April 2019 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 2019


Tuesday 2 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 are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

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: Get 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 / Car parking charge)


Saturday 6 April to Sunday 28 April

Tegg’s Nose Country Park Easter Hunt

Ranger Martin’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? Buy 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 a 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg's Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail.

Time: Maps available to purchase between 9.00am to 5.00pm between the 6 April and 28 April
Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Cheshire East Council 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 Easter Hunt

Ranger Mark’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them 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 6 April and 28 April
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
Information: 01477 534115
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event) 


Saturday 6 April 

Introduction to Nordic Walking - April – Higher Poynton

The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

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:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - April
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)


Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April

Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club – Week One

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 – Monday 8 April – Archery and Orienteering
Day 2 – Tuesday 9 April – Bushcraft and Environmental Art
Day 3 – Wednesday 10 April – Climb and Abseil
Day 4 – Thursday 11 April - Cave and Scramble
Day 5 – Friday 12 April - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 5 days for a reduced price of £150.

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:  Get tickets for Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club - Week One
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)


Friday 12 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.

Registration: 10.45am to 11.00am. Please come early to register for activities and book a time slot.
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: Get tickets for Outdoor Experience Disability Day by 10 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 / Car parking charge)


Saturday 13 April

Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

Run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-marathon runner, Dan Mayers. RSC is a personal training club, for those who prefer being outdoors to training in a gym. We follow a 12-month seasonal training programme to cover ALL angles for stronger, injury free running.

No running experience required in this foundation training session, and no obligation to join.

This session aims to deliver some key skills towards making your journey into running fitness an easier one.

  • How to warm up / cool down effectively
  • Overview of how to use stretches and strength training
  • Running posture and how to protect the joints
    Breath control
  • Running uphill (optional)

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

Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers 
Booking: Get tickets for Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session - 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) 

Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Moon Watch

If you've ever looked up at the starry night sky and been enthralled by what you've seen, join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for an evening of astronomy. There will be a general talk, from members of the group, suitable for all levels of knowledge, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and engage in some guided observing. 

Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5

Observing highlights: The Moon is at 1st Quarter and is the main feature of the evening, although Mars is also visible. Viewing the Moon at this phase allows many features to be seen with a range of telescopes. 

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 13/02/2019 

Time: 7.30pm to 11.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Moon Watch
Information: 01625 374833
(Please leave your dog at home / 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 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April

Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club – Week Two

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 – Monday 15 April – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday 16 April – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Wednesday 17 April – Caving
Day 4 – Thursday 18 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:  Get tickets for Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club - Week Two
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)


Monday 15 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 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 £7.50 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: Get tickets for Spring Pond Safari - 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 children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Tuesday 16 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 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 £7.50 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: Get tickets for 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)

Orienteering for All – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

An evening event held by Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC). 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. Courses close 8.15pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club 
Information: Email MDOC, ring 0161 445 0902 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) 


Wednesday 17 April

Easter Eggsplorer at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Solve the eggs-quiz-ite scrambled eggs challenge, 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 £7.50 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: Get tickets for Easter Explorer 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)

Oakhanger Project Easter Taster Day

An opportunity to have a go at canoeing and kayaking; join the Nature trail or try Orienteering with the Oakhanger Project Team at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.

Booking in advance is essential. Cost £5.00 (Reductions for 2 or more children in a family).

Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Oakhanger Project container, corner of the car park, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Oakhanger Project Team
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: 17/02/2019

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:  Get tickets for Easter Eggstravaganza by 14 April
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 18 April

Easter Eggsplorer at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Join Nature Stuff to learn all about nature in springtime. Solve the eggs-quiz-ite scrambled eggs challenge, 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 £7.50 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: Get tickets for Easter Eggsplorer at 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 children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Saturday 27 April

Salt Line Tree Wander

Join the Salt Line Ranger for a walk along the Salt Line Tree Trail. This is a gentle walk along the Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows with regular stops to look at and discuss various trees. We will look at different species and talk about their shape and form and how to recognise them, as well as discussing the uses of the timber and myths and folklore connected with the different species.

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: 27/02/2019

Time: 10.30am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Salt Line car park, Hassall Road, near Hassall Green, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 4XT (SJ775582)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Alistair Wright
Booking:  Get tickets for Salt Line Tree Wander by 25 April
Information: 01260 297237
(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 / Wildlife Walk - Event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Easy walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Sunday 28 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 / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments) 


Tuesday 30 April

Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at the Brickworks

Join us for a Dawn Chorus walk around Jackson's Brickworks Local Nature Reserve. We will listen and look for the area's resident birds as well as early spring migrants including chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and garden warbler.

Time: 6.00am to 8.00am
Meeting point: Meet at Jacksons’ Brickworks, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton SK12 1TY (SJ945844)
Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse and Ray Evans and Ian Taylor from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group
Information: 01625 432635 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
(Easy walking grade / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)

Early Birds Walk

Bring your binoculars for an early morning stroll through the Carrs with bird expert Paul Hughes. We will be looking at woodland and river birds making use of the park before most people arrive.

Time: 7.30am to 9.30am
Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road , Wilmslow SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes and Friends of the Carrs
Booking:  Get tickets for Early Birds Walk
Information: 01625 383700
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / Wildlife Walk – Event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access / Partnership event)