Cheshire strikes a pleasing balance between accessibility – it is only a short drive from both Liverpool and Manchester – and rurally idyll. It is for this reason that it has proven such an attractive place for city workers to relax in.
It also represents an ideal place to spend an awesome Stag Weekend. If a wedding is approaching and the groom is the sort of person who likes to take things easy, then there are few locations better suited than the lush, green landscape of the county.
It could be that you have the considerable good fortune to already live in the county, in which case the decision might well be one of the easier ones you’ll have to make in the build-up to the big day espcially if most of your family live close by. It could be, on the other hand, that you are considering venturing there from further afield.
That being the case, a prospective stag party will require accommodation. Fortunately, the county is home to a number of suitable locations. Carden Park is one of several hotels in Cheshire. It therefore makes for a perfect base camp around which to plan pre-nuptial festivities.
There are a number of activities on site which would make for suitable stag-weekend entertainments too. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Carden Park is home to some of the best golfing the north has to offer. Its grounds contain not just one golf course, but two of them. On top of that, there is a crazy-golf course and a driving range. As such, it represents the ideal retreat for enthusiasts of this most ancient and noble of sports.
If your party has a penchant for golf, then a weekend spent enjoying a few rounds of golf might be exactly what is required. There are few better places to do it than within Carden Park.
4×4 off-road experience
There are a great many off-road vehicles on British roads. Unfortunately, rather few of them ever get the chance to truly demonstrate the extent of their capability. It seems only right, therefore, to occasionally experience these vehicles in the environment for which they were truly intended. With a properly qualified instructor there to guide you, you’ll drive as you’ve never driven before, pitching cars over enormous moguls, dropping them through small rivers and up near-vertical banks. In Cheshire, this experience can be had within the hotel grounds, in a 4×4 experience which will not be quickly forgotten.
The hotel grounds are as enormous as they are picturesque. If you want to take things super-easy, then you don’t even have to walk around. You can move about on a Segway and see the grounds without exerting yourself in the slightest. Among the host of other activities laser-based form of clay-pigeon shooting, archery sessions, air-rifle sessions and sessions which combine both of the latter two.
Of course, there are other ways to unwind than golfing. The hotel also boasts facilities to help you relax for a while – perhaps before you head off for a night out in Chester. Among these facilities is a world-class spa, where guests can walk among candle-scented corridors before enjoying a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool.
Spa weekends have traditionally been viewed as an activity geared more toward women than men. But that divide has shown signs of weakness. If your groom is more open-minded and likes to look and feel good, then the spa might be just the ticket.
Of course, alcohol is an almost obligatory component of a successful stag weekend. Carden park offers a great deal in this department. You can take a stroll across the extensive grounds, including a three-acre vineyard, where two varieties of grapes are grown: Pinot noir and Seyval blanc. You can sample the results of this work in any of the quartet of restaurants and bars within the hotel – possibly after returning from a round of golf. Where food and drink is concerned, your options are numerous.
Of course, you will also almost certainly wish to venture into Chester, in order to enjoy the nightlife and the other cultural sights and sounds the town has to offer. The hotel is only a thirty minute taxi-ride from Chester town centre.
The wedding itself?
So far we’ve looked at the hotel’s merits where the stag celebrations are concerned. But it must also be mentioned that the place makes a scintillating venue for the ceremony itself. If you are on the lookout for a prestigious wedding venue in Cheshire, then your search may well be at an end!