Looking for family-friendly days out that suit everyone isn’t always easy. Leaving kids to sit around the house all day at the weekend or during school holidays isn’t great either. If you are looking for days out the whole family can enjoy, the north west of England has a good number of places they will all be pleased to visit again and again.
Gulliver’s World in Warrington is a fantastic theme park with over 90 rides and other attractions. It is a family-run park aimed at families with children aged from 2 to 13 and is open between March and September, with special events such as pantomime available at Christmas. If you live nearby you can get yourself a ‘passport’ or season ticket. If you are visiting from further away, the park has its own accommodation.
Hunt for Treasure
Did you know that Chester has its own, regularly organised treasure hunt? Organised by a company called Hunt Fun, the treasure hunt starts at The Town Hall on Northgate Street in Cheshire. Taking around two hours to complete, it is something the whole family can take part in and enjoy, adults included. Even if you don’t have fun during the hunt, you can take in the stunning Roman sights around the city, and if you’re a local resident, you may even unearth a nook you never knew existed!
Something a Bit Fishy
When it comes to family days out North West England offers an amazing choice, including attractions such as the award-winning Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. There are over 100 displays of fish and underwater worlds to explore. One of the most popular is the underwater tunnel, where you can get up close and personal with fish and creatures you don’t usually get to see. Kids really seem to like the sharks and there is now a shark dive available. You need to arrange this in advance so check the website, if you’re brave enough! It is of course really safe and carried out under controlled conditions with expert guides and divers.
Winner of the Cheshire Tourism Awards in 2011, Go Ape is great way for both you and the kids to go wild. This will burn off some steam and you are guaranteed to be taking home some exhausted kids at the end of it. Located at Lake Linmere, which is in Delamere near Chester, Go Ape is a tree top forest adventure. Each adventure lasts for 2-3 hours, with participants known as Baboons (10 to 17-year-olds) and Gorillas (over 18s). This is an afternoon out for those families who like climbing, don’t mind treetop bridges, zip wires and a bit of mud, so it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Take It Easy
If that sounds like too much excitement for you, try Bramall Hall. Located in Stockport, Bramall Hall is a magnificent black-and-white timber framed manor house, which dates back to Tudor times and is nestled among 70 acres of parkland. It is open all year round but opening times vary from season to season, so do check in advance. There are regular guided tours, but you can also go self-guided if you prefer. There are 16 rooms on display, including The Banqueting Hall, Servants Quarters and The Victorian Kitchen. You will also find a tea room and gift shop. The parkland surrounding the house is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The above is just a small selection of what is available, so whether you live in the North West or are just visiting, you’ll find an abundance of things to do when it comes to days out!
About The Author: This guest post has been brought to us by Zoe, a travel blogger from the UK. Zoe is a Cheshire resident and enjoys taking her nephews for fun days out around the North West. She is currently writing in collaboration with Knowsley Safari Park – visit us for a great day out with the family!
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