May 2017 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 May 2017


Tuesday 2 May

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - May

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: 02/03/2017

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 - May
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 3 May

Birds and Wildflowers for Beginners

A leisurely morning walk, listening to and learning about birds and enjoying early spring wildflowers. Ideal for novices. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 03/03/2017

Time: 8.00am to 10.00am
Meeting point: Jacksons’ Brickworks Car Park, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TY (SJ945844)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
Booking: Book online for Birds and Wildflowers for Beginners by 2 May
Information: 01625 383700
(Easy walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)

A Feast of Flowers

A morning walk, along the Biddulph Valley Way and through Dane-in-Shaw Pasture Site of Special Scientific Interest, looking for spring wildflowers and hearing of some of their uses and folklore. Booking in advance is essential.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 03/03/2017

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Henshall Hall Drive (park on road just before canal), Congleton, CW12 3TA (SJ876622)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Cal Sherratt
Booking: Book online for A Feast of Flowers by 1 May
Information: 01260 297237
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate walking grade / Healthy and Wildlife Walk - Event)


Saturday 6 May

Intro to Foraging with James Wood – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

If you’ve every been interested in wild food and want to begin learning a little more about the wild plants growing around us then this course will definitely start you in the right direction.

The session will begin with introductions and a talk about what foraging is all about. We quickly move on to a think about how to correctly identify plants and trees in the mind set of a forager. Then we head out to explore our site discovering what wild edibles can be found growing all around us, whilst trying up to 5 pre-made tasters including, jams, chutneys, pickles and syrups. We will harvest a number of wild species which are made in to a tea and enjoyed by us all as we return to our main site and re-cap on the session.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £20 per adult, 1 x Child (under the age of 16) is free, additional children £5.

Included: Five pre-made tasters and wild tea

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK 
Booking: Book online for Intro to Foraging - Tegg's Nose Country Park
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 / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Sunday 7 May

Fun Dog Show and Dog Behaviour Clinic with Vic Barlow, the Dogfather

Tegg’s Nose Country Park is a favourite walking location for many dog walkers. Join us for a Fun Dog Show, in aid of Animal Support Volunteers, plus an informative Dog Behaviour Clinic from local dog trainer Vic Barlow.

There will be 12 classes judged including: Prettiest Bitch, Most Handsome Dog, Best Rescue Dog/Bitch, Dog with Most Appealing Eyes and Dog Judge would most like to take home. All classes £1 entry.

During a short outdoor behaviour class, at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Vic will demonstrate, in a more natural environment, how to transfer good obedience work into the real world and also essential techniques for dealing with livestock encountered during walks in the countryside.

Following this free session there is the option of a short paid ‘one to one’ training session with Vic (Cost £10 - any funds raised will be donated to Animal Support Volunteers). Please email Vic Barlow to book a ‘one to one’ session.

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Local Dog Trainer Vic Barlow
One to One dog training booking: Email Vic Barlow to book your session
Information: 07590 560012
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Sunday 14 May

Late Spring Mindfulness Walk with Pamela Carr

“Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.” - Ellis Peters

If you enjoy walking, love nature and want to explore Mindfulness - join Pamela Carr on this leisurely morning walk with a difference.  The circular 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. Each walk in the series will have a different theme.

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 purchase 2 months prior to event date: 14/03/2017

Time: 8.00am to 10.00am
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 online for Late Spring Mindfulness Walk with Pamela Carr
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 16 May

Flora and Fauna for Beginners 

A leisurely morning walk, around the footpaths of Langley and Macclesfield Forest, learning about the wildlife in the area. Ideal for novices. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 16/03/2017

Time: 8.30am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Ridgegate Reservoir roadside parking, Standing Stone Road, Macclesfield Forest, SK11 0NS (SJ956714)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
Booking: Book online for Flora and Fauna for Beginners by 15 May
Information:
01625 383700
(Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)


Friday 19 May

Boggy Doodles: An introduction to the art, science and joy of green sketching - April

A friendly introduction to green sketching for beginners. Green sketching blends the best of nature and field sketching, focusing on the process, not the end result. This approach makes sketching much more rewarding and takes the pressure off trying to produce a perfect drawing. It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with nature, de-stress and improve your observation skills.

No previous experience necessary (you don’t even have to share your sketches if you don’t want to).

Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £16All equipment provided.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Local artist Dr Ali Foxon 
Booking: Book online for Boggy Doodles - May
Information:
 01625 574633 or email Dr Ail Fox
(Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)


Saturday 20 May

A Spring evening in Kerridge

A 6km (4 mile) walk exploring the footpaths of Kerridge on this historical walk and enjoy the views from Kerridge ridge. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £4, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 20/03/2017

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Meeting point: Jackson Lane, Kerridge, Bollington, SK10 5BE (SJ935773)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Booking: Book online for A Spring Evening in Kerridge by 18 May
Information: 01625 383700
(Places limited - please book in advance / Children must be accompanied by an adult / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring binoculars if you have them)


Sunday 21 May

Wild Food Walkabout – Newgate Nature Reserve

Join us on a stroll around Newgate Nature reserve looking for edible treats along the way. Bring ID books if you have them as we search for plants, leaves and flowers that can be safely eaten. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over the age of 6.

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

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 21/03/2017

Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Newgate Nature Reserve, Newgate, Wilmslow, SK9 5LL (SJ827811)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
Booking: Book online for Wild Food Walkabout - Newgate Nature Reserve by 17 May
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

Balsam Blitz One

The first in a series of Balsam bashing events. This one is in Partnership with the Friends of the Carrs and Wilmslow Park residents. 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 www.friendsofthecarrs.org.uk
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 24 May

Sharing Nature with Children – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Today's children are becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. Join Nature Stuff for a hands-on session designed to give adults the tools they need to help reverse that trend.

Learn simple, hands-on techniques to help children make memorable connections to the natural world in a taster session, suitable for parents, grandparents, teachers and youth workers. A great event for those wanting to gain confidence when sharing experiences of nature with children and young people.

No specialist natural history knowledge required. Wellies essential. Suitable for anyone over the age of 18.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 24/03/2017

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 online for Sharing Nature with Children - 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 / Suitable for anyone over the age of 18 / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

Bridgend Centre Walk - May

A 3 hour walk looking at the natural history of the Pennine foothills around Bollington. A circular walk from the Bridgend Centre, Bollington with refreshments provided at the end of the walk. Cost £2.50.

Time: 10.15am to 1.15pm
Meeting point: Bridgend Centre, 104 Palmerston Street, Bollington, SK10 5PW (SJ935779)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes
Information: 01625 576311 or visit the Bridgend Centre website 
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Moderate walking grade / Healthy and Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event / There is a charge for this event)

Sharing Nature with Children – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Today's children are becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. Join Nature Stuff for a hands-on session designed to give adults the tools they need to help reverse that trend.

Learn simple, hands-on techniques to help children make memorable connections to the natural world in a taster session, suitable for parents, grandparents, teachers and youth workers. A great event for those wanting to gain confidence when sharing experiences of nature with children and young people.

No specialist natural history knowledge required. Wellies essential. Suitable for anyone over the age of 18.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 24/03/2017

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking: Book online for Sharing Nature with Children - 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 anyone over the age of 18 / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Saturday 27 May

Environmental Art at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

A hands-on environmental art event from Moorland Adventure led by local artist Anne Humberstone. Through a fun and interactive session aimed to suit all age groups and abilities we’ll look at, different types of art, the use of different materials to make art, care of the environment, composition, perspective, scale, symmetry – rotational and reflective and shape, form, line and texture.

Participants will also learn to use various knots such as square lashing and clove hitch and will produce their own artwork using found materials. Suitable for the whole family but children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £22.

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure and local artist Anne Humberstone
Booking: Book online for Environmental Art at Tegg's Nose Country Park
Information: 01625 573615
(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 the whole family but children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Places limited - please book in advance / Bring a packed lunch)


Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June

Moorland Adventure May Half-Term 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. All day 3 participants must be "Water confident".

Day 1 – Tuesday 30 May – Archery and Orienteering
Day 2 – Wednesday 31 May – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Thursday 1 June – Canoe / Kayak & raft building at Rudyard Lake
Day 4 – Friday 2 June - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, 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 on days 1, 2 and 4, for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions on days 1, 2 and 4.

Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm each day
Days 1, 2, and 4 Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Day 3 Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure 
Booking: Book online for Moorland Adventure May Half-Term 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 30 May

Down the Mines! - May

Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a trip down the old copper mines of Alderley Edge. Helmets with lamps provided, but please wear old clothes. Some crawling involved. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 30/03/2017

Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Meeting point: National Trust yard behind Wizard Restaurant, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773)
Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club 
Booking: Book online for Down the Mines! - May
Information: 01625 374833
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)