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Your Ultimate Open-Air Chester Staycation: Family Edition

Your Ultimate Open-Air Chester Staycation: Family Edition

Make the most of the (hopefully) luscious weather with an open-air staycation in Chester this summer. Our magnificent city offers an unparalleled selection of activities catering to everyone from our youngest to most experienced explorers, and unbeatable restaurants and accommodation offerings to match. Learn more about Chester’s outdoor experiences perfect for the whole family below:

The Main Event

City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Running between 9.30am and 5.30pm daily, a 24 or 48-hour ticket for the Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour makes for a convenient, panoramic way to marvel at the wonders of Chester at a pace and rhythm which suits you and your family. There are 12 stops on the route, introducing the city’s iconic walls, gothic cathedral, and stunning roman amphitheatre amongst others. The views speak for themselves, but those interested in learning more can do so through the insightful pre-recorded or live commentary guides onboard. Plus, each purchase comes with a free booklet full of deals and discounts to use throughout the city, perfect for those bargain lovers!

We know plans sometimes change, and so it is great to know that your City Sightseeing tickets can be activated at any time within one year of purchase. Additionally, the company offers free cancellation up to 24 hours before your chosen travel date!

In terms of accessibility, the buses can generally cater for wheelchairs and pushchairs, although there is a chance you will have to wait for a later service (if the onboard wheelchair spaces are already filled).

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway is a 7¼” gauge railway located only a few minutes walk from Chester’s historic city centre within Grosvenor Park.

The railway, built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke of Westminster’s railway at nearby Eaton Hall, is popular with young and old alike and has become one of Chester’s top tourist attractions.

They operate steam and diesel hauled trains, on a ¼ mile circuit around the lake in Chester’s Grosvenor Park.

A Session on the Dee with Chester Boat Hire

Flowing through the city of Chester is the gorgeous River Dee, meaning a range of watersports is available in our patch! For families, we highly recommend renting a boat from Chester Boat Hire and exploring the Dee for yourselves! The company boasts a wide variety of vessels which are suitable for all from complete beginners through to seasoned experts, from the economical rowing boat (£10 for 30 minutes with a £30 deposit) to the luxurious motorboat for £30 per 30 minutes with a £30 deposit.

Subject to suitable weather and river conditions, the hiring centre is open from 10.30am all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Easter until the end of September. Closing times vary daily.

The Ice Cream Farm

Boasting over 50 flavours of decadent ice cream, countless food-themed play zones and a Guinness World Record, the Ice Cream Farm has to be part of your Chester itinerary! The site’s ice cream choices are predominately dairy-based, featuring milk from nearby cows, although countless sorbets and vegan alternatives are available too, meaning there is likely an option that caters to both your dietary needs and taste preferences!

In terms of playing, be sure to visit Strawberry Falls to engage in a competitive game of minigolf, then buzz over to Honeycomb Canyon to explore the sand and water play area. SIlverCone offers your youngest members a race car driving experience, and the Marshmallow Mound’s trampolines allow them to hop, jump and bounce high into the sky!

Except for The Loft and the site’s party rooms, the Ice Cream Farm is fully accessible. Disabled car parking spaces are available, but are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wheelchairs can be hired on-site with a £20 refundable deposit.

Chester Zoo

Situated a short drive or bus journey away from the city centre is our world-famous attraction Chester Zoo. Whether you’re passionate about penguins, mad about monkeys or in awe of alligators, the 35,000+ animals situated across 125 acres of land promise a great day out for all! Plus, being a major animal welfare charity, you can enjoy yourself knowing that your money will be reinvested into improving the lives of animals worldwide!

With so many animals to see, a visit to Chester Zoo will easily take up most of the day, but rest assured that there are plenty of toilets, plus dining establishments to please all taste buds offering dishes from fragrant Asian fusions to classic fast food! Also, there are kiosks dotted throughout Chester Zoo, allowing for the perfect pick-me-up snack and drink. Those on a budget, or simply preferring their own food, can bring a packed lunch to enjoy on one of the plentiful picnic benches.

Need a rest but not hungry? Why not embark on a Lazy River Boat Trip around Sumba Island? Alternatively, relax in the spectacular award-winning botanical gardens and admire the rare flora species around you. Your youngest members may enjoy creating a Handimal, having their face painted, or even facing their fears on the on-site low-ropes course!

Before leaving, be sure to visit the Chester Zoo gift shop to purchase souvenirs to remember your visit!

Parking at Chester Zoo is free of charge and plentiful. For those with wheelchairs and limited mobility, disabled parking is available at the main entrance, and almost all park pathways and exhibits are accessible. Accessible toilets are also available across the site. Those bringing registered Assistance Dogs are welcome, although should contact the zoo in advance.

Please note that pre-booking is essential at the time of writing. Book your tickets here.

Roman Tours

Interested in learning about Chester’s Roman history? Who better to learn from than an authentic soldier of that era?! Departing daily from Chester Visitor Information Centre, meet your appointed soldier who will guide you throughout the city, sharing good, bad, and ugly tales of life in the Deva Victrix! We have been told that these particular soldiers have excellent senses of humour too (suitable for all ages), so you can be assured an entertaining tour, not exclusively a history lecture!

Roman Tours are accessible. Learn more about the offering here.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at the Grosvenor Park Open-air Theatre

Step into the wonderful world of Oz for an enchanting walkabout theatre experience, created specially for kids aged under 10. Join us for a unique adventure show, meet a cast of captivating characters and wind back to a magical finale in the open air theatre. Don’t miss it from 27th July - 22nd August.  But be quick, as tickets are selling fast! Book your tickets here.

Movie Night with Moonlight Flicks

Bring your blankets, pillows, teddies and chairs with you for an open-air showing of family favourite films in the heart of Grosvenor Park! On July 28th go on a magical journey with the Greatest Showman, enter the wonderful world of Willy Wonka on 26th August or join Barbie on 17th August. Other firm choices include Mamma Mia, Grease, Dirty Dancing, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pulp Fiction (to name a few). Book your tickets here. 

Make your night even cosier by pre-ordering a wood-fired pizza or classic cinema snack box to enjoy alongside the movie! Alternatively, bringing your own snacks is equally permitted!

Family Funday at Chester Racecourse

Hosted at Chester's world-famous racecourse, Roman Day on 25th May is the perfect day for families, promising to be jam-packed with a host of free activities on the Open Course (accessible with our cheapest ticket – the Roodee enclosure). This year, the racecourse has teamed up with Deva Fest to provide an array of performers to entertain the little ones throughout the day including Super Pirates, AmaSing, Laughter Tots, Bubble Inc and more! 

On 4th August its Family Fun Day, a much loved fixture where the open course will be transformed into a hive of activity with more fun things to do than you can imagine. 

Deva Fest

On the outskirts of Chester at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas Deva Fest is back from 8th - 11th August 2024. A great value family-friendly four-day extravaganza of music, comedy, camping, family entertainment, including the popular free-to-ride fairground, and fabulous handpicked food and drink stalls from local suppliers. 

A Side of Food

After all those activities, a bite to eat is a must! Fortunately for you, we have rounded up our top three family-friendly al fresco choices in the city.

Hickory’s Smokehouse

Located in the heart of Chester’s bustling area called The Groves stands Hickory’s Smokehouse, a stylish restaurant serving delicious southern-style dishes all day in its delightful outdoor seating area! The restaurant has a dedicated menu for its youngest diners, known as VIKs, featuring yummy dishes such as ‘Home run hot dogs’ and ‘Grilled chicken burgers’ in portions perfect for those with smaller tummies. For the older diners, choose from a mouth-watering selection of Smokehouse goods including ribs, steak, and burgers, or maybe opt for a healthier option with a Caesar salad! 

Whilst Chester’s Hickory’s does not have its own play garden, it has an on-site cinema room (please check whether open to avoid disappointment), and it is just a short walk away from Grosvenor Park, meaning its VIKs will still have plenty of room to run wild and have fun!

ChesterBoat Fish & Chip Fridays

Taking a British classic on a unique twist, ChesterBoat offers a tasty fish and chips dinner onboard a gorgeous vessel and transports its guests from Chester to Aldford Iron Bridge and back. As well as great food, you will hear an interesting and informative sightseeing commentary, and try your hands at bingo with some exciting prizes to be won! These cruises take place on the first Friday of every month and depart at 7pm sharp unless stated otherwise.

In terms of tickets, purchasing online allows you to save money! Online prices are £25 per adult, and £15 per child, making your Fish & Chip Friday a bargain family night out!

Please note that no animals are permitted except guide/service animals and that, although the boat is wheelchair accessible, the toilet facilities are not.

A Comfy Place to Spend the Night  

You’ll certainly need a great place to recharge after all of those activities. Check out our top Chester accommodation picks for families here (don’t worry, they are not all in the open-air)!

Mercure Chester Abbots Well

Boasting two acres of stunningly landscaped gardens and being located just 2 miles away from Chester City Centre (and within walking distance of the city’s Park and Ride service), the 4* Mercure Chester Abbots Well is a strong accommodation contender for any family!

The hotel boasts a number of Classic Family Rooms, all featuring modern décor, a spacious en-suite bathroom, a HD television, and, alongside a plush double bed, either one or two single bed(s). You can choose to upgrade to a package including breakfast, which features both continental and traditional delights, meaning a huge choice for all!

Aside from breakfast, the main dining affair is The Brasserie, a glamorous dining area with an equally spectacular menu to match. Also on-site is an outdoor terrace, perfect for enjoying a tasty lunch or relaxing in the evening and enjoying the fresh air!

Manor Wood Country Caravan Park (Recently Awarded Camping, Glamping, Holiday Park of the Year 2024 at the Cheshire Tourism Awards)

Nestled in the Chester countryside, Manor Wood Country Caravan Park offers the perfect mix between the classic, relaxing camping experience, and exciting leisure facilities including tennis, a play area, and swimming to enjoy for days! Plus, the site allows barbeques (not campfires), dogs, and also features a shower and toilet block alongside a washing-up area. For those wanting a taste of home, be sure to connect to the on-site Wi-Fi and dine in the restaurant/café or grab a local takeaway.

Choose from three types of pitches, some suitable for tents, and others campervans, all featuring electricity as standard. Maybe you could add one of the site’s Bell tents (one double bed only) to your pitches for a spot of glamping on the side!

Disabled facilities are available on-site, but please enquire directly to find out more.

Baker’s Cottage

Nestled in the quaint neighbourhood of Handbridge, just across the River Dee and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the classic Baker’s Cottage makes for the ideal base after a busy day of exploring.

Baker’s Cottage sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms (king size and twin), and features a bathroom, private parking, and free Wi-Fi; perfect for checking VisitCheshire.com for more inspiration on what to do on your visit. The cottage also boasts a small private yard, perfect for a bite to eat, an afternoon play, or simply making the most of the serene surroundings.

Have we inspired you and your family to take a staycation to Chester to enjoy the open-air? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to tag us on Instagram in your photos using #Chester!

Product Information

  1. Deva Fest

    Malpas

    Deva Fest is BACK from the 8th – 11th of August at the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle Gardens in Cheshire.    

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    Deva Fest is BACK from the 8th – 11th of August at the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle Gardens in Cheshire.    

    Deva Fest is a great value family-friendly four-day extravaganza of music, comedy, camping, family entertainment, including the popular free-to-ride fairground, and fabulous handpicked food and drink stalls from local suppliers. 

    Now in their fourth year, this year they are set to have the best line up yet! 

    Headliners this year include:  

    The Human League   Ocean Colour Scene   The Coral   Rebecca Ferguson   Symphonic Ibiza   Sleeper   Toyah & Robert   The Amy Winehouse Band   East-17  

    A fourth night has been added to the festival, Thursday August 8, allowing campers to arrive early to the festival, with performances on the Heart and Soul Stage, including singer and songwriter, Tom Speight.  

    Single night camping tickets, as well as day, weekend, and a range of camping options, are available to purchase, with guests being able to secure any package for £50 paying the balance off in instalments. 

     Ticketholders will be able to access shuttle buses from nearby towns, including Ellesmere Port, Chester, Wrexham, Rossett, Gresford, Tarporley, Tattenhall and Holt. On-site parking is offered all weekend for those travelling to the venue by car. 

     Find out more and book tickets today - https://devafest.co.uk/ 

     

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    Contact Details:

    Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8AH

    Tel:

    01244 956 414

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  2. Roman Day

    Chester

    Take a race through history at Chester’s ever-popular Roman Day fixture, celebrating the city's historic roots. Immerse yourself in all the educational and fun activities for families alongside the day's thrilling racing.

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    Take a race through history at Chester’s ever-popular Roman Day fixture, celebrating the city's historic roots. Immerse yourself in all the educational and fun activities for families alongside the day's thrilling racing. 

     

    Contact Details:

    Chester Racecourse, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LY

    Tel:

    01244 304 600

    Website

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  3. Family Fun Day

    Chester

    Racing and smiles run side by side at Family Fun Day, Chester’s second family-focused fixture of 2024. The Open Course is transformed into a hive of activity for children, with fun games and inflatables adding to the excitement of a day at the races.

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    Racing and smiles run side by side at Family Fun Day, Chester’s second family-focused fixture of 2024. The Open Course is transformed into a hive of activity for children, with fun games and inflatables adding to the excitement of a day at the races.

    Contact Details:

    Chester Racecourse, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LY

    Tel:

    01244 304 600

    Website

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  4. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2024

    Chester

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back! Pop the prosecco and come together again, finally, for an extended summer of joyful theatre in the park.

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    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Copyright Mark Carline
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Copyright Mark Carline

    Grosvenor Park comes alive for seven weeks of unmissable theatre experiences, starlit movie magic, comedy gigs, live music, a Street Food weekend, family activity days, and much more... with local craft beers, frozen margaritas, hot woodfired pizza and brisket from the BBQ.  

    The Gangs of New York - 19th July - 31st August

    This summer Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre transports you to the beating heart of 19th century New York!  In the tumultuous mix of Manhattan's most notorious neighbourhoods, crime and corruption dictate destinies.

    John Morrissey, an ambitious Irish immigrant, rises as a formidable gang leader and politician, clashing with American gangster Bill Poole in a dangerous power struggle. Amidst the lawless chaos, two star-crossed lovers defy their feuding families to find solace in each other's arms. This riveting tale of love, power and betrayal promises a pulse-pounding theatre experience like no other.

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    Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - 9th August - 1st September

    Embark on an evening (or afternoon) of wit, charming chaos, and mistaken identities with Oscar Wilde's timeless, razor-sharp comedy!

    Get swept along with the hilarious escapades of Jack, an orphan with a penchant for partying under the guide of the fictional Earnest; and the irreverent Algernon, as they entangle themselves in a web of playful deception and the pursuit of romance.

    Oscar Wilde's sharp-tongued satire is brought to life under the stars by the team that brought you Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre's raucous Shakespearean comedies

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    A Walkabout theatre experience The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - 27th July - 22nd August

    Step into the wonderful world of Oz for an enchanting walkabout theatre experience, created specially for kids aged under 10. Join us for a unique adventure show, meet a cast of captivating characters and wind back to a magical finale in the open air theatre. 

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    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Rd, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    01244 409 113

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  5. City Sightseeing Open Top Tour

    Chester

    Chester City Sightseeing Bus Tours – hop on, hop off all day!

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    City Sightseeing Foregate St
    City Sightseeing Foregate St

    Chester City Sightseeing Bus Tours – hop on, hop off all day!

    We are excited to once again welcome you on board our Open Top Buses and show you the City's best sights.

    No city in Britain is richer in terms of archaeological and architectural treasures than Chester.

    Your Chester Sightseeing tour ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours from when you first buy it, so there’s plenty of time to hop on and off the open-top bus to see the local attractions. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Chester from the top deck, where you’ll enjoy 360 panoramic views of Chester and its surroundings. Plus, you can simply buy your tour ticket direct from your bus driver when you're in Chester!

    Why not take a wander along the River Dee or catch a river cruise. You can buy a combined bus and river ticket from our driver!

    Take time to enjoy the tour at Chester Cathedral and then discover more rich history of the city with a stop off at the ancient Roman Amphitheatre.

    Our tour also stops at the famous Chester Racecourse where there are often more than just horse races to enjoy!

    There are historical exhibits at the Grosvenor Museum  and the Cheshire Military Museum too. Or make the stop at County Castle.

    If the outdoors is on your list you can simply stroll through Grosvenor Park or why not book a show in the open-air theatre.

    Shopaholics can stop off at Frodsham Street and find the Mall and Grosvenor Shopping centre.

    When does the tour run?

    Chester City Sightseeing bus tours are available 7 days a week from April to October. There are 12 bus stops along the route and you can hop on and off as much as you like!

    Tours start just after 9am, operating every 30 minutes throughout the day until early evening. Tour Timetable

    Contact Details:

    Chester

    Tel:

    01244 381461

    Website

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  6. Grosvenor Park

    Chester

    Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp.

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    View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp. It is extremely popular with residents and visitors to the city alike. Situated just outside the city walls and overlooking the River Dee its one of the finest examples of Victorian parks in the UK. With formal avenues lined with trees, statues, large sweeping lawns surrounded with ornamental shrub beds and display bedding, for which the park has become well known. The bedding displays are planted twice yearly to provide a spectacular and colourful display throughout the Spring and Summer months. There are a number of restored, newly introduced and Grade II* listed features to explore all year round including the Second Marquess of Westminster Statue, Billy Hobby’s Well Community Garden, St Mary’s Nunnery Arch, the Quarry Garden and more. 

    The park is a great place to visit with the kids as its home to the popular miniature railway and a great play area. Enjoy a fun filled train ride, open during weekends, public holidays and school holidays Feb to Nov and weekends Dec to Jan. Summer: 10.30am to 5pm. Winter: 11.00am to 4pm. The play area is in a fully accessible area providing play and exploration for everyone. It was designed by local artist, Andrew Small using a range of natural materials.

    The park is home to the Lodge, now the Lodge Cafe, set in landscaped grounds offering light lunches, refreshments and even afternoon tea. Open Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm. 

    Every summer the team behind Storyhouse bring their performances to the park with Grosvenor Park Open Theatre. The sounds of popping corks, picnics unpacked and happy audiences are now the defining sounds of Chester's summer. And a great way to experience the park.

    However, despite this annual frenzy of activity, Grosvenor Park continues to retain its peaceful character and charm with visitors enjoying more informal activities in this attractive setting.

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    0300 123 7026

    Website

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  7. ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire

    Chester

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

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    The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
    Bonkie the picnic boat, ChesterBoat
    An arial view of The Groves, Chester
    Chester Weir and Old Dee Bridge
    The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
    Bonkie the picnic boat, ChesterBoat
    An arial view of The Groves, Chester
    Chester Weir and Old Dee Bridge

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

    Choose from a Half-hour City Cruise taking in the city's rich Roman, Mediaeval and Industrial heritage, or sit back and relax on our Iron Bridge Cruise, a two-hour trip into the glorious Cheshire countryside, through the Duke of Westminster’s Estate. Our routes along the Dee are full of interesting things to see and amazing wildlife - have your camera ready!

    You can really enjoy the freedom of the city by opting for a great value combined ChesterBoat and City Sightseeting open-bus tour ticket. Put your feet up and let someone else do the driving, by road and by water!

    We're a family business, with 40 years experience of providing first-class experiences. As well as sightseeing cruises, we also offer party nights aboard, special occasion cruises (such as afternoon tea, or fish and chips trips) and we're available for private charter. Our cruises, occasions and special events are a relaxing, comfortable all-weather attraction, with options for covered seating, a fully licenced bar and toilets. 

    Bonkie the Picnic Boat

    Our gorgeous little picnic boat is available now for private charter – complete with your own personal skipper.  We can arrange drinks and in true ChesterBoat fashion, we can also take care of catering or any special requests to make your day truly memorable. Bonkie can carry up to seven people, so she’s ideal for small gatherings such as birthday or anniversary parties, family celebrations, special occasions, or just any time you fancy an indulgent – or romantic –  chauffeur-driven treat. We think Bonkie is the perfect way to make a loved one feel special. You can charter Bonkie for two-and-a-half hours for £300, which includes your own private skipper.

    We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

    Contact Details:

    Boating Station, Souters Lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SZ

    Tel:

    01244 325394

    Website

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  8. The Ice Cream Farm

    Tattenhall

    Set in the picturesque Cheshire countryside between Beeston and Peckforton Castles, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing hundreds and thousands of visitors every year!

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    The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire
    Free Fun at the Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire
    The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire
    Free Fun at the Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire

    **Resilience and Innovation Award Winner at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2022/23**

    Set in the picturesque Cheshire countryside between Beeston and Peckforton Castles, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing hundreds and thousands of visitors every year!

    From the delights of over 50 award-winning and irresistible Cheshire Farm Ice Creams and sorbets, to the fun-filled indoor soft play, there's something for every family member at The Ice Cream Farm. 

    Speed along the racetrack at Silvercone and swing into the crazy golf at Strawberry Falls. Dance under the 'snow' in Daisy's Garden and build a sandcastle at Honeycomb Canyon. Uncover the treasure at Gemstone Cove and shoot some hoops in The Loft. It's all here at Cheshire's favourite family farm. 

    What's more, the new Ice Cream Drive In has a menu full of tasty treats for a scoop or two of award-winning Cheshire Farm Ice Cream with a view. 

    Head to www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk to book tickets and see what events are coming up at The Ice Cream Farm. 

    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:

    0800 133 7000

    Website

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  9. Chester Zoo

    Chester

    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.

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    Lemur, Chester Zoo
    Giraffes, Chester Zoo
    Anoa, Chester Zoo
    Spider Monkey, Chester Zoo
    Lion Experience, Chester Zoo
    Lemur, Chester Zoo
    Giraffes, Chester Zoo
    Anoa, Chester Zoo
    Spider Monkey, Chester Zoo
    Lion Experience, Chester Zoo

    ** Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award Winner at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2024**

    ** Visitor Attraction of the Year Award at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2024 - Highly Commended **

    ** Tourism Marketing Project of the Year Award at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2024 - Highly Commended **

    ** Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2022/23 - Highly Commended **

    ** Best Tourism Marketing Project Award Winner at the Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards 2022/23 **

    Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and unusual animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species in our 128 acres of award-winning gardens, you’re sure to have great day out full of adventure where you’ll feel empowered and inspired to create a better world for wildlife.

    Bring your pride to see ours and visit our incredible Asiatic lions in their savannah habitat. Take a trip to Madagascar and wander through our lemur walkthrough habitat, then explore the dense jungles of South-East Asia by boat, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the Monsoon Forest.

    Come and see some of our newest and cutest arrivals, with many making their very first appearances, from the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin to the incredibly rare dusky pademelon.

    Stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo! From classic family friendly dishes to tasty street food.

    If you’re looking for something extra special, our contemporary British pub The Oakfield, serves freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits – the perfect accompaniment to your zoo visit.

    Join our Zoo Rangers for a jam-packed programme of talks and family-fun events to top up your knowledge of incredible animals across the globe! What’s more, we have plenty of playgrounds and activities to keep the kids (and the kids at heart) happy all day long!

    Why not turn your zoo visit into an adventure and book one of our unique Experiences that give you the opportunity to get even closer to our animals and plants with exclusive access and feeding activities? You’ll also gain behind the scenes knowledge from our expert keepers.

    Large Attraction of the Year Gold Award Winner and Silver Award Winner for the Resillience and Innovation Award at the 2022 Visit England Awards for Excellence. 

     

    Discover our revolutionary new app, Wild Wander; where Pokémon Go meets rambling!

    Wild Wander, our exciting new app has been designed to connect people with nature through the digital world and encourage them to explore and protect the great outdoors. The app will allow users to explore four trails in the zoo’s Nature Recovery Corridor like never before: thriving with beautifully animated local species in augmented reality.

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    Contact Details:

    Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Website

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  10. Roman Soldier Tours

    Chester

    Dedicated to illuminating the life of Roman soldiers and life in Roman Britain.

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    Roman Tours of Chester
    Roman Tours of Chester, ideal for groups or families
    Discover the Roman heritage of Chester with a Roman Tour
    Roman Tours of Chester
    Roman Tours of Chester, ideal for groups or families
    Discover the Roman heritage of Chester with a Roman Tour

    Dedicated to illuminating the life of Roman soldiers and life in Roman Britain.

    Award-winning Roman Tours offer a superb fact-filled entertaining story of 2,000-year-old Deva - Britain's biggest Roman fortress. Legionary guides take you behind the scenes at key sites to explore the drama of life in the Roman Army - all based on the latest research by military experts.

    We are specialist providers of Roman history to schools and museums across the U.K. for more than 18 years. Presenting and illuminating the life of a Roman soldier in Britain, through informative, educational and interactive experiences for all ages.

    We provide some of the only full-time professional Romans in Britain, throughout the year. Enduring the British climate in authentic clothing and equipment and constantly update our knowledge and equipment as archaeology uncovers new information. We regularly visit schools across the UK and bring education on Roman Britain to you. Should you visit Chester we also provide guided tours of the largest Roman fortress in the UK for all ages and groups. We can also provide Roman characters for corporate promotions or to add to your own event.

    A fascinating journey in the footsteps of Leg XX.v.v (20th legion)

    Daily tours throughout the year 12 noon and 2.30pm

    Tours start from Chester Visitor Information Centre, Next to the Town Hall, Chester.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day from Chester Visitor Information Centre.

     

    Contact Details:

    Chester Visitor Information Centre, Chester Town Hall, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Tel:

    01978 761264 / 07885 403485

    Website

    Web Site

  11. Moonlight Flicks

    Chester

    Moonlight Flicks open air cinema finds a brand new home for summer 2024: Grosvenor Park!

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    Moonlight Flicks at The Dean's Field
    Moonlight Flicks at The Dean's Field

    Moonlight Flicks open air cinema finds a brand new home for summer 2024: Grosvenor Park!

    Storyhouse has brought open air cinematic experiences to unique settings throughout the region, from the Roman Gardens to Chester Cathedral, for the past 10 years. This summer for the very first time, the picturesque Grosvenor Park will set the scene for movie magic under the stars.

    Settle into a deckchair and be fully immersed with surround sound via headphones plus our giant 30 foot screen, with woodfired pizzas and frozen cocktails.

    Summer 2024 film line-up:

    Anyone But You - 13 July 2024 - 9.30pm

    Mamma Mia - 18 July 2024 - 9.30pm

    The Greatest Showman - 28 July 2024 - 9.15pm

    Grease - 31 July 2024 - 9.15pm

    Dirty Dancing - 4 August 2024 - 9pm

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 8 August 2024 - 9pm

    Pulp Fiction - 9 August 2024 - 9pm

    Barbie - 17 August 2024  - 9pm

    Wonka - 26 August 2024 - 8.15pm

    Moonlight Flicks: Stop Making Sense - 24 July 2024 - 9.15pm

    Directed by Jonathan Demme Starring David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz,  Jerry Harrison

    The greatest concert film of all time, Stop Making Sense brings to the screen Talking Heads at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison, alongside an ecstatic ensemble of supporting musicians.

    Outdoor cinematic experiences at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, promising a fresh and exhilarating atmosphere for film enthusiasts to enjoy their favourite movies under the stars.

    Order your pizzas!

    Moonlight Flicks' new home has its very own woodfired pizza oven - and pizza chefs! Pre-order to guarantee hot, fresh pizzas to settle down with.

    Order your drinks!

    Get the beers in or place a prosecco order and we'll have it waiting on ice for you when you arrive!

     

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Website

    Web Site

  12. Welcome to Chester Trail

    Northgate Street, Chester

    Let’s start with Welcome. Welcome to our wonderful city and its colourful (and black & white…) history.

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    Chester Heritage Festival Trail

    “One of a series of friendly trails written and illustrated during lockdown by the team here at the Visitor Information Centre to give you a warm welcome to our much-loved City of Chester”

    Let’s start with Welcome. Welcome to our wonderful city and its colourful (and black & white…) history.

    Chester's history often is not neat and tidy. You are in a city where Roman, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian & Victorian influences jostle for position along streets nearly 2000 years old - sometimes these influences happily rub shoulders in the same building. This short guide really mixes it up, but we hope that at the end of your walk you will have a little more of an understanding of how the largest fortress in Roman Britain became the city we know and love, spending several hundred years as one of the most important ports on the west coast along the way.

    DOWNLOAD THE FULL TRAIL ROUTE HERE.

    Contact Details:

    Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Tel:

    01244 405340
  13. Hickory's Smokehouse

    Chester

    Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set on the banks of the River Dee.

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    Hickory's Smokehouse
    Hickory's Smokehouse

    Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set on the banks of the River Dee.

    At 'Hicks', enjoy a traditional style of cooking that has its roots in the US, but just as popular in the UK With their own geniune smoker, Hickory's is the place to experience American BBQ in food! The menu is all about finger licking, sticky and slow cooked American BBQ. There's popcorn in five flavours, the hottest buffalo wings you've ever tasted, skewers with a range of marinades, ribs slowly cooked in their Amercian smoker, salads for the summer and authentic American desserts. You'll also find 17 wide screens around the restaurant showing up to 17 different types of international sport, so you wont miss a second of the game.

     

    Contact Details:

    Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SD

    Tel:

    01244 404000

    Website

    Web Site

  14. Fish & Chip Fridays

    The Groves, Chester

    Touring the stunning Cheshire countryside by river cruise whilst indulging in fish and chips - what could be better?

    Fish and chips

    Touring the stunning Cheshire countryside by river cruise whilst indulging in fish and chips - what could be better?

    Contact Details:

    The Boating Station, Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SZ

    Tel:

    01244 325 394

    Website

    Web Site

  15. Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel

    Chester

    Welcome to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well, a modern hotel boasting 126 bedrooms including Family rooms, adapted rooms and suites.

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    Welcome to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well, a modern hotel boasting 126 bedrooms including Family rooms, adapted rooms and suites.

    There are 160 complimentary car parking spaces on site with the hotel ideally located 1.5 miles from Chester’s beautiful historic city, we are also a short 10 minute drive to the delights of Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks designer outlet boasting over 140 designer brands. The park and ride facility is located next door to the hotel.

    As part of Mercure Hotels, you are assured of friendly, welcoming staff and excellent facilities associated with an international brand.

    Guests have complimentary use of the FeelGood Leisure Club including a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

    and enjoy the convenience of Arts Bar and Restaurant where you can relax in contemporary surroundings.

    Enjoy a drink on the terrace or an exquisite afternoon tea overlooking the landscaped gardens. A range of exciting menu options are on offer, including the Brasserie menu, Lounge Menu and Chef’s menu featuring special signature dishes and fresh produce.

    160 Free car parking spaces including dedicated coach drop off and parking.

    Group Rates from £36 - £54

    Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel. They welcome small dogs if they're well behaved and quiet.

     

    Contact Details:

    Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 5QL

    Tel:

    08448159001

    Website

    Web Site

  16. Manor Wood Country Caravan Park

    Chester

    Manor Wood welcome you and your family to their award winning park to enjoy exceptional facilities and explore the unspoilt countryside.

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    Manor Wood Country Caravan Park, an award winning park.
    The pool at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Children's play area at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Shower block at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Manor Wood Country Caravan Park, an award winning park.
    The pool at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Children's play area at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Shower block at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park

    ** Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year Award Winner at the Marketing Cheshire Awards 2024**

    Manor Wood welcome you and your family to their award winning park to enjoy exceptional facilities and explore the unspoilt countryside.

    Just 11 miles from Chester, it is the perfect base for visiting local tourist attractions; The Ice Cream Farm and Stretton Water Mill.

    The park has 5 stars from both the AA and Visit Britain with first class facilities for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents in an exceptional area of beauty and tranquillity.

    The modern toilet and shower block are of high standard and free to use with plenty of hot showers! There are two family rooms; one situated in the ladies and the other in the gents with two showers, a baby changing mat and a baby bath on request.

    There are also on site course fishing lakes with a David Bellamy GOLD award recognising commitment to the environment.

    The tree-lined Roman bridleway borders the Park and offers easy walking and cycling, allowing the Cheshire countryside to be accessible to all. There is a play area and sand pit for the younger children or a games room and tennis court for the older children. The outside heated swimming pool is open seasonally. Wi-Fi is included and available in the vicinity of the reception and games room.

    The pub, within walking distance, serves excellent food and ale, and is next door to the bus stop with buses going to either Chester or Whitchurch.

    Dogs welcome!

    Contact Details:

    Coddington, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9EN

    Tel:

    01829782990

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Deva Fest (53.05734,-2.69301)Roman Day (53.18887,-2.8976)18.03
Roman Day (53.18887,-2.8976)Family Fun Day (53.18887,-2.8976)0
Family Fun Day (53.18887,-2.8976)Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2024 (53.19092,-2.88092)1.02
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2024 (53.19092,-2.88092)City Sightseeing Open Top Tour (53.19047,-2.88896)0.48
City Sightseeing Open Top Tour (53.19047,-2.88896)Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)0.36
Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)0.35
ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (53.18756,-2.88606)The Ice Cream Farm (53.13241,-2.75059)9.84
The Ice Cream Farm (53.13241,-2.75059)Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)12.05
Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)Roman Soldier Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)3.56
Roman Soldier Tours (53.19105,-2.89212)Moonlight Flicks (53.18984,-2.8834)0.54
Moonlight Flicks (53.18984,-2.8834)Welcome to Chester Trail (53.19173,-2.89272)0.59
Welcome to Chester Trail (53.19173,-2.89272)Hickory's Smokehouse (53.1878,-2.88704)0.52
Hickory's Smokehouse (53.1878,-2.88704)Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (53.1851,-2.84829)2.34
Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (53.1851,-2.84829)Manor Wood Country Caravan Park (53.08908,-2.81983)9.77
Total Distance *59.44 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.91 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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