October 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 October 2018


Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October

Bollin Valley Partnership Schools Week

Varied half day school based workshops themed on wildlife, nature the countryside. Using the skills and talents of local educators and both Cheshire East Council and Bollin Valley Rangers. Booking in advance is essential. Bookings taken from early September.

Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers & colleagues
Booking and Information: 01625 374790 or email the Bollin Valley Partnership 
(Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Tuesday 2 October

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - October

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 - October
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)

Down the Mines! – October

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 book 2 months prior to event date: 02/08/2018

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 tickets for Down the Mines! - October
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)


Sunday 7 October

Bollin Valley Walks – Prestbury and Mottram

The second in a series of circular walks along the course of the Bollin Valley Way. A moderate 11.2km (7 mile) circular walk from Macclesfield Riverside Park into Prestbury and beyond, exploring the River Bollin. 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: 07/08/2018

Time: 11.00am to 2.30pm
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 Bollin Valley Walks - Prestbury and Mottram by 3 October
Information: 01625 511086
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring a packed lunch / Moderate walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Dogs on leads permitted)


Saturday 13 October

Wrenbury Circular

A 6km (4 mile), 2 hour ramble around the attractive village of Wrenbury. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 8. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 13/08/2018

Time: 11.45am to 1.45pm
Meeting point: Wrenbury Train Station, Station Road, Wrenbury, CW5 8EX (SJ601470)
Leader: Ranger Matthew Axford
Booking: Book tickets for Wrenbury Circular by 11 October
Information: 01260 297237
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / 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 / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Moderate walking grade)


Sunday 14 October

Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session at Tegg’s Nose Country Park - October

A 2-hour extreme outdoor fitness session for those wanting something a bit different as part of their fitness regime! The session will involve a warm up and cool down with running, steps, hill sprints along with a variety of intense exercises!

The class is not for the faint-hearted (suitable for intermediate to advanced fitness level attendees) but for those wanting a challenge and who like being in the outdoors in a fantastic country park! Suitable for anyone over the age of 18. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £12.50.

Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
Booking:  Book tickets for Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session - October
Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
(Suitable for anyone over the age of 18 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)

Bollin Valley Walks – Styal and Manchester Airport

A moderate 11.1km (6.9 mile) circular walk, from Styal, following the Bollin Valley Way and the North Cheshire Way, taking in the impressive tunnel through which the River Bollin passes under the second runway at Manchester Airport. 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: 14/08/2018

Time: 11.00am to 2.30pm
Meeting point: Oakwood Farm, Styal Road, Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4HY (SJ841829)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Roger Brereton
Booking: Book tickets for Bollin Valley Walks - Styal and Manchester Airport by 10 October
Information: 01625 374790
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring a packed lunch / Moderate walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Dogs on leads permitted)


Saturday 20 October to Sunday 4 November

Tegg’s Nose Country Park Halloween Trail

Some spooky visitors are visiting the park this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? 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 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 20 of October and 4 November
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 Halloween Trail

Some spooky visitors are visiting the Nature Reserve this half-term! Can you explore the park and find them all? 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 20 of October and 4 November
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 / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event)


Saturday 20 October

Intro to Autumn Foraging and Wild Food – Macclesfield Riverside Park

A chance to learn the basics of foraging and discover edibles all around us, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

After arriving, at the visitor centre, we will go through the basics of foraging. Then we head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. During the Forage your forager will introduce you to a number of edible species giving you tips on harvesting and correct identification. Whilst doing this you will have the opportunity to taste a range of pre-made wild food tasters from chutneys to jams.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £25 per adult, children 16 or under go free (One free child place per paying adult).

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
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 Intro to Autumn Foraging and Wild Food
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)

Fungal Foray at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

A short 3.5km (2 mile) stroll around the park to discover the fascinating species of fungi that grow in the park with local experts from the North West Fungus Group.

Please note that this walk is not intended to be a fungal forage and no species can be collected for consumption. 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: 20/08/2018

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: North West Fungus Group
Booking:  Book tickets for Fungal Foray at Tegg's Nose Country Park
Information:
01625 374833
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Healthy and Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


Friday 26 October

Tales of Terror - The Festival of Fear at Tegg's Nose Country Park

Join our ghostly hosts for a family night of phantom fun with ghoulish games, ghastly goings on and a torchlight walk in the park. The night will end with a hot drink and a spooky snack...if you survive that long. Remember to dress to impress for the Creepy Catwalk (Trophy for best fancy dress). 

Suitable for adults and accompanied children 8 or over. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per person £35 for a discounted group ticket which covers 4 people.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 26/08/2018

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators, Tegg's Nose Tea Room and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Booking:  Book tickets for Tales of Terror - The Festival of Fear
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 / Car parking charge / Suitable for children of 8 and above / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop - opportunity for refreshment)


Saturday 27 October

Family Bushcraft Day

Join Red Oak Bushcrafts for a day in the woods learning 3 of the main 4 survival skills. Forget your TV, tablets, games consoles and life support systems (WiFi), forget virtual reality, come out for actual reality!

Subjects covered: Shelters: natural and unnatural; Water: finding, filtering and preparing to make it into a brew! Fire: from a spark to a flame and further. Gathering your materials, preparing, lighting and hopefully finishing with some friction fire lighting as well

Food, this is the one you will need to bring. However, we will finish the day with a few little outdoor cooked bits n bobs. A fun day out for the whole family from little ones to not so little ones. Get out into an amazing learning environment. Oh, and be prepared to get a little muddy as well! This course is suitable for children of 7 years or above, however we maybe able to accommodate younger children, drop us a line. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Meeting point: Borrow Pit Meadows, near Hassall Green. Full directions given on booking
Leader: Red Oak Bushcrafts
Booking: Email Red Oak Bushcrafts or ring 07900 152345
Information: 07900 152345
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 7 / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Bring a packed lunch / Healthy Walk – Event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Discovering Grassland Fungi

The Cheshire hills are home to communities of fungal species which are grassland specialists. These communities can be valuable indicators of ancient grassland, but are often not included in conservation assessments. Also, like their grassland habitat, they are threatened by improvement, disturbance, or cessation of management.

This workshop will focus on one particular group of grassland fungi, the Waxcaps. It will cover their habitat requirements, their identification, their use in evaluating the significance of grassland sites and current management advice for waxcap-grassland. There will be a mix of indoor work and time out in the field.

A partnership event, with Cheshire Wildlife Trust, as part of the South West Peak Glorious Grasslands project. Suitable for anyone over the age of 18.

Time: 10.00am to 2.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Information / Booking:  Book tickets for Discovering Grassland Fungi
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Bring a packed lunch / Please leave your dog at home / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Suitable for anyone over the age of 18 / Partnership event / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Sunday 28 October

Halloween Happenings

Bring a pumpkin, knife and nightlight to craft a lantern for a spooky walk down the Park. Seasonal crafts and activities with the Bollin Valley Rangers, spooky dress optional. Particularly suited to younger children (aged 6 to 10 years old). Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4 per child.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 28/08/2018

Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Emma Houghton and Euan Murray
Booking:  Book tickets for Halloween Happenings by 25 October
Information: 01625 374790

(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone between the ages of 6 and 10 / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


Monday 29 October

Spooky Trip Down the Mines!!!

Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived worked and DIED there.....Do you dare???

You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. 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: 29/08/2018

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 tickets for Spooky Trip Down the Mines!!!
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)

Woodland Wizards at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Set out on a woodland quest with Nature Stuff. Look for Dragon footprints and Dragon eggs and help make magic potions and a giant fire breathing dragon! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 29/08/2018

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Tegg’s Nose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking:  Book tickets for Woodland Wizards 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 30 October

Halloween Hoot at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Join Nature Stuff for  spooky outdoor games, Halloween challenges and fangtastic fun for families. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 30/08/2018

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 Halloween Hoot at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve
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)

Bickerton Hill from Ice Age to Iron Age - October

A guided walk with a difference. Walk with a nomadic hunter gather and learn how people survived in post Ice Age Britain. Examine replica artefacts and find out what sort of clothing a Palaeolithic hunter- gatherer might have worn. Hosted by the National Trust and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service with Prehistory Workshop Presenter Dave Trevor from 10000 years BC.

Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 8. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £5, children 16 or under £3.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 30/08/2018

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Meeting point: Pool Dale National Trust car park (free), off Goldford Lane (opposite Pool Farm), Bickerton SY14 8LN (SJ503530)
Leaders: National Trust and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service with Prehistory Workshop Presenter Dave Trevor from 10000 years BC
Booking:  Book tickets for Bickerton Hill from Ice Age to Iron Age - October
Information: 01270 686071
(Ideal for families and accompanied children /  Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate walking grade / Please leave dogs at home / Archaeological & Healthy Walk - Event / Bring binoculars if you have them)

Spooky Trip Down the Mines Again!!!

Another chance to join Derbyshire Caving Club for a Halloween tour of underground Alderley Edge. Come and see the some of the oldest copper mines in Great Britain and hear some of the stories of real people who lived worked and DIED there.....Do you dare???

You are welcome to wear fancy dress but please be aware that it may get dirty due to the nature of the mines. 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: 29/08/2018

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 tickets for Spooky Trip Down the Mines Again!!!
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)


Wednesday 31 October

Introduction to Nordic Walking - October – Poynton Park

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: Poynton Park, South Park Drive, Poynton, SK12 1BR (SJ924842)
Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking Instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - October
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance)

Halloween Hoot at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Join Nature Stuff for  spooky outdoor games, Halloween challenges and fangtastic fun for families. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 31/08/2018

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking:  Book tickets for Halloween Hoot 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 / Car parking charge / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)