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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

    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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    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

    Tatton Park’s Parkland, Gardens,* Farm* and Playground, are all open for local visitors. 

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    Daffodils in the Parkland at Tatton Park
    Blossoming trees in the parkland at Tatton Park
    Landscape of Deer
    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park
    Daffodils in the Parkland at Tatton Park
    Blossoming trees in the parkland at Tatton Park
    Landscape of Deer
    Mansion from the Italian Gardens at Tatton Park
    Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park

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

    Tatton Park is open for visitors

    Tatton Park’s Parkland, Gardens,* Farm* and Playground, are all open for local visitors. 

    The Stableyard toilet facilities, Stables Restaurant take-away, Housekeeper’s store, Gift Shop and Tuck Shop are also open for those who live locally to Tatton Park. 

    Before your visit, please refer to the latest Government Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

    *Visits to the Gardens and Farm must be booked online in advance. Visit the Ticketing Page to plan your day. 

    Re-opening more of the places you love...

    The Gardener's Cottage Tea Room and the Mansion both remain closed for now. We are planning to re-open both from 17 May, subject to government guidelines, so please keep checking the website for updates. 

    Read Tatton Park’s latest covid-19 update for details on what is open and what to expect on your visit.

    Contact Details:

    Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

    Tel:

    01625 374400

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Anderton Boat Lift

    Northwich

    Marvel at the miraculous feat of Victorian engineering they call the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’

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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

    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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