LOVE PARKS WEEK Tuesday 14th July – Sunday 23rd July




Love ParksIt’s Love Parks week starting today!

This is for everyone to get out into their local park and enjoy its green space.

This coming Tuesday 18th July, in Alexandra Park, the City Council will be holding various activities for everyone to participate in and blog about.

In particular we will be launching the Sprytar app which will allow people to go on a virtual tour of the park, informing you of features past and present of historic value to this park and other things of interest. This will be taking place at the Pavilion. The Lodge will be open too so please call in and say hello.




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Tangled Dance Company Presents Once Upon A Twisted Tale in Alexandra Park

The Tangled Dance Company performed a free event called Once Upon A Twisted Tale in Alexandra Park on Sunday 2nd July. The park experienced a day of enchantment and magic as the performances invited onlookers to immerse themselves in a fairy tale atmosphere. The day was warm and sunny and these are some of the photos from the day. 

Julie Boyd


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The Banded Demoiselle

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Around the lake in Alexandra Park, you might see some of these rather beautiful damselflies called Banded Demoiselles, because of that black band on the wings of the males. The females have metallic green bodies and no bands on the wings. They are usually near water, but may be fluttering about on the grass.


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Today! Saturday 1st July

National Meadows Day at Chorlton Ees

Join the ‘Friends of Chorlton Meadows’ and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to celebrate their magnificent local meadows. Drop in anytime for their free family friendly nature discovery and craft activities, plus:

Wildflower Walks at 10 am and 12 pm

Bee and Butterfly Safaris at 11 am and 1 pm.

Follow the signs from Brookburn Road car park, M21 9ES.

Tomorrow – Sunday 2nd July

Alexandra Park

Tangled Dance Company are performimg their promanade show around Alexandra Park:

Tangled Dance Company invites you to lose yourself as faiytales are awoken in an enchanting promanade dance performance. Follow the charactures through the grounds and woods as the captivating story untangles, and help break the spell of the poisoned apple, in search for the golden thread.”

The performances will be at the following times:

  • 12 Noon
  • 2pm
  • 4pm

Meet at the lake

Alexandra Park Heritage Group will also be holding an Open Day in the Lodge and Ann Beswick will be giving another of her guided tours around Alexandra Park. Both events will start at the Lodge from 12 Noon to 2pm.  So come along and discover about your local lovely park!



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IMG_20170621_191314On Wednesday 21st June at 7pm, there was a small celebration to mark the Summer Solstice in Alexandra Park. This followed on from previous traditions of marking the seasons in the lovely Alexandra Park by a group of people who want to connect closer to the natural environment.

It was a lovely warm evening and symbols representing the Summer Solstice were placed in the middle of a tree which is said to be split across a path of ley lines.  The area was the focus of a Dowsing Workshop which was held during the Summer Solstice Weekend in Alexandra Park in June 2015 which suggested that there are ley lines which run through the Alexandra Park area.

The floor of the park was also covered in a carpet of soft ‘cotton wool’ – like pollen which had been falling from the trees.




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The Urban Naturalist

 Saturday 24th June : 2-4pm

The Manchester Museum runs friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. From wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, explore biodiversity on our doorstep.

Join Leila Nicholson, a local bee expert, as she leads a workshop focused on the important role that bees play in the environment, including urban areas. You will explore the distinguishing features of bees that can allow you to tell the sex and species of the bees you encounter, using microscopes and magnifying glasses. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to catch bees without harming them, which in turn will help us discover what species are visiting the gardens around Manchester Museum.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (BST)

Manchester Museum Oxford Road M13 9PL Manchester

Adult Event, Free, Book on or 0161 275 2648

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Insects in the Museum – This Saturday – Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum will be hosting:

The Urban Naturalist – Insects behind the scenes

Saturday 27th May : 2-3:30pm

The Manchester Museum is offering friendly, practical workshops run by leading naturalists. Activities range from wild food-foraging and composting to bird song and insect identification, and how to explore biodiversity on our local doorstep.

Join resident entomologist Phil Rispin to explore the techniques of preserving and mounting entomological (insect) specimens. There will also be an exciting opportunity to see some of the extensive collection behind the scenes at Manchester Museum. This will be guided by Phil Rispin who will provide his expert insight into the fascinating collection of insects and much much more.

This event is aimed at adults.

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