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Interesting Places

 

A selection of places in and around Cheshire which we love.   Some make excellent location shoots, particularly for families – but they are all great places to visit.   If you have any favourites let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

 

Abbeywood

Fantastic gardens, open spaces, an arboretum, and a children’s activity area make this a great place to spend an afternoon – and they have an absolutely first-rate cafe.

It’s also a photographer’s dream with dozens of beautiful spots, benches in the gardens and stunning planting.   Closed Fridays and Saturdays for wedding receptions.

http://www.abbeywoodestate.co.uk/

 

Bluebell Cottage gardens and Lodge Lane nursery

1.5 acres of traditional cottage gardens.   A wildflower meadow leads into the adjacent bluebell woods.   There is a nursery with a small tearoom offering refreshments – usually self service, which is great!

Another ideal place for photographs, and close by the Woodland Trust sites Dutton Park and Longacre wood.   Some of our photos are on the Wood’s mini sites.

http://www.lodgelanenursery.co.uk/news.htm

The Woodland Trust

Woods are great places for to get away from the bustle of daily life, and if you’ve got children you already know how much they love them.   The Woodland Trust is an excellent organisation which protects and manages a surprisingly large amount of land – all of which is freely accessible to the public.   Enter your postcode and see what’s close to you.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

 

Arley Hall & Gardens

A Victorian hall built in the Elizabethan style with 8 acres of superb formal gardens, with an arboretum and woodland walk.   It has real character and warmth, which is lacking in many stately homes.

http://www.arleyhallandgardens.com

 

Stonyford Cottage Gardens

Very pleasant gardens and woodland paths set in a sheltered valley near Delamere Forest.   It’s so peaceful the area is even used by kingfishers.   It’s not huge, but there are lots of ponds and water features, and it’s a lovely place to spend an hour or two – and have a tea or coffee. Along with the nursery, the selection of plants is much more varied and interesting than most gardens.

http://www.stonyfordcottagenursery.co.uk/

 

Beeston Castle

A family favourite this “castle of rock” has plenty for the kids to explore as well as spectacular views and over 40 acres of woodland.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/beeston-castle-and-woodland-park/

 

Jodrell Bank Arboretum

You can’t miss the the iconic and famous Lovell telescope, but there is also a 35 acre arboretum with over 2000 shrubs and trees giving plenty of photo opportunities.   The gardens also have a “galaxy maze” recently created by TV gardener Chris Beardshaw.   The discovery centre has a cafe, giftshop and exhibition where you can learn more about space and the universe.

http://www.discovercheshiregardens.co.uk/GardenDCG.aspx?region=3&refnum=JODRE

http://www.jodrellbank.net/