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Chester & Cheshire for<br />

GROUPS<br />

Accommodation / Events / Maps / Gardens / Heritage / Attractions<br />

Guided Tours / Shopping / Suggested Itineraries<br />

2016/17 Edition<br />

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Book your group visit<br />

to Ness Gardens –<br />

the perfect day out at<br />

any time of year!<br />

Explore one of Wirral’s best-kept<br />

secrets, with 64 acres of stunning<br />

gardens and views across the<br />

Dee Estuary to Snowdonia.<br />

OPEN<br />

7 DAYS<br />

A WEEK!<br />

Group booking prices 2016/17<br />

March-October:<br />

21 visitors or more – £6.25pp.<br />

20 visitors or less – £6.50pp.<br />

November-February:<br />

All sizes of party £4.50pp<br />

The price for any size of party reduces to<br />

£4pp if the booking includes a pre-booked<br />

meal (see our menus online)<br />

Opening times<br />

March-October: 10am-5pm<br />

November-February: 10am-4.30pm<br />

Our details<br />

Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road,<br />

R<br />

Ness, Cheshire, CH64 4AY<br />

Tel 0151 795 6300<br />

nessgdns@liverpool.ac.uk<br />

Group benefits<br />

FREE entry for the<br />

group organiser<br />

FREE guided tour<br />

(which must be booked<br />

in advance)<br />

www.nessgardens.org.uk


Introduction<br />

Welcome to Chester & Cheshire<br />

Chester & Cheshire offers group organisers and<br />

coach operators a fabulous choice of places to<br />

stay and visit.<br />

You can choose from the heritage attractions<br />

of Chester or the magnificent stately homes<br />

and glorious gardens of Cheshire.<br />

Chester, with its unique two-tier Rows<br />

galleries and the most complete City Walls<br />

in Britain, is absolutely ideal for shopping and<br />

sightseeing on foot or by coach, while<br />

Cheshire, with its bustling market towns and<br />

lush landscapes, is a constant delight.<br />

The area is rich in group-friendly attractions<br />

and hotels, who are all dedicated to looking<br />

after your requirements.<br />

Chester Zoo is an award-winning zoo which<br />

is home to over 20,000 animals from across<br />

the world and features their latest exhibit –<br />

Islands, in which groups can embark on a<br />

unique expedition to discover six south-east<br />

Asian islands.<br />

Arley Hall & Gardens is a privately-owned<br />

estate and is an impressive example of a<br />

country house built in the Elizabethan style.<br />

The gardens, which are amongst the finest in<br />

Tel: 01244 405600<br />

Email: groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk<br />

www.visitchester.com/groups<br />

Britain, are outstanding for their vitality,<br />

variety and historical interest and are<br />

particularly celebrated for the magnificent<br />

double herbaceous border, which is thought<br />

to be one of the first of its kind in England.<br />

There are plenty of ways to explore Chester<br />

& Cheshire too. You can step aboard a river<br />

or canal trip, or take an open-top bus tour<br />

around Chester.<br />

Chester & Cheshire is also a perfect base to<br />

discover the surrounding areas of<br />

Manchester, Liverpool, Wirral and North<br />

Wales – all just a short drive away and rich in<br />

history and heritage with a fascinating mix of<br />

culture and landscapes.<br />

Groups are really important to us and we<br />

look forward to welcoming you to Chester &<br />

Cheshire soon.<br />

For more help planning your visit, please<br />

contact Laura Evans on 01244 405630 or<br />

email groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk for<br />

information or advice.<br />

3 Welcome<br />

4 Discover Chester &<br />

Cheshire<br />

6 Useful Contacts<br />

7 Events<br />

8 Suggested Itineraries<br />

11 Maps/Guided Tours<br />

12-13 Cheshire Gardens<br />

14-15 Favourite Days Out<br />

16-31 What to Do and<br />

Where to Stay<br />

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Discover Chester & Cheshire<br />

Discover Chester & Cheshire<br />

Chester has been welcoming visitors since the Roman Empire built the<br />

Fortress of Deva here 2000 years ago.<br />

The ancient city is truly a breath-taking<br />

experience. Your group will follow where<br />

Roman Legionaries marched to war, Viking<br />

raiders wreaked havoc, a civil war siege took<br />

place and Norman invaders conquered<br />

Anglo-Saxons. Each chapter of history is<br />

etched into the very fabric of the city.<br />

The magnificent Chester Cathedral, located<br />

in the heart of the city centre, was founded<br />

as a Benedictine abbey in 1092 and has a<br />

rich and varied history.<br />

Places to Visit and Things to<br />

Do in Chester & Cheshire<br />

Shopping<br />

Chester has been a major retail centre since<br />

the Middle Ages and sees national chains rub<br />

shoulders with specialist shops. It has the<br />

oldest shop front in England and the<br />

inimitable Rows are over 700 years old and<br />

give you a unique shopping experience. A visit<br />

to Chester during November and December is<br />

a must with the return of the Chester<br />

Christmas Market, where shoppers can<br />

wander around the 70 wooden chalets selling<br />

quality local merchandise and refreshments.<br />

Just outside Chester shoppers will find<br />

discounts galore at McArthur Glen’s<br />

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.<br />

Conveniently located at junction 10, off the<br />

M53, this is the UK’s largest designer outlet,<br />

with over 145 stores selling designer brands<br />

at up to 60% less.<br />

Stately Homes & Gardens<br />

Cheshire is home to magnificent stately<br />

homes and a variety of glorious gardens. The<br />

impressive double Herbaceous Border at<br />

Arley Hall & Gardens is probably the first of<br />

its kind in England, whilst the Hall is an<br />

impressive example of a country house built<br />

in the Elizabethan style.<br />

Tatton Park is a Georgian estate sitting<br />

within 1,000 acres of parkland and includes<br />

mansion, garden, farm, old hall, shops and<br />

“Gardener’s Cottage Tearoom” offering<br />

visitors delicious home-made refreshments.<br />

It is host to the RHS Flower Show each July,<br />

which is a must-visit event for all keen<br />

gardeners and garden enthusiasts.<br />

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is a<br />

fascinating combination of historical,<br />

archaeological and natural beauty. There is a<br />

large Georgian walled garden, woodland<br />

walks, pear orchard, and is home to the<br />

National Collection of Tree Quince. Visitors<br />

can also explore the medieval ruins and<br />

discover 900 years of history in the brand<br />

new museum which opened in August 2016.<br />

Ness Botanic Gardens has stunning views<br />

across the River Dee to North Wales. These<br />

award-winning botanic gardens contain<br />

superb collections for genuine all year round<br />

interest. Onsite there is a well-stocked gift<br />

shop plant sales area where people can buy<br />

interesting plants as well as some grown in<br />

the garden plus a super Garden Kitchen Café<br />

that can cater for group visits. The gardens<br />

run regular events throughout the year.<br />

Information on all of Cheshire’s Gardens of<br />

Distinction can be found on pages 12-13.<br />

Iconic Attractions<br />

The area is rich in iconic attractions. Chester<br />

Zoo is an award-winning Zoo and is the most<br />

visited paid-attraction, outside of London in<br />

the UK. Here groups can discover over 20,000<br />

wonderful animals and 500 different species<br />

including some of the most endangered and<br />

exotic in the world.<br />

Islands, is the largest zoo development ever<br />

seen in the UK. It recreates the amazing<br />

tropical environments of six South East Asian<br />

islands, and makes them yours to explore.<br />

Islands is based on real places and includes<br />

the Lazy River Boat Trip – giving you a<br />

different view of each individual island.<br />

Industrial Heritage<br />

Industrial heritage offers great opportunities<br />

for visits, including the Lion Salt Works, near<br />

Northwich, which re-opened its doors to the<br />

public at the beginning of June 2015<br />

following a major restoration. It is a<br />

fascinating journey through the life of the<br />

country's last open-pan salt making site. Why<br />

not combine a visit to nearby Anderton Boat<br />

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Discover Chester & Cheshire<br />

Getting Here<br />

Lift, the world’s first, was built in 1875 to lift<br />

cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver<br />

to the Trent & Mersey Canal. The lift was fully<br />

restored in 2002 and today visitors to the site<br />

can enjoy a boat-trip through the lift and<br />

along the River Weaver Navigation.<br />

Meanwhile, at Weaver Hall Museum and<br />

Workhouse in Northwich, stories are told<br />

about local industry, market towns, transport,<br />

archaeology, and the building’s former history.<br />

The National Waterways Museum, with its<br />

dramatic location on the banks of the Mersey<br />

and the Manchester Ship Canal in Cheshire, is<br />

home to extensive in-door displays, boat trips<br />

and historic buildings. The museum offers a<br />

great day out where time slows down and<br />

history comes to life.<br />

Just 10 minutes’ drive away is Port Sunlight<br />

Village with a museum, gift shop, tearoom,<br />

tours, trails & holiday cottages. Port Sunlight<br />

Village Trust manages this impressive<br />

destination built in 1888 by William Hesketh<br />

Lever, creator of Sunlight Soap.<br />

More information about Cheshire’s<br />

attractions can be found on page 14 - 15<br />

Exploring Chester & Cheshire<br />

There are plenty of ways to explore Chester &<br />

Cheshire. ChesterBoat offer relaxing daily<br />

cruises along the River Dee and The Mill Hotel<br />

Chester, L’eau-t-Cuisine Restaurant Cruiser sails<br />

along the canal and offers a choice of lunch,<br />

In 2017, Chester will unveil it’s new<br />

£37m cultural centre - Storyhouse.<br />

Located in the restored and<br />

converted Grade II-listed Odeon<br />

Building, it will include a new<br />

library, cinema and theatre,<br />

presenting the best of the country’s<br />

touring companies during the<br />

principal touring season.<br />

www.storyhouse.com<br />

dinner or Roman High Tea cruises. For a more<br />

unique experience, Roman Tours offer daily<br />

private walking tours with a Roman Soldier.<br />

Alternatively, blue and green badge tour<br />

guides are available to provide a private tour<br />

just for your group. These can either be taken<br />

on foot or the guide can board your coach.<br />

Stay in Style<br />

In Chester & Cheshire you’ll also find a super<br />

selection of group hotels.<br />

Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen in<br />

Chester offers 4 star excellence. It is<br />

conveniently located opposite Chester<br />

Railway Station and within easy walking<br />

distance of Chester City Centre. As well as<br />

overnight accommodation, groups can<br />

partake in a gourmet experience and dine in<br />

one of the hotel’s restaurants and banqueting<br />

suites.<br />

Meanwhile The Mill Hotel, Spa and<br />

Restaurant is situated directly on the<br />

Shropshire Union Canal and can offer groups<br />

five grades of accommodation depending on<br />

your requirements. The hotel also has a<br />

restaurant and Real Ale Bar, as well as a<br />

Restaurant Cruiser offering lunch, dinner and<br />

high-tea.<br />

Located in the North West of<br />

England, Cheshire is easily<br />

accessible by road, rail and air.<br />

The M6 motorway runs directly<br />

through the county, linking the<br />

north and south. Chester is<br />

accessible from London by rail in<br />

just over 2 hours, whilst overseas<br />

travellers can board direct flights<br />

to Manchester and Liverpool,<br />

both within a short journey from<br />

Cheshire.<br />

There is a new direct train<br />

service operating to and from<br />

Manchester Airport from<br />

Chester.<br />

Virgin Trains offer hourly direct<br />

rail services to and from London<br />

Euston. They offer great rates for<br />

group travel.<br />

For more information go to<br />

www.virgintrains.com/<br />

grouptravel<br />

At a Glance...<br />

Page<br />

Anderton Boat Lift.........................................24<br />

Arley Hall & Gardens ...........................18 - 19<br />

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet ..............23<br />

ChesterBoat......................................................28<br />

Chester Cathedral..........................................29<br />

Chester Zoo .............................................16 - 17<br />

Lion Salt Works................................................26<br />

National Waterways Museum .................25<br />

Ness Botanic Gardens.............Inside Front<br />

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens .......22<br />

Port Sunlight Village<br />

Trust & Museum .............................................27<br />

Roman Tours ...................................................28<br />

Tatton Park.....................................Inside Back<br />

Weaver Hall.......................................................27<br />

Hallmark Hotel Chester,<br />

The Queen ........................................................21<br />

Mill Hotel & Spa ..............................................20<br />

Jones Holidays................................................28<br />

Virgin Trains...............................Outside Back<br />

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Discover Chester & Cheshire<br />

Here to Help<br />

Groups are extremely important to us.<br />

Our experienced team are here to help with<br />

every aspect of your group visit, from<br />

providing suggested themed itineraries to<br />

developing bespoke itineraries which meet<br />

your clients’ exact requirements. Our<br />

dedicated Groups Booking Line can help<br />

take the stress out of booking your<br />

accommodation and meal-stops, and copies<br />

of the FREE Chester Mini Guide can be<br />

provided for your guests on your arrival in<br />

Cheshire (these can either be delivered to<br />

your Chester Hotel or picked up from the<br />

Town Hall Visitor Information Centre in<br />

Chester).<br />

For more information and for a list of<br />

Frequently Asked Questions to help plan<br />

your visit go to<br />

www.visitchester.com/groups.<br />

We want every member of every group to<br />

thoroughly enjoy their time in Chester &<br />

Cheshire. In order to help us achieve that we<br />

work closely with our partners listed<br />

throughout this publication to ensure your<br />

group gets the most out of their visit.<br />

No matter what the season, no matter what<br />

the weather, the age range or special<br />

interests of your group may be, we aim to<br />

make sure that Chester & Cheshire really are<br />

the perfect destination for your clients.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you to<br />

Chester & Cheshire.<br />

Familiarisation Visits<br />

Throughout the year, we run a programme<br />

of Familiarisation Visits to showcase our area<br />

to group organisers. If you would like to<br />

register your interest in attending these<br />

visits, or require any further information or<br />

advice on Chester & Cheshire then please<br />

contact Laura Evans on 01244 405630,<br />

email groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk or<br />

visit www.visitchester.com/groups<br />

Travel Trade Enewsletters<br />

We want to keep in touch with all our clients<br />

and provide them with updates about<br />

developments across Chester & Cheshire so<br />

we produce a quarterly enewsletter<br />

providing the latest news on what’s<br />

happening in our area.<br />

To sign up to receive our travel trade<br />

enewsletter, simply send an email with your<br />

company’s details to<br />

groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk<br />

Meet & Greet<br />

Our Roman Soldier, Town Crier and Civil War<br />

Cavalier are all available to meet your tour<br />

group on arrival in the city or further afield<br />

at any time and give your clients an<br />

unforgettable welcome.<br />

Souvenirs<br />

The Town Hall Visitor Information Centre in<br />

Chester should be your first port of call for<br />

maps, publications and souvenirs. The outlet<br />

stocks a huge range of gifts that will provide<br />

a lasting memento of your clients’ visit to<br />

the city.<br />

Contact for all of these services:<br />

Laura Evans<br />

Tel: 01244 405600<br />

E: groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk<br />

www.visitchester.com/groups<br />

Useful contacts<br />

Chester Visitor Information Centre:<br />

0845 647 7868<br />

welcome@chestervic.co.uk<br />

Nantwich Tourist Information Centre:<br />

01270 628633<br />

tourist.information@nantwichtown<br />

council.gov.uk<br />

Congleton Tourist Information Centre:<br />

01260 271095<br />

congletontic@cheshireeast.gov.uk<br />

Macclesfield Tourist Information Centre:<br />

01625 378123<br />

macclesfieldtic@cheshireeast.gov.uk<br />

Warrington Tourist Information Centre:<br />

01925 444400<br />

information@warrington.gov.uk<br />

Groups Information Line:<br />

01244 405600<br />

groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk<br />

Guided Tours<br />

Liverpool Destination Services<br />

0151 601 5333<br />

email@liverpooldestinationservices.com<br />

liverpooldestinationservices.com<br />

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A Year in Cheshire...<br />

Cheshire is not just a naturally stunning place to visit and explore, it’s also brimming<br />

with a host of exciting events and fun-filled festivals to entertain and amuse<br />

throughout the year. Here are some highlight events which take place every year, for<br />

a more detailed list of everything that’s going on go to www.visitchester.com/groups<br />

Easter<br />

Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival<br />

Chester Racecourse, Chester<br />

Hours of family fun over Easter where everyone<br />

gets a real foodie buzz.<br />

www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk<br />

May - September<br />

Chester Races<br />

Chester Racecourse, Chester<br />

With racing on the site dating back to 1539, Chester<br />

has the oldest racecourse in Britain.<br />

www.chester-races.co.uk<br />

June<br />

Cholmondeley Pageant of Power<br />

Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas<br />

The most dynamic motorsport event, including air<br />

displays and powerboat action, all set within the<br />

stunning grounds of the castle.<br />

www.cpop.co.uk<br />

Bolesworth International<br />

Bolesworth Castle, Chester<br />

Four days of world-class equestrian sport and fun<br />

family attractions and activities.<br />

www.bolesworthinternational.com<br />

Cheshire County Show<br />

Tabley, Knutsford<br />

Large equestrian section, farm livestock classes,<br />

dog shows, flowers, a superb food hall, cheese,<br />

crafts, shoppers mews and country pursuits.<br />

www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk<br />

MBNA Chester Music Festival<br />

Chester Town Hall<br />

World-class artists including Ensemble Deva, a<br />

collective of hugely talented musicians perform a<br />

series of concerts in the beautiful surroundings of<br />

Chester Town Hall.<br />

storyhouse.com<br />

Arley Garden Festival<br />

Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich<br />

The annual festival features Floral, Creative Crafts<br />

and Countryside marquees.<br />

www.arleyhallandgardens.com<br />

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre<br />

Grosvenor Park, Chester<br />

The finest open air theatre experience outside<br />

London.<br />

www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk<br />

June - August<br />

Chester Town Crier<br />

Public proclamations The High Cross, Chester<br />

12 noon Tues-Sat (10.30am on race days)<br />

www.chestertowncriers.com<br />

July<br />

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park<br />

Tatton Park, Knutsford<br />

A truly unique day out for all garden lovers.<br />

www.rhs.org.uk<br />

Nantwich Show/International Cheese Show<br />

Dorfold Hall, Nantwich<br />

The historic town of Nantwich sees the return of<br />

its fantastic farming extravaganza.<br />

www.nantwichshow.co.uk<br />

www.internationalcheeseawards.co.uk<br />

September<br />

Nantwich Food & Drink Festival<br />

Nantwich Town Centre<br />

The annual family friendly festival celebrates all<br />

that is wonderful about local produce.<br />

www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk<br />

November - December<br />

Christmas in Chester<br />

Chester City Centre. Join us at this magical time<br />

and visit over 70 chalets selling food, drink, crafts<br />

and more.<br />

www.christmasinchester.com<br />

December<br />

Lanterns at Chester Zoo<br />

Chester Zoo, Chester<br />

Journey through the magical gardens and try out<br />

your lantern making skills.<br />

www.chesterzoo.org/christmas<br />

Winter Watch Parades<br />

Chester City Centre.<br />

Re-enactments of traditional celebrations dating<br />

from the Middle Ages, orchestrated by the Lord of<br />

Misrule!<br />

www.midsummerwatch.co.uk<br />

Christmas at Tatton<br />

Tatton Park, Knutsford<br />

Enjoy another fabulous season of events across<br />

the park.<br />

www.tattonpark.org.uk<br />

Christmas Floral Extravaganza<br />

Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich<br />

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of fresh flowers<br />

in breathtaking floral decorations around the<br />

historic Hall.<br />

www.arleyhallandgardens.com<br />

Feast of Saturnalia Parade<br />

Chester City Centre<br />

A torch-lit procession led by Roman Legionaries.<br />

www.christmasinchester.com<br />

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Suggested Itineraries<br />

Whether you are planning to visit for a few hours or to stay for longer,<br />

Chester & Cheshire has something to offer every group.<br />

With such a variety of attractions<br />

and events, below are just a small<br />

selection of suggested themed<br />

itineraries to help you make the<br />

most of your visit. More detailed<br />

itineraries can be found at<br />

www.visitchester.com/groups<br />

Alternatively, if you would like help<br />

with planning your own tailormade<br />

itinerary, then please<br />

contact us at<br />

groups@marketingcheshire.co.uk<br />

History & Heritage –<br />

Chester City Centre<br />

Chester is one of Britain’s great heritage<br />

cities, just waiting to be discovered!<br />

• Take a private guided tour of Chester,<br />

where you will discover Chester’s<br />

fascinating history. Tread in the footsteps<br />

of Roman Legionaries and visit the largest<br />

Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, walk the<br />

Roman Walls, step inside Chester<br />

Cathedral and see the Eastgate Clock,<br />

one of the most photographed<br />

timepieces in the world, built to celebrate<br />

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.<br />

• Chester has been a bustling shopping<br />

centre for centuries. Visit Chester’s<br />

unique two-tiered shopping galleries The<br />

Rows, which were built over 700 years<br />

ago. Today The Rows are still home to a<br />

variety of shops and sees specialist<br />

designer boutiques rub shoulders with<br />

high street fashion.<br />

• Take a leisurely Boat Ride on the River<br />

Dee. Half-hour up to 2 ½ hour daily<br />

cruises available.<br />

• ‘O Yay! O Yay!’ Town Crier<br />

proclamations take place in Chester at<br />

the High Cross at 12pm on Tuesday –<br />

Saturday between June and August (May<br />

bank holidays also).<br />

Suggested Visit to Chester – Full Day +<br />

Stately Homes & Gardens<br />

From magnificent stately homes to<br />

quintessentially English gardens, Cheshire’s<br />

splendid array of historic houses and<br />

gardens offer visitors the chance to journey<br />

back in time and experience what it would<br />

have been like to actually live and work in<br />

one of these stunning properties.<br />

• Tatton Park, Mansion & Gardens –<br />

Half to Full Day<br />

• Arley Hall & Gardens – Half to Full Day<br />

• Ness Botanic Gardens – Half to Full Day<br />

• Chester Zoo Gardens –<br />

Full Day, (2 hours Gardens only)<br />

• Port Sunlight Village Trust & Museum<br />

Full Day<br />

• Norton Priory Museum & Gardens –<br />

Half to Full Day<br />

Family Fun<br />

Cheshire can be fun at every age, so if your<br />

group is young in age or just young at heart,<br />

they can experience one of the many<br />

activities on offer.<br />

• Anderton Boat Lift Santa Cruises -<br />

Up to Half Day<br />

• Chester Zoo – Full Day<br />

• ChesterBoat – From ½ hour to 2 ½ hour<br />

cruises available daily on the River Dee<br />

• Roman Tours – guided tour approx<br />

1 ½ hours<br />

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Shopping<br />

For those seeking a little “retail therapy”<br />

Cheshire has many shops, stores and<br />

designer boutiques to suit both your style<br />

and pocket:<br />

• Chester City Centre – Full Day +<br />

• Chester Christmas Market – Over 70<br />

chalets selling local and regional gifts,<br />

crafts and produce - 2 hours<br />

• Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet – over<br />

145 stores selling designer labels at up to<br />

60% off the retail price – Full Day<br />

Industrial Heritage<br />

Cheshire is famous for it’s industrial heritage<br />

and here groups can enjoy visits to a whole<br />

host of outstanding heritage attractions:<br />

• National Waterways Museum –<br />

Half to Full Day<br />

• Anderton Boat Lift – Half Day<br />

• Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse –<br />

2-3 Hours<br />

• Lion Salt Works – Half Day<br />

• Port Sunlight Village Trust & Museum –<br />

Full Day<br />

Taste Cheshire<br />

• Chester Food & Drink Festival, Easter<br />

• Foodies Festival , July<br />

• Cheshire Show, June<br />

• Nantwich International Cheese Show,<br />

July<br />

• Nantwich Food & Drink Festival,<br />

September<br />

Events<br />

Cheshire is brimming with exciting annual<br />

events:<br />

• Chester Races –<br />

Half Day<br />

(afternoon or evening evening racing)<br />

• RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – Full Day<br />

• Arley Garden Festival – Full Day<br />

• Bolesworth International – Full Day<br />

• Cholmondeley Pageant of Power –<br />

Full Day +<br />

More events can be found on page 7.<br />

Film & TV<br />

Cheshire has been the backdrop for<br />

many film and TV productions, many you<br />

will have recognised and many you may<br />

not have realised were actually filmed<br />

here. Below are just a small selection of<br />

venues where filming has taken place.<br />

• Tatton Park – Peaky Blinders, Taste of<br />

Britain, Great British Railway Journeys,<br />

The Mill, Coronation Street and many<br />

press adverts<br />

• Arley Hall – Coronation Street,<br />

Evermoor (Disney Production),<br />

Peaky Blinders<br />

• Chester Zoo – “Our Zoo”<br />

(2014 BBC Production), Secret Life of<br />

the Zoo<br />

• National Waterways Museum –<br />

Peaky Blinders<br />

• Port Sunlight – Peaky Blinders,<br />

Antiques Roadshow, Great British<br />

Railway Journeys<br />

More information about productions<br />

which have been filmed in Cheshire can<br />

be found at<br />

www.visitcheshire.com/things-todo/film-and-tv-locations.<br />

visitchester.com/groups<br />

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PEDESTRIAN AREA<br />

RESTRICTED ACCESS<br />

TOWN HALL OFFICIAL<br />

VISITOR INFO CENTRE<br />

ADVERTISERS<br />

WC PUBLIC TOILETS<br />

ANDRE W S CRES<br />

BOTTOMS L<br />

Coach Parking<br />

All coach parking in Chester is now<br />

centralised at the Little Roodee Coach/Car<br />

Park located next to the Grosvenor Bridge,<br />

Chester Castle and the River Dee. There are<br />

fully accessible toilets on site.<br />

It’s a short walk from here to the city centre<br />

but there are convenient drop-off points<br />

located across Chester.<br />

It is open daily all year round apart from<br />

when the Fun Fair takes place there in the<br />

first part of May – during this period coaches<br />

can park free at the Wrexham Road Park and<br />

Ride site on the A483.<br />

Chester to Birmingham – 76 miles<br />

Chester to Liverpool – 20 miles<br />

Chester to Manchester – 40 miles<br />

Chester to York – 110 miles<br />

Chester to Edinburgh – 242 miles<br />

Chester to London – 198 miles<br />

Chester to Llandudno – 47 miles<br />

Chester to Lake District – 107 miles<br />

Virgin Trains offer great rates for group travel. Hourly direct rail services operate to and<br />

from London Euston meaning the city is just a little over two hours from the heart of<br />

the capital. There are also direct links to other UK cities including Liverpool, Manchester<br />

and Birmingham. For more information go to www.virgintrains.com/grouptravel<br />

*All distances are calculated using google maps.<br />

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Guided<br />

Tours for<br />

Groups<br />

Chester & Cheshire offer a comprehensive<br />

range of guided tours to suit your clients’<br />

requirements. All tours are undertaken by<br />

professionally qualified guides.<br />

For more information on the tours available<br />

and to book please contact:<br />

LIVERPOOL DESTINATION SERVICES<br />

E: email@liverpooldestinationservices.com<br />

T: 0151 601 5333<br />

W: liverpooldestinationservices.com<br />

For those groups who are looking for<br />

something fresh, interesting, factual and fun,<br />

award-winning Roman Tours provide guides<br />

dressed in authentic Roman Solider uniforms.<br />

Contact:<br />

ROMAN TOuRS<br />

E: info@romantoursuk.com<br />

T: 01978 761264<br />

W: romantoursuk.com<br />

visitchester.com/groups<br />

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Chester Road, Delamere, Northwich SAT NAV: CW8 2HS<br />

T: 01606 889477 / 01606 888116 W: abbeywoodestate.co.uk<br />

The Gardens at Abbeywood are set within a picturesque 45 Acre Estate.<br />

The Herbaceous Main Garden and the Pool, Chapel and Pergola<br />

Gardens, bursting with sensational colour.<br />

Open: All Year (except Christmas & New Year). Sun - Thurs.<br />

Private functions Fri & Sat. See website for full details.<br />

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T: 01948 662880 W: combermereabbey.co.uk<br />

Explore 10 acres of restored Walled Gardens, Woodland and Pleasure<br />

Gardens, a rare chance to enter the gates of this privately-owned<br />

historic estate and explore its horticultural splendour.<br />

Open: Gardens open to public on select dates from April -<br />

September. Group and Individual Tours of the House and Gardens<br />

are available. See website for full details.<br />

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Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield SAT NAV: SK10 4LF<br />

T: 01625 827595 W: adlingtonhall.com<br />

One of the finest examples in existence of a Rococo style garden.<br />

With features dating from the 1600s onwards, the follies,<br />

pathways and maze are a joy to behold.<br />

Open: April - September. See website for full details.<br />

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Altrincham, Cheshire SAT NAV: WA14 4SJ<br />

T: 0161 941 1025/0161 942 3989<br />

W: nationaltrust.org.uk/dunhammassey<br />

A Garden for all seasons. Take the meandering paths past swathes of<br />

colourful bulbs, lush borders, a sweeping lawn, a garden full of roses<br />

and one of the largest winter gardens in Britain.<br />

Open: All year round. See website for full details.<br />

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T: 01565 777353 W: arleyhallandgardens.com<br />

The Gardens are amongst the finest in Britain with the stunning<br />

Herbaceous Border probably the first of its kind in England.<br />

Open: March - October. See website for full details.<br />

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SAT NAV: WA3 5NT<br />

T: 01942 266300 W: bents.co.uk<br />

Bents has evolved into a great day out with a passion for the garden,<br />

exceptional quality plants and expert advice. The adjacent Weeping<br />

Ash Garden completes any visit.<br />

Open: All year (call to confirm opening times prior to your visit).<br />

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T: 01782 517999 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulphgrange<br />

This amazing Victorian garden was created using tunnels, narrow<br />

paths and high hedges to house a collection of plants from around<br />

the world.<br />

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A two acre cottage garden packed with colour and wildlife in a<br />

tranquil canal-side setting.<br />

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City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH<br />

T: 01244 305000<br />

W: feathers.uk.com<br />

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Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield SAT NAV: SK11 9JY<br />

T: 01625 861221 W: capesthorne.com<br />

Dating from 1719, the majestic Capesthorne Hall with its stunning<br />

Jacobean style architecture is set in 100 acres of picturesque parkland,<br />

exquisite gardens and lakes.<br />

Open: Public opening April - October. Can be hired for Weddings<br />

and Corporate Events. Caravan park open from March – October.<br />

See website for full details.<br />

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Warrington, Cheshire SAT NAV: WA4 3DS<br />

T: 01925 213638 W: www.ghwalledgarden.org.uk<br />

Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden was built in the 1830s by Thomas<br />

Parr. It comprises of a kitchen garden, pleasure ground and eight<br />

beautiful glasshouses. Pre-booked group tours of the gardens<br />

available. Open: All year round. See website for full details.<br />

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Malpas SAT NAV: SY14 8ET<br />

T: 01829 720383 W: cholmondeleycastle.com<br />

Romantic, beautiful and wild. Dominated by the castle, the gardens<br />

boast superb collections of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Magnolias.<br />

A great garden for garden lovers, there are also lakeside walks and<br />

much more. Open: March-October. See website for full details.<br />

Swettenham Village SAT NAV: CW12 2LF<br />

T: 01477 537698 W: tattongardensociety.org.uk<br />

Named after its creator Sir Bernard Lovell, this 28 acre arboretum<br />

boasts over 2500 trees and shrubs, 800 species, 2 National<br />

Collections, a lake and beautiful views across the Dane Valley.<br />

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T: 01630 647237 W: dorothyclivegarden.co.uk<br />

Intimate and informal; explore a 12 acre, quintessentially English,<br />

hillside garden which boasts a winter garden, rhododendron filled<br />

quarry with waterfall, edible woodland, rose walk, stunning views of<br />

the surrounding countryside and more.<br />

Open: Daily from 1st April to 30th September. Weekends only<br />

from October to March. See website for details.<br />

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Explore one of the Wirral’s best kept secrets, with 64 acres of<br />

stunning gardens and views across the Dee Estuary to<br />

Snowdonia. Featuring outstanding collections of rhododendron,<br />

azaleas, Himalayan and Chinese plants. Open: All year round.<br />

Open seven days a week. See website for full details.<br />

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Manchester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire SAT NAV: WA16 OSX<br />

T: 01565 755455 W: fryer-roses.co.uk<br />

Tudor Road, Runcorn SAT NAV: WA7 1BD<br />

T: 01928 569895 W: nortonpriory.org<br />

Tan 98130<br />

Fryer's Roses is a leading and highly regarded garden centre and<br />

restaurant. With over 200 varieties of Fryer's bred roses to choose from,<br />

including award winning varieties of roses, this makes Fryer's Roses an<br />

ideal day out for all the family. Open: All year round.<br />

"The Rose of Distinction"<br />

named for Cheshire's Gardens<br />

of Distinction'<br />

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garden. Surrounded by woodland walks and pear orchard. Home<br />

to National Collection of Tree Quince.<br />

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T: 0151 6446466 W: portsunlightvillage.com<br />

Port Sunlight Museum introduces you to the historic village of Port<br />

Sunlight. Built in 1888 by philanthropist William Hesketh Lever, this Grade<br />

II Listed conservation village offers planned landscapes incorporating<br />

3500 roses, 2000 trees, 54000 yearly bedding plants and 13000 planted<br />

spring bulbs! Open: All year round. See website for full details.<br />

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T: 01625 527468 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank<br />

Picturesque gardens with meandering paths, terraces, riverside<br />

walks and views set against the backdrop of a Georgian Mill.<br />

Open: February – October.<br />

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T: 01270 873237 W: rodehall.co.uk<br />

An early 18th c. country house set in a Repton landscape. Enjoy<br />

Bluebells, Rhododendrons and a two acre walled kitchen garden.<br />

Snowdrop walks throughout February.<br />

Open: April – September.<br />

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T: 01625 374400 W: tattonpark.org.uk<br />

Explore this glorious 50 acre garden developed over 200 years and<br />

including a magnificent Japanese garden. A visit to Tatton includes<br />

1,000 acres of parkland, mansion, farm, shops and restaurants.<br />

Open: All year round.<br />

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T: 01625 584 412 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill<br />

A tranquil woodland garden, surrounded by parkland, with a<br />

delightful walled garden at its heart. Stunning rhododendrons,<br />

summer flowering and beautiful white herbaceous border in the<br />

walled garden. Open: March-October.<br />

Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire SAT NAV: ST4 8JG<br />

T: 01782 646646 W: trentham.co.uk<br />

This stunning contemporary revival of a historic garden has made<br />

Trentham Gardens amongst the very best in the UK. Explore our<br />

Capability Brown landscape with its new celebratory plantings.<br />

Open: All year round.<br />

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T: 01663 762023 W: nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme<br />

Beautiful 17 acre garden with reflection lake, formal beds, rose<br />

garden and orangery. Set in a deer park with spectacular mansion.<br />

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With all our top attractions less than 45 minutes away and welcoming<br />

groups, you will be sure to find your favourite days out in Cheshire!<br />

PORT SUNLIGHT VILLAGE TRUST<br />

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Museum & Garden Village<br />

23 King George’s Drive, Wirral CH62 5DX<br />

T: 0151 644 6466 W: portsunlightvillage.com<br />

Port Sunlight Museum celebrates their 10th Anniversary with a<br />

special exhibition, Port Sunlight in Focus, 1896 - 1916, showcasing<br />

the work of three local photographers capturing life in the early<br />

years! This interactive museum also offers walks, tours and trails<br />

plus tearoom and 4 * holiday cottages.<br />

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South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW<br />

T: 0151 355 5017 W: canalrivertrust. org.uk/national-waterways-museum<br />

With its delightful setting, flotillas of historic boats and displays<br />

housed in fine Victorian buildings, the Museum is a great day out<br />

whatever the weather.<br />

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Neston Road, Ness CH64 4AY. T: 0151 795 6300 W: nessgardens.org.uk<br />

Covering 64 acres of beautiful garden and overlooking the Dee<br />

Estuary, take a relaxing stroll around the garden and indulge yourself<br />

in The Garden Kitchen Cafe, gift shop and garden store.<br />

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Mersey Road, Widnes WA8 0DF<br />

T: 0151 420 1121 W: catalyst.org.uk<br />

Science has never been so much fun!<br />

Home to three hands-on galleries,<br />

over 50 interactive exhibits, a scenic<br />

glass lift as well as Saturday science<br />

clubs, holiday activities and weekend<br />

workshops for all the family!<br />

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Tudor Rd, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1BD<br />

T: 01928 569 895<br />

W: www.nortonpriory.org<br />

Enjoy woodland walks and the<br />

beautiful walled garden all year<br />

round. From the 1st August 2016<br />

you can explore the medieval ruins<br />

and discover 900 years of history<br />

in the brand new museum.<br />

Exciting events all year round.<br />

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T: 01925 444 888 W<br />

With over 80 rides<br />

shows to see each<br />

World theme park<br />

day out. Enjoy Ner<br />

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Puddington Lane, Burton CH64 5SF<br />

T: 0151 353 8478 W: rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands<br />

Explore this vibrant nature reserve on the edge of the Dee Estuary,<br />

complete with superb facilities and home to all kinds of wildlife just<br />

waiting to be discovered.<br />

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T: 0151 348 5600 W: cheshireoaksdesigneroutlet.com<br />

Located just off J10 of the M53 and 10 minutes from historic Chester,<br />

Cheshire Oaks is the UK's largest Designer Outlet with over 145 stores,<br />

restaurants and cafes.<br />

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Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire CH65 9LF T: 0151 357 8804 W: blueplanetaquarium.com<br />

Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real<br />

scuba divers in our daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre. With one of the<br />

best collections of sharks, fish, frogs, spiders and otters – Blue Planet<br />

Aquarium is the must-see day out for all the family.<br />

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Upton by Chester, Chester CH2 1EU<br />

T: 01244 380 280 W: chesterzoo.org<br />

Every day is an adventure! Discover over 20,000 wonderful animals<br />

and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered<br />

and exotic in the world.<br />

Grosvenor MUSEUM<br />

27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD<br />

T: 01244 972 197 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk<br />

Fascinating displays explore the history of Chester, its art and silver<br />

heritage, and its natural history. Find out about life during the<br />

Roman military occupation and visit the Period House, with rooms<br />

from the 17th century to the 1920s.<br />

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Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester CH1 1SD<br />

T: 01244 325 394 W: chesterboat.co.uk<br />

Enjoy a cruise on the tranquil River Dee. Informative city cruises,<br />

relaxing two hour cruises through rural Cheshire and exciting,<br />

themed evening cruises. Sailing every day from April to October.<br />

A perfect family experience awaits aboard our fleet.<br />

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Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD<br />

T: 01978 761 264 W: romantoursuk.com<br />

Presenting and illuminating the life of a Roman soldier<br />

in Britain, through informative, educational and<br />

interactive experiences for all ages including daily city<br />

tours at 12 & 3pm from the Chester Visitor Information<br />

Centre.<br />

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Mill Lane, Stretton (near Farndon) SY14 7JA<br />

T: 01606 271 640 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk<br />

See one of the country’s best preserved demonstration<br />

water powered corn mills in action, listen to stories, have<br />

a go at milling grain, work miniature models, wander<br />

around the displays or just relax and enjoy the beautiful<br />

countryside setting. (Open April – September)<br />

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Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Che<br />

T: 0800 133 7000 W: theicecr<br />

From possibly the world’s large<br />

50 flavours of award-winning ic<br />

Canyon’, Europe’s largest indoo<br />

Cream Farm has something to e<br />

Open 7 days a week, 10am-5.30<br />

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Chapel Lane, Beeston, Nr.<br />

T: 01829 260 464 W: engl<br />

Enjoy spectacular views a<br />

woodland trails, 4,000 ye<br />

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, attractions and<br />

day, Gulliver’s<br />

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f Zone, Splashzone<br />

Hotel too.<br />

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& Gardens<br />

Northwich CW9 6NA T: 01565 777 353<br />

W: arleyhallandgardens.com<br />

Visit Arley, a place of enormous<br />

character. The Gardens are<br />

celebrated for the magnificent<br />

double herbaceous border. The<br />

Hall is a Victorian country house<br />

built in the Elizabethan style.<br />

Families will enjoy the Adventure<br />

Play Zone and garden trail.<br />

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Flittogate Lane, Tabley, nr Knutsford<br />

WA16 0HJ T: 01565 650 200<br />

W: www.royalcheshireshow.org<br />

North West England’s premier<br />

summertime agricultural show<br />

takes place on June 21st and 22nd.<br />

The show is a celebration of life in<br />

the stunning Cheshire countryside,<br />

its flavours, farming and the<br />

people who make it a great county<br />

to live and work.<br />

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23<br />

Knutsford WA16 6QN T: 01625 374 400 W: tattonpark.org.uk<br />

In 2016, Tatton Park is celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl, the<br />

world’s number one storyteller. Magical events based on his bestloved<br />

characters are set to make long-lasting memories at Tatton Park<br />

as his gloriumptious stories are brought to life with fun trails, family<br />

activities, squiffling surprises and treats for everyone.<br />

22<br />

Discovery Centre<br />

Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL Sat nav: SK11 9DW<br />

T: 01477 571 766 W: jodrellbank.net<br />

Explore the wonders of the universe and learn more about the<br />

workings of the giant Lovell Telescope! The Discovery Centre is a great<br />

day out for the whole family.<br />

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eamfarm.co.uk<br />

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ntertain the whole family.<br />

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Tarporley CW6 9TX<br />

ish-heritage.org.uk/beeston<br />

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ars of history, an abundance<br />

r exciting events programme.<br />

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54 High St, Tarporley CW6 0AG<br />

T: 01829 733 736<br />

W: firestationchocolateshop.co.uk<br />

Fine chocolates including a range made by us,<br />

traditional confectionery and local ice cream are<br />

available from this shop, so often featured on television<br />

and radio, in the delightful village of Tarporley.<br />

French Lane, Hack Green, nr Nantwich CW5 8AL<br />

T: 01270 629 219 W: hackgreen.co.uk<br />

Discover the secret world of underground nuclear<br />

government. Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 sq ft<br />

bunker contains authentic equipment in original<br />

settings to fire the imagination.<br />

Apsley Street, Stockport, Manchester SK1 1JJ<br />

T: 0161 612 4100 W: robinsonsvisitorscentre.co.uk<br />

The Robinsons family have been brewing beer at the Unicorn brewery<br />

in the heart of Stockport for more than 175 years. Pop in to Robinsons<br />

Visit England accredited Visitors Centre and discover the story for<br />

yourself. Robinsons – Bringing Brewing to Life since 1838!<br />

21<br />

WEAVER HALL MUSEUM<br />

& Workhouse<br />

162 London Road, Northwich CW9 8AB<br />

T: 01606 271 640 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk<br />

Find out what life was like in this former Victorian workhouse, explore<br />

local history and archaeology from the area and visit our fabulous<br />

Industrial Voices gallery, with its stories of the people of Northwich.<br />

20<br />

Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES<br />

T: 01606 271 640 W: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk<br />

The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site,<br />

the last site of its type in the country. Discover how the salt works<br />

operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy<br />

and landscape.<br />

19<br />

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW<br />

T: 01606 786 777 W: canalrivertrust.org.uk/anderton<br />

Enjoy one of the marvels of our canals. Take a river cruise, boat ride<br />

through the lift or simply relax with free entry into our coffee shop,<br />

gift shop and grounds.<br />

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Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2EB<br />

T: 01606 883 261 W: visitblakemere.co.uk<br />

Enjoy a unique day out shopping along with great activities every day<br />

from pottery painting to segways and crazy golf to play barn fun. Stroll<br />

down memory lane in our antiques centres or meet friends in The<br />

Village Restaurant where you can enjoy a meal, snack or afternoon tea<br />

as well as our popular roast carvery every Sunday.<br />

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LION SALT WORKS<br />

CHESHIRE SEGWAY<br />

Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2EB<br />

Cheshire Falconry - T: 01606 882 223 W: cheshirefalconry.com<br />

Cheshire Segway - T: 01606 888 090 W: cheshiresegway.co.uk<br />

Take up the gauntlet, fly owls, hawks and eagles in the heart of<br />

Cheshire. Experience a Segway 1 hour woodland glide through<br />

our woodland.<br />

Delamere Forest, Linmere, Northwich CW8 2JD<br />

T: 0845 094 9647 W: goape.co.uk/delamere<br />

Live Life Adventurously at Delamere Forest with three fantastic Go<br />

Ape Adventures: Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Go Ape Tree Top<br />

Junior and Go Ape Forest Segway – fun for everyone.<br />

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Chester Zoo o has been named the UK’s most popular paid-for attraction outside London - for the fifth year running.<br />

The zoo is ho<br />

me to more than 20 000 ani<br />

mals and over 500 different<br />

species and is a registered<br />

charity with a<br />

Gardens & Tours<br />

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Group Visits<br />

It is an ideal all year round attraction for group visits<br />

and booking in advance will save 30% for parties of<br />

more than 15 paying visitors. In addition there is a free<br />

place for every 15 booked. Meal vouchers and picnic<br />

Islands<br />

More information:<br />

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Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6NA<br />

Tel: 01565 777 353


3<br />

Magnificent Hall<br />

Award-winning Gardens<br />

Gift Shop<br />

The Gardener’s Kitchen<br />

(our new café)<br />

500 years of heritage<br />

Garden Festival 24th & 25th June 2017<br />

Group rates & garden tours available<br />

Parking FREE<br />

Group Organiser and Driver FREE<br />

Meal Voucher for Driver FREE<br />

Contact margaretrj@arleyhallandgardens.com<br />

www.arleyhallandgardens.com/group-visits<br />

/arleyhall @arleyhall<br />

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4<br />

“Chester’s Complete Hotel & Leisure Venue”<br />

Situated on the Shropshire Union Canal,<br />

just 5 minutes walk away from Chester<br />

City Centre.<br />

• 132 bedrooms, in six grades of<br />

accommodation.<br />

• All rates include Full English/<br />

Continental Buffet Breakfast<br />

• Free WiFi/cabled Internet throughout<br />

the Hotel.<br />

• Canaletto Restaurant<br />

• L’eau-t Cuisine Restaurant Cruiser<br />

• Rialto Wine & Dine<br />

• Conference Facilities<br />

• Gym, Aerobics Studio, 60ft Swimming<br />

Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna & Steam Room<br />

• Hair & Beauty Spa<br />

A fantastic new dining area serving<br />

a range of bar meals, sandwiches<br />

and a fantastic selection of drinks<br />

from the cocktail & prosecco bar<br />

and adjacent Real Ale Bar serving<br />

up to 30 different Real Ales weekly.<br />

RESTAURANT CRUISER<br />

ROMAN HIGH TEA CRUISES<br />

1 hour afternoon cruise with tea/coffee,<br />

sandwiches and cakes. Reaching parts of<br />

Chester that other transport does not<br />

have the privilege to reach, with narrative<br />

DVD and a Roman Soldier guide. £10 per<br />

child, £12 per adult.<br />

LUNCH & DINNER CRUISES<br />

2 1/2 hour Lunch or Dinner Cruise<br />

travelling through 2 locks 4 Courses<br />

and coffee. Lunch from £19.50 Dinner<br />

from £25.<br />

CANALETTO RESTAURANT<br />

LUNCH<br />

3 Course Lunch and Coffee from £14pp<br />

AFTERNOON TEA sandwiches, cakes,<br />

scones, teas & Coffee £13pp<br />

DINNER<br />

2 course Dinner from £17, Dine &<br />

Dance every Friday and Saturday<br />

Evening from £25<br />

FREE COACH PARKING ON<br />

REQUEST<br />

ROMAN BREAKS<br />

A Fantastic 2 night Roman inspired<br />

weekend package break including:<br />

• 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast<br />

• Roman High Tea Cruise<br />

• A Roman Feast Dinner with live<br />

cabaret and Dancing<br />

• Tickets to Chester Cathedral or<br />

Dewa Roman Experience<br />

• Award winning Roman Sausage<br />

and Mash Lunch<br />

• A Roman Walking<br />

Tour<br />

• Dine & Dance: 3<br />

course Meal & Coffee<br />

£175.00 Per Adult<br />

£100.00 Per Child<br />

under 14 years<br />

“TOP OF THE MILL” SUITE<br />

A perfect venue for meetings,<br />

conferences, training courses, gala<br />

dinners and private functions,<br />

offering space for up to 100<br />

conference delegates or private dining<br />

for 80.<br />

The Dual aspect and large south facing<br />

windows maximise the use of natural<br />

light throughout the day and in the<br />

evening as the sun goes down mood<br />

lighting comes into play providing<br />

coloured light to accentuate most<br />

party themes.<br />

3 course Lunch from £18.00pp<br />

3 course Dinner from £25.00pp<br />

Wedding Breakfast £45.00pp<br />

Package<br />

Milton Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3NF<br />

TELEPHONE: 01244 350035 FAX: 01244 345635<br />

www.millhotel.com email: reservations@millhotel.com<br />

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Nestled in the heart of Cheshire, between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent &<br />

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Step inside the imposing<br />

Northwich Union Workhouse<br />

• Recreated Victorian schoolroom<br />

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• Industrial Voices gallery<br />

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Port Sunlight in Focus<br />

1896 – 1916<br />

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CHESTER<br />

CHRISTMAS MARKET<br />

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Experience Christmas in Chester with great shopping, festive<br />

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delicious food and drink and a Real Ale Bar.<br />

MEET AND GREET OUR BIRDS OF PREY<br />

HELP BUILD OUR LEGO CATHEDRAL<br />

More information about the market, including coach parking<br />

map, events and activities taking place in and around the city<br />

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please contact Laura Evans on 01244 405630 or email<br />

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O pening times: January to March 9.00am – 5.<br />

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Box office: 01244 500959<br />

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Services include:<br />

Maps, guides and Chester souvenirs • Gift Shop • Box Office for<br />

Festivals & Shows • Tickets for attractions including City<br />

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Tours, Busy Bus Tours of North Wales and Guided Walking Tours<br />

Accommodation Bookings • National Express Ticket Agency<br />

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*Dates subject to change<br />

Open Daily: Summer: 9am-5.30pm, 10am-5pm (Sun & Bank Hols).<br />

Winter: 9.30am - 4.30pm, 9am - 5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun.<br />

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.<br />

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Discover Chester & Cheshire<br />

Make Cheshire your base!<br />

Chester and Cheshire is the perfect base to discover the popular bordering<br />

destinations of North Wales, Wirral, Liverpool and Manchester.<br />

North Wales<br />

Cross the border from Chester and groups<br />

can discover North Wales, with its rich<br />

history and heritage and its fascinating mix<br />

of landscapes.<br />

Located within an easy drive-time, popular<br />

choices with groups include Llandudno, with<br />

its Victorian promenade, pier and delightful<br />

shops. The nearby walled towns of Conwy<br />

and Caernarfon offer groups the chance to<br />

step back in time and visit the magnificent<br />

castles, which were built to protect from<br />

enemy invasion. The streets here are<br />

adorned with quaint cafés selling freshly<br />

brewed coffee and home-made cakes.<br />

www.gonorthwales.co.uk<br />

Liverpool<br />

With world-class music, breathtaking<br />

architecture and groundbreaking art,<br />

Liverpool will always be a European cultural<br />

capital.<br />

Few cities hold as many surprises as<br />

Liverpool. Irreplaceable and irresistible, it’s<br />

more than just a city – it’s a whole region of<br />

unforgettable experiences waiting for your<br />

group to discover.<br />

Winner of The Coach Tourism Awards 2015<br />

- Coach Friendly Destination of the Year,<br />

Liverpool is a firm favourite with groups.<br />

www.liverpooltraveltrade.com<br />

Wirral<br />

Close to Chester is the Wirral Peninsula.<br />

With 50 miles of beautiful, rural walks,<br />

breath-taking coastline, award-winning<br />

accommodation and fantastic places to eat<br />

and drink, it makes a great stop for groups<br />

on their visit to the North West.<br />

Located between the Dee and Mersey<br />

Estuaries, Wirral offers stunning views over<br />

the Welsh hills on one side and the<br />

spectacular Liverpool skyline on the other;<br />

wherever you choose to visit in the Wirral<br />

you will never be too far from the water and<br />

spectacular coastal scenery.<br />

www.visitwirral.com<br />

Manchester<br />

Manchester is one of the most vibrant cities<br />

in the UK, offering award-winning<br />

attractions, exciting nightlife, superb<br />

shopping and spectacular events. Served by<br />

excellent air and rail links, Manchester is the<br />

perfect gateway to the UK and Europe.<br />

www.visitmanchester.com/traveltrade<br />

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Mansion Gardens Farm<br />

Tudor Old Hall Parkland<br />

Stableyard restaurants and shops<br />

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN,<br />

www.tattonpark.org.uk 01625 374416<br />

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