Bars, bistros and boat tours

Chester and North Wales are all grown-up for celebrations, hens and civilised stags. Enjoy racing and riding, paintballing or polo, music theatres, bars, bistros and boat tours. Clear your head on a hike through Loggerheads Country Park. Animals and adventures are queuing up to appease the kids.

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Country kids

Chester and North Wales are kiddie central. Indoors or out, fair weather or foul, there’s no shortage of amusement to be bagged in the form of animals, adventures and aerial zip wires.

Grab a ticket for Chester’s Grosvenor Park miniature railway, including the self-drive Trevor the Tram. Solve the clues on the Chester Treasure Trail or keep an eye out for spooks and spectres on the local ghost tour.

For climbing and clambering, Chester Blacon Adventure Playground is the place, with its large adventure play structures, city farm, environmental play areas and huge indoor play barn.

Work your way through 800 animals at Chester Zoo and more animal antics at Greenacres Animal Park, packed to the treetops with squirrel monkeys, lemurs, llamas, ostriches, wallabies and chipmunks. To dive with Europe’s largest collection of sharks, head for the Blue Planet Aquarium.

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For the grown-ups

Grown-up get-togethers, hens and civilised stags know no better venue than Chester and North Wales. There’s racing or riding, paintball or polo, kayaking or canoeing. There are walking tours, music theatres, bars, bistros and boat tours.

For clearing heads, walks are unsurpassed. Take a trip through Loggerheads Country Park up Moel Famau – fantastic scenery followed by hot chocolate and cakes. Bike the mountain trails at Coed Llandegla or climb the walls at the
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There’s flat-racing at Chester, golf at Northop, and angling for bass and mullet off the North Wales coast. Take the Snake Pass to Llangollen to glide along the canal or steam down the railway, or celebrate costume and culture at the choral music festival.

Get inside the ancient walls of Chester for the lights and sights. Shop for top labels at Cheshire Oaks, see what the Romans did for us in the amphitheatre, walk the walls for a short snapshot of the city, or take a boat along the Dee.