Forests, Festivals & Family Days

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  1. Magical Woodland

    Northwich

    If you go down in the woods in autumn you’re sure of a big surprise. Here, in the heart of Cheshire, they come alive with choreographed sound-and-light shows, interactive illuminations, and luminous pieces of performance art.

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    There are dazzling displays under cathedral canopies of fairy lights, showers of glow-in-the-dark stars, and dancing tunnels of borealis-style lasers. The sky fills with mysteriously floating umbrellas and clouds of flying lanterns, while shiny baubles bounce to a magician’s command and DJs conduct sparkling jets of water to the beat of ethereal tunes. The trail of the 15-acre copse can be looped as many times as you can muster the energy, fuelling up with hot drinks and snacks in the Heart of the Woodland. And never mind the weather: the whims of Mother Nature and the magic of the lights mean no two shows are the same.

     

    Address

    Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB

    Tel:

    01606 882223

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2020to1 Nov 2020

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Beeston Castle Roundhouse

    Tarporley

    A Bronze Age roundhouse now sits on the rocky crag at Beeston once more.

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    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage

    Some 4,000 years after the original structure disappeared from view, more than 60 English Heritage volunteers have rolled up their sleeves to piece together archaeological evidence, gather authentic tools and school themselves in ancient construction methods to recreate the ancient thatched wattle-and-daub dwelling that stood here long before the familiar stones of the 13th-century castle.  Beeston has always been a historically significant site – from its glory days as a medieval fortress to its ultimate decline in the Civil War – as well as a place to enjoy its natural woodland setting and spectacular views. Now this new labour of love enables us to venture even further back in time to better appreciate the life and times of our distant ancestors.

    Address

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

    Tel:

    01829 260464

    Dates

    From:
    15 Apr 2020to30 Sept 2020Open 10:00 - 18:00
    From:
    1 Oct 2020to3 Nov 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
    From:
    4 Nov 2020to22 Dec 2020Various Opening Times
    From:
    26 Dec 2020to31 Dec 2020
    From:
    10 Apr 2021to14 Apr 2021

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  3. Delamere Forest

    Northwich

    One of Britain’s favourite green spaces, Delamere Forest is a popular place to mix art and nature.

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    Tranquility at Delamere Forest
    Explore Delamere Forest, Cheshire's largest area of woodland
    Tranquility at Delamere Forest
    Explore Delamere Forest, Cheshire's largest area of woodland

    This has been the scene of several Forest Live gigs, with Paul Weller and Jess Glynne among the superstars who’ve appeared here, as well as child-friendly trails featuring well-loved characters such as the Gruffalo (you’ll still find him hiding in the trees near Blakemere Moss). But there are major changes afoot in the forest this year. Work is underway for a new welcome centre, a bigger café with terrace, and other visitor facilities, all due to be unveiled mid-2020. Plus, Delamere will be the latest location for Forest Holidays, with a cluster of light-footprint cabins opening to holidaymakers in autumn, making it possible to stay overnight in these woods for the first time. While there won’t be any special events taking place here in the near future, Delamere will remain open. So walkers, cyclists and horse-riders can continue to enjoy the trails beneath the canopy of English oak, common beech, sweet chestnut, larch and Scots pine, around the meres and mosses, and along sandstone paths that climb to the summit of Old Pale Hill for sublime views across Cheshire and the counties beyond. 

    Address

    Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Tel:

    0300 067 4340

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2020to31 Dec 2020Open 08:00 - 19:00

    Website

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  4. Just So Festival

    Scholar Green

    There’s nothing like the Just So Festival for a fantastical family adventure.

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    The three-day celebration of outlandish arts in the outdoors takes place in the leafy, lakeside grounds of Georgian country house Rode Hall – come for the day or pitch up at the campsite for the whole weekend. The exciting agenda promises midnight feasts, silent discos, and al-fresco theatre. Get down with ‘riotously odd’ musical outfits such as Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers; hear storytellers regale campfire tales; and exercise your chuckle muscles to the ripe punchlines of comedians. Make lanterns for parades, learn bushcrafts and join in competitive larks at the Ministry of Games.

     

    Address

    Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QT

    Tel:

    0121 472 6688

    Dates

    From:
    20 Aug 2021to22 Aug 2021

    Website

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  5. Christmas at Dunham Massey

    Altrincham

    Surround yourself with sparkle this Christmas as the after-dark trail lights up for 2020. You'll find moments to share with friends and family with brand new bright lights for winter nights.

    Christmas at Dunham Massey

    The magical, after-dark, illuminated trail!

    Surround yourself with sparkle this Christmas as the after-dark trail lights up for 2020. You'll find moments to share with friends and family with brand new bright lights for winter nights.

    Enter beside giant glittering deer into a world festooned with seasonal cheer enhanced by a soundtrack of festive classics. Wander beneath stunning tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour. Immerse yourself within bouncing lines of light and discover giant luminescent sculptures rising high into the night sky.

    Stroll beside colour-changing lakeside reflections and under trees dripping with silvery shards of light, baubles and stars. Huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the Gardens and the tunnel of light returns with twinkling splendour. This year, why not pause for a moment of quiet reflection at the crystal and fire garden, aglow with hundreds of flickering flames.

    Have yourself a merry little Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with mulled wine or hot chocolate* and someone special. Don't forget to watch out for Father Christmas along the way.

    Address

    National Trust Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 4SJ

    Tel:

    01619411025

    Dates

    From:
    20 Nov 2020to30 Dec 2020

    Website

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