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Lymm Dam

Great place for a family walk with stunning views over the water, trees to climb, clearings to explore and picnic benches dotted around. There’s an abundance of wild flowers and nature to spot.   There’s a van selling hot and cold drinks and snacks on the road side which is there daily.   It’s only…

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Biddulph Valley Way

The Biddulph Valley Way follows the route of a disused railway and offers a lovely walk through beautiful countryside. Parking information (taken from the ‘Walks for All in Cheshire East’ leaflet) –  small lay-by on Brook Street by a telephone box, located between Tommy’s Lane and Brunswick Street. Alternatively, a small amount of parking is…

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Poynton Pool

A local parent put it better than we can (thank you!!) “Poynton Pool is great for children and is buggy friendly. There is a car park and a circular path or fields to run in. Lots of ducklings and lambs in the spring and an area with fallen trees/logs to climb on.” London Road North,…

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Rudyard Lake

Reservoir in Rudyard, Staffordshire, located north-west of the town of Leek, Staffordshire. There are various places around the lake where you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy the scenery. If you want to take your own food, there are many benches and picnic tables around the lake. What local parents say – “Cafe,…

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Wilmslow – The Jump Capital, Handforth

Toddler trampoline sessions every weekday in term time (amended timetable operates during school holidays). Epsom Ave, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3PW T – 0161 485 3500

Coombes Valley Nature Reserve

Coombes Valley is a wonderful woodland reserve. It’s perfect for nature enthusiasts to explore and for families to have fun and play together outdoors – there is a play trail through the woods which keeps the Mini Mumblers busy for ages! RSPB Coombes valley and Consall woods, Bradnop, Leek, ST13 7EU

Tittesworth Water

The short route (1.5 miles) is buggy friendly (although it is very hilly on places!) Its s great day out for families with loads of amenities – plenty of places to picnic, dens to play in, large cafe, toilets, shop and large play area with sand pit and ice cream kiosk.  Plenty of parking in…

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Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

The main loop is largely flat and pushchair friendly – you can veer off and explore the plentiful woodland if you have older kids with you, but this is naturally harder to navigate with a buggy. The park is open by 8.45am each day, and closes at 5pm during the winter, and 8.30pm during British…

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Astbury Mere, Congleton

Astbury Mere is a lake and open area in Congleton. The country park has an area of 14 hectares and the lake covers 43 acres. It’s open from 9:00 until dusk every day of the year, except Christmas Day.  Admission is free of charge but parking is pay and display. Taken from the Astbury Mere…

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BeWILDerwood Cheshire

BeWILDerwood Cheshire is a huge woodland full of family fun, adventure, and imagination. Enjoy a day out for the whole family and create wonderful memories together! The 70-acre adventure park is filled with huge slides, muddled mazes, treetop structures and magical treehouses. There is also storytelling, crafts, activities and so much more! Grown ups are…

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Bents Garden and Home, Glazebury

Children’s Play Area, indoor beach, walk in the woods, beautiful gardens, Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf, cafe. Warrington Rd, Leigh End, Glazebury, Warrington WA3 5NT T: 01942 266300

Bridgemere Garden Centre, Nantwich

Garden Centre with cafe, gardens and indoor play areas. Bridgemere, Nantwich CW5 7QB T: 01270 360003

Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest

A brand-new Restaurant and Play Concept. Unlike anything seen before in the indoor leisure sector. Making play and eating out with children an easy and enjoyable experience. Unit 14, Weaver Point Way Barons Quay, Northwich CW9 5FT T: 01606 537370

Air Raid Shelters Stockport

The Stockport Air Raid Shelters are a system of almost 1 mile of underground air-raid shelters dug under Stockport, six miles south of Manchester, during World War II to protect local inhabitants during air raids. 61 Chestergate, SK1 1NE T: 0161 474 1940

Vue Cinema Manchester – Printworks

All the latest mainstream movies are shown at this state-of-the-art chain cinema with family deals. The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS T: 0345 308 4620

Odeon, Manchester Deansgate

State-of-the-art chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family and student deals. 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN T: 0333 014 4501

Everyman Manchester St Johns

ABC Buildings, 23 Quay St, Manchester M3 4AS T: 01233 504815

Vue Manchester Lowry

All the latest mainstream movies are shown at this state-of-the-art chain cinema with family deals. Quays, Lowry Outlet Mall, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH T: 0345 308 4620

Odeon, Trafford Centre

State-of-the-art chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family and student deals. 201 The Dome The Trafford Centre, Barton Dock Rd M17 8DF T: 0333 014 4501

Cineworld, Didsbury

Multiplex cinema chain showing the latest international blockbusters in 2D and 3D formats. Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 5PG T: 0330 333 4444

Everyman Cinema, Altrincham

74-78 George St, Altrincham WA14 1RF T: 0872 436 9060

Vue Cinema, Altrincham

All the latest mainstream movies are shown at this state-of-the-art chain cinema with family deals. Denmark St, Altrincham WA14 2WG T:0345 308 4620

Cineworld, Warrington

Multiplex cinema chain showing the latest international blockbusters in 2D and 3D formats. Time Square Unit 8, Warrington WA1 2LH

Odeon Northwich, Barons Quay

State-of-the-art chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family and student deals. Barons Quay, Northwich CW9 5FT T: 0333 014 4501

Vue Cinema, Newcastle Under Lyme

All the latest mainstream movies are shown at this state-of-the-art chain cinema with family deals. The Square Market Arcade, High St, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1PT T: 0345 308 4620

Cineworld, Stoke on Trent

Multiplex cinema chain showing the latest international blockbusters in 2D and 3D formats. Quadrant Rd, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1PS T: 0330 333 4444

Odeon, Stoke on Trent

Chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family deals. Etruria Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5SN T: 0333 014 4501

Odeon, Crewe

Chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family deals. Phoenix Leisure Park, Dunwoody Way, Crewe CW1 3AW T: 0333 014 4501

Light Cinema, Stockport

Cinema with Autism Friendly, Baby Friendly and Family Friendly showings. Bridgefield Street SK1 1SA Stockport T: 0161 297 0335  

Discover Tree Climbing

Discover Tree Climbing arose from the need for tree climbing experiences in the North of England. Co-director Neil was looking for somewhere to learn tree climbing but there was nowhere available locally, so after going further afield to learn the techniques, he is bringing it back home and making it available to you. Terry jumped…

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Gulliver’s World, Warrington

Large scale theme park comprising themed areas.  The park’s attractions were designed for children between the ages of 2 and 13. Splash Zone, Roller Zone and Blast Arena (NERF target range, laser tag and bazooka archery) are additional attractions located next to the main theme park. Shackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9YZ T: 01925…

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Alton Towers

Large resort incorporating theme park, water park, spa, mini golf and hotel complex. Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB T: 0871 222 3330

Substation, Macclesfield

Bouldering centre with  yoga studio and onsite cafe. Unit B Queens Court, Queens Avenue Macclesfield SK10 T: 01625 440144

Poynton Park

Poynton Park is situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of Poynton village with a pool, lots of trees and ample wildlife.  Nice waterside walks, nice spots for a picnic. The Park covers 21 hectares. 4 Park Ln, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1RE

Knowsley Safari Park

5-mile safari gives the animals space to roam while guests view from their cars. A great Family day out in Cheshire. Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot L34 4AN T: 0151 430 9009

Marbury Park, Northwich

Large park with mere, picnic areas, playground, community orchard and car park. here is an outdoor pool on site but you need to be a member. “A great walk with the children” “Great for Dog Walking and Families” Marbury Lane, Northwich CW9 6AT T: 01606 77741

Marbury Park Swimming Pool, Northwich

Open air pool in the grounds of Marvury Park – need to be a member but membership open to all (child memberships can only be purchased alongside an adult membership.) Marbury Lane, Northwich CW9 6AT T: 01606 77893

Wild Shore, Delamere

Water-based adventure hub, offering outdoor activities at it’s own lake in Delamere, Cheshire. Cable Wakeboarding, Aqua Park, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Open Water Swimming, Wild Day Camp (age 8 to 16) and much more. Wild Shore Delamere, Delamere sailing and holiday park, Chester Road, Northwich CW8 2JL T: 01606 655536

Lakemore Farm Park, Crewe

Family run farm with animals to see, indoor and outdoor play barns, mini golf and nature walk. “Lovely staff” “A great, affordable day out with the kids” Clay Lane Crewe CW1 5SQ T: 07775 758725

Cheshire Aqua Park, Manley Mere

Water assault course with giant swing and slide. Cheshire Aqua park is located at Manley Mere, located just outside Chester. Leave the M56 at junction 14 taking the 1st exit towards Helsby. From here follow the  brown tourist board signs to Manley Mere . T: 01928 740243

Manley Mere

Lake offering kayaking, wind-surfing and power-boating, plus adventure trail and woodland strolls. A great family day out in Cheshire. Manley Lane, Chester, Cheshire WA6 0PE T: 01928 740243

Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington

Beautiful Grounds and manicured lawns. The park has a children’s play area, children’s zoo, pitch and putt, adventure golf, bowling and a coffee shop (some attractions are seasonal). Walton Hall, Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton Warrington, England T: 01925 262908

Chester Zoo

Most visited zoo in the UK; home to over 35,000 animals & more than 500 different species. Chester CH2 1EU T: 01244 380280

Rex Cinema, Wilmslow

Lovingly restored Art Deco cinema. 23 Alderley Road, Wilmslow SK9 1HY T: 01625 252345

Malpas Pick Your Own Strawberries & Pumpkins, Cheshire

PYO strawberries (June-Aug). PYO pumpkins and Halloween spooktacular (Oct). Update for 2021 Season (as at 12 June)  Nearly ready for strawberry picking to begin! Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for opening details. Ivy House, Farm Dodd’s Ln, Cheshire, Malpas SY14 7JN The strawberry field is situated on the B5395. The postcode is SY13…

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Rudyard Lake, Leek

Beautiful lake offering watersports and lovely walks. Paid car parking available but limited; mini steam railway; cafe; toilets and changing facilities; some walks not great for buggies so double check before you start. “Great for family days out” “Fantastic Steam train for the kids and great dog walks” Rudyard, Staffordshire      

Tittesworth Water, Stoke on Trent

Tittesworth Water is situated near to Leek.  Open all year round with a broad range of activities for those who enjoy the outdoors. The site is open every day except Christmas Day. The opening hours of the visitor centre are: Apr – Sept 10am – 6pm. Feb, Mar, Oct, 10am -5pm. Nov, Dec, Jan 10am…

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Trentham Monkey Forest, Staffordshire

Home to 140 free roaming Barbary macaques.  Visitors walk the 3/4 of a mile woodland path and see the monkeys living just as they would in the wild, with no cages or bars. Trentham Estate, Stone Rd, Tittensor, Stoke-on-Trent ST12 9HR T: 01782 659845

Rode Hall and Gardens

Cheshire country house with collection of English porcelain and extensive gardens. Church Lane, Scholar Green Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3QP T: 01270 873237  

The Lovell Quinta Arboretum and Nature Reserve, Congleton

Arboretum full of 2,500 trees and shrubs.  Two walks to try – one long and one short. £2.50 donation. Lots of things for kids to play with – sticks, tree stumps, dens etc.  A great few hours out. The Lovell Quinta Arboretum is located behind the Swettenham Arms Swettenham Lane, Swettenham Village, Near Congleton, Cheshire CW12 2LF

Nantwich Museum

The Museum’s main galleries tell the story of Nantwich through the ages – Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich’s Great Fire and the more recent shoe and clothing industries. Children’s workshops take place during school holidays/ Pillory St, Nantwich CW5 5BQ T: 01270 627104

Riverside Park, Macclesfield

70 acre linear park alongside the River Bollin between Macclesfield and Prestbury. A large area of the park is wild flower rich grassland that is grazed by cattle. “Lovely walk popular with families and dog walkers” “Great place for tadpole catching and stream paddling” “The kids love seeing the ons up close” Beechwood Mews, off Manchester Road, Tytherington, Macclesfield, SK10…

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Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

Caters for all ages – older kids will enjoy the demonstrations and hands on experiments and for really little ones theres are special activities designed to use the power of play to spark their imaginations, soft play and baby sensory. Kids menu in Cafe. Science and Industry Museum Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP T: 0161 832…

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Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich

Discover the secret underground world of Government and be transported back into the Cold War in this this vast underground complex. French Lane, Nantwich T: 01270 629219

Gawsworth Hall and Gardens, Macclesfield

Tudor Manor House with covered garden Church Ln, Gawsworth, Macclesfield SK11 9RN T 01260 223456

Dunge Valley Gardens, Kettleshulme

A beautiful garden in the rolling Pennine hills. High Peak, Kettleshulme SK23 7RF T 01663 733787

Cuckooland, Knutsford

Museum that exhibits mainly cuckoo clocks Cuckoo Land The Old School Chester Road Tabley Cheshire WA16 0HL T 01565 633039

The Crocky Trail, Waverton, Chester

Outdoor adventure playground. Guy Lane, Waverton Chester, Cheshire CH3 7PH T: 01244 336084

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, Tarporley

Meet the horses, explore the Wildlife Watch Trail and Woodland area, browse the gift shop, visit the Lakeside Cafe which offers light lunches and cream teas. Eaton Ln, Tarporley CW6 9DP T : 01829 760506

Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas

19th-century castle gardens with lakeside walks, a play area, llamas and pygmy goats. Cholmondeley Castle Malpas Cheshire SY14 8AH T:01829 720383

Bunbury Mill, Tarporley

Restored water mill in two acres of wildlife-rich countryside. Bunbury Water Mill Mill Lane Bowes Gate Rd, Bunbury Cheshire CW6 9PP T: 01829 733244

Bollington Discovery Centre

Discovery Centre for Bollington. It is located on the canal side at Clarence mill, bringing together the history of this and other great mills of Bollington, the Macclesfield canal and showing their place and importance to the town. Canal 5 Clarence Mill Bollington SK10 5JZ T: 01625 572985

Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Warrington

Gardens, nursery, wildflower meadows and bluebell woods. Tearoom. Bluebell Cottage Lodge Lane Dutton Nr Warrington Cheshire WA4 4HP T: 01928 713718

Bollin Valley Aviation Viewing Park, Wilmslow

Vantage point to see aircraft in the air or on the ground adjacent to Manchester Airport’s taxiways. Raised viewing mounds, accessible facilities, refreshments, souvenirs and a small visitor centre. T: 01625 534791

Queens Park, Crewe

Boating now available during the summer months – weekends, bank holidays and school holidays; Toilets, including disabled and baby changing in lakeside pavilion; Children’s play area; Bug Hotel; Outdoor gym; Ornamental lake; Crown green bowling; Boules; Refurbished lodges; Bandstand; hosts lots of events throughout the year; cafe. “Lovely park” “Great for children” “Very tidy park” Victoria Avenue Crewe Cheshire CW2 7SE

Poynton Fruit Farm

We are a family run pick your own fruit farm in Poynton, Cheshire. Opening times may vary – please check before you travel. Wednesday: 1pm – 6pm Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 2pm “Fabulous” “Lovely Staff” Update for 2021 Season as at 12  June  –  No opening date as yet – check their Facebook page for updates…

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Woore Fruit Farm

We grow strawberries, raspberries, red currents, black currents, apples including Katie and bramley, pears, gooseberry’s, tayberries, plums, onions, carrots, beetroot, garlic, courgettes, potatoes, eggs. “Lovely place” “Very friendly” Update for 2021 Season – Strawberries are now ripe and ready to pick.  Check their Facebook Page for opening times. Newcastle Road, Woore, Crewe

Bearstone Fruit Farm (a little further afield in Market Drayton)

Family run pick your own soft fruit and veg farm. Open every year from approximately mid June to early August. Update for 2021 season –  Now OPEN for the 2021 season for the first of the early Vibrant strawberries and gooseberries. Open 10 till 5 every day. “Great” “Not too Expensive” Bearstone Fruit Farm, Knighton Nr. Market…

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Just Kidding, Holmes Chapel

Just Kidding Holmes Chapel is a Fabulous Indoor Soft Play Centre. Our cafe boasts a great freshly prepared food offering for all the family. Children’s parties available. Holmes Chapel Business Centre, Manor Lane, Holmes Chapel T: 01477 414141

Little World for Scholars, Altrincham

Little World for Scholars is a magical role play centre where children can create their stories in the human, natural and imaginary world. 28 Stamford New Road, Altrincham, WA14 1EJ T: 0161 888 2225

Reaseheath Zoo

Open weekends and school holidays Reaseheath’s Mini Zoo is set in the scenic rural grounds of Reaseheath College. Species from around the world,  keeper talks and zoo experiences. We are only open to the public only during school holidays and at weekends. Make sure you check our holiday dates! Rease Heath, Nantwich CW5 6DG T:…

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Dimensions Leisure Centre

A little further afield but consistently recommend by parents as being warm and good for little ones. Scotia Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 4ET T: 01782 233500  

High Legh Miniature Railway

Runs in the grounds of High Legh Garden Centre. Play and picnic areas. Halliwells Brow, High Legh , Knutsford, England WA16 0QW T: 01925 756991

Alcumlow Farm, Congleton

Home to a Snuburys Ice Cream Parlour and a variety of businesses ranging from interiors and pottery painting to bakers and blacksmiths.   Play area for the kids. Alcumlow Hall Farm, Chance Hall Lane, Astbury, Cheshire CW12 4TL T: 01260 279966

The Heights of Abraham

Hilltop park reached by cable car, with cavern tours, walking trails, fossil exhibitions and cafe. ” a lovely place with lots to do” “great day out” Dale Rd, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NT T: 01629 582365

Handforth Miniature Railway

A Miniature Railway Behind the Paddock in Handforth in Meriton Road Park. A lovely day out for the kids in Cheshire. Open Sundays 11Am ’till 4Pm or later on sunny days. HMR no longer charge for rides, they ask for donations. The amount is at the discretion of the rider. They also run trains on…

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Riverside Organic Farm, Northwich

Organic shop and cafe. Children’s play area and animals to visit and feed. Manor Ln, Davenham, Northwich , CW97RH T: 01606 46258

Alpaca Walking Great Budworth

Walk with the alpacas during this one hour long walking experience. Other animals to meet/feed including pigs, goats, hens, rabbits, guinea pigs and lambs. Tea/coffee/cold drink and a cake included. Experience lasts 90 minutes. Also does parties. The Barn, George’s Lane , Aston By budworth , Northwich , Cw9 6LS    

Cockfields Farm (a little further afield in Ashton-Under-Lyne)

Cockfields Farm is full of fun, interesting activities for the whole family! Lees New Road, Ashton-under-Lyne T: 0161 331 3322

Castaway Play at Congleton Garden Centre

Play centre with sandpits, bouncy castle sensory room, outside area and loads more. Hold regular SEN sessions. 71 Moss Road Congleton CW12 3BP T: 01260 270010

Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse Northwich

Lots for children to do. Find out about workhouse food, discover some of the people who lived in the workhouse and visit the recreated Master’s sitting room. Challenge yourselves with our workhouse quiz or test your observation skills looking for important objects with our I-Spy trail.  Dress up and imagine yourselves as workhouse inmates learning…

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Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio (a little further afield in Stoke on Trent)

Choose a classic piece of our pottery and with a little expert help, you can create a masterpiece to be proud of. A perfect activity for all the family. Emma Bridgewater Factory, Lichfield Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3E T: 01782 201328

Little Harts Pottery Studio, Congleton

We have an excellent selection of ready to paint pottery pieces including: plates, cups, bowls, children’s items, money boxes and season specials. Design and draw on your piece of pottery using pencils (pencil marks will disappear once item is fired) and accessories, such as sponges and stencils. Then using our glazes get painting! Also offer…

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White Light Ceramics, Middlewich

White Light Ceramics is a pottery studio based in Middlewich Cheshire selling studio ceramics and running pottery workshops for both adults and children Also do children’s birthday parties Unit 3 105 Lewin street Middlewich Cheshire CW10 9AX ​ T: 01606 836656

Nixon’s Farm Shop

Wide range of high quality produce including locally sourced eggs, potatoes and fish.  Play barn next to cafe. “Nixons farm is excellent” Outwood Farm, Bolshaw Road, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 3PS Tel: 0161 437 4801

Waugh Brow Farm, Knutsford

We’re very proud to be a real working farm with an array of animals. We have over 130 cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens (great for the kids to come and visit!) and our farm is located across 140 acres of fields and countryside. Here at Waugh Brow Farm we have our very own snack shack…

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The Plaza (a little further afield in Stockport)

Historic cinema and theatre for music, drama, pantomime, comedy, ballet, film and opera screenings. Mersey Square, Stockport SK1 1SP T:0161 477 7779

Buxton Opera House (a little further afield in Buxton)

Buxton Opera House is in The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire, England. It is a 902-seat opera house that hosts the annual Buxton Festival and, from 1994 to 2013, the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, among others, as well as pantomime at Christmas, musicals and other entertainments year-round. Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN T: 01298 72190

Daneside Theatre, Congleton

Daneside Theatre is an independent theatre with a charitable status that aims to provide a venue for the community that all ages can benefit from. Park Road, CONGLETON Cheshire CW12 1DP T:01260 271095

Lyceum (a little further afield in Crewe)

Experience quality entertainment, spectacular surroundings and delicious food and drink at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre. Heath St, Crewe CW1 2DA T: 01270 368242

Curzon, Knutsford

Diverse programme of screenings in a refurbished 178-seat cinema with a licensed bar and cafe. Toft Rd, Knutsford WA16 0PE T: 0333 321 0104

Cinemac, Macclesfield

Current film releases and live digital screenings of opera/drama/music in a small, heritage cinema. Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6UT T: 01625 423535

Water World (a little further afield in Stoke-on-Trent)

The UK’s No.1 Tropical Aqua Park. Water World is an epic adventure for the whole family to enjoy. Kids parties hosted. Waterworld Leisure, Festival Park, Etruria, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PU T: 01782 205747

Splash Zone at Gullivers World (a little further afield in Warrington)

The water isn’t deep enough to swim in, it’s simply a splashingly good time for the whole family! There is a designated toddlers water play session – Splash Tots is available Friday (12 – 3pm) throughout term time. Kids parties hosted. Gulliver’s World, Warrington, WA5 9YZ T: 01925 444 888

Sandbach Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 4 lanes. Swimming activities include parent and child lessons for ages 6 months to 3 years and lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims and more. Middlewich Rd, Sandbach CW11 1FH T: 01270 375344

Wilmslow Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 5 lanes and an additional learner pool perfect for little ones. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims, aquanatal, aquafit and more. Rectory Fields, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1BU T: 01625 533789

Poynton Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 20m with 5 lanes. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims, disability swims and more. Yew Tree Lane, Poynton SK12 1PU T: 01625 876442

Macclesfield Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 8 lanes and an additional learner pool perfect for little ones. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above, fun swims, aquafit, aquarhythmic and more. Small soft play area in the cafe. Priory Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4AF T: 01625 383981

Knutsford Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 4 lanes. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 3 and above. Westfield Drive, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0BL T:01565 653321

Congleton Leisure Centre

This Everybody swimming pool is 25m with 6 lanes and an additional learner pool perfect for little ones. Swimming activities include lessons for ages 18 months to 3 years and 3 years and above, family fun swims, aquafit and more. Worrall Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1DT T:01260 387717 Congleton Leisure Centre is currently closed for renovation 

Bollington Leisure Centre

The pool offers early bird sessions, lunchtime swims, adults only and family fun swims, so there is something for everyone in the weekly timetable. Offers parent and child swimming lessons for ages 6 months to 3 years and lessons for ages 3 and above. Pool is recommended by mums as being warm for the little…

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Energi Trampoline Park Wilmslow

Jump your way right across the park; foam pits; basketball hoops, cardio wall, assault course Weekday dedicated toddler sessions with juice and toast; family sessions at weekends; dedicated kids zone. Kids parties hosted. Epsom Ave, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3PW Tel: 0161 672 6799

Anson Engine Museum

The award winning museum houses a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Ranging from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. The museum is open every Friday & Sunday between 1st April-…

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Biddulph Valley Way

For over 100 years trains travelled along the Biddulph Valley Way carrying coal from the Potteries to Congleton. Today walkers, cyclists and horse riders enjoy this tranquil route away from the roads. Car Park Off Brook Street,Congleton,Cheshire,CW12 1RG

Timbersbrook Picnic Area

A peaceful spot where families can picnic on the edge of young woodland. Water from Timbers Brook was once used to power the silk mill and the old Mill Pool is now a locally important breeding pond for toads. Smallish car park; picnic tables; no toilets on site Timbersbrook Picnic Area, Car Park off Weathercock…

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Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport

Take a front row seat to watch the planes take-off, enjoy a restaurant with a view like no other, take home a souvenir and round the day off with a guided tour of BA’s flagship Concorde. Free entry (but pay for parking); play area; cafe but picnics permitted; ice cream stalls in warmer weather; seasonal…

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Brereton Heath Nature Reserve

Over 50 acres of mainly silver birch and oak woodland surrounding a 15 acre lake as well as areas of heathland, a wildflower meadow and wetland areas. A wealth of bird life, particularly in the woodland. Great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatch, treecreepers, kingfisher, heron, great crested grebe, goldfinch are just a few of our regular sightings….

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Dunham Massey

18th century house. Relax in the garden and explore its historic features and see the herd of fallow deer. Wooden play area, beautiful gardens and lots of space for kids to run around, family area in the restaurant with toys/books to entertain little ones. Woodhouse Ln, Altrincham WA14 4SJ T: 0161 941 1025

Tatton Park

Located in 1,000 acres of the most beautiful deer park. Uncover centuries of history at the Medieval Old Hall or visit the Mansion. Wander at leisure through glorious Gardens and take the kids to meet very special rare breed animals at the working Farm. Play area suitable for toddlers, interactive farm and lots of space…

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Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate

Discover what it was like to work in a cotton mill. In the restored glasshouse and kitchen garden, you can see the array of exotic fruits and vegetables that were grown for the wealthy Gregs’ table. By contrast, take a guided tour of the Apprentice House to step into the lives of the pauper children…

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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is a great day out for all the family. You can explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the workings of the giant Lovell Telescope. The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Gardens are a great family-friendly space, perfect for a picnic, a gentle walk or, even for burning off some energy….

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Adlington Hall

One of the most beautiful country homes in England, Adlington Hall reflects both the history of English architecture and the 700-year story of a single family, the Leghs. Small maze to entertain the little ones but overall probably better suited to adults/ older children. Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield SK10 4LF T: 01625 827 595

Nether Alderley Mill

This charming rustic mill is one of only four virtually complete corn mills in Cheshire. Take a guided tour of Nether Alderley Mill, and learn all about the process of milling and hear fascinating stories about the lives of the millers. Probably better suited to adults/older children. Congleton Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4TW…

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Bollington Coronation Gardens

Nice little park but no facilities (toilet/baby changing) “Good for toddlers” “Loved it” 79 Palmerston St, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5PW

Tytherington Links Play Area

Good toddler section; woods to play in “Lovely Park” Sandwich Drive, Tytherington

Victoria Park, Macclesfield

Nice play area but small-ish; quiet; roadside parking (Buxton Road) “Well kept park” “Nice Play area for the kids” Norton Street, Nr Buxton Road, Macclesfield, SK10 1GA

Alderley Park, Alderley Edge

2 play areas; junior area and enclosed toddler area; small car park; bowling green; tennis courts Ryleys Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7UY

Lacey Green Park, Wilmslow

Barlow Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4BS

Cop Meadow Park, Sutton

Nice local park; new equipment (installed summer 2017); ground can get very muddy in wet weather (bear in mind if taking a buggy) “Really lovely park that I wouldn’t have known about had my friend not taken me there” Cop Meadow, Sutton, Macclesfield SK11 0EA

Gawsworth Park, Gawsworth

Tennis park; mini soccer pitch; 2 play areas (one for ages 1-6; 1 for ages 6-12); fully enclosed toddler area; nice flat paths for scooting, buggies etc; well looked after “Gawsworth Park is lovely” “Fantastic place” Church Ln, Gawsworth, Macclesfield SK11 9RJ

Millenium Green, Henbury

Lovely little park which is usually very quiet; lots of grass for them to run round on; short walk to Flora tea Rooms (but beware – no path) “Gorgeous park” “Hidden gem, didn’t know it was there” Church Ln, Henbury, Macclesfield SK11 9NN

South Park, Macclesfield

Large park in Macclesfield with range of facilities including 2 play areas, 2 bowling greens, pitch and putt course, tennis courts, football/basketball courts; no cafe but a lovely vintage van in the car park serving hot and cold drinks and snacks (fabulous crepes!); large free car park; childrens’ tennis lessons; in warmer weather pop round…

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West Park, Macclesfield

Large park in Macclesfield with playground, bowling green, ornamental gardens and skate park; nice cafe; toilets (but no baby changing facilities); cafe has small soft play room at the back; dedicated toddlers play area with safe climbing structures and sand pit; small car park at the back of the park but plenty of parking at…

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Sandbach Park, Sandbach

Two play areas – 0-8 and 8-14; outdoor gym; concrete table tennis table; picnic area; toilets with baby changing facilities; park at ‘The Commons’ car park in the town centre (park is adjacent to town centre); large open green; tennis courts; bowling green; toilet and baby changing facilities “Lots of play equipment for all ages”…

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Jasmine Park, Macclesfield

Small park close to Broken Cross Methodist Church; very toddler friendly and small enough for them to run around whilst you keep an eye on them from the bench; surrounded by a grassy area where they can run off some steam; safety aspect makes it a good option if you’re flying solo with baby and…

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The Moor, Knutsford

Pay and display parking opposite, free street parking just outside; toddler and junior play areas; picnic area; promenade seating with views across the pool; ducks; large open grassy area; very close to town centre (2 minute walk); separate toddler and older play areas; nice walk around the water “Great little park for the kids to…

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The Carrs Park, Wilmslow

Two children’s play areas – one with the usual equipment and one made from wood; tennis court; skate park; ice cream van in the warmer months; toilet (20p charge); baby changing facilities; small café; River Bollin runs through the park – shallow enough in places for the kids to paddle (river bed can be spiky…

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The Pavilion Gardens (a little further afield in Buxton)

Two play areas, one specifically for toddlers; very child friendly cafe with small soft play section; miniature railway; stream for paddling; ample parking (need to pay for); baby changing facilities “Low cost and enjoyable day out” “Fab and loads to do” St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE 01298 23114

Congleton Park and Paddling Pool

Lovely large green open spaces; small car park (road parking when full); pretty flower displays; cafe; playground equipment largely suitable for toddlers; free neighbouring paddling pool “Congleton Park is great for kids’ “The children’s playground is excellent” 19 Park Rd, Congleton CW12 1DS

Brookside Garden Centre

Garden Centre with miniature railway. London Road North, Poynton SK12 1BY T: 01625 872919

Macclesfield Forest

Macclesfield Forest is a working forest located in the east of Cheshire close to Macclesfield and Langley and Wildboarclough Villages. The forest has four reservoirs and both of the highest points in Cheshire are close by making for great walks with stunning views. Being a forest many areas aren’t ideal for pushchairs and slings would…

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Lyme Park, Stockport

Lovely woodland walks and pretty gardens to explore; large lakes (including the one that Colin Firth’s Mr Darcey strode out of in Pride and Prejudice) home to ducks and geese; large play area (but note this isn’t particularly toddler friendly and is probably better suited to older kids); good cafe with indoor and outdoor seating…

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Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Macclesfield

Enjoy exhilarating views over the Cheshire Plain; on a clear day you can see Liverpool’s cathedrals and Welsh hills beyond. The car park provides an excellent base for numerous walks and throughout the year there are many events taking place at the visitor centre. Tea room; toilet with baby changing facilities NB – Different walks…

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Little Moreton Hall, Congleton

Seeing the tumbling architecture of Little Moreton Hall for the first time, engineers in 1990 could not believe their eyes. Fortunately this timber-framed building, curled around with a scenic moat, has defied logic for over 500 years. Nestled at the back of the hall is the manicured knot garden.  You’ll also find herbs and vegetables…

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Hare Hill, Macclesfield

Enjoy Charles Brocklehurst’s informal garden as it comes alive in spring; snowdrops, narcissi and cyclamen lead the way, and are soon followed by the vibrant colour of rhododendrons, magnolias, and azaleas. The walled garden has been restored in line with Brocklehurst’s vision, and now the white perennial borders sing out in summer. On warm days, enjoy following the hare…

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Alderley Edge

Walk the dramatic red sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, with views over the Cheshire Plain to the Peak District. Explore woodland paths or walk to neighbouring Hare Hill Garden. Suitable for young children. Buggy friendly in the most part. Car park can fill up very quickly. Macclesfield Road, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4UB 01625…

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The Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm is a family friendly tourist attraction bursting with all of the fun you need for a great day out. Great for younger children and toddlers. Kids parties hosted. The Ice Cream Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9NE T: 0800 133 7000

Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford

Meet the pigs, horses and donkeys. The covered play barn has peddle tractor and trailers. You can milk our wooden cow in the Farm shippon and at certain times of the year our Dairy cows are milked there. Kids parties hosted. Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN T: 01625 374400

Reddish Vale Farm

Reddish Vale Farm was set up to give children a unique insight into life in the countryside. Our farm has a variety of animals, including horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, alpacas and chickens. Country Park, Reddish Vale Rd, Stockport SK5 7HE Kids parties hosted. T: 0161 480 1645

Kenyon Hall Farm

As a family-run farm we’re proud to offer a friendly place to visit for people of all ages and there’s always something to enjoy, whatever the time of year! Farm shop; maze; seasonal pick your own; outdoor play area; junior farmer sessions (prebook); cafe which comes highly recommended. Update for 2021 Fruit Picking Season (as…

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Wheelock Hall Farm, Sandbach

Wheelock Hall Farm is a family run business based in Sandbach and we have a number of activities for all ages whether you are a youngster or just young at heart. Petting farm; variety of animals including pigs, sheep, cows, donkeys and chickens; outdoor play area; farm shop; cafe; indoor soft play area; plenty of…

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Peak Wildlife Park

Our large walkthroughs allow you to come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. Walk amongst and touch many of the animals (brush a goat!); outdoor play area; indoor soft play area with ride ons; cafe; picnic area. A great family day out near Cheshire. Winkhill, Leek ST13 7QR T:…

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White Peak Alpacas, Mobberley

See alpacas, ponies, llama and wallabies; gift shop selling alpaca wool items; enthusiastic, helpful owners; only open at weekends but call if you want to visit on a weekday as they will open for you if they can Paddock Hill, Mobberley, Knutsford WA16 7DB

Gauntlet Bird Of Prey, Eagle And Vulture Park, Knutsford

Home to over 40 different species including eagle, Falcon and owl plus other small animals such as ferrets and meerkats; regular flying displays; meet/greet and feed the birds; cafe; playground and sandpit. A great family day out in Cheshire Kids parties hosted. Gauntlet Birds of Prey Manchester Road Knutsford WA16 0SX T: 01565 754419

Glebe Farm, Congleton

At Glebe Farm there is something for everyone – a great family day out. Free; parking free and plentiful; picnics not allowed but child friendly cafe; tractor rides; play area largely toddler friendly; indoor barn; area for small animals;farm shop Kids parties hosted. Peel Ln, Congleton CW12 4RQ T: 01260 273916

Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough

Award winning farm on the edge of the Peak District. Free; fully working farm; nature trail walks (partly accessible to buggies); picnics not allowed but tea room with indoor and outdoor seating; famous for its ice cream; slide and tractor to play on. Kids parties hosted. Wildboarclough, Macclesfield SK11 0BL T: 01260 227229

Go Banana’s, Congleton

Medium sized soft play centre in Congleton. Often quieter than its counterparts; dedicated toddler and baby areas; mini sports court area; plenty of seating for parents. Kids parties hosted. Unit 2 Towerhill Court, Greenfield Farm Estate, Back Lane, Congleton CW12 4TR T: 01260 289145

Ruby’s Fund, Congleton

Small soft play area; additional bits such as Wendy house and jumperoos for the littlest ones; very safe; great facilities; lovely separate sensory room; nice cafe; lovely garden Meridian House, Roe Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1PG T: 01260 277666

Wacky Warehouse – Waggon and Horses Wilmslow

At every Wacky Warehouse you’ll find a friendly, warm welcome, along with a team who are happy to help with anything, and who enjoy nothing more than seeing a child leave with a big smile on their face. Kids parties hosted. 231 Wilmslow Rd, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3JZ T: 0161 437 3626

Wacky Warehouse – Heath Farm Congleton

Medium sized soft play; clean facilities; separate areas for over and under 5’s; order food from the pub and eat at the tables whilst the kids use the facilities; free when eating from the pub Kids parties hosted. Padgbury Ln, Congleton CW12 4LR T: 01260 273575

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