Staycations in and around Cheshire and the North-West

LVE Aug16 holidays

LVE Aug16 holidays - Credit: Archant

Precious downtime needs to be spent doing something fun, so here are just a few suggestions

Take a cruise around cruising

The Manchester Cruise Show sails into Manchester on September 7th and 8th and it will be followed by National Cruise Week on the September 21st and 29th.

The Cruise Show is the perfect place to research, discover and plan a big cruise experience, meet the leading cruise experts and gather impartial advice that you won’t find in the brochure!

Tatton magic

Staff at Tatton’s Home Farm have been busy creating a fabulous programme of summer holiday activities inspired by The Magic of Beatrix Potter which is taking place across the Tatton Park estate until September 1st.

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The Summer Farm Fun continues until Friday 23rd of August. In Tatton’s fabulous maize maze search for Peter Rabbit’s animal friends and the challenge is to find them before Mr.McGregor does. There’ll also be a fun Beatrix Potter quiz and back by popular demand are the daily sheep races with some of the farm’s ewes running as fast as their hooves can carry them cheered on by farm visitors.

Red House Farm, Dunham Massey

Getting active in the great outdoors has never been so much fun. We’re not saying the kids can go wild in the countryside but here at Red House Farm there’s everything from the Maize Maze, to train rides, inflatable slides and of course all the attractions of the farmyard. The grown-ups get to enjoy a well-earned rest in the cafe and can bring a taste of the countryside back home from the lovely farm shop.

Hawkstone Park Follies, Shropshire

The Follies is an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of extraordinary monuments built over 200 years ago. This magical landscape was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993 and has since welcomed adventurous spirits from far and wide to explore its dramatic terrain and breathtaking views.

Here are just some of the events that will be happening there over the holidays.

Until September 2nd - Summer Treasure Hunt, August 10th and 11th Myth and Magic weekend

August 24th-26th Robin Hood returns to Hawkstone.

Holidays are when we spend quality time with those we love and we don’t have to jet off to faraway shores to have fun. In fact if holidaying at home is good enough for HRH The Queen who spends summer at Balmoral every year, then it’s good enough for us!

Southport Pleasureland

Oh yes! indulge days of traditional treats with the family down at Southport Pleasureland.

Unlike Disneyland it is free to get in, as you pay only for the rides you choose and you can either visit the food and drink outlets or bring your own picnic it all adds up to an affordable family day out.

New for the 2013 season is the OMG! ride which is described as “ big and challenging” and – if you can keep your eyes open – it will give you a great view of the park.

Check out the website

Printworks, Manchester

This month the Printworks is showcasing some flashy dancing in its Street Dance competition. Winners will not only scoop a £1,000 prize but perform at Manchester’s Christmas Lights switch on.

The Street Dancer final will be held at midday on August 3rd. Contestants from the open audition were whittled down to the top eight, who will perform again on the stage in front of celebrity judge Nathan Gordon from Flawless.

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Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Want a more laidback Lakes experience? Then head over to the Lakeside Hotel and Spa in Newby Bridge, Cumbria.

The hotel, at the southern end of Lake Windermere is where you can soothe away all life’s stresses in the wonderful Aveda spa and then indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea.

There’s a 17m pool, which overlooks the lake, a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. Treatments in the three Aveda treatment rooms, include a Stress Fix Aroma Massage that really does ease the muscles.

This is a real escape from the everyday and there are few pleasures more relaxing than gazing over the gorgeous lake Windermere, or unwinding in the divine restaurant.

Book in for a spa day with afternoon tea for £115.