Enjoy a family day out at the Jodrell Bank Discover Centre, whatever the weather. Walk around the base of one of the biggest and most powerful telescopes in the world, and find answers to the wonders of the universe in the indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Visitors can spend time exploring 35 acres of trees in the arboretum with picnic and playground areas, or sit and enjoy some tasty seasonal food in the cafe, with great views of the Lovell telescope. Photo credit: sunset - Ant Holloway
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Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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