Days Out

Walks & The Great Outdoors

Below is a list of outdoor 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.

Includes Walks, National Trust Places, Walks and Nature Reserves 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.

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.   Little Harts Pottery Studio comes highly recommended by parents as being good for children.

Alcumlow Hall Farm, Chance Hall Lane, Astbury, Cheshire CW12 4TL

T: 01260 279966

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Kids parties hosted.

Gauntlet Birds of Prey Manchester Road Knutsford WA16 0SX

T: 01565 754419

Gawsworth Hall and Gardens, Macclesfield

Tudor Manor House with covered garden

Church Ln, Gawsworth, Macclesfield SK11 9RN

T 01260 223456

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

Handforth Miniature Railway

A Miniature Railway Behind the Paddock in Handforth in Meriton Road Park.

Open Sundays 11Am ’till 4Pm or later on sunny days, Train Rides are £1 For 3 laps of the track, Great Fun for children.

Meriton Road Park, Meriton Rd, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3HB



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 trail through the woods, followed by a picnic. Autumn provides a great opportunity for invigorating walks around the garden and surrounding parkland.

Kids can run around safely – some (but not all) walks are unsuitable for buggies.

Macclesfield SK10 4PY

T: 01625827534

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

Kenyon Hall Farm (a little further afield in Warrington)

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

Winwick Ln, Croft, Warrington WA3 7ED

T: 01925 765531

Key Green Farm, Congleton

Hidden gem; owner is fantastic with the kids; visit the animals and play on the play area or grassy field. Free entry but donations welcomed.

Open 11am-5.30pm

Key Green, Congleton CW12 3PY

T: 07957 241826

Lacey Green Park, Wilmslow

Barlow Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4BS

Lakemere Farm Park, Crewe

Small family-run farm offering a fun day out.

T: 07775 758725

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 that the Tudors would have used for their cooking and medicines. We use seasonal produce from the garden in Mrs Dale’s Tea Room and The Little Tea Room.

Family friendly with lots of space for picnics.

Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4SD

T: 01260 272018

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 and a grassy area to eat picnics where the little ones can run around safely; woodland trails for £1 per child; large car park; keep your eyes peeled for the red deer that live on the estate

Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR

T: 01663762023

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 be your best bet if the kids are small enough. The route round the reservoir near the Leather Smithy pub is often mentioned as being pretty buggy friendly. Alternatively, pick up a map from the information shelter – the brown route around Ridgegate Reservoir is accessible with pushchairs as is the small loop of the yellow route opposite the ranger station.

Peak Wildlife Park (a little further afield in Leek)

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

Winkhill, Leek ST13 7QR

T: 01538 308 880

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 who worked in the mill. Acres of woodland to explore.

Regular activities put on for children; they can also run around the gardens and use the play areas.

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

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: 01270 613222

Reddish Vale Farm (a little further afield in Stockport)

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

Riverside Organic Farm (a little further afield in 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 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

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

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

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 available many of which are not buggy friendly – terrain is uneven and some paths are steep so check before you go with buggy

Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield SK11 0AP

01625 374833

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 Crocky Trail, Waverton, Chester

Outdoor adventure playground.

Guy Lane, Waverton Chester, Cheshire CH3 7PH

01244 336084

The Heights of Abraham (a little further afield in Matlock)

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 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 Lovell Quinta Arboretum and Nature Reserve, Congleton

Arboretum full of 2,500 trees and shrubs.  Two guided walks. £2.50 donation.

The Lovell Quinta Arboretum is located behind the Swettenham Arms Swettenham Lane, Swettenham Village, Near Congleton, Cheshire CW12 2LF



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

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

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

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 right in the middle of our farm yard. 

“Brilliant with kids”

“Family friendly”

Waugh Brow Farm Shop, Smith Ln, Knutsford WA16 6JZ

T: 01565 872208

NB – Snack Shack and farm yard fun area are only open on Saturday and Sunday until the spring time

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

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 parking

Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 4RE

T: 01270 764230

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