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Cheshire's chic reputation has perhaps distracted from the appeal of its rustic hamlets and idyllic, award-winning villages. But it would be criminal to let this overshadow its rich and striking Roman heritage. The county town, Chester, is a beautiful city, lying between the Welsh border and the vast Cheshire plains. Chester is home to a staggering fortress, a cathedral, an amphitheatre, as well as the remarkable Roman walls which frame the the city's narrow alleys, dynamic high street, and ornate courtyards and gardens. The city's river provides a stunning backdrop, and the contrasting currents of the Dee, with its gentle streams and wild flows, can be seen from the series of bridges which form picturesque arches over one of Britain's most fascinating rivers. Rent peddle boats, or board one of the river cruises, or sample Cheshire ice-cream and relax in the sunshine. The smaller towns and villages surrounding Chester are ideal locations for family holidays in this historic county. Rent bicycles and explore Audlem, a picture-book village which has consistently won awards, including securing the title as the North of England’s Village of the Year in 2005. Visit the enchanting Delamere Forest and book tickets for the various cultural events, including live concerts, held there. Explore the charming Parkgate and snake round the peninsula, sampling the exquisite seafood dishes in this spectacular coastal village. For proactive family members, there is also an opportunity to dive into the muddy depths of the Crocky Trail, a unique assault course on the outskirts of Chester. Whether you envisage a quiet and relaxing family holiday, or a thrilling, high-adrenaline excursion, search our list of rentals and find your idyllic HomeAway cottage in the heart of Cheshire.
Family holidays in Chester
The Roman city of Chester hosts numerous family events and activities, including the acclaimed Open Air Theatre events in Grosvenor Park, the MBNA Chester Music Festival, and the successful Chester Rocks festival in the city’s racecourse. The mesmerising Midsummer Watch Parade in late June promises to showcase Chester’s vibrant art scene, and reflect the city’s traditional festival celebrations. Follow a dynamic Roman Soldier Tour or Ghost Trail, or carve your own route around the city along the impressive Roman Walls. Having spent the morning on the river, discover Chester’s dynamic high street and the historical Chester Rows, before climbing the hill to Chester Castle for a perfect view point of the famous Racecourse.
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Family holidays in Audlem
The stunning village of Audlem is nestled in Cheshire’s picturesque countryside. Hire bicycles and circle the village’s gorgeous lanes, snaking round Audlem’s Medieval church which dominates the centre of the village, as well as Moss Hall, a an imposing seventeenth century listed building. Visit the River Weaver and find an idyllic picnic spot, or join the Weaver Way path at Audlem and hike around some of Cheshire’s idyllic fields and its web of canals. For proactive family members, contact an equestrian centre and explore the gorgeous countryside in the saddle. If you’re travelling with younger holidaymakers, visit Hack Green Secret Nucleur Bunker or Cholmondeley Castle Gardens. Nearby ‘Go Ape!’ in Northwich and The Potters Barn in Sandbach have a multitude of family orientated activities, and keen swimmers can take a dip in Nantwich’s Outdoor Brine Pool.
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Family holidays in Parkgate
The coastal village of Parkgate is situated on the Wirral Peninsula. The stunning landscape, resembling a gentle watercolour scene with boats scattered along the stretch of water, provides an idyllic backdrop to a family excursion. Sample Parkgate’s locally produced ice cream before exploring nearby Ness Botanic Gardens. The spectacular natural park has numerous family orientated events, including Wildlife Week in June and outdoor theatre events in July. Having explored Wirral Country Park, dine in one of the village’s exceptional restaurants.
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Family holidays in Delamere
The village of Delamere, located close to the larger town of Northwich, is home to one of the north of England’s enchanting forests. In previous years, Delamere Forest has been a platform for a diverse range of performances, from contemporary bands and solo artists, to symphony orchestras and classical musicians. Forest Live 2013 promises to host some of the most ancipated live acts from the UK’s contemporary music scene. If you’re traveling with keen walkers, choose one of the forest’s trails, such as the Blakemore or Linmere Trail. There are numerous family events held in the forest throughout the year, enabling you to draft a proactive itinerary.
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Family holidays in Bunbury
The village of Bunbury is an idyllic village located close to the village of Tarporley. Explore the stunning countryside, by foot or on hired bike, stopping at Beeston Castle, a short distance away from the village centre. The thirteenth century fortress hosts a number of interactive historical events, including the Clash of Knights event in early August. Explore the castle’s surrounding woodland park and find a scenic picnic spot before retracing Beeston’s Neolithic history. Bunbury, home to the historic mill and closely located to Cheshire’s finest ice cream factories, becomes a platform for Village Day, falling in June.
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