With restrictions in place in many of our favourite holiday destinations many of us are only just discovering some of the delights on our doorstep. From grand country houses to action packed activity centres, designer shopping centres, wildlife wonders and space observatories, Cheshire has it all. Here are our top 10 choices to entertain you and your family before the new school term begins.
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre will be open to visitors again from Saturday 22 August. Home of the Lovell Telescope, this 35 acre attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site was a key player in the space race. Not only did it capture the 1969 Moon landing, but 3 years earlier, the Jodrell Bank scientists also intercepted the
first ever pictures taken from the surface of the Moon! You can see the Lovell telescope in action by taking a look at the webcam at http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/webcam/. Enjpy a range of fun-filled activities for all of the family at Jodrell Bank, explore the Arboretum, space, star and planet pavilions and go on an adventure into the children’s playground discovering a range of outdoor exhibits including the famous whispering dishes. There is also a café and gift shop.
Seven Sisters Farm, Holmes Chapel Road, Knutsford
Seven Sisters Posh Ice Cream Parlour caters for toddlers, teens and glamorousgran alike. The ice cream is made fresh on the farm in small batches with unusual flavours such as ‘vimto’ that change weekly. Whilst the ice cream sundaes are the main attraction you can also indulge in crazy milkshakes, waffles or if you are calorie counting, a light lunch. The amazing Maize Maze is fun for all and the new collecting yard room offers classes and groups throughout the week including yoga, pilates, cardio and body sculpting along with mum and tot classes and a pop up brow bar! Keep your eyes open, you may see a few celebs at this place!
Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port
Save up to 60% on designer brands at the UK’s largest designer outlet Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. Located 45 minutes from Manchester and 30 minutes from Liverpool it has over 145 boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Take your pick of iconic brands like Armani, Coach, Polo and Ralph Lauren and don’t forget to pick up the kids school shoes at Clarks.
Reddish Vale Farm, Stockport
Reddish Vale Farm was constructed in the mid-19th century, on land which had once formed part of Reddish Hall estate. It now plays host to a riding school, tearooms, an animal farm and a large outdoor and indoor adventure play area including bouncy castles, quad bikes and sand diggers. Tractor rides and pony rides now take place throughout the weekends and bank holidays. Birthdays parties have become a speciality.
Tatton Park, Knutsford
Tatton Park is back open again but you will need to book tickets on line with the National Trust. This historical estate has a neo-classical mansion to explore, 50 acres of landscaped Gardens to discover, 1000 acres of deer Park and a rare breeds farm. Why not take a picnic in the parkland or take the kids to the Maize Maze. There is even an on line learning hub supporting and enriching learning for young people.
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
The Walker Art Gallery holds a stunning collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts spanning over six hundred years. Home to outstanding works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough, the Walker is also one of the finest art galleries in Europe and is part of the National Museums Liverpool group promoted as “the National Gallery of the North”. For families with younger children, there is Big Art for Little Artists, a specially designed gallery created for children under 8 years old. Add to this a welcoming café with free Wifi and a gift shop stocking prints, jewellery, cards, books and other souvenirs, you have the perfect art lover’s day out.
Dunham Massey Hall Park, Altrincham
The gardens, deer park and gardens are now open for prebooking at Dunham Massey. The car park, Stables Restaurant , Stamford café, ice cream parlour and shop are all up and running. The deer park covers an area of 192.7 acres and features formal avenues, woodland and parkland. Its pasture-woodland is occupied by a herd of fallow deer that have been resident in the park for hundreds of years. The park has a magnificent collection of ancient trees, many of the giant oak trees date back as far as the 17th century.
Delamere Forest is Cheshire’s largest area of woodland and is a place for families to let off steam and escape the crowds. Whether you enjoy a walk, hike or bike ride it’s the ideal place to watch wildlife admire the view or simply find a bit of peace and quiet. Delamere also offers a permanent orienteering course suitable for all ages and abilities. If you have a head for heights, why not try out the outdoor adventure at Go Ape! But if
heights aren’t your thing, Segway and bike are available for hire. Forest Holidays also have a selection of stunning forest cabins opening in 2021, perfect if you are looking to escape the everyday.
Featuring in many lists of national tourism wonders, this is the most visited zoo in the UK with over 2 million visitors every year. With over 35,000 animals and 125 acres of zoological gardens to explore, there are animals from some of the most remote parts of the world; endangered orang-utans from Borneo, Lemurs from Madagascar and lions from the Savannah plains. Chester zoo is also a conservation and education charity committed to preventing extinction. They hold Junior Ranger camps and conservation skills courses at the zoo as well as on line courses for children.
Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port
Get up close Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre. With one of the best collections of Sharks, Fish, Frogs, Spiders and Dalmatian Pelicans – Blue Planet Aquarium is the must see day out for all the family. Viewing is awesome from the 70 metre long underwater tunnel, you’ll see Sand Tiger sharks, nurse sharks, zebra sharks and the smallest sharks, the Black Tips. The Giant Pacific Octopus lives in the Octopus lighthouse, find the clownfish and tangs in the coral Cave, and search for the deadliest Stonefish in the Venom section. With over 50 different exhibits from around the world there’s something for everyone.
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