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From the hustle and bustle of traditional markets to the luxury of stylish boutiques, award winning gourmet to informal cafe bar, famous names to local speciality you’ll be sure to find it in Cheshire.

Cheshire is famous for many things and attracts visitors from around the world for that very reason. Spectacular scenery, magnificent gardens and a great range of fascinating tours and guided walks mean that there is plenty to explore for those who like the great outdoors.

The region also boasts rich cultural and industrial heritage, an extensive events programme and some breath-taking historic houses. And that’s just a small taste.

So how do you want to spend your time? Walking the highways and byways across the beautiful Cheshire countryside? Shopping ‘til you drop on the Chester high street? Winding down in a spa or living it up on the town? An indulgent break or family day out?

Staff Recommendation: Jodrell Bank

Voted Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2012, Family fun at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre! How did the Universe begin? What is a black hole? Come and find answers to the wonders of the Universe at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Visitors can listen to the sounds of the Big Bang and explore the invisible Universe using a range of hands on activities in the exhibition room or take some time to learn more about the giant Lovell Telescope.

There are 35 acres of gardens to explore, with a picnic and play area or if you fancy taking on an outdoor adventure, borrow one of our new backpacks and learn about the Solar System as you make your journey along the Planet Path. Backpacks contain a map, instruction sheet and activities to try as you stop at each planet along the way.

The cafe offers a full menu which is centred round the British seasons using quality, local ingredients. Opening times are 10.00am – 4.30pm (hot meals finish at 3.30pm) and welcomes non ticket paying guests.

For prices / opening hours please visit the website www.jodrellbank.net. Are We There Yet? The Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre can be found just off the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge, clearly signposted along the nearby roads with brown signs.

Alton Towers: www.altontowers.com

Britain’s most loved Theme Park, home to tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters.

Glebe Farm Astbury: www.glebefarmastbury.co.uk

Glebe Farm is set in the beautiful village of Astbury on the outskirts of Congleton, Cheshire. In the backdrop is the historic church of Astbury St Mary’s. The farm takes its name from medieval times where a Glebe was land used to support a parish priest. Time moves on and in 1953 Denis and Ina Lomas bought the farm and ran it as a dairy farm rearing the Glebedale pedigree herds which became well known throughout the country. In 2005 Robert & Lesley became the second generation of Lomas’s to run the farm and dairy herd. Following the sale of the herds diversification has been the key beginning with the opening of caravan storage facilities and the growing of miscanthus grass. In 2010 Glebe Farm Shop opened its doors selling home grown and local produce. The coffee shop followed shortly afterwards. The farm continues to expand and recent additions include a Butchers, children’s petting area and playground, retail units and tractor rides. At Glebe Farm there is something for everyone – whether it is to stock up on supplies, enjoy a coffee and a tasty treat, feed the animals, get some retail therapy or just enjoy a family day out. All this with free entry!

Waterworld: www.waterworld.co.uk

WaterWorld attracts over 400,000 visitors a year making it a leading visitor attraction in North Staffordshire & the UK’s No.1 indoor tropical aqua park!