This page features days out and places in Cheshire that bring you closer to the great outdoors, or provide a great, fun learning opportunity.
Gauntlet Birds of Prey - Knutsford, Cheshire
Anderton Boat Lift - Anderton, Northwich
The worlds first and the UK's only working boat lift. With a viewing platform, boat rides through the lift, cafe, toilets, gift shop and even ducks to feed, there really is something for everyone. And you are right next door to Anderton nature park for a great adventure.
Anderton Nature Park- Anderton, Northwich
Anderton Nature Park was one of the first areas of the Northwich Woodlands to be reclaimed. It now is a haven for wildlife in particular wild flowers which can be discovered by following the Wildflower Trail (leaflets available, in season, from the Rangers' Office and the Boat Lift Operation Centre). Children and adults alike have fun discovering the art located around the site.
Beeston Castle - Tarporley, Cheshire
This 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views, which take in no less than eight counties on a clear day. From its lookout point at the top of a mighty crag, you can see from the Pennines all the way to the Welsh mountains. There are beautiful woodlands to explore around the castle, with wildlife trails for the children to follow, and even the chance to find the lost treasure of Richard II.
Blue Planet Aquarium - Chester
Home to over 100 living displays including Europe’s largest collection of sharks, Blue Planet Aquarium offers a whole world of underwater discovery.
Brereton Heath Nature Reserve - Cheshire
Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve can be found on Davenport Lane, just south of the A54, mid-way between Holmes Chapel and Congleton. The Local Nature Reserve has over 50 acres of mainly silver birch and oak woodland surrounding a 15 acre lake as well as areas of heathland, a wildflower meadow and wetland areas. There is a wealth of bird life, particularly in the woodland.
Chester Zoo - Chester
A fabulous day out with more than 8,000 amazing animals. 110 acres of award-winning enclosures and gardens to explore.
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre - Cotebrook, Cheshire
Set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre & Countryside Park offers everything for the perfect family day out. As well as Shire horses they have a fantastic selection of British animals & birdlife both wild & domesticated including many rare breeds. See our miniature Shetland Pony, Fallabala Miniature Horse, Large Black Pigs, Birds of prey, Red Deer, Red Foxes, Polecats and Otters.
Crocky Trail - Waverton, Chester
The Crocky Trail is an outdoor adventure trail one mile in length with loads of activities along the way, such as mazes, swings, slides, bridges, tunnels etc, though there is always a way around the more challenging obstacles.
Delamere Forest - Delamere, Cheshire
Delamere is an ideal place to go for a walk. There are dry sandstone paths, lots of mature trees to shade or shelter under depending on the weather and the forest of Blakemere for bird watchers. Delamere Forest provides many easy to walk forest roads and trails ideal for the less able or families with children. In addition, Old Pale provides a superb new destination to walk to with spectacular views extending as far as Liverpool's famous skyline of cathedrals and harbour buildings.
Gauntlet Bird of Prey Eagle and Vulture Park houses a collection of over 100 birds from over 40 species. You can book your very own 1-2-1 experience with the birds or just take a tour and watch the public flying display. Admission includes flying displays, check their website for display times.
Go Ape - Delamere, Cheshire
It’s not in the dictionary, but if it was, Go Ape would be described as a ‘high-wire forest adventure’.
That means giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines.
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre - Macclesfield, Cheshire
The giant Lovell Telescope is an internationally renowned and awe inspiring landmark. Visitors can walk along a pathway close to the base to gain a deeper understanding into how it works and the history of Jodrell Bank.
Lakemore Farm Park - Haslington, Crewe
Family-friendly farm park located in the heart of Cheshire’s countryside, with a relaxed atmosphere. The farm is ideally suited to young children, and often provides them with their first, close contact with farm animals.
Lymm Dam Nature Reserve - Lymm, Cheshire
Lymm Dam is an area of great beauty and tranquillity. Its woodlands and meadows are teeming with wildlife.
Manley Mere - Manley, Frodsham, Cheshire
Manley Mere is a great place to visit for a fun-filled family day out. There is something for everyone. For the more energetic, pull on your wellies and take the kids on the Adventure Trail, or walk around the lake; have a windsurfing or sailing lesson, hire a canoe for a paddle or row across the lake in a five man rowing boat; or... you could just sit and relax on the comfy couches in the Chameleon Bar & Restaurant.
Marbury Country Park - Comberbach, Northwich
The ancient woodland, open parkland and streams provide a rich haven for a host of wildlife from Bats to Beetles. Visitors are able to enjoy the children's play area, orienteering course and a range of events throughout the year.
Moore Nature Reserve - Nr Warrington
Moore Nature Reserve comprises almost 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds and is home to many diverse species of plants, animals, birds and other wildlife. The nature reserve is well known for its varied bird life, including all five species of British owl and all three species of woodpecker. Many other interesting birds can be found either as year-round residents or seasonal visitors.
Muddy Good Fun - Carden Park, Chester
Nestling in the 1,000 acres of the stunning Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire. Spend a day swinging from the trees on the Ropes Course, testing your skills on our Quad Trek course, and honing your skills as the next Robin Hood! There's plenty to do at Muddy Good Fun at Carden Park. Activities include rope courses, crazy golf, puzzle trail and much more.
Nantwich Canal Centre - Nantwich, Cheshire
Hire a boat for the day and take a leisurely trip along the canal. Great for all ages and life jackets are provided to all passengers. The day boat takes up to 12 people, so you can group together and share the cost.
The National Trust protect historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs. Then they open them up for ever, for everyone. Search on their website for your local National Trust sites.
National Waterways Museum - Ellesmere Port
The National Waterways Museum brings together a unique fleet of historic boats with rich collections and archives to tell the story of Britains canals and waterways. The historic docks at Ellesmere Port provide the perfect setting. With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings, the Museum is a great day out where time slows down and history comes to life.
River Dee Cruises - Chester
Enjoy a relaxing 30 minute cruise, journeying up river beneath the suspension bridge, Grosvenor Park and the Earls Eye, following the long sweep of the 'meadows'. Delightful views are seen of beautiful and interesting riverside properties and gardens. Enjoy commentary and (mums and dads) a drink from the bar as you cruise along the river.
Riverside Park - Macclesfield
Macclesfield Riverside Park is owned by Cheshire East Borough Council and is managed as a country park by the Bollin Valley Partnership. The 70 acre linear park occupies the flood plain and gently sloping sides of the River Bollin between Macclesfield and Prestbury. The area was in agricultural use until the 1980s when work started on developing the Park. Since then thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers have been planted, miles of pathways stoned and picnic areas and seating built. A derelict land grant created the opportunity to build a Visitor Centre on the site of an old farm building near Beech Bridge; the Centre was officially opened in 1989. The toilets are open daily; the Centre whenever there is a Ranger on site.
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands - Nr Neston, Cheshire
Burton Mere Wetlands is perfect if you're new to birdwatching, as the entire reserve has been designed to get you closer to nature. It has relaxed, modern facilities with excellent access for people of all abilities.
Sandstone Trail - Cheshire & Shropshire
Cheshire's Sandstone Trail stretches for 34 miles/55 kilometres across lovely rural Cheshire and north Shropshire. It's one of the finest and most popular long distance walks in North West England - but you don't have to do it all in one go!
Snugburys - Nantwich, Cheshire
A lovely trip out with the children to a traditional ice-cream parlour. And whilst you're there take a look at the amazing straw sculptures!
Stockley Farm - Arley, Northwich
Your visit starts with a tractor and trailer ride from the carpark down to the farm. On arrival at the farm visitors can make their way to see a variety of animals including cows and calves, pigs, goats and lambs. You can also visit Pet Corner, join in the bottle feeding, watch the sheep racing and birds of prey displays. You can even watch the milking every afternoon from 3:30pm.
Tatton Park - Knutsford
Tatton Park is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates. It is home to a Tudor Old Hall, Neo-Classical Mansion, 50 acres of landscaped gardens, a rare-breed farm and 1,000 acres of deer park. Our speciality shops, restaurant, adventure playground, events and educational programmes combine to make Tatton one of the most popular family days out in the North West.
Tegg's Nose Country Park - Macclesfield
Discover Tegg’s Nose Country Park and experience Cheshire’s wild hill country where rock dominates the landscape. Dry stone walls and sturdy barns add to the dramatic character of the steeply sided valleys while many of the hill tops are pitted with old quarries. Quarrying was certainly happening at Tegg’s Nose in the 1500’s and continued until 1955. Men blasted, hammered, hacked and chiselled away at the rock in harsh conditions for low wages. Today nature has softened the scars of industry and there is plenty to see at Tegg’s whatever time of year. You don’t have to go far to enjoy exhilarating views over the Cheshire Plain and on a clear day you can see Liverpool’s cathedrals and Welsh hills beyond. The car park provides an excellent base for numerous walks and throughout the year there are many events taking place at the visitor centre.
Walton Hall & Gardens - Warrington
Walton Hall is the ideal place for a family day out with spacious lawns, picnic areas, play area, free children's zoo, and outdoor games.
Wacky Woods OWLS Club - Adlington, Cheshire
Children will love OWLS - Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scheme - it runs every Saturday morning from 9am - 11:30am. Activities include games, den building, whittling, woodland conservation, pond dipping, and playing on their woodland workout course and rope swing. You only need to book in 24 hours in advance.
Wheelock Hall Farm & Shop, Sandbach
Farm shop, cafe, play area and pet/feed the farm animals for free. A great half day out for younger children.
Wigg Island Visitor Centre - Runcorn, Cheshire
The centre has a number of 'eco-friendly' features including its own wind turbine and rainwater harvesting systems for the toilet facilities. It also features a 360 degree moat pond that can be used for pond-dipping activities when water levels allow. The Community Park and Centre is fully accessible for those with limited mobility and there are hides along the length of the estuary.