If you ever happen to be passing by Chester I can recommend a detour to the wonderful Cheshire Workshops.
Just a short drive into the countryside from Chester it’s a crafter’s paradise for kids and adults alike – plus they serve up some mean cakes too.
It all started with a local villager who became a candle maker, hand-carving candles to sell at the local market. Now they are the North West’s leading candle makers and the Candle Factory, Craft Workshop and Visitor Centre attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year.
There are a number of different activity packages you can buy on arrival depending on how creative you want to be – a bit over excited and thinking this might be the only time we ever visited – we went for one that included a triple twist candle, decorating a candle holder, model painting and filling a sand bottle.
The candle making was fantastic – even though my children were four and six, they had no problem following the instructions and were mesmerized dipping the wick into the different coloured wax and watching it get bigger and bigger. I loved it too and even dad, not usually one for crafting had a go,
To top it all off, the workshops also has a lovely cafe, where we had scones and cakes and we were able to enjoy a cup of coffee while the children had a run around in the outdoor play area, that looks out across the open fields.
Looking for a spot to have our picnic we then drove just a little further to The Ice Cream Farm at Cheshire Farm. Here we found picnic areas, a fantastic playground and one of the biggest ice cream parlours I have ever seen…. and all free (apart from the ice cream).
It was under redevelopment when we called in – but now as well as award-winning ice cream and playground has Europe’s largest indoor sand and water play area, animals, an indoor soft play barn, adventure golf and a magical garden…
I just wish we lived closer, but hopefully will be back soon!