50 Quirky Things To Do in Halton: Part 1

Welcome to Halton, where each experience is more unique than the last. Join us on as we take you on a journey through the 50 Quirky Things that will make your visit to Halton truly unforgettable.

Part 1: Quirky Things 1-15

  1. Take a Selfie with a Giant – Childe of Hale, Liverpool L24 4AX

Located in the picturesque village of Hale, you’ll find authentic thatched roofed cottages as well as the Childe of Hale statue. This statue commemorates the legend of the local figure, John Middleton, who came from the village of Hale, known to be the tallest man in history! Step into history and marvel at the stature of a local legend. Take a visit to his statue and see how giant he was in real life!

  1. See a Try Scored by a Viking – DCBL Stadium, Widnes, WA8 7DZ

Experience the exciting atmosphere DCBL Stadium. Whether you’re coming to support your favourite team, host a special event, or just enjoy a day out with friends and family, DCBL Stadium is the place to be! Home of the rugby league side Widnes Vikings of the Betfred Championship. The stadium is all-seater and has a total capacity of 13,350.

  1. Experience Views Fit for a King – Halton Castle, Runcorn, WA7 2BE

Perched on the top of Halton Hill, the medieval Halton Castle offers breathtaking views that have withstood the test of time. From its original structure of wooden motte-and-bailey from 1071 which was then replaced by sandstone in the 13th century, the castle is a living testament to centuries of history. Explore this Grade I listed building as recorded in the National Heritage List for England, and scheduled ancient monument status as you take a step back into Halton’s regal past.

  1. Be Victorious and Grab a Photo with the Challenge Cup – DCBL Stadium Widnes Vikings, Widnes, WA8 7DZ

Described as “Cup Kings” claiming the challenge Cup 7 times.

The Widnes Vikings, crowned “Cup Kings,” have claimed the Challenge Cup seven times.  If you’re lucky, you may be able to take a picture with their Viking mascot and capture the triumphant spirit.

  1. Slalom Down a Ski Slope – Runcorn Ski Centre, Runcorn, WA7 6PT

Hit the Slopes and embrace the chill at Runcorn Ski Centre. They offer a variety of activities and lessons such as; skiing, snowboarding and tubing. No matter your skill level – beginner or pro, enjoy their top-notch facilities, and experienced instructors. There’s something for everyone at this ski centre.

  1. Meet the Mad Hatter in a Church – All Saints Church, Daresbury, WA4 4AE

This attraction stands proudly as a living testament to the writing and work of the famous, local author and his roots. Take a self-guided walk around the birthplace of Lewis Carroll, marked by the National Trust, and marvel at the stunning stained-glass windows designed by William Morris in 1862. Visit this engaging attraction that blends literature and history.

  1. Cycle Along the Mersey on the Trans Pennine Trail – Widnes, WA4 6XA

A great route to take your bike out and cycle along the Mersey River, sighting beautiful views on the way. The Trans Pennine Trail is mapped and signed all the way, mainly traffic-free and is surprisingly level considering the dramatic scenery along the way. Easy gradients and surfaced paths make many sections suitable for families, gentle exercise and people using wheelchairs and pushchairs.

  1. Sing Along to a Show in an Award-Winning Theatre – The Brindley, WA7 1BG

Experience an incredible line-up of performances and events at The Brindley Theatre in Halton! This award-winning cultural hub is currently being re-imagined and has big plans for pop-up events to be staged. A venue for creation and inspiration, whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or simply looking to experience something new, you’ll find show-stopping performances at The Brindley Theatre.

  1. Ride on a Virtual Reality Rollercoaster – VR Warehouse, Runcorn, WA7 4UX

Your day-out just levelled up with VR Warehouse! Immerse yourself in a Virtual Reality experience like no other. Choose your adventure—Zombies, Music, Horror, Fantasy, escape rooms, you name it, they’ve got it. Suitable for adults and families with children aged 8 and above, VR Warehouse promises a unique and thrilling escape. Pick a game, put on your VR headset, and let the magic of virtual reality transport you to new realms!

  1. Devour Tasty Gelato and Drink Authentic Italian Coffee, Shipped from Tuscany – Esposito’s, Widnes, WA8 6SQ

Indulge your senses at Esposito’s, where the charm of outdoor cafes meets the taste of authentic Italian delights. With locations across the borough, including Victoria Park in Widnes and Runcorn Hill Park, Esposito’s provides a serene setting to savour irresistible gelato and sip on freshly brewed authentic Italian coffee.

  1. Try the Burritos, Bratwursts, Craft, and Cask Ales under an Archway – Society Tap Rooms, Runcorn, WA7 1HU

Located by the iconic Silver Jubilee Bridge, make sure to stop by the Society Tap Rooms, Runcorn. This trendy tap house and microbrewery offers a selection of Craft and Cask ales, real cider, cocktails, and music with a mouth-watering street food kitchen.

  1. Stroll Under Statuesque Scots, Corsican, and Lodgepole Pine – Daresbury Firs, WA4 4AB

This charming village invites you to wander beneath statuesque Scots, Corsican, and Lodgepole pine trees at Daresbury Firs.  Take a leisurely stroll, breathe in the fresh air, and embrace the natural beauty of Daresbury.

  1. Get Inspired and Hands-On in a Science Lab – Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes, WA8 0DF

 Dive into a world of immersive exhibits and engaging displays, each designed to spark curiosity. The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is a hub of immersive exhibits and engaging displays, perfect for curious young minds. Unleash your inner scientist as you explore interactive displays and engage in exciting experiments.

  1. Seek a Hidden Beach – Paul McCartney’s Beach – Oglet Beach, L24 5RJ

Oglet Beach is a coastal gem between Speke and Hale village and is notably one of Paul McCartney’s favourite places to visit as a child. Recreate the journey as Paul and Mike once did – cycle along the shoreline from Oglet to Hale Lighthouse, where the panoramic view unveils the industrial complex of Runcorn. You can start at Hale Lighthouse, and walk along the Hale Coastline, this walk is around 40 mins, land the shore is located between Liverpool John Lennon Airport in Speke to the north and Hale to its east.

  1. Glide into a Cool Experience – Planet Ice, Widnes, WA8 0TA

Grab your skates and glide across the ice at Planet Ice Widnes. This ice rink is fun for all the family, no matter what level you’re at. Experience the thrill of gliding across the large indoor ice-skating rink, designed for all ages and abilities. Need a helping hand? No worries! Their skating aids are there to provide that extra support for beginners. Keep your eyes peeled for their line-up of events, performances, and adrenaline-pumping ice hockey games hosted regularly.

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