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Winsford - a Cheshire classic

Although the town of Winsford in Cheshire is small, it has a good-sized offering of family fun and an interesting history. Some 200-metres underground is Britain's oldest working mine, the Winsford Rock Salt Mine. Although you can't visit, you can pick up some of the locally produced rock salt from one of many local shops. Kids will love the fun indoor softplay areas, including Tots Tower and Polar Palace, or head to three-and-a-half-acre Over Recreation Ground for some outdoor fun in the play areas, tennis courts and football pitches.

Wander around Winsford Marina

Watch the canal boats as they slowly cruise down the natural waterways at Winsford Marina. Why not make a day of it? Take a picnic and enjoy your lunch with a side of lush scenery. If you pick up a day permit and remember your rod, you can try and catch a carp in Winsford's Bottom Flash lake. Meanwhile, smaller kids can feed the ducks and spot some of the waterside wildlife.

A great Cheshire base

Cheshire has some remarkable sights and Winsford is right in the centre - perfect to go exploring. Nearby Middlewich dates back to prehistoric times, while 9 miles away is Tarporley - a storybook village overflowing with tearooms and quaint little shops. Planning a trip to Winsford? The Travelodge Middlewich hotel is just over 4 miles away. Or why not try the Travelodge Northwich Lostock Gralam hotel.