Earlier this week we celebrated the Summer solstice. Aren’t these long days and light evenings simply lovely? I made the most of the longest day of the year with an early evening amble through the beautiful Cheshire countryside. I set off with my doggy backpack full to the brim with dried bacon morsels, chicken pieces and bonios. I had a glorious time, staying out until after 10pm and it was still light!
As we are now officially in mid-summer and because restrictions are gradually easing, I thought it might be fun to put together a top ten things to do outside in Cheshire this summer.
Cheshire is a beautiful county and, whether you are a local who has been born and bred here, or you are a visitor to the area, there are plenty of sights to see and explore.
Take a walk around Chester’s Historic Roman walls
Chester is a city full of historic treasures waiting to be discovered. It is most well-known for its city walls which were built by the Romans 2000 years ago and are the most complete city walls in Britain. Take a 2 mile stroll around them and enjoy views of the river Dee and historic sights such as the Roman amphitheatre, the 14th century water tower and stand in the same spot that Charles I stood in to observe the famous battle of Rowton Moor during the English Civil War.
If a walk on the wild side is more your thing, nothing beats a visit to Chester Zoo. The zoo is one of Cheshire’s most popular attractions and is the most visited zoo in the UK. Whether your passion is for the majestic Big Five, exotically-coloured birds, unusual creepy-crawlies or cute critters, you are sure to find an animal to enchant you amongst the 35,000 animals housed at the zoo.
The zoo is a conservation and education charity which also means that each visit you make is helping to protect critically endangered species. If you would like to learn more about the animals and conservation, there are tours, hands-on experiences and daily animal talks which you can enjoy.
Outdoor Adventure Activities
BeWILDerwood near Whitchurch is the perfect outdoor adventure experience for children and adults alike – OK you might want to take a small person along to give you the perfect excuse to go, but once there throw caution to the wind and swing, slide and climb away to your heart’s content!
This huge outdoor adventure park is based on the book series by Tom Blofeld and is situated in 70 acres of woodland. The WILD woods are home to super slippery slides, extra-long zip wires, massive muddled mazes, huge rope bridges, magical treehouses and lots of places to build dens!
Based in Sandiway near Northwich, Cheshire Falconry houses more than 60 trained birds of prey ranging from owls to eagles. You can book “experience” sessions to interact with and fly these magnificent birds.
Throughout the summer months (Easter-end August) there are also daily flying demonstrations of a selection of trained birds of prey at 1pm and 3pm.
Sometimes we all need a bit of peace and quiet and on such occasions nothing beats a quiet stroll set against the backdrop of a tranquil lake. Cheshire is blessed with a number of lakeside walks such as Rostherne Mere near Knutsford, Trentabank reservoir at Macclesfield Forest and Hatchmere lake at Delamere Forest.
Nothing beats a summer evening so why not indulge in a cinematic experience under the stars. Moonlight Flicks have three stunning outdoor locations to choose from – Dean’s Field in Chester, Snugbury’s near Nantwich and Claremont Farm near Bebington. Films are being shown throughout July and August and include classics such as Bridget Jones’ Diary, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia and Back to the Future amongst others.
Grosvenor Open Air Theatre
Live theatre has become even more precious by its absence over the last 15 months and there is something that bit more special about open air theatre. The Grosvenor Open Air Theatre takes place in Grosvenor Park in the heart of Chester and performances run until the end of August. This year’s season features The Jungle Book, Merry Wives of Windsor and Pride and Prejudice.
Aquapark – Manley Mere
Manley Mere near Chester has become a mecca for watersports enthusiasts over the years. You can hire equipment and take it out on the lake to enjoy the sport of your choice. Or you can book onto the Aquapark for a spot of wild, watery fun. The wipeout style water park assault course features giant trampolines, balancing beams, climbing walls and blast bags to jump and slide off – the perfect way to let off steam on a hot summer’s day.
Horses – The Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Cheshire is real horse country so no top 10 list of things to do would be complete without including our equine friends.
Traditional heavy breeds of working horses are part of our British heritage and you can get up close and personal with the most majestic of breeds, Shire horses, at The Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre. This is the only Shire Horse stud farm in the UK which is open to the public. They have been breeding prize winning Shires there for over 45 years. In addition to seeing the horses and other animals at the farm you can take the Wildlife Watch Nature Trail through the farm and discover all about the wildlife which lives alongside us in the countryside.
(image courtesy of Esther Marie Photography)
Gardens – Arley Hall and Gardens
Cheshire is blessed with a number of Stately Homes and Gardens that are open to the public. Arley Hall & Gardens is arguably one of the most interesting and attractive to be found in the North West.
The Gardens are a delightful place to visit. Whether you are a gardening enthusiast or not, you will thoroughly appreciate the outstanding beauty of the eight acres of formal gardens. There are also many other areas to meander around, each with their own distinctive character, such as The Grove, a well established arboretum and the Woodland Walk.
I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 list of things to do outside this Summer and that I have given you some ideas and inspiration. We would love to hear about your adventures at our Top 10 over the summer so do please let us know and post photos on our facebook page
Until next time
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