Family Days Out Cheshire East – Drop In (No Need to Book)
Many places are operating a book in advance system at the moment – so if you haven’t been organised enough to make plans in advance you might find yourself at a loose end with the little ones! We’ve pulled together these Days Out in and around East Cheshire (Macclesfield, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Poynton, Congleton, Sandbach) which you don’t need to book in advance – social distancing rules still apply and please ensure you are comfortable with the measures in place before you travel.
As with everything at the moment things can change very quickly so please check with each venue before you travel.
🌈 We’ve got a whole section jam packed with things to do with the kids in East Cheshire this Autumn –click here. 🌈
⭐️Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm Pumpkin Picking and Halloween Fun
Come and join us at Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream for Pumpkin Picking and Halloween fun!
Our pumpkins have been organically grown in conjunction with Red House Farm (see their website here) and are perfect for carving and eating alike!
Whilst you are here enjoy a luxury hot chocolate or spiced pumpkin latte, and enjoy a scoop or two of our handmade artisan ice cream. There will be a selection of hot food on offer, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and you may spot our friendly goats whilst you enjoy your time here at the farm.
In the parlour we have the lovely “Vintage Angel Home & Gift Shop” which will be open and selling a selection of seasonal gifts and decorations.
There is no need to book, just turn up and pay for your pumpkin (priced according to size). We recommend wearing wellies as pumpkin patches can get muddy. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome (please clear up after them and try not to let them scent the pumpkins!)
All the activities are outdoors, but social distancing guidelines will be maintained, with hand sanitising points and contactless payment encouraged where possible.
Pumpkin Picking takes place every weekend in October and then everyday during half term week from Monday 26th- Saturday 31st from 10am-4pm. If pumpkin picking isn’t your thing- don’t worry you can buy pumpkins which have already been picked everyday (even outside pumpkin picking times) from the ice cream parlour.
The parlour is open daily from 12-6pm during October, which serves hot food, tea, coffees, cakes and obviously our delicious ice cream.
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Not a day out as such but we know a lot of Mumblers who don’t want to, or can’t commit to a full term of classes, are struggling whilst the playgroups aren’t running. Melody Mouse classes offer a Pay as you Go option and you can book onto a class right up to an hour before it starts! (space permitting).
Melody Mouse classes are mixed age classes so they’re great for families with more than one little one at home and include Music, crafts and a cuppa for the grown ups – perfect! For more information click here.
⭐️Gauntlet Birds of Prey Eagle and Vulture Park, Knutsford
Meet some of the world’s most amazing predators up close at Gauntlet Birds of Prey. See them soar and glide over your heads in daily flying demonstrations. Learn about the plight of the Vultures and how we’re working to save them.
The Cafe and play area remain closed at the time of writing but you can buy food (or take your own) and enjoy a picnic onsite.
Manchester Rd, Knutsford WA16 0SX
⭐️ Blakemere Village Pirate Pumpkin Trail
Spot the spooktacular pumpkins on this fun outdoor trail around the Village!
Craft activity included.
Chester Rd Northwich, UK CW8 2EB
⭐️Substation Climbing. Yoga and Cafe, Macclesfield
Bouldering centre in Macclesfield with a dedicated yoga studio and cafe. Easy climbs available for the kids.
Queens Court, Queen’s Ave, Macclesfield SK10 2BN
⭐️Waterworld, Stoke on Trent
The water park reopened on 25th July and whilst prebooking is advisable to avoid disappointment, you can just turn up and pay at reception. Enjoy indoor water rollercoasters, rapids and a whole load of flumes.
Festival Park, Festival Way, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5PU
⭐️ Blaze Farm, Wilboarclough
Ice Cream parlour and farm with nature trail, tractor to climb on, slide and animals to visit. Indoor eating available but lots of outdoor seating. All facilities are now open.
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield SK11 0BL
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⭐️Glebe Farm, Congleton
Most of the farm is now open – the kids can walk round and visit the animals but, at the time of writing, can’t feed them.
Most shops are also open and the cafe is open for takeaway – undercover seating is available in the gazebo.
The mini digger is now working for the little ones to practice their digging and the new play area has now also opened.
Peel Ln, Astbury, Congleton CW12 4RQ
⭐️Runway Visitor Park
From 1st August the park is open daily from 8am until 7pm. There’s no need to book (except for aircraft tours which you can book in advance or on the day subject to availability) – just turn up on the day to see 100’s pf planes arriving and landing. Various attractions available depending on the day including ice cream kiosk from The Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, kids outdoor play area, fun fair and the new ‘Runway Visitor Park Express’, an express train perfect for young children and families – please check with the venue directly whats happening on your chosen day.
Runway Visitor Park, Sunbank Ln, Altrincham WA15 8XQ
⭐️Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington
The Children’s Zoo, Heritage cafe, grounds, including gardens, pond and orchard and the Children’s Playground are now open and don’t need to be prebooked. Adventure Golf has recently reopened but only to groups of 4 or less at the time of writing.
Walton Lea Rd, Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN
Play area, cafe, toilets and go karts are open and you can walk round to see the animals. There’s also a maze and the pumpkin patch to explore. The indoor play barn remains closed.
Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 4RE
⭐️Brookside Miniature Railway
Famous railway circuit 3/4 mile in length which runs around the perimeter of Brookside Garden Centre.
Open Thursday to Sunday at the time of writing, 11-4. No pre-booking – simply buy a ticket from the Station doorway.
London Rd N, Poynton, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK12 1BZ
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⭐️Handforth Miniature Railway
Meet Rusty, Gordon, Romulus and Lostock on Sundays from 11am until 4pm (weather permitting).
Please check the Facbook page before you travel to see if the trains are operating.
Meriton Road Park, Meriton Road Handforth
⭐️High Legh Miniature Railway
Miniature railway with play area on site. Please check train is running before travel.
High Legh Miniature Railway, High Legh Garden Centre, Halliwells Brow, High Legh, WA16 0QW
⭐️Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
Steam train ride by beautiful Rudyard Lake in North Staffordshire is a great family day out ideal for kids.Steam trains gives scenic 3 mile round trip along the lake.
Trains every day 11am to 4pm with departures on the hour.
Tickets available from the ticket office on Platform 1 (card only). No need to pre-book.
Leek ST13 8PP
⭐️Miniature Railway at Buxton Pavilion Gardens
the Train operates daily, weather permitting.
Under 2s ride free – card payment only.
Buxton Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE
⭐️ Seven Sisters Ice Cream Farm Spooky Maze
No need to book the maze in advance but numbers will be monitored to ensure social distancing. For extra spook value, you can visit the maze at night! The Ice Cream parlour sells a huge range of delicious ice cream flavours.
Currently operating reduced hours – Thursday to Sunday at the time of writing – sp please check before you travel.
Holmes Chapel Rd, Knutsford WA16 9ER
⭐️ The Hayloft Pumpkin Picking and Spooky Maze
There’s no need to book Pumpkin Picking or Maze at this much loved ice cream shop, coffee shop and tea room, you can just turn up.
There’s outdoor Courtyard seating for you to enjoy your treats as well as a miniature railway and Children’s play area, both of which are open at the time of writing.
Sandy Lane, Bold, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 3XP
⭐️ Blue Planet Aquarium, Chester
No need to book ahead to visit the sea life at Blue planet Aquarium – keep an eye on their social media pages as to the best times to visit to avoid the rush.
Cheshire Oaks, Longlooms Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 9LF
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⭐️Paradise Island Adventure Golf, Manchester and Cheshire Oaks
No need to book in advance BUT booking is advised since we’re told that many afternoons are fully booked – if you haven’t booked it’s probably sensible to call beforehand.
intu Trafford Centre Manchester, M17 8DF
Coliseum Leisure Park, Coliseum Way, Cheshire, Ellesmere Port CH65 9HD
⭐️Malpas Pick Your Own Pumpkin
No need to book.
Open 10am – 4pm on selected days from 10th-31st October.
Ivy House Farm, Dodd’s Ln, Malpas SY14 7JN
⭐️Anderton Boat Lift, Canal & River Trust
Open Friday-Sunday at the time of writing.
Get lost in the maze and have fun in the play area. Purchase your takeaway refreshments from the coffee shop and enjoy them in the grounds.
Lift Ln, Northwich CW9 6FW
⭐️Bents Home and Garden, Warrington
Garden Centre with Children’s Play Area, indoor beach (remains closed at the time of writing), woods to play in (buggy friendly), beautiful gardens, Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf (need to book in advance), cafe.