Visitors to the Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, will soon be able to enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference.

An outdoor marquee, known as the lift view, will offer exclusive once a month afternoon teas starting from Thursday, April 21 until the autumn.

The lift’s inaugural Spring Bluebell Tea will be available from 1-4pm.

The lift is just a 10-minute walk to the bluebells in the Hopyards Wood of Marbury Country Park and are on show from late April to early May.

Ranger at Northwich Woodlands Dave James said: “The massive drifts of scented bluebells that visitors can see along the trails and paths of the Hopyards Wood are breath-taking.

“When the sun comes out the stunning shades of the flowers are simply enchanting.”

Bluebells at Marbury Wood in Northwich

Located overlooking the River Weaver, the heated lift view marquee has spectacular views of the lift.

General manager Tim Turner said: “Every year the lift attracts more than 120,000 visitors, appealing to those with an interest in industrial heritage, local history, waterways or just those who want to see something unique and awe-inspiring. After visiting the free exhibition and taking one of our trips on the boat, many people just want to soak up the ambience of the place with a cup of tea and a fresh slice of delicious cake.”

The Anderton Boat Lift sits in a spectacular location between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal and is a fascinating combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience.

There is no charge to enter the grassy terraced grounds, visit the interesting interactive exhibition area, tree-height coffee shop, play area or well-stocked shop.

Throughout the year, the Anderton Boat Lift offers regular boat trips for which there is a charge.

Bluebells at Marbury Wood in Northwich

The Anderton Boat Lift is owned by the Canal and River Trust and was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To book an afternoon tea telephone 01606 786 777. Prices start at £19.95 per person with a 25% reduction for anyone attending the inaugural tea on April 21.

Visitors can visit the bluebells independently or learn more by joining one of the guided tours offered by the Northwich Woodlands.

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