Alison McCrea

Plants to Go!

Outside – on the Patio.

The plants on and close to the stand are free to anyone who can give them a good home in exchange for a donation.

There are donation boxes in the bar and beside the inner front door.



What we offer

We host lots of different types of event, including film, music, comedy, theatre, talks and regular workshops for yoga and ceilidh dancing.  To find out more about these, just follow the links.  To find out about individual upcoming events go to the (What’s On) page, which can be sorted by category, so that you can focus on the type of event you’re primarily interested in.

Inspired by Leek Embroidery


The EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD EXHIBITION in the Cruso Room on the ground floor will be on display from 22nd May – 8th July 2017.  Two pieces from the exhibition can be viewed in the Gallery upstairs by the window, placed there because they can then be handled (with white gloves).

PLEASE NOTE that the Gallery is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays except for the first Sunday of the month.  The Cruso Room is open daily as part of the Cafe except for Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th June and is also open only on the first Sunday of the month.


The main exhibition shows work produced by East Midlands Guild members who entered a competition to create pieces inspired by Leek embroidery.  Cathryn Walton, author of ‘Hidden Lives: Leek’s Extraordinary Embroiderers’, was guest lecturer at their Regional Day and spoke about the Leek Embroidery Society with its close connections with the Macclesfield Silk Mills and leading designers such as William Morris.

The prize winners were:

Judges Choice for 1st Prize “Inspired by Leek Embroidery” by Loraine Roselli, Market Harborough Branch (This is a small delicate book on display in the Gallery upstairs).   Main picture

Highly Commended Prize “Flower Frenzy” by Mary Healey, Derbyshire Branch


Prize for Members’ Choice “Jacobean Tree of Life” by Sue Cork, ‘Layers of Stitch’ Grantham Branch



In 2012 The Embroiderers’ Guild decided to celebrate the Olympics in London by asking each Branch to create a series of Post Cards for each of the Countries taking part.  About 250 Branches participated in the project, each being allocated a Country, in all 3,000 Post Cards were produced!  The work on display here represents 17 of the 18 Branches in the East Midlands Region.



Friday 30th June 11am-1pm at The Foxlowe.

Contact Pam Keeling for further information about this meeting 01332 523469

For more information about The Embroiderers’ Guild visit:

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Gallery – Between the Seeing and the Knowing Exhibition

Between the Seeing and the Knowing exhibition:  Saturday 20th May – 1st July.

A mixed exhibition including painting, photography and ceramics featuring works by Frances Naggs & Paul O’Donnell with guests Sue Blatherwick, Sue Fox, Sue Law-Webb and Nick Marsh. This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Sue Law-Webb. 

Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month at 11am-4pm.

Plant Share and Earthworm Watch

Despite the rain, the Plant Share saw many plants exchanged and lots of donations coming to the Foxlowe.  All the leftover hardy plants  have been left on a wooden tray on the patio in front of the dancing railings.  They are available for anyone who would like them to take away in exchange for a donation.  This can be handed in at the cafe or left in one of the donation boxes (beside the inside front door and in the bar).  We will keep the tender plants in greenhouses for a while longer and put them out in June.

On the day we had enthusiastic young volunteers to help with our Citizen Science earthworm count.  Our experiment was testing the hypothesis that earthworms like soil better if it has compost materials above it than if the surface is bare.  Their expert counting recorded 35 worms under soil that had been covered by Foxlowe veg peelings for a month and only 9 under the surface that had been left bare.  We will be sending the results into the Natural History Museum to add to their data collected from elsewhere.  Many thanks to all involved.



Café Art – Mike Reeves

Mike Reeves’ paintings explore both urban and landscape locations in Staffordshire and Cheshire. His distinctive and expressive works, in acrylic and mixed media, incorporate at times three dimensional projections from the canvas.  

ST13 May-Jun 2017

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 45) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:




Citizen Science in the Foxlowe garden

The Gardeners have launched a Citizen Science project in the garden as part of the Natural History Museum’s Earthworm Watch.

Join us at the Plant Share from 11 – 12 noon to explore the Foxlowe Garden and find out how to get involved!

The earthworm experiment was started at the April Seed Share, when we covered one site with vegetable peelings (from the Café kitchen) and left the other bare (control).  We will be digging down to see which site the worms prefer and what sort of worms are there.  For the survey we’ll be digging under different types of garden surface (grass, bare soil, plants, layer of comfrey leaves) to see which type the worms like best. No need to bring tools, just be prepared to get your hands dirty!

There will also be the chance to win a very special Misco chocolate lolly by guessing the number of brandling worms in a jar of compost.  The winners will be those whose guesses are closest to the number we’ve counted into the jar.

Anyone who would like to join us will be very welcome.

Summer Film Programme

The new film programme starts on Tuesday, 2nd May.

For details see What’s On or pick up a printed programme.  Copies are available in the vestibule at the Foxlowe and elsewhere around town.

Gallery – Making a Mark exhibition

Making a Mark exhibition: Saturday 8 April – Saturday 13 May.

ArtsXstra is a successful group of Cheshire based artists.  Painting, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Prints and Jewellery reflect a rich variety of media and technique as well as breadth of style and subject matter.

You are very welcome to join us for the preview on Friday 17 February, from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.

Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month (11am-4pm).