Inventions, Ideas & Imaginative Outings

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  1. Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers

    Chester

    Chester Visual Arts brought the Victoria and Albert Museum’s hit retrospective of digital art to Chester’s Old Library in summer 2019 for its first showing outside London.

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    This cleverly curated journey through the themes of ‘chance and control’ in the creation of digital art revealed how computers have been used to make prints, drawings, paintings, photographs and digital artworks for more than 50 years. Beautifully framed 2-D works on paper were a highlight of the exhibition, with pieces by the pioneering artists of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as today’s cutting-edge practitioners.

    Address

    The Old Library, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2EF

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Wave-Field

    Crewe

    Creating a work of art has never been this much fun – illuminated musical seesaws that conjure up patterns and harmonies, powered by you?

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    ‘Wave-Field, Variation F’ is a travelling installation with soundscape that puts the individual in artistic control of a dynamic sound-and-light show. Just jump on one end and off you go. If you’re wondering about the meaning of this most accessible work of art – created by Lateral Office, CS Design and Mitchell Akiyama – well, by taking part you’ll also be engaging in an unusual bonding experience with your friend or family member on the other end of the seesaw, or even engaging in a fresh encounter if you partner up for this artistic odyssey with a stranger. Kids, young and old, won’t be able to resist. So make sure you form an orderly queue when this playful installation reaches Crewe on its northern tour.

    Address

    Lyceum Square, Heath Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DA

    Tel:

    01270 368 242

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2019to1 Dec 2019Various Opening Times

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Night Watchman Walkabout Theatre

    Ellesmere Port

    Venture out with the Night Watchman around the red-brick warehouses, deep locks and mirror canals at the once-bustling basins of Ellesmere Port, now preserved by the National Waterways Museum.

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    This place really comes to life when dusk falls and its guardian does his rounds, looking out for suspicious characters and calling the hours until sunrise. The protagonist of this one-man walkabout theatre performance will raise his lantern to  illuminate the tale of a night in 1908, when an alleged murder took place, following an altercation between a boatman and a labourer over a gallon of stout.

    Not only will you recreate that fateful night with your trusty guide, you can even decide the outcome in this interactive experience. Later, warm up after the combined chill of night air and murderous intent with a curry at the Waterside Café.

    Address

    National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

    Tel:

    0151 355 5017

    Dates

    Website

    Web Site

  4. CheeseFEAST at Lion Salt Works

    Marston, Northwich

    Cheshire and cheese, the perfect complement. Now a two-day festival for cheese lovers is celebrating the county’s dairy delight at this historic open-pan salt works.

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    The Cheese Tent from Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit will be on display, there’ll be cheese-themed cookery demos, and talks by cheese experts. Plus you’ll have the chance to rise to the Periodic Table of Cheese Challenge, a tasty celebration of the world of science’s tabular display, which is celebrating its 150th year. Cheshire’s salt – the precious mineral on which this county sits – has been prized since Roman times. 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 laced 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

    Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6ES

    Tel:

    01606 275066

    Dates

    Website

    Web Site

  5. Poulson Arc Dream Radio

    Chester

    A mysterious little radio booth will appear on the Juliet Balcony of Chester’s Storyhouse arts centre this spring. Step inside the digital dreamscape and you’ll find yourself inhabiting someone else’s memories.

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    ‘Poulsen Arc Dream Radio’, the latest immersive audio-visual installation by Sven Werner, came about after the composer, film-maker and artist spent weeks in conversation with Cheshire non-natives who have made the city their home. Witness how Werner has collected spoken histories and translated them into poetic narratives that begin with the artist’s interpretation of a room far away, where an individual began the journey that eventually brought them to Chester. Interwoven with Graeme Miller’s atmospheric soundscapes, the booth will also have an audio connection allowing live communication with current residents.

    There’s only space for one visitor, so expect an intimate experience; typical of the unmissable digital art commissions made by Storyhouse, Chester’s ground-breaking library, theatre, cinema, and community hub

    Address

    Storyhouse Theatre, Hunter Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2AR

    Tel:

    01244 409113

    Dates

    From:
    16 May 2019to17 May 2020

    Website

    Web Site

  6. 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

    Website

    Web Site

  7. Tatton Park

    Knutsford

    **Team of the Year Award Winner 2019** 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, see international textile artist Susie MacMurray’s new work ‘Gathering’, a specially created piece inspired by the current Tatton Ball exhibition about an opulent costume party held by the Egertons of Tatton Park in 1897.

    The crimson silk references the velvet dress the Countess wore to the party and also explores both the vulnerability and resilience of humanity.

    Address

    Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN

    Tel:

    01625 374400

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020
    From:
    29 Mar 2020to26 Oct 2020

    Website

    Web Site

  8. Anderton Boat Lift

    Northwich

    **Experience of the Year Award Winner** 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 2019to31 Dec 2019Various Opening Times

    Website

    Web Site

  9. 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 2019to31 Dec 2019Various Opening Times

    Website

    Web Site

  10. 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 2019to31 Dec 2019Various Opening Times

    Website

    Web Site

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