Forests, Festivals & Family Days

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Number of results: 5

  1. The Lost Words

    Search for ‘dandelion’, ‘fern’ and other words that are too quickly disappearing from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.

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    The hunt for lost words, inspired by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s spell book of the same name, continues in 2020 at Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank. The National Trust’s fun trail with art installations conjures up a vanishing natural vocabulary that is being lost as children spend less time outdoors. Yet, it seems, all is not lost; young explorers can pick up a booklet to create spells to bring nature’s language back to life. Keep your eyes peeled, there are hidden words everywhere – on a spinning zoetrope, in a willow sculpture, even etched on an old stump.

    Address

    Dunham Massey & Quarry Bank, SK12 2NR

    Tel:

    01663 762023

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sept 2019to3 Apr 2020
    From:
    6 Apr 2020to31 Aug 2020

    Website

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  2. Beeston Castle Roundhouse

    Tarporley

    A Bronze Age roundhouse now sits on the rocky crag at Beeston once more.

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    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage

    Some 4,000 years after the original structure disappeared from view, more than 60 English Heritage volunteers have rolled up their sleeves to piece together archaeological evidence, gather authentic tools and school themselves in ancient construction methods to recreate the ancient thatched wattle-and-daub dwelling that stood here long before the familiar stones of the 13th-century castle.  Beeston has always been a historically significant site – from its glory days as a medieval fortress to its ultimate decline in the Civil War – as well as a place to enjoy its natural woodland setting and spectacular views. Now this new labour of love enables us to venture even further back in time to better appreciate the life and times of our distant ancestors.

    Address

    Chapel Lane, Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TX

    Tel:

    01829 260464

    Dates

    From:
    10 Apr 2020to14 Apr 2020
    From:
    15 Apr 2020to30 Sept 2020Open 10:00 - 18:00
    From:
    1 Oct 2020to3 Nov 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
    From:
    4 Nov 2020to22 Dec 2020Various Opening Times
    From:
    26 Dec 2020to31 Dec 2020

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  3. Delamere Forest

    Northwich

    One of Britain’s favourite green spaces, Delamere Forest is a popular place to mix art and nature.

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    Tranquility at Delamere Forest
    Explore Delamere Forest, Cheshire's largest area of woodland
    Tranquility at Delamere Forest
    Explore Delamere Forest, Cheshire's largest area of woodland

    This has been the scene of several Forest Live gigs, with Paul Weller and Jess Glynne among the superstars who’ve appeared here, as well as child-friendly trails featuring well-loved characters such as the Gruffalo (you’ll still find him hiding in the trees near Blakemere Moss). But there are major changes afoot in the forest this year. Work is underway for a new welcome centre, a bigger café with terrace, and other visitor facilities, all due to be unveiled mid-2020. Plus, Delamere will be the latest location for Forest Holidays, with a cluster of light-footprint cabins opening to holidaymakers in autumn, making it possible to stay overnight in these woods for the first time. While there won’t be any special events taking place here in the near future, Delamere will remain open. So walkers, cyclists and horse-riders can continue to enjoy the trails beneath the canopy of English oak, common beech, sweet chestnut, larch and Scots pine, around the meres and mosses, and along sandstone paths that climb to the summit of Old Pale Hill for sublime views across Cheshire and the counties beyond. 

    Address

    Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Tel:

    0300 067 4340

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020to31 Dec 2020Open 08:00 - 19:00

    Website

    Web Site

  4. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Chester

    It was a stellar 10th anniversary year for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, with the premiere of a brand-new version of The Borrowers by the award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, alongside other great productions, including Henry V.

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    The 2020 programme is still to be unveiled at the theatre-in-the-round in Chester’s elegant Victorian park, but one thing remains constant, this is the place to spread out a picnic blanket, pop open a bottle of fizz (soda or Champers) and enjoy a few hours of top-class entertainment. Conceived by the city’s pioneering cultural centre, Storyhouse – home to the UK’s largest resident theatre company outside the RSC and National Theatre – the open-air theatre is the most creative of Britain’s outdoor spaces.

    Address

    Grosvenor Park, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    0844 815 7202

    Website

    Web Site

  5. Just So Festival

    Scholar Green

    There’s nothing like the Just So Festival for a fantastical family adventure.

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    The three-day celebration of outlandish arts in the outdoors takes place in the leafy, lakeside grounds of Georgian country house Rode Hall – come for the day or pitch up at the campsite for the whole weekend. The exciting agenda promises midnight feasts, silent discos, and al-fresco theatre. Get down with ‘riotously odd’ musical outfits such as Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers; hear storytellers regale campfire tales; and exercise your chuckle muscles to the ripe punchlines of comedians. Make lanterns for parades, learn bushcrafts and join in competitive larks at the Ministry of Games.

     

    Address

    Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QT

    Tel:

    0121 472 6688

    Dates

    From:
    21 Aug 2020to23 Aug 2020

    Website

    Web Site

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