Get down to Catton Hall for deals on clay-pigeon shooting, quad-biking, archery, air-rifling, falconry and paintball. Prefer to putt? There’s a golf course just a short walk down the road. Fish for pike in the River Weaver or follow the Sandstone Trail Walk, the ultimate ‘Cheshire Way’ and one of Britain’s top 100 walks.
For more-adventurous treks, Snowdonia National Park is easily reachable, as is the summit of Snowdon itself, if you take the little train. Splash a little mud on your boots and no one will ever know. If you’ve got a head for heights, how about Go Ape? Knowsley Safari Park’s your destination for forest adventure.
Head to Frodsham Caves to see a medieval quarry and a unique three-dimensional view through ancient river channels. Or take an afternoon to explore the beach at Formby with its sand dunes and nature reserve, home to some of England’s last red squirrels.
Chester’s the place to walk the ancient walls, take a boat down the river, lose an hour mooching round the cathedral, or win a bet or two at the races. Head to Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village to plunder brands such as Karen Millen, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and Osprey.
Of course, there’s plenty in-house to keep you busy and happy. Work up a sweat in the gym and sauna. Splash around in the swim-spa. Sip champagne in the Jacuzzi. Then call in our team of girls for spa treatments that include facial massages, manicures, pedicures, and Indian head massages.
But if the lure of the bright lights is too strong, head into Chester to sup traditional beers and ales at The Old Boot Inn, to sip cocktails at Liquor and Co, or to mix your own at The Suburbs. For a quirky range of beers, including Robinson’s Dizzy Blond and Salopian Lemon Dream, pop into Goat and Munch.
For the best in live action, head to Storyhouse, presenting the best home-produced and internationally acclaimed theatre, or to Live Rooms for gigs, comedy and dance. If it’s clubs you’re after, try Cruise, with its six themed areas, home to well-heeled locals and the occasional soap star.
There’s cinema at Storyhouse and Cheshire Oaks, where you’ll also find standard tenpin bowling or ‘cosmic’, featuring dimmed lights for a glow-in-the-dark bowling experience. Finish off by shooting your pals in the Sector 7 arena with a laser gun. Wrap things up with a river cruise complete with cocktails and canapés.