SCHOOL is out for the summer this week – and this year there is plenty for families to do in Cheshire.
As Covid restrictions have eased from last year, many families will be moving closer to home for entertainment throughout the school holidays, with overseas travel at the mercy of a system of fluctuating traffic light alert.
Fortunately, here in Cheshire there is something to keep all ages busy during the summer months.
Here’s a guide to some of the must-see attractions, organized by Visit Cheshire.
- Forest holidays at Delamere Forest
The Premium White Willow cabin at Delamere Forest by Forest Holidays.
Forest Holidays has opened its last location in the medieval hunting grounds of the Delamere Forest. Yet this new cluster of light-footprint huts is completely 21st-century, a luxurious take on life in the great outdoors, with treehouses, pizza ovens, and reservable hot tubs. Go to www.forestholidays.co.uk.
BeWILDerwood. Photo: Andrew Kahumbu
Much like the beloved Norfolk original, there are Wobbly Wires, Slippery Slopes, Crocklebogs and more to explore at BeWILDerwood in Cheshire, which is the last place for award-winning forest of outdoor family adventures. Go to https://cheshire.bewilderwood.co.uk.
- Latin American Wetland Aviary at Chester Zoo
The new Latin American Wetlands Aviary at Chester Zoo.
As the Chester Zoo turns 90, it’s hosting an exhibit that’s rubbish. Britain’s most beloved zoo plans to be zero waste by 2030; cue Love It For Longer, a spectacular sustainability show about trash, from plastic to poo. Also discover the new aviary of the Latin American wetlands. Go to www.chesterzoo.org.
Vertigo at Carden Park.
Adrenaline rushes are guaranteed in the new Vertigo aerial adventure in Carden, where the intrepid can challenge themselves on a new course featuring 10 obstacles in the air, a 210-meter zipline and a 10-meter free fall (cushion , of course, by a giant pillow). Go to www.cardenpark.co.uk.
- “Making Footsteps” at Chester Cathedral
Pete Waterman OBE and the builders of ‘Leamington Spa’ are behind the ‘Making Tracks’ model railroad event in Chester Cathedral from July 16 to September 3. railroad engineer Thomas Brassey. Go to https://chestercathedral.com.
- The soap factory in Port Sunlight
The Port Sunlight soap factory.
Soap is the subject of a fun interactive experience, SoapWorks, which has just opened in Port Sunlight, the historic workers village of the Sunlight factory on Wirral. There is also a gigantic new art installation, “Box Room”, to see, inspired by the iconic packaging of Sunlight soap, from July 17th to September 19th. www.portsunlightvillage.com.
Lion Family, Just So Festival.
Little imaginations will be ignited at the award-winning Just So family festival at Rode Hall, near Congleton, August 20-22. The creative whirlwind includes midnight parties, storytelling and comedy, giant magpie puppets, rainbow-colored combat, and a circus with a scientific twist. Go to www.justsoftestival.org.uk.
- Grosvenor Park Open Air Theater 2021
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theater: Jungle Book-Suzanne Ahmet as Kaa, Howard Chadwick as Baloo, Purvi Parmar as Mowgli.
Britain’s biggest and best open-air theater returns to Chester’s Grosvenor Park, through August 30, with The Jungle Book, Pride and Prejudice and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Meanwhile, Moonlight Flicks is hosting outdoor film screenings in Chester, Wirral and Nantwich, including blockbusters, family favorites and cult classics, until September 3. www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk, www.moonlightflicks.co.uk.
- Tatton Park Summer Festivals
Tatton Foodie Festival. Image: Festival of gourmets.
It’s a hectic time at Tatton Park, home to the Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest food festival, July 9-11, the RHS Flower Show, July 21-25, and the Tatton Pop Up Festival, with 52 shows ranging from comedy to live music. , until August 29. www.tattonpark.org.uk, https://tattonparkpopupfestival.co.uk, www.rhs.org.uk.
- Family Funday, Chester Races
Chester Racecourse will host its Family Funday.
It’s a throwback to the 1980s at this year’s Family Funday. Big hair and bright colors will be a must at Chester Racecourse on August 1, when there will be games and fun activities, as well as thoroughbred four-legged talents to cheer on from the stands. Go to www.chester-races.com.
- Percy the park warden at Tatton Park
Percy the Park Keeper is showing toddlers a tour of the rare breed gardens and farm at Tatton Park, near Knutsford, until September 5. Young people can meet animal characters from Nick Butterworth’s popular children’s books, including Percy’s new friend, Lucy the Calf. Go to www.tattonpark.org.uk.
- Paddleboard and picnic on the River Dee
Chester Boat is hosting new private picnics on the river for up to six passengers.
Kayak on Chester Weir and Stand Up Paddle Board with a view of the Roman Walls feature in two new water tours from Dee River Kayaking. Meanwhile, Chester Boat is hosting new private picnics on the river for up to six passengers. Go to www.deeriverkayaking.com, www.chesterboat.co.uk.
Stand up paddleboarding on the River Dee, Chester.
- Knights Tournament, Beeston Castle
The Knights’ Tournament returns to Beeston Castle. Photo: English heritage.
The Knights’ Tournament makes a welcome return following lockdown at Beeston Castle, August 28-30. Flying arrows, clashing swords and the chance to experience life in the Middle Ages are all part of the spectacle at these medieval ruins perched high above the Cheshire Plain. . Go to www.english-heritage.org.uk.
- Radioactive at Escapism Chester
A nuclear explosion, raging mutant survivors and an antidote for the world that must be saved from a research center threatened with self-destruction … All the ingredients are in place for a new tricky game in the last room of Escapism Chester, “Radioactive”. Go to www.escapismchester.co.uk.
- Sleep in the latest YHA hostel
The new YHA Chester Trafford Hall hostel opens on July 30.
Opening July 30, YHA Chester Trafford Hall is the new affordable base for exploring Chester and the surrounding area. Located on the outskirts of town in a Grade II listed Georgian mansion, surrounded by organic gardens, meadows and woodland, it has 53 en-suite bedrooms, which can accommodate between two and five people, and rooms are starting to size. Â£ 29 per night. Go to www.yha.org.uk.
- Meet Cheshire’s Beauty Contestant
The view over Cheshire and neighboring counties from The Old Pale, Delamere, Cheshire
The Cheshire Sandstone Ridge has just been shortlisted for the status of an Area of ââOutstanding Natural Beauty. Yet this landscape of sandstone, moss and sea hills and escarpments, with views across the plain, is ready to be enjoyed right now. There are hiking routes and nature trails to follow, rock sculptures and caves to explore, an ancient forest to play in, and historic forts to explore. Go to www.sandstoneridge.org.uk.
- Taste a (very) bitter medicine
Sick to death, Chester.
The bloody history of medicine through the ages is told at Sick To Death, a “plague playground” with the Grim Reaper as its guide. There’s a chance to perform an autopsy, mix powerful potions, and even visit the world’s only time-traveling toilet – the TURDIS. Go to https://sicktodeath.org.
- Take a seat in the first row near the catwalk
1910 Edwardian tea dress for the exhibition “Curated Closet” at the Grosvenor Museum.
Vintage 20th century fashion is paraded at the new ‘Curated Closet’ exhibit at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum from July 24 to December 5. Additionally, photos of wedding dresses from the collection will be on display at the Lion Salt Works near Northwich. Go to https://westcheshiremuseums.co.uk.
- Look at the skies above
Royal Observatory Greenwich Exhibition: Alexandra Hart with her exhibition image at Jodrell Bank.
The best of astrophotography from around the world is now on display at Jodrell Bank, as the latest Unesco World Heritage site in the UK is hosting the ‘Astronomical Photographer of the Year 2020’ until October 30, the hugely popular exhibit at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. www.jodrellbank.net.
For a tasty new way to see a different side of the city, Tours Around Chester has launched a Family Foodie Tour of the local independent food and drink scene. Plus, four-legged friends can join their owners on its new 5K Dog Run Tour of Chester. Go to www.toursaroundchester.co.uk.