Camping and touring in the North East makes for a great family holiday and it's possible to have a great holiday without denting the wallet too badly by building in some of these free family days out. Low on cost but high on interest, we've included country parks, gallery's and historic city explorations, all within Cheshire with campsites and holiday parks nearby.
Chester City Wall
Forming a virtually complete circuit around Chester City Centre of about 2 miles, using Chester's City Walls is a great way of exploring the heritage sites of this important city and is entirely free! With metal information panels en route providing useful information about this scheduled ancient monument and plenty to see along the way, you can organise your own tour of the Roman Foundations and Medieval and Victorian structures. Pack a picnic and some paper and wax crayons to do some rubbings of the illustrations on the metal panels along the way and enjoy one of the great free days out in Cheshire provided by this almost complete city wall - one of the best preserved examples in the whole of the UK.
Lady Lever Art Gallery
With rave reviews from visitors far and wide, and entirely free to visit, the Lady Lever Art Glallery in Port Sunlight is one of the great free days out Cheshire has to offer. Combine your appreciation of a weekend's camping with some appreciation of the fine and decorative art in this gallery's collection. Top highlights include Rosetti's 'The Blessed Damozel' and the famous personification of snow named, 'Snowdrift', a marble sculpture by Edward Onslow Ford. There's plenty for the kids to do too, with purpose-designed trails for youngsters, a space for them to create their own works of art in a workshop and even a place to dress up and explore the stories behind some of the gallery's famous works of art.
Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington
Visitors choose to come to Walton Gardens for a number of reasons: some even come to get married! But, your reason to visit really doesn't have to be any more grandiose than wanting to enjoy a family day out, taking advantage of the free entry to the 32 acres of gardens and grounds surrounding this historic house. Pack a picnic and head to one of the picnic areas to spread out in the sun. Visit the on-site zoo - also free of charge and open every day - one of the park's most popular attractions allowing young and old to get up close and intimate with a motley array of different animals from Shetland Ponies, rare breeds of goat, sheep and chickens, chipmunks, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and the famous red squirrels. Red squirrels, still an endangered species in the UK, are bred at Walton Hall Gardens in a captive breeding programme from whence they are included in a national breeding programme with a view to release.
Astbury Mere Country Park, Congleton
If you like a walk around a stretch of open water, with peaceful views, good opportunities for bird watching and a chance to take a leisurely outdoor picnic, then Astbury Mere Country Park is a great spot for an afternoon out. The walk around the perimeter of the lake is only a mile long, making it entirely doable for yound kids - oh the joys of actually feeling as though you are getting somewhere, when walking with toddlers... even if you are actually walking in a large circle! In summer, there's a little shingle beach ideal for paddling and the surrounding wild flower meadows are a picture throughout spring and summer.
Campsites near Free Days out in Cheshire
These campsites, touring grounds and holiday parks will place you nearby these and other great free days out in Cheshire, helping to keep the price of your holiday down but the interest levels high. Click on each individual site's listing to find out about over 1000 things to do in the local area - a powerful holiday planning tool.