Winter days out in the North West

Whether you're looking to explore somewhere new for the New Year or wanting to blow away the winter cobwebs in the great outdoors, we've plenty of places open for you to enjoy. Wander through the UK's largest winter garden, take in impressive views and spot deer, or explore life in a complete industrial community.

Admiring the Witch Hazel in Dunham Massey's Winter Garden

Wander through winter at Dunham Massey

At a time when many places are having a winter sleep, Dunham Massey is bursting alive with colour and character. See what delights are on display in the UK's largest winter garden, take a winter walk through the deer park, or join Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends to navigate puzzling pathways on the family trail.

Visitors with a map at Lyme Park, Cheshire

Enjoy time in the great outdoors at Lyme

Walk, run or meander your way into a New Year at Lyme. Join a guided walk, take part in one of the organised runs or simply explore the many areas of Lyme at your own pace. It's the perfect place to bring four-legged friends and on selected days they can visit the garden too.

Visitors walking through the gardens in winter

Explore the mill and beyond at Quarry Bank

Discover one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites at Quarry Bank - home to a complete industrial community. The mill will be closed 6 -12 January for it's yearly maintenance, but there's still plenty to explore on a wintry wander around the estate. Keep your eyes peeled on the Kingfisher Walk, follow the winding river on the Southern Woods Walk or for a longer adventure, set out on the Giant's Castle Walk.

Deer in the parkland at Tatton Park

Take in Tatton

Uncover centuries of history at the Medieval Old Hall and witness life above and below stairs in the Mansion. Take a wander through glorious gardens, spot deer in the park or meet rare breed animals at a working farm. If you got a new camera for Christmas or want to take up a new hobby, why not sign up to a Going Digital workshop in January or February.

Visitors walking on the North Lawn at Speke Hall

A new time of year to discover Speke

You can now get your Speke fix 362 days a year. While the hall is closed for its winter rest you can take a relaxing walk around the estate and spot birds on the estuary before treating yourself to one of Speke's award-winning scones. Little ones can burn off energy exploring the maze, running wild in the play area or getting involved in weekday events for smaller tots.

The beach at Formby

Walk on the wild side at Formby

Formby is one very special place with multiple adventures to be had. From tranquil beach walks and pine forest exploring, to red squirrel spotting and sand dune adventures, no two days at Formby are the same. Reward your efforts with a stop off for lunch at one of the local eateries or relax with a pint in the pub.

Winter walkers beside Derwent Water, Lake District

Winter walks in the Lake District 

Fancy taking to the snowcapped fells, paths or lake shores in the heart of the Lake District? Pull on your boots and step outdoors – here's a selection of our favourite walks.