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Cheshire “


sparkles with vitality all year


From the dizzy heights of the Cheshire Peak District to the vibrant city of Chester on its border with North Wales, you’ll find all the ingredients for a magical short break.


It’s not just the home of the famous Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, and red, white and blue Cheshire Cheese by the way.


Take That’s Gary Barlow– star of The X Factor - hails from the market town of Frodsham in the heart of Cheshire, while Chester is the birthplace of Hollywood actor, Daniel Craig – the new James Bond returning to the cinema screen with ‘Skyfall’ in October 2012 – 50 years after the first Bond movie premiered.


Cheshire has also produced World Champion gymnast, Beth Tweddlewho’s competing in the London 2012


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Olympics plus inimitable TV and radio presenter Chris Evanswho was born in Warrington, where the mighty Warrington Wolves carry everything before them in the world of rugby league. By the way, Warrington will host matches and a team during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.


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Cheshire has got plenty of style too and is home to top designers like Nick Munro, shoe-maker Cleo B and Chlo Bowhose fabulous silver jewellery is snapped up by top footballers and film and TV stars like Cheryl Cole.


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No wonder, shopping is such a pleasure in places like Knutsford, Wilmslow and Chester where popular


TV soap, ‘Hollyoaks’ is based – and don’t miss the largest designer outlet in Europe at Cheshire Oakswith its delightful brand discounts where the UK’s second largest Marks and Spencer store opens in 2012.


It’s not just a shopping heaven either.


Festivals and events entertain all year including the perennial favourite, Chester Raceswhere fashion and fillies vie for attention!


2012 bring us not only the second Biennial of art and culture at Tatton Park, but also the London Olympic Torch Relay to Chester on 29th May, the first City in the North West to host the event.


All eyes will be on Jodrell Bank in 2012 too where the internationally acclaimed radio telescope opens its new Galaxy Garden created by TV Gardener Chris Beardshaw, which is built around themes of Space and Astronomy, while the Anglo-Saxon ruins of St John’s Churchwelcome a new art installation that brings the ancient wonder to life.


Also new for 2012 is Chester Zoo’s breeding centre for Giant Otters - the UK’s first - complete with underwater viewing pool. There is always something new at Chester Zoo.


So come and celebrate 2012 in Cheshire with a great short break!


“Cheshire is a great place to visit and explore at any time of year.


Its countryside is breath-taking and is perfect for cycling and walking.


Visitors can enjoy everything from spectacular gardens and stately homes to lively festivals, fabulous restaurants and super shopping.


Come and find out for yourself!” Beth Tweddle MBE


GB Gymnast, 3 time World Champion, 6 time European Champion


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