Things to Do in Cheshire

Polly Checkland Harding

Dividing the hills of North Wales from the Peak District, the county of Cheshire is best known for its historic villages, industrial heritage and picturesque landscapes. The city of Chester is the urban centre, the town of Crewe a rising cultural contender and the market town of Macclesfield an increasing draw that’s a direct train ride east from Manchester city centre.

Chester is a city of opposites: historic and modern. Bustling and peaceful. Big enough to keep you busy and small enough to get everywhere on foot. Discover Roman walls, Chester Cathedral – founded in 1541 and now a cultural hub – and the £37m arts centre Storyhouse all in one city, as well as Michelin starred restaurants and the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Crewe, meanwhile, takes its name from the old Welsh for ‘crossing’ – a fitting name for the village that launched the Victorian railway network. Delve into the history of the railway at the Heritage Centre, visit Edwardian theatre The Lyceum, or explore the independent traders at the recently revamped Crewe Market Hall.

A former centre for silk manufacturing, Macclesfield is notable for its proximity to Manchester city centre, and for the independent food and drink scene that’s really putting the town on the map. The Picturedrome is Macclesfield’s equivalent of phenomenally popular food halls Altrincham Market and Mackie Mayor, while the historic Treacle Market continues to evolve in the present day. With Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Macclesfield Forest and Jodrell Bank all to be found in the surrounding countryside, it’s worth roaming further afield too. Read on to discover more.

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Exhibitions Until 25 November 2022, FREE

Gathering Downstream at Quarry Bank

The former cotton mill of Quarry Bank is currently home to ‘Gathering Downstream’, an exhibition exploring the site’s legacy of the industrial revolution alongside environmental change and disruption.

The Time Traveller's Wife
Theatre Until 15 October 2022, from £22.50

The Time Traveller’s Wife: a new musical at Storyhouse

A brand new musical adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s international best-seller is set to receive its world premiere at Storyhouse before moving to the West End.

Families 11 November–23 December 2022, from £5

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Adventure around nine new magical, illuminated worlds after dark including an Ice Kingdom and meet Father Christmas.

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £13

Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

Try your hand at candle making with the experts at Cheshire Workshops, this fun and creative skill is suitable for all ages.

Lumen Festival of Lights
Visual Arts 25 November–10 December 2022, FREE

Lumen Festival of Lights

The colourful light-art trail of Lumen will visit the town centre and Crew and give audiences the chance to be immersed in art, light and sound.

Cheshire District Guides

Crewe Hall

Things to do in Crewe

A selection of cultural venues, rural sights, bars, pubs and eateries, gathered to showcase the highlights of Crewe’s budding local scene.

Things to do in Macclesfield: Macclesfield Treacle Market

Things to do in Macclesfield

Sat on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this former silk town combines contemporary culture, food, and drink with spectacular landscapes.

Things to do in Chester

Chester is both historic and modern. Bustling and peaceful. Packed with enough historical landmarks and culture to keep you busy, but small enough to still get everywhere on foot. If you’re planning a trip to Chester then our guide has you covered.

Chester Townhouse hotel

Hotels in Chester

To make life easy when it comes to booking your stay, here’s our guide to hotels in Chester.

Restaurants in Chester

One of the most beautiful city’s in the North, Chester is a wonderful historic city, with a wealth of high-end restaurants.