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On the Trail of ... Cheshire's Ice Cream

On the Trail of ... Cheshire's Ice Cream

Cheshire isn’t known for its sandy beaches, yet it’s just the place to go for an ice cream. There’s been a thriving dairy industry in the county’s lush green pastures for centuries and today some of that local milk is being put to delicious use creating the sweet treat. Try some homemade Cheshire ice cream on a tour of its makers and you’ll also discover an ice cream-themed play park and encounter a friendly giant bee.

It’s no wonder The Ice Cream Farm near Tattenhall is one of Britain’s favourite tourist attractions. After all, what kid wouldn’t want to romp around an adventure playground themed on the sweet stuff? There’s sand-and-water play at Honeycomb Canyon, trampolines at Marshmallow Mound, even quad-bike racing on the Silvercone track. Plus you can refuel on one (or more) of the 50 flavours sold here in the world’s largest ice-cream parlour. Perhaps get your little ones to play first and eat later… The Ice Cream Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9NE (0800 133 7000, www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk).

At Snugbury’s Ice Cream near Nantwich you can wander around a 40-foot high, 5-tonne bee while devouring a scoop of white chocolate honeycomb, 50p of the price of which goes to The Bumble Bee Conservation Trust. The giant bee is the latest straw sculpture to take up residence in the field next to Snugbury’s farm shop. Previous landmarks on this horizon have included Peter Rabbit, a British Olympian cyclist, and a Dr Who Dalek – or should that be DaLICK. Snugbury’s Ice Cream, Park Farm, Hurleston, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6BU (01270 624830, snugburys.co.uk).

After a long day’s shopping at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, or a few hours talking to the animals at Chester Zoo, make a refreshing pitstop at nearby Backford Belles. Choose from 14 flavours of award-winning ice cream – including the rainbowtastic Unicorn – all made from the milk of the farm’s herd of doe-eyed Jersey cows. Backford Belles, Acres Farm, Chester Road, A41, Backford, Chester CH1 6PE (01244 851029, www.backfordbelles.com).

Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm is set on the edge of one of Cheshire’s prettiest villages. So after you’ve admired the timbered cottages and quaint church, enjoy a freshly made cone on the farm’s tearoom patio or while meeting resident goats Monty, Raisin and Dig. There’s a Maize Trail to follow, too – though it’s more a wiggly path to maintain social distancing. Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm, New Westage Farm, Great Budworth, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6ND (01606 891211, icecreamfarm.co.uk).

Small is beautiful at Daresbury Dairy, where they pride themselves on creating only 12 flavours in limited-size batches. Even the journey from cow to cone is a little one –just across the farmyard. And it’s not much further to where you can order a scoop or a tub, which are sold fresh from the dairy at the small on-site shop. Daresbury Dairy, Penkridge Lake Farm, Newton Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire WA4 4HZ (www.daresburydairy.co.uk).

It doesn’t get more indulgent than at Seven Sisters Posh Ice Cream – lemon meringue, Kinder Bueno, cake-batter mix are some of the naughty but nice treats in store here. They’re all made with milk from the farm’s Holstein-Friesian herd, which Seven Sisters assures us are “the supermodels of the cow world”. (Fat-free options are also available, naturally.) Seven Sisters Farm, Holmes Chapel Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 9ER (01565 723813, https://sevensistersfarm.co.uk).

Fancy a scoop of Hilly Billy Ice Cream? That’s what they sell at Blaze Farm in Wildboarclough, on the edge of the Peak District. Coconut, Ginger, Turkish Delight with White Chocolate Chip, take your pick of the unusual (as well as traditional) flavours on the menu in the parlour and café. There’s a Nature Trail to follow, too, with carvings and other creations to spot. Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 0BL (01260 227229; www.blazefarm.com).

Please check the websites for the latest on opening times, access and Covid-19 safety measures.

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  1. The Ice Cream Farm

    Tattenhall

    Set in the picturesque location between Beeston and Peckforton Castle, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing more than half a million visitors a year.

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    The Ice Cream Tree at The Ice Cream Farm
    So much to see and do for all ages at The Ice Cream Farm
    Indoor sand and water play area at The Ice Cream Farm
    Outdoor play area at The Ice Cream Farm
    The Ice Cream Tree at The Ice Cream Farm
    So much to see and do for all ages at The Ice Cream Farm
    Indoor sand and water play area at The Ice Cream Farm
    Outdoor play area at The Ice Cream Farm

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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 more than half a million visitors a year. From the delights of over 50 award winning and irresistible Real Dairy Ice Creams & Sorbets to ‘Crazy Daisy’s’ amazing indoor Adventure Play Barn, Country Kitchen Cafe, Gift Shop, outdoor play areas for all ages, Animal Corner, Quad Bikes, Mini Golf and much more, there’s something for everyone at The Ice Cream Farm. Remaining open throughout, The Ice Cream Farm recently underwent a £4m development bringing an upside down flavour forest, indoor sand and water play area, strawberry fields, Daisy's magical garden, crazy golf and more. 

    An Award Winning Ice Cream Farm:

     -Family Business Award of Excellence, High Sheriff Awards for Enterprise 2019

    - Large Food Producer, Taste Cheshire 2019

    - Best Ice Cream Parlour in the UK, Big 7 2019

    - Cheshire Business Awards, Businessman of the Year 2018 

    - High Sherriff Award for Enterprise, Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation 2017 

    - One of the UK’s most visited free-to-enter attractions by Visit England 2017 

    - British Farming Awards, Digital Innovation, 2016

    - Trinity Mirror Business Awards, Business of the Year 2016 

    - Marketing Cheshire Awards, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, 2016 

    - High Sherriff Award for Enterprise, Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader Award 2015/16

    Contact Details:

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

    Tel:

    01829 770446

    Website

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  2. Snugburys Ice Cream Farm

    Nantwich

    Back in 1986, we started making ice cream here in our farmhouse kitchen for family and friends.

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    Back in 1986, we started making ice cream here in our farmhouse kitchen for family and friends. This proved so successful that we decided to make our unique Jersey Ice Cream on a commercial basis. Now over 100,000 people visit our Snugburys shop each year to eat Big Snugbury cones or to take some ice cream home with them. Our ice cream is made with a total commitment to quality and a genuine love for what we do. Here at Snugburys we feel privileged to be involved with something which gives others so much pleasure and enjoyment. To be creating and then making such yummy flavours such as Death by Chocolate, or our new frozen yogurt it really is a job in a million! We hope you can come to our shop or experience eating some of our ice cream from outlets around the north west of England.

    Contact Details:

    Park Farm, Hurleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6BU

    Tel:

    01270 624830

    Website

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  3. Backford Belles Ice Cream

    Backford, Chester

    Enjoy award-winning ice cream at the Backford Belles shop which is set in traditional sandstone farm buildings.

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    Enjoy a range of flavours at Backford Belles Ice Cream
    Children's play area at Backford Belles Ice Cream
    Cafe at Backford Belles Ice Cream
    Backford Belles Ice Cream, a family run business since 2009
    Enjoy a range of flavours at Backford Belles Ice Cream
    Children's play area at Backford Belles Ice Cream
    Cafe at Backford Belles Ice Cream
    Backford Belles Ice Cream, a family run business since 2009

    Enjoy award-winning ice cream at the Backford Belles shop which is set in traditional sandstone farm buildings. Backford Belles is a family run business established in 2009, making ice cream from the rich creamy milk from their herd of jersey cows, which you can see grazing in the fields. It has become a great venue to spend some quality time with the people you like to be with. There’s plenty of indoor & outdoor seating with a family friendly atmosphere so that you can  relax with a cup of tea/latte/hot chocolate etc. and let the kids play on the climbing frame, swings and toy tractors in the large grass area. Choose one of the various cones, have two scoops or add toppings/fudge stick, the choice is yours! Because the ice cream is so yummy, Backford Belles also make milkshakes using a scoop of any of the flavours on display, which is proving very popular.

    There are always the calves, alpacas, hens and guinea pigs to visit and if you are small enough (toddler) some small tractors to drive on. From July onwards, attend the annual maize “maze” to have fun running or walking around which is free to all customers.

    Contact Details:

    Acres Farm, Chester Road, Backford, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 6PE

    Tel:

    01244 851 374

    Website

    Web Site

  4. Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm

    Northwich

    Enjoy freshly-made ice cream with 18 different flavours.

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    Enjoy freshly-made ice cream with 18 different flavours.

    Here customers can enjoy a cone of ice cream in many mouth-watering flavours, or purchase one litre cartons to take away. The cafe now boasts an extensive tea and coffee menu and is complemented with home-baked cakes. Located in the heart of scenic Cheshire, it is the ideal location for either a warming winter hot drink or a cooling summer ice cream.

    Admission prices apply to special events and season attractions; main admission FREE.

    Contact Details:

    New Westage Farm, Great Budworth, Northwich, Cheshire, CW5 7QB

    Tel:

    01606 891211

    Website

    Web Site

  5. Blaze Farm & Hilly Billy Farm Ice Cream

    Macclesfield

    Blaze Farm is set in beautiful countryside with panoramic views. We are a traditional working farm, having dairy cows, sheep, turkeys and hens.

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    Blaze Farm in Wildboarclough is an award winning farm set on the edge of the Peak District. Famous for our Hilly Billy Ice Cream – all made on the farm using the milk from our own dairy herd, and Tea Rooms – offering mouth-watering home baked cakes, we’re worth a visit all year round!

    Stroll along one of our nature trails – spot the different wildlife and take in the breathtaking views through the meadows and woodland. Watch the lambing in the Springtime and the sheep-shearing in the Summer. Watch our cows being milked in the parlour, see the baby calves and feed the hens.

    We pride ourselves on being an admission free attraction as we rely on the income generated from our ice cream parlour and tea rooms. Needless to say no picnics allowed!

    The Black Sheep Spinners meet at Blaze Farm every 3rd Wednesday of the month 1pm - 4pm. Come and join them for spinning and weaving, knitting and nattering! All fabric crafters welcome.

    The Wool Experience is held annually at Blaze Farm on 1st Saturday in July. All manner of crafts to see with sheep shearing demonstations throughout the day.

    School parties and coaches are welcome by appointment only.
    We have ample car parking spaces including disabled and coach parking

    Contact Details:

    Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0BL

    Tel:

    01260 227229

    Website

    Web Site

  6. Seven Sisters Farm Ice Cream

    Knutsford

    Looking over the Cheshire countryside– seven sisters ice cream provides something a little different to your usual ice cream parlour –with its relaxed and contemporary Instagram worthy interior that appeals to all ages from toddlers and teenagers right through to the glam nans!

    Seven Sisters Ice Cream

    Looking over the Cheshire countryside– seven sisters ice cream provides something a little different to your usual ice cream parlour –with its relaxed and contemporary Instagram worthy interior that appeals to all ages from toddlers and teenagers right through to the glam nans!

    Contact Details:

    Holmes Chapel Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9ER

    Tel:

    01565 723 813
  7. Daresbury Dairy

    Daresbury

    Daresbury Dairy Ice Cream is made with love and care here at our farm in Daresbury. All our Ice Cream is made in small artisan batches using the finest ingredients and milk from our families dairy cows.

    Daresbury Dairy

    Daresbury Dairy Ice Cream is made with love and care here at our farm in Daresbury. All our Ice Cream is made in small artisan batches using the finest ingredients and milk from our families dairy cows.

    Contact Details:

    Penkridge Lake Farm, Newton Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4HZ

    Tel:

    07856 091601

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
The Ice Cream Farm (53.13241,-2.75059)Snugburys Ice Cream Farm (53.08737,-2.56558)12.01
Snugburys Ice Cream Farm (53.08737,-2.56558)Backford Belles Ice Cream (53.25021,-2.91584)26.62
Backford Belles Ice Cream (53.25021,-2.91584)Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm (53.29439,-2.50765)24.86
Great Budworth Real Dairy Ice Cream Farm (53.29439,-2.50765)Blaze Farm & Hilly Billy Farm Ice Cream (53.21244,-2.02283)30.2
Total Distance *93.67 miles
Estimated Journey Time3.02 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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