April 2018 Ranger Events

The Rangers run a large number of varied and interesting events, across Cheshire East, throughout the year.

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Events for April 2018


Sunday 1 April

Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session – 1 April

Run Stronger Club; run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-runner Dan Mayers, is a low cost, six week crash course to STRONGER running with resilience to injury.

Ideal for complete beginners to intermediate runners. This is an invitation to an opening session, which will give you a feel for what's to come over the next six weeks.

The session will include: Thorough warmup; including full body mobility and dynamic stretches / Running specific body awareness set / Introduction to some Chi-running (posture) techniques / Cool down and stretches / Feedback and chat

Signing up to the full course is then entirely up to you at the end of the session. Meet ups are twice weekly and daily home routines to back up the training. More info on the  Run Stronger Club website.

Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers
Booking: Book tickets for Run Stronger Club Taster - 1st April
Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Monday 2 April

Doggylympics at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve - April

A ‘turn up and go’ dog event at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. Have a go at dog agility, easy obedience, sausage snaffle, temptation alley, retrieve and bonio challenge. Proceeds to Support Dogs. Cost £1 each activity, £5 for all 6.

Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Jaris and Viv Ash
Information: 01260 290466 or email Jaris Ash
(Partnership event / Ideal for families and accompanied children)


Tuesday 3 April to Friday 6 April

Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club

A great way to experience some varied exciting activities in the countryside with local experts Moorland Adventure! Based at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, each day focuses on different activities and it will give you a taste of adventure! Suitable for anyone between the ages of 8 and 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

  • Day 1 – Tuesday 3 April – Archery and Bushcraft
  • Day 2 – Wednesday 4 April – Climb and Abseil
  • Day 3 – Thursday, 5 April – Caving
  • Day 4 – Friday 6 April - Orienteering and Problem Solving

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 4 days for a reduced price of £120.

Activities run from 9.00am to 4.00pm but to allow for maximum flexibility, you can drop off your child from 8.30am and collect at any time between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you each day or you can purchase a packed lunch option (including sandwich, drink and snack) from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions.

Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm each day
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure 
Booking:  Book tickets for Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club
Information: 01625 573615
(Suitable for anyone between the age of 8 and 16 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge)


Tuesday 3 April

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - April

A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There is a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

This event repeats every first Tuesday of the month.

Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
Booking:  Book tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - April
Information:
07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


Wednesday 4 April

Come and have a go at Canoeing

Come and have a go at canoeing, kayaking, nature trails and more at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve with the Oakhanger Project. Booking in advance essential. Cost £3.50.

Time: 11.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Oakhanger Project
Booking / Information: 0799 993 2963 or email the Oakhanger Project
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

Easter Eggstravaganza!

Join the Bollin Valley Rangers on an afternoon of Eastery fun for the under 10’s. Making crafts with natural materials that we will find whilst on a wander down into the valley. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 04/02/2018

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
Booking:  Book tickets for Easter Eggstravaganza by 29 March
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Especially suitable for 5-10 year olds / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


Thursday 5 April

Outdoor Experience Disability Day - April

For families of children with disabilities to try some new activities out in the fresh air. Children and parents/carers can cycle using adapted bikes and try out other activities such as orienteering, archery, pond dipping and much more. A partnership event with Everybody Sport & Recreation.

Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
Leaders: Everybody Sport and Recreation, Astbury Mere Trust and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
Booking: Book tickets for Outdoor Experience Disability Day by 4 April
Information: Ring 07506 317055 or email Everybody Sport and Recreation
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade)


Saturday 7 April

Introduction to Nordic Walking - April – Higher Poynton

Nordic walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world with a wide variety of people now regularly taking part in what was originally used by cross country skiers as a way to stay fit during the summer.

However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified Instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking Instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - April - Higher Poynton
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Places limited - please book in advance)


Sunday 8 April

The Birdlife of Astbury Mere – April

Join local birder Steve Seal for an early morning walk around Astbury Mere to see the extensive birdlife that thrives in the park. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 8. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £4, children 16 or under go free.

Time: 7.00am to 9.00am
Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
Leaders: Local birder Steve Seal
Booking: Book tickets Birdlife of Astbury Mere - April by 5 April
Information: 01260 297237 and the Astbury Mere Wildlife Blog
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Bring binoculars if you have them / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade)


Monday 9 April

Easter Eggsplorer at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Make your very own bird's nest and collect Easter eggs, to take home, on the ‘Signs of Spring Treasure Trail’. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child per session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking:  Book tickets for Easter Eggsplorer at Tegg's Nose Country Park
Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


Tuesday 10 April

Easter Eggsplorer at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Make your very own bird's nest and collect Easter eggs, to take home, on the ‘Signs of Spring Treasure Trail’. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child per session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking:  Book tickets for Easter Eggsplorer at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve
Information: 07870804413 or visit visit the Nature Stuff website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)

Canine Capers - Creative writing with the dogs - April

A creative writing workshop at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. Meet the dogs, feel their fur, see their tricks and learn what makes a dog ‘tick’, then use your imagination to write as a dog. Booking in advance is essential. Cost £5.

Time: 11.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leader: Jaris Ash
Booking / Information: 01260 290466 or email Jaris Ash
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


Wednesday 11 April

Wellies in the Wild - Spring Pond Safari – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Grab your wellies and your sense of adventure to join Nature Stuff on a special all new springtime Pond Safari. We’ll be hunting out signs of spring and learning all about life in the pond. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child per session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking:  Book tickets for Wellies in the Wild - Spring Pond Safari - Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve
Information: 07870804413 or visit www.naturestuff.co.uk
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)

Come and have a go at Canoeing again

Come and have a go at canoeing, kayaking, nature trails and more at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve with the Oakhanger Project. Booking in advance essential. Cost £3.50.

Time: 11.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Oakhanger Project
Booking / Information: 0799 993 2963 or email the Oakhanger Project
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Friday 13 April

Wellies in the Wild - Spring Stream Safari - Tegg's Nose Country Park

Grab your wellies and your sense of adventure to join Nature Stuff on a special all new springtime Stream Safari. We’ll be hunting out signs of spring and learning all about life in the stream. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child per session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking:  Book tickets for Wellies in the Wild - Spring Stream Safari - Tegg's Nose Country Park
Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Wednesday 18 April

Poynton Coppice Wildflower Walk

A short stroll around Poynton Coppice looking at coppicing and how the spring flowers benefit.

Booking in advance is essentialTickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 18/02/2018

Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Poynton Coppice Car Park, Shrigley Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TF (SJ943827)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Booking:  Book tickets for Poynton Coppice Wildflower Walk by 16 April
Information: 01625 383700
(Easy to Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)


Sunday 22 April

Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session – 22 April

Run Stronger Club; run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-runner Dan Mayers, is a low cost, six week crash course to STRONGER running with resilience to injury.

Ideal for complete beginners to intermediate runners. This is an invitation to an opening session, which will give you a feel for what's to come over the next six weeks.

The session will include: Thorough warmup; including full body mobility and dynamic stretches / Running specific body awareness set / Introduction to some Chi-running (posture) techniques / Cool down and stretches / Feedback and chat

Signing up to the full course is then entirely up to you at the end of the session. Meet ups are twice weekly and daily home routines to back up the training. More info on the  Run Stronger Club website.

Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers
Booking: Book tickets for Run Stronger Club Taster - 22 April
Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

Spring Mindfulness Walk with Pamela Carr

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful” – E. E. Cummings

This is our third year of offering Mindfulness walks at Tegg’s Nose Country Park. Past walks have been popular and well-received by the enthusiastic walkers. One wrote: “This has been a lovely opportunity to spend time really noticing the environment and how I am relating to it.”

Research is now proving that our direct contact with nature really can benefit our health and wellbeing. Mindfully walking outdoors in nature through all the seasons can be a truly magical, nurturing and healing experience.

If you enjoy walking, love nature and want to explore Mindfulness - join Pamela Carr on this leisurely morning walk with a difference.  The gentle walk (about 2 miles) will include some pauses and simple exercises to help us to slow down, become more present and open our senses to what we can see, hear, feel, smell and maybe even taste, moment by moment.

Pamela loves this beautiful space and experiences new inspiration every time she visits.  Previous walkers have spoken about discovering for themselves the quietening, calming and creative benefits of walking mindfully in nature. You might like to bring your notebook or camera.

Following the walk you’ll return to the popular Tegg's Nose Tea Room to share discoveries and creative ideas.  Optional drinks/snacks available to purchase. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £8.00.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 22/02/2018

Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Pamela Carr, Mindfulness Teacher and Focusing Professional
Booking:  Book tickets for Spring Mindfulness Walk
Information:  Email Pamela Carr
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


Tuesday 24 April

Walk with Nature: Birds of Tegg's Nose

A morning walk in the woodland and scrub around Tegg's Nose Country Park looking for the area's spring migrants especially pied flycatcher and common redstart.

Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
Leaders: Ian Taylor and Alan Brereton from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Information: 01260 275248 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
(Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


Wednesday 25 April

Wellies in the Wild – Pond Dipping for Grown Ups – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Grown-ups grab your wellies and join Nature Stuff on a special pond dip session. Whether you are keen to rekindle your childhood memories of exploring nature or are a complete beginner, this session is designed for you! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per adult per session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking:  Book tickets for Pond Dipping for Grown Ups - Brereton Heath LNR
Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Thursday 26 April

Orienteering for All – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

An evening event held by Manchester and District Orienteering Club. Courses suitable for everyone, beginners and experienced orienteers. Families and groups welcome. Instruction available. There is a charge for this event. Adults £5, Children £2.

Time: Registration from 5.30pm. Start times from 6.00pm until 7.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club 
Information:  Email the club or visit the Manchester and District Orienteering Club website 
(Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


Friday 27 April

Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park with Northern Realist – April

If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops with classically trained artists Christopher Clements & Kieran Ingram, will guide you through everything you need to know. Both Kieran and Christopher are professional artists, Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

You’ll learn an approach which will enable you to interpret and arrange the tones and colours of the landscape allowing you to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery! All equipment is provided but you're welcome to bring your own, a list will be provided.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £49.

Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
Booking:  Book tickets for Plein Air Painting - April
Information: Email info@northernrealist.com or visit the Plein Air Painting course website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)


Sunday 29 April

Carrs Working Party and Clean-up - April

Help keep your local park looking good by joining the Friends of the Carrs and the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and litter picking. Feel free to join us for an hour or for the full day. Light refreshments provided.

Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
Information: 01625 374790
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)