10 Reasons to Make Halton the Highlight of Your Summer

10 Reasons to Make Halton the Highlight of Your Summer:

Summer is here! Looking for the perfect family adventure? Look no further than Halton! With an abundance of exciting activities and attractions to enjoy, from stunning natural parks and scenic trails to thrilling activities and interactive museums, there are so many reasons to make Halton the highlight of your summer.

1.Heritage & History:

Explore the rich heritage and history of Halton with visits to Halton Castle, Hale Village, and Norton Priory Museum & Gardens. Discover the fascinating stories and heritage landmarks that shaped the region’s past. Explore St Luke’s Church, in Widnes. Dating back to the 12th century, the church contains several historical gems including the inspiring display of stained-glass windows, designed by William Morris. Completed in 1862, the window features vibrant colours and captivating scenes from the life of Christ and the miracles performed by St. Luke.

  1. Arts & Culture:

Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and culture scene of Halton. Experience local talent and performances at The Studio, witness captivating performances and shows at the award-winning Brindley Theatre and step into the imaginative world of Wonderland at the Lewis Carroll Centre whilst you explore ‘The Birthplace of Lewis Carroll’ on a self-guided walk.

  1. Food & Drink:

Treat your taste buds to tempting treats in Halton. Visit Daresbury Dairy, a local ice cream parlour where their delicious ice cream is crafted with love and care on their nearby farm, using the finest ingredients and milk from their family’s dairy cows. Experience good times on tap at Society Tap Rooms, offering Craft and Cask ales, real cider & cocktails with a side of great music and even better street food. Take a stroll around Victoria Park, and you’ll find Esposito’s, a modern English Italian cafe serving delicious treats and ice cream, the perfect pit-stop to enjoy artisan toasted sandwiches, authentic Italian Coffee, homemade bakes and gelato ice cream.

  1. Discovery:

Ignite your curiosity and watch science come to life at Catalyst Science & Discovery Centre and SciTech Daresbury. These interactive science centres offer hands-on exhibits and activities that cater to all ages, creating fun and immersive experiences. The Catalyst showcases interactive exhibits, museum archives, historical galleries, family shows and hands-on workshops, making it a hub for young, curious minds suitable for all the family.

  1. Outdoors:

Boasting picturesque landscapes and scenic trails, Halton is the perfect location for your outdoor escapades. Head over to Wigg Island, located in Runcorn, this historic nature reserve is positioned between the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal and is reached by The Old Quay Bridge, which was built in 1894 to cross the Manchester Ship Canal. Walk along the circular route around the island on the wide paths that lead under the Mersey Gateway Bridge and witness spectacular views of the iconic Silver Jubilee Bridge.

  1. Activities & Experiences:

Halton is a host to a wide variety of exciting experiences. Venture to VR Warehouse and immerse yourself in virtual reality in a game of your choice. Hop aboard on Halton’s Miniature Railway, or glide across Planet Ice’s ice-skating rink. Halton offers a range of activities to kickstart your summer adventure and entertain all the family.


Capture stunning panoramic views from vantage points like Spike Island, Halton Castle, and the Silver Jubilee Bridge. These spots offer spectacular sights of the surrounding landscapes and the River Mersey. You’ll find another one of our highlights perched upon Hale’s stunning coastline, the iconic Hale Lighthouse. Experience tranquil views of the picturesque ocean and landscape, embrace the calming ambience as you stroll along the shore and reconnect with nature on a calming coastal walk.

  1. Festivals:

Join in the excitement of Halton’s festivals, including the world-renowned Creamfields, Eco-Fest and the Heritage Festival. Experience live music, arts, and cultural celebrations this summer. Experience The Eco Fest (Sat 12th August) and marvel at the incredible bamboo parade in Victoria Park and get involved in crafts workshops and eco-friendly projects. Explore the stalls from local creatives and enjoy a variety of mouth-watering eats including veggie and vegan options too!

  1. Sports:

Hit the slopes and head to Runcorn Ski Centre for skiing activities sure to give you an adrenaline-filled experience or find yourself on the edge of your seat at the DCBL Stadium. Home to the Widnes Vikings, a renowned rugby league team, the DCBL stadium offers an unforgettable experience for sports enthusiasts and spectators. Beyond rugby, the stadium also hosts various events and concerts, making it a venue with something for everyone. 

  1. Events:

Throughout the summer, Halton hosts a variety of events catering to every interest. Whether it’s music festivals, cultural gatherings, or local celebrations, there’s always something happening to keep you entertained. Keep up to date with the latest events on our website and socials!

Halton offers free parking at most sites throughout the borough. This makes it incredibly convenient for you to take your time, explore and enjoy all that Halton has to offer.

Halton is a hidden gem that promises to be the highlight of your summer. With its historic landmarks, outdoor adventures, family-friendly attractions, and cultural richness, Halton offers a captivating experience for all the family, and with free parking at most sites throughout the borough, you can ensure endless opportunities for fun, relaxation, and exploration.

Ready for an unforgettable summer? Explore Halton today!

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