For a whole day of fun of all different kinds, from exploring the old mansion and visiting the working farm to letting off steam in the adventure playground or horse-riding, cycling, sailing or fishing on the magnificent estate with its several lakes, and why not throw in a bit of story-telling in the woods....what more could you want for a great value family day out in Cheshire.

Best for: All ages.


Tatton Park

What to expect

Picnic areas
Outdoor play area
Open year-round

What to do

Take the kids to the working farm, to experience rural life as it was in the 1930s, feed the goats and hens and see some rare breeds. When the weather is good, head for the woodland play trail and the den building area. And every Sunday from early May through to the end of September, there is story-telling in the woods. And if the weather isn't on your side, there is a story room with books and an indoor play area.

Explore the sublime estate with its herds of red and fallow deer. The best way is by bike – bring your own, or hire them (01625 374458;  children’s bikes, child seats and trailers available). If you’re setting out on foot, you can buy Nature Trail booklets from any of the estate shops. And for the young twitchers, make sure you head to the new bird hide.

Take a costumed guided tour of the Tudor Old Hall, the oldest building on the estate and frequent host to many special events, including historical reenactments and open-air theatre in summer.

Let the kids run riot fun in the free adventure playground, with equipment suitable for everyone from toddlers to teens. Sometimes there’s a carousel and other small rides and fairground stalls alongside it, which can gobble up the contents of your wallet.

Check out the ‘What’s on’ page for the busy program of events, which change yearly but might include a Scarecrow Festival, a Teddy Bear Easter Festival, Lambing Week at the farm, a Medieval Fayre, a Viking Day and Halloween Hauntings. In summer, heard for one of the picnic concerts, some including fireworks displays.

Where to stay

There are two on-site apartments but neither accepts children under 8. Otherwise, the nearby Cottons Hotel and Spa has both family and interconnecting rooms, plus an indoor pool and good eating options for kids in its restaurant, or check out the selection of Cheshire properties with Take the Family and


Opening times vary by season and by attraction; see the website.


Tatton is the perfect spot for a summer’s picnic by the water’s edge or in the woodlands, but if you don’t bring food, the Stables restaurant sells hot and cold food including lots of options for babies and children. There are also ice cream and fast food kiosks by the adventure playground, plus a Tuck Shop for the sweet-toothed amongst you.

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Tatton Park can be cheap or even free – the adventure playground and the parkland are free, although if you drive rather than walk or cycle in, the car-park costs £6. From then on, the National Trust mansion, gardens and farm have separate admission charges or you can get a Totally Tatton ticket for all of them, costing less than £30 for a family of up to 5 (handily, if you don’t see all attractions in one day, you can keep your ticket for a later date).