Walton Hall and Gardens Warrington has a Kids’ Zoo, playground, duckpond and beautiful gardens. Last time we were there there were a couple of fairgound rides and a Thomas the Tank Engine Mini Railway giving rides around the grounds (for a charge).
It’s totally FREE to get in – you’ll pay for parking but the playground, gardens and zoo are all free. There are extras like pitch and putt and adventure golf which you pay extra for if you fancy having a go.
There’s a cafe selling sandwiches, drinks, cakes etc and a seating area.
Walton Lea Rd, Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN
Animals to visit, gorgeous ice cream to feast on, a slide to whizz down, tractor to climb on and nature trails to enjoy – whats not love?!
The nature trails offer stunning views and one route is suitable for buggies. You can enjoy seeing different wildlife as you go around and there are carvings to spot.
Wildboarclough, Macclesfield SK11 0BL
There are loads of animals to see at the lovely Glebe Farm in Astbury – Alpacas, Donkeys, Ponies, Goats and more, which are kept in the paddocks, fields and pens around the farm.
There are lots of lovely independent shops to mooch around, a play area and a great family friendly cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.
Peel Ln, Astbury, Congleton CW12 4RQ
⭐️Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport
Adjacent to the runways of Manchester Airport, the park’s raised viewing area means you can stand literally just a few metres away from the planes as they go past – perfect for any little plane enthusiasts!
There’s a large picnic area, coffee house, play area and a Shop, which stocks a range of plane-related souvenirs.
There are seasonal attractions including ice cream stalls and fairground – please check with the venue what’s on before you travel.
Runway Visitor Park, Sunbank Ln, Altrincham WA15 8XQ
⭐️The Pavilion Gardens
Ok so its not strictly in Cheshire – but its not far away and you can miss definitely make a full day out at the beautiful Pavilion Gardens.
23-acres of pretty landscaped gardens with 2 large play areas, a miniature railway, rowing boats and pedalos on the boating lake, ducks, ice cream parlour, cafe and indoor market hall. There’s an art gallery, and retail arcade to boot. They host festivals and events throughout the year too (click here for our Events Calendar to see whats happening locally for families).
The Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton SK17 6BE
The Forest is accessible by its own train station or there’s a large car park. It’s free to enter but parking charges apply.
There’s LOADS to do in the Forest – 3 walking trails, 2 cycling trails, Go Ape, Segway, Nordic Walking and lots more. There’s bike hire and a cafe as well.
The Mini Mumbler love hunting for the Gruffalo state which is hidden in the woods.
Lucy Fay is a much loved local family photographer. specialising in producing beautiful image of your family, newborn shoots, cake smashes and everything else family. She is offering Mumblers £25 off new bookings (except f0r Mini Shoots). For more info click here.
You can really make a day of it as Blakemere and its totally FREE to get in (charges will apply for some attractions eg the fair and soft play).
There’s a playground, eateries and ice cream counters, fairy village through the woods and lots of independent shops to browse. At the time of writing they are running a Superhero an Princess Trail (which you pay for). They sometimes have a fair -too please check before you travel if its running on your chosen day.
Other attractions onsite include a soft play, Cheshire Falconry. Crazy Golf, Segways, Archery, Crafts and Air Rifles (these are chargeable).
Lots of Museums in and around Cheshire are free to get in and are a fun day out with the kids. Nantwich Museum, Macclesfield Museums, Congleton Museums for example are all free to enter and sometimes hold workshops during the school holidays (sometimes chargeable but just a couple of quid) – please check with them directly as to whether there’s anything happening on your chosen day.
If you fancy heading into Manchester for the day the Science and Inssustry Museum is free to get in as is The Manchester Museum, The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery.
⭐️ Parks and Playgrounds
Always free and always a hit with the children, there’s a Guide to our Parks and Playgrounds in and around East Cheshire here.