WHAT TO DO
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Delve into Cheshire’s past with a trip to this historic estate. Home to a magnificent neo-classical mansion, medieval (haunted!) hall and even a rare breed farm for the little ones. Once you’ve explored all this, lose yourself in 50 acres of landscaped gardens and 1,000 acres of deer park. Rural splendour at its best.
WHERE TO STAY
21 The Groves, Chester CH1 1SD
All that walking demands a worthy room to put your feet up. The Boathouse provides that and more. The family owned pub on the River Dee is host to Chester’s only floating beer garden. The riverside rooms are similarly unique, lovingly furnished to a serene nautical theme. Simply lie in bed and watch the world (and the water) go by.
WHERE TO EAT
134-140 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT
Fresh is on the menu at deli-restaurant Joseph Benjamin. Refreshingly unpretentious and nestled next to the ancient city walls, it’s the holder of numerous accolades including an annual mention in the Michelin guide. With creative yet simple dishes at the forefront, pop in for a light lunch or candlelit dinner.
WHERE TO DRINK
13 St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY
Tucked away in the Shadow of the immense Cathedral you’ll find the Botanist. They specialise in innovative and quirky concoctions designed to highlight their botanical base. Ordinary has no place here; expect to be served your chosen tipple in pots, planters or even a watering can for the brave. Enjoy nightly live music or get experimental with a cocktail masterclass.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
Chester, CH1 2LY
Old but gold. Chester racecourse dates back to the early 16th century making it the longest standing racecourse in England. Don your glad rags and join them for a thrilling series of fixtures. The racing season runs from May to September but don’t miss the antiques fairs, drinks festivals and numerous music events that the course hosts all year long.