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PaidIf you’re looking for a good idea for a day out in Cheshire, there are thousands of options available to you. However, a lot of these are outdoor attractions, like the world famous Chester Zoo, or the many petting farms you’ll find dotted across the landscape. These are, quite clearly, unsuitable for some of the unsavory weather conditions we tend to get…

So when the rain starts to fall you may, in fact, find yourself struggling to come up with ideas. Thankfully, you’re in just the right place – we’ve rustled up some fantastic suggestions just for you! From beautifully vivid flowers to a secret underground bunker, there’s something here for everyone.

For When You Want to Learn

In Widnes you will find the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, a great place to learn about chemistry whilst having fun. You can find out how chemistry applies to everything in life, from Meccano sets to medicines, and the cutting edge Discovery Lab will enthrall you!

With three award-winning galleries, there’s no chance of getting bored. Scien-trific is where you’ll start, with an incredible hands-on display, then on through the Birth of an Industry museum and up to the roof for the observatory. Once you’re done there, head down to the Alchemy Theatre for a thrilling 3D show.

For an Underwater Adventure

Don’t worry – you’re not going to get wet! The Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks is where we’re headed for fishy fascination, with more than 50 different undersea exhibits! They have Europe’s biggest shark collection and more than 700 fish in the massive Caribbean Reef tank, including stingrays!

Get yourselves down to the Aqua Theatre to watch the fish being fed, or pop over to the Coral Reef tunnel for a panoramic, 70 metre long walk through a tank full of zebra sharks and clown fish.

There are even rock pools where you can actually touch some of the critters!

For When the Sun Comes Out

Okay, so this is a bit of a cheat, but for a great day out we just have to recommend one of our favourite places, Ness Botanic Gardens. There are a few things to do when it’s pouring down, like the greenhouse displays, but if you want the full gorgeousness you should come on a perfect summer day.

With over 10,000 types of plants, there’s so much to see, and the bank overlooking the Dee estuary offers glorious views that just beg to be the setting of a picnic. Lovely, natural fun.

For Wartime Wonder

Set in the picturesque countryside surrounding Nantwich, Hack Green has played a big role in the country’s defense for more than half a century, and was secret for the majority of that time.

During the Second World War, the Government were looking for somewhere secret and safe to store their brand new radar equipment, and they chose to hide it in an underground bunker in Cheshire.

Later used as a nuclear shelter during the Cold War, it is now open for everyone to explore. So if you’re after an ethereally creepy experience of an outcome that (thankfully) never was (…yet), go to Hack Green. For the brave among you, there’s even evening tours and overnight stays…

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