Here in Chester & Cheshire, we’ve got a lot going on from the freshest, newest attractions, to the return of your firm favourites. So here are our suggestions for 17 great ideas for 17 May (and beyond!):

1: Meet the Twiggles at BeWILDerwood

Cheshire is the location of the new BeWILDerwood, the award-winning forest of family outdoor adventures. Just like the well-loved Norfolk original, BeWILDerwood Cheshire features Treehouses, Wobbly Wires, Slippery Slopes, Crocklebogs and more. Go to

2: Stay the night in Delamere Forest

Forest Holidays has made it possible to stay beneath Delamere Forest’s canopy for the first time. Sixty-seven light-footprint cabins, including treehouses, with luxurious extras such as pizza ovens and hot tubs, have just opened in this former hunting ground of medieval lords. Go to

3: Burst the bubble at Port Sunlight

A little fun goes a long way when learning STEM subjects. That’s the aim of SoapWorks at Port Sunlight, the historic village for the workers of William Lever’s Sunlight factory on Wirral. At the playful new interactive experience – which will open the village’s schoolroom to the public for the first time – youngsters can learn all about the life-saving properties of that everyday essential, soap. Go to

4: Scale the heights at Carden Park

A new aerial adventure, Vertigo at Carden, is opening at Carden Park, near Chester, on 17 May. Adrenaline-fuelled thrills are guaranteed for day visitors as well as hotel guests, with challenges including 10 mid-air obstacles, a 210-meter zipline, climbing wall, and a 10-metre free-fall drop into a giant stunt pillow. Go to

5: Look into the past at Hare Hill

The historic borders outside the walled garden at Hare Hill, near Macclesfield, have been recreated in line with the vision of its final owner, Colonel Charles Brockhurst (1904-1977). Other sights to enjoy include magnificent displays of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. Go to

6: Celebrate 90 years of Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo turns 90 this year with the opening of the new Latin American Wetland Aviary this spring, where visitors can see Caribbean flamingos and saffron finches, among other birds, and learn about efforts to conserve their numbers. Plus Chester Zoo’s quest to be a zero-waste zoo by 2030 has inspired Love It For Longer, a sustainability spectacular, from 11 June. It’ll be 100 per cent utter rubbish; exploring the world of waste, from plastic and technology to water – and even poo. Go to

Children on zip lines at BeWILDerwood

7: Make (train) tracks to Chester Cathedral

Pete Waterman OBE and the builders of ‘Leamington Spa’ will present this summer’s must-see model railway event in the nave of Chester Cathedral, 17 July-3 September. “Making Tracks” will demonstrate the West Coast Mainline – a 74ft OO model featuring the work of local boy and world-renowned railway engineer Thomas Brassey. Go to

8: Visit Percy he Park Keeper at Tatton Park

Percy the Park Keeper is showing little ones around the gardens and rare breeds farm at Tatton Park, near Knutsford, until 5 September, using a secret path and treasure hunt. Along the way they’ll meet animal characters from Nick Butterworth’s popular children’s books, including Percy’s new friend Lucy the Calf. Go to

9: Pore over maps at Lion Salt Works

The pandemic has made walking and going off the beaten track favourite activies. Now, ‘Magic of Maps’ at Lion Salt Works aims to turn map-reading into a fun adventure for youngsters, 2-3 June. Inquisitive youngsters can pore over maps with the help of a Map Pack with a treasure hunt and other activities. Go to

10: Take Fido on a sightseeing run in Chester

Visitors holidaying with their four-legged friend can now limber up for a new 5K Dog Run Tour of the city with Tours Around Chester. The pace will be set to suit man/woman and beast – it’s a run, not a race – and the tour guide will give a full history of Chester and the landmarks on the route, including the Cathedral, Racecourse and Castle. Humans will be rewarded with a reviving coffee, while Fido will get a bowl of refreshing water and a tasty treat. Go to

11: Make a splash on the River Dee

White-water kayaking on the Chester Weir in the heart of the city and paddleboarding with a view of the Chester Meadows, Old Dee Bridge and Roman Walls are two new waterborne tours now being offered by Dee River Kayaking. Meanwhile, Chester Boat will be skippering new private picnic trips. The perfect socially distanced day out, Picnic Boat Hire is for up to six passengers and the special sailing comes with optional afternoon tea and fizz (with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus available). Go to,

12: Learn forest bathing at Tatton Park

Forest Bathing is fast becoming a favourite way to re-connect with nature. Now Tatton Park is offering visitors a step-by-step beginner’s guide to this popular pastime, beneath a canopy of some of the most treasured trees in its 50-acre gardens. Go to

Paddleboarding on the River Dee

13: Join in the family fun at Just So

Little imaginations meet outdoor arts in a full-on cultural explosion at the award-winning family festival Just So at Rode Hall, near Congleton, 20-22 August. The creative whirl includes midnight feasts, stories and comedy, giant magpie puppets, a rainbow colour fight, and a circus with a scientific twist. Go to

14: Watch the curtain go up at Grosvenor Park Open-Air Theatre

Britain’s biggest and best open-air theatre returns in Chester’s Grosvenor Park with an extended season, 29 May-30 August, featuring The Jungle Book, Pride and Prejudice, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The performances at Grosvenor Park Open-Air Theatre are among more than 200 outdoor events being produced by Storyhouse, the city’s award-winning arts hub. Others include Moonlight Flicks, al-fresco movie screenings in Chester, Wirral and Nantwich of family favourites, cult classics and contemporary blockbusters. Go to,,

15: Taste the best of the North-West at Tatton Park

The UK’s biggest food festival returns to Tatton Park this summer, 9-11 July, showcasing the best food and drink from the North West. Tom Rhodes, the newly crowned winner of BBC’s MasterChef, will be cooking live, and there’ll be entertainment from Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Go to

16: Hear the Barber of Seville at Clonter Opera

The Clonter Opera opens the doors of its rural theatre, near Swettenham, once more this spring and summer. First up, “Jazz in June”, 5 June, followed by a production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, 15-24 July. Go to

17: Book a ticket to RHS Tatton Park

Celebrating colour, creativity, community and the positive power of plants and flowers, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park returns this summer, 21-25 July. There’ll be plenty of gardening inspiration in the Community Borders, innovative Back to Back Gardens, and creations by new talent at the RHS Young Designer Gardens. Go to

Child in a fish costume at Just So Festival


Adventure Park / Playground

BeWILDerwood Cheshire is a huge outdoor adventure park for ALL the family to enjoy together. Make memories, use your imagination, be active and run WILD in the enchanted 70-acre woodland.

Forest Holidays Delamere Forest
A cabin with a hot tub at Forest Holidays Delamere Forest

Stay in one of Britain's most beautiful forests, in a secluded location offering a retreat from the everyday.

Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village
Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village

Port Sunlight Museum celebrates the unique heritage of the beautiful and historic industrial village. It is the finest surviving example of early urban planning the UK, Port Sunlight is set in 130 acres of beautiful parkland.

Carden Park Hotel – Cheshire’s Country Estate
Carden Park Hotel – Cheshire’s Country Estate

Carden Park Hotel truly is Cheshire's Country Estate.

Hare Hill Garden (NT)
Gardens, Hare Hill Garden, attraction, visitcheshire, cheshire

A tranquil wooded garden, surrounded by historic parkland, with a delightful walled garden at its heart.

Chester Zoo
Animal Collection
Lemur, Chester Zoo

A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens.

Lion Salt Works
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Lion Salt Works

Cheshire’s salt – the precious mineral on which this county sits – has been prized since Roman times.

The Magic of Maps
Family Friendly
Family enjoy exploring map reading together, photo by Andrew Charles Photography

The award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich is celebrating with a series of child-friendly ‘Magic of Maps’ activities

Dee River Kayaking
Adventure Sport Centre
Dee River Kayaking, Chester

Dee River Kayaking is a friendly and professional river kayaking service based in Chester. We offer guided tours and instruction in both Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard, so however you'd like to get your floating fix, we've got you covered.

ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire
Boat Trip
The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester

Enjoy a different side of Chester - the riverside!  Sail with us along the beautiful River Dee.

Tatton Park
Historic House / Palace
Daffodils in the Parkland at Tatton Park

Tatton Park’s ancient Parkland is just waiting to be explored.

Just So Festival
Just So Festival

Just So Festival is an imaginative outdoor adventure for children and their families.

Tatton Park Foodies Festival
Foodies festival, food and drink, outdoors, family, top chefs, demonstrations,

Foodies Festival, the UK's favourite food festival, will return to Tatton Park 7-9 July 2023!

Clonter Opera Theatre
Clonter Opera Theatre inside the auditorium

The 'Clonter Experience' offers you the opportunity to entertain friends and clients in the convivial atmosphere of an intimate theatre whilst enjoying operatic productions as well as jazz and other musical events.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Show / Display
Woman in a sun hat looking  at flowers

A fabulous day out bursting with colourful gardening inspiration, fun family activities, have-a-go workshops and boutique shopping



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