What’s on in Congleton!
Dates for your Diary
FROM WEDNESDAY 24TH JANUARY
Congleton Town Council 700 WORDS SHORT STORY COMPETITION – Write a short story about the adventures of a Mayor of Congleton, it can be a Thriller, Funny, Historical, Mystical or about the Present Day as long as it involves a made-up or a real Town Mayor character. There are 3 categories Primary, Secondary and 16+& Adults, there is a £2.00 entry fee which will go towards the Town Mayor Charities supporting Young People in Congleton. Closing date for entries is 5.00 p.m. Monday 9th April, completed forms and a hard copy of the story must be handed in before this time to Staff at the Library, Market Square, Congleton, CW12 1ET. Further details and entry forms are available at the Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN.
TUESDAY 30TH JANUARY – THURSDAY 12TH APRIL
The National Trust CURIOUS FORMATIONS – Step back in time with Trust New Art and Jo Lathwood, 2 Sculptural Works inspired by the Crystal Formations in the Rock Strata in the Geological Gallery; you can go inside each 4 metre long sculpture and experience it outside and in! At Biddulph Grange Gardens, Grange Road, ST8 7SD, open 10.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Normal admission charges apply, for further details Tel: 01782 517999 or go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulph-grange-garden Assistance dogs welcome, there are over 400 steps throughout the garden and areas of the Woodland Walk are muddy.
SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY – SUNDAY 4TH MARCH
Rode Hall & Gardens SNOWDROP WALKS at Rode Hall, Scholar Green, ST7 3QP open daily (ex. Mondays)
11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Admission £5.00, Children £2.00 (under 5’s free). Light Lunches and Cream Teas available in the Tea Rooms. For further details Tel: 01270 873237 or go to www.rodehall.co.uk
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 3rd March FARMERS MARKET at Rode Hall, Scholar Green, ST7 3QP from 9.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. 70 stalls with local and organic produce and crafts. Admission to market free, Car Park charge £1.00.
TUESDAY 6TH – SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
Congleton Players Present ‘THE GHOST TRAIN’ by Arnold Ridley, directed by Lee Makin (by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd). At the Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP nightly at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £8.00 (Adults) and £7.00 (Concessions), available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel; 01260 271095.
*Pre-Show Dinner available at Bojangles, Congleton, £11.00 for 2 courses per person, must be booked in advance at the Congleton Tourist Information Centre when purchasing show tickets.
**Congleton Players – Next Play ‘Constellations’ by Nick Payne (April 2018), further details can be obtained at Congleton Tourist information Centre.
SATURDAYS 10TH & 24TH FEBRUARY
The Old Saw Mill LIFE ART SESSIONS at the Old Saw Mill, Back River Street, Congleton, CW12 1HJ from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Professional and Amateur Artists welcome £8.00 per person, per session (Male and Female models). For further details Tel: 07789 687428 or E-Mail: email@example.com
SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY – SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER
The National Trust WELCOME TO THE SIXTEENTH ‘SCENT-UARY’ – How did the Tudors believe air and scent affected them, how did they think their body interacted with the environment around them? Find out and discover how air and scent can keep you well today. ‘You Smell’ trail and lots of Smelly Activities, suitable for Families. At Little Moreton Hall, Nr. Congleton, CW12 4SD. Open 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. free event, but normal admission charges apply. For further details Tel: 01260 272018 or go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall Please note: Assistance dogs are welcome. Accessibility – some elements are on the top floor of the Hall which is only accessible via spiral stairs, contact the Hall for further details.
TUESDAY 13TH – THURSDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
Eaton Bank Academy Presents ‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL’ at Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP, nightly at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £8.00 (Adults) and £6.00 (Concessions) available now from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel: 01260 271095. (No booking or transaction fees).
SATURDAY 17TH – SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY
Tatton Park SCARECROW FESTIVAL at Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN. Over 30 Scarecrows will be resident in the gardens or try making your own, open 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. (last admission 3.00 p.m.). Normal admission charges apply, (Car park charge £6.00 per car, motorbike and mini-buses). For further details Tel: 01625 374400 or go to www.tattonpark.org.uk Farm closed Monday.
MONDAY 19TH – FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
Lee’s Football School FEBRUARY FOOTBALL CAMP 2018 – Boys and Girls 7 – 11 years at Eaton Bank Academy, Jackson Road, Congleton, CW12 1NT daily 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. Cost £15.00 per day or £65.00 for the full week, (2 Siblings £105.00 per week). F.A. Qualified Football Coach Levels 1 & 2, CRB/DBS checked. For full details and booking Tel: 07484 623028 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES at Jodrell Bank, Lower Withington, SK11 9DL
LIVE SCIENCE SHOWS – THE DARK SIDE OF THE UNIVERSE. Have you ever wondered what dark matter is? Discover how the visible can appear invisible and why galaxies should fly apart. Interactive displays and experiments, suitable for all the Family Free with general admission.
UNDER 5’s JOURNEY THROUGH THE SOLAR SYSTEM. A journey through the Solar System, on the way stopping at some of the planets to discover what they sound, smell, look and feel like. Designed for children aged 3-5 years and will last approximately 20 minutes. Free with general admission.
TELESCOPE WALKS. Join a walk around the base of the Lovell Telescope and find out more about how the Grade 1 Telescope works, its history and some its ground-breaking research. Tours at 11.00 a.m. & 2.30 p.m. Suitable for ages 10+. Free with general admission.
MEET THE EXPERT from 1.00 p.m. A chance to meet one of the resident and astronomy experts, find out about their work and knowledge of Jodrell Bank. All ages welcome but shows are recommended for ages 7 years and over. Free with general admission.
For further details on all the above events Tel: 01477 571766. *Please note: Due to parking restrictions during half term, admission tickets should be booked in advance online here. http://www.jodrellbank.net/halftermadmission/
MONDAY 19TH – SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY
The National Trust CANDLEMASS – Fun Activities, explore the smells of the Season and make your own candle. At Little Moreton Hall, Nr. Congleton, CW12 4SD. Open 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. free event, but normal admission charges apply. For further details Tel: 01260 272018 or go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/little-moreton-hall
The Young Pretender The Final Show – PUNKFLOYD (soon to be The Floyd Machine) at The Young Pretender, Lawton Street, Congleton, CW12 1RS starting at 8.00 p.m.
Clonter Opera OPERA PRIZE – Contestants nominated by the UK’s leading conservatories, compete before a panel of distinguished judges, the audience collectively act as one judge. At Clonter Opera, Swettenham Heath, Congleton, CW12 2LR; performance starts at 7.00 p.m. (doors open at 6.00 p.m.). Tickets from £22.00 – £32.00, Students £10.00, available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, Tel: 01260 271095, or the Clonter Box Office, Tel: 01260 224514. 70-minute supper interval, pre-order supper, hamper or canape basket or bring your own picnic (picnic tables available, please book).
Cheshire East Rangers PRAM FIT/OUTDOOR FITNESS TASTER CLASS – 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 and cardio. At Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, (Off Newcastle Road), Congleton, CW12 4FR from 10.00 – 11.00 a.m. For further details Tel: 07803 245590 or E-Mail: email@example.com please book in advance. This event repeats every 1st Tuesday each month (except June).
Congleton Diabetic ‘Friends’ Group Meeting – Guest Speaker Helena Davenport GP Dietitian. At St. Mary’s Parish Centre, West Road, Congleton, CW12 4ES starting at 7.30 p.m. For further details contact David Morris 01260 274758 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Congleton Lions in partnership with Diabetes UK.
The Old Saw Mill AFTERNOON TEA & ACTIVITIES – If you are a Carer for a loved one bring them along from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. at The Old Saw Mill, Back River Street, off Antrobus Street, Congleton, CW121HJ. Working towards a Dementia Friendly Congleton.
Biddulph Up In Arms Concerts Present STEVE KNIGHTLY – Singer/Songwriter at Biddulph Town Hall, High Street, ST8 6AR, concert starts at 8.00 p.m. doors open at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £18.00 in advance, available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel: 01260 271095 (no booking fee). For further details Tel: 01782 523277 or go to www.biddulphupinarms.com *Please Note – Bring your own refreshments.
Beartown Soul Promotions MOTOWN + WIGAN CASINO CLASSICS & NORTHERN SOUL featuring DJ’s Paul, Ade, Jez, Keith, Richard & Stu plus Wigan Casino Legends Russ Winstanley and Alan King. At the Town Hall, High Street, Congleton, CW12 1BN from 7.30 p.m. – 1.00 a.m. Tickets on sale now £6.00 each at Congleton Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall, Tel: 01260 271095.
South East Cheshire Ornithological Society Monthly meeting – ‘MEET THE BIRDS’ presentation by Libby Cooper, starting at 7.30 p.m. in Ettiley Heath Church Community Centre, Elton Road, Ettiley Heath, CW11 3NE. For further details about joining the Society Tel: 01270 582642.
St. John’s Community Centre EARLY-VALENTINES DANCE with music by Chris Francis. At St. John’s Community Centre, Buxton Road, Congleton, CW12 2ES, from 8.00 – 10.30 p.m. For further details Tel: 01260 277684/271103.
Dementia Friends BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND – A free awareness session open to residents and anyone working in shops, businesses or community organisations to gain a better understanding of dementia and the how you can really make a difference. At Congleton Museum, Market Square, CW12 1ET from 2.30 – 3.30 p.m., to book your place Tel: 01260 276360 or E-Mail: email@example.com
Congleton Town Hall Events & Parties WEDDING AND PARTY FAYRE – A mix of trusted suppliers to help you plan your big event, Live Catwalk Show, Hair and Make-Up Demonstrations, Mixology Classes, Canapés. Open 3.00 – 6.00 p.m. in the Town Hall, High Street, Congleton, CW12 1BN. For further details Tel: 07900 606225 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Friends BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND – A free awareness session open to residents and anyone working in shops, businesses or community organisations to gain a better understanding of dementia and the how you can really make a difference. At Congleton Library, Market Square, CW12 1ET from 11.00 a.m. – 12 noon, to book your place Tel: 01260 375550 or E-Mail: email@example.com
Congleton History Society Monthly Meeting – ‘JAMES BATEMAN AND EDWARD COOKE’ presentation by Bill Ridgway, in the Library Meeting Room, Market Street, Congleton, CW12 1BP starting at 7.30 p.m. For further details on joining the Society contact The Secretary, Tel: 01260 274736 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arts Society – Dane Valley Lecture ’THE GUGGENHEIMS: A DYNASTY OF ART COLLECTION’. At Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, Selkirk Drive, CW4 7DX starting at 7.45 p.m. For details on joining the Society Tel: 07856 721087 or E-Mail: email@example.com
Biddulph Up In Arms Concerts Present THE RAILSPLITTERS (USA) at Biddulph Arms, Congleton Road, Biddulph, ST8 6QJ, concert starts at 8.00 p.m. doors open at 7.30 p.m. For tickets and further details Tel: 01782 523277 or go to www.biddulphupinarms.com
Watoto Children’s Choir SIGNS & WONDERS – The Sound of a Transformed Generation by a Family of Orphans from the Watoto Villages of Uganda. At Congleton Pentecostal Church, Cross Street, CW12 1HQ starting at 7.00 p.m. To book go to www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/watoto-african-childrens-choir For further details Tel: 01260 273635.
United Reformed Church BIDDULPH MALE VOICE CHOIR in Concert, at the United Reformed Church, Antrobus Street, Congleton, CW12 1HE staring at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £10.00 each available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel: 01260 271095.
Daneside Trust/Reels on Wheels Film – ‘THE GREATEST SHOWMAN’ starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Wilson and Rebecca Ferguson. At the Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP starting at 7.00 p.m. Tickets £5.00 available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel: 01260 271095.
Tatton Park ‘TOYS THROUGH TIME’ Discover the toys that Children played with in the past, an opportunity to play and explore, ending with a competitive group game and a story. Recommended for Children aged 3-5 years, (all Children must be accompanied by an Adult, Tatton Park requests that only 1 accompanying Adult attends per Child). Sessions at 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon, and 1.30 – 2.30 p.m. at Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN. This event must be pre-booked and includes Park admission on the day of the workshop, tickets £10.00 per Child (includes 1 accompanying Adult), for tickets and further details Tel: 01625 374400 or go to www.tattonpark.org.uk (Car park charge £6.00 per car, motorbike and mini-buses).
Cheshire East Libraries Join Author and Illustrator MATT BUCKINGHAM creator of the ‘BRIGHT STANLEY’ books in the Library, Market Square, Congleton, CW12 1ET from 2.30 – 3.30 p.m. Admission free but please book at the Library, Tel: 01260 375550 or go to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk
Daneside Theatre PINKED FLOYD – Seven-piece Tribute Band celebrating the music of Pink Floyd. At the Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP starting at 7.30 p.m. Tickets Adults £12.00 and £8.00 Concessions, available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel: 01260 271095. *Please note 10% booking fee applies to all tickets, no additional charge for credit/debit cards.
Holmes Chapel Music Society Present PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET with Leon Bosch (Double Bass), programme includes music by Mozart, Bottesini and featuring Schubert’s Trout Quintet. At Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, off Selkirk Drive, CW4 7DZ starting at 8.00 p.m. Tickets for non-members £5.00, Students £2.50 and under 16’s £1.00, available from The Print Room, Holmes Chapel or Tel: 01477 537769 (Ticket Secretary) for details on joining the Society or go www.themusicsociety.org.uk or Tel: 01270 765775.
Sandbach Concert Series Present DOMINIC DEGAVINO (Pianist) a rising young star and passionate performer, programme will include music by Ravel and Beethoven. Spotlight Concert featuring talented young people of Sandbach and the local area, starting at 7.00 p.m. main concert at 8.00 p.m. In St. Mary’s Hall, Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1HD. Tickets £8.50 (Adult); £7.00 (Concessions); £3.00 (School Children); Family tickets available £20.00, on sale at Demeters Wholefoods and Bramwells Opticians, Sandbach. Or on-line at www.sandbach-concert-series.co.uk
FRIDAY 2ND – SUNDAY 4TH MARCH
Congleton CONGLETON UNPLUGGED – FREE MUSIC EVENT covering more than 15 venues in Congleton with over 40 Gigs. Full programme available from the end of January. For further details go to www.congletonjazzandblues.co.uk
MONDAYS 5TH 12TH 19TH & 26TH MARCH
Alzheimer’s Society CARER INFORMATION AND SUPPORT PROGRAMME (CrIsp) a series of 4 workshops for people caring for someone with Dementia, providing information, advice, tips and an opportunity to meet other Carers. From 1.30 – 4.00 p.m. in the Library, Market Square, Congleton, CW12 1ET. To reserve a place and further details Tel: 01625 503302 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Funded by Cheshire East Council, priority will be given to residents of Congleton and the surrounding area.
TUESDAY 6TH – SATURDAY 10TH MARCH
Trinity Amateur Operatic Society Present ‘RENT’ based on the opera ‘La Boheme’ by Puccini. At the Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP, nightly at 7.30 p.m. Ticket £8.00 Tuesday, £10.00 Wednesday & Thursday, £12.00 Friday & £14.00 Saturday, available now from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN. Tel: 01260 271095 (no booking or transaction fees).
TUESDAY 20TH – SATURDAY 24TH MARCH
Centre Stage Youth Theatre Present ‘LES MISÉRABLES’ (School Edition), At the Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP nightly at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £12.00 each, available now from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel: 01260 271095 (no booking or transaction fees).
Congleton Museum Sunday Walks – ‘RELIGION IN CONGLETON’ leader Peter Aston, this walk will take you through the religious history of the Town using buildings to show how Astbury Church imposed itself upon Congleton and how the Town’s Victorian expansion led to diversity in religious buildings, practice and belief. Starting from the Museum, Market Square, CW12 1ET at 2.00 p.m. cost £6.00 per person (including Cream Tea), for further details Tel: 01260 276360 or
Congleton Town Council CIVIC DINNER AND MAYOR’S BALL at the Town Hall, High Street, Congleton, CW12 1BN. Reception at 6.30 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. Meal. Dancing to the Four King Blues Band, Licensed Bar to 12.30 p.m. Tickets £40.00 each, please apply to the Civic Administration Officer, at the Town Council Tel: 01260 270350 or by E-Mail: email@example.com All proceeds to the Town Mayor’s Charities. Dress Code – Black Tie.
Clonter Opera The Lock Inn present ‘FOLK FAIRY TALE’ Folk & Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza – A Great Night Out for all the Family with Live Music, Sword Dancers, Breakdance, Clog Dancing and Comedy. At Clonter Opera, Swettenham Heath, Congleton, CW12 2LR; performance starts at 7.00 p.m. (doors open at 6.00 p.m.). Tickets from £18.00, Students £10.00, (Children under 16) £8.00, available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, Tel: 01260 271095, or the Clonter Box Office, Tel: 01260 224514. 30-minute pre-performance supper, hamper or canape basket or bring your own picnic (please book when booking tickets, picnic tables available).
SUNDAY 1ST APRIL
Daneside Trust/Reels on Wheels Film – ‘DARKEST HOUR’ (PG) starring Gary Oldman. Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Samuel West, directed by Joe West. At the Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP starting at 7.00 p.m. Tickets £5.00 available from Congleton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, High Street, CW12 1BN, Tel: 01260 271095.
THEATRE TICKETS ON SALE
there are no booking or transaction fees on TICKETS bought through
Congleton Tourist Information Centre FOR THE THEATRES BELOW.
PROGRAMMES ARE AVAILABLE.
BILL BAILEY ~ 7TH FEBRUARY 2018
At the Victoria Hall, Hanley
JERSEY BOYS ~ 6TH – 17TH FEBRUARY 2018
LEGALLY BLONDE ~ 12TH – 17TH MARCH 2018 (Starring Rita Simons & Lucy Jones)
THIS IS ELVIS ~ 26TH – 31ST MARCH 2018
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL ~ 24TH – 28TH APRIL
SHREK ~ 2nd – 13th MAY
BENIDORM ~ 24TH – 29TH SEPTEMBER
Starring Sherrie Hewson, Tony Maudsley and Janine Duvitski
At the Regent Theatre, Hanley
SOME MOTHER’S DO ‘AVE ‘EM (STARRING JOE PASQUALE) ~ 27TH FEBRUARY – 3RD MARCH 2018
RUSSELL WATSON ~ 14TH MARCH
At Buxton Opera House
VOTES FOR WOMEN by Elizabeth Robins ~ 6TH MARCH – 24TH MARCH
THE SCARY BIKERS by John Godber ~ 27TH – 31ST MARCH
HARD TIMES (new adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel by Deborah McAndrew) ~ 4TH – 14TH APRIL
EDUCATING RITA by Willy Russell ~ 18th – 5th MAY
At the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
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