It’s been a tough few months and the whole cast and crew have been working very hard. From the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing measures and a cloud of uncertainty looming over us all, I’ve been lucky enough to get some time off to spend with my family. With restrictions on destinations, last-minute quarantine announcements and the high possibility of two weeks in quarantine, my family and I agreed on a staycation. So much history surrounds where we live, offering answers to so many childhood curiosities, that made us think: where better to begin than on our doorstep?

With Macclesfield not far away, with plenty of friends and family to come across, that where we began. You can read about our day out in Macclesfield in the previous post. Now, with plenty of time on our hands, we’re planning to get our teeth stuck in to the rest of Cheshire. One thing that always sparked my curiosity was the Lion Salt Works on Ollershaw Lane in Northwich. As one of the country’s last open-pan salt making sites, the site paints a dynamic portrait of history. I think that’s definitely going on the list!

While we’re there, I think it’ll be difficult for us to ignore Arley Hall and Gardens. Owned by Lord and Lady Ashbrook, the picturesque country house encompasses a vast history. Most interestingly, it has been occupied by the same family for the last five hundred years. With artefacts, art and antiques belonging to the family, I’m told that there is plenty to see. Also, with talk of a heatwave landing soon, the kids would enjoy visiting Delamere Forest. A place of so many childhood memories for me, Delamere Forest offers the family an idyllic woodland setting to enjoy the last moments of what’s been an unusual summer period.