8 Ideas For Days Out In Cheshire For Seniors
October 12th, 2022
With its quaint towns, picturesque countryside, and historic cities, Cheshire has some brilliant days out for the elderly, from stately homes to spa days and family-friendly attractions.
If you have a loved one who’s a resident in a Cheshire care home and you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip out together, read on to discover the experiences and day trips we recommend.
1. Visit Historic Chester
Top of our list of days out for the elderly in Cheshire is a visit to historic Chester, within easy reach of our Grosvenor Manor Care Home.
Visit Chester Cathedral, see the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre, browse the shops on the famous Chester Rows, or take a walk around the Roman walls. Choose your own route or join a guided tour where you may find yourself led by a Roman soldier. This is a fun way for all the family to learn more about this fascinating historic city.
If the weather is good, take a cruise down the River Dee to see a different side of the city; if you’re visiting on a rainy day, The Grosvenor Museum is worth a visit, with galleries exploring Chester’s Roman history sitting alongside a recreation of a gentry townhouse, immersing you in different periods of the past.
2. Pay A Visit To Pemberley
The 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is regarded by many as the ultimate adaptation, and you can visit the stately home that masqueraded as Pemberley in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The property in question is Lyme Park, a National Trust estate in Disley, Cheshire, just a 20-minute drive from our Wilmslow Manor Care Home.
Enjoy the beautiful gardens and acres of parkland, and step inside the house – some parts of it date as far back as 1580, and Mary Queen of Scots is believed to have once slept in the Knight’s Bedroom.
If you’re searching for Cheshire days out for literature lovers or someone with a soft spot for Colin Firth, Lyme Park is a must-visit. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop, where you’ll find plenty of Pride and Prejudice-themed merchandise.
3. Tuck Into Afternoon Tea
Looking for activities in Cheshire to treat your loved one? Afternoon tea is always a lovely idea, for Mother’s Day, big birthdays, or even just for an indulgent treat.
Cheshire has some delightful spots for afternoon tea, including Mottram Hall, located just a short drive from Wilmslow Manor Care Home. Tuck into finger sandwiches, classic scones, macarons, and a choice of artisan teas.
Peckforton Castle is another gorgeous option, located in the heart of Cheshire, close to Tarporley. If you’re looking for days out for the elderly for a special occasion, it doesn’t get much fancier than high tea in beautiful fairytale surroundings. Indulge in all the usual afternoon tea treats, plus French pastries and fancies in this historic setting.
4. Explore Tatton Park
Tatton Park is another of the county’s glorious country estates, and it offers one of the best days out in Cheshire for all the family, young and old.
Stroll through Tatton Hall’s neoclassical interiors, walk around the lake and see the park’s majestic herd of deer, visit the traditional Japanese garden, or visit the working farm. Here, you’ll have the chance to see baby animals in the spring and summer, or go pumpkin picking in the autumn – it’s a lovely day out at any time of year.
Stop for lunch at The Stables restaurant, and visit the garden shop and gift shop to round off your visit.
5. Take In A Matinee
Cheshire is home to some fantastic theatres, and booking tickets to a matinee is always a lovely idea when you’re planning days out for the elderly, whether it’s for a favourite musical, the ballet, or even a pantomime at Christmas. Venues to check out include:
- Warrington Parr Hall
- Crewe Lyceum Theatre
- Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre
- Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre – another Chester venue, showing outdoor productions in the summer
What’s more, booking a matinee means you can be home in time for tea, making it an ideal option for older family members who may become tired easily.
6. Relax At A Luxury Spa Day
Next on our list of ideas for days out for the elderly in Cheshire is a visit to a luxury spa for a well-deserved pamper. Booking a spa day is a perfect Mother’s Day, Christmas, or birthday gift, and it’s lovely to have something in the diary that teens, adults, and seniors can look forward to together.
Cheshire has some gorgeous luxury spas, including The Mere at Knutsford, where you can use the heated indoor pool, enjoy a facial, or unwind with a massage before enjoying a meal and a glass of bubbles in The Club Lounge.
We also recommend The Spa at Carden, which is around a half-hour drive from Chester, home of our Grosvenor Manor Care Home. A half-day spa experience gives you access to the spa garden and an indoor thermal experience, followed by either brunch or afternoon tea, depending on the time of day you book. You’ll also get your own comfy robe to wear, so you can really immerse yourself in the ultimate pamper day.
7. Search For Alien Life At Jodrell Bank
Jodrell Bank is home to the third largest steerable dish telescope in the world, the Lovell Telescope. This colossal structure is used in the search for alien life, making this one of the most fascinating activities in Cheshire for young and old alike.
Marvel at the dish itself, which dominates the local landscape, and check out the brilliant indoor exhibitions, which include galleries exploring the history of the site, and a Clockwork Orrery (a working model of the solar system).
A visit to Jodrell Bank is a great day out for anyone with an interest in space or science fiction, regardless of age; it’ll capture little ones’ imaginations and bring back memories of the Space Race for those who remember it.
Located just outside Macclesfield, Jodrell Bank is within easy reach of Wilmslow Manor Care Home.
8. Step Back In Time At Quarry Bank Mill
National Trust-owned Quarry Bank Mill is situated in the picturesque village of Styal, just down the road from Wilmslow Manor, and it’s another of our favourite destinations for multigenerational days out in Cheshire.
This 19th century textile mill was owned by the Greig family, and you can step inside their house, as well as the mill itself to see its steam-powered machines in action, spinning cotton into fabric, which really brings the experience to life. You can also go into the Apprentice House to experience the life of a young mill worker in the Victorian era.
Quarry Bank Mill has lovely gardens to explore, and a buggy service available to help those with limited mobility to navigate the steep inclines.
New Care Homes In Cheshire
Our Cheshire care homes include Statham Manor Care Home in Warrington, The Grosvenor Care Home in Chester, and Wilmslow Manor Care Home in the heart of the county. Our Greater Manchester care homes are also within easy reach of Cheshire, so there are plenty of ideas for days out for the elderly in the surrounding area.