There's more to Cheshire than cheese


Have a flutter at Britain's oldest racecourse in Chester ( on 22 and 23 August. Watch the horses race around a circuit that was built where a Roman harbour once stood.

Also on 22 August, the historic country estate of Dunham Massey (, near Altrincham, will host an open-air production of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows.

Pack your tent, dance music fans, Creamfields 2009 ( takes place on 29 and 30 August near Warrington, with a line-up including Basement Jaxx, Mylo and Pete Tong.

The fifth Tatton Park Country Fair (tattonpark. brings all things rural to this historic property from 29 to 31 August. Equestrian events, falconry displays, and dog shows are among the pursuits showcased, while the rather more unusual English Open Chainsaw Competition will also take place. You'll even be able to buy one of their sculptures to take home.

Sculpture of a more considered nature will be on display at the Mount Pleasant Gardens ( in Tarporley, during its annual exhibition from 2 to 30 September. Sculptures by artists will be spread across the 10 acres of grounds.

The market town of Nantwich holds its annual Food and Drink Festival ( from 25 to 27 September at various venues. Try beers from local breweries, learn about wild food, and try your luck at the best pie competition. There are also plans for a Victorian Country Fair in the town centre.


Saddle up for a new 22-mile horse-riding route through Delamere Forest ( The loop takes in the disused railway line of Whitegate Way, Primrosehill Wood, Little Budworth Country Park and the old royal hunting forest itself.

Meanwhile, foodies can explore the county's culinary highlights on Cheshire's first ever food trail (tastecheshire. com/food-trail), written by Independent on Sunday Travel Editor Kate Simon. Seven itineraries take visitors to all corners of the county to sample the best on offer. The highlights include the restored Walk Mill in Waverton, where visitors can see flour being ground, the WAGs favourite food shop, the Cheshire Smokehouse, near Alderley Edge, and Simon Radley's eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant at the Chester Grosvenor.

For the more horticulturally minded, a new series of garden trails ( showcase the county's floral beauty. Visit Arley Hall and Gardens, near Northwich, to admire the country's first herbaceous border, Norton Priory, near Warrington, home to the national collection of quince trees, and Ness Botanic Gardens on the Dee estuary, where Arthur Kilpin Bulley widened Britain's gardening horizons with exotic specimens from around the world in the early 20th century.


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