‘BEST EVER’ Residents Festival to showcase attractions in Cheshire and Warrington

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR RESIDENTS FESTIVAL

This year’s annual Residents Festival, run by Marketing Cheshire, and supported by the area’s three local councils, is on track to be its ‘best ever’, showcasing the sparkling diversity of Cheshire and Warrington attractions. The Festival celebrates the contribution residents make to the area’s 62* million annual tourist by making available free tickets and vouchers from 15 March – 25 March. Top attractions – from stately homes and gardens to industrial heritage sites and museums are already signed up and benefiting from the publicity and awareness-raising of the Festival’s multi-channel marketing campaign. More attractions are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible by emailing Rebecca Wainwright r.wainwright@marketingcheshire.co.uk or calling 01244 405617.

To get involved, attractions only need to offer free tickets or vouchers to visitors between 17 March -25 March. Marketing Cheshire will arrange publicity, social media and the online site that customers will use to download the free tickets. The Festival coincides with VisitBritain’s English Tourism Week and is being supported by Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West & Chester Council and Warrington Borough Council. Tickets will be available to residents online during February and early March.

Rachel McQueen, Director of Tourism, Marketing Cheshire said: “The festival is a thank you to residents who play a huge part in the visitor experience and is also about celebrating the the diverse range of attractions and heritage. The Residents Festival is a wonderful way for attractions to engage with locals, by encouraging them to be tourists in their own area and get them thinking about themselves as ambassadors for Cheshire and Warrington.” Subject to clearance

What’s open? Many of Cheshire’s famous gardens will be open, such as Capesthorne Hall and Gardens; Tatton Park Gardens and Arley Hall.

Residents will also be able to discover the wonders of the universe at the world-famous Jodrell Bank, or marvel at the ingenuity of Victorian engineering at Northwich’s Anderton Boat Lift - the world’s first successful boat lift. Alternatively, residents can explore Macclesfield Silk Museum or discover Port Sunlight Museum. Elsewhere, the Lion Salt Works Museum, one of the last open-pan salt-making in the world, is offering a free ‘talk and tour’ on its new photographic exhibition and wildlife lovers can visit RSPB Burton Mere.

List of Sites involved in Cheshire Residents Festival 2018

  • Anderton Boat Lift (Northwich)
  • Arley Hall (Arley, near Northwich)
  • Adlington Hall
  • Captesthorne Hall & Gardens (Macclesfield)
  • Congleton Museum
  • Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (Tarporley)
  • Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum (Weston, Crewe)
  • Jodrell Bank (Macclesfield)
  • Lion Salt Works Museum (Northwich)
  • Lymm Heritage Centre (Warrington)
  • Nantwich Museum
  • Norton Priory Museum (Runcorn)
  • Port Sunlight (Wirral)
  • Potters Barn (Sandbach)
  • Pyramid Parr Hall (Warrington)
  • RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands (Puddington, Cheshire)
  • Silk Museum (Macclesfield)
  • Tatton Park Gardens (Knutsford)

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