Autumn is officially upon us! Time for woodland walks in wellies, leaf crunching, conker collecting, and mugs of silky hot chocolate. This is a favourite time of year at The Hillcrest Hotel – our warm, welcoming hotel in Widnes is the perfect place to relax with a meal, drink or a good book after a day of exploring.
We’ve rounded up a list of 7 brilliant autumn and winter activities in Cheshire that the whole family will enjoy, all less than 50 minutes from our hotel. Start planning your next adventure now!
1. Autumn Fair, Beeston Castle, Cheshire
5th & 6th October 2019
Embrace the season at Beeston Castle’s Autumn Fair, where you can enjoy outdoor activities including falconry displays, music, wildlife groups, local craftsmen and a dog show! Explore the castle’s 4,000 year history and 40 acres of woodland park.
46 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
2. Now Northwich 2019, Northwich Town Centre
Saturday 5th October 2019
The hugely successful FREE Northwich International Dance & Street Art Festival returns for a second year to Northwich Town Centre. This fantastic family festival is a must-visit with local and international artists performing alongside community groups and schools, bringing the town centre to life with music, dance and acrobatics!
FREE ALL DAY EVENT
33 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
3. October Half Term: Science Show: Planet Hunters, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
21 Oct, 2019 – 3 Nov, 2019
Entertain the family with fun and factual science shows at Jodrell Bank, where you’ll join the search for another planet like Earth! Including interactive demonstrations and live experiments, science shows last for 30 – 40 minutes and are aimed at adults and children aged 7+
Free with general admission.
44 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
4. Pumpkin Picking at The Hayloft, Cheshire
Sat 5th & Sun 6th, Sat 12th & Sun 13th, Sat 19th every day until 31st October
Pumpkin picking is the perfect autumn activity! Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun at The Hayloft, with attractions including tractor rides, miniature railway, carving shed, coffee shop, “un”lucky dip, traditional & white 'ghost' pumpkins, and a spooky maize maze!
Free entry - just pay for what you pick
8 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
5. Halloween Skull Workshop, Hobbycraft Chester
Sunday 27th October 2019
Pop into Hobbycraft in Chester to decorate your own Glass Skull Vessel for Halloween!
Create a fantastically creepy Halloween decoration to take home and enjoy. Choose a coloured vessel to decorate using paint, glitter and jewels, then finish with ribbon and a spooky potion label.
Suitable for ages 6+
34 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
6. Enchanted at Knowsley Safari
Selected dates from 22nd November - 23rd December
The festive season is just around the corner! Get into the spirit of the season with a magical trip to Enchanted at Knowsley Safari, where you can see amazing illuminated animals, follow the enchanted light trail and visit the cosy Santa’s grotto. Festive food, magical music and extra special treats await this winter…
Children can enjoy the full experience including visiting Father Christmas in Santa's Grotto for £15, under 3s for £7.50. Adults can have a magical evening for just £7.50 per person!
12 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
7. The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
Selected dates from 22nd November – 23rd December 2019
Enjoy the excitement of exploring the zoo after dark, lit by a festive display of lights. The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is a truly magical experience where you can discover nine different fantastical worlds, from meeting illuminated jellyfish at the bottom of the sea to shining stars in the Night Sky Adventure. Christmas cheer, festive food and special memories await…
Child tickets start from £5.50. Adult tickets start from £10.50
32 minute drive from The Hillcrest Hotel
Book your room at The Hillcrest Hotel and start planning your next family adventure! Discover our Fall into Comfort offer and enjoy 15% off a 2 night stay and FREE breakfast every morning.
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