A children’s book written by an author who lived on The Downs has inspired a series of family town centre activities to run throughout the Easter holidays this year.
‘Hare’s Altrincham Easter’ is based on a story by Alison Uttley, the author of the famous Little Grey Rabbit books, who lived on The Downs during the 1920s and 30s.
Organised by Altrincham Unlimited, activities will include a free family town trail, free children’s craft workshops, community art installations and a floristry workshop for the grown-ups.
Uttley’s book ‘Hare and the Easter Eggs’ tells the tale of Hare who ventures into town one night and is delighted to see a display of chocolate eggs in the window of a shop but doesn’t really know what they are.
Families are invited to help Hare to find his friends who are hiding in the shops around the town with a delicious Easter treat for every child who completes the trail.
There’s also a chance to get involved in the creation of two town centre community art installations which will each include Easter eggs created in a series of workshops.
Decoupage Easter eggs from the workshops will be added to those made by local school children, from Altrincham Church of England Primary School and Park Road Academy Primary School, to fill the trees on Shaw’s Road with a colourful Easter installation.
The local ‘Knit and Natter’ group has also been working on knitted eggs to hang in the trees and has created the knitted woodland creatures for the town trail.
The 2D Easter eggs from the drop-in workshops will be added to a design by local artist Gillian Parish to form a fabulous Easter window display on George Street.
Kate Gerbich, Events and Communications Manager for Altrincham Unlimited, said: “Altrincham has a rich cultural heritage of which the author Alison Uttley is a part.
“We wanted this year’s Easter activities to celebrate this and for families to enjoy Altrincham during the Easter holidays. We have been working with our local schools, and one of our fabulous community groups, ‘Knit and Natter’ to create knitted and decoupage Easter eggs.
“The community art installations provide a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, either by taking part in one of the workshops or by coming into town to see the finished installations. We want to really add a splash of colour to the town centre this Easter.”
Easter Family Activities in Altrincham
Hare’s Altrincham Easter Town Trail
Tuesday 9th-Thursday 11th April (10am-3.30pm)
Hare is planning an Easter party and needs your help to find all his woodland friends who are hiding in the shops in Altrincham. Can you spot all the woodland characters hidden in the shops around Altrincham?
Pick up your trail map from Waterstones, 33-35 George St, Altrincham, WA14 1RJ
FREE Children’s Easter Egg Decoupage Workshops
Monday 8th-Thursday 11th April (11am-12 noon)
Help Hare and his friends to create colourful Easter eggs for an exciting Community Art Installation.
FREE places for the decoupage workshops are limited so must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.co.uk
FREE Drop-in Easter Craft Workshops
Monday 8th-Thursday 11th April (1-2pm)
Help decorate 2D eggs for a woodland shopfront art installation. Children will also be able to make bunny masks which they can take home.
Monday 8th April – Total Fitness, Denmark Street, WA14 2DE
Tuesday 9th April – Abakhan, George Street, WA14 1RF
Wednesday 10th April – Waterstones, George Street, WA14 1RJ
Thursday 11th April – Pixie Childrenswear, George Street, WA14 1RF
Community Art Installations
Monday 15th April – Monday 22nd April
Come and see your Easter eggs on display!
Decoupage Easter eggs from the workshops will be on display along with ones made by local school children and the local ‘Knit and Natter’ community group in the trees on Shaw’s Road (WA14 1QU).
2D eggs from the drop-in workshops will be on display as part of a woodland scene created by a local artist in Unit 22 George Street (WA14 1RH).
Beautiful Easter Bouquet Workshop for the Grown-ups – with local flower grower Andrea from The Nectar Bar
Wednesday 17th April (7-9pm)
Create your own Easter arrangement using seasonal, British grown Spring flowers and foliage.
Places are limited and must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.co.uk
Venue: Open Studios, 20 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham WA14 1EJ
Cost: £35 per person including all materials and light refreshments.
*Parental or guardian supervision is required for the trail and all children’s workshops.
*Altrincham Unlimited reserve the right to cancel the Shaw’s Road art installation in the case of adverse weather conditions.
‘Hare’s Altrincham Easter’ has been produced by Altrincham Unlimited, Altrincham’s Business Improvement District which is funded by the businesses in Altrincham.
For more information visit: altrinchamunlimited.co.uk