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Diary
last updated 14th June


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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.
Every Friday:From Fri 22nd May 2020
XRCheshire - Demanding space for active travel in Chester
. A cycle ride at 12.30pm in Chester. Contact pierre_walthery[at]yahoo.co.uk 

 MONTHLY
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

First Mondays
Mid-Cheshire Beekeepers. 7.30pm, Hartford Methodist Church Hall, £1. Webpage. Info: Dave Curbishley, 01606 330796, curdv[at]aol.com
First Mondays
Extinction Rebellion Cheshire, 8-9pm,

St Joseph's Church Hall, Woodford Lane, Winsford, CW7 2JS. Grup on Facebook.
First Thursdays
Green Drinks - Liverpool, (5:30pm - 7:30pm). Regular first Thursday meeting. Doctor Duncan’s, St Johns Lane Queens Square, Liverpool L1 1HF.


Seemingly random Tuesdays:
CWDF Forum, regular event, 6.45pm – 9.00pm The Unity Centre, Cuppin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN Website.
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.
 
Second Saturdays - Northwich Artisan Market. Website
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 
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.
Third Saturdays
Birchwood Repair Cafe, Warrington.
Birchwood Repair Cafe happens every 3rd Saturday in Warrington. See https://www.facebook.com/birchwoodrepaircafe/

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.
Photographic Workshops (June and July)
Two workshops, content and dates to be confirmed, led by Simon Davies in Marbury Country Park. There will be a charge of £10 for each workshop. Booking essential. 6pm at the Rangers’ Cabin/Marbury Lodge. To find out more and to book a place contact Graham Walker 07973 114010
July + Sept 2018
Pretty Muddy 5K and 10K runs and for kids, 7+8 July Liverpool. 8 July Chester. 14+15 July Manchester. 21+22 July Cholmondeley Castle. 15th Sept at Reaseheath College. Cancer Research UK Race for Life sign up to help beat cancer. www.raceforlife.org.uk

Fortnightly Thursdays from 7th Dec 2017
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. Note special training day, Thurs 18th Jan 2018 at Groundwork offices. More info. Group on facebook.

VARIOUS TIMINGS
Frack Free Northwich, meeting. Group on facebook. Drastic on Plastic, Northwich. Group on facebook.
Manchester Repair Cafe. 10am - 12, at Stiched Up, 527B Wilbraham Road, Chorlton M21 0UF. There’s no need to book – just turn up on the day with your broken item. Repairs not on the calendar any more, but sewing, garment making, dying, banner making are.  
Extinction Rebellion North events, mostly in Manchester, on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/extinctionrebellionnorth/events/


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
2020 events,
and previous dates that may well repeat - in grey


Sat 18th Jan
Repair Cafe, Wilmslow: United Reform Church.
 
Wed 29th Jan
Radical Readers - “The Making of a Democratic Economy” by Ted Howard and Marjorie Kelly. Subtitled "Building Prosperity for the Many, Not Just the Few". 7pm, The Salty Dog (back room), Northwich. Event on facebook. Cancelled
Mon 2nd March
Chester Greenpeace  a local group of volunteer activists based in Chester, planning to meet monthly. 7 - 8:30 pm, the Town Crier (opposite Chester Station). Further information: https://greenwire.greenpeace.org/uk/en-gb/groups/chester-greenpeace.

Sat 7th March 2020 (also 18th April, 9th May)
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). Other dates and booking on Eventbrite.


Mon 9th March
XR Cheshire General Meeting, Kingsway Community Cafe, Chester. Event on facebook



Sat 14th Mar (2nd Saturdays)
Artisan Market, Northwich. For stallholders list check http://www.themarketco.co.uk/

Thurs 26th March
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel informal chats (and planning).Thursdays from 8pm at The Red Lion. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - COVID. Further dates: 16th April, 21st May, 25th June, 16th July, 13th August, 24th September, 22nd October, 19th November. Contact sue[at]amitch.co.uk

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/
Tues 26th March 2019
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/

 
Sat 28th March
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel ‘digs’ (gardening). 10am – noonish, meet on patio by the carpet shop. CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - COVID. But tending plots will continue on an informal basis. Future dates: 25th April, 16th May, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August, 19th September, 17th October, 21st November. Contact sue[at]amitch.co.uk


22-25 May 2020 - cancelled
Chester Folk Festival, Kelsall. http://www.chesterfolk.org.uk/

Monday, 25th May
No Going Back...Climate, Jobs and Justice in a Time of Covid Crisis, online 6-7.30 pm. Speakers include: John McDonnell, ex Shadow Chancellor; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. Zoom meeting. Event on Facebook, Book on Eventbrite.

1-7th June (every year)
Volunteers Week: see http://www.volunteersweek.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/
24 May to 3 June 2018
Hay Festival. Full details at http://www.hayfestival.com/


1-4 Jun 2017
Wirral Folk on the Coast Festival
. See http://www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com/

1-3 June 2018
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. (Ticket sales ended)

5 June (always 5th June)
World Environment Day: http://www.unep.org/wed
3rd June 2018
Environment Sunday
is the nearest Sunday to the UN's World Environment Day (June 5th). More interesting dates - see http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/whats-on
6-14 June
Bike Week Online,
Do your own event this year!  see https://www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek.

9+10 June
Build It Live!
Planning a self-build? Renovating a property? Find practical solutions, expert advice, learn eco-friendly building techniques, free seminars, demonstations. £12. Bicester Heritage Event Centre, Bicester, expected times 10am - 5pm (Sat), 10am - 4.30pm (Sun). See http://builditlive.co.uk/
Sun 10 June 2018
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

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 (last update 2016)
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Sunday 10th June 2018
The Annual Congleton Food and Drink Festival, Congleton Town Centre. Quality local produce, global street food, food demos, street entertainment, kids' activities, contemporary crafts, the green scene, festival fun, and more... on facebook, and website.

Sun 10th June 2018
Open Farm Sunday. Open farms at Riverside Organic in Whatcroft, east of Davenham (11am - 4pm, Beef and Sheep Farm, but also have Poultry, Pigs, Goats, Horses, other animals, barbecue, craft activities, greengrocery); Rowlands’ Red Polls / Grange Farm, Mickle Trafford (10am - 4pm, Cereal crops; Beef; Environmental stewardship; Farm shop, commercial woodland, nature reserve); Stockley Farm (10am - 5pm, Cereal crops; Oilseed crops; Dairy; Beef; Sheep; Pigs; Poultry; Other livestock; Vegetables; Energy crops; Flowers and plants; Environmental stewardship; Farm shop); Street Farm, Tarvin (11am - 3pm, dairy, farm shop, competitions); and more. Read more.

20-29 May 2016 (2018 dates now passed)
Chorlton Arts Festival
- Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Festival  website; calendar 

(14-)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. Includes Hoverflies at Thornton-le-Moors 14 June; Cranefly ID at Rixton Claypits, 15th June; Gowy Meadows insects at Thornton-le-Moors 28 June; daily Invertebrate events at Chester Zoo; Insect Weekend at Knowsley Safari 23+24 June.


13-16 June 2019
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival. See https://www.middlewich.org.uk/middlewich-fab-festival/

Mon 15th June
Transition Northwich meeting, 7pm, online. Event on facebook. Agenda on Yabbu, where you can make inputs to the meeting. Contact Transition Northwich for the link to Yabbu.
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.
Sun 2nd June 2019
The Big Lunch, The Big Lunch

18-23 June 2018
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 event in Wrexham, on 22nd. Find out more at http://www.smallcharityweek.com/


19 + 20 Jun 2018
Cheshire Show. website.

18 - 24 June 2018
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/
Includes Moving Stories - Chester, Sat 23rd, Chester Little Theatre, CH1 3HR, an intimate performance of short plays, sketches and poetry in response to the global refugee crisis. 7.45 - 9.15pm, £5+booking. See Refugee Week website.
and Chorlton Open Gardens, Sun 24th: 23 open gardens plus Unicorn's roof garden, plant swap, communal alleyway and allotment, all for £5. 11am - 5pm. See Refugee Week website.
  Thurs 21 June - Sun 1 July
Lymm Festival 2018. Music and Dance, Comedy and Drama, Spoken Word, Food and Drink, The Arts, Walks, talks, cruises and a garden party for families with poetry and stories. Loads free, more than 20 different venues around the village. www.lymmfestival.org.uk 


22 to 24 June 2018
Great Get Together, a celebration in the style of The Big Lunch. Bring your community together with a street lunch or something. https://greatgettogether.org/.

Sat 23rd June
Community Energy Conference 2018, supported by Community Energy England and Co-op Energy. Renold Building, Manchester M1 7JR. 10am – 4.30pm, free. Event on facebook, tickets on Eventbrite

Sat 23rd June 2018
Acton Bridge Scarecrow Trail, Summer Party and Prize Draw, 11am - 4pm in the Parish Rooms. On facebook.

23+24 June 2018
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 29th June 2019
Liverpool Vegan Festival, at
Liverpool Football Club, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Stalls, talks, workshops. £3. See https://www.veganeventsuk.co.uk/.


Sat 30th June 2018
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 30th June 2018
Wirral Environment Network’s Garden Open Day, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER. 2 – 5pm. Refreshments, plant and veg sale, quiz for all, fun activities etc. Wheelchair access friendly. Donations welcomed and appreciated. See WEN website.
Sat 30th June 2018
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/

Sun 24th June*
Open Wildlife Garden, Clemley House, Well Lane, Duddon Common, Tarporley, CW6 0HG, thanks to Tom & Sue Makin. 1pm– 5pm. Beautiful award winning cottage garden, with orchard, wildlife ponds, meadow, badger sett, nest boxes and bat boxes. Gravel garden, shade garden and polytunnel. Photos from a previous visit. Admission: £5, children free. All proceeds from the sale of refreshments are donated to Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Details on CWT website. *Also 23rd June - see NGS website.

26-28 June 2020
Snowdonia Challenge, 3 day, 100km walking challenge, or 1 or 2 days. Raising money for charity. See Breese Adventures website.

29 June – 2 July 2017
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 their facebook page. Not running in 2018, but this may be an alternative: Cheshire Tribute, Sat 30th June 2018. See Skiddle website.
4+5 July 2020
Introduction to Permaculture Design, Hulme Community Garden Centre, 10am – 4.30pm, £150/£120 or negotiable. Event on facebook. Tickets:
Sat 5 July - Sun 25 Aug 2019
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Grosvenor Park. For details on productions visit www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk
 
7 July 2018
Northwich Carnival
, with parade on Saturday and car boot Sunday. Entertainments and competitions. Check Northwich TC website.
30 June - 8 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
4 - 21 July (every two years, next 2021)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.
Sun 7th July 2019
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/

8th July
Moulton Crow Fair, Main Road playing field.
Sat 11th July
Northwich River Festival. Marshall's Arm (and others') activities in town. Volunteers welcome – please contact us via website. For details see press or Northwich River Festival website
Sun 12th July
Dragon's Dunk. Pond dipping and spying dragon/damsel-flies. 2-4pm. Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve, or call for other start places. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Saxon’s Lane entrance is accessible by wheelchair. Contact Virginia 01606 42667

14 - 16 July
Playground for the New Economy, with Stir to Action. Festival in Frome Somerset; three days of inspiring conversations, interactive workshops, idea surgeries, virtual reality experiences, live podcasts, sustainable food, craft beer, wild swimming, and live music. £115 early, £125 later. See https://www.stirtoaction.com/residentials/playground-for-the-new-economy.
19-21 July 2019
Seed Festival, Hawkwood College, Stroud. Talks, workshops, music, art, poetry, family fun. £115 inc camping. www.seedfestival.co.uk.
18-21 July
Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank. Music - Science and Tech - Comedy - Cosmic Culture - Films/Gaming - Food and Drink.  http://www.discoverthebluedot.com/.

12 - 14 July 2019
Resurgence Summer Camp. A weekend of talks, workshops, music, storytelling, poetry and craft. Bransford, Worcs. Adults £150, 12-16 yrs £120, includes food, excludes camping. Onsite camping, bell tents and yurts available, or bring our own. www.resurgence.org/summercamp.

Sat 13th July 2019
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. Limited stock of allotment honey for sale. Free entry, 10am - 4pm. Access via Moss Bank or Alexandra Street, Winsford see www.overallotments.co.uk
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Sat 13th July, Sun 14th July
Northwich River Festival. Activities in town and in the reserve. Volunteers welcome – please contact via Marshall's Arm website. Look out for more information. Contact: Virginia 01606 42667. For updates see website.

12-14 July 2019
Foodies’ Festival, Tatton Park, See www.foodiesfestival.com
12-14 July 2019
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/
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/

19 - 23 July 2017
RHS Tatton Show
. See RHS website

17 July 2020
Blackthorn Music Festival: a fundraiser (still?) for Cheshire Wildlife Trust at Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Stockport. See festival website


Sat 27th July 2019 (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)
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/

Wed 31st July 2019
Nantwich Show, Dorfold Park


28th+29th July 2018
Northwich Family Fun Day, Vicarsway Park, Northwich. 10am – 6pm. Setting up from 8.30. Event on GoNorthwich.  

29 July - 2 Aug 2018
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.

3+4 August 2019
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.

1-4 Aug 2019
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

30 July - 2 August  2020
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.


Sun 4th Aug 2019
Cheshire Game and Angling Fair
, Peover Park, Knutsford, WA16 9HW. http://www.cheshiregameandanglingfair.co.uk/ 

Sun 11th Aug
Chester Vegan Festival, Carriage Shed and Queen’s Hotel. Stalls, talks, demos etc. £3 or VIP £15, under 16s free. Website, event on Facebook.

14-20 Aug 2019
Earthfirst! Summer Gathering 2019, NE England: skill-sharing for grassroots ecological direct action. Inexpensive. Event on Facebook. Earthfirst website.

15-19 Aug 2019
Northern Green Gathering, Derbyshire. Workshops and activities, solar and bike powered bands and DJs over 4 stages, all sorts of arts and crafts, Kids' stuff, a large healing garden and a bar. On an organic farm with 4 days camping, composting toilets, showers and a sauna. £79, kids (6-16) half price, family (2+2) £200. See http://www.nggonline.org.uk/





19th July - 11th Aug 2019
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

Sun 19th Aug 2018
Frodsham Townfield Allotments Open Day, 10.30am – 4pm. Produce, stalls, cakes, plants and flowers. Access via to of Langland Way, off Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7LX. https://frodsham.gov.uk/2018/06/townfields-allotments-open-day-19-august/.



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

Sat 1st Sept 2018
Norley Village Garden Show, Tiger’s Head, 2pm. See www.norleygardening.org.uk

3-7 Sept (the first full week in September)
5-6 Sept
Welsh Permaculture Convergence, Henbant Bach, Tain Lon, Clynnogfawr, Caernarfon. LL54 5DF (satnav LL54 5DE). https://www.henbant.org/paramethu.

Zero Waste Week. Challenge yourself! See https://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk/.

4 - 6 Sept 2020
Permaculture Convergence, (5pm Fri to 3pm Sun), Hill End Outdoor Education Centre, Oxford. Details - see event on Facebook. Event not online, 16-18 Oct.

Sat 10th Sept 2016
Liverpool Vegan Festival, 10-5. http://www.viva.org.uk/festivals/liverpool-2016
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June/July 2018 (23rd June - 8 July)
Community Energy Fortnight
:
Sat 3rd Sept 2016
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 2016
Torrs Hydro open afternoon, Archimedes screws. Free, 2-4pm. Romiley, Stockport. http://www.ukcec.org/stockport-hydro-ltd-open-afternoon
Thurs 8th Sept 2016
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 2016
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 2016
Saddleworth Community Hydro open day, Greenfield, Oldham. 10am – 4pm, free, boking req’d. http://www.ukcec.org/saddleworth-community-hydro-open-day-0



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/.

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 8th Sept 2018
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. Website. On facebook.


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) 2019
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 15th Sept  2018
Barnton Flower and Produce Show, Barnton Community Primary School. Entries 9.30-11, open to public 1.45 on. On facebook.

Sat 8th Sept 2018
Little Leigh Village Show, details to follow (watch 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

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. Their events on facebook

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


Fri 20th Sept
Global Climate Strike, Chester Town Hall, 11am – 2pm. Event on facebook.
13-22 Sept 2019
Heritage Open Days in Mid-Cheshire. Little Leigh Church, Anderton Lift, Lion Salt, St Helen’s Church, Northwich Library, Bratt and Evans, walk through Anderton Nature Park, Northwich Rail walk, Saltscape walk, Marbury Park walk, People Power historical exhibition, Weaverham walk, Cheshire Yeomanry, Northwich Heritage tour. See https://www.northwich-th.co.uk/events/heritage-open-days-northwich-2019/.

Sat 21st Sept
Wirral Earth Festival 2019, St Bridget’s Church, Church Road, West Kirby, CH48 7HL, 11am – 5pm. Watch for details on facebook.

21st Sept each year
International Day of Peace see http://internationaldayofpeace.org/. With World Peace Meditation Saturday,?th Sept this year.
20-23 Sept 2018
National Permaculture Conference, Manchester. Sited in a number of locations around Hulme, including the wonderful Hulme Community Garden Centre, ZArts and Hulme Hall. See Permaculture Assoc website.

21-23 Sept 2018
The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show, NEC Birmingham (gone, 22-25 March). Also London 21-23 Sept and Harrogate 2-4 Nov. http://www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/
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.

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

Sat 28th Sept 2019
Festival of Maintenance, this time visits Liverpool. Early tockets £12.https://festivalofmaintenance.org.uk/upcoming/.

29+30 Sept 2018
Green Open Homes Greater Manchester. Sat - Intro to Retrofit Workshop + Eco-home Bus Tour ( Green Open Homes Greater Manchester) 10.30 – 5. Corkland Road both days. See https://www.manchesterfoe.org.uk/events/.

31 Aug - 1 Sept 2019
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!  Event on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/wirralwaderfest.

Sun 8th Sept 2019
Autumn Plant Fair
(10-4, £1), and Tree Climbing (9-5, £15), Arley Hall, 10am - 4pm. Adults £1.50 (£1 in advance from website), children free. 21+22 Sept 2019 - Great British Food Festival www.arleyhallandgardens/events

Sat 3rd Oct: Autumn Almanac
Bat Walk. Find what the bats are eating at the bat cafe and find where they hang out. 6.15pm. Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve. Bring a torch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further details and possible other meeting points contact us
Sun 4th Oct
Opening the Mammal Traps (Traps set previous night.) Discover the hidden mammals at Marshalls’ Arm, and moths caught in the moth trap. This is an early and prompt start to minimise the captivity time. Also looking at fungi. 9-11am. Meet at the Stones Manor Lane entrance to the Reserve. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is also a Marshall's Army day, join in if you like; old clothes suggested. For further details and possible other meeting points contact Marshall's Arm: click here, or Tom, tmkhunt[at]gmail.co.uk 

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.



2-10 May 2020 in Excel London, 7-11 Nov 2020 NEC Birmingham
Grand Designs Live
, NEC Birmingham. Interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, build, technology. £12, £15 at weekend
(expected), children free. See www.granddesignslive.com.
Sun 14th Oct 2018
Mushroom Walk, Arley. 11am and 2pm, Arley Hall and Gardens. £8. Booking essential: see Arley website. 


19+20 Oct 2019
Green Open Homes Manchester, energy efficiency improved homes in: Levenshulme, Rossendale, Fallowfield, Chorlton, Prestwich, Rusholme, Stockport, Heald Green, Withington. Also on Saturday, workshop on Beginners’ Guide to Retrofit, and eco home bus tour. More details and booking on Eventbrite.
16-18 Oct
Permaculture Convergence, online. https://events.permaculture.org.uk/.


Sun 27th Oct 2019
Apple and Pumpkin Day, Hulme Community Garden Centre. 11am – 4pm. Free crafts for all ages. Pumpkin hunt and carve, apple tasting, pressing and drinking. Music food and bar. Event on facebook.
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 28th Oct 2018
Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival, 10am – 4pm, 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.
1-3 Nov 2019
The Northern Homebuilding and Renovation Show
, Harrogate. £8 one day, £12 for two days. See http://harrogate.homebuildingshow.co.uk/

Sat 2nd Nov 2019
Manchester Vegan Winter Market, stall, world food, talks, workshops, yoga, children's activities. 10.30 - 4.30, Sachas Hotel. £3 (under 16s free). See https://www.veganeventsuk.co.uk.
2+3 Nov 2019
Snowdonia Walking Festival, based in Betws-y-Coed, 4-5 walks each day including half-day walks, challenging walks, family walks and special interest walks. See Breese Adventures website.

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, 11 Nov 2018
Passivhaus Open Days, in Kingsley. Saturday 2-5pm, Sunday 10am – 1pm. For whether  you're planning a refurb or new build or just interested. See Passivhaus website.
9-11 Nov 2018
Passivhaus Open Days: three Manchester homes are open, in Levenshulme (Fri+Sat), Chorlton (Fri+Sat), and Heaton Moor/Heaton Mersey (Sat). See https://service.passivehouse.com/en/ph_days/map#map-canvas.
Wed 14th Nov 2018
2018 VSNW Annual Conference and AGM
, " A New Direction for Uncertain Times", learn more about and debate the latest issues affecting the sector. Organisation membership £20 pa, entitles you to 2 conference places. Liverpool, near Anglican Cathedral. See VSNW website. More VSNW events.






Sat 16th Nov 2019
Permaculture Association and WWOOF Joint AGM, Leeds: Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse St, LS6 2NY, 10.30am – 5pm. With talks and workshops. £10/£15/£20/£25. Info and booking on BrownPaperTickets website.
Sat 16th Nov 2019
Climate Emergency: from declarations to action. Speakers and workshops to help you work with your locality. 10am – 4.30pm, Institute of Education, University College, London. Free. Booking on Eventbrite.

Sun 17th Nov 2019
Hartford Cycle Hub Ride to Jodrell Bank from Hartford, 28 miles, road/hybrid bikes. 9.30am – 12. Event on facebook.


18-24 Nov 2019
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 Speed Down Save Lives campaign.
Thurs 21st November 2019
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel informal meeting
, from 8pm at The Red Lion. This is the last of season. Contact sue[at]amitch.co.uk



Fri 29th Nov (last Friday in November, sometimes called 'Black Friday') 2019
Buy Nothing Day - forget being a consumer. see http://www.buynothingday.co.uk

Sat 30th Nov 2019
Hartford Victorian Christmas, local charities and crafts. Event on facebook.

Sun 1st Dec 2019
Hartford Cycle Hub Ride to Tatton Park from Hartford, 25 miles, road/hybrid bikes, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Event on Facebook

Sun 1st Dec 2019
Holmes Chapel Christmas Market, 4-7pm in the Coop car park. Home Grown in Holmes Chapel will be holding a stall, donations of garden or kitchen produce welcome on the day, or contact sue[at]amitch.co.uk.
 

5 December, every year:
World Soil Day, in 2017 celebrating 'Caring for the planet starts from the ground'. See FAO website.