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Go plane-spotting in Manchester

Want a taste of village life before heading for the bright lights of the big city? Set in the rolling Cheshire countryside, but you can be shopping in Manchester city centre within 30 minutes by car or train. This ancient village Near Wilmslow is just 3 miles from Manchester Airport. Not only is it a great stopover ahead of a flight, it's also close to the Runway Visitor Park, where you can watch planes take off and board legendary supersonic jet Concorde.

Step back in time at Quarry Bank Mill

Out towards the Nearby village of Styal, you'll find one of the best-preserved cotton mills of the industrial revolution. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of this working museum, home to Europe's most powerful water wheel. At the Apprentice House, learn about the hundreds of youngsters who were sent to work in the mill.

Tee off in the glorious Cheshire countryside

Golfers who want to practise their swing will find a wealth of great value-for-money courses close to Handforth. The tree-edged fairways and pristine greens of Styal Golf Course are challenging whatever your handicap. Gatley Golf Course and Bramall Park Golf Club are also close by. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Handforth? Travelodge Macclesfield Adlington Hotel is around 3 miles from the village, while Travelodge Manchester Didsbury is located in the upmarket suburb.