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Family fun for the Easter holidays

15th April 2011 Print

This Easter, families can enjoy a great range of action-packed days out at award winning attractions across the North West, bringing a unique mix of heritage, history and family fun to the school break.

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the region was home to events which shook the world and saw the rise and spread of factories, mills, railways, canals and steam engines, shaping the area as we know it today. 

Experience the Industrial Revolution by Boat with a Cheshire Canal Cruise
The award winning Anderton Boat Lift has just opened up its river trips in time for spring. Families can board the elegant boat Edwin Clark for a leisurely journey back in time down the waterways of the River Weaver, which was used to transport goods during the Industrial Revolution. 

This is a great day out for families eager to learn about the region’s history, and for those looking to spend some quality time together over the Easter break. An interactive historical exhibition provides fun for kids of all ages, and adults can wind down after a day of sightseeing in the new-look coffee shop or go for a leisurely stroll in the picture-perfect Cheshire countryside. 

Prices start at just £19.75 for a family of four with under 5s going free.

Step Back in Time at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire
This Easter, families can step back in time, take a glimpse at modern history and experience the Industrial Revolution at Europe’s most powerful working waterwheel in Styal, Cheshire. Kids can watch hand spinners hard at work and see how cotton used to be made into cloth. Guided tours of the Apprentice House are also on offer, where sightseers can see where pauper children lived – right next door to the mill where they worked. Day-trippers can also take advantage of the stunning grounds, and beech wood walks along the River Bollin, stopping off at the nearby Styal Village or cosmopolitan Alderley Edge to relax after a day of sightseeing.   

Prices start at just £20 for a family of four and a children’s play area and picnic facilities are available. 

Tatton Park – an Alice in Wonderland-themed Easter adventure
From 23 to 25 April, families can enjoy an Alice in Wonderland extravaganza at Tatton Park, learning all about the classic children’s tale written by Lewis Carroll in the height of the Victorian era, and the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.   

As one of the UK’s most complete historic estates, the attraction is home to the majestic Mansion, where visitors can see how the other half lived during the industrial era. Kids can follow the Cheshire Cat trail, attend a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and meet spring lambs and chicks at the on-site farm, while parents can take advantage of the beautiful spring gardens and 1,000-acre deer park. 

Prices start at just £13 for a family of four.

For more information on Modern History attractions where you can discover more about our industrial past, please visit: Kids big and small can also take advantage of a free Discovery Pass, available for download on the website, to receive money saving offers and free gifts after visiting three Modern History attractions.