Sunday, August 2, 2015

What to do in Cheshire this Summer

Summers in Cheshire are a pleasure. The county is carpeted in lush, green countryside, and filled to bursting with points of special historical and cultural interest. The county is also home to a wealth of hotels, most notably Carden Park, which as well as offering world-class spa and golfing facilities, is also among the best conference venues in Cheshire. From grand, sweeping manors out in the country, to the world-renowned zoo in the heart of Chester, Cheshire offers something for everyone. 

But as well as all of the permanent points of interest the county has to offer, let’s be fair and also consider the shows and other events coming to Cheshire this summer. In this article, we’ll take a whirlwind tour of three of the most intriguing. 
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Carfest North

Carfest North is a festival which brings together live music, food and – of course – cars. It comes to Oulton Park in Cheshire on the weekend of the 31st of July and sticks around for the entire weekend – an all to raise money for children in need. 

There is a truly enormous amount of different activities packed into the weekend and so the entire family will never be short of entertainment. The roster of musical acts contains some sure-fire crowd-pleasers. Seasick Steve is bringing his brand of stripped-back blues to the festival, alongside much-beloved artists like The Boomtown Rats, Paul Heaton and Jaqui Abbot. 

But of course, the biggest draw of the weekend will involve the cars themselves. The cars on display are hugely varied, covering everything from immaculate classics to the very latest supercars. As well as simply looking at cars, visitors will also be afforded the opportunity to drive around in them as well, with experiences behind the wheels of both rally cars and 4x4s available. 

Tickets are in high demand, but there are still a few left over for the Friday. If all of this sounds interesting, then don’t wait around – book now and avoid disappointment. 

RHS flower show 

Between the 22nd and 26th of July, the Royal Horticultural society brings its flower show to Cheshire's Tatton park and with it a whole range of different gardening delights. 

Over the course of the show, the park’s grounds will be divided into three distinct zones, each with their own theme. The first is the 'feast' zone, which celebrates the growing trend toward growing your own produce. In this area, visitors will find inspiration and ideas to inject into their own gardens. This area's focus lies predominantly, as one might imagine, with growing and eating food and as such it offers a great deal of edible delights as well as visual ones. There will be live cookery demos, a market with stalls from more than thirty specialist producers, and a range of allotments in which the masters of the craft will exhibit their skills. 

The second zone is the 'grow' zone, whose focus lies with getting seeds to grow into fully formed plants. Here visitors will be able to take a look at a wealth of potting benches, nursery displays, floral marquees and show gardens and talk to the experts who know how to make it happen. 

The third and final zone is the 'inspire' zone, where the experts get to really show off what can be achieved when modern gardening techniques and technology come together. Here is where you’ll find the competitive gardens, including the contenders for the RHS Young Designer of the Year award, which will be presented to the best garden based on the concept of 'English Country Gardens'. The competition is sure to be fierce this year, and so, if you’re a lover of all things green and flowery, the show is not one to be missed! 


The seventeenth annual Creamfields festival comes to Cheshire this august and brings with it titans of global dance music like Knife Party, The Chemical Brothers, TiĆ«sto and Fatboy Slim. Revelers will be treated to three days’ worth of relentless dance music – in a variety of styles, stretching from the restrained to the euphoric to the eardrum-exploding– spread across a smorgasbord of stages. 

The organisers have seen fit to put on a range of different luxury camping options for those who can't cope with the additional stress associated with camping. These include luxury tents which can accommodate as many as six people – though for the asking price, you might consider one of the many hotels in the area, particularly as the festival is just a short trip from Chester. If you'd like to stay locally, there are a range of luxury hotels near Chester, most of them just a short taxi ride from the grounds themselves.

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