Things to do

On the Farm

If you need horse livery and other equestrian facilities, our friends at Springbank Arena are just 2 miles away.

Discover the area.

The nearest village to the barns is the pretty village of Bangor-on-Dee (Bangor-is-y-coed in Welsh) which is set right on the river Dee with a beautiful stone bridge thought to have been built by Inigo Jones in around 1660. It has some attractive old buildings and is surrounded by lovely unspoilt countryside. Facilities within the village include doctors & dentists, convenience shops, and of course 2 public houses.

Bangor-on-DeeDrive to the nearby Shropshire lake District and view the nine glacial meres. The largest mere is Ellesmere, where after a walk around the gardens and woodland, you can go to the Visitor centre, at Boathouse Cafe and enjoy a meal. Ellesmere has some interesting shops, and a canal wharf. Another mere is in the village of Hanmer.

Nearby is Llangollen, home of the International Eisteddfod in July, Hot air Ballon festival in September, and a steam train which travels to Corwen at weekends, with a Santa train at Christmas time and Thomas the Tank Engine . Also this is an excellent area for walks along the canal, or up to Castle Dinas Bran, or visit the beautiful house and gardens of Plas Newydd. Whilst in this area, visit Thomas Telford’s magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct towering 126ft above the Dee Valley, now a designated World Heritage Site.

Visit the County town of Shrewsbury, with its Castle and medieval buildings, for garden lovers the Quarry park and famous dingle gardens designed by the late Percy Thrower are a treat.

Another wonderful city is Chester, only half hour drive away, with its Roman walls, cathedral and medieval ‘Row’ shopping area. River trips available, and Racecourse. A day at Chester Zoo is another wonderful experience. Not far from us is Cheshire oaks shopping retail park and the Blue Planet Aquarium.

Another option is enjoy walking the Sandstone trail overlooking the Cheshire plain, enjoy afternoon tea at Peckforton Castle, film venue used in the “Cold Feet” T.V. programme, carry on to Bunbury, film venue used in the series “Home Fires”.

Local National Trust properties nearby are Erddig, and Chirk Castle (with its popular Snowdrop walk).

There are regular race meetings at Bangor-on-Dee and Chester.

We have some local circular walks right on the door step where you can take in the stunning views of Bickerton hills and the welsh mountains.

Local Activities

Coarse fishing is available at The Mere Ellesmere, and Trout fishing at Llandegla and  Chirk fisheries

Fishing on the river Dee can be arranged by purchasing a licence at the village shop. Currently the cost of a daily licence is £10.

Golf available at Carden Park Hotel and Hill Valley Golf Club.

Fancy a Hot air balloon ride to get a birds eye view of the area? Wickers World launch their balloon from the beautiful setting of Dearnford Lake, in Whitchurch.

Or further afield if you wish to discover the Snowdonia area, try the longest zip wire in Europe and the fastest in the world, for a thrill of a lifetime.

Liverpool is a great city to visit with it’s famous Beetles Museum, Cavern Club, Sudley House, Royal Liver Building and Liverpool one for some great shopping.

After all this, if you need to relax, visit Carden Park Hotel Spa, or Hill Valley Spa.

For more information on local activities please use the following links.

Visit Shropshire

Visit Wales – What’s On

National Trust – Erddig Hall

Visit Chester

Chester Zoo

Chester Races

Bangor-on-Dee Races