Five things to do in Cheshire this Valentine’s Day

Rhododendrons blossom in Hare Hill Garden c NT & David Leven

Rhododendrons blossom in Hare Hill Garden c NT & David Leven - Credit: Archant

Valentine’s Day comes but once a year. Each February, Cupid’s arrow is poised to strike the hearts of loved ones the world over. It doesn’t matter if you’re currently loved up or you’re still in the admiring-from-afar stage, there’s just something about this romantic holiday that brings out the best in people.

Lyme Hall Dinner Table

Lyme Hall Dinner Table - Credit: Archant

If you live in the Cheshire area, you may well be wondering what you can do with your sweetheart to make this Valentine’s Day extra special. After all, a box of fancy chocolates and a huge bunch of flowers are lovely – but sometimes you just want to be a bit different. Read on to find out my pick of the best places to spend Valentine’s Day in Cheshire this year.


Lyme Hall, Disley

The famous filming location for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Lyme Hall, oozes charm and elegance. You can have fun recreating some of your favourite scenes from the book – although perhaps not the lake scene, sorry ladies. Or why not wander the halls of the magnificent mansion that is Lyme Hall? Owned by the National Trust, this historic venue is one of the most romantic of its kind – you can even get married here if you’re lucky.

George & Dragon, Great Budworth

George & Dragon, Great Budworth - Credit: Archant


Hare Hill Park and Gardens, Macclesfield

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If you’re looking for an idyllic place for a romantic stroll, look no further than Hare Hill Park and Garden in Macclesfield. These charming gardens are perfect for enjoying a picnic for two, while you regale each other with hilarious anecdotes and stare into your loved one’s eyes. Okay, enough with the mushy stuff, but truly, these gardens are well worth a visit.


The Lewis Carroll Centre, Daresbury

Fans of the weird and wonderful stories penned by Lewis Carroll may be interested in a trip to The Lewis Carroll Centre at the All Saints church in Daresbury. This is where the much loved writer spent his life until he was 11 years old. The church houses a special window dedicated to Lewis Carroll and visitors come to see it from the world over. It opened to the general public in 2012 – there’s even a small bookshop which sells some of his works.


Silver Blades Ice Rink, Altrincham

For some couples, there’s nothing more romantic than gliding over an ice rink, skating hand in hand. It gives you the chance to have a cuddle while you skate and of course, you’ll need to spend the entire night in each other’s arms, lest you fall over and hurt yourself. And afterwards, you can enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate to get the feeling back in your icy cold fingers and toes.


The George and Dragon, Great Budworth

You may not think taking your sweetheart to the pub is all that romantic, but it was certainly more than good enough for Harry Styles. Back when he dated Taylor Swift (for a swift, erm, period), Mr Styles brought the lovely Taylor to The George and Dragon pub in Great Budworth. With its real fires crackling away, this cosy little Cheshire pub is a great romantic haunt.


Where are you planning to spend Valentine’s Day this year? Leave your comments below



Article contributed by Abigail Clapham and Rachael Pegram in collaboration with Warner Leisure Hotels