June 2018 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 2018 Ranger events listings.

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Events for June 2018


Saturday 2 June

Oak Challenge National Go-Canoeing Week

Come and have a go at canoeing, kayaking, paddleboards, etc. at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. You can also find out more about coaching courses with the Oakhanger Project. Booking in advance is essential.

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)


Tuesday 5 June

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - June

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 Class - June
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 13 June

Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks

A chance to experience the thrills of climbing in this introductory climbing session with Moorland Adventure. Suitable for anyone over the age of 9. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £14.

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: Windgather Rocks, Side End Lane, Kettleshulme, SK23 7RF (SJ995777)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks
Information: 01625 573615
(Suitable for anyone over the age of 9 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)

Countryside Taster Day

Outdoor excitement and challenge for ALL people with disabilities. Activities such as archery, climbing and crafts suitable for all abilities. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £2 per person.

Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leaders: The Bollin Valley Partnership
Booking: 01625 374790 by 12 June
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Friday 15 June

Introduction to Nordic Walking - June – Bollington

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: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Meeting point: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking Instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - June
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance)


Sunday 17 June

Foraging Course and Wild Food Cookery – Macclesfield Riverside Park

A full day of foraging and wild food cookery, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

After our initial meeting we will go through some keys to help you in the correct identification of what we’re about to find. Along with your very own foragers baskets we will head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. James Wood, your forager, will give you tips on correct identification, potential look-alike species as well as a vast range of edible possibilities that the species can provide us with. Take all of this in whilst enjoying a large range of pre-made wild food tasters from jams to pickles, syrups, chutneys, cordials, alcohol infusions and salt pickles. You will then take on the role of the forager, harvesting a range of wild and fresh ingredients.

On returning to our venue we will have a quick break whilst sorting through and cleaning up our ingredients. Then we start on the cookery side of our course, you will be guided through the process of chopping, boiling, baking and mixing our wild ingredients to create a delicious meal for us all to enjoy.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £60 per adult, £25 per child (under the age of 16).

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK 
Booking:  Book tickets for Foraging Course and Wild Food Cookery
Information: 07999 992615
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

Wildflowers of Macclesfield Riverside Park for Beginners

Most of us know more wild plants than we think; join us on a walk around Macclesfield Riverside Park putting names to our common wildflowers and trees and just enjoying nature.

Booking and in advance is essential. Adults £4, children 16 or under go free

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 17/04/2018

Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Jim Middlemass
Booking:  Book tickets for Wildflowers of Macclesfield Riverside Park for Beginners by 13 June
Information: 01625 511086
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access / Easy walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Tuesday 19 June

Orienteering for All – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

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: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club 
Information:  Email MDOC or visit the MDOC 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)

Sunset Walk

An 8.5km (5 mile) circular walk, starting from Timbersbrook Picnic Area, exploring the Biddulph Valley Way, Dane-in-Shaw Pasture SSSI and local Public Rights of Way before, weather permitting, watching the sun set from the top of the Cloud.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4. Please bring a torch.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 19/04/2018

Time: 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Meeting point: Timbersbrook Picnic Area, Weathercock Lane, Timbersbrook, Congleton, CW12 3PP (SJ894627)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Cal Sherratt
Booking:  Book tickets for Sunset Walk by 15 June
Information: 01260 297237
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate to strenuous walking grade / Healthy Walk - Event)


Thursday 21 June

Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe

Come and enjoy the stunning views from Cheshire’s second highest peak. Bring a warm drink, to have whilst we rest at the top, and hopefully enjoy a spectacular sunset. Please also bring a torch / head torch and warm clothes for the summit.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 21/04/2018

Time: 8:30pm to 11:00pm
Meeting point: Clough House Car Park, Wildboarclough, SK11 0BE (SJ987699)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Booking:  Book tickets for Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe by 19 June
Information: 01625 383700
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Please bring a torch / Healthy Walk - Event)


Sunday 24 June

Balsam Blitz One

The first in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Ashley Mill Bridge (SJ767857). Parking available at Ashley Mill Lane WA14 3PY (SJ769854)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

Balsam Blitz Two

The second in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of the Carrs. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, The Carrs Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Wednesday 27 June

Fancy a Paddle - June

A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the beautiful Rudyard Lake. The event is delivered by Moorland Adventure. Full instruction equipment and buoyancy aids will be provided.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be older than 8 years old and be "water confident". Cost £14 per person.

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking: Book tickets for Fancy a Paddle
Information: 01625 573615
(Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge)


Friday 29 June

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

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 - June
Information: Email Northern Realist or visit 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)


Saturday 30 June

Printmaking Workshop – Turning Seasons

At Tegg’s Nose Country Park there is a wealth of inspiration for images from broad and sweeping landscapes to tiny flowers and insects. Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson hope to encourage others to look more closely at these surroundings and explore them on paper, producing their own response in print.

Both linocut and monoprinting will be offered. Each participant should have a finished print at the end of the day. Participants from Patty and Ann’s course last year will have the opportunity to explore further developments in technique.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be 16 years or older. Cost £55 per person including lunch at the Tegg’s Nose Tea Room.

Explore Patty and Ann’s work further in their exhibition at the Tegg’s Nose Gallery from the 26 July to the 22 August.

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Meeting point:
Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson
Booking:
Book tickets for Printmaking Workshop - Turning Seasons
Information:
07791 504971 or pattycallaghan@btinternet.com
(Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / Car parking charge)