Summer Holiday Activities at West Park

Summer Holiday Activities at West Park

It is West Park Museum ….. but not as you know it. From Saturday 27th July the Museum is full of boredom-busting activities for all the family plus special events all summer long.

Come and get involved – tell us a Panda Joke, dress up and get creative, share your museum memories and design your own Lego museum of the future.

Take a fresh look at the Museum collections. In Adventure Corner, discover extraordinary objects from across the globe that have been brought back by Macclesfield explorers. In the Gallery, every picture tells a story and you can add your own … with a twist.

Use the Eye-Spy Trail to spot unusual details hidden in the exhibits.

We are looking at the collections in new ways and we want to know what you think. Many museums have objects with dark stories to tell and West Park Museum is no exception. Come and find out about the Curious Tale of the Panda, the Horrible History of the Scold’s Bridle, or the Puzzle of the Pagoda.

Pandamonium – the Family Festival inspired by our much-loved Panda, takes place from 17th – 25th August. Don’t miss the Panda Picnic and a Special Events Programme that we are running with Barnaby Festival and other partners.

For Opening Hours, click here for further information 

Egyptian Summer at the Silk Museum

Egyptian Summer at the Silk Museum

Join us every Wednesday throughout the holidays for our Egyptian Summer activities.

Meet the curators and hear stories of Ancient Egypt. Explore our collection with Eye Spy Sheets and code cracking hieroglyph activity packs.
Enjoy a coffee break in our café while the kids are busy with our Egyptian colouring sheets.

DATE & TIME

July Sessions:

Wednesday 24th & 31st  July 11am & 2pm

August Sessions:

Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August 11am & 2pm

LOCATION

The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE

£3 per child per drop in session.

BOOKING

Drop In Sessions. No need to pre-book.

Need Felt Donkey Workshop Saturday 10th August

Need Felt Donkey Workshop Saturday 10th August

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.
You will discover how to needle felt a Donkey from carded wool, and will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.
This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to.

Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 10th August 10.00 – 4.00pm.

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING
The cost is £50 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected]

Due to the sharp needles used, this activity is suitable for over 16’s only

Code Club: Write your name in binary code! Saturday 24th August

Code Club: Write your name in binary code! Saturday 24th August

Come to our Code Club and discover what your name looks like in binary code and use Sonic Pi to code a unique piece of music for a door bell!

If you have a laptop, ideally please bring on the day – Please pre-download FREE software Sonic Pi in advance of the workshop.

If you don’t have a laptop – we have 5 available. Please contact us and pre-book to use one.

Soft drink and snack will be provided on the day.

Download Sonic Pi for the Code Club here http://sonic-pi.net/

DATE & TIME

Saturday 24th August 1- 2.30pm

LOCATION

The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

PRICE & BOOKING

FREE WORKSHOP 10 spaces available. Suitable for ages 6 – 10 years. Booking Essential.

Please email [email protected] or call the Silk Museum on 01625 612045.

Uncovering the Human Stories in our Egyptian Collection Fri 30th August

Uncovering the Human Stories in our Egyptian Collection Fri 30th August

Our modern view of Ancient Egypt is dominated by pharaohs and pyramids but what was life like for the average Ancient Egyptian?

Join Bryony and find out about the lives of Ptahwer and Renseneb; two men depicted on one of our stelae. Unravel the meaning of the stela’s hieroglyphic inscription and discover what other secrets the object holds.

Bryony has curated the new Egyptian Exhibition at the Silk Museum, having recently completed her MA in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. She has been volunteering with our Egyptian collection in Macclesfield for 5 years and is currently the museums’ Collections Engagement Assistant.

DATE & TIME

Friday 30th August 1 – 2.30pm

LOCATION

The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

Learn to Crochet Workshops Saturday 7th September

Learn to Crochet Workshops Saturday 7th September

Crochet for beginners – Aimed at complete novice/refresher level.

This workshop will teach you how to hold the yarn and hook correctly, making chain stitches and treble stitches, giving you the skills to make a Granny Square; a super versatile first project.

Warning: taking this workshop can lead to an addiction of gorgeous yarns and a relaxed, calm mind. Learning to crochet will make you feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of your skills!

There will only be 2 places per workshop so that I can devote a high level of tuition and attention to you.

I will provide all materials & equipment for the purpose of the workshop as well as a lovely piece of cake & refreshments.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 7th September

Workshop 1: 10.30am – 12.30

Workshop 2: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

Cost only £25 per person

Places are limited and book up quickly

To secure your place & arrange payment contact Lisa by email:
[email protected]

Check out Lisa’s stunning creations on her social media pages by clicking on the links below:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tealandtangerinemaker/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tealandtangerinemaker/

Fee is refundable up to 7 days before the workshop

French Bead Your Own Earrings Thursday 12th September

French Bead Your Own Earrings Thursday 12th September

In this 3 hour workshop Heidi will teach you basic French Beading technique.

You will be taught how to use a bead spinner to load and weave seed beads into beautiful petal shapes for use in ornament or accessory making.

By the end of your workshop you will have made a pair of super stylish earrings to take home with you.

All materials and light refreshments are included.

DATE & TIME

Thursday 12th September 10am-1pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING
This workshop costs £30

Full payment is required on booking.

Email [email protected] to book your place

Hand printed Bag Workshop Saturday 14th September

Hand printed Bag Workshop Saturday 14th September

Handprinted Across The Body Bag Workshop – Print and Stitch

With Posner and Posner – Susan and Naomi.

Learn to hand-print and sew your very own cotton canvas across the body bag. A variety of colours and prints will be available to use.

We will teach you how to hand screenprint fabric with lightweight thermofax screens and waterbased eco inks. Experimenting with layers, pattern and colour.

You will then use your handprinted fabric to construct and sew a stylish across the body bag with contrast lining and finished with a vintage button.

All fabrics, materials, patterns, inks, screens and sewing equipment needed to make/sew your beautiful pots will be provided.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 14th September 2019. Full Day Workshop- 10-4pm

LOCATION

The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

£50 per person.

Please book online to secure your place. 6 places per workshop.

Please bring an apron to protect your clothes while you are printmaking.

Coffee and cake will be available to purchase on the day.

Bring yourself a packed lunch or pop out to get lunch from the local sandwich shop.

Free-Machinery Workshop Saturday 21st September

Free-Machinery Workshop Saturday 21st September

Free-Machinery Workshop with Dawn Ireland Textile Artist.  Suitable for everyone from complete beginners to the more experienced.

Learn how to draw with your sewing machine with textile artist Dawn Ireland. Learn how to use a sewing machine for this fun and exciting technique. With demos and plenty of individual guidance, you will use a wide range of fabrics (including silk), appliqué techniques and embroidery to create samples and a picture to take home.

Bring along your own machine and any images you may wish to work from. There will be lots of samples, imagery & ‘Embroidery’ magazines to look at for inspiration on the day.
Spare machines are available for people to use.

All materials, fabrics, threads, and trims will be provided, as well as refreshments and homemade cake.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 21st September, 10-4pm.

LOCATION

The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

The cost is £60 for the day.

For more information, or to book a place email [email protected] or call 07745 384296.

About the Artist

Dawn who originally grew up in Macclesfield has over 25 years experience as a practising artist, after gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in Textiles.
She now lives in Sheffield and enjoys running regular workshops in Textiles and Mixed Media, helping to encourage and inspire others to be creative and gain confidence in trying different techniques. www.dawnireland.com

 

Needle Felt Llama Workshop Saturday 21st September

Needle Felt Llama Workshop Saturday 21st September

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.
You will discover how to needle felt a Llama from carded wool and special curly wool, and will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.
This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to.

Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 21st September 10.00 – 4.00pm.

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING
The cost is £50 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected]

Due to the sharp needles used, this activity is suitable for over 16’s only

Learn Brick Stitch for jewellery making Thursday 26th September

Learn Brick Stitch for jewellery making Thursday 26th September

In this 3.5 hour workshop you will learn how to master the beading for accessory making technique of Brick Stitch.

Brick Stitch is a bead weaving stitch in which individual beads are stacked horizontally in the same pattern as bricks are stacked in a wall. The technique has been used by Native Americans and in Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

I will teach you the stitch using a beading needle and thread, and we’ll work towards completing a pair of Brick Stitch earrings for you to take away.

All materials and light refreshments are included in the price.

DATE & TIME

Thursday 26th September 10am-1.30pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING
This workshop costs £35.

To book your place email [email protected] Full payment is required in advance.

Needle Felt Bear Workshop Saturday 28th September

Needle Felt Bear Workshop Saturday 28th September

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.
You will discover how to needle felt a Bear from carded wool, and will learn about needle felting equipment/tools, processes and techniques.
This is a fun and therapeutic craft that produces amazing creations.

The toolkit you use will be yours to keep, so that you can continue needle felting… which you will definitely want to.

Tea, coffee and cake are provided, however you will need to bring a light lunch.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 28st September 10.00 – 4.00pm.

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING
The cost is £50 and payment in full will secure your place (payments will only be refunded if attendee’s can provide 2 weeks notice, an alternative date may be offered if space allows)

To book a place please email: [email protected]

Due to the sharp needles used, this activity is suitable for over 16’s only

Learn to Crochet Workshops Saturday 19th October

Learn to Crochet Workshops Saturday 19th October

Crochet for beginners – Aimed at complete novice/refresher level.

This workshop will teach you how to hold the yarn and hook correctly, making chain stitches and treble stitches, giving you the skills to make a Granny Square; a super versatile first project.

Warning: taking this workshop can lead to an addiction of gorgeous yarns and a relaxed, calm mind. Learning to crochet will make you feel less stressed, very creative and fantastically proud of your skills!

There will only be 2 places per workshop so that I can devote a high level of tuition and attention to you.

I will provide all materials & equipment for the purpose of the workshop as well as a lovely piece of cake & refreshments.

DATE & TIME

Saturday 19th October

Workshop 1: 10.30am – 12.30

Workshop 2: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

LOCATION

Makers’ Place, Silk Museum, Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

Cost only £25 per person

Places are limited and book up quickly

To secure your place & arrange payment contact Lisa by email:
[email protected]

Check out Lisa’s stunning creations on her social media pages by clicking on the links below:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tealandtangerinemaker/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tealandtangerinemaker/

Fee is refundable up to 7 days before the workshop

The Art Society at the Silk Museum

The Art Society at the Silk Museum

The exhibition looks at the work of a fantastic group of volunteers from the Arts Society and their help in rediscovering a collection of Point Paper Designs.

We have recently rediscovered a collection of point paper designs, used by local mills in the textile manufacturing process. These objects had not been touched in decades.

The Art Society are helping with: documenting, condition checking and photographing these wonderful objects, bringing life back into this collection once again.

Through this display you will explore the wonderful work of the Art Society at the Silk Museum and discover a selection of the point paper designs, chosen by the volunteers. This is the first time these objects have ever been displayed.

DATE & TIME

From now until the end of August 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday

LOCATION

Silk Museum Park Lane SK11 6TJ

Pop Up Youth Gallery 'Isolation Nation'

Pop Up Youth Gallery 'Isolation Nation'

On display at the Silk Museum – A partnership project of skill sharing where Project Inc worked on a collaboration with Macclesfield College.

Students explored the therapeutic process of felt making and stitching influenced by the theme ‘Mental Health’.

The young people were asked to think of a word reflecting thoughts and feeling around mental health.

In addition, students were also introduced to a non-toxic copper sulphate printing technique.

DATE & TIME

Monday 7th May onwards

LOCATION

Silk Museum Park Lane SK11 6TJ

PRICE & BOOKING

Free event, no need to book

Cinemac Listings

Cinemac Listings

The Latest film releases at Cinemac.

LOCATION
The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT.

PRICES & TICKETS

Visit their website cinemac.org.uk