6 top days out in Cheshire and North Wales - Easter 2019

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Enjoy Easter - Credit: Archant

Things to see and do in the Cheshire area this coming Easter

Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, Llanfairfechan

Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, Llanfairfechan - Credit: Archant

Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, Llanfairfechan

Walk up the Aber Falls waterfall, and enjoy a warming glass of whisky at the Aber Falls Distillery visitor centre.

After a stroll up the famous waterfall, be sure to pay a visit to Aber Falls – the first whisky distillery in North Wales for more than 100 years. The 19th-century building, which was previously a slate works and a margarine factory during the world wars, is located in the village of Abergwyngregyn, on the edge of the Snowdonia national park.

This picturesque spot is easily accessible, just off the A55 and a stone’s throw from the coast. There you’ll be able to discover the brand’s award-winning range of premium gins and liqueurs, all made using local ingredients, which the distilling team proudly produce and bottle on site. Distillery tours and tastings are available Thursday to Sunday for £8 per person.


Just off the A55.

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Opening Times

Tours will be running between 12 and 4pm.

Station Road, Llanfairfechan, LL33 0LB | 01248 209224 | aberfallsdistillery.com

Maggie Hall, one and brother Louis, three are looking forward to the Anderton Boat Lift Easter Egg H

Maggie Hall, one and brother Louis, three are looking forward to the Anderton Boat Lift Easter Egg Hunt. - Credit: Archant

Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich, Cheshire

The iconic Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich, Cheshire is a great day out for all the family this Easter…

Enjoy a gentle cruise on the picturesque River Weaver, take a boat trip into the lift itself, or simply explore with free entry into the fully accessible treetop coffee shop, interactive exhibition, gift shop and beautifully landscaped grounds.

The annual ‘Easter Eggstravanganza’ from 19-22 April, is one of the most popular events in the calendar, with lots of free activities for the little ones. There will be arts and crafts in the lift view marquee, meet and greet with popular children’s characters and a special Easter treasure hunt with a prize for all that can solve the mystery.


5 miles from Junction 10 of the M56, 5 minute taxi from Northwich station or a 15 minute walk from the closest bus station. Parking is £2 for 3 hours or £3 all day. Coach parking is free, but booked in advance.

Opening Times

High season (30/3 – 3/11 2019) 9:30 – 16:00 weekdays, 9:30 – 17:30 weekends, bank holidays and all of August. Low season opening times differ, please visit our website.

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW | 01606 786777 | andertonboatlift.co.uk

Benty Farm Tearooms, Thurstaston

Benty Farm Tearooms, Thurstaston - Credit: Archant

Benty Farm Tearooms, Thurstaston

Benty Farm Tearooms is a small farmstead in an isolated position on Thurstaston Common, with the unusual setting of the gently rolling landscape of the Wirral.

We offer a wide range of locally sourced seasonal food and refreshments in a location that overlooks the farmhouse and an area of natural beauty. Everything is homemade and freshly prepared to order using as much quality local produce from around the Wirral as possible. We have a wide range of homemade cakes and freshly-baked fruit scones which are all made in-house by Charlotte.

Join us this Easter for our Egg Hunt in the surrounding area. £5.00 per child. Wellies required depending on the weather. No booking required.


From School Lane: Turn into School Lane off Thurstaston Rd. Park your vehicle here. Walk down the farm track, on the right-hand side approximately 400m, through woodland, crossing a cattle grid. Follow signs for the tearoom. From Royden Park: Follow the main footpath from Royden Park to Thurstaston, towards Dawpool School.

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week throughout the Easter holidays - Monday 1st April - Monday 22nd April. (Excluding 15th/16th April).

Benty Farm Tearoom (access by foot) 3a School Lane, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 0HH | 0151 648 2746 | bentyfarmtearooms.co.uk

ChesterBoat, Chester

ChesterBoat, Chester - Credit: Archant

ChesterBoat, Chester

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and drift away along Chester’s beautiful River Dee: from the picturesque waterfront on The Groves, past elegant Georgian townhouses and manicured riverside gardens.

Relax with a drink from the bar as you enjoy the sights and hear stories of Chester, both old and new. Keep your eyes open for cormorants, dragonflies and kingfishers along the way!

Our cruises are accessible, family-friendly and dog-friendly. Our crew are accommodating and fun.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

Alternatively get in touch to see about private hire. Choose from our latest edition, Bonkie, our picnic boat to the pride of the fleet the Lady Diana.

Opening Times & Directions

For opening times, dates and directions please visit www.chesterboat.co.uk

ChesterBoat, Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SZ | 01244 325394 | chesterboat.co.uk

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker - Credit: Archant

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Baddington, Nantwich

The Threat of the Cold War comes to life this Easter at Soviet Threat!

A complete weekend of living history at a secret nuclear bunker. With real nuclear weapons, military re-enactors, vehicle displays, Cuban Missile Crisis game and military camps.

An unusual day out for all the family. It’s dog friendly too! All tickets last for a whole year. Experience a world of secrets and Soviets. Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April.


Follow signs from Nantwich, off A530. Sat Nav postcode: CW5 8AL.

Opening Times

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April, 10am to 5pm. Museum open 7 days a week.

French Lane, Baddington, Cheshire, CW5 8AL | 01270 629219 | hackgreen.co.uk

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre - Credit: Howard Barlow

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield

Spark your curiosity and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table at Jodrell Bank! Visit Jodrell Bank, the world-leading deep space observatory in the heart of Cheshire, and join us in a special celebration for the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table.

Why do some things burn, or float, or stick to magnets? The answer –It’s Elemental! Our brand new live science show, It’s Elemental, will surprise and excite you with the everyday elements you encounter. Expect live experiments, interactive demonstrations, and lots of loud bangs! –Perfect for all the family!

There’s plenty of other activities going on throughout the Easter holidays including fun and interactive sessions for the Under 7s, Telescope Walking Tours, Meet the Expert Q&As; and Bee Backpack Trails!.


Jodrell Bank is situated south of Manchester, in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The Discovery Centre can be accessed from the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Chelford. You can also take J18 off the M6 and follow the tourist signs straight to the entrance. For sat navs, the postcode is SK11 9DW.

Opening Times

Daily, 10am – 5pm

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DW | 01477 571766 | jodrellbank.net