Crewe Arms Hotel 
Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 6DN ● 01270 213204 ● 01270 588615 

Attractions Near the Best Western Crewe Arms Hotel 

BEST WESTERN Crewe Arms Hotel is the ideal family-friendly base to explore the many local attractions that are within easy reach. 

Nantwich International Cheese Show 

The Nantwich International Cheese Show, held at Cheshire showground, Dorfold Hall, is generally accepted as the definitive cheese show in the British Isles. It provides the opportunity to experience the best traditional cheeses, incorporating both organic and vegetarian varieties. 
 
Available : Jul 2015 (annual) 

Festival Park 

Stoke-on-Trent's major entertainment complex is a fun-packed experience, home to a ten-screen cinema, 10-pin bowling, Waterworld (an indoor aqua park) and the Stoke Ski Centre, which boasts an Alpine toboggan run where the brave-hearted hurtle down at speeds of 30mph. 
 
Available : Daily 

Chester Folk Festival 

Chester celebrates its folk heritage with concerts, workshops and children's events, featuring many local and national folk performers. The fun takes place in the village of Kelsall, about eight miles from the city. 
 
Available : Jun 2015 (annual) 

Etruria Industrial Museum 

The Etruria Industrial Museum is a canal-side monument to Stoke-on-Trent's ceramic-making heritage. Built in 1857 to grind materials for the many potteries operating in the area, it ceased production in 1972 but retains all the original steam-powered machinery. 
 
Available : Apr - Dec 2015; not Mon or Tue (annual) 

Etruria Canal Festival 

The Etruria Industrial Museum hosts a family-friendly summer festival. The colourful Etruria Canal Festival brings together narrowboats, canal boats and the Princess steam engine in a lively carnival atmosphere and everyone is welcome. 
 
Available : Jun 2015 (annual) 

Potteries Museum & Gallery 

The Potteries Museum holds the world's most impressive collection of Staffordshire Ceramics - unsurprisingly - given that the biggest names in the business (Royal Doulton, Spode, Wedgwood) all have their factories here. 
 
Available : Daily 

Glyndebourne on Tour 

Glyndebourne on Tour (GoT) pays its annual visit to Stoke-On-Trent's Regent Theatre bringing world class opera to venues around the country. This year's production is Puccini's classic La Boheme. 
 
Available : Dec 2015; Wed and Sat only (annual) 

CAMRA Beer Festival 

Stoke-on-Trent's Fenton Manor Sports Complex hosts the CAMRA Beer Festival, CAMRA being the Campaign for Real Ale. Local producers turn out in force, as the city fills with beer-lovers keen to try over 200 real ales, farmhouse ciders and fruit wines. 
 
Available : Oct 2015 (annual) 

Stoke City FC 2014/15 

Stoke City FC play their home matches at the Britannia Stadium. The Premier League runs between August and May and full fixture lists can be found on the club websites. Please note: games may be rearranged due to cup or television commitments. 
 
Available : Aug - May (annual) 

Gladstone Pottery Museum 

The Gladstone Pottery Museum is a step back in time to the days of Victorian pottery manufacture. What's more, you can throw your own pot on on a real potter's wheel. 
 
Available : Daily 

Wedgwood Visitor Centre 

The Wedgwood Visitor Centre offers the opportunity to experience almost 250 years of history and heritage, which are still being lived today. Nothing is stage-managed or recreated, so visitors are able to see and participate in the continuing life of this successful English manufacturer and exporter of fine quality ceramics. 
 
Available : Daily 

Tatton Park 

Tatton Park spans 2000 acres, with 1000 acres of deer park and 50 acres of gardens, as well as containing two historic houses. Originally owned by the Egerton family for nearly 400 years, today it is one of the National Trust's most popular attractions, hosting major events throughout the year. 
 
Available : Daily 

Old Hall Country Club & Spa 

The Old Hall Country Club & Spa is set in peaceful Huntingdon, overlooking the Cheshire Plains. Treatments on offer range from facials to reflexology, hot stone massage, Indian head massage and lightwave therapy. 
 
Available : Daily 

Liverpool Military Show 

The Liverpool Military Show returns to Walton Hall Park. This exciting family day out features displays from all three branches of the armed forces, including freefall parachute displays, battle demonstrations and motorcycle displays, as well as face painting and paintballing. 
 
Available : May 2015 (annual) 

Grosvenor Museum 

The city-centre Grosvenor Museum is a living monument to Chester's past. View everyday objects from the Roman Fortress of Deva or visit the Roman cemetery, where every tombstone has a tale to tell. Hands-on exhibits include an aqueduct model. 
 
Available : Daily 

Chester Cathedral 

Chester Cathedral boasts the most complete medieval monastic complex in the UK and records of a church on the current site date back to the early 10th century. Visitors can admire the medieval wood-carved choir stalls. 
 
Available : Daily 

Town Crier Proclamations 

Town criers tend to be seen as eccentric and extrovert characters these days. Grab your chance to see one at work at The Cross in Chester. Dressed in a colourful period costume, they maintain this ancient way of broadcasting the news. 
 
Available : May - Aug 2015; not Mon or Sun (annual) 

May Festival at Chester Racecourse 

Opening the new season, the May meeting at Chester Racecourse is held over three days - Totesport Cup Day on Wednesday, Ladies Day on Thursday and City Day on Friday, with six races each day. 
 
Available : May 2015 (annual) 

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival 

From hearty fare to garden wares, Chester's Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival showcases all manner of top quality regional produce. It features over 150 stalls, including the ever-popular celebrity chef demonstrations and a new campervan event. 
 
Available : Apr 2015 (annual) 

Autumn Festival 

Taking place towards the end of the season, the Autumn Festival at Chester Racecourse features plenty of exciting action throughout the afternoon. Race-goers get to experience the thrill of racing with all the charm of the country. 
 
Available : Sep 2015 (annual) 

Family Funday 

Chester Racecourse offers a Family Fun Day, attracting thousands of people each year. Expect stilt walkers, face painters, bouncy castles, jazz bands and more, while a full card of six races is run throughout the afternoon. 
 
Available : Aug 2015 (annual) 

Chester Zoo 

Chester Zoo is situated just two miles north of the city centre. Spacious near-natural surroundings are home to 7000 animals, many of which are endangered. In fact, the zoo is part of a worldwide conservation programme. 
 
Available : Daily 

Cheshire Oaks 

The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Village at Cheshire Oaks is the largest in the McArthur Glen chain, offering great discounts of up to 50% on designer clothes. With over 120 shops to choose from and a wealth of eating options, this is a shopaholic's dream day out! 
 
Available : Daily 

Blue Planet Aquarium 

Sporting a 71-metre long underwater tunnel, the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port houses 3.5 million litres of water and one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe, including sand tigers (related to the great white sharks), nurse sharks and lemon sharks. The very brave can even arrange to take a swim with them. 
 
Available : Daily 

Lyme Park 

Set within a magnificent deer park, Lyme was a Tudor house transformed in the 18th century into a huge Italianate palace by Venetian architect Leoni. Its splendid facade was featured in the BBC production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. 
 
Available : Daily 

Plant Fair 

Held at Stafford's imposing Sandon Hall, Plant Fair offers green-fingered visitors the opportunity to peruse and purchase rare and unusual plants and flowers. They may not look quite as impressive when supplanted from the impressive grounds to your humble abode, however... 
 
Available : May 2015 (annual) 

Alton Towers 

More than a theme park, Alton Towers is a British institution and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country, with three million visitors every year. Large-scale white-knuckle rides abound, but there's plenty for the faint-hearted too. 
 
Available : Feb 2015 (various dates) 

Stafford Castle 

Stafford Castle sits on an important Norman archaeological site, with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. 
 
Available : Daily 

Ancient High House 

The Ancient High House is one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Once dominating the skyline of Stafford, it is the largest remaining timber-framed town house in England. 
 
Available : Daily; not Mon or Sun 

Staffordshire County Show 

Staffordshire's bounty is displayed in full bloom during the annual Staffordshire County Show at Stafford County Show Ground. Held over two days, machinery displays, children's attractions and livestock parades all form part of the programme. 
 
Available : Jun 2015 (annual) 

Buxton Festival 

The Peak District's very own spa town, Buxton, boasts an exquisite opera house. Every year since 1979, the Buxton Festival has created its own niche in the operatic world by unearthing some rare pieces. There's a literature strand too. 
 
Available : Jul 2015 (annual) 

Erddig Apple Festival 

The annual Erddig Apple Festival is held in the leafy gardens of Erddig in Wrexham. It celebrates the apple harvest with cider tasting, apple bobbing, floral and fruit displays, live music and the opportunity to sample and purchase the produce. 
 
Available : Oct 2015 (annual) 

Erddig 

 
Erddig house and estate are set in a huge woodland country park just outside Wrexham. This fully furnished 18th-century house offers visitors a unique insight into servants' lives during the 18th and 19th centuries. 
 
Available : Mar - Nov 2015; not Thu or Fri (various dates) 

Amerton Farm 

Amerton Farm features an array of attractions for all the family, including a Play Barn, a Tea Room, the Amerton Railway, a complimentary therapy centre and a whole range of craft shops. 
 
Available : Daily 

Banff Mountain Film Festival 

One of the most anticipated mountain festivals, The Banff Mountain Film Festival sets off on a world tour, visiting 30 different countries. Catch it at Stockport's Plaza Theatre for some jaw-dropping and thought-provoking features.