Attractions around Wrenbury Marina
If you are looking for an exciting day out, Beeston Castle, just a 15 minute drive away from Wrenbury Mill, is well worth a visit. Incredible views over the Cheshire countryside reward those brave enough to take the steep walk up to the top of the castle, or the 40 acres of surrounding woodland offer a huge variety of different walks and trails around the park to suit everyone’s taste. The castle museum is also not to be missed, and if visiting with children, special event days that are held throughout the year are particularly impressive, with entertainment such as exciting battle demonstrations and archery competitions. The park boasts plenty of open space, including picnic areas, so pack your picnic and take the whole family. There is also a small café on site serving refreshments and snacks. It is, however, advisable to check opening hours as they vary dependent on the time of year.
More details available on their website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/beeston-castle-and-woodland-park/
Cheshire Ice Cream Farm
Slightly further, but definitely worth the trip, the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm is a firm family favourite. A 25 minute drive away from Wrenbury Mill, the farm is open from 10am daily and offers not only over 50 flavours of award winning ice cream, but a huge range of both indoor and outdoor activities. As well as a chance to create your own ice cream in the artisan ice cream parlour, it is home to Europe’s largest indoor sand and water play area, an adventure golf course, an animal farm, JCB digger activities, quad biking and separate fun centres, aimed at toddlers, young children and adolescents. Free admission to the farm is a big attraction, with individual activities charged at reasonable prices, meaning you can do exactly what you want with your day. There is also a large on-site restaurant serving a huge variety of food to suit everyone’s tastes.
(More information available on website: http://www.theicecreamfarm.co.uk/)
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
For an exciting, yet informative day out, the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker is a great all-weather attraction for the whole family, only a 10 minute drive from the marina. The huge 35,000sqft underground complex with it’s labyrinth of corridors remained secret for over 50 years, but is today open to the public as an exciting and eye-opening insight into what life was like in a secret defence headquarters during the cold war. It is home to the largest public display of nuclear weapons in Europe, offers many hands on activities, as well as videos and information throughout. For children, there is an interactive secret agent trail following a soviet spy mouse around the centre, so everyone can really get involved in a great day out. At the end of your visit, there is canteen serving wartime themed food and drink and a gift shop selling various military souvenirs. Opening times vary dependent on the time of year, so it is advisable to check online before you visit.
(More information available on website: http://www.hackgreen.co.uk/index.html)
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
If you’re looking for a relaxing activity to occupy a few hours on a sunny day, a walk around the Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is highly recommended. At nearly 240 hectares, there are countless walks and trails all over the park, through woodland, the arboretum, by the lakeside or in the gardens of the house itself. There are designated areas to let your dog run free, play areas for children, picnic areas and even a farm park with Pygmy Goats, Alpacas and Llamas. As well as a beautiful chapel, tearooms and farm shop offering quality local products. The park is only a 10 minute drive from the marina and organises a large number of special events and workshops throughout the year, so it is best to look ahead at what might be on during your stay! Opening times vary throughout the year so checking the website for more information is essential.
(Details available on website: http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com/events)
Other nearby attractions:
The Firs Pottery (~2 miles) http://www.firspottery.co.uk/
Cheshire Falconry (~18 miles) http://www.cheshirefalconry.com/
Cotebook Shire Horse Centre (~11 miles) http://www.cotebrookshirehorses.co.uk/
Blakemere Craft Centre (~18 miles) http://www.blakemerevillage.com/