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10 free things to do with the kids in and around Chester

In need of a little inspiration over the summer holidays? Check out our guide to how to have fun with no fee

Sandy Lane Aqua Park

Starting to get stuck on how to entertain your little ones for the rest of their summer holidays and in need of a little inspiration?

Well look no further, as we've compiled a few suggestions that don't cost a penny.

Splash around at Sandy Lane Aqua Park

Sandy Lane Aqua Park

When the sun has its hat on, what better way to cool down than at the city's very own water park.

Located on the banks of the River Dee, this attraction boasts a 10-feature spray facility and a grassed picnic area where you can enjoy your sarnies afterwards.

It's open every day from 11am to 5pm until September.

Off Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL

 

Step into the past at Grosvenor Museum and Chester History and Heritage Centre

Between now and December 18, visitors to Chester History and Heritage Centre are invited to climb aboard for exhibition Celebrating 175 Years of the Railways in Chester.

Meanwhile, the Grosvenor is hosting exhibitions exploring the archaeology of the Mid-Cheshire Ridge and artist Stephen Clarke's memories of childhood holidays spent in seaside town Rhyl.

Drop in on Wednesday, August 12, for a day dedicated to summer holidays, complete with postcard-making and ice cream-tasting.

Or try your hand at Tudor games such as skittles and hobby horses on Tuesday, August 18.

Chester History and Heritage, St Michael's Church, Bridge Street Row, Chester, CH1 1NW.

Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester, CH1 2DD

 

Have a kick-about or go fly a kite at the Countess of Chester Country Park

The mother and child statue at The Countess of Chester Country Park

Opened last summer, the park offers a taste of countryside tranquillity just a couple of miles from the city centre.

Dig your inflatable football, kite or rounders set out and dust off your picnic basket for a trip this summer.

You can also gaze upon the mother and child sculpture by wood carver Simon O'Rourke.

An organised health walk spanning around two miles will depart from The Race Horse in Upton Grange at 1pm on Thursday, August 13.

Countess Court, off Countess Way, Chester, CH1 4ED

 

Follow in Roman footsteps along the City Walls

Chester's historic City Walls(Image: Ian Cooper)

Tred where Roman soldiers trod many centuries ago when they built Chester's ancient walls, which measure two miles in circumference and pass

sights such as the 14th century Water Tower, what's left of the Roman amphitheatre and take a slight detour to see the Eastgate Clock from

below while a section of the walls are being restored.

 

Go bird-watching in Parkgate

The marsh at Parkgate(Image: Colin Lane)

 

Channel your inner Bill Oddie and see if you can spot birds of prey, wading birds and geese exploring the Dee Estuary on the marsh in Parkgate.

Recent sightings include green sandpipers, black-tailed godwits and even the occasional common lizard and Red Admiral butterfly.

 

Traverse the Sandstone Trail

The view from Frodsham Hill(Image: Ian Cooper)

Tire your youngsters out by donning your walking boots and getting to grips with nature on the Sandstone Trail.

Start on Main Street in Frodsham, before winding your way to Frodsham Hill to admire the views of the Mersey Estuary, Welsh hills and Liverpool skyline, then on to Manley.

 

Feed the ducks on the River Dee

River Dee in Chester(Image: Ian Cooper)

Make for the river and indulge in the classic childhood pastime of feeding our feathered friends - but be a little more health-conscious in your choice of snack than white bread.

 

Visit a magical ice cream tree

A life-size magical ice cream tree at the new-look Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall

Cheshire Ice Cream Farm's new multi-million pound development, which was unveiled last month, proudly boasts a snow-emitting, life-size magical ice cream tree in Daisy's Garden where youngsters can climb, crawl, balance and swing until their hearts are content.

Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, CH3 9NE

 

Go on an animal trail at Cheshire Oaks

Cheshire Oaks

Kids can embark on a treasure hunt to find 10 animal images dotted about at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks stores this summer.

Those that complete the trail will be rewarded with a gift from Cadbury.

After that intrepid adventure, burn off some energy in one of the playgrounds or learn a new skill at one of the Wednesday workshops - between 11am and 4pm, for children aged 3+ - in the Cheshire Oaks Summer Zone.

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9JJ

 

Feel the wind in your hair and go for a bike ride

Get a good dose of fresh air by going for a bike ride along the traffic-free Chester Railway Path, which connects the city to the Wharf at Connah's Quay via the former Mickle Trafford to Dee Marsh railway line.

 

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