Spring Fever in Salford

This April, Salford gets crafty with events involving wool, watercolour and bookmark embroidery, all in stunning historical locations across the city.

Family fun on offer this month ranges fromSpring Fever at the Bridgewater Canal to swim camp and making music with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra. More music is on offer with Chamber Music Salford, the free monthly concerts at Peel hall at the University of Salford. Volunteers can get involved in cleaning up the Bridgewater Canal and building a hibernaculum

At the end of the month, The Lowry’s international festival offers an exciting opportunity to enjoy innovative work in unusual places, usually off limits to the public.

See below to find out what else is happening in Salford. For more ideas and information go to the Visit Salford Website

Swim Camp

Monday 4 - Friday 8 April, £30 per child

Eccles Leisure Centre

Make a splash this Spring!

Children can take part in various wet and dry activities at Eccles Leisure Centre to develop their skills including stroke development, personal survival, lifesaving and fitness.

Bridgewater Canal Spring Clean

Wednesday 6 April, 10am - 3pm, free

Bridgewater Park, Boothstown

Come along and give the woodland a Spring Clean and plant some spring flowers to improve the woodland’s biodiversity. Meet at the entrance to Bridgewater Park opposite the Moorings.

Family Fun at Bridgewater Canal

Thursday 7 April , 11am to 3pm, free

Duke's Drive

Ever wondered how or why birds make their nests? Well come down to Duke’s Drive and find out in the Spring celebration.

Explore the area and learn about different bird eggs on an egg hunt, help to make a giant nest and climb inside, create a cute pom pom chick and collect twigs, moss and feathers to build a nest of your own to take home.

All ages welcome. Meet on the meadow at Duke’s Drive, just beyond the car park.

Binca Bookmark

Sunday 10 April, 1pm to 3.45pm, £1.50

Ordsall Hall

Members of the Embroiderers' Guild will show you how to use simple stitches to create a colourful bookmark. This activity ties in with the current exhibition on display at Ordsall Hall.

Activity from 1pm - 2.15pm and 2.30pm - 3.45pm.
No previous stitching experience required. All materials and equipment provided.

No booking required

Walking Tours of Ordsall Hall

Sunday 10 April, 2pm, £2 (This is a weekly event)

Ordsall Hall

If you would like to find out more about the fascinating history of Ordsall Hall why not join one of our volunteers for an informal walking tour of the house at 2pm every Sunday?

Tours cost £2 per person and take about an hour. Places are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis so please see a member of staff at reception if you would like to book a place.

Chamber Music Salford

Monday 11 April, 5.45pm until 7pm Free

Peel Hall on the University of Salford’s Peel Park Campus.

Created to provide Salford with an opportunity to hear chamber music at the highest of levels, these concerts feature chamber ensembles formed from the BBC Philharmonic’s world class musicians and guest artists, performing a range of classical music, from well known gems to new, exciting pieces.

Curated in partnership between the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Salford with support from Salford City Council and Salford Community Leisure, these free concerts take place monthly on Mondays.

April’s programme will include Mozart’s Clarinet and Oboe Quintets and features appearances by: John Bradbury (clarinet), Jenny Galloway (oboe), Lucy Baker, Simon Gilks, Roisin ni Dhuill, Ellie Gow

Craft Social: Wooltastic

Wednesday 13 April, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, £5.50

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Bring along whatever craft you are working on (wool, craft, embroidery, sewing etc), and explore some simple crafts using wool such as chunky finger knitting and making tassels. Includes all materials and a hot drink.

No booking required

Watercolour Painting Course

Thursday 14 April, 10am to 4pm, £60

Ordsall Hall

Learn how to capture Ordsall Hall in watercolours on a two day workshop led by professional artist and teacher Charles Hickson.

Be inspired by the interior, exterior and gardens of the stunning Grade 1 listed timber framed Ordsall Hall - the building is full of interesting architectural features and quirks the gardens offer many different types of planting reflecting the 600 year story of Ordsall Hall.

This workshop will be held over two days on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 April from 10am - 4pm.

Salford Family Orchestra

Sunday 17 April, 10am to 4pm

BBC Philharmonic Studio

Everyone from age 8 – 80 + is welcome to get involved with the Salford Family Orchestra - a BBC Philharmonic Orchestra project that brings together enthusiastic musicians and their families who live or work in Salford.

Please join us for a ‘taster day’ on Sunday 17 April from 10am until 4pm at the BBC Philharmonic Studio at MCUK to find out more and to meet other families who share your love of music.

Beginners and experienced players are all welcome to join as long as they live, work or attend school/college in Salford. The family orchestra and chorus will be creating a new celebratory piece of music to perform and record for BBC Music Day 2016, an annual event which takes place across all BBC media platforms on Friday 3 June.

For more information and/or to request an application form, please visit www. bbc.co.uk/philharmonic or call 0161 836 1302 or email philharmonic@bbc.co.uk

Build a Hibernaculum

Wednesday 24 April, 10am to 3pm

Bridgewater Park

Hunt around the woods and collect materials to build a shelter for toads, frogs and newts near the wetland area. Meet at the entrance to Bridgewater Park opposite the Moorings.

To find out more about becoming a Bridgewater Volunteer contact Jill Tyson on 07872808003 or email bridgewatercanal@salford.gov.uk

All abilities are welcome and we provide all the tools and materials. We only ask that you are over 18 and you come along wearing suitable footwear and outdoor clothing. Please bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee are provided


Richard Milward - Luddites' Nightmares

Wednesday 27 April, 2pm to 4pm

Working Class Movement Library

Taking inspiration from the machine-breaking Luddites of the early 19th century, artist Richard Milward is producing a series of paintings which, in his words, ‘expose, exaggerate and ridicule the ways in which modern technology encroaches on – and distorts – everyday life’.

A month-long loan to WCML of one of these paintings is marked by this event, when we are delighted to welcome three of the country’s most inventive young authors to read from their own work on themes surrounding our relationship with technology.

Joe Stretch, novelist from Stockport who recently won the W Somerset Maugham Award for his book The Adult, will be reading, alongside London poet Salena Godden and Richard Milward himself.

Week 53 Festival

Thursday 28 April to Sunday 8 May

The Lowry

Week 53 is a festival of innovative, provocative national and international work in a series of spaces including areas of the building normally off limits to the public. It's about rewarding the compulsively curious as they challenge convention and celebrate creativity.

A major commissioning project for The Lowry, it brings together contemporary dance, visual arts, music and theatre in interactive installations, exhibitions and performances. Book tickets now to sign up for a free Festival Pass which provides exclusive offers and access to Week 53.

Ghost Night with Haunted Evenings

Saturday 30 April, 9pm to Sunday 1 May, 2am, £45 per person

Ordsall Hall

Join Haunted Evenings to explore the 750 year old site of a former stately home in Salford.

This stunning 15th Century Grade I listed Tudor mansion is reputedly so haunted that it boasts its own set of ‘ghost cams’! Dare to join the team for an intense overnight investigation at one of Salford’s finest paranormal hotspots?!