Fancy trying something different? To keep the boredom at bay we have put together 12 of the best unique family experiences in Chester and Cheshire for you and your family to try.

Dino Sleepovers at Gullivers World

Dino Sleepovers at Gulliver's World
Discover Dinosaurs in the dark at Gulliver's World. Get up close to living, tail-thrashing dinosaurs in the lost world after the sun goes down and then stay over in the lost world cabin. You’ll be guided by an expert park ranger every step of the way on this immersive dinosaur adventure at Gulliver's Warrington.

Art Clubs at Pictura, Chester

Join Pictura in Chester for their Diddi da Vinci's art school, art classes for 6 months to 5 year olds. These structured fun art and developmental classes for children will help you and your little ones create art and memories whilst building on their key developmental learning. There are also a wide range of classes and courses for 6 to 13 year old including Anime Art Club, clay workshops, gamers art workshops, learn to paint and more. 

Children's Afternoon Tea at Oddfellows

Children's Afternoon Tea at Oddfellows

A delicious afternoon tea is an absolute treat that no one should miss out on! Oddfellows offer afternoon tea specifically for children at just £9.50 per person. They can enjoy a sumptuous array of finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Yum! 

Junior Owl Experience - Cheshire Falconry

Barn Owl
Designed specifically for juniors aged 4 to 12 this session enables children to get hands-on, have fun and fly an owl. There is something magical about witnessing the delight on the face of a child as they interact with any animal but particularly something as enigmatic as an owl. The Junior Owl Experience at Cheshire Falconry utilises the calmest and most tolerant birds of prey in the collection to give children the experience of a lifetime as they fly an owl for the first time. The predicted duration of the session is 1/2 an hour and is £35. What an experience!

Treetop Challenge - Chester Zoo

TreeTop Adventure at Chester Zoo

Take your mini monkeys along to Chester Zoo for a BIG treetop adventure on their adventure course, the biggest of its kind in the UK. Get them strapped in and guide them around as they leap, climb and laugh their way through the many fun obstacles along the course. It's also the first course in the UK to include two mini zip lines, so get ready to watch your little ones wizzzz by.

Small Spies Training - Hack Green

Small Spies at Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Follow the Soviet Spy mouse trail at Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker and help to rid them of the terrible spy mice and their leader, Big 'R' Rusky the spy rat. Grab your small spies training manual and pick up your secret orders on the way into the bunker, hand them back when you leave and you’ll receive a Secret Agent Certificate. Find them all and you will be rewarded for all your hard work! 

Treasure Hunt Chester

Treasure Hunt ChesterHunt for clues and follow treasure maps on a gorgeous route around the city. Find historical treasures and see new stuff, even if you've lived here your whole life. It's something a bit different and fun for all the family, even the teenagers will be engaged. Climb the Roman walls, admire the stunning cathedral, explore the amphitheatre and wander by the riverside. Marvel at the iconic Rows as you take in two thousands years of history. Spot things you'd never notice like the medieval mystery set into the wall of St John's ruins. Hear interesting stories like how a Roman soldier left graffitti boasting about his boss. It's all at your own pace. Pop into cafes or take a picnic to the lovely Grosvenor park. 

Boulder Zoo - Boulder Hut

Boulder Hut, Ellesmere Port
Boulder Hut is an indoor climbing centre in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Bouldering is a shorter, sharper variation of rock climbing, done without ropes, over lower heights & matting. Specially designed for little ones (aged 2 to 10 years), the Boulder Zoo provides a safe and intriguing play space with awesome flower murals, extra thick matting and specially designed Bouldering challenges for kids to explore, improve their balance and confidence and burn off some energy!

Junior Shark Dive

Junior Shark Dive at Blue Planet Aquarium
Only for the brave! Blue Planet Aquarium offers a truly unique junior shark dive experience, allowing young people to get up close to some amazing sharks. They will get to dive in the reef section of the Caribbean Reef exhibit, mingle with Blacktip Reef sharks, large stingrays, Zebra sharks and a variety of tropical fish. For children aged 8 to 15 with a minimum height requirement of 125cm (4ft 2").

Little Leapers at Freedome

Little Leapers at Freedome

If you have 2 to 5 year olds who have lots of energy to burn off, Little Leapers sessions at Freedome are just the thing to keep them occupied and let off some steam! These sessions give your little one free rein of the whole park, meaning they can run and jump free without any older children being around. They even run special mascot events so look out on their website to see who is due to visit at their next one.

A visit to Sick To Death

Sick to Death, Chester
Last by no means least and not for the faint-hearted, a visit to Sick to Death, Chester. Where you can explore the gory story of medicine through time. Come and learn and laugh in a gross but family fun attraction. Offering a playground of plague with a smatter of splatter and a chance to poke into the medical past in a fun, interactive way, Sick to Death is a must-visit and a unique learning experience for all the family.


Gulliver's World Resort
Theme Park
Gulliver's Gears

Gulliver’s Theme Parks are designed especially for families. Enjoy rides, shows and attractions that are perfect for children aged 2-13.

Pictura Studios
Arts & Crafts Shop
Pictura Studios

Tucked away on Eastgate Row, in the heart of Chester City centre is Pictura Studios, a place that offers Art for everyone! Inside Pictura Studios you will find a Creative Cafe, Art School, our very own art gallery and an art shop.

Contemporary and comfortable bedrooms at Oddfellows

Situated in the heart of Chester, minutes from the River Dee and the vibrant and chic boutiques in the city, you will find a profoundly unique hotel which will capture your imagination and shape the way you travel.

Cheshire Falconry
Animal Collection
Enjoy a Meet the Birds experience at Cheshire Falconry

An internationally reknowned centre: A visitor attraction for people interested in birds of prey with an excellent aviary complex and flying demonstrations throughout the summer.

Chester Zoo
Animal Collection
Giraffes, 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.

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker

Discover the secret underground world of government. How would you survive a nuclear attack?

Jodrell Bank
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Jodrell Bank is an amazing, unique, and awe-inspiring place. A world-leading deep-space radio observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an award-winning national visitor attraction.

Treasure Hunt Chester
Walking Tour
Treasure Hunt Chester

Hunt for clues and follow treasure maps on a gorgeous route around the city. Climb the Roman walls, admire the stunning cathedral, explore the amphitheatre and wander by the riverside. Marvel at the iconic Rows as you take in two thousands years of history.

Boulder Hut
Strawberry Fountain at Boulder Hut

Boulder Hut is an indoor climbing centre that opened its doors in July 2018 in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Bouldering is a shorter, sharper variation of rock climbing, done without ropes, over lower heights & matting.

Blue Planet Aquarium
Blue Planet Aquarium

Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in our daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre.

Adventure Park / Playground
Freedome Cheshire Oaks - Exterior

FREEDOME believes in chasing thrills, not taking chances. Fun starts and ends with safety.

Sick to Death
Exhibition at Sick to Death

Explore the gory story of medicine through time. Learn and laugh in a gross but family fun attraction.



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