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Family Friendly
Alton Towers
ST10 4 DB
Tel no.08705 20 40 60

Set within 500 acres of beautiful gardens and countryside this is a wonderful day out for thrillseekers. The theme park is zoned to suit different age groups. The gardens are beautiful to sit in for the less adventurous! Now there is a hotel to stay in on site. Open all year round. for more info. check their website it is about 60 minutes by car from Wilmslow. Take the Leek road from Macclesfield and it it signed from the Leek Ashbourne road.
Anderton Boat lift
CW9 6FW 01606 786777

The world's first and UK's only working boat lift. Received Quality Assured Visitor Attraction award.
Blackbrook Bird Centre
Winkill near Leek
Staffs. 01538 308293

It has birds, reptiles, animals and fish including some of the world's most rare and endangered species. Open daily from 10.30 - 5.50pm Closed Dec.25,26, 31 jan 1.
Blue Planet Aquarium
Ellesmere Port

It is the largest aquarium adventure in the UK with more sharks than anywhere else in the country. The highlight is an underwater safari through a tunnel on a moving walkway. Open daily 10.00am. Closes at 6.00pm during school holidays and in term time at 5.00pm Mon - Fri, 6.00pm Sat/Sun
Take the M56 and head for Ellesmere Port. Leave at junction 15 on to the M53. Follow signs for Cheshire Oaks and Blue Planet Aquarium.
Bruntwood Park
Schools Hill (main entrance)
off the roundabout by John Lewis and Sainsbury's.

It has a great playground for children and a cafe. They also have a newly opened animals section which includes rabbits, chickens, turkeys and pigs. It is only about 15 minutes drive from Wilmslow.
Canal Boat Hire
Freedom Boats Ltd.
Macclesfield canal Centre
Brook St.
SK11 7AW 01625 420042

You can hire their 26 feet dayboat after some basic tuition, if necessary! It takes 12 persons and is fully equipped with cutlery plates cups etc.
You can explore the peaceful waterways at 4 mph. The children enjoy 'helping' at the locks. Baots can also be hired further along the canal at Bunbury.

Castleton Caverns
The Castleton Caverns comprise The Blue John Cavern, Treak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and the great Peak Cavern.
They are all located on the edge of the pretty town of Castleton in the Peak District.
The setting is spectacular and very beautiful. A great place for walking too!! Two of them offer boat trips and you can see wonderful stalagmites and stalagtites. For further details of each Cavern check out the website

Chatsworth Hall farm
DE45 1PP 01246 565300

One of Britain's most famous and best loved Stately Homes. It has a farm with lots of animals ranging from guinea pigs to Shire horses for the children to see. There are 3 periods of 20 minutes where the children can handle some baby animals during the day, 11.30, 2.00 and 4.10pm There is a very big play area which is very popular. This attraction is about 90 minutes drive from Wilmslow.

Chester Zoo

This is a wonderful zoo where the animals and surroundings are very well care for. It is a great day out.
It is open all year round closed Dec. 25, 26 . The cost in Peak Season is: adults £14.50, children (3-15) £10.50 Concessions £13 off Peak: Adults £10.50, Children £7.50 and Concessions £9.50 as of Aug 2005. More info on

The Chestnut Centre Conservation park
Wildlife Discovery Park
Castleton Road,
High Peak
SK23 0QR
Tel no. 01298 814099

This delightful place houses one of Europe's largest groups of multi-specied otters, owls and othe indigenous wildlife. You can wander along the tree and stream-lined walks and experience the close and exciting proximity of this world of otters, owls, deer, foxes and wildcats and other native species in near natural surroundings.
There is a tearoom also where you can get snacks and drinks. Open all year round 10.30 - 5.30pm Weekends only in January. On road between Chapel and Castleton via Winner's pass. More info on

Danebridge Trout Farm
SK11 0QE
Tel no. 01260 227293

A lovely place to take the children by the river Dane. The children can both feed the fish and catch them. Guaranteed to catch 3 fish for £5, and take them home to eat. There is great excitment at eating what they have caught! You can then either have a picnis by the river or visit the Ship Inn, which has a children's room ,for lunch.
Victoria Road,
L37 1LJ
01704 878591

It is owned by the National Trust and is a wonderful large area of stunning coastline made up of sandy beach, sand dunes and pine woods. You can see red squirrels which are a protected species here. Look for 5000 year old Elk footprints in the sand ( we didn't find them! )
Lakemore Country Park and Animal Kingdom
Haslington nr Crewe
Tel: 01270 253556

36 acre park featuring coffee shop indoor play areas, pets corner and childrens animal rides, wallabies, lemurs, racoons and wallabies amongst others !
A great day out for all the family
Manley Mere adventure trail Nr. Frodsham
Lower farm
Tel no. 01928 740243

Adventure trail needs wellies and a complete change of clothing as the chances of falling in the stream are 100%
There are water sports on the Mere. They are Kayaking, Improvised Rafting, Sailing and Windsurfing.
Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road,
M3 4FP
Tel no. 0161 832 1830

Situated in the oldest passenger railway station in the world the museum tells the story of thhistory science and industry of Manchester
- the world's first industrial city.The 'hands on' gallery recommended. A very good day out! Open all year round 10.00 - 5.00pm except on 24,25,26 Dec. Hot meals available. You can take the tram from Altrincham. More info.
Poole's Cavern
Tel no. 01298 26978

It is a natural limestone cave situated in the beautiful woodland of Buxton Country Park. It has been visited for 5000 years since neolithic tribes took shelter there. The cave has been known since the 1600s as the First Wonder of the Peak. Guided tours leave every 20 minuts and take about 45 minutes. You can see lots of Stalagmites and Stalatites. Warm clothes are recommended as the temperature is about 7 degrees. Open Mar1 - Oct 31.
More info. on
Quarry Bank Mill and playground
Tel no. 01625 527468

This is a museum of national importance. Discover the lives of the mill workers and how pauper children spent their time with lessons in the classroom and hours working cleaning up cotton waste among the noisy looms which still produce Styal Calico cloth. The Apprentice house is situated close to the old village built to house the workers.You can get a ticket for this very interesting house where the children lived and went to school.A talk is provided to bring it all to life. The village too is well worth a stroll around. More info on
Redhouse Farm
Dunham Massey
WA14 5RL
Tel no. 0161 941 3480

They have a wonderful Maize maze (Dinasaur-themed) this summer which is a big hit with children. last year's was in the shape of a cow! There are lots of other activities for kids including a Halloween special.
For more info visit their website

A lovely lake with lots of ducks ,geese, swans, coots etc. Very convenient parking beside the lake where you can feed the birds. Bring lots of bread. Don't go on Sunday afternoons as the birds are already full!!

To get to it take tha A34 south from Wilmslow. Go through the Monks Heath traffic lights and past Capesthorne Hall on your right. Soon you will see the lake on your left. There is a small turning on the left to the lake. If you come to a crossroads signed Pexhill Road on the left you have already passed the turning. it's about 700m from the Monks Heath Traffic lights.

Stockley Farm at Arley Hall
CW9 6NA 01565 777492

The organic working farm set in 700 acres with its 150 herd of cattle is a great day out for the family.There are always baby animals for the children to handle and feed such as newborm calves, piglets, chicks, rabbits, lambs and goats. You can watch the caows being milked. More info.

Sudbury Hall Nat. Trust Museum of Childhood
Tel no. 01283 585305

They have a fascinating display about children from the 18th century onwards. Adventurous 'sweep-sized' children can try a chimney climb. They have collections of toys, dolls and games from the period.
Open Mar 6th - Oct 30th, Wed - Sun 1.00 - 5.0pm and 3rd - 11th Dec 11.00 - 4.00pm.
Tatton Park
Tel no. 01625 534400

Set in wonderful parkland with 1000 deer, sheep and cattle, it is a great local amenity. There is a farm with lots of animals for the children to interact with . There is also a very nice play area. Frequently there are other activities such as classic car events more suitable for adults. The japanese garden is one of the best in the UK it is one of our faorite places to visit. Neigbouring Knutsford is a delightful old town.
Tittesworth Resevoir
South of Macclesfield and the Roaches
Approach from Macclesfield Leek A523 or Buxton Leek A53

It has a very good visitors centre. Nice walk around the lake.
Well Dresssing
Tourist Information centre
Tel no. 01246 345777/8

It is a local tradition to the Derbyshire area and takes place in many villages on different dates. Its origins are a mystery and may date back to the Celts or even earlier times. The church banned the custom but it was revived by Tissington in 1349. Each village has it's own way of dressing the wells which can take up to 7 days to complete. The final result will only last for about a week. You can watch the villagers at work or admire the finished products! The season starts at the beginning of May and continues up to early September. You can get a leaflet from the Information office in Wilmslow or check out the website

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