Days Out

Free Activities

Below is a list of free days out in Cheshire which are family friendly places and things to do with kids in Cheshire and specifically in Macclesfield, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Poynton, Congleton, Sandbach and surrounding areas.

Includes free farms, parks, playgrounds and other free attractions in Cheshire.

If you know of any other days out or things to do with kids in Cheshire which are not already listed, or would like to feature in the list, please contact us here.

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


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


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


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 Coronation Gardens

Nice little park but no facilities (toilet/baby changing)

“Good for toddlers”

“Loved it”

79 Palmerston St, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5PW


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


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


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


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


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


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 toddler; there is a car park but its intended for people using the Pavilion rather than the park and is locked when the Pavilion is not in use in which case walk there if possible or park on nearby roads

“Safe for my toddler”

“Love this park”

Off Whirley Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3GH


Lacey Green Park, Wilmslow

Barlow Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4BS


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 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


Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport (a little further afield in Altrincham)

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 fairground; some of the viewing hills aren’t buggy friendly but one has a ramp so head to that with your pushchair.


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”

“Very, very good for kids”

The Commons, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1FJ


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 the corner to Granelli’s Cream Ices on Newton Street to cool down with one of their amazing ice creams!

“Great for kids”

“Lovely big park”

Park Vale Rd, Macclesfield SK11 8AD


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 so take suitable footwear); lovely walk along river to Styal Mill; plenty of picturesque picnic spots; there isn’t much shade so take your own on sunny days; outdoor gym; pay and display car park

“It has everything”

“Great Park”

18 Cliff Rd, Wilmslow SK9 4AA


The Ice Cream Farm (a little further afield in Chester)

The Ice Cream Farm is a family friendly tourist attraction bursting with all of the fun you need for a great day out.

Free admission but additional charges for many of the activities – a pass might be more economical; great for younger children and toddlers.

Kids parties hosted.

The Ice Cream Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire CH3 9NE


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 play in”

“Fab park for kids and adults”

Knutsford WA16 6JD


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


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 Lane Timbersbrook, Congleton, CW12 3PP

T: 01260 297237


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


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 Sainsbury’s next door (2 hours free)

“Great cafe”

“Lovely park with lots to do for all ages”

Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BJ