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Family Fun in Delamere

Family Fun in Delamere

There’s a plentiful supply of things to see and do for all the family in and around Delamere.

Here's our recommended must-do's for a visit to this area of Cheshire for a weekend break.

Day 1

Go on a Woodand Adventure. Delamere Forest is Cheshire’s largest woodland area and the perfect place for family adventures and picnics. Take a trip to the Visitor Centre where you can pick up trail maps, hire bikes for an exciting family adventure, or just explore the forest on your own.

There’s plenty of wildlife to be found including the greater spotted woodpecker, small tortoiseshell butterfly and southern hawker dragonfly, so why not bring some binoculars and see what you can spot.

If you’re feeling adventurous then bring out your inner ape at Go Ape! A high wire adventure with rope ladders, Tarzan Swing into a giant rope net, zip wires, rope bridges and much more in the heart of the forest. A high wire adventure takes approximately 3 hours. Age and height restrictions apply, booking is advisable.

Have fun at Blakemere. Head 10 minutes down the road from Delamere Forest and you’ll find Blakemere Village, with an indoor play barn, outdoor adventure play park, Bird of Prey flying displays and Segways as well as craft shops and craft activities, plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Stay right in the heart of the forest in one of the beautiful new forest holidays lodges, the perfect place for a back-to-nature family break,

Day 2

Anderton Boat Lift. Built in 1875 the Anderton Boat Lift’s purpose was to transport working craft between the Weaver Navigation and Trent & Mersey Canal 50 feet above. Today the Anderton Boat Lift still operates so step aboard the Edwin Clark trip boat for a river trip and journey through the lift. The operations centre houses an interactive exhibition, gift shop and refreshment area, so there’s plenty to see and do.

Other Suggestions

Beeston Castle. Standing majestically on a sheer rocky crag, Beeston Castle offers perhaps the most stunning views of any castle in England. Discover 4,000 years of history, and explore over 40 acres of woodland walks. Perfect for a family day out!

The Ice Cream Farm. Choose from over 30 award winning and irresistible real dairy ice creams and sorbets made in Cheshire. Visit animal corner, watch the cows being milked and visit the café and gift shop. For the younger ones there’s ‘Crazy Daisy’s amazing adventure Indoor Play Barn and outdoor play area.

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  1. Delamere Forest

    Northwich

    Delamere Forest is Cheshire's largest area of woodland and is a place for families to let off steam, escape the crowds, enjoy the stunning views and find peace in the heart of the forest.

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    Delamere Forest Gruffalo Trail
    Delamere Forest Gruffalo Trail

    Enjoy a fun day out in Cheshire’s biggest woodland!

    Located between Liverpool and Manchester, Delamere Forest provides a stunning setting for your next family adventure. Whether a leisurely wander through the trees, scaling the heights at Go Ape, an adventure in the deep, dark wood on the Gruffalo Spotters Trail or enjoying a family bike ride, Delamere Forest is bursting with opportunities to explore the great outdoors.

    Explore the stunning landscape on a choice of three walking trails or two cycling trails. If you’re stuck for wheels why not visit the brand new Tracs cycle centre who’ll happily fix you up with a hire bike, they’ve got something to suit everybody. Be sure to visit the new eco-friendly visitor centre which is also home to the Delamere Forest Café – for all the post-fun refreshments you’ll need. 

    You can become a Delamere Forest member for £40 and get free parking all year round, plus a range of discounts and benefits. You’ll also be supporting the nation’s forests. Find out more here.

    Contact Details:

    Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2HZ

    Tel:

    0300 067 4340

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Go Ape Delamere

    Northwich

    Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within beautiful forests, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on Treetop Adventure and Treetop Challenge or explore the forest floor on epic all-terrain Segways.

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    Get your adrenaline pumping at Go Ape! Delamere
    Swing amongst the trees at Go Ape! Delamere
    Go Ape! Delamere - Go Ape! is the UK's number 1 forest adventure
    Explore Delamere on Segway with Go Ape! Delamere
    Get your adrenaline pumping at Go Ape! Delamere
    Swing amongst the trees at Go Ape! Delamere
    Go Ape! Delamere - Go Ape! is the UK's number 1 forest adventure
    Explore Delamere on Segway with Go Ape! Delamere

    Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure.

    Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family. Set within beautiful forests, families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on Treetop Adventure and Treetop Challenge or explore the forest floor on epic all-terrain Segways. It's a day out like no other.

    Treetop Adventure. Uncover an adventure in the tree-tops for junior Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

    Treetop Challenge. The classic and original. You will be briefed for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off the Tarzan Swing and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery

    Forest Segways. Get off the beaten track and Go Ape Forest Segway – a epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist.

    Can I Go Ape?

    Treetop Adventure

    Minimum Age - All ages

    Minimum Height - Over 1m (3ft 3") tall

     

    Treetop Challenge

    Minimum Age - 10 years

    Minimum Height - 1.4m (4ft 7")

    Maximum Weight - 20.5 stone (130kg)

     

    Forest Segway

    Minimum Age - All ages

    Minimum Weight- 7 stone (45kg)

    Maximum Weight - 19.5 stone (125kg)

     

    Corporate Events

    As well as being great for family and friends, Go Ape is also a brilliant way to escape the office. Have you ever wanted to watch your boss jump off a high platform? Well now you can with one of the Go Ape Corporate Team Building Days.

    Get in touch with the Go Ape Corporate Events Team to get your tribe in the trees. Like all the best things in life, Go Ape is even better shared. You can rely on the friendly team to guarantee you a day out you’ll never forget.

     

    Contact Details:

    Delamere Forest, Linmere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Tel:

    0845 838 0638

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Blakemere Village

    Northwich

    **Cheshire Woodland Weddings - Wedding Venue of the Year Winner 2019** Situated in the heart of Cheshire just outside Chester, Blakemere Village is home to a unique collective of boutique shops built around a stunning Edwardian stable block, an ideal Day Out destination for all ages.

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    So many things to do and see at Blakemere Village including Falconry
    Segway fun at Blakemere Village
    Free adventure play park at Blakemere Village
    Browse Homewares and furniture at Blakemere Village
    So many things to do and see at Blakemere Village including Falconry
    Segway fun at Blakemere Village
    Free adventure play park at Blakemere Village
    Browse Homewares and furniture at Blakemere Village

    Situated in the heart of Cheshire just outside Chester, Blakemere Village is home to a unique collective of boutique shops built around a stunning Edwardian stable block, an ideal Day Out destination for all ages. Today, you can explore over 30+ independent shops offering giftware, antiques and fashion as well as a traditional tearoom as well as The Village Restaurant and Coffee Bar. Take a stroll through the nearby woodlands, enjoy the free outdoor adventure playpark or choose many daily activities including segway or the awe-inspiring Birds of Prey experiences. Open 7 days a week from 10am until 5pm, free to enter and free to park. For more information on what's on daily and up and coming events, please see the website www.visitblakemere.co.uk

    This year, Blakemere Village celebrates 25 years of family entertainment and independent shopping with a series of commemorative events alongside the opening of a new vintage-inspired store, Farrow House.

    Blakemere Village offers both group organiser and coach driver incentives and can also tailor a bespoke package to individual needs including activities and group rates. For more information on events and daily activities visit www.blakemerevillage.com. For Group tour operator bookings call 01606 883261 or email info@visitblakemere.co.uk.

     

    Contact Details:

    Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB

    Tel:

    01606 883261

    Website

    Web Site

  4. Anderton Boat Lift

    Northwich

    The grounds and takeaway are now open - Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
    Keep an eye on the website and social media for updates on the visitor centre reopening and boat trips restarting in the summer. 

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    Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
    Stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and the canal side
    All aboard for a trip up Anderton Boat Lift
    Grab lunch or a drink and a snack at the onsite cafe at Anderton Boat Lift
    Anderton Boat Lift - An extraordinary feat of engineering
    Anderton Boat Lift - A fun day out for the family
    Stunning views of Anderton Boat Lift and the canal side
    All aboard for a trip up Anderton Boat Lift
    Grab lunch or a drink and a snack at the onsite cafe at Anderton Boat Lift
    Anderton Boat Lift - An extraordinary feat of engineering

    The grounds and takeaway are now open - Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

    Keep an eye on the website and social media for updates on the visitor centre reopening and boat trips restarting in the summer. 

    Marvel at the miraculous feat of Victorian engineering they call the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’. No wonder it won Visit England’s 2018 Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year - Take a 30-minute boat ride up or down the lift to get the inside track on its workings. If you’ve got a head for heights, try Walking The Lift; venture out along the aqueduct to see the former control room and machine deck, then climb to the very top of this impressive structure for wonderful panoramic views. Little ones will love the new Let’s Play outdoor area, complete with a mock-up of Anderton’s bridge, control house and mooring area, and, inside the Visitor Centre, a lift-themed craft area where young imaginations can fly. Check out, too, the fascinating exhibition about this unique spectacle.

     

    Contact Details:

    Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

    Tel:

    01606 786777

    Website

    Web Site

  5. Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

    Tarporley

    Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags Beeston Castle is a magical site with something for everyone.

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    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Events at Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Family fun at Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Events at Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Family fun at Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage

    Advance booking is now essential. There is also now limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read the ticketing FAQ before you book.

    All visitors to Beeston Castle need to book their ticket in advance. To book please go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/beeston

    Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags Beeston Castle is a magical site with something for everyone. With stunning views to take your breath away, long walks through rich woodland for nature lovers and nooks and crannies for kids to hide in you’re sure to have a magnificent day out! Beeston's origins stretch over 4,000 years; to a Bronze Age hill fort to the medieval fortress visitors see today which was inspired by the Crusader's Castles and the impregnable hill-top strongholds of the Holy Land. Legend has it that the majestic Beeston Castle guards buried treasure once belonging to Richard II. The king is said to have dispersed bags of gold at Beeston en route to quell the rebellion in Ireland, perhaps your family can find the treasure? The famous views from the top are reputedly the best from any castle in England - on a clear day visitors can see across 8 counties from the Pennines in the east to the mountains of Wales in the west. Beeston is also a haven for wildlife and the unspoiled woodland makes it home to a host of birds and small mammals, remember to bring those binoculars and who knows what you may discover.  

    Contact Details:

    Chapel Lane, Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TX

    Tel:

    01829 260464

    Website

    Web Site

  6. The Ice Cream Farm

    Tattenhall, Chester

    Set in the picturesque location between Beeston and Peckforton Castle, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing over 800,000 visitors a year with over 50 award-winning and irresistible Cheshire Farm Ice Cream and sorbets to choose from. 

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    Set in the picturesque location between Beeston and Peckforton Castle, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing over 800,000 visitors a year with over 50 award-winning and irresistible Cheshire Farm Ice Cream and sorbets to choose from. 

    Contact Details:

    Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9NE

    Tel:

    01829 770 995

    Website

    Web Site

  7. Forest Holidays Delamere Forest

    Frodsham

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

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    A cabin with a hot tub at 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.

    There’s loads of places to stay in Cheshire. But only one where you can spend a few nights deep in the heart of Delamere Forest. A Forest Holiday is the chance to step away from the world for a few days, to catch your breath and to relax. Whether it's a weekend break, a four-night midweek stay, a seven-night break, or even longer, you feel the magic of the forest from the moment you arrive. Perfect for a back-to-nature family break, explore and enjoy time with friends or escape for a romantic weekend for two.

    The oasis of broadleaf and evergreen trees spans 972 hectares of wild forest. Here you can choose between cabins bordered by clusters of trees for an off-the-beaten-track feel or cabins with sun-lit views of country fields. In Delamere Forest you’re likely to stumble across restored meres and mosses - grassy wetlands which give Cheshire’s landscape its distinctive character.

    Reconnect in a Forest Holidays cabin with peaceful forest views, an outdoor hot tub and all the extras you need to personalise your stay. You can also book adventure activities, see the forest by segway or meet owls on a nature-led experience the whole family will love. Venture out into the local area and find your own family favourites and hidden gems. Because the forest is more than just a place it’s endless possibilities.

    Sleep under the stars in Delamere Forest in a cosy cabin that feels like home.

     

    Contact Details:

    Ashton Road, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 6US

    Tel:

    03330 110 495

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Delamere Forest (53.22871,-2.67853)Go Ape Delamere (53.22961,-2.67854)0.09
Go Ape Delamere (53.22961,-2.67854)Blakemere Village (53.22794,-2.60534)4.39
Blakemere Village (53.22794,-2.60534)Anderton Boat Lift (53.2745,-2.52763)6.59
Anderton Boat Lift (53.2745,-2.52763)Beeston Castle and Woodland Park (53.12658,-2.68248)17.5
Beeston Castle and Woodland Park (53.12658,-2.68248)The Ice Cream Farm (53.1318,-2.75038)4.12
The Ice Cream Farm (53.1318,-2.75038)Forest Holidays Delamere Forest (53.24995,-2.70194)12.19
Total Distance *44.87 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.44 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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