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Have a lovely summer holiday. School re-opens on Wednesday 4th September at 9am.

Things to do during the Summer Holidays

With the summer holidays coming up thought I would share this list with great days out with things to do around Chester, Cheshire, North Wales, and the Wirral

OUTDOOR PLAY (not including parks)

*Gruffalo trail, Delamere forest 
*Go ape, Delamere 
*Crocky trail, Chester 
*Cheshire Ice cream farm
*Blakemere Village, Cheshire 
*Otterspool promenade, Liverpool. 
*Brimstage Maize Maze, 
*Abergele adventure trail 
*Greenfield valley museum, Holywell - treehouse, play area, museum, animals. 
*Greenwood family park, Gwynydd

BEACHES.

*New Brighton prom and pirate ship (could check out the arcades too) 
*Formby 
*West Kirby 
*Ainsdale beach, Merseyside 
*Crosby 
*Penrhyn Bay
*Prestatyn 
*Talacre 
*Llandudno and prom. 
*Rhyl
*Colwyn Bay 
*Rhos on sea, Conwy 
*Prestatyn 
*Anglesey 
*Tywyn 
*Black rock sands, Porthmaddog 
*Blackpool 
*Southport

WATER PARKS, AND OUTDOOR POOLS

*Bubbles world of play and Splash water park, New Brighton 
*Otterspool promenade, Liverpool. 
*Manley Mere. Must be 8 years and 1.2m. Nr Ellesmere port 
*Outdoor water play Chester zoo
*Sandy Lane park, Mr Huntington
* Indoor water play at Cheshire ice cream farm 
*Marbury outdoor pool, Northwich 
*Nantwich outdoor brine pool
*Church walk paddling pool, Northwich.
*Congleton paddling pool
*Rhos on sea paddling pool.
*Water World, Stoke

INDOOR POOLS AND ICE RINKS

*Skating at Deeside ice rink
*Chester city baths
*Northgate arena, chester 
*ESPV, Ellesmere Port 
*Plas madoc leisure centre, Wrexham
*Eirias park and water park, Colwyn Bay
*Head to your local pool. Keep an eye out on their websites for special events.

RIVER WALKS, CRUISES, FERRIES

*Ferry across river Mersey 
* Liverpool waterfront currently has a range of activities over summer.
*The Wirral way, Birkenhead 
*Chester lady Diana boat tour 
*Hire a paddleboat on the river Dee
*Feed the ducks along the river Dee or your local canal (we advise against bread in line with the canals trust recommendations). Coffeetots sell duck food. Why not also grab a yummy I've cream from Cheshire farms on the canal? 
*Sandy lane aqua park, Chester. Again can feed the ducks.
*Eccleston 
*Llangollen. You could even take a horse drawn barge 
*Ty Mawr country Park, Wrexham 
*Loggerheads, Nr Mold 
*Alyn Waters, Wrexham 
*Erddig country park.

WILDLIFE (not including farms or parks)

*Chester zoo
*Falconrry, Chester cathedral, Chester 
*Blacon adventure playground and city farm, Blacon. 
*Blakemere Village, Cheshire
*Cotebrook horse centre, Tarpoley
*Welsh mountain zoo, Colwyn Bay
*Gypsey Wood park, Caernarfon 
*Blue planet aquarium Cheshire oaks 
*Seaquarium, Rhyl 
*Gelateria Domingo the Llama, Eryrys
*Greenfield valley museum - treehouse, play area, museum, animals. Holywell. 
*Pili Palus nature world, Menai 
*Trentham gardens and Monkey forest.
*Sea life, Trafford Centre 
*Knowsley safari park
*Norton priory museum, Runcorn 
*Wirral Donkeys, Birkenhead 
*Wheelock Hall petting farm, Sandbach

COUNTRY PARKS
*Delamere forest 
*Helsby quarry local nature reserve 
*Marbury country park, Northwich 
*The Wirral way, Birkenhead 
*Eastham country park 
*Rivacre valley 
*Loggerheads 
*Moel Famau
*Alyn waters 
*Ty mawr, Wrexham 
*Wepre park, Ewloe
*Snowdonia national park 
*Erddig country park
*Greenfield valley museum - treehouse, play area, museum, animals. Holywell.
*Hawkstone park follies, Shrewsbury.
The Follies is an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of extraordinary monuments built over 200 years ago,

OTHER PUBLIC PARKS 
*Grosvenor park, Chester
*Westminister park, Chester 
*Countess walk, Chester 
*Hoole Park, Chester 
*Christleton Park, Chester 
*Ashton park, West Kirby 
*Birkenhead Park
*Plassy, Wrexham, castle themed play park.
*Ruthin park, Ruthin

CASTLES

*Chester castle (museum)
*Halton castle, Runcorn (ruin)
*Mow cop castle, Cheshire (ruin)
Wittingham castle (small ruin), Oswestry 
*Beeston castle (smallish ruin), Tarpoley
*Hawarden castle - only open to the public on select days 
*Ewloe castle ( small ruin), Ewloe 
*Caernarfon castle, Caernarfon 
* Conwy castle, Conwy
*Rhuddlan castle (ruin), Rhuddlan
*Penrhyn castle (national trust) 
*Boddlewyddyn castle 
*Beaumaris 
*Flint castle and playground (ruin)
*Chirk castle
*Powys castle 
*Penrhyn castle, Bangor

NATIONAL TRUST
*Erddig Hall, Wrexham 
*Chirk castle, Chirk 
*Bodnant gardens, Colwyn bay
*Powys castle, Powys 
*Penrhyn castle, Bangor 
*Plas Newydd country house, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
*Speke Hall (can watch planes come in too), Speke, Liverpool 
*Hardmans house, Liverpool
*Beetles childhood home, Liverpool
*Dunham Massey Hall, Altringham. 
*Tatton Park, Knutsford. 
*Lyme Park, Stockport
*Quarry bank mill, Wilmslow
*Alderley edge and Cheshire countryside 
*Hare Hill, Macclesfield 
*Buddulph grange garden, Biddulph
*Little Moreton Hall, Congleton
*Rufford old Hall, Ormskirk
*Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley (further afield)
*Sudbury hall and toy museum, Ashbourne (further afield)

NON NATIONAL TRUST HOUSES AND GARDENS

*Eaton Hall,Eccleston. Only open to public four times a year. 
*Plas the, Mold (Sunday tours only). Also do ghost tours for adults. 
*Walton hall and gardens, Warrington 
*Arley Hall and gardens, Northwich 
*Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Cheshire 
*Addllington Hall, Macclesfield 
*Cholmondeley gardens, Cheshire. Castle not open to public. 
*Ness botanic gardens, Little Neston 
*Castle Park, Frodsham
*Pet cemetary, Holywell - award winning gardens, statues and memorials.

FARMS

*Applejacks adventure farm, Warrington. 
*Church farm, Thurstaston, wirral 
*Claremont farm, Birkenhead
*Tom O Shanters Urban farm, Birkenhead
*Hayrack Church Farm, Thornton Le Moors, Chester
*Little Als urban farm, Eastham 
*Farmer Teds adventure farm, Ormskirk
* Backford belles, Nr Chester 
*Blacon adventure playground and city farm, Blacon
*Snugburys ice cream, Nantwich - Farmhouse ice-cream outlet in a converted barn, with a courtyard and canalside walking trail.
*Cheshire farms ice cream farm. 
*Shockley Farm park, Arley, Northwich 
*Wheelock farm nr sandbach 
*Greenacres Anjmal park, Mancot, Deeside 
*Park hall country side experience, Oswestry.

LAKES
*Ellesmere, Oswestry 
*Bala lake
*Manley Mere Nr Ellesmere Port- large inflatable course. Must be 1.2m 
*Lake Vernwy, Powys 
*Tatton Park lakes, Knutsford

MUSEUMS

*Grosvenor museum, Chester 
*World museum Liverpool 
*Liverpool maritime museum 
*Lady lever art gallery , Port sunlight 
*Little edenville child amusement center, Birkenhead 
*Boat museum, Ellesmere Port
*Norton Priory, Runcorn 
*British Iron works, Oswestry
*Blissts hill museum, ironbridge, Telford 
*Cadbury world, Birmingham 
*Manchester museum 
*Eureka museum, Halifax (further afield)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTERS

*Imagine that, Liverpool (also so Arts and Crafts).
*Spaceport, Wallasey
*Techniquest, Wrexham 
*Catalyst Science discovery centre, Widnes 
*Joddrell bank, Macclesfield

PLANE WATCHING

*Chocks away diner, Broughton 
*Speke Hall, Speke, Liverpool 
*Manchester aviation viewing park. Tours available.

AMUSEMENT/THEME PARKS

*Alton towers, Stoke on Trent 
*C beebies land, Stoke on Trent 
*Gullivers World, Warrington 
*Blackpool pleasure beach 
*Greenwood family park, Gwynydd 
*LEGOLAND discovery centre, Manchester 
*Inflatanation, Runcorn - indoor Inflatable theme park
*Wonderland, Telford
*Drayton manor theme park, Tamworth (further afield)

CLIMBING WALLS

*Climbing Hangar, Liverpool
*Awesome Walls, Liverpool
*The Boardroom, Queensferry 
*Boulder Hut, Ellesmere Port (opens soon)

TRAMPOLINE PARKS

*Flip out, Chester gates, Chester
*Freedome, Ellesmere Port 
*Jump nation, Widnes 
*Spring city Trampoline park, Liverpool

SOFT PLAY

*Good time Charlie's, Broughton
*Zippys soft play, Chester 
*Bubbles world of play andsplash water park, new Brighton prom 
*Mattel play, Liverpool. Themed soft play. 
* Cheshire Ice cream farm soft play 
* Whizz kids saltney 
*Ty bugs, Mold 
*Infinity, Mold 
*Fantastic funhouse, Oswestry

FOOTBALL AND SPORT

*Paradise Island Adventure golf, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port 
*Bowling (please see your local Bowling alley)
*LFC tour
*Everton tour

READING, FILM, CRAFTS 
* Please check out your local library for upcoming events. 
*Weekend kids screening posted on the clued in with kids group each Friday.
*Grosvenor open air theatre, Chester (Summer)
*Cheshire candle factory, Cheshire workshops, Beeston.
*Lady Lever Art gallery, Liverpool. 
*Lady Hayes, Frodsham 
*Blakemere Village, Cheshire 
*Krafty house, Buckley 
*Jemoleys, Penyffordd 
*Charlie's ceramics, Boat museum, Ellesmere Port
*The potting shed, Hoylake
*Aberkhan, Mostyn - outdoor play area 
*Spotty pig cafe, Chester 
*Story house, Chester run a range of activities in the week and during holidays. Please see website

OTHER

*Breakout, Chester 
*Escapism, Chester 
*Chester ghost tours (Friday, Saturday)

SUGGESTIONS FOR STAYCATIONS CLOSEBY

*Betwys y coed - beautiful place. Waterfalls, streams, forests and adventure 
*Portmerion
*Harlech 
*Abersoch 
*Lancaster 
*Shrewbury- beautiful city. Boutique independents, river walks, parks etc.

EATING OUT Chester and surrounding areas e.g. Broughton, Penyffordd, Llay, Ellesmere Port

*Gelateria Domingo the Llama, Eryrys

*The crown, Llay. Two for one on adult meals. Climbing frame outside

*Spavens, Hoole, Chester - sweet shop, ice cream parlour, creperie and desserts.

*Jemoleys Penyffordd 
Very tasty cafe. Healthy home cooked food. Kids menu is fantastic e.g. quesadillas, Bolognese etc. Kids can make a ceramic. Fabulous cake.

*Chocs away diner, Broughton Nr Airbus - a fab place to see the planes (and if you are lucky, you may spot the red arrows).

*The Running Hare, St David's Park, Deeside. Outdoor play area featuring a wooden train.

*Princess afternoon tea, Booth mansion, Chester

*Spavens, Hoole, Chester - sweet shop, ice cream parlour, creperie and desserts.

*Coffeetots Chester - indoor play area For £1 or free if you spend £10

*Russian style Crepe cafe, Upton. Play area upstairs.

*The white horse, Chester racecourse. Fab play area which includes a pirate ship.

*The little owl, Countess way, Chester. Slide and climbing frame. 2 for 1 on meals.

*Ring O Bells Christleton - high up on Chester Chronicles list of child friendly pubs. There's steak on the kids menu and a nice play area outside.

*The plough inn, christleton. Large outdoor play area and family beer garden.

*Stamford bridge Tarvin road.
A fab play area with decent swings and a nice outdoor space to burn off some energy

*The Goshawk, mouldsworth. Large outdoor play area and space to run around.

*Old Hall farm, Ellesmere Port
According to the Chronicle there's a nice play area for kids.

*The Rake. Hungry Horse, little Stanney. Large gardens and play area.

*Pollards inn, Willaston. Outdoor play area. 200 yards from the Wirral Way, a lovely countryside and coastal footpath.

*Aberkhan, Mostyn - outdoor play area

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