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14 Chester staycation days out and places to go

Fun things to do when staying or living in Cheshire

Find your ideal day out for your Chester staycation

Whether you are planning a ‘staycation’ in Chester or just looking for something to do, take a look at our list of fun days out in and around the area.

Beeston Castle, Chester

Crowning a rocky crag and boasting spectacular views, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England. On a clear day you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. With a 4,000 year history and a 40-acre woodland park, Beeston Castle has something for everyone to enjoy including battle re-enactments, craft workshops and much more.

Prices: adult £6.30, child (5-15 years) £3.80, concession £5.70, family (two adults, three children) £16.40.

More info: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Blakemere Village, Sandiway, Northwich

There are lots of activities to do for children and adults at Blakemere Village. Next to the Village Green you will find free children’s outdoor adventure play park for ages two-10 years.

Barnaby’s Play Barn offers a safe, fun environment for children who want to burn off some energy as well as a soft play area for under three’s.

Just up the lane you can visit Cheshire Falconry where a whole host of wonderful Birds of Prey live. Flying displays are held daily from Easter to September. Cheshire Segways can be found here too. Pop to Cheshire Craft Workshop to make a candle or paint or create a pot on the potters wheel. Adults are also welcome to have a go at any of these craft activities

More info: www.blakemerevillage.com

Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port

Underwater walkway with sharks and tropical fish. Divers display, crew member day, children’s scuba diving and shark dive for adults.

For more info: www.blueplanetaquarium.co.uk

The Boardroom, Queensferry

Indoor climbing centre with a dedicated kids wall and big open space. Special summer holiday activities, family taster sessions, kids’ club and children’s parties.

For more info: www.theboardroomclimbing.com

Cathedral at Height, Chester Cathedral

This guided tour will take you take you behind the scenes at Chester Cathedral - providing an unparalleled level of public access.

Their tower tour with a twist will allow you to immerse yourself in a unique blend of medieval and modern history. See one city, two countries and five counties from the top of the cathedral tower. Climb through 900 years of history and discover the hidden spaces.

More info: www.chestercathedral.com

Championship Miniature Golf, New Brighton, Wirral

Championship Adventure Golf, in New Brighton, is Wirral’s premier, all weather, outdoor, floodlit, family golfing attraction with two courses, one inspired by the World’s Greatest Golf Holes and the other Wirral’s famous landmarks.

Adult prices (16 and over) from £6.50, children (5-15) from £4.50, under fives free, concessions from £5.50 and family tickets from £20.

More info: www.championshipadventuregolf.com

Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall

From more than 40 irresistible flavours of ice creams and sorbets, outdoor adventure play areas, Animal Corner, the Country Kitchen Café, gift shops, kids quad bikes, mini golf and much more. The Ice Cream Farm has everything you will need for a fun day out in Cheshire with lots of new attractions opening over the summer.

Prices: Free admission.

More info: www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk

Cheshire Workshops, Burwardsley

Located in the scenic Cheshire countryside on the Sandstone Trail, Cheshire Workshops has a rich heritage as a candle factory.

They provide fun and entertainment for all the family – visitors of all ages can enjoy candle making and other craft activities.

Prices: Single workshops from £4 and activity packages from £10.50.

More info: www.cheshireworkshops.co.uk

The Crocky Trail, Waverton

Enjoy a mile long adventure of pure adrenaline-drenched fun as you run along the famous Crocky Trail scrambling through trees, climbing over crooked bridges and swinging over the fast flowing Crocky stream.

Prices: Adults £9 (restricted access), children and under 20s £13, concessions £7.

More info: www.crockytrail.co.uk

Go Ape Forest Segway at Delamere Forest, Chester

(Image: Sallie Ehlen)

Go Ape Forest Segway takes you exploring off-road on the latest in clean green technology – self-balancing, electric Segways – a totally unique way to tackle tough trails. You don’t have to be able to drive – their fully qualified instructors will show you how to make your way, and when you’ve cracked it, you can take off and explore with them. With all-terrain tyres and gyroscopic sensors to keep you upright, all you need to do is enjoy the ride.

There are lots of other events and things to at Delamere Forest including adventure trails and orienteering.

Prices: Tree Top Adventure; adults (16+) £31, children (10-15) £25. Segway (10+) £40,

More info: www.goape.co.uk/days-out/delamere

Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Chester from pre-history to today. Romans, fossils, quizzes, interactive exhibits. Some workshops available.

For more info: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Gulliver’s World Theme Park, Warrington

Gulliver’s World is a family-run park, and specially designed for families with children aged between two and 13 years of age.

For more info: gulliversfun.co.uk/warrington

Knowsley Safari Park, Knowsley

Five mile safari drive. Lions, tigers, zebras and baboon jungle. Children’s lake farm, reptile house, sea lion and parrot show. Amusement park.

www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk

Port Sunlight, Wirral

The model village of Port Sunlight was created by William Hesketh Lever for his Sunlight soap factory workers in 1888. It includes the Lady Lever Art Gallery which was founded by Lever, who wanted to share his collection of fine and decorative art with the public, and is dedicated to the memory of his wife Elizabeth.

It also has the Port Sunlight Museum where you can learn all about this historical village and its beautiful architecture.

Prices: Port Sunlight Museum; adult £3.95, concessions £3.50, child (aged 5-16) £2.75, family ticket (2+2) £11.50. The village and Lady Lever Art Gallery are free.

More info: www.portsunlightvillage.com

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