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The Long Barn is a 4 bedroom two storey holiday accommodation that sleeps 10 and is located in Stoke on Trent, Central England. This property does not allow pets. Prices range from £694 to £1623 per week and the accommodation has an average rating of 9.3 out of 10.. Local to Kingsley, Ipstones, Cheadle, Dilhorne, Wetleyrocks
Stunning panoramic views over the Churnet Valley to Alton Towers, 4 miles away, greet visitors to this exceptional detached barn conversion. Boasting a superbly designed interior with smart contemporary furnishings, as well as a lovely garden room with hot tub and walking from the door in local countryside including a nature reserve, it sits peacefully beside the owners’ small working farm at the end of a 200 yard drive from the village. For a fun filled holiday, the location couldn’t be better. The Churnet Valley boasts its own steam railway and there is a wonderful array of attractions within 10 miles including Alton Towers, canal boat trips for a pleasantly tranquil way to explore the landscape, and Trentham Estate, with high wire treetop adventure and unique walk through the Monkey Forest. Waterworld and pottery museums in Hanley, Ashbourne’s famous market and interesting vintage shops, beautiful Dovedale and cycle hire for exploring the Manifold walking and cycling Trail are all only a few miles away whilst Sudbury Hall and Little Moreton Hall (both NT), Chatsworth House, Bakewell and the Heights of Abraham cable cars at Matlock Bath are under an hour’s drive. Pay and play golf is 1 mile. There are three pubs just half a mile away, and restaurants, takeaways and shops in Cheadle, 3 miles.
The Olde Gate Inn is situated deep in the hills of the Peak District with views of nothing but countryside from this 17th century pub. It has a separate restaurant serving lots of home cooked favourites.
Bella Italia offers authentic Italian dishes with what they call 'The Bella Touch'. Full menu plus specials available along with a typical Italian welcome and atmosphere.
Fabulous modern venue with new British classic cuisine, cooked from fresh local produce. This is contemporary dining in a country setting.
Beautifully restored Grade II listed building creating a wonderful ambiance for fine dining. Indulge your appetite for award winning Indian cuisine.
The Burnt Gate is a 13 year established, award winning county pub and restaurant catering for an office lunch, Sunday lunch with the family or just a good pint in a relaxing atmosphere.
A modern country style pub and kitchen serving a great menu with rave reviews in the beautiful Staffordshire village of Bradley. The historic building dates back to the Elizabethan period.
Focusing on serving uncomplicated dishes made from the freshest produce, The Yellow Broom has been established since the 1930s and is a renowned meeting place for all.
Darely Mill is an elegant and contemporary restaurant with a fabulous decked terrace that overlooks the River Derwent. Seasonal menus for both lunch and evening meals on offer.
Restaurant Zest is a converted warehouse which opened in 1998, still retaining its original character, and is set out on two stylishly designed floors. Regularly changing seasonal menus are on offer with lots of eclectic and fresh ideas.
Bateman's Restaurant, owned by chef John Roberts who is also a member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, offers you a number of dining choices from Bar & Restaurant to beautifully decorated 1st floor restaurant with countryside views.
Award winning Master Chef looks forward to welcoming you to his restaurant with a difference... It has only one table! You are guaranteed quality and excellence in the 'Best Restaurant of the Year 2005'.
The Old Post Restaurant, voted in the top 10 of UK restaurants 2003, prides itself on its freshly prepared, cooked to order menu. (Credit/Debit cards are not accepted)
The Risley Park; a fabulous bar and restaurant with tasty home cooked meals and extensive drinks menu on offer. The Risley also has a function room available.
A friendly pub, with helpful staff offering quick service. With good value for money dishes, and consistently tasty food, it has a great local reputation. Their Sunday roasts are especially popular and especially welcome after a morning walk.
A wildlife park set in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Blackbrook has a varied collection of some of the most rare and endangered species to be found in the world.
At Alton Towers, you'll be spoilt for choice, there is so much to do: the water park, fabulous golf course and luxurious spa and at the theme park alone there's lots of rides, suitable for all ages as well as shows and costumed actors. (guide dogs welcome)
Waterworld Stoke is a modern, purpose built, all season and all weathers tropical aqua park. Attracting over 400,000 visitors per year, it is the largest venue of its kind within the UK.
Set in 60 acres of stunning woodland, 140 monkeys live and roam about. You'll find a monkey sat on the bench next to you or nipping across the road in front of you!
Carsington Water is a great visitors attraction and has been for many years since being open by the queen in 1992. The visitors centre shows you the importance of water in our daily lives, with interactive activities for the kids. Also see the Kugal Stone - a 1 tonne ball of granite revolving on a thing layer of water... it can be moved with a touch of your hand! There is a restuarant onsite, and plenty of outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, sailing and windsurfing.
One of the Peak District's oldest and most popular days out where beauty meets human achievement. It first opened its gates back in 1780 and is still a popular destination for the whole family today.
Gulliver's theme parks are for the whole family to enjoy, catering for those with children aged 2 - 13 years old. The park has lots of themed rides and no park would be complete without its very own resident characters.
Plenty to keep the family occupied here, from the Petrifying Wells to the Aquarium containing a selection of British and freshwater fish, even the fantastic Malawi Cichilds.
Let your kiddies play and play while you enjoy a well earned break in the quality café overlooking the lovely Derwent River. More suitable for younger children, with a wide choice of slides and activity areas to choose from.
Coopers Square offer a wide array of favourite high street stores. Café restaurants within the complex offer a relaxing break.
This 600 acre working farm provides an entertaining day out for the family with various selections of animals, specially designed playgrounds and a go-kart track.
The Crich Tramway village is high up in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking Derwent Valley and open all year to the public. The village is also home to the National Tramway Museum.
Catering for families with younger children, this farmyard has a variety of animals and their young to view and its very own woodland adventure playground.
Take a walk through the centre looking at all the animals. Try and spot the skunk, chat to the parrots and see the collection of exotic fish in the aquatic room.
Awesome Walls Climbing Centre is located in the enormous engine house at Pear Mill. It is the biggest climbing centre in England and offers an impressive amount of superior, top-roping and bouldering to cater to all climbers. The centre is split into three individual areas that include the Main Engine House, the Tall Wall and the bouldering area. The main area is the Engine House and this is where most of the climbing surfaces are as well as the chill ledge that overlooks the lead climbing arena. The climbing area here contains a collection of angles from slabs to overhangs around the perimeter walls. Located in the centre is the amazing "The Awesome Fin" it has four lead lines and seventeen top rope lines together with an abseil platform on top. Also found here are the 'Big Slabs' they are two 13m slab walls that are on opposite sides of the engine house. The "Tall Wall" is what is says, it extends to 23.5 metres and has 21 lines to climb on. The bouldering area contains 400sqm of bouldering. Staff are friendly, helpful and very professional, as well as being encouraging if it is your first time at this activity, and give plenty of advise and guidance. Anyone can get involved in this activity regardless of fitness level. All equipment can be hired here so you don't need to take anything along. The Cafe is a great place to stop after an exerted climb or to spectate if you are not climbing, they have a good selection of beverages and snacks available. The centre is open daily, Monday to Friday 10.00am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 8.00pm. Prices are very reasonable and they offer specials so worth checking the website for details. Awesome Walls Climbing Centre offers a fun and thrilling activity in a safe environment and is a great place to come to learn a new skill and is real value for money, it is an awesome place to come for people of all ages.
An award winning attraction for all the family in the heart of the National Forest. With a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, you can keep the family entertained for hours.
There is always something happening at Hoo Farm for all the kids to enjoy — see and feed the animals, make pottery, play in the gardens, the possibilities are endless.
Asylum Paintball is different in that it is an indoor paintball arena and will not be affected by the weather, regardless of the time of year you can enjoy your time here. Housed in a massive 30,000 sq ft building, you enter the war torn streets of Mancunia where you will have to overcome a number of obstacles and challenges to conquer your enemy. Once you enter the combat zone your survival instincts kick in and the game really begins. The facilities and equipment at Asylum Paintball are excellent and the staff are extremely friendly and professional and very thorough in going through the equipment and safety procedures so that you are ready and confident before you start your experience. Full equipment is provided all you need is loose comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear. The minimum age to engage in paintballing here is 11. If you are looking for a thrilling and exciting yet exhaustive day out then this could be for you, you will leave with aching muscles and a few bumps and bruises but it is all worthwhile for a great day out.
Whether it's swimming and fitness, tobogganing, skiing or snowboarding, The Snowdome offers all these activities under one roof.
Drama, comedy shows, musicals and entertainments. Check the website for an up to date listing of forthcoming events.
Jam packed with things this is the theme park of dreams. Experience thrilling rides and stroll around the zoo featuring over 100 species from the world. The kiddies will love Thomas Land and meeting all his friends. You will also be spoilt for choice when you stop to eat!
Cycle through the 9 miles of fantastic river valleys and along converted railway lines called the Manifold Track. Located in the main village behind the Crown Hotel.
North of the town centre on the Tissington Trail you can find this old disused railway line for 13.5 miles of traffic free riding and beautiful scenery.
Here you can find over 30 miles of traffic free cycling through magnificent limestone scenery, situated at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails.
Journey along the canal towpaths which are in truly excellent condition and are perfect for walkers too.
Part of the High Peak trail near Wirkswirth is this fabulous 17.5 mile, traffic free track with an extra link to the Tissington Trail.
In the Derwent Valley just off the A57 you can cycle beside the historic Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs through fabulous woodland scenery.
Hillbridge is one of the largest reserves in the area with quite a few species of woodland bird taking up residence here, some, sadly, quite rare to see.
This reserve was once clay pits making material for bricks, now it forms a number of shallow ponds that provide homes for a variety of wildlife.
In Hayfield village is a 2.5 mile trail with plenty of additional access to hills via bridleways, ideal to get up high and see those spectacular views.
Don't miss the chance to see the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the Sett Valley Trail. This 2.5 acre recreational path serves as a guide for walkers, joggers, cyclists and hikers as they embark on a serene journey that is good for the mind as well as the body. The trail runs along a former railway line, offering a glimpse of lush countryside.
With one of the oldest lead mines in Derbyshire, it's well worth a walk around this wild Pennine moorland renowned for its rare wildlife, bird breeding and spectacular views.
Enjoy this delightful route through the beautiful Cheshire countryside. Open since 1974, this rural walk is a lovely way to explore the local area. Take a picnic and enjoy the stunning views.
North Wingfield is a narrow strip of grassland with the River Rother running through it and abundant wildlfe to spot, particularly in the summer months.
With a new habitat created in 2005, a great variety of wildlife has been attracted to this area to mingle with the existing inhabitants. Further improvement work to enlarge the reserve due for 2012.
Ashbourne's fabulous 18 hole golf course is ideally situated at the Gateway to the Peak District. Also on offer is the new licensed bar and extensive catering options.
A lovely spring-fed lake at just over 2 acres, situated in the River Dane Valley. At the heart of the Peek District this beautiful area is a perfect place to go fishing. The fish themselves are a wide variety of breeds, including Rainbow, Brown, Triploid and Blue.
A sailing club which is a recognised RYA teaching centre offering shorebased, powerboat and sailing courses for adults and children alike.
20 lanes of ten-pin-tastic foolery. Kids love bowling but it's fun for the whole family. Ramps are available for the young bowler, or for those who need a little extra help!
Wild Park Leisure offers paintballing and quad biking, so whether you are crawling through undergrowth or racing over hills ... adrenaline is what you get!
The Derby Aero Club was formed in 1987 and grew to be one of the biggest in the country. With its own airfield, it offers all range of lessons, aircraft hire and trail lessons.
Ridgewood Equestrian Centre offers a wide range of activities such as learning to ride, looking after your horse, competitions and trekking.
Set in the beautiful forest of Cannock Chase, this gem of a trekking centre is a great place for a ride. Whether you are a keen beginner or an experienced rider there is something for all abilities. Soak up the stunning scenery and keep an eye out for some of the local wildlife.
An 18 hole attractive parkland course providing a challenging test for both average and low handicap golfers. Par 72 course offers golfers an enjoyable day with extensive views. There is also a driving range where you can brush up on your game.
Macclesfield Golf Club is a long established club that has been extending a warm welcome to both members and guests for more than 100 years. The club enjoys a prominent position on the hillside where you get some wonderful views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside, particularly from the 7th tee. It is an 18 hole par 71, parkland golf course that is continuously being maintained and updated to adhere to its high standards. The course is challenging not least owing to the undulating hills but there are a number of obstacles including blind holes and deep bunkers and is therefore a good test for any golfer. The fairways are well presented and the greens are fast enough. The staff throughout from the pro shop to the clubhouse are really friendly and very professional and make you feel very welcome. The clubhouse is inviting and comfortable and the perfect place to meet after a round of golf, they have a good varied menu, the food is freshly cooked and really tasty, the service was very good and prices were very reasonable too. Macclesfield Golf Club is a great course with very high standards and very welcoming, the green fees are great value and views are lovely on the course, it is a friendly and welcoming club and definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.
Delta Force is one of the most exciting and invigorating activities available in Staffordshire. Face off and show your might on the field of battle while navigating natural and manmade obstacles and land features. A variety of tools and equipment is available, including pyrotechnics like smoke grenades, paint grenades and MK5 Thunderflashes.
Learn to fly a glider or simply take a flight with one of the qualified pilots who are on duty all year round. The club also has simulators available to test your nerve before flight.
Wilmslow Golf Club is a parkland course in a figure of eight layout that encircles a meandering stream, it is a 6,635 yard par 72 course. The greens are flat and in excellent condition as are the fairways. The course will cater to all ability of golfers and both amateurs and professionals will enjoy this course and the challenges it offers. The staff extend a warm and friendly welcome to all visitors and you will find them to be friendly and professional throughout the club. The Clubhouse has first class facilities and a nice friendly atmosphere, they serve a nice choice of hot and cold meals, the food is excellent and good value for money. Wilmslow Golf Club offers a premier round of golf with very reasonable green fees, if in the area you should try out this course you will not be disappointed.
Don't underestimate this 9-hole course — not only is it very well worth playing, but it is also home to some of the most truly enjoyable challenges you will find anywhere.
Learn to paraglide with Parapente, established since 1987 making it one of the oldest launch schools in the Peak District and with the most experienced instructor in the country.
Ten pin bowling, soft play areas and fun for all the family to enjoy are all on offer at the Genesis Centre as well as conference suites.
3 Hammers Golf Complex is an 18 hole public parkland golf course and is situated in a choice location and can be readily accessed from all parts of the United Kingdom. You will find all the staff that you meet here to be welcoming, friendly and professional. The course is short but excellent, the greens are fast and the fairways are well maintained. All level of player will be challenged here, the bunkers are tricky and there are a number of interesting holes as well as water hazards. In addition there is a driving range which is first class, it offers the perfect place to practise your swing and driving. The pro shop is well stocked with a nice range of goods for sale. There is a lovely bar and bistro that serves a great selection of hot and cold meals and beverages, the food is tasty and service is excellent, overall great value for money. The green fees are very reasonable and well worth the money. 3 Hammers Golf Complex is a lovely warm and welcoming club to all and offers great golf, amenities and green fees, it should not be overlooked.
Qualified instructors with Peak Activities are ready to lead you into the caves that lie beneath the Peak District National Park.
Hazel Grove Golf Club is located at High Lane in Stockport, amongst beautiful surroundings and has a reputation as being one of the best courses in Cheshire. It is an 18 hole private parkland golf course, that is well designed, pretty flat and with some fabulous views. The course is beautifully maintained and the greens are in superb condition, lovely and flat and kept to a high standard. The Fairways are tight and are fast running. The course offers challenges to all level of golf player, there are a number of obstacles to make play difficult including, several natural water hazards, trees and long rough. The clubhouse has a welcoming atmosphere, excellent facilities, and lovely views out over the course, catering options are excellent, the menu is very good, lots of choice and the food is tasty, generous portions and good value for money. It is a friendly and welcoming course and all visitors are warmly greeted. Staff are amicable, helpful and above all most professional. Hazel Grove Golf Club offers a great game of golf throughout the year, the course is always in good shape, it is a very welcoming club and the green fees are very reasonable, should be tried out if you are in the area.
Enjoy a swim in the heated outdoor swimming pool situated in stunning surroundings. It's located next to the activity centre, so after a hard day spent climbing, abseiling, mountain biking or cave orienteering, enjoy a relaxing swim.
Barlow fisheries is situated on the edge of the Peak District in 50 acres of secluded valley. Open from dawn to dusk all year round offering relaxing fishing and various fishing tuition.
Beauchief Golf Course is a beautiful 5,258 yard, Par 67 course that offers excellent challenge and tranquil scenery. Hone your skills on the green while enjoying fresh air and a lush, natural environment. This idyllic activity is found in the gorgeous Peak District hills. Don't forget to linger by the 4th hole to see one of the best views offered by Beauchief!
Nature lovers, photographers and others will not want to miss the chance to explore Cannock Chase. This pristine region is rich in wildlife and plant life. It is the last surviving lowland heathland in the Midlands. A management plan has been put into place to meet the demands of the area's natural and economic needs so it remains beautiful for future visitors.
Ecclesall Woods offers 140 hectares of semi-natural woodland located in South Yorkshire. Everyone will find a reason to enjoy this verdant region. Get a vigorous workout by wandering the area or take it slow and enjoy the opportunity to spot wildlife, birds and beautiful plant life. There are also historic and archaeological features found in this gorgeous nature reserve.
158 acres cared for by the National Trust with lots of grassland - ideal for some peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings. Ilam Hall, built between 1821 and 1827 also sits in the grounds but is not open to the public.
Central Forest Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the city. It provides facilities for walking, cycling, dog walking, informal sports and skateboarding.
An important historic site, with impressive Italian gardens and stunning scenery. Originally created for the Duke of Sutherland, these charming gardens have maintained their initial layout, however the ongoing restoration project has taken a refreshing look at the gardens and the plantlife there. With the help of award winning garden designers; Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf, a more contemporary look is being created. Stroll around these unique gardens and unwind in their tranquil atmosphere.
Situated on the banks of the River Dane, north east of the town centre, the park contains numerous benches, some providing views along the River Dane. The ideal place to sit and soak up the atmosphere.
The Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre is the perfect place for animal lovers. Get closer to nature in a safe, comfortable environment. This family-friendly attraction is home to an array of living things, including birds of prey, cats, raccoons, reptiles, invertebrates and primates. An kids activity pack is available for a small fee so little ones can get even more out of their visit.
On this estate, it begins with a walled garden for fruit and veg. See and feel history come to life as you watch servants preparing food, brewing ale and scrubbing whites back at the servants' quarters.
Victoria Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The landmark opened in 1908 as the Victoria Park Pleasure Grounds. It currently spans just under 5 acres of lush property and is the largest formal park in the borough. There are a number of unique features within the park, including the County War Memorial, Alderman Mottram shelter and the Splash Pad.
Whether you are a seasoned gardener or someone just discovering their green thumb, the Plant Pot has something you will love! This traditional nursery offers a wide range of healthy plants, including vibrant flowers, juicy vegetables, herbs and so much more. Shoppers can also pick up gardening accessories, seeds, compost and gifts then stop by the on-site coffee shop for a quick bite to eat.
The Pavilion Gardens sport 23 acres of fabulous recently landscaped gardens, situated in the centre of Buxton on the banks of the River Wye. A great range of food and drink is also available at the Garden Restaurant.
The Forest Centre provides the ideal base for a host of recreational and educational activities. There is also a visitor centre, forest shop with hot and cold food, cycle hire and a children's play area.
An impressive collection of various plantlife, including rhododendrons and azaleas kalmias. Plants acquired from all over the globe can be found here. The site itself is on the remains of an old millstone quarry covering 4 acres or so of woodland. Explore at leisure, this enchanting location and marvel at the many species of bird to be found in the area.
Get away from city life in the open parkland at Markeaton Park. With all age groups in mind, there is a multitude of entertainment from the craft village to crazy golf and even a miniature steam train.
These unique gardens, situated where the River Derwent is at its most tranquil, are the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon in the sun or a boat trip up the river. The gardens have also appeared in numerous film and TV Productions.
Offering something for everyone to enjoy, the Chatsworth estate, Britain's best loved stately home, offers famous works of art, spectacular fountains, food and drink and many miles of walks in the countryside. This fantastic house with its wonderful gardens is an absolute must see.
A short walk from the city centre you will find Darley Abbey Park, a popular escape from the hustle of the city offering peace, quiet and fine views of Derby. The River Derwent flows through the park providing a natural path to walk along one side.
An 80 acre woodland in South Derbyshire with many paths from which to explore this pretty area. Take the children to the play area or have a go on the climbing rock. This park also plays a role in local art and heritage and has recently had 40,000 new trees planted.
Grangewood spans over 100 acres of broad-leaved and conifer woodland offering horse riding trails, fishing lakes and peaceful country walks.
A stunning area of wooded parkland, hills, lakes, trails and even more wildlife in this park that stretches over 600 acres of varied landscape. There is a sculpture trail and 18 miles of footpaths, some of which are wheelchair friendly.
Queens Park opened in 1893 and with the help of a lottery grant and has been recently restored to its former glory. There is a cricket ground, boating lake, miniature railway and a play area for young children. A local brass band can be heard around the park on Sundays in summer.
Fletcher Moss and Park Botanical Gardens is housed in 21 acres of stunning grounds, the park was gifted by Alderman Fletcher Moss to the city in 1914. Today these beautiful gardens are well maintained and cared for by a group of volunteers and offer a place of peace and solitude away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life and has a nice friendly atmosphere. There are many pathways that lead you through the park where you enjoy the heather and rock gardens, small pond, the formal rose garden, sensory herb bed, ornamental trees and woods. There are even pathways that lead you along the river Mersey. The alternating seasons bring different things to see and lots of aromatic smells. There are a number of events that take place in the park such as plays, concerts and family fun activities. There are tennis greens and a bowling green where you can play. There is lots of room for younger visitors to run around and they love exploring the woods. You will find lots of benches where you can sit and relax and appreciate the beautiful surroundings. There is a nice cafe that serves a good selection of beverages and light snacks that are reasonably priced. Fletcher Moss and Park Botanical Gardens offers a nice environment to escape from the stresses of life, pretty gardens and walks for your enjoyment.
National Trust owned Hardwick Hall displays the enormous wealth and authority of its original owner, Bess of Hardwick, and will be hosting various events throughout the year to commemorate the 400 years since her death. (Dogs allowed in park)
An afternoon on a steam train is always a great idea for a family day out in Staffordshire — especially if the kids are completely hooked on our good friend Thomas the Tank Engine. (Recommended that wheelchair users board the train at Kingsley & Froghall Station as it has a higher platform)
Relax and experience the nostalgia of this unique heritage railway, winding you gently on a 5.5 mile round steam journey over ever changing gradients and through beautiful picturesque North Staffordshire countryside.
Nestling amongst the stunning scenery of the Peak District, Leek is a historic market town with a reputation for unusual shops, antiques and good food.
A cinema with 8 lanes of bowling fun attached — a great idea for a day out with the family or for a rainy afternoon. All the latest films, check website for up to date listings.
Few heritage towns can boast such a wealth of interesting sites and buildings concentrated in such a small area as Burslem Town centre. Many buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ideally situated on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border, the centre houses over 35 outlets and there are regular live events and entertainment held in its unique hall as well.
The Ancient High House is a beautiful building and one of the best Tudor structures in the entire country. It is also the largest timber framed town house in all of England. King Charles I stayed there on his way to Shrewsbury, often entertaining royal guests. Travellers can admire breathtaking architecture while exploring a historic landmark.
For centuries, travellers by stagecoach and narrow boat have broken their journeys to enjoy all that Stafford has to offer.
Recently restored to its former glory, The Buxton Opera House is well worth a visit for the fantastic auditorium and ceiling paintings alone. It also hosts a varied programme of events including musical concerts.
Treacle Market is a fantastic local market that operates on the last Sunday of every month from 10.00am to 3.00pm, and is home to more than 140 stalls. It is located located in Macclesfield Market Place, Butter Market and surrounding streets and has been named one of the best Farmers Markets around. You will find here a fantastic and diverse choice of superb locally produced beers, juices and delicious provisions. In addition you will be able to find lots of high quality unique, interesting and unusual items including artworks, antiques, books, vintage home wares, jewellery and crafts from local makers. It is a lovely lively and bustling market with a real community feel and offers the perfect place to meet with friends, browse around and stop for a coffee and listen to the live music. There are many food vendors selling a diverse range of dishes from all over the world, the smells are fantastic and the food is home cooked and delicious, it a foodie heaven. Treacle Market is a lovely market, lots to explore and experience and a great atmosphere, if you are in the area, get a shopping basket head there and immerse yourself in the atmosphere, you won't be disappointed.
Peak Village Shopping precinct with Exsports, Ponden Mill, Cotton Traders and Massarella's Restaurant to complete your day.
Lyceum Theatre is a a premier theatre experience in Cheshire. This Edwardian Theatre is more than one hundred years old and still retains its unique charm, it is a well established and cherished theatre for the local and surrounding areas. The interior is sumptuous and elegant and affords an evening of great entertainment. The seating is comfortable and well laid out so you get a good view of the stage regardless of where you sit and the acoustics are very good. You can take a "behind he scenes tour" where you will travel back in time and discover the intriguing history of this fabulous theatre. They host a diverse and interesting programme of events that covers musicals, dramas, bands, comedy, family shows and much more, there will be something to suit all tastes, and prices are reasonable. Staff throughout the theatre are very friendly, courteous and helpful. The bar area is welcoming and has a good selection of drinks and snacks that are reasonably priced. The Lyceum Theatre is a beautiful and charming theatre that hosts some fantastic shows, don't miss an opportunity to see a show here, it makes for a great night out.
Oxtail and Trotter is conveniently situated on the edge of the village of Audlem, and the shop has been a butchers in the village for more than one hundred and fifty years. It is a contemporary store that strives to provide fresh and quality produce sourced from local suppliers and farms. There is a great selection of products including their own homemade sausages, and the products offer excellent value for money. The staff are friendly, polite and knowledgeable. They are open Monday to Saturday and there is parking outside and a free carpark across the road.
For more than 17 years, Midland Karting has been offering an exciting, adrenaline-filled experience for travellers and locals. Prove your skills on the track while having a great time with the whole family! This all-ages activity includes top notch equipment, two challenging kart tracks and much more! Services are available for groups, businesses and organisations.
Torrs Hydro is an exciting new endeavour that strives to regenerate the local community while preserving environmental resources. This vital landmark provides electricity to the local community using earth-friendly methods. The facility has produced more than 700,000 kWh since September of 2008. Open days are held four times throughout the year.
High Lea Park is a beautiful recreational space in New Mills. This area offers gorgeous scenery with lush woodlands and vibrant gardens. The newest additional includes an orchard. Families can let their little ones romp on the playground. The park also hosts a number of exciting events throughout the year, including a fireworks display, bonfire and the One World Festival.
Vida Beauty Clinic offers a luxurious experience that will leave you feeling completely pampered. The business operates inside the Hawkesyard Hall in Armitage, enhancing the experience with handsome architecture. Book a session for body treatments, ear piercing, facials, makeup, hands and feet treatments, waxing, dermaroller treatment or schedule a pregnancy package for expectant mothers.
Whether you love books, records, CDs or comics, High Street Books in New Mills is the perfect place to start shopping. This unique retail experience offers the diverse selection that only an independent second hand book store can supply. After more than three decades in business, High Street Books has something for every reading or listening preference.
Hope Valley is a wide valley running east?west and attracts cyclists, pony trekkers and rock climbers from all over the country. Mam Tor 'Shivering Mountain' lies at the head of the valley, which is also home to Peveril Castle and Ladybower Reservoir.
With the support of local organisations and councils, the Millenium Walkway at New Mills is accessible and ready to serve visitors! This unique projectcompletes the connection of a path that runs below the town. The walkway was recognised with the British Construction Industry award in 2000 and continues to impress all who travel it.
Segway Events caters to the latest and popular craze of riding one of these unusual but fun self-balancing vehicles. Although they look a little tricky to master they are relatively easy to get the hang of and it won't be long until you are whizzing around so pleased with yourself. After a little instruction by a friendly and qualified staff member you are off on your adventure. Training takes place on fairly flat grass and they have you manoeuvring through cones and zipping up and down. You then proceed into the woods where is is a little bumpier but great fun, there is a pathway to follow and at the end you are given some free time to have fun on your segway. They provide the relevant safety equipment so you don't need to take anything along with you. If you are looking for a fun and alternative activity then a segway experience could just be what you are looking for.
Wild Things Soft Play Centre is located in Bramhall, Stockport and is easily accessible with a large private car park. It provides a safe and secure environment where young visitors can run around, explore, interact and play whilst being supervised. Cafe Orinoco is welcoming and comfortable and allows you to six and relax with a coffee whilst the children play. They have a good selection of beverages, snacks and hot and cold dishes that are freshly made and home cooked and reasonably priced. In addition they have free Wi-Fi. Prices are very reasonable and offer real value for money. Staff are very nice, friendly, helpful and approachable. The whole centre is well maintained and very clean. They are open daily, Monday to Fridays 9.00am to 17.30pm, and Saturday and Sundays 9.00am to 4.30pm. Wild Things Soft Play Centre is probably more suited to younger children who will enjoy the excellent play frame and the space to run around in. .
Plantation Garden Centre is a family run business located in Northwich, that offers the utmost value as well as quality plants together with a huge choice of garden products. They are available to offer ideas, advice and inspiration when it comes to planning your garden. Staff are both helpful and friendly and have a vast knowledge of the products on offer and in relation to gardening. Onsite is the Colonial Cafe, it is bright, spacious, modern and comfortable with a lovely cosy atmosphere, they serve a nice selection of hot and cold beverages, freshly made light snacks, breakfasts, lunches and delicious cakes. The prices are very good and customer service is excellent. There is also a nice gift shop with a lovely selection of high quality and unique gifts for the garden. They are open daily from 9.00am until 5.00pm and closing times vary on the weekend. Plantation Garden Centre offers a delightful selection of plants in a pleasant environment that you could spend a couple of hours strolling around and enjoying the cafe and gift shop, a really nice way to pass a few hours.
Gauntlet Birds of Prey is located in Knutsford, Cheshire and is home to more than 120 birds comprising of 45 separate species. It was set up in 1996 and it now has the biggest collection of birds of prey in the North West, it is not a large establishment but, there is still lots to see here. A visit to Gauntlet will give you the opportunity to get close to a large variety of birds including, eagles. hawks, falcons, vultures, kites and owls to name just a few. They operate frequent flying displays, vulture feeding as well as meet and greet presentations where, you can get close to these majestic and impressive birds and learn all about them. There is lots of information about each bird. In addition they run a broad range of experiences where you can get close to these birds and learn to fly everything from a tiny owl on a taster experience to the ultimate experience where you get to meet an enormous eagle. The main purpose of Gauntlet Birds of Prey is the conservation of these stunning birds both in the UK and worldwide. The staff here are committed and dedicated to their work and their love of these amazing birds is clearly evident, they are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. They thoroughly enjoy working with them and this makes the shows even more enjoyable. If you want to see these awesome amazing birds up close then Gauntlet Birds of Prey is the place to go.
Showing a full programme of up to date films (check website for times) plus Met Opera HD live events. Free and disabled parking available and the centre is wheelchair friendly.
Chesterfield, home of the famous crooked spire. An old market town blended with a modern shopping centre — it boasts a medieval market and lantern parade.
Opened in 1923 as the Picture House, The Winding Wheel, home of the Odeon cinema was closed in 1981. It has now been refurbished and reopened as a conference and entertainment venue for concerts, lectures and dances.
Originally called the Civic Theatre, in 1982 its name was changed to Pomegranate. Hosting both professional and amateur performances, at full capacity the theatre can seat more than 500 people.
Cheshire Falconry gives you the opportunity to fly birds of prey in the centre of Cheshire. You can get close to these magnificent and powerful birds through the choice of different flying experiences they offer. The staff are very friendly, professional, passionate and knowledgeable and safety is paramount here for all concerned, before commencing you are given a full safety briefing. Then it is time for the fun to start, put on your gauntlet and prepare to fly these amazing birds. You can choose from a taster session through to a full day of falconry. You can also come to the centre to just see these beautiful birds, in this picturesque setting. During the summer months they operate bird flying displays where you get to see the grace and agility of these birds. The birds are well looked after. The staff have considerable knowledgeable on the birds and will happily answer any questions you have. Also onsite here is the Blakemere craft centre that also houses a lovely restaurant as well as a number of other shops. Cheshire Falconry offers a unique and unrivalled experience where you get to meet some amazing birds and see what they are capable of, excellent value for money, totally engaging and entertaining and a truly memorable experience.
Etherow County Park is located in the centre of the Etherow/Goyt Valley in the stunning Southport countryside and covers 240 acres, and is a local nature reserve. It was one of the first country parks in Britain and is a vibrant area of woodland and riverside with lots of walks in addition to being a haven for wildlife with more than 200 species of plants here and in excess of a hundred species of bird have been sighted here. The park is well maintained and very clean, the wardens do a great job. There is lots to see and do with self guided walks and trails, picnic areas, lake, impressive waterfall, pond dipping area, Sssi nature reserve and bird-hide, model boat area and model boat club, and much more. Children will love exploring, running around the wide open spaces and building dens in the woodland. The area is pretty flat so suitable for everyone and there are lots of benches scattered around the lake where you can sit and enjoy the lovely scenery. The Visitor Centre sells bags of food for ducks, you can get maps of the area and the numerous walking trails, also you can arrange a guided walk with one of the wardens who will share the history of the park and tell you all about the local wildlife, flora and fauna. The waterfront cafe is cosy and welcoming and serves a nice selection of beverages and snacks at reasonable prices. Etherow Country Park is very popular as it offers a peaceful oasis away from the bustle of the town, it offers pleasant walks and lots of scenery and has something for everyone as well as being a cheap day out, a lovely park.
The Plaza is a cinema and variety theatre in Stockport, and is located in a beautiful art deco building. It has undergone a renovation project and has been restored to its former glory with many original features and decor and has a unique charm and appeal. It has all modern amenities, the sound and lighting is excellent and seating is very comfortable with plenty of legroom, and you get great views of the stage. The gorgeous Plaza Cafe Restaurant has a stunning art deco decor, and offers a lovely dining experience, they serve a great selection of meals and drinks that are well priced. It has a lovely friendly and welcoming atmosphere, the staff and volunteers are amicable and very helpful and enhance the overall experience here. You can do a tour of this wonderful theatre where you will see all the beautiful features, get a history of the building and learn about what they do here, they are informative and interesting and must be booked in advance, details are on the website. They host a diverse programme of local and national productions with big named acts and cover all genres including dance, comedy, drama, concerts and much more as well as cinema screenings, there is something to appeal to everyone. The Plaza is a unique venue that offers a true theatre experience in wonderful surroundings, it has a lovely atmosphere, the productions are excellent and the ticket prices are very reasonable, a visit here makes for a memorable and entertaining night out, highly recommended.
Staircase House is a beautifully restored 15th century townhouse that is positioned in Stockport's historic Market Place. This grade II listed building has many incredible features most notably its unique and rare Jacobean cage-newel staircase, being one of only three of these staircases remaining in the country. During a visit you get a real insight into how people lived from the 15th to the 20th century. The house was destroyed in a huge fire but it has been lovingly and sympathetically brought back to life. The interior is stunning and is home to many fine paintings, antique furniture and furnishings and artefacts. There is a total of sixteen rooms, each room is laid out as it would have been and are authentic. You are encouraged to touch things to get a real feel of the house. Children can dress up in the period costumes that are available. Tours are done by an audio guide that takes you through the history of the house, the people who lived here and lots more. Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and have a passion for the house that shows. The house is open Tuesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays, there is a reasonable entrance fee. Blackshaws Cafe forms part of Staircase House, it is comfortable and welcoming and serves a nice selection of beverages, light lunches and snacks. Staircase House is a beautiful interactive attraction that gives a real insight into a genuine house from a bygone era, totally mesmerising whilst being educational, highly recommended if you are in the area, it will appeal to all ages.
Central SUP have three locations in the Tamworth and Nottingham areas of the Midlands. They offer the opportunity to try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, a fast growing fun and energetic sport. They specialise in training as well as lessons for those new to this sport, it is open to all ages and is suited to most people as long as you can stand up. They have all the equipment needed to make the most out of your experience. This area of the Midlands offers the best opportunities to paddleboard with all the lakes, rivers and canals around. Instructors are friendly, qualified, professional and encouraging in getting you up and going. They operate on most nights throughout the summer months and every weekend. Central SUP is an accredited school that promotes and encourages the sport of stand up paddle boarding as a fun and exciting activity that most people can get involved with, a great way to get fit whilst enjoying the waters and surrounding countryside, a brilliant outdoor activity, in a lovely location.
A grand Elizabethan manor house joined to a 13th medieval hall. The hall, now called The Old Manor was owned by the Fitzherbert family and features some unusual architectural features, including 17th century Flemish glass alongside a medieval fireplace and a rare king post. During the Civil War, the house was badly damaged and fell into ruins soon after the death of Sir John Fitzherbert in 1649. After being rebuilt in 1680 it has been well preserved ever since and is now owned by the National Trust.
Drop-in activities for children every Tuesday to Friday during the school holidays. Have a go at making a mask, fridge magnet, a badge and much more. Also houses the world's greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.
Amerton Railway is a charming two foot gauge line that winds through the gorgeous countryside of Staffordshire.This important local attraction also includes "Isabel," the W.G. Bagnall Saddle tank that was made 115 years ago. Autumn and winter themed events are hosted each year, including the Monster Train and Santa Specials.
Visit this lovely house, dating from the late 1600s which includes the Museum of Childhood. This great, interactive museum is fun for all ages as you cast a nostalgic look backwards to your own childhoods. This marvelous house was also one of the locations for the BBC's Pride and Prejudice and features one of the most impressive long galleries in the country. (Wheelchair access to the museum, but not to the Hall)
Peak Rail invites travellers to take a journey back in time. Go on an adventure aboard a diesel or steam train! The railway is preserved to maintain an authentic experience. Lines currently operate between Matlock and Rowsley South. A buffet car is available so passengers can enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as light snacks during the trip.
St. Chad's is Staffordshire's oldest building. The working church offers Anglo-Catholic traditions and many fascinating Norman carvings. Travellers can participate in events and festivals, including the Green Man Festival. The church also provides a "time walk" which is an exciting light and sound show that discusses the history of Stafford and St. Chad's.
Shugborough is a working historic estate that offers many exciting opportunities for visitors. The mansion, farm, servants quarters, tearoom and walled garden are accessible seasonally. The property hosts events during certain times of the year, including the festive Shugborough Christmas Fair. Stroll through gorgeous gardens, admire elegant monuments and see the island arboretum garden.
The Trust's first acquisition in the Peak District, acquired in 1906 and still used today, it forms a part of the Winster village's secret garden event.
A great strategic site identified by the Normans was first utilised as a site for a castle in 1100 AD. The timber fortress was built by Robert of Stafford and has been a major local landmark for over 900 years.
Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum is a Methodist Heritage site whose purpose is to preserve and educate people on Methodism, they are situated in a beautiful setting. The movement dates back to the start of the 19th century and they were prominent in encouraging education and starting the trade union movement, their beliefs quickly spread throughout the country as well as overseas. On display in this intimate museum are a diverse collection of artefacts , they also have a vast library, permanent and temporary exhibits. There is much to see here from exploring the graveyard, see the working children's monument and Hugh Bourne's grave. The chapel offers peace and tranquillity and a place of reflection and also is home to a number of silk banners relating to the movement. They operate a programme of special events during the year that incorporates talks, study days as well as family activities, details can be obtained from the website. You can get tea or coffee here and are welcome to take along a picnic, otherwise it will be necessary to go to a local establishment for food. The Museum Shop is small but has a good selection of goods including books, toys and games. There is no admission charge for entry but they do rely on donations, and are open from April through to October, outside of these months you can visit but by appointment only. Staff are very friendly, helpful and attentive. Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum is a delightful and fascinating place, it offers a real glimpse into the harsh lives of Victorian working people and the impact the Methodist movement had on the quality of their lives, lots of historical interest that is pitched at just the right level, a real gem of a museum definitely worth a visit.
The Silk Museum is found in an old Art School. Visitors will get the opportunity to step back in time in this age old production, you will travel along the Silk Road and unearth the history of Macclesfield's Silk Industry from its modest beginnings through to the growth and prosperity of the Silk Mills. This skill will be brought to life and the brilliance of the people who steered the growth of Macclesfield is delved into. There are lots of hands on exhibits, displays and wonderful collections. You will learn how this luxurious fabric is made, from its humble beginnings as a cocoon to a wonderful fabric that frequently graces catwalks and is a revered fabric worldwide. The museum is divided into four sections and it is at the Paradise Mill that you get to see first hand the an early 20th century silk mill and hear all about the industry as well as seeing a weaving demonstration. The guides are really fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable and are engaging in telling the history of silk and the mills. The Silk Museum is a fascinating and interesting museum that tells the story of silk in a concise and informative way, you will learn so much during your time here. The Museum is open daily and there is a charge for entry but it is not expensive for the quality you receive.
With a collection of history from the Bakewell area, the museum is a fascinating building originating from the 1500s under Henry VIII.
Set in 820 acres of open parkland with lakes and waymarked walks, the masterpiece that is 18th century Kedleston Hall offers a museum, landscaped gardens and a costumed housekeeper.
Tideswell Church is an immediately recognisable and notable church here in the heart of the Peak District National Park. It is warmly referred to as the Cathedral of the Peak although it is in fact a church, it has earned the name owing to its size and astounding architecture, it is a Grade I listed building and one of the foremost famous buildings in Derbyshire, it has a long and diverse history. It has served as a place of worship since 1398 and still continues to this day to hold regular services. It is a warm and inviting congregation and they welcome visitors to their church, to enjoy a service or admire the beauty of the building. It was built in the late Gothic style with the chancel and tower being in a perpendicular style, and has been well maintained and restored over the years. The church has many notable features of interest particularly the stone table tombs, there are also brasses, incredible intricate wooden carvings, leaded stained glass windows and unfinished organ. Outside are lovely kitchen gardens and the bells ring every fifteen minutes and make a lovely sound. The Church building is open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm so you can call in at anytime to visit, there is no charge to enter but, they do rely on donations to upkeep this beautiful building. There are guides available to buy that gives an in-depth history of the Church. Guided tours of the Church can be arranged where you will receive a full history of the church and information on the local community, contact details are on the website. On special occasions the tower is open, it is difficult to access and climb the stairs but is worth the effort. The Church has a welcoming and inviting atmosphere with a real sense of calm and offers the perfect place for reflection. Tideswell Church is a remarkable historic building with so much to see both inside and outside, it has a really relaxing atmosphere and you feel a sense of peace as you wander around, a real gem and definitely worth a visit if you are in the Dales.
The Derwent Valley Mills became a World Heritage site in 2001. Stretching 15 miles down the river, the site contains a series of historic mill complexes and is the host of the 2008 World Heritage Site discovery festival.
This is one of Britain's oldest places of Christian worship and the burial place of Anglo Saxon missionary, St Chad. Set in fantastic grounds, from which you can appreciate the spectacular architecture of this cathedral.
The National Memorial Arboretum honours those who served and continue to serve the nation. 50,000 trees were planted on the grounds, covering a spacious 150 acres of lush landscape. Over 200 memorials have been dedicated, making the Arboretum a literal living tribute. Some of the growth is relatively young and continues to be nurtured as a symbol of the undying memory and appreciation for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Eyam Hall is the ideal spot for weddings, receptions, conferences. Converted farm buildings have been turned into a craft centre and a licensed restaurant. It is open throughout the year.
Peover Hall and Gardens is a magnificent Elizabethan house that was constructed in 1585 by Sir Randle Mainwaring and continued to be the family home for a number of years. The house has an interesting and varied history and has seen many changes over the years serving as a headquarters for General Patton and the US Third Army back in 1944 as well as being a prisoner-of-war camp. Unfortunately, the house suffered some damage and deterioration over the years but, has been lovingly and carefully restored together, with acquiring period furniture to grace these splendid rooms. The house has some stunning architectural features as well as having the most splendid oak panelling, the Great Hall and a long gallery. Entry to the house is only by guided tour, running at 14.30 and 15.30, the guides are friendly and informative in telling the history of the house. The gardens are glorious and have a classic feel and are home to a 500 year-old oak tree as well as an avenue of pleached lime trees, beautiful topiary work and formal, herb and walled gardens. The gardens are stunning when in full bloom and the scents that waft around are delicious. You will find some unique Grade I listed stables here, they are fantastic and unlike any other stables, constructed in 1654 they have carved Tuscan columns and arches as as well as exquisite strap work plaster ceilings. Also on the grounds is a quaint chapel, located adjacent to the house, it houses a number of monuments pertaining to the Mainwaring family. There is a lovely tea room where you can get some light refreshments that are reasonably priced. Peover Hall and Gardens are open on certain days from May through to September so check the website for opening times. Peover Hall and Gardens offers a lovely day out in fabulous surroundings.
As featured on television, this multi award winning museum has lots to offer. Engine enthusiasts worldwide flock to view its fascinating displays.
Located at the heart of historic Lichfield, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and Bookshop is a fascinating place for history buffs and travellers. Johnson, who is most famous for his Dictionary of the English Language. He lived at the house on Market Square until he was 27 years old. Stop by and learn more by exploring reconstructed rooms, exhibits and audio-visual media.
The New Mills Heritage and Information Centre welcomes visitors to learn more about the history and heritage of this charming region. Trail guides, maps and walking books are available for the ambitious traveller as well as gifts and souvenirs. Sample light refreshments while learning about the significance and culture of New Mills!
Come and discover the house where time has stood still and see huge collection of hidden treasures. Explore the walled gardens and unique Auricula Theatre, enjoy the play area and take a walk round the park.
Knutsford Heritage Centre is located in a beautiful renovated 17th century timber framed building, this visitor attraction also serves as an exhibition centre and a gift shop. There are two courtyard gardens that are beautifully maintained by a group of volunteers. A special piece here at the centre is the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry that was made between 1997 to 2001 to commemorate Knutsford in the Millennium year, it measures 52 metres, with more than 3,000 people taking part in the stitching. The centre through continuously changing exhibits narrates the story of Knutsford and its residents through the ages. There is a full schedule of events that take place throughout the year so do check the website for details. A regular event that takes place each Friday from May through to October are the "Tales, Trails and Tea Shops Walks", you depart from the shop and will take a guided walk around the town and uncover some of its more unusual attractions. Knutsford Heritage Centre is open throughout the year and there is no entry fee, again check their website for the opening hours. The centre is run by people with lots of knowledge about the town and they will be happy to answer your questions, you will find them to be friendly and helpful. The Knutsford Heritage Centre is an unusual and special local project and worth a visit if you are in the area.
Bramall Hall is an impressive black and white timber-framed Tudor manor house together, with Victorian additions and is surrounded by seventy acres of parkland, overlooking two lakes and a river. This beautiful historic house dates its origins back to mediaeval times and is thought to be one of England's best treasures. The house has been beautifully maintained and preserved and some of the important features of the house include the gorgeous 16th century wall paintings, Elizabethan fine plaster ceiling, the Victorian kitchen and Servants Quarters, chapel, priest room and quirky leaning room. It has strong influences from the arts and crafts movement in the interior design. The house still retains its unique charm and beauty and has an air of mystery surrounding it. A visit to the hall will give a genuine view of life for the families and servants who lived and worked here, a step back in time to a different era. There is an introductory video about the house and guides are on hand who can answer any questions you have, they are both friendly and knowledgeable. Another option is to take a guided tour of the house where you will visit sixteen rooms of the house and learn about its social history and of the families who resided here, as well as hearing about its architectural design. Tours are run on Saturday and Sundays only from 1.15pm to 2.15pm. The Hall is open throughout the year and there is a charge for entry for those aged over sixteen otherwise entry is free, full details are on the website. The tea rooms are located outside by the stables, the staff are friendly and they are cosy, with a good selection of refreshments and snacks that are reasonably priced. There is a small Gift Shop sells a nice choice of gifts and souvenirs. Bramall Hall offers a unique glimpse into a past time, it allows you to experience life as it would have been, as well as being a beautiful black and white house, thoroughly engaging and enjoyable, and an attraction that everyone will enjoy.
Chillington has been the home of the Giffards for more than 800 years. The present owner is the 29th Giffard to own the Hall. There has been a dwelling on the site since the Doomsday Book records in 1086, but over time the building has been replaced and modified until the grand spectacle of today is all that exists.
Be sure to visit the wonder that is Chesterfield's Crooked Spire Church, a place of worship for 800 years. Take in the beauty and the history of the building.
St Peter's Church is a Georgian church that was constructed in 1768 and served the spiritual needs of the local and surrounding communities of Stockport, it is one of the oldest churches in the area. Todays church pretty much resembles the original church except for a few small extensions. Inside it is beautiful and many of the original features remain including, the original marble font, Victorian stained glass later additions include the Belgian stained glass windows, there is the old chair frame clock that used to tell the time for locals, marble mural tablets, hatchment, a bell dating to 1768, communion plate and much more. Outside the graveyard has many interesting headstones and is worth a stroll around. It still continues to serve its parishioners as a place of worship and for reflection. There are regular Sunday services that are open to all, you will find the congregation to be friendly and welcoming. Service is generally followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. The church is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11.00am to 2.00pm for those who want to prayer or seek solace in the tranquillity here. You will also find the coffee shop open if you want a drink or snack, they are very reasonably priced, iand you can savour the quiet surroundings, on occasions the church organist does be playing, which is lovely. There are frequent organ recitals these usually take place on the second Saturday of each month, if you get the chance go along, they are engaging and there is no admission charge. St Peters Church is a real part of Stockports spiritual heritage, a lovely building with a long history and a very welcoming congregation, worth a look around if you are in the area.
Chadkirk Chapel Museum is located in the heart of the Chadkirk Country Estate and Local Nature Reserve. This beautiful restored grade II listed 18th century chapel has a long history and is thought to have connections with a 7th century missionary, St Chad. It is now home to a specially commissioned life-sized statue of St Chad found close to the altar and there are colourful carved wooden panels that illustrate scenes from the life of the Saint. Although a simple chapel there are some nice architectural features. The chapel has a a lovely sense of peace and tranquillity and offers a place of reflection. There is an audio visual presentation on the history of the site. The estate offers lovely walks through the lovely woodland and along the Peak Forest Canal. If you follow the wooden rabbit trail you will get a wealth of information about the chapel and the estate. The grounds and chapel are open throughout the year and there is no charge for entry. You can stop in the chapel for refreshments. The chapel is also used during the year for concerts and other community events. Chadkirk Chapel Museum is a beautiful and atmospheric chapel and the surrounding grounds are equally lovely, the perfect place for a relaxed stroll where you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Moseley Old Hall is a 16th century farmhouse that has an integral role in history, it was the place that King Charles II hid after he escaped from Cromwell's troops during the Battle of Worcester in 1651. It is an intriguing house full of original furniture and features, and in many instances it looks like it is still being lived in and the house is further brought to life by the staff who are dressed in period clothes using original equipment and tools. During your visit you will get to see the bed where the King slept as well as seeing the priest hole where he hid. The tour guides will bring the history of the house to life and they regale interesting stories about what life was like in the 17th century, you will find the guides to be friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the house. The gardens are stunning and have lots of lovely features including, a collection of 17th century plants, a fruit orchard and a stunning knot garden as well as the tree hide. There is a tea room that serves a lovely selection of refreshments and light lunches. Moseley Old Hall is open throughout the year and they also run a series of events, activities and demonstrations to cater to all the family, so check out the website for further details. Moseley Old Hall transports you back in time to another era, it is a lovely welcoming and homely house that is brimming with history and is most interesting to visit, highly recommended.
A very impressive mansion, Tatton Park houses the permanent Maurice Egerton exhibition and a number of temporary collections portraying different aspects of Tatton Park throughout the years.
Dock Road Edwardian Pumping Station is located in a scenic cul-de-sac on Weir Street, in Northwich. Housed in this beautiful station building are two Crossley "N" Type gas engines that are still connected to their original Hayward Tyler 3-cylinder pumps. In most instances the wardens will have one or both of the engines operating to demonstrate these systems running which, is a wonderful sight and sound. There are a number of display boards that offer additional information regarding the history of the building. The wardens who operate the station are very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about these magnificent engines, and they impart so much information and you glean so much from a visit. The station is open Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter through to the end of September, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, there is no admission charge but, they do rely on donations to continue to keep this facility open and operational. Although group visits can be arranged outside of these times, contact details are on the website. Dock Road Edwardian Pumping Station is a gem from a bygone era, it is both interesting and informative a real delight for anyone who has an interest in history or engineering, or even you you don't, definitely worth a visit if you get the opportunity.
Hat Works Museum of Hatting is the only museum in the United Kingdom committed to the hatting industry, hats and headwear. The museum is located in Wellington Mill a restored Grade II listed Victorian Mill, that was once a prosperous hat factory. It is an award winning visitor attraction that is laid out over two floors, there are many interactive exhibits that take you through the history of Stockport's once successful hatting industry, from its humble beginnings as a cottage industry through to the the mass production of the early 19th century. The museum has been designed around a recreated hat factory consisting of some 20 completely restored working Victorian-style machines and a fabulous collection of more than 400 hats from around the world, as well as a recreated hatter's cottage, hat block workshop, working office and haberdashery shop front. There are live demonstrations of working machinery as well as audio-visual shows. For children there is a Family Fun area where there are lots of activities on offer. The museum is premier centre for creativity and innovation for milliners, crafts people, designer makers and for anyone interested in fashion and design. Hat Works shows a fantastic programme of premium temporary exhibitions showcasing the best in this field of expertise. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday as well as Bank Holiday Mondays and there is only an admission charge if you do the guided tour, otherwise entry is free. Guided tours run on the hour from 10.30am and take you through the hatting process and its history, tours are really informative and interesting and are pitched at just the right level. The cafe is run by volunteers and serves a nice selection of freshly home cooked refreshments and light lunches and at great prices too. Staff are lovely here, so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Hat Works Museum of Hatting is a fabulous interactive museum that is entertaining and fun and gives a real insight into this bygone industry, what the was like for the workers and the processes involved in making a hat, it will appeal to all ages.
Stockport Air Raid Shelters were opened in 1939 and were the biggest purpose-built civilian air raid shelters in the United Kingdom and were capable of giving shelter for around 6,500 people. Below part of the town this maze of tunnels gave safety as well as way of life for families from around the Stockpot area during the difficult days of the Blitz. Now they serve as a popular visitor attraction and give a real insight into this dark and difficult time in history, they are complete with sounds and smells giving an eerie but authentic feel. These tunnels are carved into the sandstone cliffs, and stretch for about a mile, they include a kitchen, sleeping quarters, toilets, meeting rooms, sick bay and first aid room. They were deemed to be quite luxurious at the time and were affectionately called the "Chestergate Hotel". The tour starts with an audio video that narrates the basic history of the air raids of World War II and the local area. Then you enter the tunnels following a set route where there are information points dotted along that link up with your audio handset, that you receive at the beginning, in addition to telling the history there are also stories and anecdotes. There are also guided tours that take place at various times, some in the evening, these have to be booked in advance and take in other parts of the tunnels that you don't get to see on the regular self-guided tours. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The shelters are open Tuesday to Sunday, but also open on bank holiday Mondays, there is a charge for adults, children under 16 go free. Stockport Air Raid Shelters is enthralling and fascinating attraction you can't get a more authentic glimpse of this era in history, all ages will love this attraction and it is accessible to everyone.
Old Town Dungeon and Court House is located in Stockports conservation area, on the corner of Mealhouse Brow and across from the historic market hall. The dungeons are located below the Court Leet magistrates court in the town, and were constructed in the side of the hill. The building is immersed in history and is home to three dungeons, that are not very large but nevertheless still fascinating. You get a real insight into the 17th century judicial system when punishments included the stocks and flogging for petty crime, not a pleasant time. The holding cell is accessed by a narrow stairway, town drunks where dropped through a trapdoor which, is still there. There is lots of information on show detailing interesting facts and stories, as well as photos of hidden tunnels located under the market area. You can organise a visit through the Stockport Heritage Centre located at St Mary's church, and there is no charge for these tours but, they do accept donations. The guides are really knowledgeable and very friendly and make the visit really interesting. Old Town Dungeon and Court House are an important historic part of Stockport and provide a real insight into a past era that is fascinating and intriguing and free too.
A dominant castle with a traditional motte and bailey design, this wonderful structure is definitely worth a visit. Steeped in history and well preserved it was sold at auction in 1897 and bought by the Tamworth Corporation to commemorate Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
A great fun, interactive place to visit in a pleasant setting. Learn the fascinating story behind the lift and the life stories of those who worked on it. Why not take a picnic and then enjoy a trip down the River Weaver on the Edwin Clark trip boat?
Anderton Boat Lift is a amazing sight to see, this incredible structure is positioned on the banks of the River Weaver and resembles an enormous three-storey high iron spider. Constructed in 1875 by Edwin Clark, it stands at sixty feet tall, is eighty five feet in length and forty nine feet wide, a true engineering feat. Its purpose was to raise cargo boats the fifty feet from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey Canal. Having undergone major restoration it is fully functional complete with hydraulic action. Also located here is a visitor centre that contains interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop. During the months of April through to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and down the River Weaver. You can take the boat trip or a combined ticket for the lift too, you get a history of the lift and its importance for the industry of the area, the guides are friendly, engaging and very knowledgeable and make the tour very interesting whilst being in informative and fun. On certain days they operate the "Top of the World Tour", as well as getting a history of the lift and a behind the scenes tour you get the opportunity to taken to the top of the lift where you can enjoy the most spectacular views, definitely not suited to those with a fear of heights, tours cost £10 per person and must be booked in advance, full details are on the website, steps are involved and suitable footwear is recommended. Anderton Boat Lift is a truly astounding feat of engineering and should not be missed absolutely amazing to see it in action, the tours are well worth experiencing informative and interesting.
Beauchief Abbey was established in 1176 under the Welbeck Abbey. The beautiful building features many classic architectural elements and currently still serves the local community. People gather for worship or to expand their religious knowledge at the abbey. The church is currently part of the Church of England hand is completely organised by the congregation.