning Stay and Play for toddlers and pre-schoolers runs right throughout the year.
No need to book in advance. Just come when you can. £5 per child. If you let us know you are coming though, we can make sure we have enough snacks for everyone, and you have the option to pay online.
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.
We look forward to seeing you!." Visit

Den in the Woods - Our Forest School Holiday Clubs

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 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.
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
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 - Mischief Makers. Children are encouraged to read 6 books over the Summer, collecting stickers and incentives along the way.

Thursday 26th July: Children’s Drop in Lego, 10-4pm. No Charge, drop in between these times and stay as long as you like!

Wednesday 1st August: No Bake Treats. 2.15-3.15pm. £2.50 per ticket. Book in advance as places are limited. 5+ Please inform at time of booking of any allergies.

Tuesday 7th August: 3D Pens Taster Session. 10-4pm. Drop in, no charge. 7+

Tuesday 14th August: Cops and Robbers. 10.30-11.30am. Visit by PCSO Hannah Jackson. No Charge.

Tuesday 14th August: Children’s Lego Club 4-5pm. No Charge, drop in.

Thursday 16th August: Lego Stop Motion Animation. 10-12noon. £1 per ticket. Book in advance as places are limited. 6+

Saturday 18th August: Junk Modelling. 9.30-12.30pm. £1 per child. Drop in.

Friday 24th August: Papier Mache Bowls. 2-4pm Drop in. £2.50 per child.

Thursday 30th August: Fun Science. 10-11am. £4.00 per child. Book in advance as places are limited. 4+

As with all our children’s events, children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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Summer Activities at Bollington Health and Leisure



Children’s Summer Activity Camp

Ages: For Primary School Children 4-11 Years

Dates & Times: Monday 23rd July – Friday 31st August Excluding Bank Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays

Full day: 9.00am-4.00pm

Half day: 9.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm-4.00pm

Full day: £25.00 ǀ Full day continuous week: £110.00

Half day: £16.00 ǀ half day continuous week: £70.00

Morning Sessions: Sports sessions and games

Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Afternoon Sessions: Fun swim, more games and tournament

To book, please fill out a form at reception. For more information call the centre on 01625 574 774

or email

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 July 28th


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 July 29th

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 July 29th


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

Monday 6th August 10am - 12pm

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.

Stream Safari at Teggs Nose

Thursday August 9th

Join Nature Stuff to hunt for weird and wonderful creatures lurking in the stream. Wear wellies and prepare to have fun.

Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Cost £6.50 per child.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

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Minibeast Mission at Teggs Nose

Friday August 10th 10am-12pm

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)

Messy Play Supermess

Come along and play at our Mess Around Supermess in Bollington at 10.30am Bollington Civic Hall on Friday 10th August.

Ka-pow – Put on your hero capes on and fly along to our BRAND NEW Super Mess Party! Come along and save the world with your Little Super Hero’s. With Hulk spaghetti, Batman rice and Wonder Woman foam. All you have to do is come along and Mess Around and leave the cleaning up to us!

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 can include Arts, Crafts and Junk modelling activities to keep them busy!
What time should we arrive? The session starts at 10:30am, please arrive 5 minutes prior for registration. The session will finish at 11:30am. We will provide a warm wash area so you can get your little ones clean again. Please bring a towel and a change of clothes.

£6 per child (£3.50 per sibling) More info and to book

Down the Mines

Tuesday August 14th

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

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Incredibles 2 13th-19th July (see times)

Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet -- taking care of the problems of his three children.

MAMMA MIA 2: HERE WE GO AGAIN! Screenings 20th July - 2nd August see times

On the beautiful Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie is awaiting the arrival of her first baby, as well as running her mother's villa. Worried that she can't do it all single-handed, Sophie turns to her mother's friends Tanya and Rosie for assurance, help and guidance.

Macclesfield Museums

Macclesfield Museums run a number of exhibitions, drop in craft sessions and workshops through the school holidays.

At the time of publishing this page there was no information available about school holiday activities but please visit for up to date information.

Invisible Threads by Zarah Hussain

The Silk Museum, 16 June – 15 September 2018

Macclesfield-born artist Zarah Hussain has created a new light sculpture, Invisible Threads, commissioned for the Barnaby Festival.
Featuring the sounds of Paradise Mill, the sculpture’s 3D shapes and colour-changing LED lights make it an immersive and exciting experience.

From Monday 25 June to Saturday 15 September, admission will be included in the entry price to The Silk Museum, or you can visit just the Special Exhibition for £2 (children free).

'The Macclesfield of America' - Paterson, New Jersey

The Silk Museum, 9 June – 22 September 2018

In the 19th century, many men and women of Macclesfield emigrated to Paterson, New Jersey to work in the burgeoning silk industry there. The city became known as ‘the Macclesfield of America’.

This exhibition celebrates and explores the close connections between the two communities.

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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

Multisports Fun for the whole summer!
Dodgeball - Football - Basketball - Tennis and Much Much More!
30th July to 24th August
8.30am to 3.30pm with a 5.30pm Extra Stay Option

To book or enquire about a place please click here or contact Jordan on 07720 629 690 Facebook Page

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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

Monday 23 July - Friday 27 July
Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August
Monday 6 August - Friday 10 August
Monday 13 August - Friday 17 August
Monday 20 August - Friday 24 August
Tuesday 28 August - Friday 31 August

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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 Click on the week you are interested in for full details

Week 1

Day 1 – Monday 6 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday 7 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Wednesday 8 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 4 – Thursday 9 August - Climbing and Scrambling at The Roaches
Day 5 – Friday 10 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 13 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday 14 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 3 – Wednesday 15 August – Climbing and Scrambling at The Roaches
Day 4 – Thursday 16 August - Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 5 – Friday 17 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 – Monday 20 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday 21 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Wednesday 22 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 4 – Thursday 23 August - Climbing and Scrambling at The Roaches
Day 5 – Friday 24 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 4

Day 1 – Tuesday 28 August – Climb and Abseil
Day 2 – Wednesday 29 August – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 3 – Thursday 30 August – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 4 – Friday 31 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.

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Lyme Park

Events at Lyme Park during the summer holidays.

Admission charges apply

Skylarks Forest School

Fridays 6th,13th, 20th, 27th 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.

Gifts for the Gods' - Animal Mummies Revealed

Daily excluding Weds and Thurs

In association with the Manchester Museum and their Egyptology specialists, an exciting exhibition about mummified animals is coming to Lyme.

In the early 1800s, Thomas Legh travelled to unexplored areas of Egypt, taking part in digs and excavations along the way.

To celebrate, this exhibition will present and explore ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as offerings to the gods.

The display will include mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds!

Ranger in Training - Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August

Come for one session or book for the whole week.

£3 per child per session. Sessions are recommended for children six and over. Children cannot be left without a parent or guardian. Call 0344 249 1895

Ranger in training - Navigator badge - Mon July 30th

Being able to find your way around the countryside is really important for a ranger. Learn these skills and make your way across the estate, taking part in nature themed activities as you go along.

Ranger in training - Survival badge - Tuesday July 31st

There are many things you can read from the landscape that will help you to survive outdoors. Learn skills such as animal and wildlife tracking, foraging and whittling.

Ranger in training - Traditional Skills badge - Wednesday August 2nd

There are many traditional skills that rangers use every day to help care for the countryside. Have a go at making tree guards, dry stone walling and willow fence weaving

Ranger in training - Forester badge - Thursday August 2nd

Learn the ways of the woodland and what trees do for us. Master how to care for the woodland whilst developing your carving skills. Get to know tree species through fun games and learn how to make homes for wildlife found in woodland such as bug hotels and bird boxes.

Ranger in training - Nature Detective badge - Friday August 3rd

Become a nature detective and use your surveying and monitoring skills to read the environment around you. You will learn how to tell the difference between flowers with simple techniques, and get to take part in a butterfly survey.

Piecing together the past - Mon August 20th - Friday August 24th

Bring your budding archaeologists to Lyme where they can try their hand at activities in the garden.

Summer of Sport -

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

Quarry Bank Mill

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Exploring with Elephants (23rd July - 3rd August)

Join Elizabeth Mary Greg in India. Through her eyes visit the Taj Mahal, sit atop an elephant and camp in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Summer Holidays: Adventuring in the Americas (6th - 17th August)

Meet Edward Hyde Greg and travel with him on his eccentric adventures in the Americas. Wrestle an alligator and take part in mosquito mania.

Summer Holidays: Moving to the Mill (20th - 31st August)

During the Industrial Revolution lots of workers migrated north in search of work. Journey along the canal with 9 year old Rebekah Steevens and her family as they travel to Quarry Bank

Have-a-go: Nature Explorers Thursday August 25th

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.

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

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Hare Hill Admission Charges Apply

Horse Power at Hare Hill 4th-23rd July

After a successful trial in 2016, two logging horses will be dredging the ponds in the garden for a month, in full view of the public. As well as watching them in action, you'll be able to ask our staff and volunteers questions about the project.

Please note: this is a working project, not an event, and the horses may not be working during your visit.

Family Fridays

Get back to nature and enjoy plenty of summer activities during our fun-filled family fridays (10th-31st August)

The Princess and the Giant - Folksy Theatre returns to Hare Hill this summer Saturday August 18th

Princess Sophie is fed up. She's EXHAUSTED and it's all because the grumpy old giant can't sleep - his stomps and stamps keep everyone awake ALL night. But Princess Sophie is a resourceful sort of girl and, as she reads her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. Filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show is one not to be missed! Based on the Children's book by Caryl Hart, illustrated by Sarah Warburton.

  • Adult £13.50
  • Child £8.00
  • Concession £10
Call 01698 854409

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Jodrell Bank

Admission Charges Apply Visit Website for full details and to book where required

Operation Earth Activities

Activities are available on a drop-in basis and FREE with general admission. Suitable for all ages.

Garden Make and Take

Every Thursday, 2nd – 30th August 11am – 4pm

Join our Gardens Team to make your own environmentally friendly paper plant pot and take home with a new wildflower friend.

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

Every day, 28th July – 2nd September 15:30

Join one of Jodrell Bank’s popular Telescope Walking Tours, as our friendly Explainers 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 are available on a drop-in basis and FREE with general admission. Tour take approx 45 minutes and are suitable for ages 10+.

Live Science Show: Operation Earth

Every weekday from 30th July – 31st August 11:30 and 14:30

Planet Earth is feeling a little under the weather and is going to the doctors for a check-up. Join us, along with expert scientists, as we investigate what is bothering Earthy.

Become a trainee environmental scientist and help us investigate Earthy’s land, air and oceans, and see if together we can find solutions.

Science Shows are Free with general admission and can be booked on arrival, depending on availability. Suitable for ages 6+

Tiny Space Explorer Tours (Under 7s)

Every Monday and Friday from 30th July – 31st August 12:30

Do you want to explore space with us? We will be setting off in our own Jodrell Bank rocket, travelling through our Solar System and out into the vastness of space to land on an alien planet!

Join us for this explorer walk investigating “alien” flora and fauna in the arboretum. Meet at the pagoda! The tour last approx 45 minutes and has been designed for children under 7.

Meet the Expert

Tuesday 31st July – Tuesday 28th August (Tuesdays only) 12:30

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 about space you’ve always wanted the answers to. Everybody welcome, though we suggest this event is suitable for ages 10+

Meet the Environmental Expert

Every Wednesday, 1st – 29th August 12:30pm

As part of Operation Earth, here’s your chance to meet one of the University of Manchester’s Environmental Science experts.

You’ll get to find out about their work and have the chance to ask the questions about space you’ve always wanted the answers to. Everybody welcome, though we suggest this event is suitable for ages 10+

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

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