Chester

Chester is a buzzing city which offers a year round programme of entertainment including festivals, concerts, street events, exhibitions and street cabaret.

The city offers great nightlife and shopping or you may want to tap into its rich cultural life (city walls, cathedral, Roman gardens, music and film festivals). If you like sport, you can visit the famous Chester races and the rowing regatta on the River Dee.

In addition to these attractions there is great shopping at the nearby Cheshire Oaks designer retail outlet park, just north near Ellesmere Port. You can grab some great bargains here, go to the cinema or visit the Blue Planet Aquarium.

Liverpool

With its rich heritage of music and football, it is a diverse and exciting city. Liverpool has more listed buildings than any city outside London and its Waterfront is a World Heritage Site joining the likes of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal.

With a wealth of museums and art galleries, as well as being host to the acclaimed title ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2008, Liverpool is a ‘must see’ destination for culture vultures!

Shopping here caters for all tastes and after dark Liverpool’s reputation for nightlife is hard to beat. A dazzling, diverse and vibrant nightlife ensures there is something for everyone.

Manchester

Manchester has one of the biggest student populations in the country and offers a great taste of student life in the city. There is fantastic shopping here with every taste catered for, from the alternative arcade/emporium ‘Affleck’s Palace’ (Four floors of unusual shops), to the King Street area for those who are feeling a little more flush, and the Arndale centre for all the major high street stores. A day here is not long enough!

Nightlife in the city also caters for all tastes and budgets, from the dedicated clubber to the indie rocker, from comedy buffs to theatre goers, and everything in between. There are also excellent national concert venues in the MEN Arena and Manchester Academy, as well as many smaller music venues featuring up and coming bands.

Stylish bars and restaurants can be found around the Deansgate area, where in the warmer months you can enjoy a drink or dine outside on the pavement and soak in the city atmosphere. Or you may fancy an oriental dish in the city’s China Town district and the Rusholme area is famous for its curries.

Away from the city centre, Trafford Park and Salford Quays offer some great attractions. You’ll find the home of Manchester United, The Lowry arts centre and the amazing Imperial War Museum. You can take to the water at Trafford Watersports Centre and ski or snowboard at the UK’s newest indoor real snow resort, Chill Factore.

Redevelopment in Manchester has resulted in some spectacular new buildings. This makeover has added to what was already a great city and makes it a great place for a day out or a weekend away.

The Great Outdoors

For those who love the outdoors there is plenty to do in and around Nantwich. For real adventure the Peak District and North Wales are within easy reach. Mountain bikers can enjoy the graded trails (green to black) at Coed Llandegla which also has a bike wash, shop and cafe, whilst climbers and walkers are spoilt for choice with climbing areas such as The Roaches being less than an hour away by car. There are also plenty of opportunities for horse riders and watersports enthusiasts, particularly around the coastlines of Anglesey and North Wales.

The nearby range of sandstone hills at Peckforton and Bickerton are a twenty minute drive from Nantwich and offer great walks and scenery, along with cosy country pubs. Famous castle ruins can be visited to the north at Beeston.

For a different type of thrill, Alton Towers is always worth a visit or you can ‘Go Ape’ at nearby Delamere Forest – a high wire adventure course of rope bridges, swings and zip slides up to 40 feet high in the trees.