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Walk the silk road in Macclesfield

Famed for its historic mills, this former industrial powerhouse once led the world in silk production. Learn all about the town's rise to prominence in the 19th century at the Silk Museum, seeing how the luxurious fabric is made, from cocoon to loom. The area's textile heritage also runs through the bustling monthly Treacle Market, where stalls sell vintage clothing, unique crafts and local produce.

See stars at Jodrell Bank

Home to the world-famous Lovell telescope, a visit to this landmark observatory is a must. Explore the wonders of the universe and see how the centre plays an important role in the international space programme. With hands-on activities, interactive games and animated films, it makes for an enthralling day out for all the family.

Gateway to the Peaks and Plains

Macclesfield is surrounded by sprawling countryside and natural landscapes, so is the perfect spot for amblers and lovers of the great outdoors. To the east is the Peak District, while the Cheshire Plain lies to the west. The town is a great base for some of the region's top annual events, including Tatton Park Flower Show and Buxton Festival. Looking for accommodation in Macclesfield? Travelodge Macclesfield Central is a short walk from the town centre, and a stone's throw from the train station. Travelodge Macclesfield Adlington is close to some excellent golf courses.