Summer days out at Cheshire attractions

THIS summer, Cheshire’s Favourite Days Out network is making it easier for families to save money and enjoy great days out at top attractions across the county.

From stately homes, botanic gardens and model villages to nuclear bunkers, tree-top walks and an interactive science museum, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Lion Salt Works Museum (Trent & Mersey Canal). PHOTOS SUPPLIED

Many of these attractions are on or near waterways. The Lion Salt Works Museum and the Anderton Boat Lift (both near Northwich) have their own moorings on the Trent & Mersey Canal and the National Waterways Museum is on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Chester’s Storyhouse Summer plays are performed at Chester’s Grosvenor Park which is right next to the Dee River. Storyhouse’s attractive offer gives one under 12-year old child the opportunity to go free to any of Storyhouse’s summer open air performances, providing they are accompanied by a paying adult. All vouchers can be run off at and should be presented to the attraction on arrival.

National Waterways Museum (Shropshire Union Canal).

Designed with families in mind, Cheshire’s Favourite Days Out offers include:


  • Three-for-one attraction Tatton Park near Knutsford is giving those who visit Tatton Farm the chance of getting into the neo-classical mansion and 50-acres of award-winning gardens at no extra cost. This ‘three attractions for the price of one’ offer is available throughout the Summer.


  • Discounts Go Ape offers a 10% discount to explorers of the forest canopy on its thrilling tree-top rope course. Northwich’s ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, the Anderton Boat Lift is offering 25% off two or more fully-priced boat trips. This is a chance to floated through the air from river to canal on this outstanding piece of Victorian engineering or alternatively enjoy a trip along the picturesque River Weaver.


  • Two-for-one entry. The spectacular model village at Port Sunlight, Wirral, is offering two-for-one entry to its museum. The exhibition tells the story of this extraordinary village – the vision of Lord Lever – founder of the worldwide company, Unilever. The same offer applies to Norton Priory near Warrington. The newly refurbished museum with its delightful 18th century walled garden, tranquil woodland and artefacts from its 900-year history also offers a varied programme of summer fun for children including a medieval weekend on Saturday and Sunday August 18-19. ‘Two for one’ entry is also available at Ness Botanic Gardens. This superb 64-acre multi award winning garden has won a succession of awards and it is a plant-lovers delight.


  • Child goes free with paying adult For 50 years the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker near Nantwich was a secret. Its large underground complex, intended as the centre of Regional Government in the event of a nuclear war, tells the fascinating and chilling story of the Cold War from one of its nerve centres.  This offer also applies to the Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre which explores the science and technology behind the chemical industry and explains the presence of much of much of Cheshire’s chemical industry. With a full paying adult, one under 12-year old child goes free to any of Storyhouse’s open air performances in Chester. This year’s summer line-up includes the children’s classic ‘Swallows & Amazons’ as well as The Tempest’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Anderton Boat Lift (River Weaver/Trent & Mersey Canal).

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive, Marketing Cheshire, said: “Summer is an expensive time for families and these offers give substantial discounts to top quality tourist attractions across Cheshire. Now that the school holidays are here, there has never been a better time to pack the car with children and a picnic and explore some of the amazing gems on our doorstep with friends. I hope everyone has a chance of taking up these fantastic money-saving offers.”

Favourite Days Out Offers are available for download at