We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Tourism Venue of the Year at the Marketing Cheshire Awards. More than 60 individuals, initiatives and businesses will compete for top honours at the 13th Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards next month at Chester Racecourse.

The awards celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement by local businesses and individuals with the winners of some categories going on to represent Cheshire at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018, and it is an honour to have been nominated.

The nominees represent the great variety of businesses that contribute to Cheshire’s visitor economy which was worth £3.3 billion and employed over 42,000 people in 2016.

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive, Marketing Cheshire said: “The quality and high standard of entries in this year’s awards demonstrates the strength of our visitor economy in Cheshire, which grew by 8.8 per cent in 2016. Tourism is still an underrated sector. It is worth nearly £130 billion which is 2.5 times the automotive sector and is growing faster than digital. Cheshire is home to a growing number of globally recognised tourism brands and a growing group of world class tourism professionals. The award ceremony which will take place at Chester Racecourse on 23 November will celebrate their achievements and hopefully reveal some stars of the future.”

We’ll keep you updated with how we get on!


The weather has started to change and the nights are drawing in. As September comes to a close, we’re looking forward to two months of Autumnal fun, from Halloween crafts, wholesome specials and a ‘Best in Show’ week in November, celebrating the best that our county has to offer. To get you in the mood, chef has put together a recipe for one of our favourites, a traditional wonderful, warm, rich tasting Ginger Parkin cake. Enjoy!

200g butter, plus extra for greasing
1 large egg
4 tbsp milk
200g golden syrup
85g treacle
85g light soft brown sugar
100g medium oatmeal
250g self-raising flour1 tbsp ground ginger

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a deep 22cm/9in square cake tin and line with baking parchment. Beat the egg and milk together with a fork.
Gently melt the syrup, treacle, sugar and butter together in a large pan until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat. Mix together the oatmeal, flour and ginger and stir into the syrup mixture, followed by the egg and milk.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 mins – 1 hr until the cake feels firm and a little crusty on top. Cool in the tin then wrap in more parchment and foil and keep for 3-5 days before eating if you can – it’ll become softer and stickier the longer you leave it, up to 2 weeks.


We were delighted to take part in this year’s annual duck race! This year we sponsored a duck for the St Werburgh Primary School to decorate, and they did a fantastic job!

The event has raised over £20,000 for the Countess of Chester appeal. Please see attached the pictures of your ducks decorated by St Werburghs and Mill View primary Schools.


From Monday 9th until Sunday 15th October, we’re taking part in the Bake A Difference campaign to help raise money in support of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Join us during this week and enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of tea and help us raise money for a fantastic cause.


Named the second best place to live in the UK, Chester offers a number of unique walks. Follow in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers, the medieval archers, and the elegant Georgian promenades and enjoy a walk around the Chester city walls or take a stroll on the Roodee.

On the two-mile circular stroll, see the Water Tower that is no longer next to the water, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, the tower where Charles I stood to watch the Battle of Rowton Moor, the famous, much-photographed clock on the Eastgate. You can even try your luck on the wishing steps.

The Grade I listed walls are the best preserved in Britain and offer the perfect footpath around our beautiful city. The walk follows the paved path on top of the walls, there are no gates but several steps and will take around an hour to complete.

Start your walk at the Watergate bridge at the bottom of Watergate Street.
Don’t forget, we offer free parking at The White Horse, ideal if you are planning your Chester tour.

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