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Get Christmassy with The Ice Cream Farm.

Here at The Ice Cream Farm, we are getting in the Christmas spirit and are providing you with the best family activities.

Back due to popular demand is Father Christmas! The big man himself will be making an appearance at The Ice Cream Farm on the 19th, 20th and 21st December, between 10am-4pm, so your little ones can tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Ensure you come down early, as this is always a popular event.

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On the weekends in the run up to Christmas, we will be running an Arts and Crafts room where your children can choose one of three tables and have the chance to make their very own baubles, Christmas decorations or Christmas cards. Alternatively, they can opt to do all three!

For your child to take part in one activity, it will cost £2, whereas all three activities will cost £5. While you’re in the mood for some festive fun, why don’t you pop into the parlour and try our famous Christmas flavours? This year we have Christmas Pudding, Sugar Damson and Prosecco.

Also new to the menu are our scrumptious Hot Pancakes with Ice Cream, Ice Cream Brioche Buns and Ice Cream Cakes. Pair your pancakes with our newest Chocolate Rocky Road Ice Cream, created and lovingly made by our very own staff members, Sheena and Kate.

Arts and crafts, Father Christmas and an ice-cream filled, family day out! What’s not to love about The Ice Cream Farm?

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10 ways to get ready for Christmas

It’s December, which means that it is officially the start of Christmas.

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People up and down the country have gone into panic mode about the amount of preparation that they need to do before the 25th December arrives. Fear not, here at The Ice Cream Farm, we are on hand to offer you some guidance with our 10 ways to get ready for Christmas.

1. Open your advent calendar daily.

There is something magical about a little taste of chocolate every morning with your breakfast. Open your advent calendar daily for a little Christmassy magic for 24 days in the lead up to the big day.

2. Put your Christmas tree up.

An integral part of Christmas is ensuring that your Christmas tree is up and well dressed. Bring out the tinsel, switch on the lights and add an excessive amount of baubles, because the time for all things sparkly and metallic has arrived!

3. Go to the kid’s nativity play. 

Making the children’s nativity play costumes out of household items is a must-do for a successful Christmas. We all remember what it was like when our parents dressed us in a tea-towel and sent us off to the stage to make our debut as a shepherd. It’s only fair that we pass the tradition on to the newest generation.

4. Drink mulled wine. 

Serve steaming hot and with orange peels for a truly festive delight. Why not invite the neighbours in to share winter tales over a glass or two? Put the log fire on, and you’ll be the top of everyone’s Christmas card list!

5. Eat Cheshire Farm Ice Cream’s Christmas flavours – Sugar Damson, Christmas Pudding and Prosecco.

Number five goes without saying, as no Christmas is complete without a scoop of Cheshire Farm’s famous Christmas ice-cream flavours. Opt for the Prosecco flavour, to add a touch of class to proceedings, whilst our traditional Christmas Pudding will finish off the dessert perfectly. Our Sugar Damson has been a year-old favourite, and will never fail to disappoint. Made with the same recipe as our award winning all year round flavours, our Christmas choices are ones not to be missed!

6. Wrap your presents early. 

Get the boring wrapping done and dusted early. That way, come Christmas Eve, you can sit down with a steaming hot glass of mulled wine, in front of the log fire, and watch a Christmas film. Alternatively, you can see in Christmas in style, without being worried about wrapping presents at 1am after a Christmas Eve night out.

7. Wear a garish Christmas jumper.

The more garish, the better. Jumpers that have Christmas lights, pom poms, 3D scarves and heinous patterns are all acceptable come the 1st December. A highlight of the season is the annual National Christmas Jumper Day which will take place on 11th December.

8. Visit Cheshire Farm Ice Cream at Chester Christmas Market.

We are down at Chester Christmas Market until the 14th December. Come down and say hello, whilst we serve up a delicious helping of Cheshire Farm Ice Cream. Alternatively, opt for our Frozen Hot Chocolates, Ice Cream Cupcakes or Ice Cream Burgers – all equally scrumptious!

9. Order your turkey. 

Get your order in at the butchers early to ensure that you are not disappointed. However many people you must cater for this Christmas, turkey’s come in all sizes and are a Christmas must-have come dinner time. And remember to use the left-overs for those wonderful turkey and cranberry sandwiches!

10. Enter Cheshire Farm Ice Cream’s competition to win your Christmas Day dessert!

Christmas is not complete unless you have a magnificent Christmas Day dessert, which is  why we are taking the stress out of this task for you, by offering you the chance to win your dessert, courtesy of Cheshire Farm Ice Cream. Simply head over to our Facebook page, and click on the Giveaway tab for more information!

Week 1 Round Up: Chester Christmas Market

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream have been down at the Chester Christmas for a whole week already, and how time has flown. It’s been great seeing so many of you coming to try our award-winning ice-cream, our new festive treats, and signing up to our Christmas competition (if you haven’t done so already, check out our Facebook page!).

We can’t wait to keep introducing you to our Christmass-y products, especially our Christmas Market exclusive Frozen Hot Chocolates, and our newest addition, Ice Cream Burgers! You all seem to have particularly liked our ice-cream cakes too. Whatever takes your fancy, we can cater for your ice-cream needs, down at Chester Christmas Market.  Hey, if it’s good enough for the Mayor, it’s good enough for us!IMG_0613 IMG_0615 IMG_0616IMG_0617 20141120_111740 20141120_111200 20141120_111142 20141120_111132

Win your Christmas Day Dessert!

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream is delighted to offer you the chance to Win your Christmas Day Dessert! Our chilly delights come in an whole range of ways, from our Ice Cream Cakes for a nod to the traditional Christmas cake to famous ice-cream flavours which are sure to please every member of the family. Whatever you and your clan love, we can help.

To enter, simply come down and see us at Chester Christmas Market where we will take your details to be entered into our Prize Draw. Alternatively, enter via Rafflecopter which can be found on our Facebook page (and here). All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook for a chance to win!

Good luck! Competition

Chester Christmas Market

It’s officially Christmas time and we are starting the celebrations on Thursday 17th November by setting up camp for three weeks at Chester Christmas Market.

As always, Chester Christmas Market is free and promises an enchanting time to really get you in the mood for the festive season. Boasting over 70 traditional wooden chalets, including Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, it really is a enjoyable day out for all.

We will be at Chester Christmas Market, based outside Chester Town Hall everyday from 10am-6pm and will be bringing you a range of Cheshire Farm Ice Cream delights! On the menu at the market this year are our traditional ice-creams with two Christmas specials, our new ice-cream cupcakes and our incredibly popular Dip Bars. You’ll be spoilt for ice-cream choice.

Proving that fun can be had for all the family, this year the market offers a Kid’s Activity Zone at the weekends, when the opening will coincide with the magical Christmas Light Parade on 20th November.

We will be announcing an exciting competition towards the end of the week, so make sure that you are following us across our social media channels to stay up to date with everything that is happening at The Ice Cream Farm!

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Diptastic!

We have launched another way to enjoy our delicious ice cream at The Farm in the form of our delectable Dip Bars…

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Join us for a selection of handmade delights as scrumptious Cheshire Farm ice cream is coated in White, Dark or Milk Chocolate, Cherry, Pistachio or Candy Floss flavours.  They are completed with finishing touches such as drizzled chocolate, white chocolate drops and candied stars.

Also, in honour of the fruitfulness of Autumn, a specially created Toffee Apple dip bar is no trick and the perfect treat to celebrate the season!

We have not forgotten the little ones either… After running around the play barn they can reenergise with a choice of homemade milk lollies handpicked by Crazy Daisy herself!

Keep your eyes peeled for another exciting venture from Cheshire Farm Ice Cream coming soon. We’ll give you a clue… it’s a great way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion!

Banish the Winter Blues!

We’re in the throws of half term, so opt for something fun and free to do with the kids and bring them to Cheshire’s award winning The Ice Cream Farm!

Since the temperatures are dropping, the rain is beating down evermore and Christmas is slowly sneaking up on us, it feels like 2014 is flying by. But just because the wintery weather is coming thick and fast, doesn’t mean that your outside activities need to be put on hold.  So, why not plan ahead to brighter wintery days, and pop by The Ice Cream Farm?

We offer free entry, and a minimal fee for some of our attractions – and with quad bikes, the newly renovated ‘The Loft’, Crazy Daisy’s Play Barn, as well as our award winning ice-cream at your fingertips, The Ice Cream Farm is the ideal winters day destination for the entire family. Mum and Dad can sit back, and relax whilst enjoying the WiFi, plasma screen television or alternatively, opt for something a little more active and have a game of crazy-golf.

With over 50 award winning flavours on offer, The Ice Cream Farm is the ideal day out, come rain or shine! The 'New Look' Ice Cream Farm

Permission Granted for Multi Million Pound Ice Cream Farm Re-development

This week we are extremely excited to announce that The Ice Cream Farm, has been granted planning for a multi-million pound re-development that includes one of the largest purpose built ice cream parlours in the world, as well as the largest indoor sand and water play area in Europe. And the price for entry? FREE!

Set to be unveiled June 2015, plans include the development of currently unused areas of the farm site, as well as making some substantial changes to current buildings and land.

The redevelopment is set around a huge 800sq metre ice cream parlour that will house the ever-increasing list of award-winning ice creams and sorbets that draw people from around the world. Renowned for their award winning use of cutting-edge technology, the, potentially record breaking, Ice Cream Farm parlour is being created and designed by Italian parlour specialists, Bocchini and Stramigio. Using a team of highly qualified architects and designers, the new ice cream parlour will be the shining beacon at the epicentre of this exciting new development. With the fun open plan design, jaw-dropping serving counter and plush seating and children’s play and seating areas, just one visit to the parlour alone is set to lure you back time and time again.

The central, circular building will form the main entry point for the attraction, guiding people with ease through the exciting new site. The plans include “Honeycomb Hive” a sensational sand and water play area that will allow children of all ages to play, engage and explore whatever the British weather brings. On top of this a stunning Ice Cream themed Adventure Golf course and ‘Sivercone’ quad bike track will add to the entertainment, along with much, much more.

The famous blue building that houses the current parlour will be transformed into a 180 seater food and drink area, providing a bright and contemporary environment, as well as an exciting new menu. Moving outside, ‘Daisy’s Garden’ offers a free play experience with a difference, delights include; a flavour forest, a toddler farm and adventure play areas filled with tunnels and towers. To top it all off, Fudge Farm, the ranch-style re-homing of the farm’s beloved animals will complete the Ice Cream Farm experience.

Jonathan Fell, Director of Cheshire Farm Ice Cream and the man behind this exciting vision, comments: “The plans have been a long time in the making and we are beyond excited at the thought of how this new development is going to look. We have assessed every area of The Ice Cream Farm to create, what we believe to be, the ultimate tourist attraction.”

“A fundamental part of our plan is to retain our ‘Free to enter’ policy, allowing people the opportunity to choose for themselves whether they wish to call in for a ice cream and a quick play, whilst at the same time creating an attraction that provides more than enough to keep a family entertained for a whole day.”

The creative geniuses behind the CBeebies Land, Alton Towers have helped with various aspects of the design to create a truly magical experience. As such, The Ice Cream Farm is set to make some real waves within Cheshire and the North West, as well as making its mark on the UK tourism market as a whole.

CEO of Marketing Cheshire, Katrina Michel, says: “We are so delighted that Jonathan Fell and his team are expanding their excellent attraction in a way that retains its original charm but will now give children ample opportunities to return year in year out. The Ice Cream Farm is a great example of a rural tourism business that is creating jobs and building Cheshire’s reputation as a great location for families.”

Work is set to start imminently at The Ice Cream Farm and will be fully unveiled to the public in June 2015. The current attraction will remain open throughout this time period.

Winner travels miles to Chester Zoo for ‘Tiger Temptation’ ice cream!

One lucky Chester Zoo competition winner and her family travelled over 150 miles last week to see her very own Cheshire Farm Ice Cream flavour being sold at the zoo.

 Isobel Stevens from Barry in South Wales entered the competition, which invited children of all ages to step into the role of flavour guru. Each entrant was in with a chance to have their own zoo themed ice cream flavour made into Real Dairy Ice Cream and sold in the brand new Fountain Ice Cream Parlour at Chester Zoo, which stocks Cheshire Farm Ice Cream.

 Judged by Ice Cream Farm director, Jonathan Fell, and Chester Zoo catering general manager, Sue Clews, Isobel fought off tough competition from hundreds of entries, with her winning flavour ‘Tiger Temptation’. The ice cream consisted of a mixture of vanilla, chocolate and honeycomb pieces that successfully resembled tiger stripes.

 Isobel and her family visited the zoo last week for a fantastic day out. Her father Mark commented: “Isobel had a lovely time. It wouldn’t have been a zoo we would have normally had the chance to visit due to the distance to travel but with the added excitement of Isobel’s ice cream creation it made the trip extra special. The ice cream was delicious and Isobel was beaming, amazed at how similar it was to her original design. Hats off to Cheshire Farm Ice Cream!”