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The Stable Yard, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16
Spitting Feathers will play two live sets at the Stable Yard in Tatton Park on Sunday afternoon – 10th September – at 12:15pm to 1:30pm and from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
Spitting Feathers is a covers band based in Northwich, Cheshire that specialises in playing the type of live music that will get audiences dancing the night away. Led by strong male and female vocals, the band performs a wide range of covers including recent chart material.
- Sunday 10 September: 1215-1330
- Sunday 10 September: 1500-1600
No booking required
Article originally published in The Knutsford Guardian (30.7.17)
KNUTSFORD will come under the national spotlight later this year as it marks the 65th anniversary of codebreaker Alan Turing’s trial with events across the town.
Knutsford Promenades community association has teamed up with Heritage Open Days to put on more than 50 free-to-attend events in Knutsford and Wilmslow between September 7 and 10, with more than half focusing on the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest minds.
Famed for his work on the enigma code during World War Two, Turing – who lived in Wilmslow – was in 1952 found guilty of buggery and indecent sexual conduct with another man at a trial at Knutsford’s old sessions house.
Among the highlights of September’s events will be a series of recreations of the Regina v Turing and [co-defendant 19-year-old Arnold] Murray trial – including a virtual reality depiction – organised by arts company Re-Dock and Cheshire East Council’s arms-length company SHIFT Digital.
Sarah Flannery, Knutsford Promenades chairman, said: “Last year we took the step of tying in with Heritage Open Days. It’s England’s largest heritage festival and a lot of the aims are the same as ours – treasure your treasures.
“Last year we put on 32 events and welcomed 4,000 visitors. It was a learning curve. We opened up the courthouse before any work had been done and we realised the vast majority of visitors didn’t realise that Alan Turing had been tried in Knutsford.
“We had a meeting with HOD and they were by chance looking at having their first arts project. The two fitted in perfectly with the theme being LGBTQ.
“While we want to focus on the man, his work, his legacy we also have events across Knutsford focusing on other people as well. Now we are at the point where we need an audience.
“The whole essence of the event is a great community celebration, an extravaganza. We have worked flat out to have such a bright and engaging programme.”
Following his trial in March 1952, Turing was chemically castrated. He died in June 1954, just shy of his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest found that he had committed suicide.
He received a posthumous apology in 2009 and a royal pardon in 2013. A law which has seen tens of thousands of gay men posthumously pardoned was informally named ‘Turing’s Law’ earlier this year.
Annie Reilly, HOD manager, said: “We are so glad to be working with Sarah here in Knutsford on this project.
“This is such a shining example of how HOD works, with volunteers, visitors and sponsors all playing a part.
“It’s about people find things out about their towns. We should all be so pleased and so proud – it’s such an exciting programme.”
Other events include visits to the Ruskin Rooms, Booths Hall, and St John’s Church where visitors can climb the bell tower.
To see a full list of activities available, including a talk by Sir Dermot Turing, Alan’s nephew, and a reading of court records by TV’s Judge Robert Rinder, click here.
The Botanist, 41A King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6DW
The history of gin spans three centuries and this event at The Botanist invites you to explore the world of gin in a unique way!
From explaining why Alan Turing seriously proposed using gin as an alternative to mercury as an ultrasonic storage medium, to understanding the science that explains why some food and drinks such as a G&T mix perfectly (quinine and juniper), this masterclass will immerse you in gin’s heritage and surprising science. Presented by an expert from The Botanist who will lead guests through a marvellous masterclass, this event is open to over-18s only.
- Thursday 7 September: Masterclass 1600-1800
Booking Contact: Josie Lindley
Call: 01565 750 459
Booking opens: 15 August 2017 11:00
Booking closes: 6 September 2017 17:00
Max 14 people per tour/session. The building in which The Botanist is located was the Old Chapel and Grammar School and the blue plaque outside reads: A Chapel of Ease stood here from the 14th century until the Parish Church was built in 1744. The Grammar School was also here until 1887.’
Event contact over the festival: Josie Lindley.
Until recently, this calculator was on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. It is owned by The University of Manchester and is on loan to Tabley House Collection specially for Knutsford Heritage Open Days. For the very first time, this display will feature both the calculator and Turing’s written order form for it, as evidence of its provenance.
The calculator itself is a Britannic Duo, a dual pinwheel calculator made in England by Guy’s Calculating Machines Ltd of London. Machines such as this had specialised technical and scientific uses. The Britannic was first produced during WW1. The dual version features a setting-lever clearing device to zeroing the levers with a single movement and interlocking mechanisms.
- Friday 8 September: 1300-1630
- Saturday 9 September: 1300-1630
- Sunday 10 September: 1300-1630
No booking required
The house is accessible for those with mobility problems or wheelchair users. Please phone 01565 750151 beforehand if this facility as a separate entrance is used. For those using the usual entrance, please note there are some uneven surfaces and steps.
The Tabley House Collection is housed in the finest Palladian mansion in Cheshire. The estate was home to the Leicester family for 700 years, until the mid-1970s. Their legacy includes some of the finest art, furniture and books that money could buy, as well as a fascinating family history. Event contact over the festival: Gill Dent.
Knutsford Town Council, Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6TA
TT Games, the BAFTA award-winning, Knutsford-based Warner Bros-owned video games developer, is presenting this unique opportunity to meet two developers who will give an insight into Alan Turing’s work through a Digital Demo that they have specially created. You will be able to understand some of Turing’s theories, such as the Fibonacci sequence, in simple and fascinating ways by using the demo and learning how the video games such as the LEGO series owe so much to Alan Turing. This will be a great event for children and grown-ups alike.
- Sunday 10 September: Digital Demo drop-in 14:00-16:00
No booking required
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Event contact over the festival: Georgina Cronshaw.
Penny Farthings were originally known as ‘Ordinaries’. Glynn Stockdale is a renowned expert on the history of bicycles and the Penny Farthing in particular. ‘The Extraordinary Ordinaries’ is a unique, one-off opportunity to listen to Glynn and learn from the master about this fascinating form of transport. His talk will last for approximately 40 minutes with a Q & A session afterwards.
Amongst Glynn’s many claims to fame, he is the only Englishman to have crossed the USA on a Penny Farthing in the 20th century. He is the organiser of The Great Race which takes place in Knutsford every ten years and attracts enthusiasts from around the world.
This event will take place in the Penny Farthing Museum, the only one of its kind in the UK, established by Glynn in 1989. It houses a collection of 40 models from examples of the affectionately named early wooden ‘Hobby Horses’ as well as the now infamous ‘Boneshaker’ and the well-known ‘Starley Giant’ – the largest Penny Farthing ever made. These unique models are complemented by a fascinating collection of ‘Ordinaries’ (as Penny Farthings were originally known) containing some of the most collectible and valuable machines still in existence, including some of the rarest early wooden machines and children’s models.
- Sunday 10 September: Sunday 10:00-11:00
No booking required
The Penny Farthing Museum is housed in the Courtyard Coffee House which is tucked away behind 92 King Street. Access from King Street is via a passageway but the Museum can also be reached via Heritage Way off Tatton Street.
Regent Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6GR
Join Minerva Arts as they share their ‘Souling’ project in a brand new piece of outdoor performance for all the family.
Since January, Cheshire arts education and development charity Minerva Arts have been working with young people and community groups across Cheshire to explore the heritage of ‘Souling’ a traditional form of Folk Drama unique to Cheshire. Through research, oral history, drama and song, the plays and their relevance to the area have been revealing themselves to local communities where the tradition has been long forgotten or simply hidden.
In this unique piece of street performance, the team will share, not the original play as recorded, but a slightly different version created by the groups with whom we have been working over the past months.
Be warned- audience participation is required…!
- Saturday 9 September: Performance 12:00, 13:30 & 15:00
No booking required
Regent Street is pedestrianised.
This is a street performance. Each performance will last approximately 20 minutes. Regent Street is in the town centre, with cafes and restaurants close by. For more information on the ‘Souling’ project, please visit www.minervaarts.com to see the project blog. Event contact over the festival: Steph Meskell-Brocken.