Easter Days out in Manchester and Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 16:56 20 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:14 20 February 2013
Loads of ways to have holiday fun in the region and here are just a few of them...
Dunham ice cream
Delicious ice creams made right in the heart of Cheshire are the perfect accompaniment to a visit to Dunham Massey. There are 24 flavours to choose from, so you could make an afternoon of it! Sit in the garden and soak up the sunshine or visit the farm shop here too where you'll find cheese, butter, preserves, Cheshire honey and Cheshire apple juice.
Ash Farm, Station Road, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 5SG. 0161 928 1230
Horseshoe Farm Alderley Edge
For 28 years Horseshoe farm's 100 acres have been the source of some of the the best local produce around, so if you fancy a drive out to the countryside for a spot of farm shopping this is one place you should visit. Here you'll find delicious meats, including pork joints, spring lamb and rare beef, as well as artisan bread, freshly baked on the premises. Perfect fare for an Easter feast.
Horseshoe Farm, Alderley Edge SK9 7QP
Home Quarter Liverpool
Well, bank holidays are traditionally when you're supposed to go in search of a new bed or sofa, so why not take a look at Liverpool's Home Quarter? This is where you'll find 15 leading design companies and once you've sorted out the re-design of your home you can kick back your heels and have a delicious lunch at the Home Quarter's Cafe Coco.
The Home Quarter, Liverpool ONE,
53-55 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DN. 0151 2322322
Red House Farm
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 an Easter egg hunt 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.
Red House Farm, Red House Lane, Dunham Massey WA14 5RL. 0161 941 3480
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Ellesmere Port
Shopping is something of a national pastime and let's face it most of us love hunting down a bargain, which is why we're all usually out in force over the holidays. This is the perfect venue for all the teenagers of the family, who'll love to be let loose around the designer shops. Meanwhile, mums and dads can take the weight off in one of the Cheshire Oaks restaurants, while the little ones can be kept amused in the play area. What's not to like?
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet,
Kinsey Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 9JJ. 0151 348 5600
Museum of Science and Industry Manchester
Yes science can be fun. This is a great place for kids (and grown ups) to have fun and learn something too. For Easter there are loads of free events to celebrate the Year of Computing, from April 30 to May 2nd there's the ultimate Lego weekend - including adult fans of Lego day - and for the dads and leather-clad mums, and exhibition of Harley Davidsons, including from one for every decade of last century.
Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP. 0161 832 2244. www.mosi.org.uk
Gulliver's World Warrington
Meet the Easter bunny at Gulliver's World this holiday. It has everything you'd want for family fun, including an Easter egg Olympics! Aimed at children aged two to 13, there are themed areas for you to discover with rides, shows, restaurants and shops. You can visit Lilliput land and be a giant or venture into the Lost World. There are also special events organised for Easter such as the ever-popular Grand Easter Egg Hunt on April 23rd and 24th.
Gulliver's World, Cromwell Avenue, Warrington WA5 9YZ. 01925 444888
Chill Factore Manchester
This is the UK's longest indoor real snow ski and snowboarding slope, so expect an action-packed visit over Easter. So what if you've never taken to the slopes before. Now is your chance to learn. There's also an indoor Alpine ski resort with activity areas, a nursery slope as well as shops, restaurant and cafes.
Chill Factore, Trafford Way, Trafford, Quays Leisure Village, Manchester M41 7JA. 0161 749 2222. www.chillfactore.com
Lady Heyes Crafts and Antiques Centre Frodsham
If you love to potter and mooch then this is the place for you. The Lady Heyes Crafts and Antiques Centre is home to various craftspeople and those with creative flair as well as great antiques showrooms to look around and vintage clothes on offer. The centre is also home to Frodsham's first microbrewery. If you want a break, try the Wishing Well Tea Room and let the children enjoy the delights of Coco's Play Barn.
Lady Heyes Crafts and Antiques Centre, Kingsley Road, Frodsham WA6 6SU.
01928 787919. www.ladyheyes.co.uk
The Trafford Centre
Get ready for an Easter eggstravaganza at the Trafford Centre which has a whole programme of events to entertain the whole family right through the Easter holidays. There's the Rio parrot show to celebrate the latest 3D movie smash, a Victorian carousel and bungee fun and in the run-up to the royal wedding royal footmen will be on the loose, while little Princesses will adore a crown and tiara workshop.
The Trafford Centre, Dumplington, Trafford M17 8AA. 0161 749 1717
Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port
Fancy seeing your mum and dad dad swim with sharks? Or watching flesh-eating piranahs, crocodiles and stingrays? Then Blue Planet Aquarium is the place for you this Easter. Plus this year there's the new attraction of the Coral Cave a fascinating display that recreates the magical discovery of a secret cove. Visitors step into the dark interior of a mysterious rocky cave before reaching the spectacular crystal-clear waters of the coral reef; home to tropical sharks, rays and hundreds of brightly-coloured coral reef fish.
Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port, Kinsey Road CH65 9LF. 0151 357 8804 www.blueplanetaquarium.com