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.

Discover our top picks

Activity 26–30 July 2021, FREE

A Week with PINS from Brighter Sound

Brighter Sound are offering the chance for early career musicians aged 16-21 to spend a week creating, learning and collaborating with PINS.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North
Exhibitions Until 11 July 2021, Tickets not yet on sale

Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2021

Abandon Normal Devices Festival, the UK’s only roaming digital festival, resurfaces in 2021 with a new hybrid format, exploring the post-industrial landscapes of the Manchester Ship Canal and River Mersey.

The Merry Wives of Windsor at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Families Until 30 August 2021, from £30

The Merry Wives of Windsor at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Enjoy this hilarious Shakespearean comedy in the wonderful open-air surroundings of Grosvenor Park.

Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North
Theatre Until 12 August 2021,

Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North

Open air theatre shows are happening across the north over the next few months – we’ve collated our top picks into a neat guide for you.

Lumen Festival of Lights
Visual Arts 26 November–11 December 2021, FREE

Lumen Festival of Lights

Lumen is returning to Crewe on Friday 26 November to Saturday 11 December 2021. The colourful light-art trail will visit the town centre and give audiences the chance to be immersed in art, light and sound.

Pride and Prejudice at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Theatre 9 July–30 August 2021, from £28

Pride and Prejudice at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

A tale of comedy, passion and endless dancing, and one of the most cherished love stories in English literature plays in the open air this summer.

The Jungle Book at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Families Until 30 August 2021, from £28

The Jungle Book at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

A vivid new version of this charming story will swing into Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.

Cheshire District Guides

Walks in Crewe

Walks in Crewe

A range of walks, hikes and places to wander around in Crewe, featuring cultural landmarks and routes through rural landscape.

Crewe

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.

Walks in Macclesfield

Walks in Macclesfield

Our guide to the parks and natural landscape available in Macclesfield, including rural retreats and hiking routes.

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.

Chester

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.

Delemere Forest

Walks in Chester

A round-up of the best walks in Liverpool, including the city centre, its many parks, and over the water by Creative Tourist.