Things to do in and around Crewe
ALTON TOWERS THEME PARK
Alton Towers, is a theme park resort located in Staffordshire, England, near the village of Alton. The resort, which is operated by Merlin Entertainments Group, incorporates a theme park with 7 major rollercoaster and a large array of other attractions to suit all the family. It also has a water park and mini golf. The theme park is open from mid-March to early November. Special events are hosted throughout the year, including concert nights, a Scarefest event for Halloween, and a season-ending fireworks display. Distance from the hotel 19 miles.
REASEHEATH MINI ZOO
Reaseheath’s Mini Zoo is situated in the grounds of the Main Campus at Reaseheath College. Animal Management as a subject has been delivered there since 1995, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the department turned into a Zoological Collection. Although they don’t hold many of the species typically found in zoos like giraffes or lions; for these would be too big and dangerous for the students to work with – the animals they do house can be viewed closely. As the collection is small visitors say they receive a more personal experience from their visit. The Zoo opens to the public only during school holidays and selected weekend events. Make sure you find out when they are open by checking out the “Plan Your Visit” section! Distance from the hotel 8.8 miles.
DAGFIELDS CRAFTS & ANTIQUES
Dagfields is the largest Crafts & Antiques Centre in the North West. 7 Giant Emporiums contain 50,000 sq ft of antiques and collectables with over 250 dealers on site. 25 Craft Workshops specialise in everything from handmade soaps to bespoke garden furniture. Situated near Nantwich in the beautiful Cheshire countryside Dagfields is a great day out for all the family. FREE admission and parking with disabled facilities. Open 10am-5pm seven days a week all year round. Distance from the hotel 7.1 miles.
HACK GREEN NUCLEAR SECRET BUNKER
Entering through the massive blast doors you will be transported into the chilling world of the Cold War. Rebuilt in the 1980’s it was transformed into the blast proof headquarters you can explore today. Previously classified you can see the governments preparations for nuclear war and step inside the lives of all who worked there. There is a minister of states office, life support, communications centre, decontamination facilities, telephone exchange and much more. Hack Green is the home to the largest display of nuclear weapons in Europe! Distance from the hotel 9.1 miles.
Whether you’re looking for a garden with peace and quiet, or fun and action you will find a great day out at Trentham. Open every day except Christmas day. The gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, voted BBC Countryfile’s Garden of the Year 2015. There is the Italian Gardens, the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth. At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Trentham Lake. Take the fairy trail and keep your eyes peeled as you walk through the woodland, maze and gardens where the fairies live. There’s also the exciting adventure playground where children can tackle the assault course, fly down the zip wire, get creative in the sand pits, climb the nets, test their driving skills or get lost in the hide and speak maze. There is also a miniature train ride that travels along the lakeside too. Distance from the hotel 8.6 miles
TRENTHAM MONKEY FOREST
Trentham Monkey Forest is unique in the UK, the only place you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques! Set in a beautiful Staffordshire woodland, the forest is home to 140 free-roaming monkeys – the endangered Barbary macaque. Wander along the 3/4 of a mile visitor pathway and watch the monkey antics unfold in front of you. The woodland walk is just less than a mile long and there are multiple information boards along the way. Hourly feeding talks take place at quarter past each hour and are a must watch. It is always recommended to take your time around the forest, stopping to take pictures and take in the monkeys fascinating behaviour – they’re extremely entertaining to watch! Distance from the hotel 9.4 miles.
DELEMERE FOREST & GO APE
Delamere Forest is a shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain. It is a place for families to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest. Delamere is an ideal place to go for a walk or a bike ride. Whether you’re looking for an easy going trail for all abilities, a hike to admire the view or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife. Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport that exercises both mind and body. Delamere offers a permanent orienteering course suitable for all ages and abilities. Go Ape – Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! You can also get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle the trails. Distance from the hotel – 18 miles.
NATIONAL TRUST LITTLE MORETON HALL
Join a free guided tour of the ground floor lead by one of the experienced guides. Have a wander by yourself or talk to one of the costumed interpreters or room guides to find out about the remarkable building and what it may have been like to live in Tudor times. You can dress like a Tudor, watch demonstrations, make a stained glass window pattern or have a go at a craft activity. There is plenty to excite the senses in the garden at Little Moreton Hall. With a fine selection of native flowers as well as early introductions from the continent, you can wander the garden surrounded by plants the Moreton’s were likely to have grown. Distance from the hotel 7.7 miles.
GLADSTONE POTTERY MUSEUM
Stoke-on-Trent is world famous for its pottery and no visit to the city would be complete without experiencing this unique museum. Discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and giant bottle kilns of the former Gladstone China Works, now preserved as the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country. Distance from the hotel 12 miles.
Each escape room is designed for groups of 2 – 6. The game Witchcraft & Wizardy allows up to 8 players. With 5 rooms in operation 32 teams can play simultaneously. You get locked up in a mysterious escape room, and you have exactly 60 minutes to get out. In order to beat the live escape game you and your team must solve many puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and identify clues. Using your powers of observation and problem solving you and your team will have to work together to escape and achieve any targets set by the room. Distance from the hotel 9.1 miles.
BIDDULPH GRANGE GARDEN
The grounds surrounding Biddulph Grange have been created from plants and trees from all over the country and world. Woodland around the Victorian formal gardens has been partly landscaped and also a new Woodland walk has been added. There is always something to see every season. It also boasts the Oldest Larch in Britain brought back from China in the 1850’s. Distance from the hotel 11 miles.
Crowning a rocky crag and boasting spectacular views, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England. On a clear day you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. With a 4,000 year history and a 40-acre woodland park Beeston Castle has something for everyone to enjoy. Distance from the hotel 13 miles.