The latest in my 5 Things To Do series comes from Suzi at Raising Badgers. She has selected 5 Things To Do In Cheshire, an area I am not at all familiar with, and hopes that you will enjoy visiting them too.
Somewhere Free: Delamere Forest
It’s hard to beat Delamere Forest for a free day out, in any weather other than driving rain. Suitable for cyclist, walkers and explorers of all ages, we have spent many industrious hours building dens and hunting Gruffalos.
Parking on the main carpark is £6 for the full day, but if you wanted to make it a completely free day there are plenty of spaces at other entry points to the forest, easy to find with a spot of Googling! There are plenty of picnic benches dotted around, but the café (close to the main car park) has provided us with many a reviving coffee or ice cream. The food is pretty good as well, catering to most demands and is reasonably priced, though the queues can be demoralising at peak times.
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Somewhere For The Whole Day: Tatton Park
For a whole day’s adventuring, particularly if you have National Trust membership, Tatton Park – just outside of Knutsford – has lots to recommend it. The farm is a big hit with my children, with its pigs and donkeys, but sometimes we just take our bikes and explore the enormous deer park. (Bikes are available for hire.) If the weather’s inclement, there’s the option of a whizz round the Mansion House, or the medieval Old Hall is quite interesting as well.
My children most enjoy the outside space though: the gardens are good for exploring with entertainment, like story-telling, often found and the play area is great, with plenty of play available even when very busy. There are loads of spots for picnics or options for buying food in the Stableyard
Somewhere Outdoors: Reaseheath Zoo
In Nantwich, Reaseheath Zoo is a great way to spend a few hours outdoors. A small zoo, attached to the agricultural college, it has an interesting selection of animals, including tapirs, capybaras and lemurs. It’s all contained and so much less stressful with small children than visiting a larger place. The staff are helpful and accommodating and there is ample space for picnicking. Nantwich is a nice town to visit as well, while you’re in the area, with some interesting shops and cafés – including the child friendly Regent’s Perk – or parks (Barony Park, Jubilee Gardens) for picnics and general running wild.
Somewhere For Rainy Days: Emma Bridgewater Factory
Not actually Cheshire – but easily commutable! – the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke on Trent is lovely for any aspiring artists. Choose to decorate a mug, plate – or even a teapot, though they’re pricey, you’d want to be fairly confident it’d turn out well – leave it to be fired and end up with something rather lovely. We have a plate that my daughter painted with more enthusiasm than skill about 6 years ago and it still looks brand new, after rough handing and hundreds of dishwasher visits. (It still also looks like she painted ‘Poo’ instead of ‘Poppy’, but we can’t hold Emma Bridgewater responsible for that.) The café is great as well, and depending on the demographic of your companions, you could book a free factory tour to see behind the scenes
Somewhere To Eat: Snugbury’s
I am showing myself up with this suggestion, but it would be remiss of me to exclude a trip to Snugbury’s from the list. The ice cream is spectacular, with dozens of flavours available and on a nice day it’s very pleasant to sit in the grounds to enjoy the dairy delight and then take a stroll to admire the giant Peter Rabbit sculpture. On sunny days the queues can be alarming, but the staff know what they’re doing, and the lines shift quickly.
Should you not consider ice cream to be a complete meal, then The Bear’s Paw in Warmingham, near Sandbach is a lovely country pub with a great children’s menu.
I love these suggestions from Suzi. No judgement here for choosing an ice cream place for somewhere to eat – that is the dream! Be sure to check her out on social media to see more of what they get up to.
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