The exciting county-wide programme champions Cheshire's special role in two landmark moments – the 50th anniversary year of the Lunar Landings and 100th birthday of the Forestry Commission. Cheshire is home to Jodrell Bank, which captured the first images of the surface of the moon when Apollo 11 touched down in 1969, and Delamere Forest, one the oldest woodlands in Britain, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Visitors to visitcheshire.com/science-meets-nature will be able to pick and choose from three inspiring itineraries of events and attractions – Forests, Festivals & Family Days; Moons, Movies & Memory Making; and Inventions, Ideas & Imaginative Outings – which have been designed to appeal to all ages. Users browsing online can add events and attractions to an editable, downloadable planner, which generates a list, handy map and advice on journey times and distances.

The experiences are staged in intriguing spaces across the urban and rural landscape, a combination that promises an unforgettable experience only to be found in Cheshire. The unique and innovative collaboration of some of the county's top creative organisations – Cultural Destinations, funded by the Arts Council – will continue into 2020 and beyond.

Plus visitors to the Visit Cheshire Facebook page will have the chance to win a family ticket to the 10th anniversary Just So Festival at Rode Hall, with more entrance passes up for grabs through the year. 

Highlights of 'Cheshire: Where Science Meets Nature' include:

  • The giant white dish of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank will provide the dramatic backdrop for the bluedotinternational festival of music, science and cosmic culture in July (pictured above centre);
  • Paul Weller, Jess Glynne and Tears for Fears are the superstar headliners at Forest Live! this June in Delamere Forest (pictured above right);
  • Chester Visual Arts will host the first exhibition outside London of the V&A's major digital art retrospective 'Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers' at Chester's Old Library from June to September;
  • The Storyhouse theatre company will perform the world premiere of playwright Bryony Lavery's adaptation of the children's classic The Borrowers in July and August at the Grosvenor Park Open-Air Theatre in its 10th anniversary year;
  • The Just So Festival, a fun-filled children's rumpus in the grounds of Rode Hall near Congleton, also turns 10, in August (pictured above left);
  • The National Trust's new trail with art installations, The Lost Words, provides imaginative encouragement for youngsters to reclaim the language of the natural world at Lyme and Dunham Massey in 2019 and Quarry Bank in 2020;
  • Luke Jerram's 'Museum of the Moon' will be the centrepiece of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival in October.
  • NowNorthwich returns in October to transform the eponymous town into a stage for acrobats, dancers and street performers.