1. Go to the races
Chester Races is a colourful social event embraced by the whole region and much more than just watching horses galloping around a track where it is believed Romans raced their chariots. A great opportunity to don the glad rags, enjoy the atmosphere, and lose a few pounds.
2. Row a boat
Hire a rowing boat on the River Dee on a sunny day, and impress or embarrass friends and family with your Steve Redgrave imitation. Then recover eating a Cheshire ice cream listening to the sound of brass performed on Chester’s riverside bandstand.
3. Drive a racing car
If canals are too slow for your taste, why not try your hand behind the wheel of a racing car speeding around Cheshire’s famous Oulton Park track? There are various options available including the chance to test your skills behind the wheel of a single seat racing car.
4. Visit the zoo
Chester Zoo has a worldwide reputation, with 11 miles of footpaths, wonderful gardens and thousands of creatures large and small.
5. Ride a horse
Saddle up, Cheshire has miles and miles of bridleways to welcome experienced and novice horse riders. Equestrian centres, riding schools, bed and breakfast accommodation with stables make this a horse-friendly county. Experience the 22-mile Delamere Loop through the countryside or the Bishop Bennet Way, a 34-mile two-day ride from near Beeston Castle to Whitchurch.
6. Go underground
Britain had plans to go underground in the event of a nuclear attack. Recreate the chill of those Cold War nightmares at the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker near Nantwich. Not a secret anymore – it is a visitor attraction which traces the history of the bunker which grew from being an important WW2 radar control site to the nerve centre of regional government from Cheshire to Cumbria in the event of a nuclear war.
7. Walk the Sandstone Trail
Pack your hiking boots and experience the rural splendour of Cheshire viewed from the Sandstone Trail – 34 miles of sandstone ridges, cliffs, crags and caves, open woodland and ancient forest through gentle, undulating Cheshire farmland.
8. Pageant of Power
Experience the Pageant of Power – three days of racing cars, historic and modern, speedboats, aerial displays and helicopter rides, all in the settings of Cholmondeley Castle gardens.
9. Anderton Boat Lift
Take a ride on the Edwin Clark boat trip to experience the awesome Victorian masterpiece of engineering, the Anderton Boat Lift. Regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Mechanical Age, the lift raises and lowers canal boats 50ft between the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Weaver at Northwich.
10. RHS flower show
Cheshire has many wonderful gardens open to the public – but the hugely popular RHS flower show at Tatton Park – is a wonderful bonus for visitors. It is the north west’s biggest garden party.
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