Blue Planet Aquarium

Home to over 100 living displays including Europe’s largest collection of sharks, Blue Planet Aquarium offers a whole world of underwater discovery.

Be sure to check out one of our daily Aquatheatre shows and get up close to our divers as they feed the fish in our huge underwater viewing window – all in front of the sharks. Blue Planet Aquarium is famous for its Shark collection – one of the largest in Europe!

There’s always a range of different feeds at Blue Planet Aquarium every single day! Check out the timetable located in our foyer when you arrive.

Get close to nature, learn about exotic fish, live corals and meet our loveable clown fish in our Reef Magic exhibit. Other exciting exhibits include seahorses, starfish, piranhas, caiman crocodiles and outdoors the Otters and an amazing Pirate Playground!

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Address
Blue Planet Aquarium
Cheshire Oaks
Ellesmere Port
Cheshire
CH65 9LF

Website: http://www.blueplanetaquarium.com
Events webpage: http://www.blueplanetaquarium.com/planning-your-visit-to-blue-planet-aquarium/events-activities
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BluePlanetUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BluePlanetAquarium

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ArtWork Studios and Gallery

Art studio filled with natural light where artists work, exhibit & sell their art.

Exhibition gallery shows a regularly changing display of contemporary art throughout the year.

Learn here with one-to-one guidance in art & craft skills & ideas for developing your own art practice.

Creative community offers open evenings to look at the art, socialise & chat with other art lovers.

Get involved by volunteering to help in the gallery or work with the artists on a community project in town.

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Address
ArtWork Studios and Gallery
The Old Printworks
Navigation Road/Spencer Street
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 1BP

Website: http://artworkstudios.co.uk
Events webpage: http://artworkstudios.co.uk/gallery.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtWorkGallery
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtWorkStudiosNorthwich

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Anson Engine Museum

This unusual and fascinating museum used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire’s many attractions. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums.

Situated just south of Manchester on the site of the old Anson Colliery, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor’s years of hard work collecting and restoring engines.

The museum is a registered charity and does not receive government or public funding towards its running costs. To date most of the work has been carried out and funded by the volunteers and Friends of the museum. It was described by one of its visitors as ‘run on a shoestring and fuelled by enthusiasm’.

Despite this the award winning museum has flourished and now houses a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Ranging from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum.

The Les & Ena Cawley Memorial Building is home to a fantastic display showing the development of the internal combustion engine. The museum has secured many early examples from other major museums eg Science Museums of London, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Bristol. The collection tells the story of the engine from the cannon to the sophisticated, electronically controlled engine of the future.

The museum also has a steam section with two Robey engines; an A frame and a beam engine. Pride of place goes to the Stott engine that used to drive a cotton wadding mill in Hazel Grove. It was rescued by the museum and has been lovingly restored to working condition by the volunteers. It ran in 2011 for the first time in over 50 years.

The museum opens to the public one weekend a month from Easter until end of October. Engines run every day the museum is open and every month engines in the steam section can be found “in steam” also down at the Craft Centre demonstrations are given by blacksmiths, bodgers and wood turners.

The museum also boasts a local history section where a giant scale model of Poynton (c1900) has been built by the volunteers. In Spring 2012 over 5,000 hours of work had gone in to perfecting the model. The area also has display of photographs, maps, mementoes and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery.

Repeatedly the museum volunteers are told by visitors they had no idea it was so big or there was so much to see. We recommend you plan your visit for a minimum of two hours. Some visitors bring a picnic and make it a full day out. There is so much to see.

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Address
Anson Engine Museum
Anson Road
Poynton
Cheshire
SK12 1TD

Website: http://www.enginemuseum.org
Events webpage: http://www.enginemuseum.org/events.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/enginemuseum
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anson-Engine-Museum-92461372208

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National Trust Dunham Massey Hall

During the First World War, this Georgian house, set in a magnificent deer-park, was transformed into a military hospital, becoming a sanctuary from the trenches for almost 300 soldiers.

To mark the centenary we have turned the clock back. Discover what life was like for the patients and how members of the Grey family helped injured soldiers to recuperate. Spend time in the ward, nurses’ station, and operating theatre as you experience the Stamford Hospital as it once was.

Dunham Massey has one of the North’s great gardens, with plenty to inspire throughout the year, including a stunning rose garden and one of Britain’s finest winter gardens.

This season is the final chance for visitors to experience the house presented as the Stamford Hospital. Please note that we will be operating a timed token system and may have limited availability on tickets to the house and hospital during busy periods. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Address
Dunham Massey
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA14 4SJ

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey
Events webpage: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/things-to-see-and-do/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DunhamMasseyNT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DunhamMasseyNT

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Tatton Park

Visit England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014.

Located in 1,000 acres of the most beautiful deer park, the former Egerton family home is open for you to explore. You’re welcome to uncover centuries of history at the Tudor Old Hall and witness life above and below stairs in the Mansion. Wander at leisure through huge glorious Gardens and take the kids to meet very special rare breed animals at our working Farm.

You’ll love stopping off in the Stableyard where you can sit back, eat, drink, browse and buy.

With over 100 events a year it’s the perfect day out!

For nearly 400 years the estate was the property of the Egerton family until it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1958. Today it is financed and maintained by Cheshire East Council.

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Address
Tatton Park
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 6QN

Website: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk
Events webpage: http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/events_at_tatton_park/events_at_tatton_park.aspx
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tatton_park
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ILoveTattonPark

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Red House Farm

Welcome to Red House Farm, a popular farm retail site in the heart of Dunham Massey. We offer a fantastic venue for family fun, with outdoor play equipment, home-made produce and on-site refreshments. We run a variety of events throughout the year to coincide with school holiday periods, including our hugely popular summer Maize Maze and the Halloween Spooktacular.

Our children’s birthday parties are renowned for their great value and personal touch, and our function room facilities can accommodate everything from family celebrations, to business meetings, to funeral receptions. Our award winning tea rooms is on hand to offer fabulous freshly prepared food, and the farm shop boasts an impressive array of home-made produce, from cakes, to sauces, to ready meals. And with Gingham & Roses interiors on site, there’s plenty to tempt the discerning shopper.

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Address
Red House Farm
Red House Lane
Dunham Massey
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA14 5RL

Website: http://www.redhousefarm.co.uk
Events webpage: http://www.redhousefarm.co.uk/seasonal.htm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/redhousefarm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Red-House-Farm-339957396897

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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

The Finest Gardens In The North.
The romantic gothic castle – a product of the early 19th century – stands on a high rise above a lake. The castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including Cedars of Lebanon, Oak, and Chestnut. The gardens surrounding the castle provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a Temple Water Garden, Rose Garden, a variety of mixed borders. Plantings are planned to provide colour at all times of the year.

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Address
Cholmondeley Castle
Malpas
Cheshire
SY14 8AH

Website: http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com
Events webpage: http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CholmondeleyCas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cholmondeleycastlegardens

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