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Manchester Christmas Market

Manchester Christmas Market

Evening light at Manchester Market

Manchester Christmas Market

christmas-marketsHop on a train at Macclesfield station and you can be in Manchester in around 20 minutes.

The Christmas market runs from 9 November to 23 December  and has everything you’ll need to get you in the Christmas spirit, from mulled wine, hand made crafts, and delicious warming food.

The Christmas market has 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own different atmosphere.  It is free and accessible to all. Hot chocolate , German or Spanish beer, or mulled wine? Bratwurst, Goulash, paella or hog roast?  There’s something for everyone.  Gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys, what will you choose?

Manchester’s world famous Christmas market is a great day out for all the family.Manchester City Centre christmas market, Manchester City Centre christmas markets, Manchester City Centre xmas market, Manchester City Centre xmas markets

Black and white manor house and garden

Gawsworth Hall Theatre July -August

If you are staying at Yew Tree Farm this summer a visit to Britain’s most beautiful garden theatre in the neighbouring village of Gawsworth is thoroughly recommended. With a fully covered grandstand, free parking, free entry to the Hall grounds from 2pm on the day of performance.  A picnic on the lawn is a great way to start the evening.  Ticket enquiries 01260 223456

Gawsworth Hall is a Grade 1 listed country house – timber framed in the Cheshire black and white style. It makes a fabulous backdrop for the performances which range from comedy, music and drama.

Black and white manor house and garden

Gawsworth Hall Open Air Theatre

Gawsworth Hall Theatre

Brown and White Collie Sheepdog

Sheepdog Trials

The 2020 Macclesfield Sheepdog trials will be held at Sutton, just 10 minutes drive from Yew Tree Farm in August

The trials will be on both days with trade and craft stalls on Friday and Saturday, Tug o War on Friday evening and a charity concert on the Sunday evening.

Shepherd and sheep dog

Penning the sheep

Brown and White Collie Sheepdog

Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank at dusk

Jodrell Bank at dusk


Curious about the universe? There’s lots to explore at Jodrell Bank. Home of the famous Lovell telescope and base of the TV programme  Star Gazing Live with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain.

The Discovery Centre Gardens contain over 3000 trees and shrubs set in 35 acres and holds two National Collections – Sorbus (Rowan and Whitebeam) and Malus (Ornamental Crab Apple.) There are wonderful displays of blossom in the spring, followed by berries, fruits and vivid colour in the autumn.

Jodrell Bank Telescope

Jodrell Bank in the sun

Eastgate Clock Chester Walls

Chester City and Chester Zoo


Chester’s walled city is under an hour’s drive from Yew Tree Farm.  Walk around the walls, take a boat trip on the river, plan a visit when the races are on and the excitement really begins.

Chester Zoo is brilliant – 11000 animals and 400 different species.  What’s your favourite? The baby giraffe? Or are you brave enough to enter the bat house?

View from Mancheter Town Hall


DSC03042Many villages and towns offer their own attractions. Leek is a market town with a good range of antique shops and an excellent Saturday junk and antique market. Nearby Macclesfield has a silk museum and heritage centre reflecting the town’s days of glory as a silk manufacturing town. The football team are still known as the Silkmen and you can buy some locally made silk items such as  ties in the museum.Head into the hills and you are soon in the former spa town of Buxton with its impressive architecture and Pavilion Gardens. You can also enjoy a Bakewell Pudding in the town of that name or enjoy the market at Ashbourne. The Potteries has a range of -yes you’ve guessed it!- potteries to visit with great outlets selling bargain seconds.

Adam Partridge of ‘Flog It’ fame holds a monthly auction just a few miles away – great to view or maybe go home with a few antiques and collectables?

Manchester is a great day out – driving takes aroud 45 minutes or the easy option is to take the train from Macclesfield. 20 minutes and you are in the middle of the city.  The Trafford Centre is a huge indoor shopping complex and is 5 miles from the city centre, just 45 minutes by car from Yew Tree Farm.

Black and White Gawsworth Hall and Garden

Historic Houses & Gardens

Cheshire is renowned for its half timbered buildings of which there are superb examples near at hand. Gawsworth Hall is in a delightful setting offering a programme of open air theatre and concerts – you could leave the car behind and walk from Yew Tree in a couple of hours. Little Moreton Hal is a National Trust property of unique character and historic importance surrounded by a moat. Tatton Park, Quarry Bank Mill and Lyme Park are just a few of the other National Trust properties within easy reach. For those with an interest in gardens, Biddulph Grange is a must.

The Peak Park boasts numerous stately homes including Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.

Harrington Arms Beer Garden, Gawsworth


Why not visit the award winning Blaze Farm where delicious Hilly Billy ice cream is made using milk from their own dairy herd? Or treat yourself to a special meal at La Popote? We are happy to book tables or direct you to the local pubs for evening meals if you choose not to eat at Yew Tree. The Harrington Arms at Gawsworth is an unspoilt country pub just a 10 minute drive away or less than an hour’s walk across the fields- they serve a great steak and chips!

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DSC02746The area around Yew Tree Farm offers pain free walking and gentle cycling while those with an urge to get out of breath can head for the hills.  Here you will find opportunities for fell walking, climbing, caving and many other outdoor pursuits including hang gliding, gliding and sailing. The Roaches are within a 15 minute drive. Why not challenge yourself to climb Shutlingsloe- Cheshire’s own Matterhorn?  Climb to the top of “The Cloud” for a magnificent 360 degree view over Cheshire. We DSC03840can offer a range of leaflets and information as well as the benefit of our own local knowledge, or you can simply wander off and explore for yourself. A world of discovery is at your doorstep!.

Canal Bridge

Macclesfield Canal


Crosspool Well Dressing Board 2014

Peak District Well Dressings

From May through until September well dressings  decorate several Peak District towns and villages.

Well dressing  is a summer custom in which wells or other water sources are decorated with designs created from flower petals. Wooden frames are  covered with clay mixed with water and salt. A design (often with a religious theme) is sketched on paper and this is traced onto the clay ready for the decoration.