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Five festive adventures

Clare Potts, Trainline blogger network’s festive fashionista has gathered up her five favourite winter day trips by train from Manchester.

❄️ It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to plan a festive trip. Manchester has transformed into a winter wonderland with the Christmas markets dotted around the streets, the festive spirit has well and truly arrived! But if you fancy something a little bit different this season, take a look at my suggestions for a festive adventure… 

One - Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a beautiful country estate that celebrates Christmas in the most enchanting way every year. Each room tells a story as it is transformed into the theme of the year, for 2016 the story of The Nutcracker is the focus. Explore the house, enjoy the gardens and pore over the Christmas markets for a truly magical day.

The closest train station to Chatsworth House is Chesterfield, which you can reach from Manchester Oxford Road. You can then get a taxi the remaining few kilometres.

Find out more here.

Two – The Ritz, Belper

🎥 The Ritz in Belper is a glorious independent cinema, one which has sofas instead of seats and where you can enjoy a bottle of wine in comfort. This Christmas they are showing It’s a Wonderful Life on the 11th and 14th of December, it’s well worth a journey over to the beautifully quaint Belper.

Belper is perfect for a weekend break, simply hop on the train at Manchester Oxford Road, change at Nottingham and you’re ready to enjoy.

Find out more here.

Three – The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Perfect for all the family, this is the fifth year Chester Zoo have wowed crowds with their huge animal lanterns that light up the zoo at night. Visit and enjoy between the 25th of November until the 23rd of December.

Hop on the train at Manchester Piccadilly to Chester, then take the X8 bus link that will take you straight to the zoo.

Find out more here.


Four – Festive Afternoon Tea

For something a little different this Christmas, head to Kenyon Hall Farm for a festive afternoon tea with either mulled wine or process alongside unlimited tea served in vintage china. You can also stock up on Christmas goodies in their farm shop as well as wreaths, hampers and decorations too.

Get the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Newton-le-Willows and then grab a cab from the station to Kenyon Hall Farm.

For more information, see here.

Five – Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

⛸ Ice skating, a 45 metre ice slide and an ice bar, what’s not to like? Open until 10pm on weekdays and 11pm at the weekend, it’s the perfect way to spend a Christmas evening! The Ice Festival is open from the 12th of November.

Liverpool is easily accessible from Manchester, just hop on the train from Manchester Piccadilly.

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