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Diary
last updated 18th Nov


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and alternate Saturdays
Grozone, 10am - 3pm. Bring lunch and suitable clothing, drinks provided, tools there. Whalley Road, Northwich (under the bridge from Vickersway Park, or opposite the bottom gate of St Helen's cemetery). Grozone calendar. Info: Andy, 01606 723168, andy.martin@groundworkcheshire.org.uk

Weekly:

Incredible Edibles Winsford in action,  working on Over Rec (Tues, 10am) and Wharton Rec (Thurs, 10am), Greenfields Community Garden (10am, Thurs and Sat). Info: agaskilljones[at]winsford.gov.uk. On Facebook.
Every Tuesday
Heritage Walks, short walks along the Weaver. Meet 11am, Anderton Place, Kingsmead. See poster.

Fortnightly on Thursdays, 26th Oct to 21st Dec:
Love My River Northwich, surveying the rivers. Meet at Grozone, 10am. See VREN website.
First Sunday each month:

CWT Working Parties, working up a good appetite for lunch by removing aggressive plants, clearing pathways and ponds etc, from 10am on CWT's reserves. Tools and supervision provided. Contact Harold Fielding, 01606 882529

Second Saturdays - Northwich Artisan Market. Website; and teenage market, Oct 2015, Feb and May 2016
Last Saturdays - Middlewich Makers' Market

Wirral Farmers’ Markets
Wallasey Food Fair and Makers’ Market, first Sundays, Mosslands School, Mosslands Drive, Wallasey Village, CH45 8PJ, 10am – 2pm. http://www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk/wallasey.html
New Ferry Village Hall, Grove Street, CH62 5AZ, second Saturdays, 9am – 1pm. (The market is run completely by volunteers for the benefit of the community and to help the regeneration of the area.) http://www.wirralfarmersmarket.org.uk/
Heswall, third Saturdays, Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 10am – 3pm. http://www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk/heswall.html
West Kirby Farmers’ Market, fourth Saturdays, 9am – 1pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Road, CH48 5DE. http://www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk/index.html 
Last Fridays
Bike Friday – led commuter rides on the last Friday of the month, Greater Manchester 8 to 8:45am. See ManchesterFoE website, where you'll find lots more rides and cycle maintenance workshops.

Last Fridays
Weaver Hall Crafting Group, try new crafts, demonstrate your own, pick up techniques. 10.30am – 12.30, Weaver Hall, £3. See West Cheshire Museums website.

Drop in Craft Sessions, Northwich Library: Tuesdays 10.30am – 12, Saturdays 9.30am – 12.30pm. Tel 01606 275646
Last Sunday the month
Marshall’s Army, doing maintenance and management of Marshall’s Arm nature reserve (usually; not December). Meet 10am at the far end of Stones Manor Lane, at the turning circle or flagpole.  Contact Richard, audandrich[at]tiscali.co.uk
Tuesdays, from 12th Sept 2017
Nature Tots, for 2-5 year olds. Arts, crafts, wildlife and the great outdoors.  At Marbury Park. 2 sessions: 10am to 11am or 11.30 to 12.30. £18 for 6 week blocks. Booking essential. Info: Robyn Moseley, rmoseley[at]cheshirewt.org.uk, 07837 988466, book on www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on, or direct link.

Listen in online
21st Century Permaculture Radio Show - interviewing Nick Boyce on Permaculture in Peru. A number of shows talking about Permaculture Day. Interspersed with some classic funk. Online radio show on Shoreditch Radio. If you miss a broadcast, listen at your leisure on www.Mixcloud.com/21stCenturyPermaculture

2017 Events

(in grey: expected events that have happened before)

6, 13, 20 April
Love my River Northwich volunteer day, “will continue with our programme of River Walkover Surveys and 'Citizen Science' water quality monitoring on the River Weaver, River Dane and their tributary streams around Northwich”. Meet at Grozone, 10am – 4pm. More info. Group on facebook.


Sat 26th Nov 2016
Frodsham Christmas Festival Transition Frodsham have a stall at this event on the Station Car Park.


Mon 20th Nov
Transition Northwich meeting, in The Salty Dog, 7pm. Event on facebook. Group on facebook. Website. Northwichtransition[at]yahoo.com 

Tues 21st Nov
Weaverham Memorial Orchard Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm at the Scout Hall, Church St, Weaverham.

Wed 22nd Nov
Northwich Transport Consultation, 4-7pm, The Venue, Gadbrook Road, Rudheath. Or online survey at www.tinyurl.com/salttrans (closes 31st Dec). 

Wed 23rd Nov 2016
Heat Conference 2016, "from global agreement to local action". From £120, London. See http://www.heatconference.co.uk/
23-29 Nov 2015
Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake, raising awareness about road safety. See Road Safety Week website.  Also show patience, consideration and responsibility, slow to 20mph in communities, take care at junctions and bends, give room; and cyclists and pedestrians - be seen. See look out for each other campaign.
Thurs 23rd Nov
Over 55 Wellbeing Day, Memorial Court, 10am – 4pm.

Fri 27th Nov (last Friday in November) 2015
Buy Nothing Day - forget being a consumer. see http://www.buynothingday.co.uk
Sat 25th Nov
Mammal Trapping. Join Marbury Ranger Chris Moseley to open the mammal traps set in Marbury Country Park. Meet 9.30 am at the Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. Info: Jim Jeeves 01606 77688
Sun 26th Nov
Marshall’s Army Taster. Try what the Marshall’s Arm Volunteer group do, helping manage the woodland and natural habitats in the Reserve. Hot dog taster too!! 10am-12. Meet at far end of Stones Manor Lane. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Richard Haffenden 01606 76058

Sun 26th Nov
Pumpkin Gleaning, Lancashire, with Feedback. Rescue crops for charity. See Feedback's email on web.

28th (Edinburgh), 29th (London) Nov 2015
Climate March, with Global Justice Now and others. Or go to Paris on 12th Dec, or help organise actions and meetings locally. See Global Justice Now website. Transport to London from Manchester Chorlton St Bus Station 7pm, return 10.30ish - book on Eventbrite. In Cardiff (28th): see Stop Climate Chaos Cymru website. In Edinburgh (28th): see Stop Climate Chaos Scotland website. In Belfast, (29th): see facebook. In London (29th): see CampaignCC website. 

Mon 27th Nov
Radical Readers, 7pm, The Salty Dog, Northwich. A Transition Northwich event, on facebook.

Mon 27th Nov
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel, meeting
, 8pm Old Red Lion. Last meeting of the year. Info: sue[at]amitch.co.uk
 
National Tree Week
29 November to 7 December 2014. For tree planting packs for schools and community groups, see the Woodland Trust website.
Thurs 30th Nov
Carbon Capture and Storage, talk preceded by Energy Institute Annual General Meeting, 5.30pm, Mercure Haydock Hotel, Penny Lane, Haydock, Saint Helens WA11 9SG. More information and how to book here. The event is free for members and non-members. Please note non-members are welcome to attend the AGM but will not have voting rights.

Sat 3rd Dec 2016
Hartford Victorian Christmas, Hartford Church and church rooms, 10-3.

Saturday 3 Dec 2016
Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre at Anderton Memorial Hall 10 til 3:30. With Handmade Christmas gifts fair. See Stallfinder website.


5 December, every year:
World Soil Day, in 2016 celebrating 'Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life'. See FAO website.

Mon 4th Dec (first Mondays)
Mid-Cheshire Beekeepers. 7.30pm, Hartford Methodist Church Hall, £1. Webpage. Info: Dave Curbishley, 01606 330796, curdv[at]aol.com
First Thursdays
Green Drinks - Liverpool, (5:30pm - 7:30pm). Regular first Thursday meeting. Doctor Duncan’s, St Johns Lane Queens Square, Liverpool L1 1HF.
Sat 9th Nov (2nd Saturdays)
Artisan Market, Northwich. For stallholders check http://www.themarketco.co.uk/.
Second Thursdays
EcoHome Lab: Monthly meetup and skill share, 5.30 - 8pm, MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. Now a regular monthly slot - second Thursdays at MadLab. A hangout for people taking control of their home energy usage and generation. We use open-source hardware and software to gain a better understanding of energy in our homes, how to make the best use of the energy we generate and reduce energy wasted. Each month we'll expand on our understanding and continue to integrate the open source energy monitoring and whole house energy assessment tools in to different areas of Carbon Co-op's development. See website. 
Fri 15th Dec
Speaking Truth to Power, Location to be confirmed, as also the starting time. A meeting with one of our local MPs, this one for Tatton, to explain / promote our local activities and aspirations. Event on facebook.

Sun 17th Dec
FoAM’s Christmas Decorations Workshop. Come to our annual workshop to create some stunning decorations for your home from natural materials gathered in the woodlands. From: 10 am – 12 pm by the Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. Info: Joanne Redley 01606 44728
 

Third Thursdays
Chester Friends of the Earth meet, upstairs at the Custom House, Watergate Street, Chester, CH1 2LB. Visit or contact them via https://www.foe.co.uk/groups/chester.

Third Thursdays
Friends of the Earth Food monthly meeting - Manchester (6:30pm - 8pm). Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE. Regular 3rd Thursday food meetings.

2018 Events: programmed or expected to be repeated from 2017
In grey - previous dates to watch for recurrencies
Sat 28th Jan 2017
Skelmersdale Potato Day, 10am - 3pm, Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale Town Centre; West Lancashire Allotment Federation and Preston In Bloom. For more information - http://www.brighterblooms.co.uk/event/skelmersdale-potato-day/
Sun 29th Jan 2017
Potato Day, Macclesfield (Food4Macc), 10am – 3.30pm, Macclesfield Town Hall. Potatoes, fruit trees and bushes, onions, summer bulbs. http://www.brighterblooms.co.uk/event/food4macc-potato-day/.
30+31 Jan 2016 (last weekend in January)
Big Garden Birdwatch - Take part by watching for one hour, either day. Not just birds! Resources and submit findings at http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/
Sun 5th Feb 2017
Marple Potato Day, over 90 potato varieties, veg seeds, onion and garlic sets, fruit trees and bushes, herbs from Woodruff Nursery, Wincham, summer flowering bulbs and more. 10am - 3pm, Marple Senior Citizens’ Hall. See Marple Allotments website
Sat 11th Feb 2017
Potato Day, Mold - large number of seed potato varieties, vegetable seeds. rhubarb, soft fruit. garlic and onion sets will all be available. Buy seed potatoes in small quantities so you can try lots of different varieties even on a small plot. Free admission. Mold, Flintshire, in the Church Hall, King St, CH7 1LA, 9am - 1pm. See Wherecanwego website
15-19 Feb  2016
Half-term Activities: The National Wildlflower Centre in Liverpool will be hosting a flurry of family friendly activities (in the great outdoors!) during half term,. Monday: see rescued birds of prey. Tuesday: making bird feeders. Wednesday: making nest boxes. Friday: learn about and plant tomatoes. See http://www.nwc.org.uk/events/ - no events posted as of 15 2 17.
Sat 27th Jan 2018
Potato Day, Crewe. Crosville Social Working Men’s Club, Chester St, CW1 2LB, 10am – 3pm. Potatoes, fruit trees and bushes, onions, summer bulbs. http://www.brighterblooms.co.uk/event/crewe-potato-day/.


Sun 19 Feb
Potato Day, Hulme Community Gardens
, 11am - 4pm. 30 varieties of heritage potatoes! Garlic, onion and shallot sets, rhubarb and asparagus crowns, large selection of top and soft fruit, herb, vegetable and flower seed, organic composts and locally coppiced bean poles. Activities including make a Mr Potato Head for children. http://www.hulmegardencentre.org.uk/
24 - 26 Feb
Earth First! Winter Moot
, A weekend get-together for people involved in ecological direct action, from fighting opencast coal, fracking, GM, nuclear power to road building. There'll be discussions and campaign planning - with the emphasis on the tactics and strategies EF! use, community solidarity and sustainable activism. MERCi, Manchester, indoors, with crash space. £25-£30. See website
27 Feb - 12 Mar
Fairtrade Fortnight:
see Fairtrade website, Fortnight website, downloadable Action Pack.
Sat 3rd March 2018
Visit Hockerton Housing Project, an earth-sheltered row of homes designed to use the Sun’s energy to full effect. Learn from the residents what they’re like to live in, or get an insight into sustainable living. Near Nottingham. £20 (student and family tickets also available). Book on Eventbrite.

3-5 March 2017
Great British Spring Clean. See www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk (won't work on outdated browsers)

7-9 March
Ecobuild, ExCel, London, free. Sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment. No under 16s. Register on the Website.
27 Feb - 12 Mar 2017
Fairtrade Fortnight:
see Fairtrade website, Fortnight website, downloadable Action Pack.
Sat 11-13 Mar 2016
The Edible Garden Show and Good Life Live, Event website. Not happening in 2017.
20-24 March 2017 is Water Saving Week! Get involved with daily challenges, share tips online and download the activity pack. See http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/water-saving-week-2017.html  

23-26 March 2017
The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show
, NEC Birmingham. http://www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/

Sat 25th Mar 2017
Live A Better Life Fair - St George's Hall in Liverpool, 10am - 4pm. Vegan food and drink, natural beauty and handmade gifts, cookery demonstrations, film screenings, talks and demonstrations. £2, under 5s free. Details on www.labl.org.uk.


25th Mar 2017
Green Architecture Day, Brighton Permaculture Trust, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton. With designers, practioners and professionals. Theme: Housing for the Future - Architecture that Responds to Climate. £40-£85, 25th March 2017. See EnvironmentJob website. More information. For all courses and events: www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk/courses.
Last Saturday of March
Earth Hour. 8.30pm. Do something for the environment - use less energy (switch off floodlights, use stairs not the lift, enjoy a veggie butty). One hour of darkness to protect our brilliant planet. See http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/

Mon 27th March 2017
Conwy Seed Fair Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square LL32 8DB, 9am to 4pm.  Free admission, 9am - 4pm. Organised by Conwy Beekeepers. With crafts and produce. See http://www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk/fairs-festivals/visitor-information/

31 March, 1 + 2 April 2017
Visit Green Homes in Manchester. Pioneering householders around Greater Manchester are inviting the general public in to their eco-homes to show off their energy saving improvements and demonstrate the only sure way to cut fuel bills is through using less energy!  Details and booking.

31 March, 1 + 2 April 2017
Energise, Manchester: open homes on Friday,
Energise Festival on Saturday (Hulme Community Garden Centre, music, food, workshops, talks, family-friendly things) and Three Acres and a Cow play on Sunday. https://carbon.coop/news/2017-03-01/energise.

1st April 2017
Northern Vegan Festival, Manchester, 11am - 6pm, £5, under 14s free. Website. A Transition Northwich trip,10am – 4.30pm, on facebook.

29 March to 9 April 2017
Daffodil Walks, Whitegate, in aid of Macmillan Nurses. Lots of daffs, lots of culture and history talk. You get tea and cake as well as an interesting talk! £5 for a guided walk, £2 (£1 children) for self-guided. Guided walks 10.30 start, or booked groups from 2pm. Website http://www.daffodilwalks.com

Sat 7th April 2018
Northern Vegan Festival, at two venues in Manchester, 10.30am - 5pm. Stalls, talks, cookery demonstrations, children's activities, yoga. £5, under 14s free. See http://www.northernveganfestival.com/.

15-17 April 2017
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
. 155 food and drink exhibitors
. Weekend camping. See www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk  

17 April, is international peasant struggle day. This day is for celebrating peasant and small farmer movements across the world, each one fighting for a food system that respects human rights rather than making them subservient to private profit. This day has been heralded by the international food sovereignty movement as a day to take action and raise awareness about the problems with, and alternatives to, a corporate-run and over-industrialised food system. See Via Campesina website.

22nd April, every year
Earth Day. http://www.earthday.org/


Sat 22nd April 2017
Big Dig Day
Community food-growing gardens and allotments will open their gates to the public and invite local people in to get involved. Publicise your garden! Publicise your welcome for volunteers! Nearest events currently in SE Manchester. See Big Dig website.

Sun 23rd April 2017
Spring Plant Fair
, Arley Hall, 10am - 4pm, £1.50 (£1 in advance - see website), children free, dogs on leads.

Sat 23rd April 2016
Chorlton Green Happening, S Manchester. http://chorltonbiggreenhappening.wordpress.com/

22 April - 1st May 2017
Frodsham Festival of Walks, a series of guided walks around the Frodsham area, organised by Frodsham Town Council each year. On facebook, tel Liz Kenny on 01928 735150, or email council[at]frodsham.gov.uk

Sun 1st May 2016
Permaculture Day
,  See events on Permaculture website (nothing planned for the 1st May, but other dates). For international events, see http://www.permacultureday.org
30 April - 8 May 2016
Grand Designs Live, London. £12 weekdays/£15 weekends, children 15 and under free. See http://www.granddesignslive.com

4-5 May 2016
All-Energy 2016, the renewables show in Glasgow. http://www.all-energy.co.uk/
Sun 7th May 2017
International Permaculture Day, events country-wide, if they're posted here.. - http://permacultureday.org/.

Sun 7th May 2017
Salt Sunday, Lion Salt Works, 1.30 – 4pm. Exhibitions, talks, science fun. Invite on youtube.

Sun 7th May 2017
South Downs Green Fair>, The Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, home of Permaculture Magazine. www.southdownsgreenfair.org/south-downs-green-fair/
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Sun 15th May 2016
Reaseheath Family Festival, an incredibly diverse mix of attractions! More on Reaseheath  website.
23-24 May 2017
Utility Week Live, exhibition and conference providing for those working in the water, gas and electricity utilities with all the learning, information and contacts needed to meet the challenges of running a modern utilities company. Free, NEC Birmingham. See http://www.utilityweeklive.co.uk/
National Walking Month
May is national walking month. For information and how to get involved see http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/nwm  Includes Walk to School Week, 16-20 May.
Fri 19th May 2017
Schools’ Walk for Wildlife. Join an attempt to break a Guinness™ World Record, for the number of people simultaneously walking. And raising money for wildlife. £25 registration. See https://www.walking4wildlife.com/schools-walk.

20-29 May 2016
Chorlton Arts Festival
- Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Festival  website; calendar
Sat 20th May 2017
Plant Sale: wide range of veg, fruit and flower plants, all grown by Over Allotments plot-holders. Winsford Cross Shopping Centre. Over website.

23-24 May 2017
Edie Live (formerly Sustainability Live), energy/sustainablity/resource efficiency. Free, NEC Birmingham. See http://exhibition.edie.net/
25 May to 4 June 2017
Hay Festival. Full details at http://www.hayfestival.com/
26-29 May 2017
Chester Folk Festival
, Kelsall. http://www.chesterfolk.org.uk/
Sat 28th May 2016
Manchester Vegan Fair, Chorlton Irish Club from 11am till 5pm. There's lots of stalls with great food and activities throughout the day. See http://veganorganic.net/manchester-vegan-fair/

1-7th June (every year) Volunteers Week: see http://www.volunteersweek.org.uk/
1-4 Jun 2017
Wirral Folk on the Coast Festival
. See http://www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com/

2-4 June 2017
Basecamp. Friends of the Earth’s family-friendly camp in the Peak District where you can work together on some of the planet’s biggest problems, along with stuff like spoon carving, hikes, wellbeing workshops, yoga, bonfires, storytelling, and of course amazing music and dancing until the witching hour. Various tickets: weekend camping with food £45; hostel £75; B+B £135; child and day tickets, and some for unwaged. See Eventbrite website. See FoE website.
5 June (always 5th June)
World Environment Day: http://www.unep.org/wed
7th June 2015
Environment Sunday is the nearest Sunday to the UN's World Environment Day (June 5th). Resources may be available: See http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/conservation-sunday.htm. More interesting dates - see http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/whats-on
11+12 June 2015
Eco Technology Show, for those interested in the latest eco technologies, energy efficiency and saving money. Brighton, free. http://www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk
12th June 2016
Pedal Power, rides of 5 miles (the family ride) and more, Northwich and involving surrounding towns. The 80 + 35 mile Shakers are £20 in advance (free curry for finishers), the 20 mile Shaker £10 in advance; family £10 for up to 5 people, individuals £2.50. Food and refreshments are from Kanya, Holdi, Beejou Catering, Ale on the Bale. See pedalpower website

Sunday 11th June 2017
The Annual Congleton Food and Drink Festival, Congleton Town Centre. Quality local produce, global street food, food demos, street entertainment, music and magic, -kids' activities, craft workshops, 'on yer bike!', the green scene, festival fun, and more... on facebook, and website.
Sun 11th June 2017
Open Farm Sunday. Open farms at Riverside Organic in Whatcroft, east of Davenham (Beef and Lamb Farm, but also have Goats, Chickens, Pigs, and a handful of small animals for the children to handle); Rowlands’ Red Polls / Grange Farm, Mickle Trafford (Cereal crops; Beef; Environmental stewardship; Farm shop, commercial woodland, nature reserve); Stockley Farm (Cereal crops; Oilseed crops; Dairy; Beef; Sheep; Pigs; Poultry; Other livestock; Vegetables; Energy crops; Flowers and plants; Environmental stewardship; Farm shop); Street Farm, Tarvin (dairy, farm shop); Greenhills, Lower Whitley (dairy farm, been tree planting); and more. Read more

18-24 June 2018
National Insect Week
, every two years, encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. Events nationwide listed on website.

10-18 June
Bike Week,
free bike checks at Halfords (servicing extra). For Northwich; for other local Halfords; otherwise see http://www.bikeweek.org.uk/
16-18 June 2017
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival. See http://www.midfest.org.uk/
Sat 17th June 2017
Grosvenor Park Fun Day - run by Chester Pride, includes a Pay as you Feel Café which is run by the Chester Junk Food Project. 12-4 pm. Event on facebook. Website.
17 or 18 June 2017
Great Get Together, a celebration in the style of (and in conjunction with) The Big Lunch. Bring your community together with a street lunch or something. https://greatgettogether.org/.

19-24 June 2017
Small Charities Week. The UK has over 166,000 small charities, set up to help make a difference to people’s lives. Each year 4,000 will be forced to close their doors because they lack the skills to fundraise, network and build strong organisations. Nearest events in Wrexham, Braford and Shrewsbury. Find out more at http://www.smallcharityweek.com/

20 + 21 Jun 2017 Cheshire Show. website.
19 - 25 June 2017
Refugee Week
is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contributions refugees bring to the UK. During Refugee Week loads of events take place all across the UK, all of which explore refugee experiences. Whatever you’re into - whether its arts, music, food or just meeting people in your local area - Refugee Week will have an event for you. Find out more at http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk/

Thurs 22 June - Sun 2 July
Lymm Festival 2017. Music and Dance, Comedy and Drama, Spoken Word, Food and Drink, The Arts, Walks, talks, cruises and a garden party for families with a teddy bear trail and poetry and stories. Loads free, more than 20 different venues around the village. www.lymmfestival.org.uk 

Sat 24th June 2017
Liverpool MakeFest, free, family friendly festival celebrating all things ‘makey’. It's open to all ages and with over a 100 stalls showcasing technology, creations, inventions and gadgets as well as hands-on activities, workshops and demonstrations including, coding, hacking and robotics, it's a place to become inspired. Liverpool Central Library. Website. Book on Eventbrite.
Sat 24th June 2017
Wirral Environment Network’s Garden Open Day, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER. 12 – 3pm. Refreshments, plant and veg sale, quiz for all, fun activities etc. Wheelchair access friendly. Donations welcomed and appreciated. See WEN website.
Sat 24th June 2017
Wilmslow Wells for Africa - Open Gardens. 19 gardens open their gates for viewing, all for adult £12 ticket (£10 advance); 10.30am - 4.30pm. Includes Pete Woollam's organic and decorative food and woodwork production facility, and others with wildlife ponds, bog garden, fruit and veg, woodland, wild orchids and model railway; many serving teas and cakes, also plant sales. See http://www.wilmslowwells.org/
Sat 24th June 2017
Acton Bridge Scarecrow Trail, Summer Party and Prize Draw, 11am - 4pm in the Parish Rooms. On facebook.

24+25 June 2017
Arley Garden Festival: Floral Marquee, plant nurseries and display gardens, Garden tours and question time, horticultural accessories, food, crafts, music, schools flowerbed challenge. 10am - 5pm. Advance tickets £11.50 (over 60 £10.50, groups more than15, £9); gate tickets much dearer! More details on Arley website, along with other events.

Sat 24 and Sun 25 June 2017
Pretty Muddy 5K and 10K (Sat) / RFL 5K and 10K (Sun), Tatton Park, Knutsford. Cancer Research UK Race for Life sign up to help beat cancer. www.raceforlife.org.uk

Sun 25 June
The Chester Dragon Boat Festival, River Dee, Chester. 10am opening ceremony / Free to watch. A day of challenge, fun, excitement and competition on the banks of the River Dee. www.chesterdragonboatfestival.co.uk


29 June – 2 July
Rustic Music and Arts Festival, Dutton. Tickets £30 adult (under 16s free) per day; weekend and family tickets include camping. Includes Lindisfarne on Saturday. See http://www.rusticfest.com
30 June – 2 July
Resurgence Live: building community – sharing solutions. A weekend of talks, workshops, music, storytelling, poetry and craft. Near Malvern, Worcs. Adults £140, 12-16 yrs £120. Onsite camping, bell tents and yurts available. www.resurgence.org/summercamp.

1 July
Northwich Carnival
, with parade on Saturday and car boot Sunday. Entertainments and competitions. Check Northwich TC website.
1-9 July
Climate Coalition Week of Action. Organise events in your local area and invite your MP to join in: nature walks, tea parties, community energy visits… See https://weekofaction.org.uk

Sun 2nd July
Frodsham Festival in the Park, Castle Park, Frodsham. http://frodsham.gov.uk/2017/05/festival-in-the-park-2nd-july-2017/
Anytime, but summer term probably best: Oxfam Water Week is for schools, for 7-14 year olds. It is a great opportunity for children and young people to learn, explore and change the world for the better. Oxfam has developed Water Week with teachers to be educational, fun and interactive. Young people decide how they want to take action. They can raise money to help families in Niger manage scarce water resources, and can call on world leaders to do their bit too. Find out more on the Oxfam Water Week website
29 June -16 July (every two years, next 2019)
Manchester International Festival, lots of arts, but also a couple of years ago (not repeated) The Biospheric Project - ideas of how to include food growing in our cities. It was at Irwell House, East Philip St, Salford M3 7LE. MIF website . Green MIF, how eco-friendly the event is.

7-9 July
Seed Festival, Hawkwood College, Stroud. Talks, workshops, music, art, poetry, lifeskills. £69 before 1st June. www.seedfestival.co.uk.

7-9 July
Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank. Music - Science and Tech - Comedy - Cosmic Culture - Films/Gaming - Food and Drink. Weekend Tickets: £159 / Day Tickets: £59. http://www.discoverthebluedot.com/.


8th July
Moulton Crow Fair, Main Road playing field.


Sun 9th July
Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride
, 60 miles, £19.80 + transport. See http://www.bike-events.co.uk
15-17 July 2016
Foodies’ Festival, Tatton Park, See www.foodiesfestival.com
15+16 July 2016
AECB-ADAPT Conference, at the Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia, a bold low impact building with thatched walls. Programme TBA. Non-members £275+VAT, accommodation £38+VAT. See http://www.aecb.net/featured/aecb-conference-2016/
Sat 15th July 2017
Over Allotments Open Day, Moss Bank, Winsford, something new each year. Typically cakes, preserves and produce for sale, BBQ and refreshments, beekeeping, snail racing, Incredible Edibles Winsford, scarecrow trail (thanks to Winsford schools), tombola, raffle, tool sharpening, allotment paintings, learn how to grow-your-own-at-home. Free entry, 10am - 4pm. Access via Moss Bank or Alexandra Street, Winsford see www.overallotments.co.uk.
Sat 15 July - Sun 27 Aug 2017
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Grosvenor Park. For details on productions visit www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk
 
Sun 16th July 2017
Walk for Wildlife – Snowdonia Challenge, 6 stages, 6 riddles, 6 sets of clues. In aid of wildlife – sponsorship and entrance fee required. A walking/driving/riddle solving team exercise. Other walks available. See https://www.walking4wildlife.com.

19 - 23 July 2017
RHS Tatton Show
. See RHS website
22 - 24 July 2016
Blackthorn Music Festival: a fundraiser for Cheshire Wildlife Trust at Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Stockport. See festival website
 
27-31 July 2017
Peace News Summer Camp 2016: workshops and discussions, practical skills sessions, delicious vegan food cooked by Veggies, films, fun and DIY entertainment, a bar, a campfire, and activities and facilities for children and families. Speakers include Professor Paul Rogers of Bradford School of Peace Studies. 5 day family friendly camp. In the grounds of Crabapple Community, Berrington, Shrewsbury. £20-£135 registration. Under-14s £5-£30. £6-£12 per day for food. On Peace News website.

29+30 July 2017
Community Fun Day, Vickersway Park, Northwich, 10am – 5pm. See GoNorthwich website.

29-30 July 2017
WoodfestWales (Gwyl Coed Cymru)
, Caerwys, N Wales (on the A55). Timber sports, chainsaw carving, timber framing, woodcrafts and tools, forestry, cookery and Welsh food, mountain bike challenge, tree and pole climbing competitions. 9am - 6pm. Various tickets: adult one-day £13.19, children £3.10). See https://www.woodfestcountryshow.co.uk/

Sat 29th July 2017 (last Saturday of July)
Holmes Chapel Gooseberry Club Showday, Victoria Club Main Hall, 1pm to about 5pm. Free to view, gooseberries on display in the bar after the show. Club founded in 1834, it’s now one of 9 in the country, 8 of which are in Cheshire. Club and/or show info: David Monks 01477 532935, Malcolm Quayle 01477 533561 (from http://www.hcpartnership.org.uk/interestgrps.html)

Sun 30th July 2017
London Permaculture Festival, Camden, 11am - 6pm, £6 (£4 concs). Intro to permaculture, soil management, making a living, edible landscape, forest gardening, spiritual ecology, urban composting, straw bale building, hens, fermenting foods, make solar panels and wooden bikes, and more. http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.com/
31 July - 6 Aug 2015
Dig the City. City centre garden show - all sorts going on in Manchester! Not 2017. See http://www.digthecity.co.uk/show-gardens/

Sat 8-15 April, 22-29 July, 29 July - 5 Aug, 12-19 Aug 2017
Eco Week Camps
, for 8-15 year olds to 'save the planet, play games, sing songs, make friends and cook amazing chocolate cakes' at the Kilquhanity (SW Scotland, Easter) Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth (first 2 summer weeks) and Hagg Farm (Peak District). £325. See http://www.ecoweek.org.uk/

Wed 26th July 2017
Nantwich Show, Dorfold Park


3-6 Aug 2017
Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. Music, food and cookery classes, debates, art and craft workshops, mind and body care, outdoor pursuits. More Information: www.wildernessfestival.com

3-6 August  2017
The Green Gathering, Chepstow, Monmouthshire. 'rediscover ancient skills in our Crafts area and explore pathways to future sustainability with Permaculture and Transition. Talk with key speakers from the Green movement and engage in lively debate at the Green Forum venue; inform yourselves about current issues and causes with groups in the Campaigns area.' £95 adults, £75 16-17s, 11-15 £55, under 11 free. http://www.greengathering.org.uk.

5+6 August 2017
Open Organic Garden: Peter Woollam’s at Hough Lane, Alderley Edge (see map). A half-acre ornamental kitchen garden, 200 different edibles, including vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers. Includes a forest garden (planting started 2005). Home made jam for sale, plus green oak and willow furniture. See a 2009 Review. Admission £2 with proceeds to Garden Organic. Open to the public 12 noon - 5pm. More East Cheshire Organic Growers events. Info - 01625 425192. Directions: From A34 Alderley Edge, take the road signposted Mottram St Andrew. After 1 mile, turn left into Hough Lane.

Sun 6th Aug 2017
Cheshire Game and Angling Fair
, Peover Park, Knutsford, WA16 9HW. http://www.cheshiregameandanglingfair.co.uk/  

9-14 August 2017
Earth First! Summer Gathering,
Hertfordshire (location varies annually). A place for people involved in radical green direct action to come together.... to talk....share skills....learn....listen....play....rant.... find out what's going on....scheme....live outdoors....hang out....laugh.... experience non-hierarchical, low impact, family friendly living. Voluntary contributions for site and food. See https://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/.
12+13 Aug 2017
Northwich River Festival, with a Saltscape stall, Nicole’s mobile theatre. Regatta, duck, and dragon boat racing. Displays, charity and trade stalls, food and drink.  Northwichriverfestival.org.uk.

17-20 Aug 2017
Northern Green Gathering, Derbyshire. Workshops and activities, solar and bike powered bands and DJs over 4 stages, all sorts of arts and crafts, Kid's stuff, a large healing garden and a bar. On an organic farm with 4 days camping, composting toilets, showers and a sauna. £72, kids (6-16) £41, family (2+2) £196. See http://www.nggonline.org.uk/

18-23 Aug 2017
Degrowth Summer School, at Climate Camp in the Rhineland, Germany. Speakers, discussion (in English and German, with translators), music. Free, but registration needed. See Degrowth website here or here.


Sun 17th Aug 2014
Middlewich Cycle Action Group Rides, free and for any ability, part of Middlewich Community Games. Set off 2pm from the Boar’s Head. 2 rides: one for families along quieter roads, the other for serious cyclists - 20 miles on country lanes.
14th July - 6th Aug 2017
Big Butterfly Count. Download an ID chart, spend 15 minutes in the sunshine and log your sightings at www.bigbutterflycount.org Log your recordings by end of Aug
25 - 28 Aug 2017
Northwich Festival: Friday - independent living, soul night. Sat - antiques fair, music. Sun - scooters. Mon - car boot, classic cars, strongmen, music, kids' ents, general fun, stalls. See website
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26+27 Aug 2017
Walk for Wildlife – 3 Peaks Yorkshire. Walking the 3 highest peaks in Yorkshire, 30 miles, total 5200 feet of climb, serious outdoor walking. Some might do this in 12 hours, not required this time. In aid of wildlife – sponsorship and entrance fee required. Other walks available. See https://www.walking4wildlife.com.

26-28 Aug 2017
Cheshire Games and Country Fair: dogs, equestrian, food, rural crafts (glass blowing, blacksmiths, coin jewellery, textiles including weaving), angling. Cheshire County Showground, Flittogate Lane, Knutsford, WA16 0HJ. Website.

Sun 3rd Sept 2017
Manchester 100km and 100 mile cycle ride, organise sponsorship to make your entry fee worthwhile - £20 for either. See Bike-Events website.
Fri 4th Sept 2015
Feeding Manchester’s 18th Birthday Party, looking back and planning on, finds of recent survey of Feeding Manchester attendees, BBQ and bar. Feeding Manchester is all about sustainable food. £5 to cover vegeburger, salad and soft drink. Bridge-5 Mill in Ancoats, 6pm - 9pm, thereafter in a pub. To register visit: http://feedingmanchester.org.uk
2-4 Sept 2016
Permaculture Convergence, Nell Bank Centre, Ilkley, North Yorkshire. Diverse range of workshops and activities. Lots of practical sessions, project case studies and presentations on all things permaculture. Organic, local and seasonal foods served daily. Bar and café plus ceilidh and cabaret in the evenings. Tickets from 19 April, 10% off until 8 May. Info on Permaculture website.

Sat 3rd Sept 2016
Norley Village Garden Show, Tiger’s Head, 2pm. See www.norleygardening.org.uk
Sat 10th Sept 2016
Liverpool Vegan Festival, 10-5. http://www.viva.org.uk/festivals/liverpool-2016
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Early September 2017
Community Energy Fortnight
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Sat 3rd Sept
Open Day at Gtr Manchester TreeStation. Urban woodland, wood waste, upcycling, biomass boiler, drying kiln. Free, 11am – 2pm, W Gorton, Manchester. http://www.ukcec.org/open-day-greater-manchester-treestation-ltd
Sun 4th Sept
Torrs Hydro open afternoon, Archimedes screws. Free, 2-4pm. Romiley, Stockport. http://www.ukcec.org/stockport-hydro-ltd-open-afternoon
Thurs 8th Sept
Fuelling Manchester Social, Oldham. For anyone involved in a Community Energy project or interested in becoming involved or setting one up. 6-10pm, free, booking req’d. http://www.ukcec.org/fuelling-manchester-social-oldham
Sat 10th Sept
Carbon Co-op Social, Alexandra Park, Manchester. Find out about Carbon Co-op's work, meet members and share experiences. Free, 10am – 1pm, booking req’d. http://www.ukcec.org/carbon-co-op-social
Sun 18th Sept
Saddleworth Community Hydro open day, Greenfield, Oldham. 10am – 4pm, free, boking req’d. http://www.ukcec.org/saddleworth-community-hydro-open-day-0
8 + 9 Sept 2017
Wirral Earth Fest is shaping up to be a great family day out on. St. Bridget’s Church and fields in beautiful West Kirby (CH48 3JT). Event on facebook. Last year's details: From 7pm Friday: a talk by thinker and poet Alastair McIntosh (tickets £5), 11am - 5pm Saturday - music, stories and poetry, stalls, food, maypole dancing, craft demonstrations and Eric the Barn Owl. See TTWK website

Superhomes: open days at environmentally retrofitted houses SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far lower carbon emissions – at least 60% lower! See eco renovation at its impressive best as pioneering owners open their doors.
Chester – open days 8, 9, 10 Sept.
Hawarden – open day 9 Sept.
Salford – open day 10 Sept.
Fallowfield, Manchester – open day 9 Sept.
Bromborough – open day 8 Sept.
There’s a mix of properties above, from Victorian to 1960s.
Details and more homes at http://www.superhomes.org.uk/get-inspired/superhome-locator/.

Thurs 7 - Sun 10 Sept 2017
Heritage Open Days, over 40 buildings plus walking tours, free of charge. Examples - Chester Station guided tours, Chester 1914, Chester history, Heritage Skills and Crafts, Mickle Trafford Mill and Organic Beef Farm, various churches, Walk Mill, Stretton Watermill, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Lion Salt Works, Dock Road Pumping Station, Northwich Plaza and Library, Weaverhall Museum, Norton Priory, Quarry Bank Mill, Widnes Rugby Union FC. Full list and details - http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk
8-10th Sept 2017
Positive Vibrations Festival. Practical skills for sustainable living., Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, LE12 5SQ, East Midlands, UK. Book Tickets Here. (£55 adults, under 13s £5 for the weekend)
Sat 9th Sept 2017
Wigan Diggers' Festival
, free Open Air Festival celebrating, via the medium of poetry, music and song, film and a range of other activities, the life and ideas of Wigan born and bred Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the 17th Century ‘Diggers’ movement he became the inspirational theorist and spokesperson of. Plus stalls and very likely other activities. On facebook.
Sat 13th Sept 2014
Social Saturday, a day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises - businesses that put people and planet first. Every purchase we make has an impact on the world we live in. Social enterprises trade to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face, like unemployment and food waste. Support them on Social Saturday. See http://www.socialsaturday.org.uk
Sat 13th Sept 2014
Triodos AGM, 10am-4pm, Bristol (Triodos - a bank that lends for environmental, social and cultural causes). See Triodos website
13th Sept(always 13th, unless that's Sunday, when it moves to Monday) 2017
Conwy Honey Fair
Conwy High Street and Lancaster Square LL32 8DB, 9am to 4pm.  Free admission, 9am - 4pm. With crafts and produce. See http://www.conwybeekeepers.org.uk/fairs-festivals/visitor-information/
15-17 Sept 2017
Offline Festival is an ‘unconference’ in the countryside. A collaborative weekend of inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops and insightful experiences where connections are sparked, inspiration overflows and ideas come to play. Skills-based learning, business development, social entrepreneurs, financial sustainability, get creative and spark ideas! Organised by Project Dirt. £68 before 30th April, then £105; 5-12 years £32, under 5s free, cars + campervans extra, some tents to hire. Book on Eventbrite.
  14-18 Sept 2016
Winsford Salt Fair and Regatta. See Winsford website, also on facebook.
Sat 16th Sept 2017
Little Leigh Village Show, details to follow (watch facebook).

15-19 Sept 2014
GGO West Winsford Environment Week
20+21 Sept 2013
Big Dee Day Clean-up, litter picking, shopping-trolley-hauling, tree and bulb planting. Supported by CWAC, Flintshire CC and Natural Resources Wales. For details and to register, see http://www.talkingwestcheshire.org/default.aspx?page=5164
Sat 16th Sept  2017
Barnton Flower and Produce Show, Barnton Community Primary School. Entries 9.30-11, open to public 1.45 on. With Harvest Bring and Buy. Competition Schedule on facebook. Event on facebook.
16-19 Sept 2016
The Great British Beach Clean - (Nationally Friday, 8am - Monday 7pm). Nearest probably Mockbeggar Wharf, Wallasey, 12-3pm Saturday, see MSC website. Or Thurstaston, 1.30 – 3pm, also Saturday, see MSC website. Other events - http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events
Sun 17th Sept 2017
Incredible Edible Todmorden Harvest Festival, 12 – 4pm, Pollination Street. Stalls, cooks, dance, music, food and fun for all the family. Event on facebook

Sun 17th Sept 2017
Nottingham Green Festival, The Arboretum, Nottingham. www.nottmgreenfest.org.uk

21st Sept each year
International Day of Peace see http://internationaldayofpeace.org/. With World Peace Meditation Saturday, 24th Sept this year.
22nd Sept every year
World Car Free Day, or 'In Town Without My Car" See Environmental.Transport Association's website.

23+24 Sept 2017
Northwich Beer Festival. Tickets from Memorial Court, the Information Centre and Jack Gee Cycles. www.northwichbeerfestival.co.uk
 
23 + 24 Sept 2017
Festival of Thrift, Darlington
. The national Festival of Thrift is a FREE fun celebration of everyday living with upcycling, recycling and finding the sassiness in sustainable living! See http://festivalofthrift.co.uk/
 

23+24 Sept 2017
Great British Food Festival, Arley Hall, 10am – 5pm. £5-£8. Info and booking.

Sun 24th Sept 2017
Plant Hunters’ Fair, Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, CW8 2HS, 10am – 5pm, fair and gardens £3. See PHF website.


Wed 27th Sept 2017
Ploughing and Hedgelaying Match
, Ashley Hall Farm, Hale, Altrincham, WA14 3QA. Includes Youth Match. £10. Website

1+2 Oct 2016
Second Wirral Wader Festival. CWT with organisers Wader Quest, plus Wirral Council, the RSPB and the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens on the Wirral peninsula - one of the best places in the UK to see wading birds at this time of year. Bring your binoculars!  http://www.waderquest.org/p/wirral-wader-festival.html. Event on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/wirralwaderfest.

Sun 1st Oct 2017
Autumn Plant Fair
, Arley Hall, 10am - 4pm. Adults £1.50 (£1 in advance from website), children free. www.arleyhallandgardens/events

Sun 2nd Oct 2016
Macmillan Cyletta Cheshire, ladies only sponsored bike ride, Mereheath Drive, Tatton Park, from midday. Entry £29, sponsorship only goes to Macmillan, free parking. See Bikeweek website. 

Saturday 8th Oct 2016
Orchard 49 Presents Apple Day - Seymour Grove Allotments, next to Kings Road Primary School, Warwick Court, M16 0JG near Old Trafford station, 12pm - 3pm. Taste heritage apple varieties, fresh-pressed apple juice, home made cakes, cuppa and stroll around orchard and allotments. See Project Dirt website.

Sun 9th Oct 2016
Mushroom Walk, Arley. 2-4pm, Arley Hall and Gardens. £5 (garden admission), walk free. Booking essential: see Arley website. 

15th Oct 2014
2014 VSNW Annual Conference and AGM
, learn more about and debate the latest issues affecting the sector. Organisation membership £20 pa, entitles you to 2 conference places. Manchester. See VSNW website

11-15 Oct 2017
Grand Designs Live
, NEC Birmingham. Interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, build, technology. £12, £15 aqt weekend
, children free. Booking: 0844 854 1348, www.granddesignslive.com.

Sat 29th Oct 2017
Incredible Edible Conference, Wigan. Free expert help on funding, attracting volunteers, perfect presentations, enterprising ideas and engaging businesses, with experts ready to answer your questions. 10:30 to 15:30 at The Mill - ALRA NORTH, Trencherfield Mill, Heritage Way, Wigan, WN3 4BL. See Incredible Edible website, use contact page for more info.


Sun 29th Oct 2017
Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival, 10am – 5pm, Crewe Town Centre. See http://crewefoodfestival.co.uk/.

Thurs 5th Nov 2015
National Soil Symposium (The top 10 inches: practical ways to build great soil), and Down and Dirty: a Celebration of Soil. Replacing the Soil Association conference. Bristol. See http://www.soilassociation.org/soilsymposium.
3-5 Nov 2017
The Northern Homebuilding and Renovation Show
, Harrogate. See http://harrogate.homebuildingshow.co.uk/



7, 8, 9, 10 Nov 2016
Energy Saving Week, help manage your fuel bills, methods to save energy and money, signposting to information and support. 10am-12 in the following libraries:

Winsford - 7th Nov
Northwich - 8th Nov
Chester - 9th Nov
Ellesmere Port - 10th Nov


10-12 Nov 2017
PassivHaus Open Days
, See Passivhaus Trust website
Tues 14th Nov 2017
The Green Building Roadshow EcoShowcase, a forum for local businesses, buyers and specifiers, to debate these issues and learn from industry professionals, specialist suppliers and expert speakers. Anfield Stadium, Lliverpool, 10am - 2pm, free, registration required. See http://www.ecoshowcase.co.uk/
Sat 15th Nov 2014
Winsford Beer Festival