December 2017 Ranger Events

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

Please return to the Ranger events page for links to the rest of the 2017 Ranger events listings.

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Events for December 2017


Sunday 3 December

Bodge It

Drop in at any point during the afternoon to learn about the traditional skill of using a pole lathe. Watch as logs are turned into chair legs.

Time: Any time between 12.30pm and 3.30pm
Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Information: 01625 383700
(Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Ideal for families and accompanied children)


Tuesday 5 December

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - December

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 (except June).

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 05/10/2017

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 online for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - December
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)


Thursday 7 December

Crafting at Christmas

A great chance to make some Christmas decorations to impress your family and friends. Suitable for all skill levels! Full instructions will be given on how to make simple decorations or gifts from willow and other natural materials.

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

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 07/10/2017

Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Emma Houghton and Nik Ginn
Booking: Book online for Crafting at Christmas by 5 December
Information: 01625 374790
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Sunday 10 December

Children’s Crafts for Christmas

A chance to try your hand at some simple willow weaving making decorations for Christmas. Suitable for all the family and all skill levels! Full instructions will be given on how to make simple decorations or gifts from willow and other natural materials.

Suitable for anyone over the age of 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5 per person.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 10/10/2017

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Emma Houghton and Nik Ginn
Booking: Book online for Children's Crafts for Christmas by 5 December
Information: 01625 374790
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Car parking charge / Refreshments provided / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Saturday 16 December to Friday 22 December

Tegg’s Nose Country Park Elf Hunt

The Elves are on the loose in the park! Can you find them all and collect their names? Pick up a map from the Tegg's Nose Tea Room for 50p and get searching around the top of the park.

Each map purchased entitles you to 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg's Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail.

Time: Maps available to purchase between 9am to 5pm between the 16 of December until 22 December
Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service & Tegg's Nose Tea Room
Information: 01625 374833
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)

Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Elf Hunt

The Elves are on the loose in the park! Can you find them all and collect their names? Pick up a map from the visitor centre and get searching around the park.

Time: Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 16 of December and 22 December
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service
Information: 01477 534115
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)


Saturday 16 December

Father Christmas at Tegg’s Nose Country Park – 16 December

Visit Father Christmas in his festive grotto at Tegg's Nose Country Park Visitor Centre this Winter.

To book your tickets please first choose your preferred 10 minute time slot. To ensure that Father Christmas gets to see all of his visitors please arrive promptly for your booked time slot. For example if you have booked time slot 10.00am - 10.10am, please arrive at 10.00am at Father Christmas's grotto in the visitor centre and let one of our helpful Elves know you are here.

While you are waiting enjoy a hot chocolate, tea, coffee or festive treats which are available to buy from Tegg's Nose Tea Room next to the grotto. After your visit why not buy a 'Elf Hunt' map from the Tea Room and explore the park looking for Father Christmas's little helpers.

Each child will receive a small treat from Father Christmas to take away.

Cost: Single child ticket for 10 minute slot is £5, 2 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £8 or 3 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £11. Maximum of 2 accompanying adults per booking. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Tickets will be available to purchase 4 months prior to event date: 16/08/2017

Time: Bookable 10 minute slot between 10.00 and 3.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Father Christmas and his Elves
Booking: Book online for Father Christmas at Tegg's Nose Country Park - 16 December
Information: 01625 374833
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Suitable for accompanied children between the ages of 1 and 12)


Sunday 17 December

Father Christmas at Tegg’s Nose Country Park – 17 December

Visit Father Christmas in his festive grotto at Tegg's Nose Country Park Visitor Centre this Winter.

To book your tickets please first choose your preferred 10 minute time slot. To ensure that Father Christmas gets to see all of his visitors please arrive promptly for your booked time slot. For example if you have booked time slot 10.00am - 10.10am, please arrive at 10.00am at Father Christmas's grotto in the visitor centre and let one of our helpful Elves know you are here.

While you are waiting enjoy a hot chocolate, tea, coffee or festive treats which are available to buy from Tegg's Nose Tea Room next to the grotto. After your visit why not buy a 'Elf Hunt' map from the Tea Room and explore the park looking for Father Christmas's little helpers.

Each child will receive a small treat from Father Christmas to take away.

Cost: Single child ticket for 10 minute slot is £5, 2 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £8 or 3 x child tickets for same 10 minute slot is £11. Maximum of 2 accompanying adults per booking. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Tickets will be available to purchase 4 months prior to event date: 16/08/2017

Time: Bookable 10 minute slot between 10.00 and 3.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Father Christmas and his Elves
Booking: Book online for Father Christmas at Tegg's Nose Country Park - 17 December
Information: 01625 374833
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Suitable for accompanied children between the ages of 1 and 12)


Sunday 24 December

Christmas Eve Santa Search

Christmas Eve is an exciting time and it can sometimes help to burn off some energy and get some fresh air before nightfall. So why not come along to the Salt Line and take part in the Santa Search? Walk along the trail and around the Borrow Pit looking for Christmassy clues hanging in the trees.

Each one has a letter attached which will make a seasonal word. Once you’ve solved the puzzle you can pick up a small gift from the Rangers office at the car park. Total walk distance is around 4km (2.4miles). Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5 per child.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 24/10/2017.

Time: Start the trail anytime between 12.00pm to 2.00pm (Allow 2 hours to complete the Santa Search, Salt Line Ranger office closes at 4.00pm)
Meeting point: Salt Line car park, Hassall Road, near Hassall Green, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 4XT (SJ775582)
Leader: Self guided trail (meet Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Alistair Wright at the end)
Booking: Book online for Christmas Eve Santa Search by 21 December
Information: 01260 297237
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge for this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Easy walking grade)


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