Day Out at the Great British Food Festival at Arley Hall, near Northwich, Cheshire*

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A festival of food: what’s not to love?  My family and I headed to Arley Hall near Northwich in Cheshire on Sunday, September 23 for the last of this year’s Great British Food Festival events.  The series of festivals combines the nation’s love of great food and drink with some of the country’s most treasured locations, providing an opportunity to explore new flavours and stunning venues. At Arley Hall the event took place across the weekend of September 22 and 23, and other festival venues in 2018 have included Bodelwyddan Castle, in North Wales, and Weston Park, in Staffordshire.

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After arriving at the stately home, we made our way to the kids’ funfair. My eight-year-old son Ewan didn’t fancy the ghost train but, being a fan myself, I couldn’t resist. However, the ride was a bit of a let-down because it was over too quick and wasn’t worth the money.

In the main event area, Ewan loved the free circus workshop and activity zone. There was giant bubble-making, a drumming workshop, food Olympics and also a fun dog show.

But soon our taste buds were tingling, so we began exploring the tempting array of stalls, while sampling tasty treats along the way.

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The Great British Food Festival showcases local, seasonal and speciality food and drink. Every taste is catered for, from the more traditional fare, such as prime steak, local burgers and sausages, to Thai, Mexican and Asian cuisine.

But it’s not all about the food and drink, as there was also a craft and gift tent, plus live music throughout the day.

Other entertainment included chef and baking demonstrations, as well as Great British Cake off and Men V Food challenges.

Ewan took part in a kids’ cookery class, where he made a delicious chocolate trifle (we booked this at the start of the day in case the places filled up).

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Before we left, we explored Arley Hall’s glorious gardens and even had time for a spot of hide-and-seek.

And fans of Peaky Blinders may be interested to know that scenes of the gritty TV series are filmed here. Sadly, we didn’t meet any of the cast or crew during our visit.

 

Where is Arley Hall?

Arley Hall and Gardens
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 6NA

Tel: 01565 777353

 

How much is entry to the Great British Food Festival?

Ticket prices for adults are £9, while children are charged £5 (age 5-18). There are also concession tickets as well as family tickets available.  Children aged 4 and below enter free, but this varies at some venues.  

When’s the next Great British Food Festival?

Dates and venues for 2019 will be released soon. For further information, visit Great British Food Festival or call 01925 479140.

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Things to note about the Great British Food Festival:

  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the festivals, as long as they’re on a lead. Dogs aren’t allowed in the food marquees or inside some of the buildings, for hygiene and safety reasons. Note: never leave your dog in a car on a hot day
  • Wheelchair users and families with prams are also welcome. Designated disabled parking is available as close to the event site as possible, but because most of the events are held in fields, the ground can get muddy. Disabled drop-offs can be arranged – contact the organisers in advance or speak to a member of the team on the day. There is a disabled toilet on the event field, and the individual venues often offer further facilities
  • Ample free car parking is available at most events. Car parks may be a short walk from the site, and the majority are on grass, but stewards guide people in
  • To find out more about booking a trade stand, email: info@greatbritishfoodfestival.comwith details of what you do and a picture of your stall (if you have one)
  • The organisers try to include some access to the house or hall and/or access to the grounds and gardens, but this will differ for each venue

 

Upcoming events at Arley Hall and Gardens:

  • Mushroom walks on Sunday, October 14 at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are £8
  • Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular on Tuesday, November 13, from 6pm to 10pm, and Wednesday, November 14, between 9.30am and 4pm, to raise money for the Joshua Tree charity

 

Review by: Colette Warbrook

You may also want to read this:

Stone Food Festival

BBC Good Food Summer Show Review

Congleton Food Fair Review

 

* We were provided with free entry passes to the Great British Food Festival in return for a review. All opinions are our own.

40 Comments

  1. October 8, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    What a wonderful family-friendly event! I especially like the children cook class, a great way to allow children to participate in the event! What was your favorite part?

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Yes we have to agree our boys totally enjoyed the cooking part very much as well, we loved seeing the variety of local foods which are available

  2. October 8, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    OMG, this sounds like the best thing ever! I love England, and I love food. I am seriously going to schedule our next trip to Europe around this fest.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Hope you do Stacie, you will enjoy it and have a great time there

  3. October 8, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    I love a good food festival and even at this time of the year it looks like you had some good weather x

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Yes we did, we have been quite lucky this year with the weather

  4. Alexandra
    October 8, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    This sounds fantastic! As you say – who doesn’t love a food festival! I hope you enjoyed yourself! 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Absolutely!! Food festivals are high on our list to attend and review, we had a great time x

  5. October 9, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I have been to UK last year and quite surprise for me to see dogs are allowed to enter to most places. Glad that the Great British Food Festival allow well behaved dogs at their festivals. This would be an interesting event to learn about all sort of British food.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Yes especially if they are guide dogs, we find that most dogs here are very well behaved and if they are on a lead they are allowed into the food shows such as this

  6. Monidipa Dutta
    October 9, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    When I was in UK I never missed it by any chance. Thank you for refreshing my memories.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 7:23 pm

      Your welcome Monidipa, glad it brought a lot of memories back for you

  7. October 9, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    what a beautiful place to visit and spend a great time in family !!

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 7:23 pm

      Yes it was a great day out with the family Nessa x

  8. October 9, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    That sounds like it would make for a splendid evening. There are some very nice views there.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 9, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Yes its quite scenic there Wendy x

  9. October 9, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    A craft tent is such a good idea for the kids – and who am I kidding – also the adults! HAHA! I am due for a vacation and Europe keeps calling my name. Maybe this is my sign from the Universe 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Yes absolutely Christina, hope you head for the next food fair when you visit us, so much to see and do here x

  10. October 9, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Ooo £9 sounds like a reasonable price for this! I’ve never been to a food festival but I am sure it’d be something I’d love!

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 10, 2018 / 8:17 am

      With all the activities to do, vendors to see, food samples to try, entertainment…its all such a great event at a great price

  11. October 10, 2018 / 1:07 am

    food festivals create the best memories and experiences. looks like a lot of fun!

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 10, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Yes it was great for the whole family

  12. Kiwi
    October 10, 2018 / 5:12 am

    Wow there is a festival for everything and I love it. It looks like you had a wonderful time at this British Fest!

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 10, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Yes we did enjoy ourselves at the food festival very much!

  13. Tonya Morris
    October 10, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    This sounds like such a fun, family-friendly event! Love that there’s something for everyone to do!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Absolutely! That’s why we thought it was a good festival

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Yes we all enjoyed ourselves there

  14. Daphne D Adams
    October 10, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    This place looks like so much fun. It also looks like a family-friendly event which is also good.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 10, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Yes it certainly was a great event for the whole family, our boys loved it there x

  15. October 10, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    It sounds like you had an amazing time! What a fun event to attend!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      October 10, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Yes it was, we enjoyed it x

  16. October 10, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    Seems like a fun day for the whole family. Anything food related I am there.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 10, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      That’s exactly how we feel too, it was a great day

  17. October 10, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    I love food festivals! You were so lucky to be able to attend this one on such a great weather, it sounded like s much fun!

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 10, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Yes it was and great weather for it too

  18. October 13, 2018 / 7:31 am

    Oh wow, looks like a great day out! I had no idea there was such a big food festival there! I’d love to go one day.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 13, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Hope you do Elizabeth

  19. October 13, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Food festivals are my favorite! A great way to taste many items and a fun day for the entire family.

    • yeahlifestyle
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      October 13, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Absolutely Paula, so glad you feel that way too x

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