Days Out


Check out our list of family friendly places, days out and things to do with kids in Cheshire and specifically in Macclesfield, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Poynton, Congleton, Sandbach and surrounding areas with an active twist.  Includes National Trust Places, Walks, Nature Reserves and Leisure Centres in Cheshire.

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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 at the chance to put his knowledge of trees and climbing techniques gained from years as an arborist to use in a socially conscious and exiting new way.
Neil has 25 years’ experience as a teacher, he has been running outdoor and environmental education events with the Wildlife Trust since 2010 and loves climbing trees in his spare time.
Co-director Terry has been working as an arborist since 2002 and has a passion for all things tree. His office space is the tree-tops of North West England and he would like nothing more than for you to share the experience of looking at the World from the crown of a tree.

For more information and to book a session, get in touch with Neil and Terry by any of the following methods, they’d love to hear from you!




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 584412

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



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

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

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 ones.

Small soft play room for an additional charge.

Bollington Health & Leisure, 5 Heath Rd, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5EX

T: 01625 574774

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.

Nice wooded area and open space for children to play safely, ideal for picnics, great place for kids to explore nature.

Davenport St, Davenport, Congleton CW12 4SU

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

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 

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

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

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

Gravity Active Entertainment, Warrington

Trampoline Park.  Dedicated Parent and Toddler sessions; Birthday Parties hosted.

Xscape, Castleford WF10 4TA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2SL

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


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




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

Splash Zone at Gullivers World

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

Substation, Macclesfield

Bouldering centre with  yoga studio and onsite cafe.

Unit B Queens Court, Queens Avenue Macclesfield SK10

T: 01625 440144

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 for kids to run around

NB – parking charges apply even to NT members

Knutsford WA16 6SG

The Crocky Trail, Waverton, Chester

Outdoor adventure playground.

Guy Lane, Waverton Chester, Cheshire CH3 7PH

T: 01244 336084

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

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

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 – 4pm.

Meerbrook, Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom ST13 8SW

T: 01538 300188

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

Water World

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

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

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

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