Sumary of UK staycation: The best days out for ice-cream lovers, from Cheshire to London:
- This week: Days out for ice-cream lovers.Nothing says summer like an ice cream, and this year families can find plenty of unusual places to indulge in the latest flavours.In Cheshire, the long-established Ice Cream Farm has grown into a theme park with rides, attractions and what the Guinness Book Of Records has certified as the biggest ice-cream parlour in the world.
- What a scoop: Nardini’s by the Clydedates from 1935 when its Italian founders moved to ScotlandChildren can play in sweet-themed areas, including a Rocky Road track for miniature cars, a Marshmallow Mound of trampolines and a Honeycomb Canyon full of sandpits and water features.More than 50 flavours of ice cream are on sale at the farm near Chester, including Jammy Dodger, Bakewell Tart and Bubblegum.The ice-cream tree with colourful scoops on its branches is a great backdrop for family photos.
- There is even a drive-thru for last-minute cones and tubs as you leave.Rides cost from £4.50 per person (theicecreamfarm.co.uk).Nardini’s, a beautifully restored Art Deco cafe in Largs, has become a tourist attraction in its own right.Often described as an ice-cream palace, rather than a mere parlour, it seats 200 customers in a building overlooking the Clyde that dates from 1935 when its Italian founders moved to Scotland.
- The Ice Cream Farm in Cheshire has grown into a theme park with rides, attractions and what the Guinness Book Of Records has certified as the biggest ice-cream parlour in the worldThe menu offers 32 flavours as well as the famous Clyde Coast Extravaganza – with 12 scoops of ice cream and 16 toppings, it’s a sundae for the whole family to share (nardinis.co.uk).In the Peak District, sweet-toothed visitors can take guided tours at Thorpe Farm near Hathersage to see how the ever-changing range of Hope Valley ice creams are made.Bring sleeping bags and you can stay near its creamery in one of five bunk houses.
- London offers ice-cream walking tours with free tastings galore.
- Pictured is a tasty treat from Gelupo in SohoTo make your own ice cream, look no further than The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth, South-West London.