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Things to do on rainy days in and around Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 00:05 22 May 2015

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Cheshire is full of beautiful parks and walking trails, but what can you do if the weather lets you down? Here are a few ideas to keep the family entertained

Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port
With a range of attractions, Blue Planet Aquarium is fun for all the family. On any rainy day, aside from fish, Blue Planet holds all the amphibians, arachnids and crustaceans you could dream of.
Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port CH65 0151 357 8804
www.blueplanetaquarium.com/

Silk Museum, Macclesfield
Macclesfield is famous for silk production, and the Silk Museum in the old Art School is a celebration of the town’s industrial heritage. You can learn all about the process of silk making to the properties of silk and design education in the various permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ 01625 612045
www.silkmacclesfield.org.uk/silk-museum/silk-museum-park-lane

Hat Works Museum, Stockport
The Hat Works Museumtakes you on a journey through the history of Stockport’s once thriving hatting industry and is the only one of its kind in the UK. It’s great place for fashionistas for find inspiration and celebrate their love of hats.
Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU 0161 474 2399
www.stockport.gov.uk/services/leisureculture/museumsandgalleries/hatworks

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Visit the 18th Century home of the Egerton family, located in the heart of Tatton Park. Packed full of history, and with over 10,000 items on display, you can spend the full day there are a few great options for refreshments in the grounds, including the excellent Strables cafe.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN 01625 374400
www.tattonpark.org.uk/what_to_see_and_do/mansion/mansion.aspx

Altrincham Market
The recently refurbished Altrincham Market is great place to spend the day, with themed markets on Sundays there is always something new and you’re sure to pick up a bargain from the local producers and businesses.
Greenwood Street, Altrincham WA14 1SA 0161 941 4261
legacy.trafford.gov.uk/altrinchammarket

Grosvenor Museum, Chester
Visit Grosvenor Museum to explore the history of Chester which is rich with art, culture and heritage, certain to keep the little ones occupied. Its namesake the Grosvenor Shopping Centre is just a short walk down the road if you fancy a spot of retail therapy afterwards.
Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DD 01244 972197
grosvenormuseum.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Spend the day at Catalyst, an interactive science museum focusing on all things related to chemistry and how we use it in everyday life. They run regular family and holiday workshops and show educational films in the Alchemy Theatre.
Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF 0151 420 1121
www.catalyst.org.uk/

Jodrell Bank Observatory
The Lovell Telescope is one of Cheshire’s iconic landmarks, but there is a lot more to discover at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Learn all about the universe and the solar system in the Planet Pavilion and getinvolved with the interactive features in the Space Pavilion.
Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL 01477 571766
www.jodrellbank.net

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery has a variety of activities and crafting sessions available as well as a range of special exhibitions. They have over 200,000 objects on display that cover ethnology, archaeology, numismatics, local & social history, natural science and fine art, so you’re sure to find something that interests you.
Bold Street, Warrington WA1 1DR 01925 442399
www.warringtonmuseum.co.uk

The Potters Barn
If you fancy a more ‘hands on’ approach to your day out, then the Potters Barn might be the place for you. You can create and decorate your own pottery and even have a go on a potter’s wheel, it’s not as easy as it looks.
Roughwood Lane, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 4XX 01270 884080
www.thepottersbarn.co.uk

 

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