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10 best things to do with the kids this summer in Cheshire


With some of the schools having broken up already and the rest following suit imminently, it is time to put our thinking caps on about how to entertain the little monkeys over the long summer holidays! Here at Rickitt Partnership we have put together our top tips for the 10 best things to do over the summer holidays. We guarantee they will have the kids giddy with excitement whilst helping you retain your sanity!

There is so much to do in this fabulous county of ours and, with the glorious weather that we are having, it gives us the perfect opportunity to tempt our kids away from their smart phones and games consoles and get them into the Great Outdoors.

10 Top things to do over the summer holidays


(1) We all love Chester Zoo and a trip there is always a winner with the kids. Pop along to see the adorable baby chimpanzee who was born last month and set the kids free in the brand new PLAY! Basecamp. This has been introduced this summer with a variety of free activities including games, challenges and story time performances.

baby chimpanzee at Chester Zoo


(2) If action is your thing, then head to The Lion Salt Works Museum near Northwich as they will be hosting plenty of action-packed fun for children throughout August. Each week will have a different theme for creative workshops which will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday. Choose from “Dragons and Kingdoms”, “Pirates and Parrots” or “Let’s Go to the Beach” week. You can also choose from a number of special one-off events over the summer such as the Pirate Party Weekend and a weekend devoted to traditional games.


(3) The Storyhouse are presenting the Moonlight Flicks in the Roman Gardens in Chester. There are a host of cinematic delights taking place so enchant the kids with Paddington 2 or give them a taste of your childhood with that all time classic, Ghostbusters!
You can book tickets at the Storyhouse website


(4) If your kids are animal mad then a visit to the farm at Tatton Park this summer is a must. There they can meet chicks at the hatchery, learn about rare breeds from the experts at the farm, watch milking demonstrations and cheer for their favourite sheep in the sheep racing competitions.


(5) There seems to be a cinematic theme this summer! Blue Planet Aquarium is hosting a 'Sharks of the Caribbean' summer celebration of all things movie. A movie trail leads to the real life animals which have inspired famous movie characters. Your little bundles of energy will also some fascinating facts about the animals along the way.


(6) Get ready for fun and frivolity at the award-winning Church Farm which is set for this year’s exciting new summer season. The attractions include a new celebrity scarecrow trail featuring a host of well-known names as well as goat feeding, sheep racing (clearly a popular pastime!) and rabbit cuddling – arh!
Church Farm is open every day throughout the summer.


(7) Who needs to go abroad this summer with the gorgeous weather we are having? Now we have our very own waterpark to rival those of the Spanish Costas! The aquapark at Manley Mere is a brilliant water experience which promises to be a big hit with kids and adults alike this summer. There are large inflatable climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers and blast bags for people to jump, swim and climb on – enough to wear out even the most energetic of pre-teens!. The course can be used by anyone over eight years old but children aged 17 or under must be accompanies by an adult at all times.


(8) Everyone loves a meercat and Vale Royal falconry Centre have their own resident family. After watching them at close quarters from a specially constructed viewing area, you can then meet them in their enclosure and treat them to some of their favourite treats. If you are lucky you will even get a cuddle from one.
This experience is limited to two participants so you will get plenty of quality time with your favourite animals, just don’t be disappointed when they claim to know nothing about Coronation Street! The minimum age is 8 years old

(9) Take a tour round Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate- The 18th century Mill, Apprentice House and Gardens offer a fascinating insight into life as a 19th century mill child. In addition to the mill and gardens there are miles of woodland to explore. At the end of it all you can pop into the Mill café for homemade cakes – scrumptious!


(10) Cheshire Ice cream Farm is one of Cheshire’s best loved activity centres but no list of what to do this summer could be complete without mention of it. No matter what your child is interested in I guarantee that there will be something there for them. There are animals to feed, adventure golf courses to hone your skills on, an adventure garden to play in as well as what is believed to be Europe’s largest indoor sand and water play adventure garden in which to build the world’s best sand castles.


Cheshire has so much to offer – no matter what the season, there is always something to do but this summer our wonderful county is surpassing itself but something to do every day if you want to. The real question is – how will you fit it all in?



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Danielle Mullen

Danielle Mullen

Danielle comes from a marketing and media background, with over 20 years experience in her field which includes tenures at a number of distinguished Cheshire-based magazines.  Danielle brings her dedication and enthusiasm, along with her excellent lo…

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