The festive period is behind us now and whether you’re doing dry January or on a health kick, we’re all feeling a little bit down in the dumps and need a pick-me-up from the new year dip. Cheshire has the answer! Here are a few ideas to suit everyone to get you started...

1. Pampering Days After all that shopping you did for Christmas, you are bound to be needing a little bit of me-time, so why not book yourself into a spa and get a massage, for example The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor, to soothe your mind and pamper your body. The treatments are delivered by the skilled therapists as they use the finest products for your skin to give you that boost you need into January. The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor is open daily from 10am-6pm and until 7pm on Fridays.

2. Getting Out And About Or perhaps pampering and relaxation just doesn’t hit the spot, maybe you’d like to get out and about to the Cheshire plains. Explore the Sandstone Ridge which covers 230 sq km of landscape between Frodsham and Malpas. The ridge is rich in history and wildlife, so why not get your hiking boots on and experience the picturesque views of Cheshire. Whether you are simply looking for a quiet stroll out in the country or you want to challenge yourself and walk the full length of the 55km trail - there is a walk for everybody.

3. Walking Tours If hiking sounds too tiring, why not try The Rows Revealed Walking Tour in Chester? The famous Rows were first built in the great port of Chester and modernised by the Victorians. Explore Chester and you may see medieval cellars and passageways, beautiful decorated plasterwork and the remains of a Roman hypocaust. The tours start from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre and they are 90 minutes long. Max 15 people per tour. Includes steps. Can be booked privately.

4. Hibernate Away From Home Why not take you and your loved ones out to a weekend away somewhere? Find a lovely cottage and have a break from all the madness after the festive period. Book a room with Cheshire Country Holidays in Holmes Chapel - these luxury guest houses are overlooked by the Jodrell Bank Telescope, providing fantastic views alongside their beautiful traditional feel. There is plenty to see and do if you want to go and explore, as the cottage is less than ten miles from both Congleton and Macclesfield - or you could just lounge around in your pyjamas with a hot chocolate. This self-catering accommodation includes all the necessities you need to enjoy your relaxing break away.

5. Shop the January Sales Maybe you don’t have the January Blues and shopping for Christmas just wasn’t enough. Take a trip and make a day of it with the vast range of eateries on-site to suit every tastebud. Cheshire Oaks houses over 145 leading brands including beauty, clothing, kitchenware, outdoor, travel, and more. Snap up some brilliant bargains to start off your New Year, New You, or refresh your wardrobe! If shopping isn't your ideal day out, head over to the other side of Cheshire Oaks to start off those healthy resolutions the fun way. With a trip to Freedome and their FreeFit scheme, you can "bounce into a healthier you with cardio cross jump and core fitness training, using high intensity workouts and suspension ropes". What are you waiting for?

6. Eat Yourself Happy! The most important part of a fresh start to the new year is a happy tummy, but you can't forget to keep your purse happy too, so we have gathered the best offers that January can bring to Cheshire. (PS - the best place to uncover these is right on our Offers pages for Chester and Cheshire. We're constantly updating it, so check back often for the most fantastic foodie finds!) Chef's Table kicks it all off with a mouth-watering selection of themed meal nights. From Vegan to Japanese and everything in between, everyone palate will be satisfied by the 6 or 7-course lineups for each night. To find your perfect theme, head over to the Chef's Table page and look on the right-hand side for the listings. If you're looking for something a little less formal, the Ring O' Bells located just outside Chester should most definitely be on your hit-list. Their high-quality home cooking creates a lovely buzz for a fantastic drinking and dining experience, so hop down on a Monday or a Wednesday and discover their tasty take on burgers and pizzas with one of their 2 for 1 offers. Want something in between? Head to the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel for one of their marvellous midweek dining offers. Whether you're a Rump and Red person, more into your Pasta and Prosecco, or if you'd rather spice it up with a Fajita and Margarita, the two restaurants located in the hotel will be waiting on hand and foot to please your appetite.

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