10 Easter Days Out in and around Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 28 March 2017
Stuck for ideas of what to do during the Easter break? Here’s some of the best family activities in and around Cheshire
Easter at Stockley Farm Park
The Easter school holidays coincide with peak lambing time and the start of the sheep racing season at Stockley Farm Park, so surely there’s no better time than to visit with the family? As well these, other events taking place at the farm - which this year celebrates its 30th birthday - includes the Easter Eggstravangza (April 14-17 only) featuring egg hunts and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself, and tractor and trailer rides down to the farm.
Adult: £9.20, Child: £8.20
Stockley Working Farm,
Arley, Northwich, CW9 6LZ
Tel: 01565 777323, www.stockleyfarmpark.co.uk
Wirral Egg Run
Starting at New Brighton promenade, thousands of motorcyclists will ride through the Wirral in the name of charity. Designed to be a fun route for bikers and spectators alike, the journey takes in the sights of Wallasey, Moreton, Hoylake, Wesk Kirby, Thurstaston, Heswall and Thornton Hough, before finally ending at Claremont Farm, Clatterbridge.
New Brighton Promenade, Coastal Drive, Wallasey, CH45 3QW www.wirraleggrun.org
Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure, Runcorn
Billed as the ‘most chocolatey Easter show ever’, the Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure will be stopping at The Brindley as part of a UK tour. Fun for all the family, you will join in the hunt for the hidden chocolate factory; find out who is behind the mysterious egg trail and the truth behind the tale of the Easter Bunny. There is also an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny afterwards to receive a special Easter present.
The Brindley Theatre, High Street, Runcorn, WA7 1BG Tel: 0151 907 8360, www.thebrindley.org.uk
Make a quasar, at Jodrell Bank
Quasars are mysterious objects that can often be found swirling around supermassive black holes at the centres of distant galaxies. Join the friendly science explainers at Jodrell Bank as you take part in this drop-in craft activity, where you can learn more about quasars and have a go at modelling your own. Don’t forget that the world-famous telescope and the visitor centre are set in beautiful grounds which include an arboretum.
Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield (weekdays only, inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday) www.jodrellbank.net
Easter Boat Gathering, Ellesmere Port
Colourful boats will once again descend into Ellesmere Port for the annual Easter Boat Gathering. This year, the festival brings an end to the museum’s 40th anniversary celebrations, making it an extra special occasion for people to enjoy. Expect plenty of heritage, stories that come alive, boat trips and performances from sea shanty musicians. A full programme will be announced soon.
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW
Tel: 0151 355 5017, www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/national-waterways-museum
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Lym e Hall
Lyme’s great explorer, Thomas Legh, travelled around the world but also had many a trip around his home’s stunning grounds. Explore the garden just like Legh on this exciting Easter egg hunt where Cadbury’s chocolate will be your reward at the end of the trail. After the hunt, why not continue your adventure around the house and deer park?
Tickets: £2 per trail
Lyme Park and Hall, Disley, SK12 2NR Tel: 01663762023, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
The annual festival returns with a programme packed full of foodie delights. Headline chef for this year’s event will be Jean Christophe Novelli, and for the second year MasterChef presenter Greg Wallace will be a finalist judge of the Junior Chef Competition. As well as the experts, the festival will feature over 150 artisan food and drink exhibitors and CamperFest is running for the 8th year, caravan and camping festival taking place at the same time on the Roodee.
Adult: £14 (three-day roamer ticket), Children: free (under 12)
Chester Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk
Easter Afternoon Tea, Grosvenor Pulford Hotel
For something a bit different, enjoy an afternoon tea with the family. Expect hot cross buns and double chocolate, caramel and pistachio mini eggs. There will be entertainment from singer and acoustic guitarist, Jack Woodward, and all children’s option includes a soft drink and an Easter egg.
Adult: £18, Under 10s: £8.95
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Pulford, Chester, CH4 9DG.Tel: 01244 570560, www.grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk
Northwich Easter Extravaganza
Northwich will continue to host its hugely popular town-based Easter Trail, family activity and Easter Egg Hunt competition but this year will also feature a second free Easter trail between the iconic Anderton Boat Lift, the award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum and Northwich Woodlands.
Anderton Boat Lift, Lift Ln, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 5UB Tel: 01606 786777
Secrets of the Lambing Shed, Tatton Park
Tatton Park’s lambing week (April 8-17) is always a big draw around Easter time so why not visit for something a bit different? Discover the secrets of the park’s successful lambing period with resident sheep expert, Elly Edwards, where you will meet the ewes, help out on the farm and learn details such as signs of early labour in sheep.
Tickets: £18 (must be pre-booked) Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN
Tel: 01625 374428, www.tattonpark.org.uk
The Easter Beer Festival at Spurstow that was featured in the magazine has unfortunately been cancelled.