A SECOND wave of free tickets for some of Cheshire's top attractions go online on Thursday, March 21.

Following high demand for last week's release, hundreds more free Resident Festival tickets will be available from 10am – click here.

The festival, from March 30 to April 7, is a way of thanking Cheshire residents for welcoming more than 64 million tourists into the county each year.

It coincides with VisitBritain’s English Tourism Week and is being supported by Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, and Warrington Borough Council.

Cllr Samantha Dixon, CWAC leader, said: “This is a wonderful excuse to get out and enjoy free attractions nearby or go somewhere across the county that you’ve always been meaning to visit. I am pleased the first free tickets have attracted such high demand.

“With more than 64 million visitors annually, tourism in Cheshire is a thriving business and continues to grow and this innovative festival is a wonderful way to celebrate its importance and recognise the contribution of residents."

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

What’s open?

  • National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
  • Chester Boat cruises
  • Lion Salt Works Museum, Northwich

Northwich Guardian:

  • Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich
  • Tarporley’s Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
  • RSPB Burton Mere Wetland
  • Clonter Opera Theatre, near Congleton
  • Reaseheath College mini Zoo, near Nantwich
  • Tabley House Collection, Knutsford. Based around a great Regency picture collection and includes thousands of historic items, textiles and furniture. This jewel of a collection is housed in the county’s only 18th century Palladian house.
  • Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield

Northwich Guardian:

  • Tatton Park, Knutsford
  • Arley Hall & Gardens
  • Jodrell Bank, Goostrey
  • Ness Gardens, Wirral
  • Port Sunlight Village’s Museum, Wirral – the story behind the creation of the ‘workers’ village by multi-millionaire soap manufacturer, Lord Lever.

Northwich Guardian:

Mark Livesey, chief executive of Marketing Cheshire, said: “This is a great chance for Cheshire residents to have a great free day out and celebrate the amazing tourist attractions on our doorstep.

"We hope as many residents as possible join in the fun."