Inventions, Ideas & Imaginative Outings

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  1. Tatton Park

    Knutsford

    Cheshire’s grand 18th-century country estate is home to an agricultural attraction like no other, where state-of-the-art audio-visual exhibitions animate old barns and bring museum-piece machinery to life.

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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

    **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.

     

    Address

    Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

    Tel:

    01625 374400

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2019to27 Mar 2020Various Opening Times
    From:
    29 Mar 2020to26 Oct 2020

    Website

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  2. 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.

    Address

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

    Tel:

    01625 612045

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020to23 Dec 2020Various Opening Times

    Website

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  3. Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum

    Crewe

    Freedom, Equality, Fraternity! It’s a surprising proclamation to hear on a quiet country lane.

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    Yet the rural hamlet of Englesea Brook was once a centre of radicalism and is home to one of the Methodist Church’s most important historic sites – a Georgian chapel where the story of the Primitive Methodists is told. The ‘Prims’ were a breakaway movement from Wesleyanism, founded by Hugh Bourne (whose grave lies here) and his followers, who transformed the lives of working-class people. They preached a progressive interpretation of their faith at evangelical camps on nearby Mow Cop in the early 19th century, before moving to chapels such as the one you can look around here. There is an inspiring exhibition, too, that explains the Prims’ quest to educate and improve the living and working conditions of ordinary people, featuring a collection of more than 5,000 artefacts, from paintings and ceramics to a preacher’s pulpit and the UK’s largest collection of religious banners.

    Address

    Englesea Brook Lane, Englesea Brook, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 5QW

    Tel:

    01270 820836

    Dates

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  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.

    Address

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

    Tel:

    01606 275066

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020to31 Dec 2020Various Opening Times

    Website

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  5. Anderton Boat Lift

    Northwich

    Here at the Anderton Boat Lift you can see narrowboats tackle the staggering 50-foot drop between the Trent & Mersey Canal and Weaver Navigation.

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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**

    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.

     

    Address

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

    Tel:

    01606 786777

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020to31 Dec 2020Various Opening Times

    Website

    Web Site

  6. Warrington Arts & Culture

    Warrington

    Another exciting year of arts and culture will unfold in Warrington in 2020.

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    Abandon Normal Devices Festival, the UK’s only roaming digital culture, film and art festival, will take place around the waterways of the Manchester Ship Canal and Mersey River in May. Parr Hall will celebrate its 125th birthday in September with a week of special events inside this beautiful building. And the annual autumn arts festival will return including an exhibition by the artist Susan Stockwell and a site-specific dance performance by Company Capri.

    Address

    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1JB

    Tel:

    01925 442399

    Dates

    Website

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