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Inventions, Ideas & Imaginative Outings

Inventions, Ideas & Imaginative Outings

See some of the world’s best digital works of art as a V&A touring exhibition makes its first stop in Chester, and immerse yourself in Sven Werner’s audiovisual dreamscape at its global premiere at Storyhouse. See Susie MacMurray’s captivating new textile installation, ‘Gathering’, at Tatton Park, and travel back to the days of the industrial revolution at Ellesmere Port on patrol with a night watchman. Read on for more fascinating ways to investigate how our world works.

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  1. The Silk Museum

    Macclesfield

    *Reopening 17th September 2020*
    From cocoon to loom, find out how this old market town shot to global manufacturing fame at the Silk Museum and neighbouring Paradise Mill.

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    Reopening Thursday 17th September on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 4pm.

    Visitors will need to pre-book hourly slots which start at 10am with each hour slot having capacity for up to six visitors. This means that there’s plenty of space to explore and enjoy the collections in our largest ground floor gallery – the Red Room. Pre-book your tickets through the Macclesfield Museums website, or through Art Tickets.

    Macclesfield once hummed with the sound of silk looms, music to the ears of the mill owners that prospered here in the 19th century. 

    Admire Europe’s largest-known collection of Jacquard silk handlooms and learn the secrets of these unique textile machines on a tour with an expert – their workings are thought to have been the crucible for computer programming. Pore over the remarkable collection of more than 1,000 pattern books, see stunning costumes made of the finest silk, and study an outstanding collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, including Tutankhamun’s ring, gathered by the daughter of one of the town’s leading families.

    Macclesfield is still a place where fabric-making flourishes – at the Makers’ Place get expert insights from today’s craftspeople and pick up a truly special souvenir.

    Contact Details:

    The Old Art School, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ

    Tel:

    01625 612045

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Tatton Park

    Knutsford

    **Team of the Year Award Winner 2019**

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    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park
    The Drawing Room inside the Tatton Park  Mansion
    Deer in the Parkland of Tatton Park
    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park
    The Drawing Room inside the Tatton Park  Mansion
    Deer in the Parkland of Tatton Park

    **#1 National Trust Garden in the UK 2020**

    **Team of the Year Award Winner 2019**

    There’s plenty to see at Tatton Park this year. Join characters from Tatton Farm’s past to hear field-to-fork tales, and learn about the production of our food – from grain threshing to milking – from the industrial revolution to the present day. Are you brave enough to enter the slaughterhouse? In this old stone building, darkened walls become the backdrop for a butcher’s tale: the dramatised story of a pig’s journey from birth to mansion-house table, sensitively told by a Victorian kitchen boy and farmer. Meanwhile, in the neoclassical mansion, rare Japanese woodblock prints, collected by Wilbraham Egerton, will be on display as part of a focus on Japan in 2020.

    The Gardener’s Cottage Tea Room at Tatton Park has packaged everything that we love about alfresco dining into a delicious, freshly made, ready–to-go picnic, featuring their classic Head Gardener’s sandwiches, cakes and scones. Host a fun and stress free summer picnic at Tatton Park with your nearest and dearest, available to pre-order now online, for collections from Friday 21st August. Escape with your picnic to Tatton’s picturesque Parkland where you’ll have 1,000 acres to choose your perfect picnicking spot. Your picnic comes with a handy parkland map of ‘Tatton’s Tremendous Views’ – which you can easily get to on foot or by car. Sit back, feel the grass between your toes and delight in your picnic whilst looking out across Tatton’s stunning Mere’s.

    Contact Details:

    Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

    Tel:

    01625 374400

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Anderton Boat Lift

    Northwich

    **Experience of the Year Award Winner 2019**

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    Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
    Stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and the canal side
    All aboard for a trip up Anderton Boat Lift
    Grab lunch or a drink and a snack at the onsite cafe at Anderton Boat Lift
    Anderton Boat Lift - An extraordinary feat of engineering
    Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
    Stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and the canal side
    All aboard for a trip up Anderton Boat Lift
    Grab lunch or a drink and a snack at the onsite cafe at Anderton Boat Lift
    Anderton Boat Lift - An extraordinary feat of engineering

    **Experience of the Year Award Winner 2019**

    Marvel at the miraculous feat of Victorian engineering they call the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’. No wonder it won Visit England’s 2018 Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year - Take a 30-minute boat ride up or down the lift to get the inside track on its workings. If you’ve got a head for heights, try Walking The Lift; venture out along the aqueduct to see the former control room and machine deck, then climb to the very top of this impressive structure for wonderful panoramic views. Little ones will love the new Let’s Play outdoor area, complete with a mock-up of Anderton’s bridge, control house and mooring area, and, inside the Visitor Centre, a lift-themed craft area where young imaginations can fly. Check out, too, the fascinating exhibition about this unique spectacle.

     

    Contact Details:

    Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

    Tel:

    01606 786777

    Website

    Web Site

  4. Lion Salt Works

    Northwich

    Cheshire’s salt – the precious mineral on which this county sits – has been prized since Roman times.

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    It’s a story brilliantly told at the Lion Salt Works, one of the last open-pan sites in the world, an intriguing warren of stove, boiler and pan houses renovated to reveal how salt was extracted from the underground brine lakes and transformed into a coveted commodity. Immerse yourself in the high-tech wizardry of Salt Pan 3, which recreates the steamy and dangerous conditions where bare-chested men toiled over great vats of the boiling brine. Stand at the bar in the old Red Lion pub, where the workers were once served refreshing pints of beer with a replenishing pinch of salt. Spot the worker’s boots encrusted with salt crystals and the sardine tins that, curiously, wages were paid in. Then step out on the towpath of the Trent & Mersey Canal, where salt was once hauled to Liverpool’s docks, the gateway to the world.

    Contact Details:

    Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES

    Tel:

    01606 275066

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
The Silk Museum (53.25754,-2.12736)Tatton Park (53.33615,-2.38866)17.52
Tatton Park (53.33615,-2.38866)Anderton Boat Lift (53.2745,-2.52763)10.36
Anderton Boat Lift (53.2745,-2.52763)Lion Salt Works (53.2752,-2.49549)1.93
Total Distance *29.8 miles
Estimated Journey Time58 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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