Visit Chester and Cheshire

Visit Chester and Cheshire

Cheshire's Rural Escapes are not far away

Cheshire's Rural Escapes are not far away

  • Set in Beautiful Parkland  
    Castle Park Arts Centre 

    Visit the historic town of Frodsham and enjoy three galleries, craft units, coffee shop ....

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  • Mad Hatters Tea Party 
    Davenports Farm Shop & Tea Rooms 
    28th September 2014 

    Why not Book a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea and have a wacky experience at Davenports Tea Room ....

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  • A Taste of Cheshire 
    Davenports Farm Shop & Tea Rooms 

    Enjoy one of the best Afternoon Teas in Cheshire and then take a walk along the River Weaver ....

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  • A Great Family Day Out in Cheshire 
    National Waterways Museum 

    Extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings where time slows down and history comes to life ....

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  • Well Heeled Dog Club 
    Northwich Woodlands 
    4th January 2014 - 6th December 2014 

    Dog Training & Feature Classes in the heart Marbury Country park ....

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  • Sunset Cinema - Grease 
    Marbury Country Park 
    30th August 2014 

    Enjoy a Sunset Cinema Show set within the beautiful grounds of Marbury Park ...

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Widnes

Widnes is mentioned as early as 1200, the name meaning wide promontory. It lies on the north bank of the River Mersey and prior to reorganisation in 1974 was in Lancashire.

The industrial revolution had its beginnings in Widnes between 1714 and 1830 and the birth of the chemical industry was between 1830 and 1865. It was once one of the most heavily polluted towns in the country and if you fell in the Mersey you were take immediately to hospital for treatment!  Today the chemical industry has changed and parts of the river are even developed for wildlife preservation.

The making of Sankey Brook navigable for coal barges from St Helens to Sankey Bridges was particularly significant. The Sankey Navigation Canal arrived in Widnes in 1833. The canal and the railway terminated at Spike Island.  The name is probably derived from the word for the cheap boarding houses that had sprung up in the area.

A new dock was built with sidings enabling easy transfer of coal from railway to sailing flats. By 1855, Spike Island was the centre of the new chemical industry.  Spike Island is now a waterside park with anchorage for fishing boats and a heritage trail.

The Catalyst Museum is the museum of the chemical industry and was opened in 1989.  Science comes alive through a host of interactive exhibits and hands-on displays.

Widnes station has a plaque recalling that while waiting for a train, Paul Simon wrote the words of the song ‘Homeward bound, I wish I was’ – an understandable sentiment in the old Widnes!

Cheshire Best Kept Stations is supported by Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Cheshire Crimebeat, Visit Chester and Cheshire, Northern Rail, Vigin Trains and Roberts Bakery