FREE tickets to top attractions in Cheshire are once again being handed out to residents.

The second Cheshire and Warrington’s Residents’ Festival is a thank you to local residents for welcoming even more tourists to the county this year and coincides with Visit England's English Tourism Week.

New attraction for 2019 include the National Trust’s spectacular moated and half-timbered Tudor manor house Little Moreton Hall, as well as the unique Clonter Opera Theatre, both near Congleton. Also new are Reaseheath College’s mini Zoo near Nantwich and trips on Chester Boat Sightseeing Cruises.

And for the first time, Wirral’s famous Ness Gardens will also be joining the Residents’ Festival.

What else is open?

Many of Cheshire’s famous gardens will be open, such as Capesthorne Hall, set in 100 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens; Knutsford’s Tatton Park – one of the UK’s most complete historic estates and Arley Hall’s magnificent formal gardens, arboretum and woodlands.

Visitors can discover the wonders of the universe at the world-famous Jodrell Bank, or marvel at the ingenuity of Victorian engineering at Northwich’s Anderton Boat Lift - the world’s first successful boat lift and widely known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’.

Alternatively, Wirral’s Port Sunlight Museum tells the story behind the visionary model village created by multi-millionaire soap manufacturer, Lord Lever for his workers.

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The list of sites involved in Cheshire Residents Festival 2019:

  • Anderton Boat Lift (Northwich)
  • Arley Hall (Arley, near Northwich)
  • Capesthorne Hall & Gardens (Macclesfield)
  • Chester Boat
  • Clonter OperaTheatre, Congleton
  • Congleton Museum
  • Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (Tarporley)
  • Crewe Lyceum Theatre
  • Jodrell Bank
  • Lion Salt Works Museum (Northwich)
  • Little Moreton Hall, National Trust, Congleton
  • Lymm Heritage Centre (Warrington)
  • Nantwich Museum
  • National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port)
  • Ness Gardens (Wirral)
  • Port Sunlight Village’s Museum (Wirral)
  • Reaseheath College’s Mini Zoo (Nantwich)
  • RSBP Burton Mere Wetlands
  • Tabley House Collection (Knutsford)
  • Tatton Park Gardens (Knutsford)

How can I get hold of free tickets?

Free vouchers can be downloaded today, Thursday, at 10am with more tickets being released on Thursday, March 21 at 10am.

To obtain vouchers, visit

The number of festival tickets will vary according to the attraction and everyone applying must have either a Cheshire or Warrington postcode.

Tickets will be available to attend the attractions during the first week of April.